updated Novebmer 12, 2019)
Candidate Steve Bullock timeline
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
Senior Advisor Nick Baldick
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill) Founder and
managing partner of Hilltop
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 University.
Senior Political Advisor Sharon Páez
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill) Partner
at Hilltop Public Solutions from 2007; also founder of Potomac Waves.
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 Slayen
(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, 2013. twitter
Communications Senior Advisor James Owens
(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, 2016. twitter
Creative Michael Sparks
rural America | public lands | shorten campaigns/restore our democracy | economic inclusion | education | LGBTQ+ | disabilities | women's equality
(announced Aug. 26,
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.
Slaughter Andrew - U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, appointed by
President Obama in 2009 and serving through 2013.
Andrew Shapiro -
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 mysticism, 2018.
Pollsters Michael Bocian and Margie Omero, GBAO Strategies
(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)
Informal Advisor Jennifer Palmieri
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.
Bullock for President Des Moines Office
317 6th Ave Suite 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
(announced May 24, 2019) Organizing director for
Connecticut Democrats, Mar.-Nov. 2016. Organizing lead on friends
of Chris Murphy, Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018. Regional organizing
director in Wilmington for the North Carolina Democratic Coordinated
Campaign, May-Nov. 2016. Organizer in Wyoming, digital lead in
Kansas (Feb.-Apr. 2016) and organizer in DeWitt, Iowa (Oct. 2015-Feb.
2016) on Hillary for America. B.A. in American studies and
political narrative from New York University, 2015. twitter
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
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,
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 Iowa. twitter
Field Organizers include:
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
Attorney General Tom
Miller (announced May 15,
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
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, 2010. twitter
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.