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wife Lisa Bullock
Campaign Manager Jenn Ridder
(reported on Mar. 7, 2019 by Politico as senior
advisor to Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC) Mountain West
regional political director for the DCCC in the 2016
cycle. Deputy campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall
(CO)’s unsuccessful 2014 re-election bid. Deputy
political director on President Obama's 2012 re-election
campaign in Colorado. Climate reality associate at The
Climate Reality Project. Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign
in Colorado. Graduate of Middlebury College, 2010.
Colorado native. twitter
Senior Advisor Nick Baldick
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill) Founder
and managing partner of Hilltop
Public Solutions; clients have included Bill de Blasio
for Mayor (New York City) Steve Bullock for Governor (MT) and
Chris Koster for Attorney General (MO). Ran the
pro-Edwards 527 Alliance for a New America, 2008.
Campaign manager on Edwards for President from Jan.
2003. A principal at the Dewey Square Group (DSG) for
five years. New Hampshire primary state director for
Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign; directed
and managed Gore's political action committee, Leadership
‘98. Eastern political director in the White House
Office of Political Affairs, 1997. Director, Florida
Democratic coordinated campaign, fall 1996; state director in
New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Jersey, 1996 primary
campaign. Campaign director of the 1994 Rhode Island
coordinated campaign; northeast political director at the DNC,
1993. Worked for 11 months on the 1992 Clinton campaign,
starting as an unpaid field organizer. J.D. from New
York University School of Law, 1995; B.S. from Georgetown
Senior Political Advisor Sharon Páez
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)
Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions from 2007; also founder of
Waves. International experience on the 2008
Bolivian presidential referendum, 2006 Nicaraguan presidential
campaign, and 2000 Mexican presidential campaign.
Florida political director on Kerry-Edwards 2004; Southern
political director on John Edwards for President 2004.
Worked on Gore-Lieberman in 2000. B.A. in political
science and interational affairs from Towson University.
Communications Director Galia
(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as
communications director for Bullock's Big Sky Values
PAC) Communications director on JB Pritzker's 2018
campaign for governor of Illinois, Mar. 2017-Nov. 2018.
Deputy communications director on Patrick Murphy for U.S.
Senate (FL), Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016. Communications
director on Andy Beshear for Attorney General (KY), Jan.-Nov.
2015. Deputy press secretary on Kay Hagan for U.S.
Senate (NC), Mar.-Nov. 2014. Chief of staff to Dorothy
McAuliffe on Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor of
Virginia, June-Nov. 2013. Deputy communications director
on Christie Vilsack for Congress (IA), June-Nov. 2012.
B.A. in government and Chinese from Hamilton College,
Communications Senior Advisor James
(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as
communications for Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)
Communications director on Krysten Sinema's 2018 campaign for
U.S. Senate in Arizona. Head of states and campaign
communications for NARAL Pro-Choice America. Part
of the communications team on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (CO)'s
unsuccessful 2014 re-election campaign, after serving as press
secretary to Udall, 2013-14. twitter
Digital Director Bailey Mohr
(May 2019) Principal (Jan.-May 2019), director of email strategy (May 2018-Jan. 2019), managing strategist (Dec. 2016-May 2018), senior strategist (Nov. 2015-Dec. 2016) and digital strategist (July-Nov. 2015) and digital associate (Jan.-May 2015) at Mothership Strategies. B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2015. twitter
Social Media Director Annie Newman
(May 2019) Digital communications
specialist for Gov. Steve Bullock, Jan.-May 2019.
Special assistant (Nov. 2017-Jan. 2019) and senior digital
associate (2016-Nov. 2017) at The Messina Group. M.A. in
international relations from University of St. Andrews,
Creative Michael Sparks
rural America * | public lands | shorten campaigns/restore our democracy | economic inclusion | education | LGBTQ+ | disabilities
women's equality | veterans | immigration | mental health | corporate tax plan | labor rights | infrastructure
Aug. 26, 2019)
Chris Lu - White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President in President Obama’s first term, and Deputy Secretary of Labor in the second term.
Anne Slaughter Andrew - U.S. Ambassador to Costa
Rica, appointed by President Obama in 2009 and serving through
- served as the Assistant Secretary of State for
Political-Military Affairs in the Obama Administration.
Frank Rose - a senior fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.
Tracy Stone-Manning - Associate Vice President for Public Lands at National Wildlife Federation.
David Kendall - Senior Fellow for Health and Fiscal Policy at Third Way.
James Swartout - Served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Air Force, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Air Force.
Tim Sparapani - a principal at SPQR strategies, a firm that specializes in the confluence of technology and public policy. Previously, Sparapani served as the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook and Senior Legislative Counsel at the ACLU.
Jason Abel - a partner at Steptoe and Johnson, where he leads the Campaign Finance and Political Law practice.
Raymond Pierce - President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation.
Ambassador Michael Punke - U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland during the Obama Administration.
Hannah VanHoose - worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative assistant to Senator Tester for six years.
Siri Smillie - Policy Director for the Education Commission of the States.
Finance Director Maura Hagerty Matthews
(May 2019) Started as national finance
consultant on Big Sky Values PAC, Sept. 2017-Apr. 2019.
Finance director on Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress and
national finance consultant to Wyden for Senate from June
2013. National finance consultant to Friends of Maria,
Jan. 2017-Mar. 2018. Deputy finance director to Friends
of Max Baucus, Jan. 2011-May 2013. Consultant with The
Ashmead Group, June 2007-Dec. 2010. Undergraduate degree
from University of Notre Dame, 2007.
Deputy Finance Director and Director of Special Populations Melanie Brock
CEO of Brock Development, LLC in Missoula from
July 2014. Director of strategic initiatives for the
Missoula Economic Partnership, Sept. 2013-July 2014.
Director of operations for the Downtown Business Improvement
District of Missouia,Mar.-Aug. 2013. Acting executive
director of the Missoula Downtown Association, Dec. 2012-Aug.
2013. Finance director on Friends of Steve Bullock,
2011-12. Director of outreach, state finance director on
Friends of Max Baucus, 2010-11. Press secretarty in the
Office of Sen. Max Baucus, 2009-10. Development director
for Montana Meth Project, Aug. 2008-Mar. 2009. State
finance director on Friends of Max Baucus, 2006-08.
Field representative in the Office of Sen. Max Baucus,
2004-06. M.A. in political science from University of
Montana, 2005; B.A. in communications-journalism from
Susquehanna University, 2002.
Deputy Finance Director Olac Fuentes
(May 2019) Finance director for Latino
Victory, Jan. 2018-May 2019. Finance associate in San
Francisco on Hillary for America, July 2015-Nov. 2016.
National campus organizer for Planned Parenthood Federation of
America, Jan.-July 2015. Deputy finance director
(July-Nov. 2014) and finance assistant (Sept. 2013-July 2014)
for the Texas Democratic Party. B.A. in communication
from The University of Texas at El Paso, 2013.
Operations Director Maya León
(June 2019) Social entrepreneur and
personal coach at MaYarising in Bozeman from June 2014.
Co-founder, treasurer of Earthtone Outside from Feb.
2018. Community marketing manager at Schedulicity, Oct.
2018-Mar. 2019. M.A. in transformational leadership from
the California Institute of Integral Studies, 2014; B.A.
independent study in psychology, mythology, creativity and
Pollsters Michael Bocian and Margie Omero, GBAO Strategies
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)
Informal Advisor Jennifer Palmieri
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)
Communications director on Hillary for America.
Assistant to the President and Director of Communications at
the White House, Dec. 2011-Mar. 2015. President of the
Center for American Progress Action Fund and a senior vice
president for communications at CAP. Ohio
communications director on Kerry-Edwards '04. National
press secretary for the John Edwards campaign starting in Jan.
2003. Press secretary at the DNC through the 2002
cycle. Served eight years in Clinton Administration, as
a White House Deputy Press Secretary from 1998 to 2001, as a
Special Assistant to White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta,
and Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance. She
started her career in the congressional office of then Rep.
Leon Panetta (D-CA). Graduate of the American University
in Washington, DC. Author of Dear Madam President (Mar. 2018). twitter
Bullock for President Des Moines Office
317 6th Ave. Ste. 1040, Des Moines, IA, 50309
State Director Megan Simpson
(reported on Feb. 2, 2019 by Iowa Starting Line
as Iowa organizing director to Bullock's Big Sky Values
PAC) Coordinated director for the Montana Democratic
Party, Feb. 2018-Jan. 2019. Community engagement
director for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, June
2017-Feb. 2018. Public policy for Airbnb in San
Francisco, June 2015-June 2017. Coordinated director for
the Alaska Democratic Party, Jan.-Dec. 2014. Studied at
the University of Iowa. twitter
Political Coordinator Jack Segal
(announced May 24, 2019) Clerk for Iowa State Reps. Chris Hall and Kirsten Running-Marquardt from Jan. 2019. Director of voter uutreach for Tim Gannon’s campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, May-Nov. 2018. B.A. in government and economics from Claremont McKenna College. twitter
Political Coordinator Alexandra Cleverley
(announced May 24, 2019) Clerk for Iowa State Rep. Scott Ourth. Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug-Nov. 2018. A.S. in equestrian/equine studies from Kirkwood Community College. twitter
Organizing Director Nick Marroletti
Deputy Organizing Director Jacqueline Ridberg
Site lead in Hernando Co. on the Florida
recount, Nov. 2018. Regional organizing director in
Fairfield for the Connecticut Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov.
2018. Client service representative for Foundation
Source, Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018. Campaign manager for the
People First Committee (Greenwich, CT), Oct.-Nov. 2017.
Customer service representative for Jack Morton Worldwide,
Mar.-Aug. 2017. Field organizer in Whitewater for the
Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Nov. 2016.
Bachelor's degree in drama from New York University. twitter
Regional Organizing Directors
Cedar Rapids Maeton Jameson
(announced May 24, 2019) Regional field
director on Albert Black for Mayor (Dallas, TX), Feb.-May
2019. Field organizer on Jared Polis for Colorado,
Feb-Nov. 2018. B.A. in political science and government from
University of Maryland College Park. twitter
Iowa City Tom Orabuena
(announced May 24, 2019) Field
organizer/intern coordinator for the Colorado Democratic
Party; field organizer/intern coordinator on Polis for
Colorado, Apr.-Sept. 2018. Studied political science at
the University of Colorado Boulder. twitter
(June 2019) President of Edward J. York,
Inc. from July 2015. Regional field director on JB for
Illinois Apr.-Nov. 2018. Field director on RD Huffsteler
for Congress (VA), Mar.-May 2018. Field organizer in NC
and VA for Swing Left, Jan.-Mar. 2018. Deputy field
organizer in Richmond for the Democratic Party of Virginia,
Sept.-Nov. 2017. Assistant director of the Fund for the
Public Interest (Chapel Hill), May 2016-June 2017.
Studied Spanish language and literature at Hampden-Sydney
Davenport Mike Hegarty
(June 2019) Regional field director for
the Indiana Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018. Community
liaison in the New York State Senate, Mar. 2017-May
2018. Organizer on George Latimer for Westchester (NY),
Sept.-Nov. 2017. Organizer in Culpeper for the
Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Nov. 2016. B.A. in
political science and government, history from SUNY College at
Oswego, 2016. twitter
Communications Director Jeremy Busch
(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as Iowa press
secretary for Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC) Press
secretary for Lt. Gov. nominee Rita Hart on Fred Hubbell for
Governor (IA), Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018. Press assistant on
Russ for Wisconsin, Feb.-Nov. 2016. B.A. in
communication from Truman State University, 2015. twitter
Data Director Patrick Eisenhauer
Deputy organizing director for Montana
Democratic Party/Jon Tester's re-elect campaign, May-Dec.
2018. Worked on Hillary for America in Florida and
Field Organizers include:
Aagaard-Shively Council Bluffs twitter
Sam Alberti Cedar Rapids twitter
Jacob Appel Des Moines twitter
Korbin Bragstad Dubuque twitter
Harry W. Child III Waterloo twitter
Shelby Fisher twitter
Charlie Harris Sioux City twitter
Alex Kalb twitter
Riley Nelson Waterloo twitter
Karla Ortiz Ames twitter
Mat W. twitter
Ella Wodin Iowa City twitter
General Tom Miller
(announced May 15, 2019)
Jan Bauer (announced June 26, 2019)
announced Aug. 2, 2019
Dave Muhlbauer, Denison: Crawford County Supervisor
Bill Gannon, Mingo: Former Three-Term State Representative and House Minority Floor Leader, former Democratic candidate for governor
Suzette Jensen, Des Moines: East Des Moines Democrats Co-Chair
Ray Blase, Ankeny: Founding member of West Des Moines Democrats, founding member of Ankeny Area Democrats
Kathleen Gannon, Mingo: Jasper County Democratic activist
Jonna Jensen, Maquoketa: Jackson County Democratic activist
announced Aug. 29, 2019
State Rep. Bruce Bearinger
Webster County Supervisor Mark Campbell
Laura Engel, Jasper County activist
Dan Ryner, Madison County farmer
announced Oct. 15, 2019
Woodbury County Supervisor Marty Pottebaum
Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker
Former Iowa Senate Assistant Majority Leader Staci Appel
Former Warren County Democratic Party Chair Don Ruby
State Director Nick Baldick (see above)
Former State Director Rich
Thuma ...to Sept. 2019, moved to campaign manager on Joe
Kennedy for U.S. Senate (MA)
(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 20,
2019) Campaign manager on Gray Chynoweth’s for Executive
Council District 4, May-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on
VanValkenburg for Delegate, Apr.-Nov. 2017. A deputy
organizing director in Pennsylvania (May-Nov. 2016),
organizing director in New Mexico (Apr.-June 2016) and
regional organizing director in Concord, NH (Apr. 2015-April
2016) on Hillary for America. A regional field director
in Sioux City for the Iowa Democratic Party, April-Nov.
2014. Field organizer on Joe Kennedy for Congress (MA),
Jan.-April 2014. Director of scheduling on Ed Markey for
Senate, Jan.-July 2013. Deputy director of scheduling on
Joe Kennedy for Congress, March-Dec. 2012. B.S. in
political science from Northeastern University,
Reid Wilson. "Bullock hires senior staffers ahead of likely presidential run." The Hill, May 13, 2019.
Daniel Strauss and Elena Schneider. "Montana Gov. Bullock hires top adviser with eye on 2020." Politico, Mar. 8, 2019.
Pat Rynard. "Steve Bullock Places Staff in Iowa to Lay 2020 Groundwork." Iowa Starting Line, Feb. 2, 2019.
Matt McKenna helped start up and lead Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC in 2017-18 (PAC founded July 18, 2017):
PAC Consultant/Spokesman Matt McKenna
Co-founder (Feb. 2016) and principal at
Greenbrier, a PR consulting firm in the SF Bay area.
Head of communications, North America for Uber, May
2015-Jan. 2016. Spokesman in the Office of President
Bill Clinton, 2007-15. Communications director to
Sen. Jon Tester (MT) in 2007 after serving as
communications director on Tester's 2006 campaign.
Communications director at the Montana Democratic Party,
2005-06. Communications director on Tony Knowles for
U.S. Senate, 2003-4. Deputy communications director
at the DSCC, 2003. Research director to Sen. Max
Cleland (GA), 2002-03. Aide to Jon Tester,
2001. Research director on Brian Schweitzer for U.S.
Senate, 1999-2000. B.S. in political science from
Montana State University-Bozeman, 1999.