updated Apr. 26, 2020)
Candidate Beto O'Rourke timeline
Amy Sanders O'Rourke
Campaign Manager Jennifer O'Malley Dillon
(reported Mar. 25, 2019) Co-founder/partner at
Precision Strategies from May 2013. Co-chair of the DNC's Unity
Reform Commission, 2017-18. Deputy campaign manager on Obama's
2012 campaign, 2011-12. Executive director of the Democratic
National Committee from Jan. 2009 through 2010. Battleground
states director on the Obama campaign, starting in April 2008.
Deputy campaign manager on John Edwards for President after serving as
state director on his Iowa caucus campaign. Campaign manager on
Rep. Jim Davis' 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Florida. Deputy
campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle's 2004 re-election campaign
in South Dakota. Field director on Sen. Edwards' 2003-04 Iowa
caucus campaign. In 2002 O'Malley served as field director for
the South Dakota Democratic Coordinated Campaign, then as field
director for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign. In 2001
she was campaign manager for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. In
1999-2000 O'Malley was volunteer coordinator for Gore in the NH
primary, then worked as a field organizer in New York and Pennsylvania,
and in the general election, she was regional field director for the
Missouri Coordinated Campaign in the St. Louis Metro area.
O'Malley is a 1998 graduate of Tufts University and hails from Jamaica
Plains, MA. twitter
Assistant to the Campaign Manager Megan Jackson
(July 2019) Deputy
(Dec. 2017-Dec. 2018), training manager (Feb. 2017-Dec. 2018) and
assistant to the COO/chief of staff (Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017) at the
Assistant scheduler/assistant to the chief to staff (Aug. 2014-Feb.
2016) and staff assistant (Jan.-Aug. 2014) to U.S. Sen. Mazie
Hirono. B.A. in political science from Gonzaga University, 2013.
Chief of Staff for the Deputy Campaign Manager Cassandra A. Henry
(Oct. 2019; previously national political
Aug.-Oct. 2019 and distributed organizing, Mar.-Aug. 2019)
Distributed manager (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and distributed organizer
(July-Aug. 2018) and finance volunteer (June-July 2018) on Beto for
Texas. Vice president of IR and marketing at LibreMax Capital,
LLC, June 2015-June 2018. Manager at Casey, Quirk &
Associates, Aug. 2013-May 2015. Research assistant to senior
utilities and industrial analyst at Aritsan Partners, May 2008-May
2011. Executive assistant to the head of Diversified Industrial
Group at Bank of America, Feb. 2007-May 2008. M.B.A. in finance,
strategy from NYU Stern School of Business, 2013; bachelor's degree in
political science from University of Notre Dame, 2006.
Title? David M. Wysong
Longtime chief of staff to O'Rourke twitter
National Organizing Director Lauren
(reported by Politico on May 19, 2019) Field director for the DSCC, Apr.-Nov. 2018. Campaign director for the Virginia Democratic Party, 2017. Director of the Florida Democratic Party Coodinated Campaign through Sept. 2016; during the primaries served as the Hillary for America's Idaho director, Kansas director, and as regional field director in Davenport, Iowa in the caucus campaign from April 2015. Regional field director in Florida in Tampa/Polk counties on Obama's 2012 campaign. Field director on Mark Herring for State Senate, 2011. Regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Party, March-Nov. 2010. Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change, Sept.-Nov. 2008; earlier out of state volunteer coordinator in South Dakota and student organizer at Lehigh University. Undergraduate degree in political science from Lehigh University, Jan. 2010. Originally from Oklahoma. twitter
race." However, there were departures in July.
Senior Political Advisor Nick Rathod
(reported by Politico on July 19, 2019) Founder (June 2018) of UpRising Strategies LLC. Founder and executive director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), May 2014-Mar. 2018. Director of state campaigns for Everytown for Gun Safety. Assistant director for intergovernmental and international affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Sept. 2011-2013. Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama White House, Jan. 2009-Sept. 2011. Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama-Biden Transition Team. Senior advisor to Gov. Eliot Spitzer (NY), Apr. 2007-Nov. 2008. Senior manager of state and regional affairs at the Center for American Progress, 2005-07. Outreach director for Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), 2003-04. twitter
Political Director Adnan Mohamed
(reported by Politico on July 19, 2019) Deputy political director for Seth Moulton and for Moulton's Serve America PAC from Feb. 2018. Regional political director on Ralph Northam for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2017. Deputy political director on Tom Perriello for Governor, Apr.-June 2017. Legislative correspondent for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (VA), Jan. 2015-Apr. 2017. M.S. in public policy and security studies from American University, 2015; B.A. in political science and Arabic studies from Texas A&M University, 2013. twitter
National Director of Outreach Chrystian Woods
(reported by the AJC on June 14, 2019) Interim
executive director and deputy executive director of the Democratic
Party of Georgia, and previously director of organizing and outreach
for the party; deputy field director for the 2016 Georgia Together
Coordinated Campaign. B.A. in political science from Georgia
Southern University. Georgia native. twitter
Director of African American Outreach Aisha McClendon
(reported by ABC News' Briana Stewart on July 17,
2019) Came to the campaign from position as chief of staff to
Texas state Rep. Toni Rose. Aide in the Clinton
administratino. From Texas.
States Director Lise Clavel
(reported by Politico
on May 19, 2019) Senior program officer with the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation from May 2015. Senior advisor to the
Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of
Commerce, Aug. 2014-Apr. 2015. Special Assistant to the
President, director of public engagement in the Office of the Vice
President, June 2013-Aug. 2014. Virginia state director on Obama
for America, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012. Deputy director of the FOX
campaign at Media Matters, Feb.-Aug. 2011. Chief
2006-Jan. 2008. B.A. in
English from Yale University, 2002. twitter
Early States Director Abe Rakov
(reported by Politico on July 2, 2019) President and executive director of Jason Kander's Let America Vote from Feb. 2017. Campaign manager on Jason Kander for U.S. Senate, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016. Deputy Missouri Secretary of State, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015. Campaign manager on Jason Kander for Secretary of State, Mar.-Dec. 2012. Communications director to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nov. 2011-Mar. 2012. Deputy director of communications for the Missouri Secretary of State, Sept. 2009-Nov. 2011. Associate at Angle and Associates, Mar.-Sept. 2009. Campaign manager for Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, Aug.-Dec. 2008. B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, 2008. twitter
Senior Advisor Rob Friedlander
Started as senior advisor to Beto for Texas. Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 2015-Jan. 2017. Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN), Jan. 2014-July 2015. Communications director to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (NH), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2014; communications director on Kuster for Congress, July-Nov. 2012. Press assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget, June 2011-July 2012. Confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2010-June 2011. Field organizer on Obama for America in ME, NC and MI to Nov. 2008; started as an intern in NH in Dec. 2007. Studied at Bates College. twitter
Communications Director Chris Evans
Communications director on Beto for Texas from Sept.
2017. Senior writer at Human Rights Campaign, Feb.-Sept.
2017. Writer fro the DSCC, June 2016-Feb. 2017.
Speechwriting and research at West Wing Writers, Jan.-June 2016.
Bachelors degree in political communications from The George Washington
University. Worked on federal policy in the DC office of Gov. Jay
Inslee, Jan.-June 2014 and the DC office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Aug.
2013-Jan. 2014. twitter
Deputy Communications Director for Strategic Content Rachel Thomas
(reported by CNN's Eric Bradner on June 19,
2019) Senior director of communications at ACRONYM from July
2018. Yoga instructor at CorePower Yoga in DC from Aug.
2017. External relations, government and regulatory affairs at
IBM, Apr. 2017-Aug. 2018. Communications director (Feb. -Apr.
2017) and national press secretary (Apr. 2015-Jan. 2017 at EMILY's
List. Traveling press secretary to Gov. TGerry McAulliffe, Jan.
2014-Apr. 2015; deputy communications director on McAuliffe's
transition; deputy press secretary on McAuliffe for Governor, Apr.-Nov.
2013. Special assistant to the Administrator at the U.S. Small
Business Administration, Sept. 2011-Apr. 2013. Advance associate
for the White House, June 2010-Sept. 2011. B.A. in communication
and public service from University of Pennsylvania, 2011. twitter
Deputy Communications Director for States Ofirah Yheskel
(reported by CNN's Eric Bradner on June 19, 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 diirector 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
National Press Secretary Aleigha Cavalier
Communications director (Dec. 2017-June 2019) and
senior press secretary (June-Dec. 2017) for Tom Steyer's NextGen
America. Communications director on Jim Johnson for Governor,
Jan.-June 2017. Pennsylvania communications director for NextGen
Climate, June-Dec. 2016. Public affairs director for Planned
Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Aug. 2013-June 2016; Western
Pennsylvania director for Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates,
Aug. 2013-June 2016. Finance/communications director on Adam Cook
for Congress (VA), Apr.-Dec. 2012. Special events coordinator for
Allegheny County, Dec. 2010-Jan. 2012. Operations manager on
Onorato for Governor (PA), Jan.-Dec. 2010. M.P.S. in strategic
public relations from The George Washington University, 2013; B.A. in
political science, English writing from University of Pittsburgh,
2010. From New Castle, PA. twitter
Director of Women's Messaging Anna Pacilio
(reported by CNN's Eric Bradner on June 19,
2019) Communications director and speechwriter for U.S. Rep. Marc
Veasey (TX) and on Veasey's congressional campaign, from Spring
2018. Communications and digital campaigns for the Pew Charitable
Trusts, Sept. 2016-Apr. 2018. Public affairs and media relations
for Randle Communications, Jan.-Sept. 2016. Public affairs and
digital strategy for Runyon Saltzman Einhorn, Jan.-Dec. 2015.
Intern at Edelman, June-Dec. 2014. Degree in mass communications
and media studies from Sonoma State University, 2014. twitter
Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of African American Messaging Ian Wilhite
(June 2019) Press secretary in the DC office of
Lambda Legal from Nov. 2017; took leave to serve as communications
director for African American outreach on Beto for Texas Senate
campaign. Communications for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
(MI). Legislative correspondent for U.S. Rep.
Joseph Kennedy III. twitter
Director of Latinx Messaging Claudia Tristán
(July 2019) Bilingual press secretary for the
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), Jan.-July 2019. Bilingual
multimedia journalist with Sinclair Broadcast Group in El Paso, Feb.
2017-Jan. 2019. Bilingual reporter/Spanish weather anchor for
Ramar Communications in Lubbock, Nov. 2014-Jan. 2017.
Anchor/reporter/producer for Telemundo Abilene, July-Oct. 2014.
Master's degree in strategic communication and innovation from Texas
Tech University, 2016; B.B.A. and B.A. in marketing and journalism from
Texas Tech University, 2013. twitter
Director of Rapid Response Lauren Hitt
(reported by Politico on July 19, 2019) Communications director on Hickenlooper 2020 to July 2019. Chief spokeswoman on Cythia Nixon for Governor campaign in New York, May-Sept. 2018. Communications director on Randy Bryce for Congress, Jan.-May 2018. Director of communications director for the City of Philadephia and senior advisor to Mayor Kenney, Jan. 2016-Jan. 2018. Communications director on Kenney for Mayor, Feb.-Dec. 2015. Communications director (Aug.-Nov. 2014) and press secretary (Jan.-Aug. 2014) on FitzGerald for Governor (OH). Deputy communications director on Bill de Blasio for Mayor, June-Nov. 2013. Press assistant in Philadelphia on Obama for America. twitter
National Press Coordinator Micah Barton
Beto for Texas staff. Public works environmental
education coordinator for the City of McKinney, TX, Feb. 2010-Dec.
2014. Contract reporter and television host for City of McKinney,
Sept. 2005-Dec. 2014. Contract public relations account executive
for SPM Communications, Nov. 2005-May 2006. Public relations
account executive with The Richards Group, May 2002-April 2005.
General assignment report at KLTV, May 2000-Mar. 2002. State government
relations coordinatore with firm in Austin, May 1999-May 2000.
Legislative aide to state Rep. Tommy Merritt, Jan.-May 1999.
Executive assistant at CBS Radio in Austin, May 1998-Jan. 1999.
B.S. degrees in television and radio and politics from Ithaca College,
Research Director Morgan Hill
(reported by Politico on July 19, 2019) Research director on Richard Cordray’s campaign for governor of Ohio, Mar.-Nov. 2018. Senior research associate at the Democratic Governor's Association, July 2015--Mar. 2018. Multimedia research analyst at American Bridge 21st Century, Jan.-July 2015. Tracking/research associate for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, Jan.-Nov. 2014. B.A. in international relations and affairs from Hendrix College, 2013.
cabinet secretaries exec. order | climate | women's reproductive rights | immigration | voting rights | LGBTQ equality |
women and minority owned businesses | veterans | Social Security/caregiver credit | structural inequity in education | hate and gun violence | trade |
fisheries | women's equality | housing | people with disabilities | opioid epidemic and substance abuse | criminal justice
Senior Advisor for Policy Ali Zaidi
(reported by Politico on June 23, 2019) Of Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP from Aug. 2018. Of counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP, Feb. 2017-Aug. 2018. Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at OMB, 2014-17. Deputy Director for Energy Policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council, 2011-14. Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, 2010-11. Worked at OMB, 2009-10. NH organizer on Obama for America, 2007-09. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; A.B. in government from Harvard College. twitter
Policy Director Carmel Martin
(reported by Politico on June 23, 2019) Executive vice president at the Center for American Progress. Assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy at the U.S. Department of Education to Apr. 2013. General counsel and deputy staff director to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy on the H.E.L.P. Committee, 2005-08. Associate director for domestic policy at the Center for American Progress, 2004-05. Chief counsel and senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, 1999-2004. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, 1998-99. Associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP, 1995-98. Special counsel to U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle. J.D. from University of Texas School of Law and M.A.P.A. from University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1994; B.A. from Manhattan College. 1989. twitter
Deputy Policy Director Zayn Siddique
(reported by Politico
on June 23, 2019) Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena
Kagan, OT 2019. Senior policy advisor to O'Rourke on his Senate
campaign. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2016; undergraduate degree
Associate Policy Director Brendan Duke
(reported by Politico
on June 23, 2019) Tax policy analyst at the Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities from July 2017. Associate director for economic
policy at the Center for American Progress, Apr. 2014-July 2017.
Campaign communications specialist at SEIU, Aug. 2010-Apr. 2012.
Communications specialist at Save the Children, Feb. 2009-July
2010. Communications associate at Families USA, June 2008-Jan.
2009. M.P.A. in economics and public policy from Princeton
University, 2014; B.A. in political science from Macalester College,
Policy Associate Devon Gray
(reported by Politico
on June 23, 2019) J.D. from Stanford University Law School and
M.A. in education policy from Stanford University Graduate School of
Education, 2019; B.A. in political science and government from Chapman
University, 2015. Orange County native. twitter
Policy Chief of Staff Allison Hunn
(reported by Politico
on June 23, 2019) Legal policy analyst at Democracy Forward, Aug.
2018-June 2019. Special assistant and advisor to the White House
Office of Cabinet Affairs, May 2013-June 2015. Policy assistant
(Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012) and assistant to the director of media planning
(Aug.-Nov. 2011 on Obama for America. J.D. from UC Berkeley,
2018; B.A. in foreign affairs, French from University of Virginia, 2011.
Digital Director Rob Flaherty
(reported by Politico
on May 7, 2019) creative director at the progressive super PAC
Priorities USA. Deputy digital communications director on Hillary
for America from June 2015. Director of digital media (Feb.-June
2015) and video producer/youth media coordinator (Nov. 2013-Feb. 2015)
at the DNC. Digital and press assistant at Terry McAuliffe for
Governor, June-Nov. 2013. Communications coordinator for
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sept. 2011-Dec. 2012. Communictions
director on Myrick for Ithaca, March-Sept. 2011. B.A./B.S. in
politics/television from Ithaca College, 2013. twitter
Director of Creative and Product Robyn Kanner
(July 2019) Freelance since July 2018.
Senior product designer for Etsy, June 2017-June 2018. UX
designer for Amazon, Dec. 2015-June 2017. Co-founder and designer
of MyTransHealth, Aug. 2014-2017. Graphic designer for New
Balance, Apr.-Nov. 2015. Graphic designer for Staples, Aug.
2014-Apr. 2015. Graphic designer for Great Schools Partnership,
Jan. 2013-Aug. 2014. Graphic designer and tour manager for
Dispatch Magazine, Mar. 2011-Oct. 2012. Graphic design intern for
the Portland Stage Company, Aug. 2010-Mar. 2011. Graduate of the
University of Maine Farmington, 2010. robynkanner.com twitter
Video Editor Stephanie Parajon
(Mar. 2019) Video editor on Beto for Texas from
July 2018. Marketing staff at ZeeMee from Mar. 2018. Owner
of Artemisia Media in Redlands, CA from Feb. 2018. Actor with
Core Talent from Mar. 2016.
Senior Advisor for Digital Content Kat Skiles
(July 2019) CEO and video producer at Narrative
from Feb. 2019. Message mobilization director at the DNC, Aug.
2017-Feb. 2019. Senior marketing strategist at Human Rights
Campaign, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017. Senior advisor and digital
director to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, July 2014-July
2016. Press secretary and digital director for the U.S. House
Democratic Caucus, July 2012-Feb. 2014. Digital director for the
U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Jan. 2011-July
2012. B.A. in political science from Dominican University of
Data Director Anna Korman
Director of Expansion States Data Sara Linssen
(July 2019) Strategy and operations consultant
(from Feb. 2019)
and strategy and operations business analyst (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2019 at
Deloitte in the SF area. Data associate at the Colorado
Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Manager (Mar. 2014-May 2016)
and lead consultant (Sept. 2012-Mar. 2014) at SOURCE Nonprofit
Consulting in Claremont CA. B.A. in government and economics from
Claremont McKenna College, 2016.
BALLOT ACCESS AND DELEGATE STRATEGY
Senior Advisor for Delegate Strategy Jeff Berman
May 9, 2019) Founder of Berman Strategies
LLC. Consultant on delegate operations for Hillary for
America. Lobbyist, worked in the public policy and governmental
affairs group of
presidential campaigns and
on Sen. John Glenn's presidential campaign. Attorney.
Graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. Author of The Magic Number: Inside Obama's Chase for
the Presidential Nomination (2012) (+)
Member of the DNC's Unity Reform Commission, 2017-18 and Democratic
Change Commission, 2009.
Director of Ballot Access Monica Guardiola
Deputy counsel on Hillary for America. Director
protection for ForwardNC, Aug. 2014. Voter protection attorney in
Colorado for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012. Attorney at
King & Greisen, LLP, May 2010-Aug. 2012. Attorney for the
U.S. Postal Service, 2004-06. J.D. from the University of New
Mexico Law School, 2000; B.A. in political science from New Mexico
Road Manager Cynthia Cano
Deputy campaign manager/events and logistics director on Beto for Texas from April 2018. District director to O'Rourke in Congress from Jan. 2013. twitter
Finance Director Dan Sorenson
National finance director on
Hickenlooper 2020 to June
2019; started in Jan. 2019 on
Hickenlooper's GiddyUp PAC. Deputy
national finance director for
Colorado/New Mexico finance director on Hillary for America from April
finance director at the DCCC, Feb.-April 2015.
Finance director on Lara for New Mexico, Sept. 2013-Nov. 2014.
Legislative correspondent (Jan.-Sept. 2013) and field representative
(May 2011-Dec. 2012) for U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (RI); political
director on David Cicilline for Congress, June-Nov. 2012.
Political and fundraising consultant on the Committee to Elect Linda
Finn, Jan.-Nov. 2012. Field organizer on David Cicilline for
Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2010. Deputy finance director on Joe
Fernandez for Attorney General, April-Sept. 2010. B.A. in
political science from Drew University, 2009.
Chief Administrative Officer Max Cummings
(Mar. 2019) COO at Smoot Tewes Group, May
National operations director at For Our Future, May 2016-Apr.
2017. Managing director at Kirby Campaigns, LLC, Jan. 2014-May
2015. Iowa operations director for NextGen Climate, Aug.-Nov.
2014. Field director on Friends of Noam Bramson, for Westchester
(NY) County Executive, June-Nov. 2013. Project manager in
Oshkosh/Green Bay for Field Strategies, Oct.-Nov. 2012. Campaign
manager on Friends of John Delaney (primary campaign), Nov. 2011-Apr.
2012. Campaign manager on Christopher Carney for Congress (PA),
Jan.-Nov. 2010. Field director on Christopher Carney for
Congress, Apr.-Nov. 2008. Legislative correspondend to U.S. Rep.
Charlie Wilson, Apr. 2007-Feb. 2008. Deputy field director on
Christopher Carney for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2006. Regional field
director on Friends of Joe Lieberman, Mar.-Aug. 2006. Finance
assistant on Judy Aydelott for Congress (NY-19), Nov. 2005-Mar.
2006. Field director on Jackson and Schindler for State Assembly
(NJ), Aug.-Nov. 2005. Field organizer on Sean McNally for
Congress (CT), May-Aug. 2004. B.A. in political science,
economics from American University.
Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Hoang
(June 2019) Compliance manager at MBA Consulting
2018-May 2019. COO at Y Strategy in Austin, June 2017-May
2018. Compliance specialist on Hillary for America, June-Dec.
2016. President of Texas College Democrats, Apr. 2015-Apr.
2016. Studied political science at The University of Texas at San
National Recruiting Manager Monique (Grigg) Wike
(May 2019) Field organizing manager in Dallas/Fort Worth (from June 2018) and field organizer (May-June 2018) on Beto for Texas. Staffing manager at Robert Half from May 2018. Front desk administrative assistant at Cushman & Wakefield, Mar.-Sept. 2016. Master's degree in international affairs from UC San Diego, 2016; B.A. in industrial and organizational psychology from Azusa Pacific University, 2013.
Title? [possibly advance director) Timothy S. Hartz
Director of operations for the Executive Chamber of NY
States. Deputy director of advance operations at The White House,
2011-Jan 2017. Director of advance for the U.S. Department of the
Interior, Feb. 2009-Mar. 2011. National advance staff on Obama
America, Sept. 2007-Feb. 2009. Pharmaceutical sales rep. for Eli
& Company, Oct. 2005-Sept. 2007. Account manager at Video
Monitoring Service, Aug. 2001-May 2004. B.A. in political science
Providence College, 2001.
Senior Advisor for Finance and Political Sima Ladjevardian
(Mar. 2019) Attorney/mediator/consulting at Ladjevardian & Associates in Houston from Jan. 2012. Managing director at Atelier SSL from Jan. 2014. Executive vice president and legal counsel at Earthstone Texas, LLC from Jan. 2015. Senior advisor and campaign finance liaison on Beto for Texas, Mar. 2017-Nov. 2018. National finance committee member on Hillary for America, 2015-Nov. 2016. General counsel at NOVO Industries, Inc., Jan. 1993-Dec. 1996. Associate attorney at Bracewell & Patterson, Jan. 1990-Dec. 1993. J.D from UC Hastings College of Law; B.A. in business/economics from UCLA.
Digital Advertising Middle Seat
Accounted for $1.28 million of the $2.51 million in
total disbursements from Mar. 14 to Mar. 31, 2019.
From FEC Q1:
It is unclear
if these people are still on the campaign. There
were a number of launch team organizers who worked April-May
Stephanie M. Acosta twitter - - Christopher Corey - Jin Ding - Kimberly Duffy - John Matrix Elson - Shana Anne Shapiro Gallagher - Bryce Montrell Lacy - Sarah Jaudon Mathey - Ademali G. Sengal - Harriet Showman
Jody Casey - Campaign manager on Beto for Texas starting in Sept. 2017. Eighteen-year career in the private sector; with GE from 1999, mostly in the energy industry. B.S. in management from Georgia Institute of Technology. twitter
four endorsements on day of announcement, March 14, 2019:
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
(See for example: Abby Livingston. "4 members of Congress endorse Beto O'Rourke within hours of his campaign launch." The Texas Tribune, Mar. 14, 2019).
Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo.
Headquarters: 1925 High Street, Des Moines, IA
Ames: 410 5th St., Ames, IA 50010-6104
Burlington: 231 South 3rd St., Burlington, IA 52601 .
Cedar Rapids: 417 3rd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
Council Bluffs: 500 Willow Avenue, Suite 204 Council Bluffs IA 51503
Davenport: 601 Brady St.Suite 211, Davenport, IA 52803
Dubuque: 962 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001
Iowa City: 412 Highland Ave., Suite D, Iowa City
Ottumwa: 408 E. Main St., Ottumwa
Sioux City: 1308 Pierce St., Sioux City
Waterloo: 313 E. 5th St., Waterloo 50703
office openings: Cedar Rapids June 9; most office openings on July 16
as of May 31, 2019 the campaign reported 37 organizing staff, and 44 Iowa staff overall.
State Director Norm Sterzenbach
(March 2019) Consultant to the IDP on the 2020
caucuses to early March 2019. Sterzenbach is taking leave from
his position a principal at GPS Impact, where he started Feb.
2013. Executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party to Jan.
2013; started as political and caucus director for IDP for the 2008
Caucuses from Dec. 2006. Deputy campaign manager on Chet
Culver's campaign for governor, Nov. 2005-Dec. 2006.
Campaign manager on Bekki Cook for Lt. Governor, May-Nov. 2004.
Caucus director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP),
2004. Field director on Jim Humphries for Congress, 2002.
Eastern Iowa Field Director on Bill Bradley’s campaign. B.A. in
political science from University of Iowa, 1998. Cedar Rapids
Caucus Director Margaret Jarosz
(reported by DMR April 24, 2019) Senior trip advisor to Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), when he was considering a run. Chief organizational officer on Fred Hubbell for Governor from June 2018. Campaign manager on Pete for Iowa, Jan.-July 2018. Field manager for 270 Strategies, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018. Distributed organizing director on Tom Periello for Governor, Feb.-July 2017. Field director in Manchester, NH for NextGen Climate, Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017. Regional director for Dubuque on Bernie 2016, then to Nebraska, Wisconsin, and cocluded as deputy field director in So. Calif.. Northeast regional field director on Run Warren Run. Field organizer on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in Texas, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Sara Geenen for Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Aug. 2014. Volunteered with the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (March-June 2012) and with President Obama’s re-election campaign (Sept.-Nov. 2012). Milwaukee native. Attended Loyola University Chicago. twitter
Deputy Caucus Director Caroline Grey
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Co-founder, vice
president of Civis Analytics in Chicago, Nov. 2012-Nov. 2015.
Director of analytics operations on Obama for America, July 2011-Nov.
2012. Targeting operations director at the DNC/Organizing
for America from 2009-11. Worked on the Presidential Inaugural
Committee. Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign starting as a field
organizer in Iowa in Feb. 2007 and concluding as an RFD in Virginia in
Fall 2008. Graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Originally
Political Director Rep. Chris Hall
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Represents
District 13 Sioux City in the State House, first elected in 2010.
Grants coordinator at Western Iowa Tech Community College since Nov.
2011. Policy director on Fred Hubbell's 2018 gubernatorial
campaign. Deputy finance director on an Iowa gubernatorial
campaign, June 2009-Mar. 2010. B.A. in political science from
Grinnell College, 2007. Born and raised in Sioux City. twitter
Deputy Political Director Alex Freedman
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Campaign manager
on Tim Gannon’s 2018 campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Worked
on Hillary Clinton's campaign. Regional field director in Waterloo on
Martin O’Malley's presidential campaign from June 2015. Campaign
manager on Rostom Sakissian for L.A. City Council, Jan.-March
2015. Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov.
2014. Research analyst/tracker at Friends of Chris Murphy,
June-Nov. 2012. B.A. in international relations and affairs from
Syracuse University, 2013. twitter
Organizing Director Cyrus Shick
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Coordinated
Campaign director for the Missouri Democratic Party, 2018.
Virginia field director for Let America Vote, May-Nov. 2017.
Field director for the Missouri Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov.
2016. Statewide deputy field director on Koster for Missour,
Mar.-Sept. 2016. Regional GOTV director in Portsmouth, NH on
Hillary for America, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016. GOTV director for
Tennesse Democrati Party in the Nashville mayoral runoff, Aug-Sept.
2015. Field director on Freeman for Mayor (of Nashville), Dec.
2014-Aug. 2015. Regional field director for the Michigan
Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014. Regional field director on Quinn
for New York, May-Sept. 2013. Field organizer for the Missouri
Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2012. Field organizer on Eric
Stewart for Congress (TN), May-Sept. 2012. Degree in political
communication from The George Washington University. twitter
Regional Organizing Directors
Sioux City Zachary Amos
(Apr. 2019) Deputy field director for West
(incl. Memphis) on the Tennessee Coordinated Campaign, Mar.-Nov.
2018. Content coordinator for the Illig Family Enterprise Company
in Leawood, KS, Feb. 2017-Feb. 2018. Regional field director
(Aug.-Nov. 2016) and field organizer (May-Aug. 2016) on Chris Koster's
gubernatorial campaign. Degree in journalism, international
strategic communications from University of Missouri-Columbia. twitter
(Apr. 2019) Deputy field director for Middle
Tennessee on Bredesen for U.S. Senate/Tennessee Democratic Party,
Feb.-Nov. 2018. Regional field director for Lift Up Houston PAC
(ballot initiatives supported by Mayor Sylvester Turner), June-Nov.
2017. Assistant canvass director for Environment Washington,
Feb.-May 2017. Field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party,
May-Nov. 2016. Executive recruiter (Mar. 2015-Apr. 2016) and
operations center staff (Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015) for United Recruiters in
Murfreesboro, TN. Project coordinator at XM Solutions, May
2013-Nov. 2014. B.S. in criminal justice administration (pre-law)
from Middle Tennessee University, 2014.
(Apr. 2019) Regional field director in Tucson
for the Arizona Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Regional field
director for Palm Beach County on Philip Levine for Governor of
Florida, May-Aug. 2018. Field organizer on Kriseman fo rMayor of
St. Petersburg, Aug.-Nov. 2017. Studied communication and
political science at Eckerd College. twitter
Davenport Michael Johnakin
(Apr. 2019) Field director in the 6th CD for the
Kentucky Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2018. Field director on Amy
McGrath for Congress (KY), April-May 2018. Major sales for Costco
Wholesale, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2018. Distributed regional organizer on
Tom Perriello for Virginia, Mar.-June 2017. Regional field
director for the Montana Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016. Field
organizer on Bernie 2016, starting in Muscatine, IA in Oct. 2015, and
subsequently in Richmond, VA to Feb. 2016. Deputy canvass
director in Saint Lucie, FL for FieldWorks. Field organizer and
petition organizer on Chopra for Virginia, Feb.-June 2013. Field
organizer on Miami Dolphins stadium refereendum, April-May 2013.
Field organizer (Mar.-Nov. 2012) and summer organizer (June-Aug. 2011)
in Richmond, VA on Obama for America. Studied political science
at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College. twitter
(Apr. 2019) Regional field director in Phoenix
for the Arizona Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018. Degree in
history and political science from University of Iowa, 2018 president
of University of Iowa's Dream Iowa chapter. Field consultant on
Zach Wahls for Iowa Senate District 37, Feb.-Mar. 2018. Campaign
manager on Ryan Hall for City Council in Iowa City, June-Oct.
2017. Field organizer in Iowa City for the Iowa Democratic Party,
May-Nov. 2016. Campaign fellow in Iowa City on Hillary for
America, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016. twitter
(Apr. 2019) Most recently field director on Andy Kim for Congress (NJ). twitter
Communications Director Geoff Burgan
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Senior
communications advisor (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and communications director on
Andrew Gillum for Governor. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz, Apr. 2015-Jan. 2017. Deputy communications
director for the Louisiana Democratic Party, Nov. 2015.
Communications research manager in the Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley,
Nov. 2013-Jan. 2015. Account executive at Powell Tate, June
2012-Nov. 2013. Call time manager and personal aid on Rob
Garagiola for Congress, Dec. 2011-Apr. 2012. B.A. in journalism,
government and politics from University of Maryland College Park,
Press Secretary Frances Swanson
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Iowa state media
manager (Apr. 2018-Jan. 2019) and communications intern (Dec. 2017-Mar.
2018) for NextGen America. B.A. in environmental studies from
Lewis and Clark College, 2017. twitter
Press Assistant Danya Rafiqi
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Campaign
communications manager (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and campaign manager
(May-Sept. 2018) for the Iowa Senate Majority Fund. B.A. in
political science from the University of Southern California, 2018.
Internships include SKDKnickerbocker, Smoot Tewes Group and Devine
Mulvey Longabaugh. twitter
Digital Director Brett Lake
(June 2019) Deputy digital director for the
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
Operations Director Jennifer (Komos) Fiihr
(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019) Owner of
Jennifer Fiihr Consulting LLC in Des Moines from Feb. 2015; clients
have included Iowa Conservation Voters, Stacy Walker for Supervisor,
Cindy Axne for Congress, Finkenauer for Congress and Leann Jacobsen for
Congress. Election cycle human resources director for the Iowa
Democratic Party, June 2006-Dec. 2018 Compliance officer on Olson
for Iowa, Aug. 2013-Mar. 2014. Budget assistant on Obama for
America, Sept. 2007-Jan. 2008. Office of the Commissioner of the
Iowa Department of Public Safety, Aug. 2003-Dec. 2006. Office
manager on Citizens for Harkin, Jan.-Dec. 2002. Legislative
liaison/administrative rules coordinator for the Iowa Department of
Inspections and Appeals, Oct. 1999-Dec. 2001. Logistics
coordinator for the Iowa 2010 Strategic Planning Council, Mar.-Oct.
1999. Assistant to the chief of staff/office manager for Sen. Tom
Harkin, Aug. 1997-Mar. 1999. District field coordinator for Polk County
Democrats, Aug.-Nov. 1998. Assistant to the executive director of
the DCCC, May-Aug. 1997. Assistant to the campaign manager/office
manager/finance assistant on Citizens for Harkin, Mar. 1995-May
1997. B.A. in political science and history from Drake
Field Organizers include:
Joe Aguilar Cedar Rapids twitter
Levi Asher Council Bluffs twitter
Thomas Auge Dubuque fb
Elizabeth Berg twitter
Sofia "Alex" Cangiano Iowa City twitter
Jacob Cogdill Des Moines twitter
David Hennenhoefer Ames twitter
Zoe Goldblum Waterloo twitter
Justin Kroll twitter
Ronnie Minkoff Davenport twitter
Santiago Palomino twitter
Sandie Raines Ames and Iowa State University twitter
Nick Starost Des Moines twitter
Jake Steen Ottumwa twitter
Bryanna Sterzenbach Iowa City twitter
Owen Townsend Council Bluffs twitter
Josh Varcie Des Moines twitter
Endorsements (press releases)
Rep. Brian Meyer (District 33, Des Moines) (reported Mar. 14, 2019)
Polk County Soil and Water Commissioner Lou McDonald (May 24, 2019)
former state Rep. Nate Willems (Mount Vernon) (June 7, 2019)
Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson (June 7, 2019)
Dubuque County Recorder John Murphy (July 10, 2019)
22 grassroots endorsements (July 15, 2019)
9 activists including Frank Rottinghaus, Floyd County Treasurer and Peggy Sherrets, Mayor of Oelwein (Sept. 27, 2019)
Doug Thompson, farmer from Kanawha, former USDA official (Oct. 2, 2019)
Isabel Conn, a Mexican-American immigrant rights activist in Des Moines (Oct. 9, 2010)
Headquarters: 293 Elm St., Manchester, NH
State Director Mike Ollen
(announced May 22, 2019) Previously state director (May 2017-May 2019) and deputy state director (Jan.-May 2017) to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan. Political director on Maggie Hassan for New Hampshire, Mar.-Dec. 2016. Deputy political director on Hillary Clinton's NH primary campaign, Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016. Associate at Hilltop Public Solutions,Jan-Apr. 2015. Deputy political director on Shaheen for Senate, April-Dec. 2014. Constituent services coordinator/veterans and military families liaison for U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, Jan. 2013-April 2014. Regional field director in Strafford County for Obama for America, July-Nov. 2012; field organizer for Organizing for America-NH in Nashua, Feb.-July 2012. Inventory manager for Boston City Properties, March 2011-Feb. 2012. Speech writing assistant in the Office of Gov. Deval Patrick, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012. B.A. in communications, public advocacy and rhetoric from Northeastern University, 2011. twitter
Deputy State Director Soham Pandit
(announced May 22, 2019) Political director on
Chris Pappas' 2018 congressional campaign; managed Pappas' 2016
Executive Council re-election campaign. Other campaigns worked on
include Bao Nguyen for Congress (CA), Aug. 2015-June 2016; Van Ostern
for New Hampshire, Jan.-Aug. 2015; the New Hampshire Democratic
Coordinated Campaign, Mar.-Nov. 2014; Alex Sink for Congress, Jan.-Mar.
2014; Cory Booker for Senate, July-Oct. 2013; the League of
Conservation Voters, Apr. 2012-2013; Patrick Murphy for Attorney
General (PA), 2011-12; and Patirick Murphy for Congress, June-Nov.
Political Director Laura Bryant
(reported Aug. 16, 2019) Campaign manager for
Sen. Donna Soucy from June 2018. Bachelor's degree in political
science from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018. twitter
Deputy Political Director Doug Marino
(reported Aug. 16, 2019) Most recently a
legislative aide in the NH State Senate. Field director to Sen.
Martha Fuller Clark. Worked on Organizing for America.
Graduate of UNH. From Newfields, NH. twitter
Organizing Director Sydney Watnick
(announced May 22, 2019) Field director for the North Carolina Democratic Party from May 2018. Outreach consultant for WomenCount, from Feb. 2018. Regional field director in Charlottesville area on Ralph Northam for Governor, July-Nov. 2017. Coordinator for arts and entertainment engagement for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Jan.-June 2017. Regional organizing director in Wilkes Barre, PA (May-Nov. 2016) and organizer in Charleston, SC (Aug. 2015-Apr. 2016 on Hillary for America. Regional organizing director in Ames, IA for NextGen Climate, Apr.-Aug. 2015. Field assistant for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014. twitter
Deputy Organizing Director Lavianna Felder
(reported Aug. 16, 2019 Deputy field director
for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018. Regional
organizing director on JB Pritzker for Governor, Jan.-Mar. 2018.
Field organizer in Petersburg for the Democratic Party of Virgina,
June-Nov. 2017. Organizer in the Philadelphia area for the
Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Operations
director on Alex Law for Congress (NJ), Apr.-June 2016. Cashier
sales associate, produce clerk at ShopRite Supermarkets in Glassboro,
NJ, June 2014-Feb. 2016. Studied at Rowan University. twitter
Regional Organizing Directors include
(announced May 22, 2019) Senior field manager (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and field organizing manager (May-Aug. 2018) on O'Rourke's Senate campaign. B.A. in philosophy from University of Houston, 2016.
Manchester Austin Hunter Noble
(July 2019) Florida recount site lead in Tampa
for the DSCC, Nov. 2018. Regional organizing director in the 5th CD
(Waturbury) for Connecticut Democrats, Apr.-Nov. 2018. Field organizer
on JB for Governor, Jan.-Mar. 2018. GOTV organizer on Doug Jones
for U.S. Senate, Nov.-Dec. 2017. Deputy field organizer for the
Democratic Party of Virginia, Oct.-Nov. 2017. Field organizer on
Randall Woodfin for Mayor (Birmingham, AL), May-Oct. 2017. B.S.
in political science from University of Montevallo, 2017. twitter
(June 2019) Field organizer for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018. Assurance staff for EY in the Philadelphia area, Sept. 2017-May 2018. Undergraduate degree from Villanova University, 2017. twitter
Nashua Taylor Jones
Communications Director Wyatt Ronan
(June 2019) Communications director for U.S.
Rep. Chris Pappas, Dec. 2018-June 2019. Communications director
on Chris Pappas for Congress, June-Dec. 2018. Communications
director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Feb. 2017-June
2018. Regional press secretary in Youngstown, OH on Hillary for
America July-Nov. 2016. New Hampshire press secretary at NextGen
Climate, June 2015-May 2016. Public relations assistant at
Solomon McCown & Co. (Boston), July-Dec. 2014. Communications
director on Bill Walczak for Mayor of Boston, April-Sept. 2013.
Field organizer at Organizing for America in Nashua, NH, July-Nov.
2012. B.A. in communications studies and political science
from Northeastern University, 2015. twitter
Press Secretary Will Simons
(July 2019, reported Aug. 16, 2019) Press
secretary at Need to Impeach, Feb.-July 2019. Deputy press
secretary (Oct. 2017-Jan. 2019). communications associate (Nov.
2016-Oct. 2017) and communications assistant (June-Nov. 2016) for
NextGen America. B.A. in government from Georgetown University,
Deputy Press Secretary Emma Sands
(July 2019, reported Aug. 16, 2019) Deputy
director of communications (Jan.-July 2019) and assistant
communications director (May-Dec. 2018) for the Massachusetts State
Treasury. Bachelor's degree in mass communications/public
relations from Boston University, 2017. twitter
Digital Director Roger Lis
(July 2019, reported Aug. 16, 2019) Manager for social media strategy (Jan.-July 2019), lead social media and advocacy strategist (Apr.-Dec. 2018) and social media and advocacy strategist (July 2017-Mar. 2018) at Mothership Strategies. Communications assistant (Apr. 2016-July 2017), scheduler/staff assistant (June 2015-Mar. 2016) and intern (Jan.-June 2015) to U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (NY). B.S. in American government and politics from University at Buffalo, 2015. twitter
Scheduling Director Valerie Oreliana
Operations Director Anya Lehr
(announced May 22, 2019) Director of business
operations for VICE Asia Pacific (Jan. 2018-Mar. 2019) and operations
manager (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and executive assistant and coordinator
(Dec. 2014-Jan. 2017) at VICE. Administrative and marketing
assistant, booker at The Bowery Electric, Sept.-Dec. 2014; media and
development manager at Intersection Research (May-Dec. 2014) B.A. in
cinematic arts from University of Southern California, 2014; served as
general manager of KXSC Radio. New York native. twitter
Special Projects Director Sam Sands
(July 2019) Research fellow at UNH's Carsey
School of Public Policy, Aug. 2018-July 2019. Master's degree in
community development policy and practice from UNH, 2018; B.A. in
political science and government from University of Redlands,
Field Organizers include:
Erica Boucher twitter
Karla Ilse Cruz twitter
Benjamin Biko Donnelly-Fine twitter
Salvador Espinoza twitter
Gita Khote Manchester twitter
Jared Solomon twitter
Avery Whitehead Nashua twitter
Jessica Xiong twitter
25 staff as of Aug. 16, 2019 more
Endorsements (press releases)
Kate Miller. former Belknap County Democrats Chair and current Treasurer, former State Representative (Oct. 23, 2019)
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.
Political Director Cameron “CH” Miller
(announced July 22, 2019) Independent entertainment consultant and executive producer since 2000. "Has worked closely in all three re-election campaigns of Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson." Operations manager/program director/executive producer for Studio 11 Films, Jan. 2012-July 2016. B.A. in ministry leadership from Northwest University, 2019. Nevada native, born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley.
Organizing Director Sean Hoey
Senior associate for mobilization and campaign management at Precision Strategies, Apr. 2018-June 2019. Deputy field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2017. New Jersey field director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Apr.-Aug. 2017. North carolina deputy organizing director (July-Nov. 2016) and organizer in Council Bluffs, IA, Omaha, NE, Rochester, NY and Las Vegas, NV on Hillary for America (June 2015-June 2016). Communications assistant at Clean Wisconsin, Nov. 2014-May 2015; campaign manager on Madden for Madison city council race, Nov. 2014-April 2015. Fellow on Obama's re-election campaign in Madison, WI, June-Nov. 2012. B.A. in English and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015. twitter
Regional Organizing Director Aman Afsah
Regional field director in Santa Fe for the Democratic
Party of New Mexico, July-Nov. 2018. Finance assistant on
Madaleno for Maryland, May 2017-June 2018. Regional campaign
director (Dec. 2016-May 2017) and field organizer (Aug.-Nov. 2016) for
the Maryland Democratic Party. Bachelor's degree in political
science from St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2016. twitter
Headquarters: 500 Lawand Dr., Columbia, SC ...keys mid-June 2019
State Director Lauren Harper
(reported by McClatchy on Apr. 22, 2019) CEO of
CityBright, LLC from Oct. 2018. Advisor for policy and
communications to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, July 2016-Apr.
2019. Social media coordinator for then Rep. Mia McLeod, Jan.
2014-July 2016. B.A. in public relations from University of South
Carolina-Columbia, 2016. twitter
Tyler M. Jones
(reported by McClatchy on Apr. 22, 2019) President and CEO of SPEAK Strategic from Jan. 2016. Consultant to Joe Cunningham for Congress, 2017-18. South Carolina state director on O'Malley for President, Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016. Senior advisor and spokesman (Jan. 2009-Jan. 2017) and executive director (2008-09) for the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus. Lowcountry field director on John Edwards for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. in political science from Charleston Southern University, 2007. twitter
Deputy State Director Sean Butler
(reported by Post
and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019) Deputy
field director for the Indiana Democratic Party from May 2018.
Communications director with the New York City Council, Sept. 2017-Feb.
2018. Regional organizing director in Keene for the New Hampshire
Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016. Organizer in Maquoketa, Iowa on
Hillary for America, Aug. 2015-Apr. 2016. B.A. in English,
political science from Furman University, 2015. twitter
Political Director Brian Butler
(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019) Associate/lobbyist for The Campbell Consulting Group from Nov. 2017. IT coordinator for Morris Funeral Home, LLC from 2011. Vice president of operations for McLeod Butler Communications, 2016-17. Assistant campaign manager on Mia for Senate campaign/Water-Spider, LLC, Jan.-Dec. 2016. Deputy campaign manager for state Sen. Mia McLeod, 2016. Bachelor's degree in political scienc and government from Presbyterian College, 2016. twitter
Deputy Political Director Devon Owens
Executive director of the South Carolina Legislative
Black Caucus, started as a special assistant. B.A. in political
science and government from Benedict College, 2017. twitter
Organizing Director Austin Lyle
(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)
Organizing director for the Montana Democratic Party, Mar.-Nov.
2018. Campaign manager for the Senate Democratic Majority in New
Jersey, May-Nov. 2017. Deputy organizing director for the Florida
Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016. Organizing director in Wyoming
(Mar.-Apr. 2016) and Kansas (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and organizer in Clinton,
Iowa (Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hilary for America. Regional field
director on Kay Hagen for Senate (NC), Mar.-Nov. 2014. Campaign
manager (Jan.-Feb. 2014), regional field director (Nov. 2013-Jan. 2014)
and field organizer (Apr.-Nov. 2013 for the Democratic Party of
Virginia. Deputy finance director/candidate services director for
the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Apr.-Nov.
2012. B.A. in polical science, history from Carroll College,
2011; president of the College Democrats of Montana, 2009-11. twitter
Regional Organizing Directors
Charleston Mariah Williams-Roberts
(June 2019...started on national organizing team
April-May and launch team March-April) Development and external
affairs coordinator at Third Way, Jan.-Mar. 2019. Collin County
field manager (July-Nov. 2018) and field organizer (May-June) on Beto
for Texas. B.S. in policy, planning and development from
University of Southern California, 2018.
Rock Hill Laura Cantwell
(June 2019) Field manager in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area on Beto for Texas, 2018. Growth at Hive,
2017-18. Instructor at Pure Barre, 2015-18. Inside sales at
Luxe, 2016-17. Social content at Kel & Partners,
2014-15. Digital marketing at Millward Brown Digital,
2013-14. Development, marketing and communications for the ALS
Therapy Development Institute, 2012-13. B.A. from Northeastern
Florence Jeff Popkin
(June 2019) Field manager in Houston on Beto for
Texas, July-Nov. 2018. Communications associate at the NRDC
Action Fund, Oct. 2015-June 2018. B.A. in public policy,
economics from UNC Chapel Hill, 2015. twitter
Communications Director Robyn Patterson
(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019) Communications director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan.-May 2019. Senior communications advisor to the Ohio Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2018. Communications manager for The Hub Project, Nov. 2016-Feb. 2018. Deputy press secretary and spokesperson on Hillary for America, Sept.-Nov. 2016. Deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 2015-Sept. 2016. Account coordinator at Cerrell Associates, Jan.-June 2015. B.A. in political science and journalism from University of Southern California. twitter
Press Secretary Christina Wilkes
(July 8, 2019 tweet) Senior press assistant in
the Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Jan.-June 2019); press assistant in
the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, June 2017-Dec.
2018. Bachelor's degree in political science and communication
(double major) from University of Southern California, 2017; president
of USC College Democrats, Apr. 2015-Jan. 2016. twitter
SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE
Director of Scheduling and Advance John
(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)
Vice president of political affairs at SPEAK Strategic in Charleston
from Mar. 2019. Executive director of the People's House Project
(a $750,000 PAC focused on income diversity in the U.S. House), Oct.
2017-Jan. 2019. Grassroots associate at Dewey Square Group, Aug.
2016-Sept. 2017. Senior associate at Clyde Group, Nov. 2015-Aug.
2016. Campaign manager on Friends of Mike Hein (Kingston, NY),,
Jan.-Nov. 2015. Finance director and political director on
Friends of Don Beyer (VA-8), Jan.-Aug. 2014. Finance director on
Jennifer Garrison for congress (OH), Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014.
Advance staff for the White House/Obama for America, Feb. 2012-June
Operations Director Phil Dudley
(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)
Campaign manager on Mary Geren's campaign for Congress in SC-3, Mar.
2017-Nov. 2018. President of Young Democrats of Anderson County,
Apr. 2016-Dec. 2017. Compliance data analyst for Regional
Management Corp. in Greenville, Jan. 2016-June 2017. Conversion
consultant (Dec. 2013-Jan. 2016) and conversion data
analyst/associate/specials (Nov. 2011-Dec. 2013) for Charles
Schwab. Financial service representative for United Heritage
Credit Union, Feb. 2010-Nov. 2011. B.S. in economics from George
Mason University, 2009. twitter
Chair, South Carolina
Students for Beto Jacob Gamble twitter
Endorsements (press releases)
State Sen. Thomas McElveen (Dist. 35-Sumter) ...reported by Post & Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on June 20, 2019
State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis (Dist. 113-No. Charleston) ...announced April 13, 2019
U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) (press release)
State Director Delilah Agho-Otoghile
(reported by The Texas Tribune's Patrick Svitek on
Sept. 10, 2019) Field director on Stacey Abrams' 2018 campaign
for Georgia governor. Regional coordinator for Battleground
Texas in Houston, summer 2017 to the first part of 2018. A field
director for Equality Texas in 2017. A regional organizing
director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Florida. Organizer for
Martin O'Malley in the 2015-16 Iowa caucus campaign. Studied
philosophy and political science at Pennsylvania State
University. Houston native. twitter
Senior Advisor Andy Brown
(reported Sept. 10) Attorney at Andy Brown and Associates. A senior official on O'Rourke's 2018 U.S. Senate campaign. Candidate for Travis County Court in Mar. 2014. Worked for state Sen. Kirk Watson and the Central Health Prop. 1 campaign. Chair of Travis County Democrats. Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX)'s campaign. Studied at Unviersity of Texas School of Law and Colorado College. From Austin. twitter
Political Advisor Chris Chu de León
A senior field manager on O'Rourke's 2018 Senate campaign. Fulbright grant to teach English, American culture and politics at a federal university in Brazil, 2015-16. Bachelor's degree in kinesiology and sports medicine from Rice University, 2015. From Texas. twitter
Texas Finance Director Laura Hernandez
(reported Sept. 10) Staff of Mayor Steve Adler's Better Austin Foundation. Deputy campaign manager on Adler’s campaign for Mayor of Austin. Finance director on Andy Brown's campaign for Travis County Court. Legislative director for Texas State Rep. Abel Herrero in the 81st legislative session and Rep. Lon Burnam in the 83rd session. Executive director for the Travis County Democratic Party from 2009-12. B.S. in political communication from University of Texas at Austin. twitter
More than 100 elected officials and community leaders from every region of Texas (press release)
On O'Rourke campaign
David Siders and Daniel Strauss. "O'Rourke bolsters senior staff with five hires." Politico, July 19, 2019.
David Siders and Alex Thompson. "O'Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums." Politico, May 19, 2019.
Alex Thompson and David Siders. "Beto hires digital guru amid staff scramble." Politico, May 7, 2019.
Ryan Grim. "Beto O'Rourke was threatening to run a new kind of campaign. Not anymore." The Intercept, Apr. 23, 2019.
Ruby Cramer and Molly Hensley-Clancy. "A Top Adviser To Beto O'Rourke Has Left His Presidential Campaign." Buzzfeed, Apr. 20, 2019.
David Siders and Daniel Strauss. "'He can't DIY things like he did in Texas': Beto goes mainstream." Politico, Mar. 28, 2019.
Eric Bradner and Jeff Zeleny. "Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager." CNN, Mar. 17, 2019.
Paul Hentz. "The Ex-Bernie Staffers Behind Beto's Campaign." Seven Days, Mar. 14, 2019.
Sasha Issenberg. "Here's What Beto O'Rourke Could Unleash on Trump." Politico Magazine, Feb. 22, 2019.
David Siders. "Beto skips town while his brain trust sketches 2020 plans." Politico, Jan. 16, 2019.
Daniel Marans. "The Real Reason Why Some Bernie Sanders Fans Have It In For Beto O'Rourke." Huffington Post, Dec. 29, 2018.
Brian Schwartz. "Beto O'Rourke's team has been talking to Obama political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire as 2020 momentum builds." CNBC, Dec. 6, 2018.
Also see press
Apr. 15, 2019 - Beto O’Rourke’s Grassroots Campaign Completes Historic First Month on the Road
Apr. 14, 2019 - Beto O’Rourke’s Grassroots Campaign Launches National Voter Contact Program With 623 Canvasses Scheduled and Counting
Deputy Director of Scheduling Anna
(Aug. 2019...previously nationally scheduling and advance research coordinator from May 2019 and launch organizer, Mar.-May 2019) Distributed manager (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and distributed organizer (July 2018) and field organizer (June 2018) at Beto for Texas. Bachelor's degree in neuroscience and behavior from Barnard College, 2018.
Organizing Manager Maryam Amjadi ...to Aug. 2019
2019) Field manager on Beto for Texas, June-Nov. 2018.
Bachelor's degree in history, English from The University of Texas at
Senior Organizing Manager Katrien Taborda ...to July 2019
(Mar.-July 2019) Distributed organizing manager
on Beto for
Texas, July-Nov. 2018. Global travel and expense team lead
(Jan.-July 2018) and procurement contract and travel team lead (June
2017-Jan. 2018), procurement contract specialist (May 2016-June 2017),
purchasing analyst (Sept. 2013-May 2016) and office manager (Sept.
2012-Sept. 2013) at Indeed.com. B.A. in political science and
anthropology from The University of Connecticut, 2012.
Deputy National Organzing Director Alexandria Sousa ...to July 2019
(Mar. 2019) Distributed organizing advisor
(contract) for The
Justice Collaborative, Jan.-Mar. 2019. Distributed organizing
director at Beto for Texas, Nov. 2017-Nov. 2018. National
distributed organizer and People Power Project manager (contract) for
the ACLU, Feb.-Nov. 2017. Pennsyvania digital director
(Sept.-Nov. 2016) and digital organizer (Aug.-Sept. 2016) for NextGen
Climate. National distributed organizer for Bernie 2016,
Mar.-Apr. 2016, started as a volunteer, Jan.-Mar. 2016. B.A. in
international affairs and environmental studies from Lafayette College,
Deputy National Organizing Director Katelyn Coughlan ...to July 2019
(Mar. 2019) Deputy field director on Beto for
National distributed organizer for Big Organizing Project (Ann Arbor,
MI), 2017. GOTV director for NextGen Climate Iowa, Aug.-Nov.
2016. Canvass director for Community Voters Project (Denver),
May-Aug. 2016. Field organizer with Green Corps, Aug. 2015-Aug.
2016. Field organizer in Columbus, OH with The Wilderness
Society, Dec. 2015-Apr. 2016. Field organizer at VCU for The Cllimate
Reality Project, Sept.-Nov. 2015.
For the first month
of the campaign; Buzzfeed reported on April 20 they have left:
Worked on Beto for Texas. Co-founder (Mar. 2018) of The Social Practice, "an ideologically driven political consultancy." Co-founder (Feb. 2017) of The Real Justice PAC. Organizer on Beto for Texas, Oct. 2017-Nov. 2018. Senior advisor for distributed organizing on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-May 2016. Senior fellow and advisor to the CEO (from March 2016) and vice president and political director (April 1999-Oct. 2015) at CREDO Mobile (Working Assets). Online editor at SF Weekly, April 1998-April 1999. B.A. in political science from Williams College, 1992. Co-author of "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything." twitter
Field director on Beto for Texas, 2018. National
campus program director for NexGen Climate, May-Nov. 2016. Deputy
director of distributed organizing (Feb. -May 2016) and Texas digital
director (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016. Campaign
manager at Credo Mobile from July 2012. Online organizer at Water
Defense, Jan.-July 2012. B.A. in political science from
CUNY-Hunter College, 2012. twitter
National Scheduling Director Emily Guzman Sufrin ...to Apr. 2019
(Mar. 2019) Deputy distributed organizing
(May-July 2018) and
distributed organizer (Feb.-May 2018) and field organizer (Feb. 2018)
on Beto for Texas. Curatorial assistant (Aug. 2014-July 2017) and
curatorial project assistant (Dec. 2013-Aug 2014) and intern at the
Whitney Museum of American Art. B.A. in art history from Vassar