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Campaign Organization for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses

(page revised January 31, 2020)

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

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet - Bennet for America

State Director  Brian S. Peters

(reported by DMR's Austin Cannon on June 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Liz Watson's 2018 run for Congress in IN-9 from Nov. 2017. Strategist with BerlinRosen, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  Campaign director with The Baughman Company, Mar. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Executive director of the Arkansas Democratic Senate Caucus, Apr-Dec. 2014.  Fundraising director on Maxey Scherr for U.S. Senate (TX), Jan.-Mar. 2014.  Campaign manager on Jeremy McPike for House of Delegates (VA), June-Nov. 2013.  Fundraising director on Tamika Humphreys for City Council (Harlem, NY), Feb.-Apr. 2013.  Campaign manager on Pat Lang for Congress in OH-15, Apr.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor of specialized studies, political communication from Ohio University, 2012.  twitter

Former Vice President Joe Biden - Biden for President

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.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg - Pete for America

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

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard - Tulsi 2020

Organizing Director  Amaury Dujardin  

Field director on Committee to Elect Jay Gonzalez (MA governor), Dec. 2017-Nov. 2018..  Campaign manager for Ruthanne Fuller for Mayor of Newton, MA, Dec. 2016-Dec. 2017.  Camaign manager on Committee to Electe Dylan Fernandes in Falmouth, MA.  Digital media manager at Amplify Incorporated, Oct. 2015-June 2016.  B.S. in mass communication from Boston University, 2015.  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, Iowa.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - Bernie 2020

State Director  Misty Rebik

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Event and stewardship coordinator for 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

Tom Steyer - Tom Steyer 2020

State Director  Michael Edwards

(announced Aug. 27, 2019)  Freelance consultant and campaign 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 manager 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.  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 organizing director in Iowa City on the Iowa Caucus campaign, then served as Minnesota organizing director and Washington Caucus director.  Iowa 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  (+)

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

Experience on Hillary for America, Iowa Democrats, Organizing for America Iowa and AARP Iowa.  Attended Iowa State University.  twitter

former candidates

Former U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney - Friends of John Delaney   ...ended campaign January 31

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 late Sept. 2019

(announced as state 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

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker - Cory 2020
  ...suspended campaign January 13

State Director  Michael Frosolone

(announced Feb. 4, 2019; reported by CNN on Feb. 1)  Caucus director for Iowa House 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

Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President  ...suspended campaign January 10

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

Former HUD Secretary and Mayor Julián Castro  - Julián for the Future  ...suspended campaign January 2

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

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris for the People  ...suspended campaign December 3

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 Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer for Obama for America in Bradenton, FL, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in government from Wesleyan University, 2014.  twitter

Gov. Steve Bullock - Bullock for President  ...suspended campaign December 2

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

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak - Joe Sestak for President ...ended campaign December 1

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

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke - Beto for America ...ended campaign November 1

State Director  Norm Sterzenbach

(Mar. 2019)  Consultant to the IDP on the 2020 caucuses to 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 native. twitter

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan - Tim Ryan for America
...ended campaign October 24

State Director  Chris Bowen

Regional field director in Burlington, Iowa on Bernie 2016 from July 2015.  Stay at home dad.  COO of Total Relaxation & Wellness, Inc., Nov. 2014-April 2015.  Freight coordinator for Kohl's Department Stores in West Burlington, Nov. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Field and political director for 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

Field Director  Cameron Macaw-Hennick
(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

(announced Jan. 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. Cedar Rapids for Organizing for America.  B.A. in rhetoric and communication from Drake University, 2014.  From Cedar Rapids.  twitter

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 PAC)  Partner 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, 2010.  twitter

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell - Swalwell for America ...ended campaign July 9

State Director  Eddie Alvarez

Political director for New Energy PAC from Sept. 2018.  Political director for the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Unions, Mar. 2017-Sept. 2018.  Campaign manager on McCarthy for Montana, Jan.-Mar. 2017.  Regional field director/deputy field director on Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate (LA), Nov.-Dec. 2016.  Senior staff on Ro Khanna for Congress (CA), 2016.  Middle school teacher in Los Angeles, 2014-16.  Senior advisor on John Lewis for Congress/Montana Democratic Party, 2014.  Campaign manager on Doug Otto for Long Beach (CA) Mayor, 2013-14.  JV baseball coach and substitue teacher in Santa Clarita, CA, 2006-14.  A regional field director for the California Democratic Party, 2012; field director on Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer for Assembly (CA), 2012.  B.A. in international relations, political science from Carroll College, 2010; also studied at Los Angeles Mission Community College.  Son of Mexican immigrants.  twitter

not in

Sen. 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 the 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.


Iowa Democratic Party

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.  Degree 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