Biden General Election Campaign Organization, Virginia
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State Director  Chris Bolling

(reported by Bloomberg on June 20, 2020)  Executive director of Terry McAuliffe's Common Good VA, Jan.-June 2020; briefly a senior political advisor to Mike Bloomberg for President, Feb.-Mar. 2020.  Executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, June 2017-Dec. 2019.  Political director on Ralph Northam for Governor, Jan.-Dec. 2017.  Organizing director (Mar.-Dec. 2016), deputy executive director (Nov. 2015-Apr. 2016) and Coordinated Campaign director (Mar.-Nov. 2015) at the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Regional political director on Friends of Mark Warner, Apr.-Nov. 2014.  Regional field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Mar.-Nov. 2013.  Communications officer for the Richmond Police Department, Sept. 2011-Mar. 2013.  National volunteer coordinator for Organizing for America, Mar.-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer on VA Victory 2009, Aug.-Nov. 2009; field director on Towey for Delegate, June-Aug. 2009; field organizer on Friends of Terry McAuliffe, 2009.   Field organizer on Obama for America, 2008.  Studied political science and government at Virginia Commonwealth University and business administration and management at Hampton University.  twitter

Deputy State Director and Political Director  Fernando Mercado Violand

(started Jan. 2020 as state director for the Virginia primary)  Iowa deputy organizing director on Kamala Harris for the People to early Dec. 2019.  Director of Latino outreach for Gov. Ralph Northam.  Political director on Virginians for Mark Herring from Feb. 2017.  Regional organizing director in Prince William Co. on Virginia Victory 2016.  Orgnizer in Muscatine and Louisia Counties on Hillary for America, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Community outreach specialist for the Legal Aid Justice Center, Nov. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Field organizer in Arlington for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in political science, government, history from University of Virginia, 2014.

Coalitions Director  Monique Alcala

Independent consultant/strategic advisor, July-Nov. 2019.  Campaign manager on Hassan Ahmad for Virginia House, Dec. 2018-June 2019.  Political/fundraising advisor to a Virginia House of Delegates member, Sept.-Dec. 2018.  Special projects manager for CASA de Maryland, Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018.  Campaign manager (contract) on Stephanie Cook for Delegate, Apr.-Nov. 2017.  Director of civic engagement (contract) for Foreign Policy for America, Feb.-Apr. 2017.  Political manager at Save the Children US, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Constituent relations liaison to U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, Jan.-Sept. 2015.  Political director on Friends of Don Beyer, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Political advisor, Virginia (contract) for CASA de Maryland, Mar.-Aug. 2014.  Statewide Latino outreach coordinator on Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Dec. 2013.  Policy and research analysis for NALEO Educational Fund, Jan.-May 2013.  Fundraising consultant, Aug. 2012-Mar. 2013.  Finance assistant on John Douglass for Congress (VA-5), Apr.-Aug. 2012.  Legislative session aide in the Virginia House of Delegates, Jan.-Mar. 2012.  Property management, 2001-08.  M.A. in race/ethnicity from The Johns Hopkins University; bachelor's double major in sociology and political science from Texas State University.  twitter

Communications Director  Renzo Olivari

(July 2020)  Virginia communications  director on Mike Bloomberg 2020, Jan.-Mar. 2020.  Nevada press secretary on Kamala Harris for the People, May-Dec. 2019.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (NV) from Jan. 2019.  Constituency media press secretary for the Nevada State Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Communications director on Leslie Cockburn for Congress (VA), Mar.-Aug. 2018.  Session aide in the Virginia House of Delegates, Jan.-Mar. 2018.  Field organizer in Harrisonburg for the Democratic Party of Virginia, July-Nov. 2017.  B,A. in political science, history from James Madison University.  twitter

Press Secretary  Carson Brown

Press secretary at the Virginia Democratic Party, started there in Feb. 2020.  Marketing and partnerships manager (June 2019-Feb. 2020),assistant managing editor (Jan. 2018-June 2019) and reporter/researcher (Sept.-Dec. 2017) at The New Republic.  Bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, 2017.  twitter

Coordinated Campaign

Coordinated Director  Lauren Reyes

(Jan. 2020)  State programs director (June-Nov. 2019) and New Hampshire organizing director (Feb.-June 2019) on Julián for the Future.  Coordinated campaign field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Regional field director in Henrico for the Democratic Party of Virginia, July-Nov. 2017.  Regional field director on Jon Ossoff for Congress, Mar.-June 2017.  Field organizer in Greensboro on the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Legal consultant and director of social marketing for The Quattro Firm (FL), June 2015-May 2016.  J.D. from Charlotte School of Law, 2014; B.S. degrees in anthropology and criminal justice from UNC at Wilmington, 2011.

Deputy Coalitions Directors
Youth Coalition Director  Christina Shepard

(Aug. 2020)  Deputy digital organizing director for the Democratic Party of Virginia Coordinated Campaign, June-Aug. 2020.  State campus community organizer on Warren for President, Dec. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Office manager for the Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Dec. 2019.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019.  twitter 

African American Engagement Director  Tria Stallings

(Aug. 2020)  A regional field director for the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, June-Aug. 2020.  Field organizer in Chicago (Mar.-June 2020), political organizer in Richmond, VA (Feb.-Mar. 2020) and field organizer in Dubuque, IA (Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020) on Biden for President.  Scheduler/special assistant to U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, Feb.-Dec. 2019.  Special assistant to U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Aug.-Nov. 2018. M.A. in political science from Howard University, 2018; B.A. in political science from Delaware State University, 2016.  twitter

Latinx Engagement Director  Ariel Garayar

(Aug. 2020)  Communications for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights from Jan. 2020.  Communications director on Herb Jones for State Senate (VA), 2019.  Scheduler in the U.S. House, Jan.-Mar. 2019.  Special projects coordinator to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Oct. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Fellow to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, Nov. 2015-Aug. 2016.  B.S. in mass communication/media studies and B.A. in political science and government from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015.  twitter

AAPI Engagement Director  Ravi Chaudhary

Director of advanced programs and innovation, Office of Commercial Space Transportation (SES) (Dec. 2017-Aug. 2020) and executive director of regions and center operations (SES) (Dec. 2014-Dec. 2017) at the FAA.  Served in the U.S. Air Force as an executive officer and commander at Andrews AFB, June 2011-Nov. 2014.  Chief of strategy and integration (2010-11) and speechwriter (2009-10) in the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon.  Assistant operations officer, C-17 pilot at McGuire AFB, 2006-09.  Deputy chief, wing training, C-17 pilot for the 437th Airlift Wing, 2001-05.  USAF aerospace/flight test engineer, 1995-2000.  Air Force Space Command, 1993-95.  Doctorate of liberal studies from Georgetown University, 2017; Master's in military operational art and science from USAF Air Command and Staff College, 2006; M.S. in industrial engineering from St. Mary's University, 1999; B.S in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1993.  twitter

Data Director  Heather Ward

(July 2020)  Mid-Atlantic analytics desk (Mar.-July 2020), California data director (Feb.-Mar. 2020) and Iowa deputy data director (Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020) on Biden for President.  Regional organizing director in NH on Beto for America, June-Nov. 2019.  Field organizer for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018.  Assurance staff for EY in the Philadelphia area, Sept. 2017-May 2018.  Undergraduate degree from Villanova University, 2017.

Deputy Data Director  Ava Ganik

(Aug. 2020)  Deputy data director in North Carolina on Organizing Together 2020, Apr.-July 2020.  State data director in Maine on Mike Bloomberg for President, Feb.-Mar. 2020.  Bachelor's degree in computer science from Harvard University, 2019.

Deputy Data Director  Andy Love

Deputy Data Director-DigiDem  Alexa King

(July 2020)  Software engineer for the Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy, Sept. 2019-June 2020.  Career counselor at Level Up! Workforce Development in Brooklyn, Apr. 2018-Sept. 2019.  Case manager at NMIC, Oct. 2016-Sept. 2019.  Fundraiser at DialogueDirect, Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Tutor, Sept. 2010-June 2012.  B.A. in English language and literature from Queens College, 2010.

Data Associate  Sam Pascal

Operations Director  Nat Kaine

Deputy Operations Director  Blake Smith

(Aug. 2020)  National pod operations lead (Feb.-Mar. 2020), Iowa operations director (Oct. 2019-Feb. 2020) and Nevada operations director (June-Oct. 2019) on Pete for America.  B.A. in political science and economics from The George Washington University.  Internships include Sen. Tim Kaine (May-Aug. 2018), Obama Foundation (Jan.-May 2018), assistant to operations director in Arlington, VA for Virginia Democratic Party (July-Nov. 2017), operations fellow on Tom Periello for Governor (May-June 2017) and out of commonwealth fellow in Arlington, VA on Hillary for America (Aug.-Nov. 2016).  

Voter Activation Director  Adnan Mohamed

(Oct. 2020)  Virginia political director on Mike Bloomberg for President, Dec. 2019-Mar. 2020.  National political director on Beto for America, July-Nov. 2019.  Deputy political director for Seth Moulton and for Moulton's Serve America PAC from Feb. 2018. Regional political director on Ralph Northam for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2017.  Deputy political director on Tom Perriello for Governor, Apr.-June 2017.  Legislative correspondent for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (VA), Jan. 2015-Apr. 2017.  M.S. in public policy and security studies from American University, 2015; B.A. in political science and Arabic studies from Texas A&M University, 2013.

Voter Activation Regional Directors  Luciano Benjamin, Nadarius Clark, Kristi Glass, Emily Hein, Vaishnavi Nagammal Jawahar, Amanda Macdonald, Ian Nakayama, Henry Pratt, Maleik Watkins

HR Director Michael Beaudet

(Aug. 2020; started as deputy operations director, Apr.-Aug. 2020)  Statewide organizer in Tennessee (Feb.-Mar. 2020) and organizer in Burlington, Iowa (June 2019-Feb. 2020) on Pete for America.  Client solutions manager (Jan.-June 2019), senior client solutions associate (Feb. 2018-Jan. 2019), and client solutions associate (July 2017-Jan. 2018) for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).  B.A. in economics, B.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virginia, 2017.

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Chairman  Susan Swecker

(elected Mar. 27, 2015, sworn in June 2015)  President of Dividing Waters Public Affairs LLC.  Campaign manager on Creigh Deeds' 2005 campaign for Attorney General.  Virginia state director on Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc., and Kerry's state director for the Feb. 10 Virginia primary.  Campaign manager on Creigh Deeds for Virginia Delegate, 1991.  Executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, 1986-88.  Staff on Jimmy Carter's 1980 re-elect campaign in Virginia.  J.D. from Washington and Lee University; B.A. in political science from Mary Baldwin College.  Born and raised in Blue Grass Valley in Highland County, VA.

Executive Director  Andrew Whitley

(Jan. 2020; previously Coordinated Campaign director, June-Dec. 2019)  Campaign manager for Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, Jan.-June 2019.  GOTV director for the Nevada State Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Kate Marshall for Lt. Governor (NV), Dec. 2017-Aug. 2018.  Campaign manager on Chris Hurst for Delegate (Blacksburg), Feb.-Nov. 2017.  Deputy field director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016; during the primaries Whitley served as special projects director and regional field director on Hillary for America, starting Nov. 2015 in Iowa and then in KS and PA.  Field director in Roanoke with the Democratic Party of Virginia/John Edwards for Senate, April-Nov. 2015.  Regional field director with the Kentucky Democratic Party/Alison Lundergan Grimes, June-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Sam Rasoul for Delegate (Roanoke, VA), Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Field and political director on Hippen for Delegate (Virginia Beach), May-Nov. 2013.  Regional petition director on Ralph Northam for Lt. Gov., Feb.-March 2013.  Deputy field director on Flaccavento for Congress (Abingdon, VA), May-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from Virginia Techtwitter

Deputy Executive Director, CTO  Brenner Tobe

Chief Operations Officer  Elise Vess

Political Director  Shyam Raman

Deputy Political and Party Services Director  Khalid Naji

Communications Director  Grant Fox

Digital Director  Nick Scott

Deputy Data Director  Katie O'Grady

Voter Protection Coordinator  Ja'Scotta Jefferson