revised November 10, 2019)
The list below shows the state leadership for each of the major campaigns organizing in Iowa. Click on the links in the chart at top for more campaign staff and supporters. If you see anyone missing please email or call.
See Also: Des Moines Register: 2020 Iowa Caucuses 50 Most Wanted Democrats
Sen. Michael Bennet - Bennet for America
State Director Brian S. Peters
State Director Jake Braun
(reported by DMR's Brianne Pfannenstiel on May 17,
2019) CEO at Cambridge Global from 2013; faculty/lecturer at
University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. White
House liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, Jan. 2009-Dec.
2010. Deputy national field director on Obama's 2008 campaign;
earlier did some consulting for Chris Dodd's presidential
campaign. Field director on the Michigan Coordinated Campaign in
Fall 2004; headed up John Kerry's Dubuque office during the 2003-04
Iowa caucus campaign. Worked on local campaigns in Dubuque in
2002. Master's degree in international relations and affairs from Troy
University; master's degree in education from National Louis
University; bachelor's degree in philosophy from Loyola University
Chicago. From Omaha.
Sen. Cory Booker - Cory 2020
State Director Michael Frosolone
2019; reported by CNN on Feb. 1) Caucus
Democrats from June 2015. Field director on Appel for Iowa,
Jan.-Nov. 2014. Organizer for Michigan House Democrats, Jun.
2011-May 2012. Iowa House Democrats campaign manager for Dan
Muhlbauer, April-Nov. 2010. Organizer for SEIU in Phoenix,
AZ, Dec. 2008-Feb. 2010. B.A. in communications, political
science from Western Michigan University, 2008. twitter
Gov. Steve Bullock - Bullock for President
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.
engagement director for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque,
June 2017-Feb. 2018. Public policy for Airbnb in San Francisco,
2015-June 2017. Coordinated director for the Alaska Democratic
Party, Jan.-Dec. 2014. Studied at the University of Iowa. twitter
State Director Brendan McPhillips
(reported May 6,
2019) Campaign manager on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL), Nov.
28, 2017-Aug. 2018. Senior advisor on Joe Khan for District
Attorney (Philadelphia), Jan.-May
2017. Political director on Pete for DNC, Feb. 2017.
Pennsylvania political director on Hillary for America, May-Nov.
2016. Campaign manager on John Fetterman's 2016 primary
campaign for U.S. Senate, Oct. 2015-April 2016. Campaign manager
on Helen Gym’s successful campaign for Philadelphia City Council,
Feb.-Nov. 2015. Campaign manager on Kevin Strouse’s 2014
congressional race in PA-8 in Bucks County, Jan.-Nov. 2014.
Pennsylvania organizing director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March
2013-Jan. 2014. Regional field director in Bucks County on the
Obama campaign, March-Nov. 2012. Regional field
director/assistant community manager for Draftfcb, March-Oct.
2011. Special projects director on Hoosiers for Hill, June-Nov.
2010. B.A. in political science, peace studies from University of
Notre Dame, 2010; transferred from San Jacinto College. twitter
Former HUD Secretary and Mayor Julián Castro - Julián for the Future
State Director Cynthia Sebian-Lander
(announced Feb. 23, 2019) Campaign manager on
DeJear for Iowa
(Secretary of State), Jan.-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Sara
Dady for Congress (IL), Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018. Campaign manager on
Tilly for Delegate (VA), Feb.-June 2017. GOTV director in Iowa on
Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Project specialist at the
League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016. Voter education
director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014. Field director on
Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014. ACA deputy canvass
manager for Planned Parenthood, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014. Northern
Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013.
Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013.
Field organizer in Fairfax, VA on Obama for America, April-Nov.
2012. Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeake Climate
Action Network, Feb.-April 2012. Organizer for AFSCME, Nov.
2010-Nov. 2011. Field organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic
Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010. M.S. in environmental advocacy and
organizing from Antioch University
New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington
College, 2007. twitter
Former U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney - Friends of John Delaney
State Director Brent Roske
(announced as state director Sept. 27, 2019; previously deputy state director, reported by Iowa Starting Line on July 9, 2019) Switched to the Delaney campaign after serving for months as Iowa state director on Marianne Williamson for President. Independent candidate for Governor of Iowa, May-Dec. 2017. Produced the Emmy-nominated TV series ‘Roske on Politics.’ Independent candidate for Congress in CA-33 in 2014, but dropped out and endorsed Marianne Williamson in May. Wrote and directed the political drama 'Chasing the Hill' (2012) and the sequel 'Courting Des Moines' (2016). A creative director at NBC Universal for 9 years. twitter
Former State Director Monica
Biddix ...to late Sept. 2019
director Jan. 7, 2019; announced as Iowa communications director June
22, 2018) Campaign manager on
McGuire for Governor, July 2017-June 2018. Communications
director for the Iowa Democratic Party, April 2016-April 2017.
Communications director at Progress Iowa, Dec. 2015-April 2016.
Campaign director for Iowa Pays the Price Caucus Campaign, July-Nov.
2015. Legislative assistant to state Sen. Chris Brase (IA),
Jan.-May 2015. Campaign manager on Laura Hubka for Iowa
House/Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager at
Indigo Strategies, Champaign, IL, Aug. 2013-Mar. 2014. Volunteer
coordinator for Vote Yes Linn County, Jan.-Mar. 2013. Campaign
director on Mary Jo Wilhelm for Iowa State Senate/Iowa Democratic
Party, June-Nov. 2012. Campaign manager on Farrow for Mayor (SC),
April-Nov. 2011. Field organizer on Sangisetty for Congress (LA),
Aug.-Nov. 2010. Call time manager/finance director on Dwight
Drake for Governor (SC), Aug. 2009-Jan. 2010. Passport support
associate in Charleston, June 2007-Oct. 2008. M.A. in history
from College of Charleston, 2005; B.A. in political science/history
from UNC Chapel Hill. twitter
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard - Tulsi 2020
Organizing Director Amaury Dujardin
Boston University, 2015. twitter
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris for the People
State Director Will Dubbs
(reported by CNN on Jan. 28,
2019) Coordinated Campaign director
for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Feb.-Nov. 2018. Organizing
director for the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign; May-Nov. 2016;
organizing director on Hillary for America for the Nebraska caucus and
New York primary campaigns, Feb.-May 2016; regional organizing director
in Soux City for Hillary for America Iowa caucus campaign, April
2015-Feb. 2016. Seacoast area regional field director for the NH
June-Nov. 2014. Field organizer for Obama for America in
Bradenton, FL, June-Nov. 2012. B.A. in government from Wesleyan
University, 2014. twitter
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar - Amy for America
State Director Lauren Dillon
(Feb. 2019) Deputy director at the DSCC in
2018. Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as
deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and
starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.
Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of
Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09. English teacher at Hebei
Normal University 2005-06. B.A. degrees in politics and
psychology from Drake University, 2005. Originally from Brooklyn,
State Director Misty Rebik
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Event and stewardship
One Iowa, Aug. 2018-Mar. 2019. Campaign manager on Cathy Glasson
for Governor, July 2017-June 2018. Regional director of strategic
partnerships and development for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland,
Mar. 2016-July 2017. Executive director of the Center for Worker
Justice of Eastern Iowa, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2016. Graduate research
assistant at the University of Iowa Labor Center, Aug. 2012-June
2014. Community organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community
Improvement, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012. Iowa Immigration Education
Coalition for AmeriCorps VISTA, June-Aug. 2010. M.S. in
city/urban, community and regional planning (2014) and B.A. (2009) in
international/global studies, Spanish from University of Iowa. twitter
State Director Michael Edwards
(announced Aug. 27, 2019) Freelance consultant
strategist from June 2016. Consultant at Crossroads Campaign
Solutions, Apr.-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Margaret for
Alaska, Feb.-June 2016. Deputy national political director on
O'Malley for President, June 2015-Jan. 2016. Campaign manager on
Glen Gainer for Congress (WV), Feb.-Nov. 2014. Deputy campaign
on Adam Haber for Nassau County Executive, July-Sept. 2013.
Coordinated Campaign director for the Indiana Democratic Party,
Aug.-Nov. 2012. Director of outreach for U.S. Chamber Watch,
2011-12. Campaign director for Defeat Poverty DC, Jan.-Nov.
2010. Program manager at Winning Connections, Aug.-Nov.
2008. National outreach director for Children's Defense Fund,
June 2007-July 2008. Field coordinator for ONE Campaign, June
2006-June 2007. B.A. in political science and government from
Simpson College, 2000. Davenport native.
Operations Director / Iowa Chris Baker
Most recently worked at Vanguard in the Philadelphia area. Contractor handling multiple roles on Sestak's 2016 U.S. Senate campaign. Degree in political science from Penn State University, 2017. twitter
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Warren for President
State Director Janice Rottenberg
(reported on Warren's team by CNN on Jan. 2, 2019;
reported as state director by DMR on Feb. 7, 2019) Directed the
Iowa Democratic Party's
2018 Coordinated Campaign. Organizing director for Ohio
Democrats' Coordinated Campaign (Ohio Together), April-Nov. 2016;
started on the Clinton campaign in April 2015 as regional
director in Iowa City on the Iowa Caucus campaign, then served as
Minnesota organizing director and Washington Caucus director.
Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign field director, March-Nov.
2014. A regional field director on Terry McAuliffe for Governor
(VA), Jan.-Nov. 2013. Regional field director in Nashua for
Organizing for America-NH, Jan.-Nov. 2012. Field organizer for
Obama in the
Cincinnati area, June-Nov. 2008; started on the campaign as a
fellow. B.A. in political science from
University of Pennsylvania, 2011. twitter (+)
Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President
State Director Paula Roby
(reported July 8,
2019 by DMR's Brianne Pfannenstiel) Attorney at Elderkin &
Pirnie. J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law, 1999.
B.A. from University of Northern Iowa, 1996. Born and raised in
Cedar Rapids. (Succeeds Brent
Roske, who served as state director from the start of the campaign
through June 2019). twitter
Andrew Yang - Friends of Andrew Yang
Campaign Chair Al Womble
(announced Mar. 25, 2019) 3rd CD chair for the Iowa Democratic Party and member of the State Central Committee. Has worked as a pipeline worker with LIUNA Local 353. twitter
State Director Rob Bingham
Rep. Beto O'Rourke - Beto for America
...ended campaign November 1
State Director Norm Sterzenbach
(Mar. 2019) Consultant to the IDP on the 2020
early March 2019.
Sterzenbach has worked as principal at GPS
Impact from Feb. 2013. Executive director of the Iowa Democratic
Party to Jan. 2013; started as political and caucus director for IDP
for the 2008 Caucuses from Dec. 2006. Deputy campaign manager on
Chet Culver's run for governor, Nov. 2005-Dec. 2006.
Campaign manager on Bekki Cook for Lt. Governor, May-Nov. 2004.
Caucus director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP),
2004. Field director on Jim Humphries for Congress, 2002.
Eastern Iowa field director on Bill Bradley’s campaign. B.A. in
political science from University of Iowa, 1998. Cedar Rapids
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan - Tim Ryan for America ...ended campaign October 24
State Director Chris Bowen
the Pennsylvania Democratic State Senate
Campaign Committee, Feb-Aug. 2010. Field director on Mary Jo
Kilroy for Congress, June-Nov. 2008. Regional field director on
Chris Dodd for President, March 2007-Jan. 2008. Regional field
director for the Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2006. Eastern
Iowa regional field director on Chet Culver for Governor, Feb.-June
2006. Canvass director for the New Jersey Democratic Party,
July-Nov. 2005. Canvass team leader and volunteer coordinator for
the Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2004. B.A. in political
science and public administration from Missouri Valley College, 1999;
started at University of Iowa. Burlington native. >
Mayor Bill de Blasio - de Blasio 2020 ...ended campaign September 20
(announced July 15, 2019) Field organizer in Cedar Rapids for Human Rights Campaign, Oct.-Nov. 2018. Field director on Cathy Glasson for Governor, Aug. 2017-June 2018. Field organizer in Cedar Rapids for the Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2016. Precinct captain (volunteer), May 2015-Feb. 2016. twitter
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Gillibrand 2020 ...ended campaign August 28
State Director Lara Henderson
28, 2019) Finance director on
Fred Hubbell's 2018
campaign for governor from May 2017. Associate at Link
Strategies, LLC to May 2017. Iowa finance director on Patty
Judge's campaign for U.S. Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2016. Midwest corn
lawsuit project manager at Link Strategies, LLC, Dec. 2014-Mar. 2016.
Campaign manager on Brad Anderson's 2014
campaign for Secretary of State. Field director (July-Nov. 2013)
and political researcher (Feb.-July 2013) at Link Strategies,
LLC. Feld organizer (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and summer organizing fellow
(June-Aug. 2012.in Cedar
Rapids for Organizing for America. B.A. in rhetoric and
communication from Drake University, 2014. From Cedar
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton - Seth Moulton for America ...ended campaign August 23
no known staff or supporters
Gov. Jay Inslee - Inslee for America ...ended campaign August 21
State Director Keith Presley
(reported by Des
Moines Register on May 13, 2019) Senior advisor
for the Florida Democratic Party, Oct.-Nov. 2018. Deputy campaign
manager on Ben Cardin for Senate (MD), July-Oct. 2018. Campaign
manager on Madeleno for Governor (MD), Aug. 2017-July 2018.
Campaigns director (Dec. 2016-July 2017) and Coordinated Campaign
director (July-Nov. 2016) for the Maryland Democratic Party.
Field director on Van Hollen for Senate (MD), May 2015-June 2016.
Deputy field director for Democratic Party of Arkansas, June-Dec.
2014. Field director on Monica Vernon for Congress (IA),
Jan.-June 2014. GOTV director on Daniel Squadron for Public
Advocate (NY), Sept.-Oct. 2013. Regional field director on Quinn
for New York, May-Sept. 2013. Deputy regional field director and
earlier field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party, 2012.
B.S. in environmental science from University of Maryland, 2010. twitter
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper - Hickenlooper 2020 ...ended campaign August 15
State Director Sam Roecker
(reported Feb. 7, 2019 as a consultant to Giddy Up
at Path to
Victory LLC in Des Moines from Jan. 2018. Director at Link
Strategies LLC, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018; and director at LPCA Public
Strategies, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018. Campaign manager on Patty Judge
for Iowa, March-Nov. 2016. Communications director on Christie
Vilsack for Iowa, March-Nov. 2012. Communications director for
the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2010-March 2012. New media
director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, April 2009-June
2010. Executive producer for Clear Channel Radio/Air America
Radio, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2009. B.A. in journalism-strategic
communications, political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison,
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell - Swalwell for America ...ended campaign July 9
State Director Eddie Alvarez
Political director for New Energy PAC from Sept.
Political director for the Alameda County
Building and Construction Trades Unions, Mar. 2017-Sept. 2018.
Campaign manager on McCarthy for Montana, Jan.-Mar. 2017.
field director/deputy field director on Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate
(LA), Nov.-Dec. 2016. Senior staff on Ro Khanna for Congress
2016. Middle school teacher in Los Angeles, 2014-16. Senior
on John Lewis for Congress/Montana Democratic Party, 2014.
manager on Doug Otto for Long Beach (CA) Mayor, 2013-14. JV
coach and substitue teacher in Santa Clarita, CA, 2006-14. A
field director for the California Democratic Party, 2012; field
director on Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer for Assembly (CA), 2012.
in international relations, political science from Carroll College,
2010; also studied at Los Angeles Mission Community College. Son
Sherrod Brown -
America Works PAC
...ruled out a run on Mar. 7, 2019.
On Jan. 17, 2019 Buzzfeed New's Henry J. Gomez reported that Margaret Jarosz was serving as a senior trip advisor.
Margaret Jarosz: Chief organizational officer on Fred Hubbell for Governor from June 2018. Campaign manager on Pete for Iowa, Jan.-July 2018. Field manager for 270 Strategies, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018. Distributed organizing director on Tom Periello for Governor, Feb.-July 2017. Field director in Manchester, NH for NextGen Climate, Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017. Regional director for Dubuque on Bernie 2016, then to Nebraska, Wisconsin, and cocluded as deputy field director in So. Calif.. Northeast regional field director on Run Warren Run. Field organizer on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in Texas, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Sara Geenen for Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Aug. 2014. Volunteered with the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (March-June 2012) and with President Obama’s re-election campaign (Sept.-Nov. 2012). Milwaukee native. Attended Loyola University Chicago. twitter
On Jan. 22, 2019 Jewish
Insider's Ben Jacobs reported America Works had hired Zach Fang.
Zach Fang: Solutions architect at Hustle, Inc. in San Francisco from Apr. 2016. Regional field director for Polk County for the Iowa caucuses, then field director for Oklahoma and Maryland, and late help in Kansas on Bernie 2016. Field director on Doug Gansler for Governor campaign in Maryland, July 2013-June 2014. Field director for the California Democratic Party in CA-10, May-Nov. 2012. Degree in political science from American University, 2012.
President Donald J. Trump - Trump Victory
State Director Carly Miller (Couture)
(Aug. 1, 2019) Briefly at the U.S. Department of
Interior. White House liaison to the USDA,Jan. 2017-Apr. 2019;
started on the transition. Kansas state director on Trump's 2016
general election campaign. Owner of Paint the Towne LLC from July
2010. Director of communications for the Kansas State Treasurer,
Dec. 2011-May 2013. Realtor, 2010-Dec. 2011. M.P.A.
(2010) and B.A. in political science from Wichita State University.
Chairman Troy Price
(elected July 22, 2017; re-elected Dec. 16,
2018) Senior advisor on Hillary Clinton 2016 general election
campaign in Iowa after serving as political
director on her Iowa
caucus campaign from April 2015. Political director on Obama's
campaign in Iowa from Feb. 2012. Executive director at One Iowa
after starting there in June 2010 as political director. Senior
communication specialist and interim communications director to Gov.
Chet Culver. Communication assistant in the Vilsack/Pederson
administration. Worked at the Iowa Department of Public Health
and Economic Development. Staff of Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov.
Sally Pederson and worked on therir 2002 re-election campaign.
in political science from University of Iowa. From Durant
(Cedar County in Eastern Iowa). twitter
Republican Party of Iowa
Chairman Jeff Kaufmann
(first elected June 28, 2014 after ouster of Danny Carroll; elected to full term Jan. 2015 and re-elected Jan. 2017. Member of the Cedar County Board of Supervisors. Seventh-generation livestock farmer and has aught history and government classes at Muscatine Community College since 1997. Served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2005-13, including six years in leadership positions in the GOP caucus and two years as Speaker Pro Tem. B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. From Wilton. twitter