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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
(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 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
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
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.
Virginia Democratic Party
Chairman Susan Swecker
(elected Mar. 27, 2015, sworn in June
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;
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 Tech. twitter
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