RNC Committee on Arrangements
The Committee on Arrangements is charged with putting together the Republican National Convention.
The COA filed its Statement of Organization with the FEC

Note: The 2016 COA finished with a staff of about 120 people in 15 departments and reported total disbursements of $12.8 million; it was funded by transfers totalling $12.9 million from the RNC.  The 2020 staff listing below is presented using the 15 department headings from 2016 so some adjustments need to be made.

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(page revised June 3, 2020)  

RNC 2020 Committee on Arrangements
Executive Committee

(announced July 26, 2018)
Chairman Anne Dashiell (TX)

Vice president of Thomas L. Dashiell, CLU Inc. Insurance Sales and president of Dashiell Properties, Inc., Property Management Firm. "[S]ervice as a volunteer grassroots leader dates back to 1968, when she worked on a presidential campaign as a member of Teenage Republicans."  website

Co-Chair Glenn McCall (SC)
Vice Chairs Jane Timken (OH) and Luis Fortuño (PR) 
Treasurer Ron Kaufman (MA)  
Secretary Vicki Drummond (AL)


President and CEO  Marcia Lee Kelly 

(Dec. 2018)  Assistant to the President-Director of White House Management and Administration, Jan. 2017-Dec. 2018. Trump for America transition teamm, Sept. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Director of operations for the 2016 Republican National Convention from mid-2015.  Chief advancement officer for Trinity Law School in Orange County, CA from Aug. 2013.  Director of strategic projectts for the Romney Transition Team, Sept..-Nov. 2012.  Consultant to the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Director of the Mercy Health System Foundation in Wisconsin, Dec. 2009-July 2011.  Chief development officer for the Riverfront in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Dec. 2004-Dec. 2009.  Associate director of external affars for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Worked as a consultant in New York, 2001-04.  Various roles for the New York City Mayor’s office, Jan. 1994-May 2001.  B.A. degrees in political science and urban affairs from Manhattan College, 1992.  See: Ahn Do.  "Orange County native is tapped to coordinate what could be a wild Republican National Convention."  Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2016.  twitter

Vice President and Chief Information Officer  Stephen "Max" Everett

(July 2019)  Everett’s sixth conventionChief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, July 2017-July 2019.  Managing director for cyber operations at Fortalice Solutions, LLC, 2014-July 2017.  CTO at ZRA, LLC, July 2013-Sept. 2014.  Senior consultant at SRA International, 2010-July 2013.  Consulting CIO for the 2012 Republican National Convention.  CTO at NetPower Strategy, Apr. 2009-Feb. 2010.  CIO in EOP at The White House, Sept. 2008-Jan. 2009.  CIO for the 2008 Republican National Convention, May 2017-Sept. 2008.  Branch cief ein the EOP, July 2005-Apr. 2007.  Managing director of IT from mthe 2005 PIC.  Director of IT for the 2004 Republican National Convention.  Senior advisor/CIO of technology administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2001-04.  Public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Apr.-Dec. 2003.  Network administrator on Bush-Cheney 2000, 1999-2000.  J.D. from University of Houston Law Center, 1997; B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin, 1994.  twitter

Chief of Staff and Director of Ticketing  Christina "CC" Cobaugh

Executive secretary and policy coordinator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer. Special projects manager in the executive office for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  Master's degree from the University of New Orleans;bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University.

Director of Executive Operations  Christopher Reese

(announced Nov. 26, 2019)  Operations manager and aide to the Director (from Jan. 2018) and staff assistant (Apr. 2017-Jan. 2018) for the Executive Office of the President.  Deputy director of treasury for the PIC, Dec. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Accounting assistant on Jeb 2016, Inc., June 2015-Apr. 2016.  Account manager for Boar's Head Brand, May 2014-May 2015.  B.S. in business administration, management and operations from University of Central Florida, 2014.

Special Assistant to the Chairwoman of the COA  Kelly Zeigler

(Aug. 2018)  Director of client relations /sales director for business development at Owens Recovery Science, Dec. 2015-Apr. 2018.  Instructional supervisor/virtual classroom teacher/curriculum coordinator for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, July 2007-Aug. 2015.  Regional sales executive at Beauti Control, to June 2007.  B.S. in elementary education and teaching from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 2005.


Director of Communications  Blair Ellis

National press secretary and deputy national press secretary (in the 2018 cycle from Aug. 2017) at the RNC.  Press secretary and digital coordinator for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, July 2016-July 2017.  Communications director (Nov. 2015-June. 2016), press secretary (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015), and press assistant (Oct. 2013-Sept. 2014) to U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (NC).  Research assistant to NC Speaker Thom Tillis, June-Sept. 2013.  B.A. in political science and public relations from UNC Chapel Hill, 2013.  twitter

National Press Secretary  Tatum Gibson

Communications director (from Jan. 2016), press secretary (Jan.-Dec. 2015), press assistant (Aug. 2013-Dec. 2014) and staff assistant (Jan.-July 2013) to U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8). North Carolina director of special projects and communications assistant on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill.  twitter


Director of Delegate Experience  Diandra Lopez

Experience includes director of guest relations for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Director of Hotels and Venues  Rebecca Wasserstein

(announced Nov. 26, 2019)  Special Assistant to the President, Director of White House Travel Office, Feb. 2017-Apr. 2019.  Assistant director of credential management for the PIC, Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Deputy finance director on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, July-Nov. 2016.  Media operations for the Republican National Convention, Apr.-July 2016.  Director of finance operations on Marco Rubio for President, May 2015-Mar. 2016.  Scheduler and office manager to U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL), Jan.-May 2015.  Communications director on Citizens for Josh Mandel, Aug. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Finance assistant on Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in public affairs from THe Ohio State University, 2013.


Digital Director  Doug Hochberg

Founder of Bullpen Digital, Feb.- 2013. Chief digital officer (Nov. 2017-Jan. 2019), digital director (Apr.-Nov. 2017) and director of digital voter content (Sept. 2016-Apr. 2017) at the RNC.  Deputy digital director for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Dec. 2015-July 2016.  Press secretary for American Action Forum, Feb. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Communications and advancement teams for new CEO of Hillel International, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014.   Ohio digital director on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  Project manager for Strategic Public Partners Group, 2011-12. B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2011.  twitter


Chief Public Affairs Officer and Director of External Affairs  Dan McCarthy

(May 2019) Founding principal at DMM Strategies from Sept. 2016.  Principal at The Ingram Group, Mar. 2014-Sept. 2016.  Senior director of national affairs from Anheuser-Busch, Sept. 2004-Feb. 2014.  Deputy assistant director for external affairs for the 2004 Republican National Convention, Apr.-Sept. 2004. Legislative assistant at the White House, Jan. 2001-Apr. 2004. Staff assistant/advance for Victory 2000/RNC, Sept.-Dec. 2000.  Manager of logistics and operations from the 2000 Republican Natioanal Convention, May-Sept. 2000.   B.A. in international relations and government from the University of Notre Dame, 2000.

Deputy Director of External Affairs  Susan Haney

(Jan. 2020)  Vice president of operations (from Jan. 2015), senior director of industry affairs (Oct. 2012-Jan. 2015), director of operations (Aug. 2010-Oct. 2012) and executive assistant to the president (May 2001-Aug. 2010) at The Beer Institute.  Executive assistant at Security Mutual Life in Binghamton, Oct. 1997-May 2001.  Studied business management and economics at SUNY and liberat arts and sciences at BYU Ricks College.


Director of Administration  Mallory McGough

Development manager (from June 2018) and development coordinator (June 2017-June 2018) for Knock Knock Children's Museum.  Cmmunity manager, special events for the American Cancer Society in Baton Rouge. Operations manager for What Do You Run For? Event Managemnt (Nashville area), May 2012-Jan. 2015.  Master's degree in sport administration from Belmont University, 2012; bachelor's degrees in political science and communications from Louisiana State University, 2009.  Lake Charles, Louisiana native.

Deputy Director of Administration  Megan Schenewerk

(Jan. 2020)  Director of mission support in the Office of Legislative Affairs at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, May 2019-Jan. 2020.  Operations director (Jan. 2017-Feb. 2019), human resources and administrative manager (July 2013-Dec. 2016) and office manager at the NRCC.  Executive assistant (July-Dec. 2012) and staff assistant (Jan.-June 2012) to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden.  Chief of staff to Oregon State Rep. Gene Whisnant, Nov. 2008-Dec. 2011.  B.S. in history from Corban University, 2008.  twitter

Chief Financial Officer  Thomas Maxwell
Founder of MAXimum Compliance, LLCDeputy director of financial services for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Worked at the NRSC.  Reports analyst at the FEC.  Bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University.  From Brigdeport, CT.

Deputy Director of Finance  Jinger Kelley

Independent bookkeeper at J-Books Services from June 2006.  Office management at The Pisgah Institute, Apr. 2000-May 2010.

Administrative Coordinator  Katherine Dodd

(July 2019)  Brand manager for a + 1 marketing in Charlotte from Jan. 2016.  Political fundraising/event planning assistant for the E.H. Murray Group, Feb. 2015-July 2019.  Executive assistant at MarketGrephics Research Atlanta, June-Nov. 2016.  Campaign office manager at Richard Hudson for Congress, May-June 2016.  Customer service analyst at AGDATA, Oct. 2009-Nov. 2014.  Client services coordinator at a + 1 marketing, Dec. 2007-July 2009.  B.A. in communications and media studies from UNC Charlotte, 2007.


Max Everett (see above)


Counsel  Joy Lee

(July 2019)  Counsel for Committe on House Administration, ranking Member Rodney Davis, Mar.-July 2019.  Senior counsel for Americans for Prosperity, Sept. 2016-Feb. 2019.  Associate counsel for the PIC, Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Law clerk for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Feb.-Aug. 2016.  Attorney advisor, Office of Member Patrick Pizzella at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Oct. 2014-Feb. 2016.  Attorney for the DC Public Employee Relations Board, Jan. 2013-Oct. 2014.  J.D .from Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2012; B.A. in communication from University of Maryland, 2009.


Director of Official Proceedings  Andrew H. Smith

(Mar. 2020)  Managing member at AVI Partners from 2018.  Office of the Attorney General, 2017-18.  Office of the Administrator at GSA, 2017.  Office of the Secretary at U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2017.  Assistant to the executive director of the Transition team, 2016.  Congressional affairs and policy advisor to the Trump campaign.  Senior analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2015-16.  Commodity broker at ICAP, 2014-15.  J.D./M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Alabama.

Chief of Program  Whitney Nichols Andersen

(announced Nov. 26, 2019 as director of media operations)  Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Director of Management and Administration in the White House. Assistant director for ticket management and fulfillment oon the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee . Deputy director of operations for the 2016 Republican National Committee. Bachelor's degree in communication studies from American University.


Chief of Infrastructure  Christine "Chris" Lesko

Director of Venues for the NBC from Apr. 2017.  Senior director for major events (Jan. 2015-Mar. 2017), senior director of arena marketing (May 2012-Dec. 2014), director of advertising/event marketing (July 2002-May 2012), marketing manager/marketing coordinator (May 1994-July 2002) for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  B.A. in business from Baldwin Wallace University, 1992.


Director of Operations  James Sample

(announced Aug. 2019)   Senior project manager (Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019) and project manager (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2018) for Ignition DG Ltd. in Indianapolis.  Build out and permits manager for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Feb.-Aug. 2016.  Event coordinator (Mar. 2013-Feb. 2016) and assistant event coordinator (Sept. 2012-Mar. 2013) at Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center.  B.A. in communication and culture from Indiana University Bloomington, 2011.

Deputy Director of Operations  Kelly Eaton

(Dec. 2019)  Director of Microsoft's MSPAC, Nov. 2017-Sept. 2019.  Senior manager of PAC and political programms at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2017.  Director of political programms for NextEra Energy, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  PAC manager at Prudential Financial, Feb. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Senior public policy specialist at Akin Gump, June 2008-Jan. 2010. Manager of GEPAC (Oct. 2005-May 2008) and international trade specialist (Aug. 2002-Sept. 2005) at General Electric.  Legislative assistant at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, Aug. 2000-July 2002.  B.A. in political science from Siena College.

Chief Logistics Officer and and Director of Intergovernmental Coordination and Permitting  Jonathan “Jonny” Oringdulph

Served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and assigned at the White House from 2004; most recently served as the Director of Presidential Food Service and was responsible for programs supporting the White House Military Office. His military experience includes Navy Contracts Officer at Naval Air Systems Command; Flag Supply Aide to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy; a mobilization to Afghanistan as a logistics advisor; and Chief of Staff for Special Operations Command Forward, North and West Africa.  Master's degree in project management from Keller School of Business Management; bachelor's degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Deputy Director of Buildout  Luke Bullock

Advance representative to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke from July 2017.  A lead site manager for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Has served as a lead advance representative for Rick Perry for President, Romney for President, and for the Office of the Governor of Texas. Bullock has also served as the Director of Campaign Operations for Scott Brown for United States Senate, and as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Director of Logistics Flow & Signage  Edith “Dee Dee” Lancaster
Worked for the RNC in the early-/mid-2000s.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Louisiana State University.New Orleans native

Deputy Director of Logistics Flow & Signage  Andy King


Director of Media Operations  Lisa Shoemaker


Director of Community Affairs  Russell Peck

(announced Nov. 26, 2019)  Southeast regional political director at the RNC in the 2018 cycle from Mar. 2017.  Campaign manager on Pat McCrory's 2016 re-election campaign.  A senior vice president of Mercury Public Affairs in Raleigh, NC, Feb. 2013-Sept. 2015.  Campaign manager on Pat McCrory's 2012 gubernatorial campaign, Feb.-Dec. 2012.  Director of external affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, July 2011-Feb. 2012.  Executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, Dec. 2009-June 2011.  New Jersey Victory director, July-Dec. 2009.  North Carolina Victory director, July 2008-Feb. 2009.  Director of congressional affairs for the Republican Party of Florida, Jan.July 2008.  Account manager at Enwright Consulting, July 2007-Jan. 2008.  Florida organizational director on John McCain 2008, Jan.-July 2007.  Director of voter registration for the Republican Party of Florida, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor, Jan.-May 2005.  Southwest Florida field director for Bush-Cheney '04, Jan.-Nov. 2004.  B.S. in finance, English from Florida State University, 2003; earlier attended Oklahoma State University.  twitter


Director of Security  Robert "Bob" O'Donnell

(May 2019)  Vice president at Hillard Heintze from July 2018.  Special agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Apr. 1996-July 2018.  Bachelor's degrees in sociology and criminal justice from Villanova University, 1990. 

Deputy Director of Security  Max Poux

Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service for over twenty years.  Started career as an air traffic controller.  Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University.


Director of Transportation  Dustin Hendrix

(June 2019)  Operations assistant for the University Athletic Association Inc. in Gainesville, Feb. 2017-Apr. 2019.  Naval officer, Nov. 1997-Sept. 2018.  M.S. in sport management from University of Florida, 2018; M.B.A. from Naval Postgraduate School, 2006; bachelor's degree in classics and classical languages from Wabash College, 1997.

Deputy Director of Transportation  Thomas Krol


Director of Signature Events Coordination  Kelsey Gorman

Senior Advisor for Health and Safety Planning  Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge
(announced May 7, 2020)

Director of Special Projects  Yandrick Paraison

COA Individual State Appointments

Peter Goldberg, AK
Terry Lathan, AL
Jonelle Fulmer, AR
William Sword, AS
Bruce Ash, AZ
Harmeet Dhillon, CA
Vera Ortegon, CO
Leora Levy, CT
Jill Homan, DC
Mike Harrington, DE
Kathy King, FL
Ginger Howard, GA
Juan Carlos Benítez, GU
Gene Ward, HI
Jeff Kaufmann, IA
Cindy Siddoway, ID
Richard Porter, IL
Anne Hathaway, IN
Helen Van Etten, KS
Mac Brown, KY
Lenar Whitney, LA
Keiko Orrall, MA
Dirk Haire, MD
Demi Kouzounas, ME
Kathy Berden, MI
Rick Rice, MN
Susie Eckelkamp, MO
Diego Benavente, MP
Jeanne Luckey, MS
Jennifer Fielder, MT
Mark Brody, NC
Ada Fisher, NC
Robin Hayes, NC
Shane Goettle, ND
JL Spray, NE
Juliana Bergeron, NH
Virginia Haines, NJ
Harvey Yates, NM
Michael McDonald, NV
Charles Joyce, NY
Jim Dicke, OH
Carolyn McLarty, OK
Bill Currier, OR
Robert Asher, PA
Zori Fonalledes, PR
Lee Ann Sennick, RI
Cindy Costa, SC
Sandye Kading, SD
Scott Golden, TN
Robin Armstrong, TX
Anne-Marie Lampropoulos, UT
Cynthia Dunbar, VA
Jevon Williams, VI
Jay Shepard, VT
Caleb Heimlich, WA
Tom Schreibel, WI
Larry Pack, WV
Marti Halverson, WY

COA Subcommittees


Director of Official Proceedings  Anastasia Hardin-Cole

(announced Nov. 26, 2019)  Media operations manager, special press for the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Consultant with the Dewey Square Group, Jan.-June 2013.  Special projects coordinator, external affairs for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Communications  Lindsay Jancek

Deputy communications director at the RNC in the 2018 cycle (promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017)  RNC Iowa communications director for the 2016 general election campaign.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN), announced April 2014, to April 2016.  Communications director for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus. A policy officer for the Lumina Foundation for Education.  Policy analyst in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.  twitter