Democratic National Convention Committee
The DNCC is is charged with putting together the Democratic National Convention.

(page revised November 4, 2020)
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COVID-19 presented unprecedented challenges for convention planners.  As they emphasized safety, the Milwaukee footprint shrank.  In March 2020 there were hopes that the pandemic might have wound down by June, on July 24 planners announced a convention anchored in Milwaukee, and in early August they announced that none of the speakers would travel to Milwaukee.  The convention team adapted and roles evolved.  For example, DJ Sigworth started as director of hall construction, but ultimately held the role of director of remote sites.  Within the limitations of the virtual format, the team produced a pretty good facsimile, engaging and energizing participants—from delegates to casual viewers—and providing a strong launch for the Biden ticket into the homestretch of the general election campaign.

Chief Executive Officer  Joe Solmonese

(announced Mar. 26, 2019)  Managing director and founding partner at Gavin/Solmonese LLC, in Wilmington, DE from Apr. 2012.  Transition chairperson at Planned Parenthood Federation of America from May 2018.  President of Human Rights Campaign, Mar. 2005-Mar. 2012.  CEO (2003-05), chief of staff (1998-2003) and deputy political director (1993-1998) at EMILY's List.  B.S. in communications from Boston University.  twitter

Executive Assistant  Jack Mulhern

(Mar. 2020)  B.A. in political science and government from DePaul University, 2020.

Chief of Staff  Debra Alligood White

(announced May 22, 2019..."managing day-to-day operations to plan for and execute" the Convention)  Senior vice president and general counsel at Planned Parenthood Federation of America from Jan. 2013.  Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Sept. 2000-Jan. 2011.  Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 1993-2000.  Project manager for the New York City Public Development Corporation, 1983-90.  Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development, 1988-89.  J.D. from UCLA, 1993; A.B. in government from Harvard University, 1982.

Assistant to the Chief of Staff  Siena Teitelbaum

(Jan. 2020; started as assistant to the CEO in July 2019)  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Tulane University, 2019.

Senior Advisor  Teresa Vilmain 

(announced May 22, 2019) Consultant to  Women's Voices, Women Vote and the Rockefeller Family Fund on the Paid Sick Days campaign. General consultant to Culver/Judge re-election campaign, May 2009-May 2010.  Consultant to Be The Change Inc.  Iowa state director on Hillary Clinton for President announced June 5, 2007.  Advisor on Tom Vilsack's presidential campaign, announced Nov. 9, 2006.  Director of political strategy at the DNC in the 2004 cycle (announced as "General Election Strategist" in February 2003).  General consultant on Vilsack's 2002 re-election.  Wisconsin state director for Gore-Lieberman in the 2000 General Election campaign.  General consultant to Tom Vilsack's gubernatorial campaign in Iowa in 1998.  Wisconsin state director for Clinton/Gore 96.  Consultant for the Human Rights Campaign's OutVote 96 project.  Campaign manager in the primary for the Kathleen Brown for the Governor campaign in California, 1994. Political director of Emily's List, 1993.  Campaign manager for Geraldine Ferraro's U.S. Senate race, 1990-91.  Training director for the DNC, 1989-90.  Iowa director for Gary Hart in 1987 and Iowa state director for Michael Dukakis in 1988.  Deputy campaign manager on Tom Harkin's 1984 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Started in politics on Sen. Ted Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign.  Native of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Senior Advisor for Coordinating the Convention  Addisu Demissie

(link to the Biden for President; reported by the NYT June 1, 2020)  Principal and co-founder at 50+1 Strategies since Feb. 2011.  Most recently campaign manager on Cory 2020, Feb.2019-Jan. 2020.   Campaign manager on Gavin Newsom's campaign for governor of California, Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Vice president and director of grassroots advocacy at The Messina Group, Feb. 2014-Feb. 2017.  National voter outreach and mobilization director at Hillary for America, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Field director at Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Oct. 2010-Feb. 2011.  Policy counsel at Google, May-Oct. 2010.  Political director at Organizing for America/DNC, Feb. 2009-May 2010.  Ohio GOTV director at Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Worked on Hillary Clinton for President during the primaries, 2007-08.  Georgia field director on the Kerry campaign.  Research director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  J.D. from Yale Law School, 2008; B.A. in political science from Yale University, 2001.  From Atlanta.  twitter

Director of Convention Special Projects  Lindsay Holst

(Biden for President, reported by the NYT June 1, 2020)  Director of digital strategy for the DNC, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  Director of digital strategy for Vice President Joe Biden, Dec. 2015-Aug. 2016; director of online content, Office of Digital Strategy at The White House from Sept. 2013.  Email product lead for Upworthy, March-Sept. 2013.  Deputy director of email at Obama for America, April 2011-Nov. 2012. Email strategist at the DNC, June 2010-April 2011.  Business development writer at OST, Inc. May 2009-June 2010.  Columnist/reporter with Northern Virginia Magazine, March 2007-June 2010.  Senior copywriter at MSHC Partners, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Degree in journalism from Boston University, 2008.  twitter

Program Executive  Stephanie Cutter

(reported by Politico on Feb. 3, 2020)  Co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies from May 2013.  Co-host of Crossfire on CNN, Sept. 2013-Oct. 2014.  Aeputy campaign manager on Obama for America, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012. Assistant to the President and deputy senior advisor at the White House (deputy to senior advisor David Plouffe).  Counselor to Treasury Secretary Geithner to May 2009.  Chief spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition.  Senior advisor and chief of staff to Michelle Obama on the campaign, June-Nov. 2008.  Communications director on Kerry-Edwards 2004 and John Kerry for President, announced Nov. 11, 2003.  Communications director for the 2004 Democratic National Convention (also participated in the press operations of the Los Angeles, Chicago and New York conventions).  Communications director for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy starting July 2001.  Senior vice president at the public relations firm Robinson, Lerer and Montgomery.  Cutter worked for President Clinton as the deputy communications director at the White House, from 1999 to the end of the adminstration.  Associate Administrator for Communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; B.A. in government and economics from Smith College, 1990.  Originally from Raynham, MA twitter


Senior Director of Communications   Katie Peters

(Sept. 2019) Communications director at Giffords, Mar. 2017-Sept. 2019. Director of strategic planning and messaging on Hillary for America, July-Dec. 2016.  Communications director for The Hub Project, Feb.-July 2016.  Senior advisor to the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2016.  Managing director for communications (July-Dec. 2014) director of press relations (Feb.-July 2014) and associate director of press relations (Sept. 2011-Jan. 2014) at the Center for American Progress.  Senior director of communications (Jan. 2009-Sept. 2011) and director of communications (Mar. 2008-Jan. 2009) at First Focus.  Youth engagement coordinator for America's Promise, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  B.S. in education from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, 2008.  twitter

Director of Media Relations  Ofirah Yheskel

(Jan. 2020)  Deputy communications director for states on Beto for America, June-Nov. 2019  Communications director (from Sept. 2018) and press secretary (Jan.-Sept. 2018) to Gov. Ralph Northam; senior advisor on Northam's transition; press secretary on Ralph Northam for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2017.  Wisconsin press secretary on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Communications assistant to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO), Nov. 2015-May 2016.  Communications director to Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman and the Legislative Study Group, Jan. -June 2015.  Deputy press secretary on Wendy Davis for Governor, Dec. 2013-Nov. 2014.  B.S. in political communication and B.A. in international relations and global studies from The University of Texas at Austin, 2013. twitter

Director of Communications and Surrogate Operations  Kelli Farr

(Dec. 2019)  Senior manager for Global Conference 2019 at Women Deliver, Feb. 2018-Sept. 2019.  Project manager for AFSCME, Dec. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Staffing director, Space4 at CulturalDC, Nov. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Director of volunteers for Producers Guild of America PBNY Conference, Aug.-Oct. 2017.  Press advance lead on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Director of press operations for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Jan.-Oct. 2016.  Vice president, director of tracking with American Bridge 21st Century.  Media analyst/tracker at Progressive, May-Nov. 2008.  Photographer/administrative assistant at Eventography Inc., Dec. 2006-April 2008.  Finance assistant on Phil Angelides for Governor (CA), Jan.-Nov. 2006.  B.A. in government from Sacramento State University, 2007.  From Martinez, California.

Communications Assistant  Cate Hurley

(Dec. 2019)  Executive assistant to Mayor Eric Garcetti (Mar.-Nov. 2019) and communications for Mayor Garcetti, Dec. 2017-Mar. 2019.  Office of Pasadena Councilmember Steve Madison, June 2014-Nov. 2017.  B.A. in political science and narrative studies from University of Southern California, 2017.

Press Secretary Tim Carroll

(July 2020)  Spokesman for the Michigan Democratic Party, June-July 2020.  National director of press advance on Warren for President, Sept. 2019-Mar. 2020.    Deputy communications director (Jan. 2018-Sept. 2019) and strategic communications advisor (Feb. 2017-Jan. 2018) to the Mayor of Detroit.  Advance associate (July-Dec. 2016) and intern at The White House.  Press lead-advance on Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University, 2015.  twitter

Press Assistant Marisa Nahem

(July 2020)  Press advance on Amy for America, Feb.-Mar. 2020.  Assistant account executive at BCW Global, Sept. 2019-Feb. 2020.  Degree in political science and government from The Ohio State University, 2019.  twitter

Press Assistant Emma O'Brien


Surrogates Coordinator Amelia Berger

(July 2020)  Press advance associate on Biden for President from Apr. 2019.  Senior communications assistant at Bracewell LLP, June 2017-June 2019.  B.A. in political science and communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017.  twitter

Director of Digital Communications  Hannah Flom

(Mar. 2020)  Digital director in the Office of Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Jan. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Digital director for the Walz-Flanagan Transition Team, Nov. 2018-Jan. 2019.  Digital director for the Minnesota DFL, May-Dec. 2018.  Senior account executive (Oct. 2017-May 2018), assistant video editor and associate producer (July 2016-Oct. 2017) and video fellow (Jan.-May 2016) at Bully Pulpit Interactive.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University.  twitter

Senior Digital Content Manager Brett Lake

(May 2020) Video producer on Warren for President, Dec. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Iowa digital director on Beto for America, June-Nov. 2019.    Deputy digital director for the Arizona Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2018.  Digital project director, patient advocate ambassador program at Americans for Cures, July 2017-Mar. 2018.  Regional GOTV lead for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Oct.-Nov. 2017.  Field organizer in Lake Worth for the Florida Democratic Party, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  BA. in international/global studies from Emory University, 2015.  twitter

Digital Content Manager Amelia Montooth

(May 2020)  Media strategist on Warren for President, Nov. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Digital media fellow at Priorities USA, May-Nov. 2019.  Political affairs associate at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2018-Nov. 2019.  B.A. in international relations and global business from University of Southern California, 2019.  From Phoenix.

Digital Associate Megha Bhattacharya

(May 2020)  Fundraising associate (Sept. 2019-Mar. 2020) and organizing fellow (June-Aug. 2019) on Warren for President.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Chicago, 2019.

Digital Assistant  Ariel (Goodman) Botbol

(Apr. 2020)  Communications associate for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, Aug. 2019-Apr. 2020.  M.A. in political science from Mmarquette University, 2010; bachelor's degree in 20th century history from University of Minnesota, 2015.  twitter


Senior Director of Public Engagement  Jorge Neri

(announced May 22, 2019)  Principal at Neri Group, LLC from Jan. 2017.  Campaign manager on Daley for Mayor (Chicago), Sept. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Nevada Coordinated Campaign director (Apr.-Nov. 2016); state director on the Hawaii caucus campaign (Feb.-Apr. 2016); organizing director on the Nevada caucus campaign, (April 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Associate Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House, Feb. 2014-May 2015.  Deputy campaign manager for field at the Alliance for Citizenship, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Nevada field director on Obama's re-election campaign from July 2012 after serving as the national campaign's Southern regional field director from Aug. 2011-July 2012.  Midwest and Southeast organizer at the Center for Community Change, Nov. 2008-Aug. 2011.  Organizer at UFCW Local 1546 in Chicago, Dec. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Attended Robert Morris College.  twitter

Deputy Director of Public Engagement  Katie Fricchione

(Oct. 2019)  Senior associate at the Dewey Square Group in Washington, DC, Mar. 2017-Oct. 2019.  Pennsylvania women's outreach director at Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Associate manager of communications/special assistant in the communications department for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Feb.-Aug. 2016.  Interim regional manager in the U.S. Senate, Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Account executive/project manager for Stone's Phones, July 2014-Nov. 2015.  M.A. in political communication from American University; B.A. in political science, communications and rhetoric from University of Pittsburgh.  twitter

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Party Leader Outreach  Danielle Decker

(Nov. 2019)  Legislative fiscal manager (July 2017-Nov. 2019) and intergovernmental relations division legislative coordinator (Jan.-July 2017) for the City of Milwaukee.  Field director on Russ for Wisconsin, June-Nov. 2016.  Field director in Ashburn for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Apr.-Nov. 2015.  Regional field director on the Campaign for Louisiana, Louisiana Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2014.  Intergovernmental affairs coordinator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Apr. 2012-July 2014.  Legislative liaison and assistant to the CEO of the Hispanic College Fund, Jan. 2011-Apr. 2012.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, June 2010-Jan. 2011.  B.A. in history from Marquette University, 2010.  Grew up in Delavan (Walworth Co.).

Director of Allied Groups and Labor Engagement  Madalyn Tomaszewski

(Jan. 2020)  Director of ballot access on Kamala Harris for the People, July-Dec. 2019.  Principal/senior associate at Dewey Square Group, June 2014-July 2019.  Short-term roles: GOTV in Miami on Hillary for America (Oct.-Nov. 2016); clip distribution for the 2016 DNCC (July 2016); operations and caucus turnout in Davenport, IA on Hillary for America.  Associate at Dewey Square Group, June 2011-Feb. 2014.  B.S. in political communication from Emerson College, 2010.  twitter

Associate Director of Allied Groups - Women Youth, LGBTQ+  Rina Patel

(Mar. 2020)  Legislative aide for the Congressional Equality Caucus (Aug. 2019-Mar. 2020) and legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (Jan.-Aug. 2019).  Policy aide (July 2018-Jan 2019) and staff assistant (Mar.-July 2018) to U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member McCaskill.  Policy fellow at Civic Nation, Jan.-Mar. 2018.  Sustainability consultant at Comcast, Oct.-Dec. 2017.  B.A. in growth and structure of cities and environmental studies from Bryn Mawr College, 2017.

Associate Director of Allied Groups - AAPI Outreach  Tiffany W. Chang

(Mar. 2020)  Advocacy and policy manager for the Asian American Federation, Feb. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Associate for communications and public affairs at Global Strategy Group, Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Government and community engagement coordinator for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, May 2017-Jan. 2018.  Professional musician, drummer/composer from Jan. 2007.  M.P.A. in urban and social policy, management, African studies from Columbia University SIPA, bachelor of music from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Staff Assistant for Public Engagement  Rachel Chiu

(Jan. 2020)  Assistant to the campaign manager on Kamala Harris for the People, Jan.-Dec. 2019.  Intern at SCRB Strategies, Aug. 2018-Feb. 2019.  B.A. in political science and communication from University of Southern California.


Executive Producer  Ricky Kirshner

(announced June 24, 2020)  Founder and principal at RK Productions, one of the entertainment industry's leading production executives, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.  Executive producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and Inaugural events.


Director of Media Logistics  Jessica Jennings

(Aug. 2019)  Senior advisor to Indivisible Project from Apr. 2017.  Chief communications officer (Dec. 2018-Aug. 2019) and director of communications (June 2017-Dec. 2018) for University of Maryland Athletics.  North Carolina trips director on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy director of media logistics for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Feb.-Aug. 2016.  Press secretary (Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016) and head of national security communications/deputy spokesperson (Mar. 2011-Aug. 2015) for the British Embassy in Washington.  Media logistics for the UK Cabinet Office for the G8 Summit, Jan.-July 2013.  Director of communications for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2010-Mar. 2011.  M.A. in global diplomacy from University of London, 2017; B.A in international politics and public relations from Penn State University.

Associate Director of Media Logistics  Andrew Overton

(Jan. 2020)    Senior director of communications for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, July 2018-Dec. 2019.   Press secretary ad deputy head of communications (Feb. 2016-July 2018) and communications officer (Apr. 2012-Feb. 2016) at the British Embassy in Washington.  Editorial assistant at Vanguard Communications, Mar. 2011-Apr. 2012.  M.A in international affairs from American University; B.A. in political science and communications from Marist College.

Associate Director of Media Logistics  Erica Dvorachek

(Feb. 2020)  Senior project manager for Civic Entertainment Group, LLC, Apr. 2013-Jan. 2020.  Event manager for Swig Restaurant (Milwaukee), Oct. 2012-Apr. 2013.  Event sales manager for Wild Ginger/The Triple Door in Seattle, Oct. 2010-Oct. 2012.  Guest service manager at the Space Needle, July 201-June 2007.  B.A. in graphic design from University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Media Logistics Associate  Triniece Cummins

(Mar. 2020)  Audio branding consultant for PHMG, July 2019-Mar. 2020.  Account manager at SMS Assist, LLC, Dec. 2017-July 2019.  Master's degree in political science and government from Temple University, 2017; B.A. degrees in English language and literature and political science and government from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2015.

Media Logistics Associate  Alex Hanel
(Jan. 2020)

Staff Assistant for Media Logistics  Mara Matovich

(Jan. 2020) Intern in Orlando with the Walt Disney Company, Sept. 2019-Jan. 2020.  B.A. in political science and communication arts from University of Wisconsin Madison, 2019.


COO  Andrew Binns
This is Binns' fifth convention.  Co-founder (Jan. 2014) of Castle Point Partners (>).  CIO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention from June 2015.  CIO for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  CIO (Oct. 2011-12) and director of technology (March-Oct. 2011) for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  Lead project manager of technology/requirements analyst for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.  IT technician on John Kerry for President, Aug. 2003-Nov. 2004.  B.S./B.A. in management from Boston University, 2009.

Deputy COO  Shelby Wagenseller

(July 2019, initially director of special projects)  Senior communications manager (Oct. 2018-July 2019), communications manager (Nov. 2017-Oct. 2018) and senior communications associate (Jan.-Oct. 2017) at Signal Group DC.  Deputy press secretary at the USDA, Sept. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Innovation coordinator for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Dec. 2015-Sept. 2016.  Associate at Joe Trippi & Associates, Oct. 2013-Dec. 2015.  Assistant to the Director of Technology and Infrastructure on the PIC, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Field organizer in Charlottesville, VA area on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Communications intern on Charlotte in 2012-Democratic National Convention, Oct. 2011-Aug. 2012.  B.S. in political science and government from Davidson College, 2013.

Senior Director of Operations  Cameron Moody

Seventh convention: Senior advisor for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Senior advisor for operations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte from June 2011.  Deputy CEO for "outside the hall" operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.  Deputy CEO for operations for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Deputy director of logistics for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in L.A..  Deputy director of transportation for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  Director of the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President, Jan. 2009-June 2011.  Director of strategic planning and operations for the American Cancer Society's National Government Relations Office.  Moody worked on the 2002, 2000 and 1996 Olympics and the 1997 Denver Summit of the Eight (G-8 Economic Summit).  Engineer by training; product development engineer for Ford Motor Company, 1986-91 and has also worked on athletic shoe design and development.  B.S. in industrial engineering from NC Agricultural and Technical State University, 1986 after attending Morehouse College.

Senior Director of Housing and Credentials  Jeannie Doherty

... Director of housing for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Earlier experience includes director of the Secretary's Office at the DNC from Nov. 2004.  Director of VIP relations for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  Director of programming and events/acting operations director for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Sept. 1997-Apr. 2004.  Administrative supervisor for the parking department at the City of Miami Beach, Jan. 1995-Aug. 1997.  Various positions for the City of Boston including director of administration and finance-transportation, Apr. 1983-Nov. 1995.


Director of Housing  Clark Lee

Self employed public affairs and political consultant from 2001.  Contract attorney, 2019.  State political director for the California Democratic Party, 2017-18.  Information systems commissioner for the County of Los Angeles, 2015-18.  Director of party leader outreach for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, 2016.  NH state director for NextGen America, 2016.  Director of communications and political affairs for the L.A. County Democratic Party, 2016.  Campaign manager on Ed Chau for Assembly, 2012.  Field/communications strategist on Judy Chu for Congress, 2009.  Field/comms./GOTV on Mike Eng for Assembly, 2006.  Voter protection/GOTV for Alliance for a Better California, AFL-CIO, 2005.  Outreach coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, 2005.  Deputy campaign manager for the L.A. County Democratic Party, 2004.  Community engagement and voter outreach specialist for California Secretary of States, 2003-04.  Targeted outreach coordinator/regional field coordinator on Gov. Gray Davis Committee/Californians Against the Recall, 2003.  Targeted outreach coordinator for the California Democratic Party, 2002.  J.D. from Southwestern Law School; B.A in government from Claremont McKenna College.

Associate Director of Housing  Shyanne Robinson

(Jan. 2020)  Principal and creative director at 3 Experiences, LLC from Jan. 2020.  Director of account services June 2015-Jan. 2020), senior account executive (2013-15) and event manager (2008-13) at onPeak (Atlanta area).  Associate director of housing for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee in Denver.  B.A. in political science, English from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2006.

Manager, Housing  John T. Yoerger

(Mar. 2020)  Exhibit hall floor manager for SXSW, Feb.-Mar. 2020.  Logistics for Sundance Film Festival, Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020.  Director of events and marketing (Feb. 2018-Nov. 2019) and program marketing and events manager (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2018) for The Changemaker Foundation.  B.S. in event management from University of Central Florida; B.F.A. in drama design and production from Carnegie Mellon University.


Director of Credentials  Lisa Hargrove

(Jan. 2020)  Director of operations (Jan. 2019-Jan. 2020) and director of meetings and conferences (May 2017-Jan. 2019) at the DNC.  Chief everything officer at LiLaCo Inc. from Sept. 2016.  Director of credentials for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Sept. 2015-Sept. 2016.  Assistant to the national president (Aug. 2012-Sept. 2015) and confidential executive assistant to the general counsel (July 2011-Sept. 2012) of the American Federation of Government Employees.  Operations manager at the Caraway Group, July 2010-Jan. 2011.  Campaign manager on Cheryle Jackson's 2009 campaign for U.S. Senate in Illinois.  Director of operations in the office of CEO Leah Daughtry for the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.  Executive assistant to chief of staff Leah Daughtry at the DNC, 2006-09.


Director of Security  Kenneth Washington

(Dec. 2019)  Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Secret Service, July 1999-Dec. 2019.  Commercial real estate investor and re-developer, Apr. 1994-July 1999.  College administrator and tenured faculty at Loyola University and South Suburban College, June 1990-July 1999.  Master's and B.A. in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.


Staff Assistant to CTO  Kayla Baker

Degree in human resource management from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2019.

Deputy CTO  Dae Yi

(Feb. 2020; started in Jan. 2020 as director of technology project management)  President of SDG Technologies Corporation (Baltimore/DC) from Jan. 2015.  Director of Information Technology on Kamala Harris for the People, Aug. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Technology integration manager at the DNC, July 2017-Aug. 2019.  Vice president of business development (Feb. 2014-Feb. 2015) and innovation and customer success manager (Dec. 2013-Feb. 2014) at Dynamic Network Solutions.  Director of external communications on Friends of Clarence Lam (Columbia, MD), Sept. 2013-June 2014.  Business analyst at Altarum, July-Nov. 2013.  Computer science instructor at Howard County Public Schools, Aug. 2006-July 2013.  Enterprise network engineer at Dynamic Network Solutions, June-Aug. 2008.  Help desk technician at Howard Community College, June 2003-Nov. 2006.  M.B.A./M.S.I.T. from The Johns Hopkins University-Carey Business School, 2013; B.S. in computer science from University of Maryland 2005.

Associate Director of Technology  Sarah Urban

(Dec. 2019)  IT program manager (Feb.-Dec. 2019), IT support services manager (to Feb. 2019), support services supervisor IT (Apr. 2008-Feb. 2011) and help desk analyst (Sept. 2007-Apr. 2008) for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin.  Public relations/journalist, E6 in the United States Navy, Feb. 1995-Oct. 2004.  Bachelor's degree in information systems management from University of Maryland Global Campus, 2019.

Technology Project Manager  William Sewell

(Jan. 2020)  Infrastructure project manager at Kohl's Department Stores Center for Retailing Excellence, Feb.-Sept. 2019.  Senior information technology project manager for Capgemini Consulting, Apr. 2013-Nov. 2018.  Program manager/consultant for Allied Telecom Group, July 2011-Feb. 2013.  Director of professional services at Core BTS, July 2008-July 2009.  Studied at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Project Manager  Paul H. Kwon
(Feb. 2020)  Program leader, finances and logistics (July 2018-Feb. 2020) and administrative assistant (from July 2017) at El Camino Academy.  Bachelor's degree from Salisbury University, 2017.


CFO  Casey Frary

(July 2019)  Event consultant from 2013.  Staff director at Media Matters for America, Jan. 2017-July 2019.  Director of operations and finance for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Apr. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Advance site lead on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Managed Doug Owens' 2014 campaign for Congress in UT-04.  Managing director of Southpaw Associates, a consulting firm.  Legislative affairs director for the American Foreign Service Association.  Worked on Capitol Hill from 2004-09; campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen's 2008 re-election campaign in Wisconsin.  Graduate of Marquette University.  twitter

Deputy Director of Finance and Administration  Amy Chiou

(Feb. 2020)  Founder of #WTFwevote (We're The Future), July 2014.  Executive director of Queen City Forward, Aug. 2016-May 2018.  Staff director/deputy director of the convention complex for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Philadelphia, Jan.-Aug. 2016.  Founder and CEO of Ballot, a mobile app, Sept. 2014-Mar. 2016.   Leased property manager, analyst, Democratic National Convention liaison with Lincoln Harris in Charlotte, NC, June 2011-July 2015.  Project analyst at Brailsford & Dunlavey, Apr. 2010-Apr. 2011.  Research intern on Hillary Clinton for President, Jan.-May 2008.  J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 2008; B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin, 2005.  twitter

Finance and Administration Staff Assistant  Sam Schwab

(Dec. 2019)  Organizing fellow at Organizing Corps 2020, June-Aug. 2019.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison 2019.

Human Resources Director  Sharon Rurangirwa

(Dec. 2019)  HR manager for the Chicago Children's Museum, Nov. 2018-Nov. 2019.  Faculty data and immigration coordinator for Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, June 2015-Nov. 2018.  M.S. in human resource management from Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago; B.A. in international relations and affairs from Dominican University.

06/24 "All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee."


Senior Director of Hall Management  Jeffrey Wexler

COO of the Global Climate Action Summit for the United Nations Foundation, 2018-19.  Director of operations and senior advisor to the Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2014-17.  Director of finance and administration  at The Partnership Project and Climate Action Campaign, 2013-14.  National director of operations for Common Purpose Project, 2012-13.  Executive assistant to the COO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  Government affairs coordinator for American Forest & Paper Association, 2011.  Press assistant in the U.S Senate, 2010-11. Speech writing staff assistant for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.  B.A. in international relations from Connecticut College.

Associate Manager of Venue Operations  Candace N. Johnson

(Apr. 2020; started as special assistant, Feb.-Apr. 2020)  Scheduler for U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Dec. 2018-Feb. 2020; intern for U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, Oct.-Dec. 2018.  National account manager for EventPrep Franchise, Inc., May-Dec. 2018.  Training consultant for Tero International, Inc, May 2017-Aug. 2018.  Assistant publicist (Mar. 2013-May 2014) and marketing administrative assistant (Jan.-Mar. 2013) at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  M.S. in public relations and M.A. in international relations from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, 2017; B.A. in journalism, public relations/English from Howard University, 2012.

Director of Hall Operations  Connolly Keigher

(Jan. 2020)  COO at Demand Justice, Nov. 2018-Dec. 2019.  Independent consultant, 2017-18.  Trip director and personal assistant to Hillary Clinton, Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Trip director and director of advance on Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  Lead protocol officer for the First Lady's 2012 NATO Summit Spouse Program (Jan.-June 2012) and protocol officer (April 2009-Aug. 2011), Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State.  National advance on Hillary Clinton for President, Feb. 2007-June 2008.  Legislative correspondent April 2006-June 2007) and staff assistant (April 2005-June 2007) to U.S. Rep. David Obey (WI).  Corps member with AmeriCorps, Sept. 2003-July 2004.  M.P.A. in international public management from DePaul University School of Public Service, 2013.

Assistant - Hall Operations and Construction  Analise Sandoval

(Feb. 2020)  Restaurant server from Oct. 2019.  Legal administrative assistant, Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020.  Intern in Gov. Tony Evers administration, May-Oct. 2019.  B.S. in public policy administration from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2019

Director of Hall Construction > Director of Remote Sites  DJ Sigworth

(Jan. 2020)  Trip director for Office of Al Gore, Nov. 2017-Jan. 2020.  Manager of experience and production for POLITICO Live, Feb.-Nov. 2017.  National advance lead on Hillary for America, Jan.-Nov. 2016.  Special assistant to the Secretary (political appointee) at the U.S. Department of Labor, Dec. 2014-Jan. 2016.  Advance associate at The White House, June 2013-Jan. 2016.  Deputy director of advance on Wendy Davis for Governor campaign (TX), June-Nov. 2014.  Assistant project manager and scheduler at Chris Wayne & Associates, July 2013-Apr. 2014.  State advance, deputy regional field director and field organizer on Organizing for America Ohio, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.S. in political science from The George Washington University, 2013.

Associate Director of Hall Construction  > Associate Director of Podium Operations and Remote Sites  Edgar Estrada

(Mar. 2020)  Advance contractor on Pete for America, Dec. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Director of Georgetown University Politics Forum, Sept. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Associate manager for programs and partnerships (May-Sept. 2019) and coordinator of programs and partnerships (Feb. 2018-May 2019) at POLITICO.  Bachelor's degree in political science from The George Washington University; associate's degree in political science and government from Miami Dade College.


Outside Counsel  Graham Wilson

Counsel at the DNC.  Partner and previously associate at Perkins Coie.  Attorney at the Federal Election Commission, Office of General Counsel, Litigation Division, 2008-09.  Attorney at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, 2005-07.  J.D. from University of Virginia, 2004; B.A. from Carleton College, 2001.

Health and Safety Advisors

(announced June. 24, 2020)
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin -
Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University.
Dr. Larry Brilliant - former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.  twitter