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Gillibrand 2020

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Headquarters: Troy, NY
formally announced Mar. 17, 2019; announced Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee Jan. 15, 2019

announced departure from the race Aug. 28, 2019  memo  |  @sengillibrand
staff press releases  |  FEC

On exit the campaign reported "nearly 100 talented staff, including 35 staffers on the ground in Iowa and 20 in New Hampshire."

Candidate  Kirsten Gillibrand  timeline
Husband  Jonathan Gillibrand

Campaign Manager  Jess Fassler

(reported by Politico on Jan. 11, 2019)  Chief of staff to Gillibrand since she started in the U.S. House in 2007.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX), 2005-07.  Press assistant and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Martin Frost (TX), 2003-05.  Policy assistant and special projects coordinator in the U.S. House, 2000-03.  Legislative aide in the New York State Assembly, 1999-2000.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2001; bachelor's degree in political science and government from SUNY at Albany, 1999.  Originally from Buffalo, NY.

Senior Advisor/Campaign Director  Dan McNally

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Most recently at Shorr Johnson Magnus.  Political director at the DSCC, Feb.-Oct. 2017.  Campaign manager on Sen. Michael Bennet's 2016 re-election.  DSCC regional political director in the 2014 cycle.  Campaign manager on Mark Pocan's successful 2012 campaign for Congress in WI-2.  Assistant director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of Syracuse, NY, Jan.-Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei's unsuccessful re-election bid in 2010.  Campaign manager on Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse in 2009.   Field operations manager on Dan Maffei’s successful 2008 campaign for Congress.  Worked on the Jon Power's primary campaign in NY-26 in 2008.  Also worked on U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter's campaign.  Undergraduate degree in political science from SUNY at Geneseo, 2008.


National Political Director  Semedrian Smith

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Deputy campaign manager on Friends of Sherrod Brown, March-Nov. 2018.  Political on Ralph Northam for Governor, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2018.  One of two political directors for the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2016.  Worked in Hampton Roads in 2015.  Also worked in Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas.  Studied creative writing and political science at Edgewood College.  Born in rural Wisconsin.

Deputy National Political Director  Gregory Smiley

(from Feb. 2019; announced Jan. 22)  Campaign manager on Gillibrand's re-election campaign from April 2018.  Director of intergovernmental affairs in the office of Sen. Gillibrand, Jan. 2014-Mar. 2018.  Regional representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2014.  Development coordinator in the Office of University Relations (July 2009-Feb. 2011) and legislative aide in the Office of State Relations (July 2007-June 2009) at City University of New York.  Committee clerk in the New York State Assembly, Jan.-June 2007.  M.P.A. in urban affairs and public private partnerships and B.A. in black studies and political science from CUNY City College.  Grew up in East New York; born in Jamaica, West Indies.

National Director of Delegate Operations  Courtney Federico

(Mar. 2019)  Program manager for WOMEN VOTE! at EMILY's List, Mar.-Dec. 2018.  Outreach manager for the Combined Defense Project, Sept. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Deputy director for party affairs and delegate selection at the DNC, July 2015-Aug. 2017.  Special assistant to the CEO at the DNC, Jan. 2014-May 2015.  Assistant to the executive director at the EMILY's List, June-Dec. 2013.  Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Jan.-May 2013.  Field organizer in Nashua (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and organizing fellow (July-Aug. 2012) on Organizing for America.  B.A. in international relations from Boston University, 2012.

Early States Director  Jacob Smith

(May 2019)  Arizona Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign director, Mar. 2018-Mar 2019.  Campaign manager on Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Mar.-Nov. 2017.  Michigan organizing director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016; started on the campaign as a regional organizing director in New Hampshire in April 2015, then in Maine and Illinois; and organizing director in Indiana and Northern California.  Field director on Alex Sink for Congress, Dec. 2013-March 2014.  Field director on Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional field director for Organizing for America in Sarasota, FL.  Field director on Thomas Hawkins for City Commission, Dec. 2010-March 2011.  B.A. in political science from University of Florida, 2011; interned on Obama's campaign in Florida, Sept.-Nov. 2008. 


Communications Director  Meredith Kelly

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Communications director for the 2018 cycle and national press secretary for the 2016 cycle at the DCCC.  New York press secretary for Sen. Charles Schumer.  Graduate of Boston College.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director–Digital  Emmy Bengston

(see below)

National Press Secretary  Evan Lukaske

(announced Jan. 22, 2019)  A regional press secretary at the DCCC in the 2018 cycle from Feb. 2017.  Press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Communications director for Friends of Madeline Singas (Mineola, NY), April-Nov. 2015.  Communications director on Bishop for Congress, July-Nov. 2014.  Press assistant (Jan.-July 2014) and staff assistant (June-Dec. 2013) for U.S. Rep. Steve Israel.  Financial performance analyst (June 2012-May 2013) and HR analyst (June 2011-May 2012) for BP in the Chicago area.  Bachelor's degree in communications from University of Michigan, 2011.  twitter

Traveling Press Secretary  Alex Phillips

(announced Jan. 22, 2019)  Moving to the campaign from her position as press secretary in the Senate office, started there in June 2017.  Director of surrogates and media affairs for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.  National booking manager (Aug. 2015-Nov. 2016) and press assistant (April 2015-Nov. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State, Sept. 2014-2015.  Assistant in the president's office at The Rockefeller Foundation, June 2012-Sept. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in international/global studies from Spellman College, 2012.  Missouri native.  twitter


Research Director  Alexandra Sanchez

(announced Jan. 22, 2019) has served as Sen/ Gillibrand's research director and advisor since Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate in 2009. Worked in senior research roles for former Gov. Bill Richardson's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, and for Tom Udall's U.S. Senate campaign. Originally from Albuquerque, NM.

Deputy Research Director  Alexandra Wilcox

(Feb. 2019)  Deputy research director for the DCCC I.E., Mar.-Dec. 2018.  Deputy research director/senior researcher (Dec. 2013-Mar. 2018) and research analyst (July 2011-Dec. 2013) at VR Research.  B.A. in English from UC Berkley; earlier attended Santa Barbara City College.


Deputy Communications Director–Digital  Emmy Bengston

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Digital director on Gavin Newsom's campaign for Governor of California from Jan. 2018.  Senior strategist at M+R in the San Francisco Bay area, Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Deputy social media director (from Dec. 2015) and senior social media strategist (May-Dec. 2015) on Hillary for America.  Digital state campaigns manager (Feb.-May 2015) and digital content specialist (May 2013-Feb. 2015) at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Digital consultant for Vital Voices Global Partnership, March-May 2013.  Colorado deputy digital director at Obama for America, June-Nov. 2012.  Communications manager for the Hispanic National Bar Association, June 2011-Sept. 2012.  B.A. in Romance languages from Dartmouth College, 2010.  twitter

Digital Finance Director  Gavrie Kullman

(reported by WSJ's Ken Thomas on Jan. 11, 2019; announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Digital director at the Democratic Governors Association from July 2014; senior digital advisor to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Jan. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Director of online development for United Service Organizations, Oct. 2011-July 2014.  Senior account executive at Anne Lewis Strategies, LLC, June 2007-Oct. 2011.  Deputy director of marketing, online (Dec. 2006-June 2007) and direct marketing coordinator (April 2005-Dec. 2006) at the DSCC.  Field organizer on Tom Daschle for Senate (SD), March-Dec. 2004.  Field coordinator in Nashua, NH on John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Nov. 2003-Feb. 2004. B.A. in political science from UC Riverside, 2003.

Deputy Digital Fundraising Director, Paid Acquisition  Juliana Pajdo

(June 2019) Senior digital advertising manager (June 2018-May 2019), digital advertising manager, May 2017-May 2018 and digital advertising coordinator (May 2016-May 2017) at Rising Tide Interactive.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from New York University, 2016.

Digital Mobilization Director  Alexis Magnan-Callaway

(reported by the Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2019)  Digital director for the Arizona Democratic Party, 2018.  Digital organizing lead in Arlington for the Democratic Party of Virginia from July 2017.  Brand partnerships for ATTN: from Jan. 2017.  Organizer in Luzerne County for Hillary for America in Pennsylvania, July-Nov. 2016.  Account executive with iHeartMedia, July 2014-July 2016.  Senior account executive at BlueLink Marketing LLC, 2012-14.  Studied at New College of Florida.  twitter

Digital Coalitions Director  Justin Jenkins

(reported by the Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2019)  Deputy digital director on McCaskill for Missouri, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Digital assistant on Ralph Northam for Governor, Feb-Nov. 2017.  Shift supervisor, barista trainer and coffee master at Starbucks in Tucson, Oct. 2011-May 2017.  Communications strategist at Dewey Square Group, May-Nov. 2016.  Master's degree in political communication from American University, 2017; bachelor's degree in political science and communications from University of Arizona, 2015; associate's degree from Pima Community College, 2012.  twitter

Content Director  Sarah Rodriguez

(April 2019)  Digital organizer for NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, Jan.-Apr. 2019.  Field manager for Grassroots Campaigns, Aug. 2018-Jan. 2019.  Professional dancer, Aug. 2014-July 2018.  Bachelor's degree in dance performance, political science from University of Utah, 2014.


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National Finance Director  Stefanie Conahan

Senior national finance advisor to Gillibrand since 2009.  Self employed political fundraiser and development consultant since 2008.  Finance consultant to Hillary Clinton for President, Jan. 2007-June 2008.  Deputy national finance director on Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC, Mar. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Associate at ICF International, 2001-05.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2005; B.S. in policy studies and public relations from Syracuse University, 2001.  From Marblehead, Mass..

Deputy Finance Director  Erica Bordador

With Gillibrand since 2010 including as Mid-Atlantic finance director for Gillibrand for Senate and Off the Sidelines PAC from Jan. 2015; senior special advisor in the Office of Sen. Gillibrand, Jan. 2015-March 2017; deputy finance director on Gillibrand for Senate, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2014.  Scheduler and executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11), Jan. 2009-Aug. 2010.  Finance director on the campaign to re-elect U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (IN), Mar. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Studied at Indiana University Bloomington.

Tri-State Finance Director  Laura Rokoff

Deputy finance director on Gillibrand for Senate, May 2017-Jan. 2019.  Interim director of development (Jan.-May 2017) and senior advisor and project manager (Feb.-Dec. 2016) on the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.  Finance director on Calone for Congress, Apr.-Nov. 2015.  Finance director Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014) and chief organizing officer (May-Nov. 2013) on Friends of Gina Raimondo (RI).  Research assistant at Demos, June 2010-June 2011.  Deputy chief of staff on Eric Dinallo for Attorney General, Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010.  Research analyst at MultiState Associates, Inc., Jan. 2007-May 2008.  Assistant at Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Oct.-Dec. 2006.  B.A. in political science from Lehigh University.  twitter

Southern California Finance Director  Adam J. Schiff

(Jan. 2019)  Self-employed political and philanthropic consultant from April 2017.  Director of Western regional operations for J Street, Oct. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Senior vice president-Southern California for Strategies 360, July 2016-Mar. 2017.  Senior director of government and philanthropic affairs at Legendary Entertainment, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Vice president of Noah Mamet & Associates, Feb. 2004-Dec. 2014.  Regional finance director on Gephardt for President, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2004.  Finance assistant at the DCCC, April-Dec. 2002.  Videotape archivist for NBC Olympics, Jan.-Mar. 2002.  Desk assistant for PBS NewsHour, July 2001-Jan. 2002.  B.A. in political science, communications from University of Pennsylvania, 2001.

Finance Associates 
Blanca Andrei
(New York)
Tiffani Sykhammountry (Boston)


Director of Scheduling  Alina Meltaus

(Feb. 2019)  Director of scheduling (Mar. 2016-Feb. 2018), scheduler (July 2015-Mar. 2016) and correspondence manager (Oct. 2014-July 2015) in the U.S. Senate.  Account assistant at Kennedy Communications, Sept.-Oct. 2014.  Fundraising director on Stanley Chang for Congress, Feb.-Aug. 2014.  Chief of staff to the CEO (Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014), finance coordinator (Feb.-Sept. 2013) and deputy field director (June 2012-Feb. 2013) at No Labels.  B.A. in political science from Allegheny College, 2012.


Chief Operating Officer  Danielle Duffy

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Director of operations for the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, Feb. 2017-Feb. 2019; also consultant to Human Rights Port, April 2017-Aug. 2018.  Human resources and operations director at Rising Tide Interactive, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Director of finance and business operations for the DC Primary Care Association, Feb. 2014-Dec. 2015.  Finance and operations manager at the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, Dec. 2009-Jan. 2014.  Administrative assistant at PoliTemps, Inc. June-Dec. 2009.  Temp. scheduler for U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Jan.-April 2009.  Director of operations for DCCC I.E., April-Dec. 2008.  Executive assistant and membership recruitment coordinator for the League of Women Voters, April 2005-April 2008.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2006; B.S. in telecommunications from University of Florida, 2004.

Operations Assistant  Margaret Trombly

(June 2019)  Civic engagement fellow for Young Invincibles, Sept.-Dec. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in gender and sexuality studies from Bates College, 2018.

Headquarters: 2900 Westown Pkwy, Ste. 140, West Des Moines, IA 50266.  ...moved in in April 2019

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.  Field 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

Caucus Director  Casey Clemmons

(Mar. 2019; reported by the Des Moines Register on Feb. 20, 2019)  GOTV director for the Iowa Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Field director on Gwen Graham for Governor (FL), May-Aug. 2018.  Cook County organizing director on JB Pritzker for Governor, May 2017-Apr. 2018.  Deputy organizing director for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Delegate protection coordinator in Des Moines (Mar.-May 2016), deputy organizing director for the Illinois primary (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and organizer in Ankeny (July 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Deputy field director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 2014-April 2015.  Regional field director on Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science from DePaul University, 2014; served a president of the Student Government Association, 2013-14. twitter


Political Director  Haley Barbour

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Feb. 20, 2019)  Deputy finance director on Hubbell for Governor, May 2017-Nov. 2018.  Organizer in NW Des Moines on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in political science from Drake University, 2017; a team member on the Harkin Institute's Iowa Caucus Project, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Originally from Kansas City, MO.

5 regional organizing directors, 20 field organizers, 4 interns and 2 fellows.

Organizing Director  Andrea Nemecek

(started May 6, 2019)  Training director for the Arizona Democratic Party, Apr. 2018-Apr. 2019.  Training director on JB Pritzker for Governor, Oct. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Call time manager and finance assistant for the Iowa Senate Majority Fund, June-Oct. 2017.  Legislative aide to state Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Jan.-Apr. 2017.  Regional organizing director for universities in SW Ohio (July-Nov. 2016) and organizer in Dayton (Apr.-July 2016) for the Ohio Democratic Party.  Organizer on Hillary for America in South Minneapolis, Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016.  Regional field director in Iowa City for NextGen Climate, Apr.-Nov. 2015.  Regional GOTV director in Waterloo for the Iowa Democratic Party, Oct.-Nov. 2014.  BA. in English from Grinnell College, 2014.  twitter

Deputy Organizing Director  Jesse Brooks

(July 2019)  Deputy campaign manager on Michele Smith for Alderman (Chicago 43rd Ward), Dec. 2018-Apr. 2019.  Field director on Andrew Janz for Congress (CA-22), Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Canvass director on Helen Tai for State Representative (PA), Apr.-May 2018.  Campaign manager on Grace Chan McKibben for State Representative (IL), Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Regional GOTV director in Chester Co., PA for the DNC, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Political director for High Achievement NY, Sept. 2014-Sept. 2016.  Campaign manager (Nov. 2013) and regional field director (July-Nov. 2013) for Democrats for Education Reforrm.  Field organizer in Ohio on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer for Resolute Consulting LLC, Apr.-Aug. 2012.  Campaign organizer for West Hartford Town Council Democrats, Sept.-Nov. 2011.  M.S. in urban policy analysis and management from The New School; B.A. in political science from Clark University, 2011.

Regional Organizing Directors
Council Bluffs  Shayne Ray

(June 2019)  A regional field director for the Ohio Democratic Party in Fall 2018.  Regional director for For Our Future, July 2017-July 2018.  Deputy regional organizing director in Toledo, OH on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2016.  Field organizer for the Ohio Democratic Party, Sept. 2015-Apr. 2016.  Organizing fellow on Hillary for America in Las Vegas, May-Sept. 2015.  Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Ohio University, 2010.  twitter

Des Moines  Alex (Alexandra) Songer

Director of operations at Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future.  Field organizer in Ankeny for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2016.  Field organizer on Friends of Terry McAuliffe, 2009.  Bachelor's degree in political science and geography from University of Denver, 2016.

Cedar Rapids  Devereaux Kesler

(May 2019)  Regional field director in Wausau for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Field organizer in Allentown for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2018.  Field organizer in Norfolk for the Virginia Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2017.  B.S. in political science and government from Santa Clara University, 2016.  twitter

Waterloo  Rayshawn Dyson

(July 2019)  Worked on Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign in Georgia, 2018.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2017.  Studying at Arizona State University.

Dubuque  Emily Byrn

Field organizer in Chester Co. for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, 2018.  twitter

Digital Organizing Director  Maya Bentley

(June 2019) Application selection specialist (from Feb. 2019) and operations associate (Apr.-June 2019) for Organizing Corps 2020.  Field organizer for the Nevada State Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2018.  Certified application counselor and grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and SW Missouri, Apr. 2017-May 2018.  B.S. in crisis/emergency/disaster management, psychology, women's and gender studies from Saint Louis University, 2017.  twitter


Communications Director/Early States Communications Advisor  Rachel Irwin

(announced Jan. 28, 2019)  Midwest press secretary at the DCCC in the 2018 cycle from April 2017.  Senior associate at AL Media in Chicago, Jan. 2016-March 2017.  Communications director at the Maine Democratic Party, Jan. 2014-Jan. 2016.  Marketing and events manager for Portland's Downtown District, 2013-14.  Account manager at Limelight Public Relations, Inc. in San Diego, 2010-12.  Senior account executive at Allison+Partners in San Diego, 2008-10.  Communications director in the U.S. House, 2007-08.  B.A. in journalism from University of Maine.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director and Policy Analyst  Lucy Westerfield

(June 2019)  Legislative director (Aug. 2018-June 2019), policy analyst (Sept. 2017-July 2018) and program assistant (May-Aug. 2017) at Patients for Affordable Drugs.  Field organizer in Burlington for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Sales assistant for Studio 3, Inc. in Portland, OR, Jan.-May 2016.  B.A. in biology, political science from Macalester College, 2015.  twitter


Data Director  Stef Monson

DigiDems organizer for PA Democrats, July-Nov. 2018.  Computer programmer and repair technician at PCs for People, Feb. 2016-Apr. 2018.  IS business automation analyst (Mar. 2014-May 2015) and operations program associate (Oct. 2012-Mar. 2014) at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Programmer from Menard's.  Associate's degree in information technology from Chippewa Valley Technical College, 2010.

Field Organizers include
Megan Currie  Sioux City  twitter
Michaela Daugherty

Kassandra Fotiadis  Dubuque  twitter
Ana Hall  Ames
Hayley Handyside
Dan Holohan 
Cedar Rapids  twitter
Dominic Patafie 
Katherine Shen
  Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek and Tama Cos. twitter
Mike Sickles  Burlington  twitter
Marisa Bremer  Iowa City  twitter

Kyla Paterson, chair of the Stonewall Caucus of the Iowa Democratic Party  ...Jan. 19, 2019 >
Kirsten Anderson, a leader of the #metoo movement in Iowa   ...Apr. 26, 2019 >
Claire Carstens, ISU student and founder of Youth Polk County Democrats  ...Aug. 27, 2019 +

Headquarters: 1 Perimeter Rd., Manchester, NH

State Director  Shannon McLeod 

(reported by WMUR's John DiStasio Apr. 12, 2019 succeeding initial state director Pat Devney; initially political director announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Campaign manager on Free & Fair New Hampshire/Colin Van Ostern for Secretary of State, Mar.-Dec. 2018.  Finance director on Joyce Craig for Manchester, Jan.-Nov. 2017.  Call time and events manager on Van Ostern for New Hampshire, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Administrative director for the National Women's Political Caucus, Aug.-Nov. 2015.  Assistant canvass director for Grassroots Campaigns, June-Aug. 2015.  Bachelor's degree in political science, history from The George Washington University, 2015.  twitter


Deputy Political Director  Casey Neal

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019)  Organizing director on former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern's race for New Hampshire Secretary of State.  Finance consultant to  Rio Strategies from Apr. 2017.  Policy and administrative manager for Maryland Clean Energy, Apr. 2016-Apr. 2017.  Undergraduate degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Other experience includes deputy campaign manager on Eric Ebersole for State Delegate, Feb.-Nov. 2019. twitter

Deputy Political Director  Nadia Jaferey

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019)  NH organizing director  for NextGen America to June 2019.  Campaign manager on Cindy Rosenwald for New Hampshire, July-Nov. 2018.  Content strategist for cocoabeens communications, July 2017-May 2018.  Bachelor's degree in political science: international relations and comparative politics from Emmanuel College, 2017.  Other experience includes campaign organizer on Jim Donchess for Mayor (Nashua), July-Sept. 2015; organizing fellow in Nashua  on Hillary for New Hampshire, May-Aug. 2015; and volunteer organizer in Nashua on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  From Nashua.  twitter


Organizing Director  Maggie Seppi

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019)  Deputy field director for the North Carolina Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2018.  Finance assistant at Chraca Friedman Group, Oct. 2017-Apr. 2018.  Deputy political director on Tom Perriello for Virginia, Mar.-June 2017.  Regional organizing director in Arlington for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Jacksonville, FL area (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and in suburban Des Moines (Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Production assistant at The Strategy Group, Apr.-Sept. 2015.  Field canvasser in DC for Clean Water Action, Jan.-Mar. 2015.  Field organizer on the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign / Kay Hage, May-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in communication, journalism from University of North Florida, 2012.  twitter

Regional Organizing Directors include 
Nick Fulchino

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019)  Undergraduate degree in politics, American government and politics from Saint Anselm College, May 2019.  Campaign manager on state Rep. Pat Boyd (CT)'s re-election, Apr.-Nov. 2018; and a regional organizing director on Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman’s campaign for lieutenant governor of Connecticut, May-Aug. 2018.  Field director on Boyd for Connecticut, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Team leader (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) and organizing fellow (Sept.-Nov. 2015) on Hillary Clinton's NH primary campaign.  From Pomfret Center, CT.  twitter

Reshard el-Shair

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019) Founder (Aug. 2016) of Summit Campaigns in Atlanta.  Political organizer on Jon Ossoff for Congress (GA-6) May-June 2017.  Verification specialist for New Georgia Project, 2014.  Field organizer in Cleveland/Akron for Grassroots Voter Outreach, Nov. 2012.  Associate canvass director in Cleveland for Environment Ohio, June-Oct. 2012.  B.A. in political science from Oberlin College, 2012.  twitter

David McDowell

(July 2019)  Policy coordinator for the Mississippi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sept. 2017-July 2019.  Executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Trust, Jan. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Deputy GOTV director for the NC Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Statewide field director for the Mississippi Democratic Trust, Sept. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Government affairs at the Brad Morris Law Firm, June 2013-Aug. 2014.  Campaign manager on Patterson for Mayor (Oxford, MS), Jan.-June 2013. Campaign director on Brad Morris for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Jeff Busby for Supervisor, Feb.-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in history from University of Mississippi, 2011.

Stephanie Shenouda

(July 2019)  Regional field director for the Democratic Party of Georgia, July-Dec. 2018.  Associate editor of DBusiness Magazine, Dec. 2016-Jan. 2018.  Field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  B.A. in English and political science from University of Michigan, 2016.

Digital Organizing Director  Katie Whittington

(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on June 13, 2019)  Deputy organizing director for the Connecticut Democratic Party.  Worked on Stephanie Murphy's 2016 congressional campaign.  Florida native.  twitter


New Hampshire Communications Director  Sarah Guggenheimer

(April 2019)  Director of communications (Nov. 2018-Apr. 2019), deputy communications director (Mar.-Nov. 2018) and communications associate (Apr. 2017-Mar. 2018).  Pittsburgh lead on Organizing for Action, Feb.-Mar. 2017.  Regional organizing director on PA Victory 2016, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Lancaster, PA (Sept. 2015-Apr. 2016) and fellow in Manchester, NH (June-Aug. 2015) on Hillary for America.  B.A. in history and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, 2015.  twitter

Field organizers include
Rylie E Cooper  twitter

(press releases)
...announced May 30, 2019
Rep. Susan Ford

...letter in June 13, 2019 Concord Monitor >
Concord activist Kristyn Van Ostern

...announced Aug. 1, 2019
Judy Reardon
, former Legal Counsel to Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Laurie McCray,  Chair of the Portsmouth Democratic Committee

...announced Aug. 26, 2019
Anne Ketterer, NH Democratic Women's Caucus Co-Chair


New Hampshire State Director  Pat Devney reported Apr. 12, 2019 moved to become chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)   Campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (WV)'s re-election, Oct. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Colin Van Ostern's run for governor of New Hampshire, April-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Chris Bell's run for Mayor of Houston in 2015.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster's re-election in 2014.  Special projects director for U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI), 2012-13.  Campaign manager on Nathan Granger for State Senate (LA), Feb. 2011.  Worked in Louisiana in late 2009-mid-2010 and in Virginia in the 2009 cycle.  "...a veteran of multiple senate races and brings significant experience managing successful campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels."


Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee

Jan. 15-Mar. 17, 2019

See also:
Elena Schneider.  "Why Gillibrand crashed and burned."  Politico, Aug. 29, 2019.
Elena Schneider.  "Gillibrand hires 3 senior staffers ahead of Iowa visit."  Politico, Jan. 11, 2019.
Alexander Burns.  "Gillibrand Hires New Aides, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent."  New York Times, Jan. 11, 2019.

Senate Office

Chief of Staff   Joi Chaney

(reported Jan. 4, 2019; start end of Jan. 2019)  Senior counsel at Equal Rights Advocates from Aug. 2017 and project director and campaign director at Equal Pay Today (project of the Tides Foundation) from Dec. 2015.  Founder of J.O.I. Strategies, April 2015.  Special assistant in the Office of the Chair at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Aug. 2010-April 2015.  Director of government relations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Jan.-June 2010.  Policy director and counsel for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, June 2006-Dec. 2009.  Associate director of student chapters for the american Constitution Society, June 2004-June 2006.  Associate at Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC, Sept. 2003-June 2004.  Staff in the Office of the Secretary at the DNC, Aug. 1999-Sept. 2000.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2003; B.A. in political science from Howard University, 2000.  twitter