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Campaign Organization for the 2020 Nevada Caucuses

(page revised November 10,  2019)

The list below shows the state leadership for each of the campaigns organizing in Nevada. Click on the links in the chart at the top for more campaign staff and supporters.  If you see anyone missing please email or call.  

Williamson Yang
       Former: O'Rourke  |  Moulton
        photos: offices

See also:
"2020 Endorsements in Nevada." 
The Nevada Independent.
Megan Messerly.  "Warren's campaign is a 'monster.'  Harris's is 'top-tier."  How presidential campaigns are stacking up in Nevada."  The Nevada Independent, Sept. 1, 2019.
Rory Appleton.  "Democratic presidential hopefuls compete for staffers, delegates.
"  Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 12, 2019.


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

State Director  Gene Benavidas

(reported by the Nevada Independent's Megan Messerly on Aug. 5, 2019)  Principal at Blue Rock Strategies from Jan. 2012.  Deputy political director/constituency director at For Our Future (Las Vegas), July-Nov. 2016.  Advisor to America's Opportunity Fund (527 PAC founded by Gary Locke/Norm Mineta), Feb. 2007-July 2016.  Senior associate at The Lew Edwards Group, July-Nov. 2012.  Partner at B & A International, LLC, 2004-Jan. 2012.  Principal at Benavides & Associates, 1995-2012.  Owner of Caffe Americana in the Philippines, July 2005-Dec.2008.  Worked for the DNC to prepare for the Nevada Democratic presidential caucus, Jan. 2008.  Project manager at The Saint Consulting Group, 2006-07.  Nevada political director for John Kerry, 2004.  Director of global alliances for MeetWorldTrade, Inc., 1999-2001.  Advance for the Office of the Vice President, 1998-2000.  Advisor to OPIC, 1998.  State director on Clinton-Gore 96.  Writer/advance at The White House, 1993-95.  B.A. in political science, international relations from Cal State Long Beach.  twitter

Former Vice President Joe Biden - Biden for President

State Director  Hilary Barrett

(announced May 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Joe Kopser for Congress in TX-21, June-Nov. 2018.  Director of operations and scheduling on John Chiang for Governor (CA), Mar.-June 2018.  Director of scheduling for U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (NV), Nov. 2016-Mar. 2018.  A deputy political director (focused on coordinated table; also principal trip lead) in Nevada on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Operations and training (Feb.-May 2016) and deputy training director-presidential caucus (Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016) for the Nevada State Democratic Party.  Bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from University of Utah, 2015.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker - Booker 2020

State Director  Phil Kim

(June 2019)  Director of AAPI outreach for the DNC, 2018.  Organizing advocate for Educators for Excellence, 2017.  Deputy political director for the Nevada State Democratic Party, April-Nov. 2016.  Attended UC Berkeley.  twitter

Mayor Pete Buttigieg - Pete for America

State Director  Paul Selberg

(mid-June 2019)  Most recently executive director of the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus for three years.  twitter

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro - Julián for the Future

State Director  Kristian Carranza

(Mar. 2019, announced April 15, 2019)  Digital consultant at Do Big Things in Houston, Feb.-Mar. 2019.  Field director on Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Regional coordinator on Battleground Texas, Feb.-Dec. 2017.  Regional field director on Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Affordable Care Act organizer with Brass Tactics, Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Digital coordinator on Battleground Texas, June-Dec. 2015.  Digital fellow with Organizing for Action, June-Aug. 2015.  Campus organizer for Wendy Davis for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Studied at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris for the People

State Director  Ernesto Aprenza

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 29, 2019)  Colorado deputy communications director/regional press secretary on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  PR specialist for Amazon in Seattle, WA, May 2015-June 2016.  Consultant to La Gloria Market, Inc., Dec. 2014-May 2015.  Latino organizing, regional field director and deputy press secretary on Battleground Texas, May-Nov 2014.  State outreach director for Students First in Columbus, OH, Jan. 2013-May 2014.  East Las Vegas field organizer and spokesperson on Obama for America, Feb.-Nov. 2012.  Internships in the White House Office of Public Engagement and with Sen. Patty Murray (WA).  B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2011.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - Bernie 2020

State Director  Sarah Michelsen

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019)  Executive director of Arizona Wins (America Votes) since Sept. 2013.  Political and organizing consultant in Phoenix, Aug. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Arizona state fellow for the Center for Progressive Leadership, Jan.-Sept. 2012.  M.P.P. from Arizona State University, 2016; B.A. in women's and gender studies from American University, 2009.  twitter

Tom Steyer - Tom Steyer 2020

State Director  Jocelyn Sida

(announced Aug. 27, 2019)  Deputy campaign manager on Amy Vilela's congressional campaign in NV-4 in the June 2018 primary.  Nevada state director and earlier deputy director and development associate at Mi Familia Vota in 2016.  "No War With Iran" regional field organizer for MoveOn from Aug. 2015.  Worked on Emanuel Pleitez's 2013 campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles.  Candidate for Fontana (CA) School Board in Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and international relations.  Originally from El Monte, CA.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Warren for President

State Director  Suzy Smith

(Feb. 2019, reported by Politico on Mar. 3, 2019)  Executive director of Let America Vote from July 2018.  Freelance digital strategist from 2011.  Digital director on Jason Kander for U.S. Senate (MO), Feb.-Nov. 2016.   Digital director on Sylvester Turner for Mayor (Houston), April-Dec. 2015.  Digital director for the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Freelance brand director for Chalkfly, April-Oct. 2014.   Digital media strategist for Rational 360, May 2012-Aug. 2014.  Intern for Sen. Tom Carper (DE), Feb.-May 2012.  Director of online marketing and intern coordination for Hollywood Locations, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Assistant researcher at UCLA, Feb. 2009-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2009.  twitter

Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President


Former State Director  David Bagley   ...endorsement of Julián Castro announced Nov. 19

(Mar. 2019)  President at Bull City Works, LLC in Las Vegas from Dec. 2016; president of One Future, a 501(c)(3) from Jan. 2019.  Regional field director for CADC, LLC in Las Vegas, July-Nov. 2018.  Founding board member of High Point Peacemakers (NC), Sept. 2017-June 2018; senior advisor to High Point International Community Clinic, May 2017-June 2018.  Director of education at the Sylvan Learning Center in Raleigh-Durham, Aug. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Nutritionist at Dribble Delights in Glasgow, UK.  Business owner at MDDM Properties LLC, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2014.  English teacher in Georgia, (Europe) Aug.-Dec. 2012.  Air chemist for the City of Philadelphi, Sept. 2009-May 2011.  M.M.S. in clinical nutrition from University of Glasgow, 2015; B.A. in sociology and B.S. in biological sciences from Drexel University, 2013.

Andrew Yang - Friends of Andrew Yang

State Director  Mark Peckham

(Aug. 2019)  Committee secretary in the Nevada State Legislature, Jan.-June 2019.  Field director for the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus, Apr.-Dec. 2018.  Field director on Elizabeth Guzman for Delegate (VA), Aug.-Nov. 2017.  Campaign manager on Brian Sullivan for Mayor of Everett, WA, Mar.-Aug. 2017.  Regional field director for the Arizona Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Juneau, AK on Hillary for America, Mar.-Apr. 2016.  Field organizer in Senate District 6 for the Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Dec. 2015.  Field organizer for the Alaska Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Studied international affairs, government, anthropology at Eastern Washington University.  twitter

former candidates

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

State Director  Marina Negroponte

(announced July 22, 2019)  Vice president of strategy and external affairs for We Are All Human, Nov. 2018-May 2019.  New markets analyst (Nov. 2017-Oct. 2018) and philanthropic partnerships officer (Nov. 2016-Oct. 2017) for Vulcan Inc.  Government relations officer (June-Nov. 2016) and deputy head of programme (Jan. 2014-June 2016) and country coordinator (Purchase for Progress) (Jan. 2012-Jan. 2014) in Tanzania, and programme officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (Aug. 2009-Dec. 2011) for the World Food Programme.  Consultant to the Division of Instructional and Information Technology at the NYC Department of Education, Jan.-June 2009.  Programme officer (Food for Education) in India (Aug. 2005-Dec. 2006) and new graduate in the policy, strategy and programme support division (July 2004-Aug. 2005) at World Food Programme.  M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, 2009; B.A. in interational relations from University of Pennsylvania, 2004.  twitter

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton - Seth Moulton for America
...ended campaign August 23

State Director  Matthew DeFalco

(Apr. 2019)  Strategic partner with Accretive Consulting and with Consili Inc. in Las Vegas from Feb. 2018.  Campaign staffer on many local races in 2018-19 (Michele Romero for Henderson City Council, Cedric Crear for Las Vegas City Council, and Olivia Diaz for Las Vegas City Council; Justin Jones for Clark County Commission, Jim Gibson for Clark County Commission, Zach Conine for Nevada Treasurer, Sheriff Joe Lombardo re-election, Cedric Crear’s special election for Las Vegas City Council, and Question 5).  Wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management, June 2015-June 2018.  Primary candidate for Henderson City Council in 2017, losing by less than half of one percent.  Interned for Sen. Harry Reid in 2011.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2015.  Soldier in the U.S. Army, Apr. 2008-Apr. 2011.  Raised largely in Henderson, NV.


President Donald J. Trump - Trump Victory

Trump Victory State Director  Joe Weaver

(May 2019)  A regional field director for the Michigan Republican Party from Aug. 2017.  Studied at University of Nevada Reno.  twitter


Nevada State Democratic Party

Chairman  William McCurdy II

(elected March 2017, re-elected March 2019)  Assemblyman for Nevada's 6th District, elected Nov. 2016 unopposed;union organizer with SEIU Local 1107. Graduate of the College of Southern Nevada; president of the student body.  Obtained high school diploma at age 24.  Worked construction.  Dropped out of high school as a teenage father.  Born and raised in Las Vegas. twitter

Nevada Republican Party

Chairman Michael McDonald

(elected April 22, 2012; re-elected in Sept. 2013, Nov. 2015, seeking re-election Sept. 7, 2019 >) Senior deputy in the office of Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, July-Oct. 2015.  Elected to the Las Vegas City Council in 1995, defeated in 2003 re-election bid.  Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer.  Lifelong resident of Las Vegas.  twitter