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Note: In an April 2020 memo the DNC states it has "built  the most expansive campaign infrastructure the DNC has ever had for a non-incumbent presidential candidate in modern political history."  The build up began following the 2018 midterms.  As usual, the following months in early 2019 were a time of transition at the party.  People moved on to other organizations, including some who joined nascent presidential camapigns. By the time of the DNC Summer Meeting Aug. 22-23, 2019 the DNC reported 193 people on staff as of Aug. 15.  (By comparison, at the time of the Winter Meeting, Feb. 14-16, 2019 the DNC reported 190 people on staff).    press releases

447 Members of the DNC

...includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.

Executive Committee

64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.

Standing Committees

Rules and Bylaws - Co-chairs: Lorraine Miller and James Roosevelt

Credentials - Co-chairs: Karen Carter Peterson and John Currie

Resolutions - Co-Chairs: Lottie Shackelford and Stuart Applebaum

?Budget and Finance - Doris Crouse Mays and Daniel Halpern

    Caucus and Council chairs and vice chairs:
Constituency caucuses: Black - Virgie Rollins.  Hispanic - Iris Martinez.  Women - Lottie Shackleford.  LGBT - Earl Fowlkes.  AAPI - Bel Leong Hong.
    Regional caucuses: East - Nancy DiNardo.   Midwest - Ron Harris.  South - Alan Clendenin.   West - Jesse Durfee.
    Councils: Youth - Akilah Ensley.     Seniors - Steve Regenstreif.     Native American - Rion Ramirez.     Ethnic.     Small Business - Andrew Lachman.    
                    Rural - Betty Richie.    Veterans & Military Families - Thomas McDermott and Christine Pelosi.   Labor - ?.    Disabiliity - Tony Coehlo.    Poverty - Susie Shannon.

Nine Elected Officers*

*Chairman  Tom Perez

(elected Feb.25, 2017)  U.S. Secretary of Labor, July 2013-Jan. 2017.  Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, Oct. 2009-July 2013.  Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Jan. 2007-Oct. 2009.  Elected to Montgomery County Council, in 2002 and served to 2006, including as president, 2004-05.  Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, 2001-07.  Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  Advisor to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, 1995-98.  Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno.; and federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, 1989-95.  Law clerk for Judge Zita Weinshienk of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1987-89.  J.D. from Harvard Law School and M.P.P. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, 1987; B.A. in international relations and political science from Brown University, 1983.  twitter

Director of Travel and Advance for the Chair  Juan Ortega

(Mar. 2018)  Deputy communications director at For Our Future in Las Vegas, May 2017-Mar. 2018.  Studied at the College of Southern Nevada.

Senior Advisor to Chairman Tom Perez  Waikinya Clanton

(announced April 10, 2019)  DNC associate director of community engagement/director of African-American outreach from Sept. 2017.  Executive director of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, May 2013-Aug. 2017.  Founder (2013) and president of Power of the PUMP, a women's engagement network. Consultant, July 2012-Sept. 2013; president of Congressional Black Associates, Jan. 2012-May 2013.  Legislative correspondent/systems administrator in the U.S. House, April 2009-May 2013.  B.A. in sociology from Tourgaloo College, 2008.  twitter

Counselor and Associate Chair  Jaime Harrison 

Announced exploratory committee for U.S. Senate on Feb. 8, 2019.  Harrison was a candidate for DNC chair but withdrew on Feb. 23, 2017 and endorsed Perez. Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, May 4, 2013 to April 29, 2017.  Principal at the Podesta Group, 2008-Nov. 2016.  Floor director and counsel to U.S. House Office of the Majority Whip, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008.  Executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, Jan.-Dec. 2006.  Policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2005.  COO of College Summit, Aug. 1999-Dec. 2002.  Teacher (longterm temp.) and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Aug. 1998-June 1999.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 2004.  B.A. in political science from Yale University, 1998.  twitter

Vice Chairs
(roles and responsibilites announced April 19, 2017)

*Maria Elena Durazo

(elected Jan. 22, 2013)  Elected to the California State Senate in Nov. 2018, and stepped down from labor positions.  Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, elected May 2006 and re-elected in 2010, and an Executive Vice President of the national AFL-CIO Executive Council.  President of UNITE-HERE, Local 11, and in 2004 elected Executive Vice President of UNITE-HERE International (General Vice President of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity).  Law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985; undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.  Daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers.  twitter

*U.S. Rep. Grace Meng

(elected Jan. 29, 2015, succeeding Rep. Tulsi Gabbard)  Represents New York's 6th CD (Queens), first elected in Nov. 2012.  Member of the New York Assembly, first elected in Nov. 2008.  Attorney.  J.D. from Yeshiva University, 2002; undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, 1997.  twitter

*New York Assemblyman Michael Blake

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Member of the State Assembly representing the 79th District (the Bronx), first elected in 2014; also national consultant for ATLAS Strategy Group from Jan. 2013.  Senior advisor to the chairman of Operation HOPE, Feb.-July 2014; and director of public policy and external affairs on Green For All, Jan-July 2014.  Campaign manager on Saujani for NYC Public Advocate, Feb.-Sept. 2013.  Operation Vote deputy director on Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Deputy Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement where he directed outreach to the African-American and minority business communities.  In the 2008 general election campaign Blake served as deputy state director/political director for the Obama-Biden campaign in Michigan; he started as deputy political director on Obama's Iowa caucus campaign.  Director of external affairs for the Michigan House of Representatives.   West Michigan campaign organizer for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus, organizing three state house campaigns, 2006.  Member of the inaugural class of Obama's Hopefund "Yes We Can" training program.  Graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 2004.  From the Bronx.  twitter

*Karen Carter Peterson - Civic Engagement and Voter Participation

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, first elected April 28, 2012.  Counsel at Denton's in New Orleans since 2014.  State Senator representing District 5 (New Orleans and parts of Jefferson Parish), since 2010; previously served a decade in the Louisiana House of Representatives.  J.D. from Tulane University Law School, 1995; B.B.A. in international business and marketing from Howard University School of Business, 1981.  twitter

*Ken Martin - ASDC President 

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Chair of the Minnesota DFL, first elected Feb. 5, 2011; re-elected in  2013, 2015 and 2017.  Executive director of WIN Minnesota, then managed the 2010 gubernatorial campaign recount.  Campaign manager for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment campaign, 2008; worked on the Mike Hatch for Governor campaign, 2008.  Political director for the Minnesota Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2004; campaign director for John Kerry's Minnesota caucus campaign.  Campaign manager of Buck Humphrey's campaign for Minnesota Secretary of State in 2002.  Deputy state director of Al Gore's presidential campaign in Minnesota in 2000.  Political director for the Minnesota DFL Party, 1998.  Field director on the Kansas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, 1996.  Campus organizer on the Clinton-Gore campaign, 1992.  B.A. in political science and history from the University of Kansas.  twitter

Executive Director  Maureen Garde

Director of state party programs since March 2014.  Started at the DNC in Sept. 2005 and continued through 2006 cycle as deputy political director (State Party Services); interim political director in the first part of 2007.  Deputy executive director of the Democratic Governors' Association, 1999-2005.  Executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1990s.  Graduate of Boston College.

Regional Directors
Midwest  Emily Jensen

(Aug. 2017)  Campaign manager on Draft Rick Nolan, Apr.-June 2017.  Campaign manager on Ken Martin for DFL chair, Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Deputy director of candidate service for the House DFL Caucus, June-Nov. 2016.  Minnesota Caucus director on Bernie 2016, Nov. 2015-June 2016.  Aquatic assistant department head at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville, Dec. 2014-June 2015.  Direct support staff at Opportunity Matters Inc, July-Dec. 2014.  Studied political science, international relations at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

Southern  Lauren Harmon

(Sept. 2017)  Senior vice president at Bergmann Zwerdling Direct, from Mar. 2016.  Director of voting and democracy campaigns (Jan.-Mar. 2016) and associate director of voting and democracy campaigns (Jan.-Dec. 2015) at CAP Action (Center for American Progress).  Campaigns director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Jan.-Dec. 2014.  Executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Feb.-Dec. 2013.  Deputy political director at the Ohio Democratic Party, Mar. 2012-Feb. 2013; also Women's Caucus director for the ODP, June 2011-Feb. 2013.  Campaign manager on Adriana Martinez for Ward 3 Counci in Las Vegas, Feb.-June 2011.  Senior deputy finance director for the Arizona Democratic Party, July 2010-Feb. 2011.  Campaign manager on Felecia Rotellin for Arizona Attorney General, Oct. 2009-July 2010.  Government relations account executive at Torres Consulting and Law Group, Nov. 2008-Oct. 2009.  Deputy field director on Bob Lord for Congress (AZ), June-Nov. 2008.  Studied political science and public policy analysis at University of Arizona.

Northeast  Eva Lewis

Ward 2 liaison for the DC Mayor's Office for Community Relations and Services from Apr. 2015.  Regional field director on the Anthony Brown for Governor campaign, Feb.-Nov. 2014.  Special assistant to the executive director of the Maryland Governor's Office for Children, Jan. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Field organizer in PG County, MD on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Litigation associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Sept. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Volutner with the Peace Corp in Benin, Aug. 2004-June 2006.  J.D. from Northwester University Pritzker School of Law, 2009; B.A. in economics from Spelman College, 2004.

West  Sam Parkinson

Executive director (June 2017-May 2019) and finance and events director (Aug. 2015-June 2017) for the South Dakota Democratic Party.  B.A. in political science and government from Universit of South Dakota, 2015.  twitter

Operations Director  Bridget Hebbard

(July 2016)  Deployed to Michigan for GOTV operations, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Prior to starting as operations director, Hebbard served as a compliance research associate (May 2015-June 2016) and started as Mame Reiley Fellow (Jan.-May 2015) at the DNC.  Field organizer in Boulder for the Colorado Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014.  B.S. in international studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.

Senior Advisor, ASDC  Ann Fishman

Longtime ASDC executive director (from 1979) moved to senior advisor role effective April 15, 2013. 

Legal Counsel  Karl Sandstrom

Senior counsel at Perkins Coie.

Best Practices Institute Training Director  Cheyenne Davis

(from May 2019, previously interim)  Deputy executive director, field political and data director, statewide VAN administrator (July 2017-Jan. 2018), field, political and data director/voter file manager (Aug. 2015-July 2017), regional director (Jan.-July 2015) and field organizer (June-Nov. 2014) at the Kansas Democratic Party.  Optician, Nov. 2006-May 2011.  Bachelor's degree in political science, American studies from University of Kansas, 2014.

Best Practices Institute Deputy Training Director  Bhavana Kodira

Pre-AP English teacher at IDEA Public Schools and Teach for America Corps member in San Antonio, 2017-18.  B.A. in history and B.S. in psychology from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2017.

State Partnership Program

*Treasurer  Willliam "Bill" Derrough

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Investment banker and co-head of the recapitalization and restructuring group at Moelis & Company, started there in 2008.  Previously at Jeffries & Company (from 1998), Doyle & Boissier (1997-98), Chanin & Company (1991-97) and started as an analyst on the bond desk at Salomon Brothers (1989-91). B.A. degree from UC Berkeley.  twitter  

*Secretary  Jason Rae

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Senior associate at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee; and founder (2012) and executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  B.A. in history and political science from Marquette University, 2009; served as chair of Marquette College Democrats and elected chair of the College Democrats of Wisconsin in 2008.  Elected a member of the DNC in 2004 at age 17.  From Rice Lake, WI.  twitter

Director of the Secretary's Office  Miles Fernandez

(May 2017)  Previously deputy engagement director for youth and seniors (from Nov. 2015), rural, seniors and small business deputy community engagement director (June-Nov. 2015) and special assistant to the Director of Community Engagement (July 2014-June 2015).  B.A. from University of Washington, 2013.

Deputy Director, Secretary's Office  Marvin Turner

(at the DNC from 2005)  Also does consulting as The M. Turner Group from 2000.  Campaign manager and field director at Grassroots Solutions, 2003-07.  Community relations liaison to Cong. Eleanor Holmes Norton, 2000-04.

Deputy Director, Secretary's Office  Izeah Garcia

(June 2017)  Undergraduate degree in history of public policy, american trade policy and capitalism from UC santa Barbara, 2017; president of UCSB Campus Democrats, 2016-17.

*National Finance Committee Chair  Chris Korge

(reported by Politico on May 5, 2019; approved Aug. 24, 2019 at DNC summer 2019 meeting)  Prominent South Florida attorney, investor, businessman, and real estate developer.  Founder and partner of Korge & Korge law firm; chairman and managing partner of Landko Development, a real estate development company. Founder, chairman and principal shareholder in Newslink, an operator of retail newsstands in two major airports.  J.D. from Temple University School of Law; B.S. in business administration from University of Florida.


CEO  Mary Beth Cahill  

(reported Apr. 24, 2020, replacing Seema Nanda)  Cahill had been serving as senior advisor, and was interim CEO of the DNC, announced Feb. 1, 2018 to July 2018.  National political director of United Auto Workers and director of the Washington, DC office.  Campaign manager on Kerry-Edwards 2004 and John Kerry for President from Nov. 2003.  Came to the campaign from position as chief of staff to Sen. Edward Kennedy, where she started in 2000.  Director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, appointed Feb. 1999.  Executive director of EMILY's List for over five years, and previously the organization's political director.  Managed Les AuCoin's U.S. Senate campaign in Oregon in 1992; and Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-RI)'s 1990 re-election campaign.  Served as director of personnel and earlier as director of federal-state relations for Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), 1987-90.  Managed Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)'s 1986 re-election campaign; and Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) 1984 re-election campaign.  A field director on Barney Frank's 1980 campaign, in which he was first elected to Congress, and then served as a legislative aide to Frank.  Staff associate and receptionist for Rep. Robert F. Drinan (D-MA).  B.A. degree from Emmanuel College, 1976.  Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Deputy CEO Sam Cornale

(announced as DNC chief of staff on June 9, 2017)  Deputy chief of staff (April 2016-Jan. 2017), senior advisor to the Secretary (May 2014-April 2016), speechwriter (Oct. 2013-May 2014) and senior advisor to the Acting Secretary (Feb.-Oct. 2013) at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Policy director for the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania, April-Nov. 2012.  Policy advisor (July 2010-April 2012) and special assistant (March 2009-July 2010) to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  Member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team in the Labor, Education, and Transportation Working Group, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2009.  Worked on Obama\'s 2008 campaign in Wisconsin as a regional field director in the general election; started as an Obama Organizing Fellow in Stevens Point (Portage County), WI.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin.  Madison, WI native.  twitter

Chief Operating Officer  Rachana Desai Martin

(announced April 10, 2019)  Had been serving as interim COO following departure of Laura Chambers; DNC director of voter protection and civic engagement from Sept. 2018.  Senior federal policy counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Nevada director of voter protection on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  Counselor to the general counsel (July 2015-June 2016), deputy assistant general counsel for oversight and litigation (Feb.-July 2015), deputy chief counsel Office of Financial Stability (TARP) (Dec. 2012-Feb. 2015) and attorney advisor Office of Financial Stability (TARP) (Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Worked in a U.S. Senate office, Nov. 2009-Jan. 2011.  Associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Sept. 2005-Jan. 2009.  Consultant/office manager at FieldWorks, 2001-02.  Deputy Northeast political director on Gore-Lieberman, 2000.  J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School; B.A. in political science from University of South Carolina.

Director of Operations  Calynn Jenkins

(Jan. 2020...previously special assistant to the CEO, Apr. 2018-Jan. 2020)  Programs assistant for public policy at Amazon, Mar. 2017-Aug. 2018.  Executive assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Executive assistant to the national political director at the DNC, Feb. 2014-Sept. 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from American University, 2013.  Internships at the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, May-Aug. 2013 and in the marketing department at the DNC, Aug.-Dec. 2012.  twitter

Biden for President Liaison  Greg Schultz


Director of Political and Organizing  Muthoni Wambu Kraal

(announced Mar. 4, 2019)  Vice president of national outreach and training and previously senior director for state engagement and development at EMILY's List, started there in 2009 as western regional director for the Political Opportunity Program.  Deputy campaign manager and political director for Kay Hagan’s successful U.S. Senate race against Sen. Elizabeth Dole (NC) in 2008.   Deputy political director on then Sen. Joe Biden's 2007-08 presidential campaign.  AFL-CIO PAC coordinator.  In 2000 Wambu joined with Vera Baker to form Baker Wambu & Associates, a political fund-raising firm.  Worked for the DCCC during the 2000 and 1998 cycles.  Bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard University, 1997.  From New York City.  twitter

Regional Political and Organizing Directors 

Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships 

Rural Political Director  Libby Schneider

(Mar. 2019)  Campaign manager on Heidi for North Dakota, Nov. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Legislative assistant (Feb. 2015-Nov. 2017) and federal projects coordinator (Jan. 2013-Feb. 2015) for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  Campaign manager on Taylor for North Dakota, Apr.-Dec. 2012.  Special advisor to U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, Jan. 2009-Mar. 2012.  Deputy campaign manager on Pomeroy for Congress, June-Nov. 2008.  Attended Bemidji State University.  twitter

Labor Political Director  Tucker McDonald

(announced Aug. 22, 2019)  Consultant at TM Strategies LLC from May 2019.  Political director at AFGE from Apr. 2013.   Political director at NALC, Apr. 2004-Apr. 2013.  B.A. in history from University of  Tennessee, Knoxville, 2002.

Interfaith Outreach Director  Dr. Derrick Harkins

(June 2019; announced Aug. 22, 2019)  Senior vice president of public programming at Union Theological Seminary from Feb. 2015.   National director of faith and African American engagement at Enroll America, Jan. 2013-June 2015.  Director for faith outreach at the DNC, 2011-13.  M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary; B.S. in broadcasting and film from Boston University.  twitter

Women’s Political Director  Taylor Barnes

(Aug. 2019; started June 2018 as chief of staff to the political and organizing team, June 2018)  Director of The United State of Women at Civic Nation from Feb. 2016.  Co-founder, director of marketing at Denizens Brewing Co., May 2014-Feb. 2016.   Operations director for the National Women's Business Council, Feb. 2013-May 2014.  Budget and procurement manager for the PIC, Dec. 2013-Jan. 2013.  Deputy regional field director in Bradenton, FL for Organizing for America, Oct.-Nov. 2012.  Executive assistant to the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, May-Oct. 2012.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2012.  twitter

Asian American and Pacific Islander Political Director  John Santos 

(announced Aug. 22, 2019...promoted from position as DNC Western regional press secretary and AAPI media director...also serving as liaison to the Veterans and Military Families Council) Deputy Press Secretary for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve during a year-long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq. Previously served as the Health Policy Assistant Director for the American Legion and Chair for Communications at KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress.  twitter

African American Political Director  Cyrus Garrett

(announced Aug. 22, 201)  Deputy director of the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, June 2018-June 2019.  Executive director for New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative, Dec. 2014-Jan. 2018.  Political relations for Everytown for Gun Safety, Apr.-Dec. 2014.  National mayoral director (Oct. 2013-Apr. 2014), national deputy field director (Apr.-Oct. 2013) at Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  Deputy field director  for Organizing for America in Ohio, July-Nov. 2012.  Strategic communications coordinator/confidential advisor for Secretary of OVAE/ED at the U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2011-July 2012. Special advisor to the Director of Counternarcotics Enforcement at US Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Regional political director for NW Indiana on Obama for America, July-Nov. 2008.  Bachelor's degree in criminology from University of Northern Iowa.  twitter

Director of Political Surrogates/Deputy African American Political Director  Ebony Baylor

(Oct. 2019)  Director of civic engagement (from Sept. 2018) and special assistant (from Aug. 2015) at the National Urban League.  Outreach coordinator for the Louisiana Democratic Party, Aug. 2012-Dec. 2014.  Field organizer for Arkansas Victory 2010/Friends of Blanche Lincoln, Apr.-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer in Pine Bluff, AR for change that works, Oct. 2009-Mar. 2010.  NW LA field organizer for Louisiana Victory 2008, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Working toward Ph.D. in political science from Howard University; M.P.A. in nonprofit/public/organization management (2013) and B.A. in political science and government (2008) from Southern University A&M College at Baton Rouge.

Native American Political Director  Theresa Sheldon

(announced Aug. 22, 2019)  Most recently consultant to EMILY's List.  Enrolled citizen of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington state; served two terms on the Tulalip Tribal Council and seven years as a policy analyst in Tulalip’s Governmental Affairs Department.  twitter

Disability Engagement Manager  Sarah Blahovec

(Feb. 2020)  Civic engagement and voting rights organizer for the Natioanl Council on Independent Living, Sept. 2016-Feb. 2020.  Feeelance blogger, Nov. 2014-Dec. 2017.  Administrative assistant at MorganFranklin Consulting, Apr. 2015-May 2016.  Administrative supports assistant for DCMA, Apr. 2014-Apr 2015.  B.A. in international studies from American University,  2014.  twitter

50 State Strategy Director  Mansoor Abdul Khadir

(2019...previously Northeast director, 2017-19)  National field team at the DCCC, 2015-17.  Field manager for No Kid Hungry at Share Our Strength, 2013-15.  Political parties trainer/resident program officer at the National Demcratic Institute, 2011-12.  Coordinated campaign manager at Diane Denish for Governor, 2010.  Field director on Tom Udall for U.S. Senate, 2008.  Regional field director in Waterloo, IA on Bill Richardson for President, 2007-08.  Campaign staff on Spencer for Congress, 2006.  Field organizer on Blouin for Governor (IA)), 2005-06.  Campaign coordinator for a city council campaign in Ames.  Field organizer in Ames for U.S. PIRG, 2003-04.  B.S. in economics at Iowa State University.

Battleground States Director  Ramsey Reid

(Jan. 2019) GOTV director in Virginia on Hillary for America general election.  Campaign manager on P.G. Sittenfeld for U.S. Senate, Jan.-Apr. 2015.  Deputy political director on Battleground Texas, Wendy Davis' campaign for Governor of Texas, 2014.  White House Council on Environmental Quality.  Worked on the Obama campaign  in Ohio in 2012.  J.D. from Ohio State University; B.A. from Tulane University.  Cincinnati native.  twitter

Regional Field Directors in Battleground States



Communications Director  Xochitl Hinojosa                     

(announced April 4, 2017)  Director of coalitions press on Hillary for America, reported May 2015 to Nov. 2016.  Senior managing director (from Dec. 2014) and press secretary (Aug. 2013-Dec. 2014) at the U.S. Department of Labor under Sec. Tom Perez.  Communications director to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (HI), Jan.-Aug. 2013.  Communications director on Berkley for Senate in Nevada, June-Nov. 2012.  Public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, July 2009-May 2012.  Graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.  From Texas.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director and War Room Director  Adrienne Watson

(announced April 4, to day, Trump war room, national reporters)  Rapid response spokesperson on Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Communications director (2015-16) and deputy communications director and director of surrogates (2013-15) at Correct The Record.  Press secretary for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN), 2013.  Communications director/press secretary to U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA), 2011-13.  Press assistant, staff assistant and intern to U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (IN), 2009-11.  B.A. in history from Indiana University.  Originally from Carmel, Indiana.  twitter

National Press Secretary  Brandon Gassaway

(Jan. 2019)  Press secretary on Tim Kaine for Senate, Feb.-Dec. 2018.  Communications consultant at Conway Strategic Communication, July 2017-Feb. 2018.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, March 2014-July 2017.  Took leave to serve as regional press secretary in Hampton Roads, VA on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.   Events associate at Parkinson's Action Network, Oct. 2013-March 2014.  Executive team leader at Target in Northridge, Calif., Feb. 2011-Aug. 2013.  Volunteer coordinator with the California Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  B.S. in political science and public relations from Pepperdine University, 2010.  twitter

Deputy War Room Director  Daniel Wessel

(May 2017)  Virginia press secretary on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Press secretary (May 2015-May 2016) and press assistant (Nov. 2013-April 2015) at Correct The Record.  B.S. in economics from University of Delaware-Lerner College of Business.  twitter

Director of Battleground State Communications  David Bergstein

Press secretary at the DSCC in the 2018 cycle to Apr. 12, 2019.  Communications director on former Gov. Ted Strickland's 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate (OH).  Communications director for the Kentucky Democratic Party.  twitter

Hispanic Media Director and Southern Regional Press Secretary  Enrique Guttierez Jr.

(July 2018)  Communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party, Mar. 2016-Mar. 2018.  Press secretary on Sylvester Turner for Mayor (Houston), May-Dec. 2015.   Communications assistant on Leticia Van De Putte for Lt. Governor, July-Nov. 2014.   Press/staff assistant for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA), Jan. 2013-May 2014.  Member services associate at the DCCC, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Deputy field director/paid canvass director on Dr. Raul Ruiz for Congress, Oct.-Nov. 2012.  Legislative intern to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, July Nov. 2011.  Part-time hub supervisor for UPS, Feb. 2004-Jan. 2011.  Master's degree in political management from The George Washington University, 2014; bachelor's degree in political science from Cal State University Northridge, 2009.  twitter

AAPI Media Director and West Regional Press Secretary 


Women's Media Director and Northeast Regional Press Secretary


Midwest Regional Press Secretary  Madeleine McComb

(started as a press assistant in Jan. 2018)  Staff assistant (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and press intern (Mar. 2016-Jan. 2017) to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.  Bachelor's degree in history from UCLA, 2016.  twitter

Speechwriter  Cody Pomeranz

Degree in history from Yale University, 2015.  From Cincinnati, OH.  twitter

National Broadcast Media and Radiio Manager  Muriel Chase

(June 2019)  Production assistant at Morning Joe, June 2018-June 2019.  Bachelor's degree in public relations, advertising from Marist College, 2018.  twitter

Media Center Director  Mitch Malasky

(July 2014) Digital communications editor at the DCCC, Jan. 2013-June 2014.  Video editor at the DNC, June-Nov. 2012.  Owner/executive producer at Malasky Media LLC, March 2011-June 2012.  Operations director for Main Street Insider, March 2010-Feb. 2012.  Managing partner/executive producer at Sum of Change Productions, April 2009-March 2011.  Production assistant/editor at Zej Media, Sept. 2008-June 2009.  B.A. in technical theater, American culture studies, film from Washington University in St. Louis, 2008.

and communications aides in AZ, FL, MI, OH, PA, WI.  See: Maggie Stevens.  "DNC hires staff in 6 battleground states"  Politico, Aug. 5, 2019.


Research Director  Nick Bauer

Research Associates

Video Research Associates


 - digital outreach, online fundraising, and marketing - more

Chief Mobilization Officer  Patrick J. Stevenson

(announced Mar. 4, 2019, promoted from donor mobilization director, started in that role Dec. 2017)  Principal strategist at Blue State Digital, March-Nov. 2017.  Director of state digital programs (April-Nov. 2016) and senior fundraising strategist (June 2015-March 2016) at Hillary for America.  Email director at the DNC, March 2013-May 2015.  Email writer for PIC 2013.  Outbound writer at Obama for America from April 2012.  Assistant account executive (Nov. 2010-March 2012) and account coordinator (Aug. 2009-Nov. 2010) at GYMR Public Relations.  B.A. in English and history from Xavier University, 2008.  twitter

Deputy Chief Mobilization Officer  Heather Reid

(May 2019, previously chief of staff, mobilization from Apr. 2018 and started as social media director, Mar. 2017-Apr. 2018.  New Hampshire deputy digital director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  Administrative manager, office of the EVP/CEO of the Planned Parenthod Federation of America, Aug. 2015-June 2016.  Regional tracking director (May-Aug. 2015) and tracking department manager (Mar. 2014-May 2015) at American Bridge 21st Century, External relations coordinator for The Atlas Project/democratic GAIN, June 2013-Mar. 2014.  Program assistant at The Atlas Project, May 2012-May 2013.  B.A. in political science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.  twitter

Social Media Director  Emily Keller

(Mar. 2019)  Senior digital specialist at Green Light Acquisitions, Jan. 2016-Jan. 2019.  Deputy digital director for The Strategy Network (ResponsibleOhio), Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Digital director for Raise Up Massachusetts, Feb.-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer in Suffolk on Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  Degree in political science, public relations from Boston University, 2013.  Also volunteer coordinator in Boston on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2012.  twitter

Email Director  Jose S. Cornejo

(Mar. 2019)  Account supervisor (Apr. 2018-Feb. 2019), consultant (Mar. 2017-Apr. 2018), senior associate (Dec. 2015-Mar. 2017) and online associate (June-Dec. 2015) at M+R.  Communications coordinator (Sept. 2014-June 2015) and communications assistant (July-Sept. 2013) for the public service initiative at Squire Patton Boggs.  B.A. in strategic communicaiton, political science, journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.  twitter

Senior Email Writer  Andrea Millman

(2018)  Senior media associate (Apr. 2017-June 2018) and campaigns and fundraising intern (Jan.-Mar. 2017) at Revolution Messaging.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from The George Washington University, 2017.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, July-Nov. 2016.  Organizing fellow in L.A. for Hillary for America, May-June 2016.  twitter

Email Writer/Strategist  Taylor Harding

(Feb. 2019)  Digital associate at Sinema for Arizona, June-Nov. 2018.  Digital/mobilization fellow (Jan.-Mar. 2018) and digital intern (Sept.-Dec. 2017) at the DNC.  B.A. in government and journalism from Georgetown University.  twitter

Video Director

Director of Online Fundraising  Clarke Humphrey

(Mar. 2019...previously grassroots prospects manager, June 2018-Mar. 2019)  Associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive, July 2017-May 2018.  Email director for It's On Us and The United State of Women at Civic Nation, Feb.-June 2017.  North Carolina digital director on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Email campaign (Mar. 2015-May 2016) and digital production assistant (June 2014-Mar. 2015).  B.S. in journalism and English literature, 2014.


Director of Marketing  Katja Greeson

(Jan. 2017)  Previously deputy director of marketing (from April 2015), marketing manager (Nov. 2014-March 2015) and State Party Victory Fund coordinator (Jan.-Nov. 2014) at the DNC.  Development and finance at USAction, June-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on the Committee to Elect Van Duyn in Buncombe Co. NC, June-Nov. 2012.  M.A. in political science from UNC at Chapel Hill, 2019; bachelor's degree in political science from University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2012.

Director of Direct Marketing  Lauren Williams

(Jan. 2018...deputy director from Aug.-Dec. 2017)  Direct marketing manager (May 2015-Aug. 2017), direct markeing assistant (Jan. 2014-May 2015) and intern (Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014) at EMILY's List.  B.A. in psychology and studio art from University of Virginia.

Deputy Director of Direct Marketing  Zach McNamara

(April marketing manager from Oct. 2017-April 2018)  Press secretary (Nov. 2016-March 2017) and communications director House and Senate (April-Nov. 2016) for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  Coordinator of the State Party Victory Fund at the DNC, March 2015-April 2016.  Marketing coordinator at 14th Street Strategies, Inc. April 2014-Feb. 2015.   Press intern for Sen. Gillibrand, Aug.-Dec. 2013.  B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2013.


Director of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection  Reyna Walters-Morgan

(announced April 10, 2019)   Principal attorney at Walters-Morgan Law PLLC from June 2017. Voter protection project manager for Democracy North Carolina, Aug.-Dec. 2018. Regional voter protection director for the Ohio Coordinated Campaign/Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Senior attorney with the Social Security Administration, May 2010-July 2016. Training specialist from DynCorp International, May 2009-Sept. 2013. Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Sept. 2006-May 2009. Research assistant in Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly, April 2002-June 2003; special assistant for research and policy in the Office of the president pro tem of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1999-2002. J.D. from Howard University School of Law, 2006; B.A. in political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999.


Policy Director  Kalen Pruss

(April 2017)  Account supervisor at BerlinRosen, March 2016-April 2017.  Policy advisor to the Clinton-Kaine Presidential Transition Team, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Policy director on Martin O'Malley for President, Feb. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Special assistant to the Secretary (Tom Perez) at the U.S. Department of Labor, July 2013-Feb. 2015.  Confidential assistant to the Assistant Attorney General (Tom Perez), July 2012-July 2013.  Speechwriter and editorial assistant at the Center for American Progress, July 2010-July 2012.  B.A. in environment, history from University of Michigan, 2010.  twitter


- includes security, engineering, data, community support -
per Buzzfeed's Ruby Cramer, the department has about 40 people

CTO  Nell Thomas

(announced Apr. 19, 2019; from May 2019)  Data science at Facebook, Mar. 2017-May 2019.  Deputy chief analytics officer at Hillary for America, Sept. 2015-Dec. 2016.   Senior director of analytics and business intelligence (from Nov. 2013), group manager on data analyst team  (Jan.-Oct. 2013) and staff data analyst (June 2011-Jan. 2013) at Etsy.  Product and analytics lead at myJambi, Dec. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Research analyst at Majestic Research, Nov. 2005-07.  M.A. in history and sociology of science from University of Pennsylvania, 2011; A.B. in psychology, cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University, 2005.  twitter

Deputy CTO  Kat Atwater

(Apr. 2019)  Started at the DNC as political and engagement director for technology, June 2018-Apr. 2019.  COO (Nov. 2016-June 2018) and chief of staff (Mar. 2014-Nov. 2016) at BlueLabs: Analytics, Data, Technology., Director of strategy and public affairs at PoliOps, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Campaign operations director (Jan.-Sept. 2012), PAC director (Aug. 2009-Jan. 2012) and logistics and operations (Aug. 2008-Nov. 2009) at SEIU.  Field/logistics on Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  M.Sc. from London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013; B.A. from Gettysburg College, 2007.  twitter

Chief Security Officer  Bob Lord

(Jan. 2018...San Francisco)  Chief information security officer at Yahoo, Nov. 2015-Oct. 2017.  CISO in residence for Rapid 7 LLC, April-Nov. 2015.  Information security consultant/Lord Consulting, Nov. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Director of information security (July 2012-Nov. 2014) and manager of network security and infrastructure (Mar. 2010-July 2012) at Twitter.  Senior director, directory and security engineering at Red Hat, Dec. 2004-May 2008.  Senior director, client and security engineering (Nov. 2001-Dec. 2004) and director of security engineering (Feb. 1998-Nov. 2001) at AOL/Time Warner.  Manager of corporate electronic security at Netscape Communications Corp., Feb. 1996-Jan. 1998.  President and co-founder of Emerge Consulting, Sept. 1995-Nov. 1996.  IS manager at Andersen Consulting, Jan. 1989-Sept. 1995.  B.A. in political science from University of Chicago, 1988.  twitter

Product Director  Jennifer M. Kane

(June 2018)  Chief product officer at Launchpad, July 2015-May 2018.  Director of literacy product development (July 2013-Dec. 2014), product director for System 44 and iRead (Mar. 2011-June 2013), director of product management (Oct. 2007-Feb. 2011) and  publishing systems manager (Sept. 2004-Sept. 2007) at Scholastic.  B.A. in journalism and psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Data Science Director  Jody Heck Wortman

(Jan. 2019)  Ph.D. in statistical science from Duke University; undergraduate degree in statistics from Harvard University 2014.  Originally from Asheville, NC.

Technology Community Data Manager  Kate Dahl

(Jan. 2019)  National data and analytics director at For Our Future, June 2016-Jan. 2019.  Lead IE strategist, strategic engagement manager (Mar. 2015-June 2017) and analyst (May 2014-Mar. 2015) at BlueLabs: Analytics, Data, Technology.  National reporting director for Enroll America, June 2013-May 2014.  Tools and integrations account specialist at Catalist, Feb.-May 2013.  A deputy data director in Pennsylvania on Obama for America, from Mar. 2012; also summer data organizer, May-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in political science from Bryn Mawr, 2011; served as president of Bryn Mawr Democrats in 2010.

Analytics Director  Catherine Tarsney

(from Jan. 2019)  Previously optimization lead (June 2018-Jan. 2019) and senior analyst (Feb.-June 2018) at the DNC.  Project manager (July 2016-Jan 2018), senior associate (July 2015-July 2016), associate (April 2014-July 2015) and seasonal associate (April 2013-March 2014) for 270 Strategies.  Also targeting analyst (July-Nov. 2016), data and analytics director for the Kansas caucus (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and organizing and analytics consultant in Des Moines (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Regional GOTV director for Battleground Texas, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in public policy from University of Chicago, 2014.  twitter


Finance Director  Clayton Cox  

(reported Feb. 2018, had been serving as senior advisor;)  DNC Midwest, Florida and Georgia finance director, March 2014-Dec. 2016, and as DNC Florida and Southern states Hillary Victory Fund director, July-Nov. 2016; DNC deputy finance director for the South and Florida, March 2013-March 2014.  Swing State Victory Fund for Obama for America, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  Also finance director for Virginia Progress PAC, March-Dec. 2014.  Masters of political management from The George Washington University, 2012; undergraduate degree in political science and international affairs from Teh University of Georgia, 2010.

Deputy National Finance Director for Regions  Kate DiLello

(June 2018)  Director of individual and foundation giving (Jan 2016-June 2018) and interim managing director of development (July 2017-May 2018) for City Year.  Major donor officer at Teaching Matters, Feb. 2012-Oct. 2015.  Assistant Event Coordinator at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Feb. 2010-Feb. 2012.  B.A. in communication and media studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 2009.

North Mid-Atlantic
South Mid-Atlantic

Deputy National Finance Director for Coalitions and Director, Women's Leadership Forum  Jessica Knight Henry

(Nov. 2017)  Manager at the League of Conservation Voters, Sept. 2013-May 2015.  Executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Aug. 2007-Sept. 2013.  Development associate at Berger Strategies and Hirschberg Strategies, April 2006-July 2007.  Volunteer coordinator on Virginia Victory 2005.  B.A. in political science and government from Millsaps College, 2004.    

Ten DNC Finance Councils including

African American Leadership Council
Futuro Finance Council 

LGBT Leadership Council

Small Business Council
Young Professional Leadership Council
Democratic Lawyers Council

Director of Surrogates for Finance and Chief of Staff to the National Finance Chair  Alex Hoffman

(May 2017)  Previously DNC deputy chief of staff for finance (March 2016-May 2017), assistant to the national finance chair (Jan. 2015-March 2016), finance assistant (Sept.-Dec. 2014) and finance intern (Jan.-Sept. 2014).  Degree in political science and government from American University; president of AU College Democrats, April 2013-April 2014.

National Director of Events  Ellen Thrower

(2003)  Deputy director of the DNC's Jefferson Trust, 2000-03.  Marketing/circulation, publishing division/Barney Magazine, 1998-2000.  Public relations at Resource 3, Inc., 1997-98.  Marketing/circulation for D Magazine, 1995-97.  Studied at University of Mississippi. 

Chief of Staff, Finance  Olivia Shestopal

(Feb. 2019)  Coordinated Campaign operations director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Dec. 2018.  DSCC deputy logistics director for the Florida recount, Nov. 2018.  National special projects director at the DCCC, Nov. 2017-Aug. 2018.  Deputy director of the Office of the Secretary at the DNC, Dec. 2015-May 2017.  Deputy trips director for the NH Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Project associate/project coordinator at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.  Organizing fellow for Progressive Change Campaign Committee, June-Nov. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Goucher College.


Compliance Director  Preston (Alan) Reed

(Jan. 2008)  Previously worked as a consultant for LexisNexis specializing in public records research for non-profits, 2001-07. Deputy director of compliance at the DNC, 1996-2001. M.A. in international relations from University of Kentucky, 1994; B.A. double major in history and political science from Northern Kentucky University, 1992.


CFO  Joseph Smolskis

(Aug. 2017)  Finance officer and treasurer for St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, Aug. 2014-Aug. 2017.  CFO/senior vice president of finance and administration at the Center for American Progress, Oct. 2011-Aug. 2014.  Executive vice president/COO of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, April 2002-Oct. 2011.  Vice president of finance and administraiton at Trinity Washington University, March 1998-March 2002.  Vice president of finance and administration for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, March 1997-March 1998.  Vice president of finance and administration for the National Food Brokers Association, April 1994-March 1997.  Controller at Trinity University in Washington, DC, March 1991-March 1994.  Accounting manager with Deloitte, July 1984-March 1991.  M.B.A. from University of Maryland University College, 2001; B.S. in accounting from Georgetown University.

Controller  Lisa Felleman

(Oct. 2017)  Supervisory financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board, Nov. 2015-Oct. 2017.  Senior vice president and controller at Avidbank, 2005-15.  Asset liability analyst for Washington Mutual, 1996-98.  Senior holding company analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 1988-93.  M.S. in finance from Boston College, 1987; B.S. in management science from MIT, 1980.

Senior Accountant  Norine Reingold

(Nov. 2009)  Controller on SEIU/2008 presidential campaign, Oct. 2007-Aug. 2008.  M.S. in accounting from American University, 1987; B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 1979.


Director of Human Resources  Kristele Pyles

(April 2015)  Previously DNC associate director of human resources from Sept. 2010.  Studied at Hampton University.

Director of Talent and Culture  Christopher Black

(Aug. 2018)  President/principal/HR consultant at KB Resource Group in Atlanta, Feb. 1997-Aug. 2018.  HR business partner (Apr.-Oct. 2007) and human resources manager (Oct. 2005-Apr. 2007) for Nokia Siemens Networks.  Principal lconsultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, June 2000-June 2001.  Director of human resources at GE Capital, June 1991-Feb. 1997.  HR manager for GE information services, 1991-95.  M.B.A. in international business from University of Virginia Darden School of Business, 1991; B.B.A. in business management from William & Marry, 1984.


Director of Party Affairs  Patrice Taylor

(note: Politico reported Feb. 14, 2018 Taylor promoted, given additional responsibilities including "liaison between the DNC and its party officers")  Deputy director in the 2008 cycle; started with Party Affairs in June 2006 after working in the Research Department since Sept. 2005. Previously worked in Gov. Mark Warner's office and in Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)'s office.

Special Assistant  Alecia Dyer

(started with Party Affairs in Feb. 2005)  At the DNC since February 2001.

Deputy Director of Party Affairs  Jacob Burman

(Oct. 2017)  Fellow at the Put a Price On It Campaign, Nov. 2016-May 2017.  Data and analytics fellow at Hillary for Virginia, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in public policy and economics from The George Washington University, 2017.

OFFICE OF Meetings and Conferences

Director of Meetings and Conferences  Lisa Hargrove Ware

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


General Counsel  ?


Counsel  Graham Wilson

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


not sure where fits in

Director of Debate Planning  Alex Hornbrook

(Apr. 2019)  Director of operations at Democracy Forward, May 2017-Apr. 2019.  Director of scheduling and advance on Hillary for America, Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and director of scheduling (Biden).  Scheduling desk for Joe Biden on the Obama campaign in 2008, and earlier assistant to the director of scheduling on Hillary Clinton for President.  Studied at The George Washington University.  twitter

DNC Meetings

next meeting - July 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI after adjournment of the Democratic National Convention.

Summer - Aug. 22-24, 2019 in San Francisco, CA.
Winter - Feb. 14-16, 2019
at Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC (+).

Summer - Aug. 23-25, 2018
at Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL (+).
Winter - Mar. 8-10, 2018 at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC (+).

Fall - Oct. 18-21, 2017
at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
- Feb. 23-25, 2017 at Westin Peachtree Hotel and (Sat.) Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart facility in Atlanta, GA (+).


Democratic Data Exchange (DDEx)  |  ?

(announced Feb. 13, 2019) "data exchange that will allow candidates, state parties, the DNC and the progressive ecosystem to share data and leverage all of the voter contact work of the entire Democratic community"   

Chairman of the Board of Directors  Howard Dean

Organizing Corps 2020

(announced Feb. 21, 2019) "program to recruit and train students expecting to graduate by June 2020 and place them as field organizers in key states... on students from communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented among political campaign staff."

Executive Director  Rachel Haltom-Irwin
Chief Program Officer  Jonae Wartel
Chief Operating Officer  Naoko Kudo
Senior Development Advisor  Yolanda Magallanes

See also:
Issie Lapowsky.  "Inside the Democrats' Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation."  Wired, Apr. 2, 2019.


CEO  Seema Nanda  ...reported on Apr. 24, 2020 replaced by Mary Beth Cahill

(announced June 29, 2018, started July 2018)  Executive vice president and COO at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights from June 2017.  Consultant, Feb.-May 2017.  COS in the Office of the Secretary (Tom Perez) (July 2016-Jan. 2017), Deputy Solicitor of Labor (Mar.-July 2016), Deputy COS in the Office of the Secretary (Oct. 2013-Mar. 2016) at the U.S. Department of Labor,  Deputy special counsel (May 2011-Oct. 2013) and senior trial attorney (July 2010-April 211) in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Supervisory attorney (Mar. 2007-July 2010) and attorney (Nov. 2000-Feb. 2007) at the NLRB.  Attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Sept. 1997-Sept. 2000.  J.D. from Boston College Law School, 1995; B.A. from Brown University, 1992.  twitter

Women's Media Director and Northeast Regional Press Secretary  Elizabeth Renda July 2019, law student at UMD

(June 2017)  Special assistant on Tom Perez for DNC, Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017.  Communications associate in Denver, CO (June-Nov. 2016) and and special assistant in the department of state campaigns and political engagement (March 2015-June 2016) on Hillary for America.  Executive assistant at 270 Strategies, Aug. 2014-March 2015.  B.A. in public relations from University of Florida.  twitter

Acting CTO  Lindsey Schuh Cortés  ...CEO of DDEx

Formerly CEO (Oct. 2015-Nov. 2017) and COO at BlueLabs: Analyics, Data, Technology.  Director of strategic partnerships (Sept. 2011-Jan. 2014), deputy national political director (Feb. 2009-Sept. 2011) and PAC director (Oct. 2006-Feb. 2009) at SEIU.  Development director at Taxpayers for Common Sense, June 2005-Oct. 2006.  Grant director at America's Familes United, 2004-05.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2006; B.A. in American studies from Cornell University, 2002.

Deputy Press Secretary  Brian Gabriel Jr.

Press assistant (May 2015-Jan. 2017) and associate (Sept. 2014-Jan. 2015) at the White House.  B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans, 2014.  Military journalist in the U.S. Marine Corps, Sept. 2007-Sept. 2011.

National Broadcast Media Manager  Lucas Acosta June 2019, moved to national press secretary for campaigns at HRC

(March 2016)  National radio broadcast manager on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2016.  Senior communications associate at Marathon Strategies, LLC, Dec. 2015-July 2016.  Director of communications and legislation in the Office of NY City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Sept. 2014-Nov. 2015.  B.A. in political science, religious ethics from Middlebury College, 2014.   twitter

Interim Political Director  Allison Zelman

Interim political director following the 2018 midterms; director of states at the DNC from Aug. 2017.  Founding partner at Citizen 44, Dec. 2016-July 2017.  National regional battleground states director on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Senior advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagment at the U.S. Department of Labor, Dec. 2014-April 2016.  Managing director of the Women's Initiative (Feb.-Dec. 2014) and senior manager for gun policy mobilization (April 2013-Feb. 2014) at the Center for American Progress.   A policy assistant for the White House Domestic Policy Council and a special assistant in legislative affairs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, 2009-11.  Worked for over a year on Obama's 2008 campaign starting as a volunteer in California and concluding as a regional field director in New Mexico.  Bachelor's degree in international relations from Connecticut College, 2007.  twitter

National Finance Committee Chair  Henry R. Muñoz III  ...departure reported by Politico on May 5, 2019

(from Jan. 22, 2013 meeting; re-elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Chairman of the Board and Chief Creative Officer of Muñoz & Company, a design and management firm based in San Antonio, TX; previously CEO of Kell Muñoz Architects Inc..  A national co-chair of The Futuro Fund, part of Obama's re-election effort.  Served as transportation commissioner under Gov. Ann Richards.  twitter

Chief Technology Officer  Raffi Krikorian  ...departure reported by Buzzfeed on Mar. 14, 2019; continued as senior advisor for a transition period; took position of managing director at Emerson Collective from Apr. 2019

(from July 2017)  Senior director for self driving (software) at Uber ATG, March 2015-March 2017.  Vice president of engineering-platform at Twitter, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2014.  Co-founder of WattzOn, Aug. 2008-March 2011.  Senior partner and founder at Synthesis Studios, Jan. 2005-July 2009.  S.B. (2000) and M.Eng. (2002) in EECS and S.M. in media arts and sciences/physics and media (2004) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  twitter

Regional Deputy Communications Director  Sabrina Singh  ...announced as national press secretary for Cory 2020 on Mar. 11, 2019

Previously deputy communications director at American Bridge.  A regional communications director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  Communications director on Katie McGinty's campaign for U.S. Senate (PA), 2015-June 2016.  Senior associate at SK­DKnick­er­bock­er from Jan. 2015.  Deputy com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or at the DGA.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL).  Deputy press secretary at the DCCC in the 2012 cycle; started there in early 2011 as a press assistant.  twitter

ASDC Northeast Regional Director  Neisha Blandin Mar. 2019, moved to strategic accounts at Change Research

(Sept. 2017)  Start By Asking Campaign for the Robin Hood Foundation, Feb.-Aug. 2017.  National deputy women's vote director (June-Nov. 2016), deputy director of African America outreach (Mar.-June 2016), deputy director of grassroots engagement (July 2015-Mar. 2016) and national finance associate for grassroots fundraising (Apr.-July 2015) for Hillary for America. Grassroots fundraising director at the Ready for Hillary super PAC from Jan. 2014.  Fundraising development at The Cooper Union, 2013.  Associate at Hudson TG, political consulting firm, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012.  Junior fundraiser at The Esler Group, July 2009-Aug. 2010; and campaign finance compliance officer at Gioia for New York, July 2009-Jan. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Montclair State University, 2008.  Originally from Trinidad and Tobago.  twitter

ASDC West  Aimee van Cleave

Executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party, May 2015-July 2017.  Worked for Battleground Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming, and in the Wyoming Legislature.  Attended the University of Wyoming.  Laramie native.  twitter

Chief Operating Officer  Laura Chambers Jan./Feb. 2019

(announced June 9, 2017)  Chief of staff of the Peace Corps from June 2014.  Deputy executive director of management for the Global Aids Alliance from Oct. 2009.  Chief operating office at Civic Ventures, 2007-Oct. 2009.  President of Hannah House, 1995-2009.  Vice president at Advocacy Institute/Leadership for a Changing World, 1995-2005.  Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, 1984-86.  Bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary, 1983.

Message Mobilization Director  Kat Skiles Feb. 2019, left to start Skiles Creative

(Aug. 2017)  Senior marketing strategist for Human Rights Campaign, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017.  Senior advisor and digital director to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, July 2014-July 2016.  Vice president of marketing and communications for NGP VAN, Feb.-July 2014.  Press secretary and digital director to 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.  Press assistant for the U.S. House Committee on Science & Technology, July 2010-Jan. 2011.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (CA), April 2008-July 2010.  B.A. in political science from Dominican University of California, 2007.  Utah native.  twitter

Press Secretary  Michael Tyler   ...on Feb. 1, 2019 New Jersey Globe reported Tyler is deputy comms director for Cory 2020.

Press secretary at the DNC from April 2017 after serving as press secretary on Perez's bid for DNC chair.  Communications director on Russ Feingold's 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.  Director of African American Media and Southern regional press secretary at the DNC.  Press secretary on Michele Nunn's 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia.  Communications specialist for the Atlanta City Council from June 2011.  Strategist on a City Council campaign in Washington, DC, 2010.  A field organizer in Virginia on Obama's 2008 campaign.  B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University.  twitter 

...seeking clarification: General Counsel  Marc Elias   ...on Jan. 21, 2019 reported as general counsel of Kamala Harris for the People

Chair of the Perkins Coie Political Law practice.  General counsel to Hillary for America, 2015-16 and general counsel for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.  Committee clients include the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Priorities USA, Senate Majority PAC, House Majority PAC and EMILY’s List.  Master's in political science from Duke University and J.D. from Duke University Law School, 1993.  Bachelor's degree from Hamilton College, 1990.  twitter

Director of Grassroots Mobiilization and Digital Director  Tessa Simonds  ...on Jan. 15, 2019 Politico reported she is joining Warren

(Digital director from Jan. 2017 and grassroots mobilization director from May 2017)  Previously deputy digital director (from May 2016) and digital organizing director (from July 2015) at the DNC.  Digital director for the Texas Democratic Party, April 2013-June 2015.  Online campaigns manager at Free Press, Oct. 2009-April 2013.  Teaching fellow at the New Organizing Institute, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Field director on John Olver for Congress, June-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in English, social thought and political economy from University of Massachusetts,Amherst, 2008; A.A. from MassBay Community College, 2005.  twitter

Email Director  Robin Curran  ...left Jan. 2019 for position as vice president of digital strategy at Aisle 518 Strategy

(Dec. 2017)  Digital strategist (Dec. 2016-Nov. 2017) and digital production associate (May 2015-Dec. 2016) at Revolution Messaging; digital production director for Bernie 2016, May 2015-July 2016.  Communications fellow at the Center for Community Change, June 2014-May 2015.  B.A. in sociology and Italian from Dominican University, 2014.

Video Director  Kaela Jeffers  ...left Jan. 2019 to take position as managing director of visual services for E Street Group

(April 2018...senior producer from Oct. 2017)  Associate video producer (June-Oct. 2017) and multimedia coordinator (Mar. 2015-June 20l17) at Human Rights Campaign.  Bachelor's degree in mass  communication/media studies from University of Delaware, 2014.

Chief Mobilization Officer  Caitlin Mitchell   ...on Jan. 15, 2019 Politico reported she is joining Warren

(announced Aug. 25, 2017)  Vice president of digital at EMILY's List from Apr. 2015.  Deputy digital director at the DNC, July 2014-Apr. 2015.  Email director at Organizing for Action, Feb. 2013-July 2014.  Email writer for Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Research director at AKPD Message and Media, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Digital director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Oct. 2010-Mar. 2011.  Staff assistant at AKPD Message and Media/ASK Public Strategies, Feb.-July 2009.  B.S. in communication studies, public advocacy from Ohio University, 2007.

Political and Organizing Director  Amanda Brown Lierman Jan. 2019

(announced June 9, 2017)  Campaign director at For Our Future from May 2016.  Executive director of the National Women's Business Council, May 2014-May 2016.  National political director of Rock the Vote, Oct. 2011-April 2014.  Advisor for strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Energy, Feb. 2010-Oct. 2011.  Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Regional surrogate director and family desk (July-Nov. 2008), state surrogate director (Feb.-June 2008) and political assistant (Aug. 2007-Jan. 2008) at Obama for America.  B.A. in government and sociology from Dartmouth College, 2007.  twitter

Midwest Regional Press Secretary  Mandy McClure

(May 2017)  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications director at Americans for Tax Fairness, Feb.-Oct. 2015.  Iowa press secretary (July 2014-Jan. 2015), deputy press secretary (June 2012-July 2014) and staff assistant (Sept. 2011-June 2012) to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (IA).  Executive assistant at United Financial Systems, Aug. 2009-Jan. 2011.  B.A.  in journalism and mass communication from University of Iowa, 2009.  twitter

Deputy Director and Counsel, Civic Engagement and Voter Protection  Georgina Cannan vice president at Spread the Vote from Dec. 2018

(July 2017-Dec. 2018)  Voter protection and policy director at the Democratic Party of Virginia, Sept. 2015-July 2017.  Legislative aide in the Virginia House of Delegates, June-Aug. 2015.  Voter protection director for Virginia Victory 2014, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 2013; B.A. in political science, international relations from Wheaton College, 2009.  Virginia native.  twitter

Deputy Chair  U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison  ...resigned on Nov. 8, 2018 following election as Minnesota Attorney General

(Feb. 25, 2017; runner-up candidate for DNC chair)  Represents Minnesota's 5th CD, first elected Nov. 2006.  Elected to the Minnesota House in 2002 and re-elected in 2004.  Attorney at Hassan & Reed Ltd.  Executive director of the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis.  Attorney at Lindquist & Vennum.  J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School, 1990; B.A. in economics from Wayne State University, 1987.  Born and raised in Detroit, MI.  twitter










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