Deval for All

January 3, 2020

Deval Patrick grows New Hampshire campaign, adding new staff and office

MANCHESTER, NH — Deval Patrick’s campaign today announced they are growing their New Hampshire campaign with nine staff hires and a campaign office in Manchester. This announcement comes just before Governor Patrick makes his 10th trip to the state this weekend, and plans to spend more time in New Hampshire than any other candidate before the February 11th primary.
“We are thrilled to be growing our campaign in New Hampshire with a group of talented leaders and organizers who all have strong ties to the region,” said Campaign Manager Abe Rakov. “As other campaigns begin to focus elsewhere, we’re going into January with momentum and a commitment to running a campaign that everyone from each and every corner of the Granite State can make their own.”
In addition to State Director Wyatt Ronan, the leadership team announced today is: 
Wyatt Ronan - NH State Director 
Wyatt has spent many years in New Hampshire working for Democratic candidates and causes, most recently as the New Hampshire Communications Director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, and before that as Communications Director for Chris Pappas, both in his Congressional office and throughout his historic 2018 campaign. Wyatt served as the New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director in 2017-2018, as a Regional Press Secretary in Ohio for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and as an organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign in New Hampshire in 2012. Additionally, Ronan worked as NextGen Climate's New Hampshire Press Secretary in 2015 and 2016.
Caroline Kimball-Katz - NH Communications Director
Caroline joins the Patrick campaign after nearly five years working for Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff. Caroline has organized on local and statewide campaigns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including for Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, and President Obama’s 2012 re-election. 
Laura Cantwell - NH Organizing Director
Laura is an experienced organizer, and most recently served as South Carolina Upstate Organizing Director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign. In 2018, Laura managed field operations for Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign in Texas. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.
Samuel Sands - NH Outreach Director
Sam has been active in New Hampshire politics for the last few years while earning his Masters in Community Development Policy from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Most recently, Sam served as Director of Special Projects for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire, and worked on Chris Pappas’s Congressional campaign in 2018, conducting policy research, coordinating Latinx voter engagement efforts, and leading large event operations.
In addition to the New Hampshire leadership team, the campaign has hired five New Hampshire organizers and is opening a campaign office in Manchester this weekend. 


Deval for All
November 26, 2019

Deval Patrick Announces Seven Senior Leadership Hires

Staffs Up with Top Talent From Around the Country to Lead His Campaign


BOSTON, MA - Deval Patrick’s campaign for President today announced a number of recent hires from progressive movements and political initiatives across the country. As Governor Patrick continues to build momentum, the campaign is rapidly filling its ranks with top talent who bring a range of political knowledge and experience to the team. As the campaign grows, additional hires will be announced in the following weeks.

“I am thrilled about the talented, experienced, and progressive-minded team that we are bringing together.” Governor Patrick said. “These team members and I are ready to work with people all across the country to fight for the American dream and to build change that lasts.”

The hires announced today are:

Abe Rakov -Campaign Manager
Abe joins the Patrick campaign after serving a Senior Advisor and Early States Director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign. Prior to joining the O’Rourke campaign, Abe spent a number of years as a top aide to former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander. Abe managed Kander’s races for Secretary of State in 2012 and for Senate in 2016. In 2017, Abe became the President and Executive Director of Let America Vote, a progressive organization dedicated to fighting against voter suppression efforts around the United States.

Rosy Gonzalez Speers - Senior Advisor
Rosy has over a decade of political experience and has remained a close advisor to Governor Patrick and his family. She has served as Governor Patrick’s Finance Director, Political Director and political consultant over the years. Formerly a Vice President at Northwind Strategies, Rosy
has advised and executed on behalf of some of the most prominent leaders in the Democratic Party today.

Aleigha Cavalier - Communications Director
Aleigha was most recently National Press Secretary for Beto O'Rourke's campaign for President. Previously, Aleigha was the Communications Director at NextGen America, which ran the largest youth vote program in history and doubled the turnout of voters ages 18-29 in 2018. At NextGen,
Aleigha also led communications for the Need to Impeach campaign, and was a senior advisor to and spokesperson for Tom Steyer. Aleigha has also worked in leadership for Planned Parenthood and on various local and statewide races across the country.

Don Calloway - Senior Advisor for National Political and External Affairs
Don joins the Patrick campaign from the National Voter Protection Action Fund, a 501c4 dedicated to fighting voter suppression and expanding ballot box access. Don is known in Washington, DC and various state houses from his campaign and advocacy work at Pine Street Strategies, and his time as a cable news contributor. Don is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, and civil litigation attorney.

Samantha Joseph - Director of States / COO
Samantha most recently served in campaign leadership roles for Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Seth Moulton. The majority of Samantha's career has been as a senior executive in the private sector, building and leading corporate social responsibility programs. 

Chelsie Ouellette - National Organizing Director 
Chelsie is currently on leave from her role as Partner at Field First, a progressive consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. Chelsie brings extensive experience working in the field for presidential campaigns to her role as National  Organizing Director. In 2015 and 2016, Chelsie led field programs for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in numerous states. Chelsie worked on President Obama’s reelection campaign, as well as a number of federal and state elections. Chelsie served in the Governor Patrick’s administration as a speech writer and deputy press secretary.

Porsha White - Deputy Political Director
Porsha was most recently serving as the National Political Director at Let America Vote. She previously worked as the Public Policy Manager at Planned Parenthood Southeast. Porsha is a lifelong organizer and political strategist. She brings experience from her work on campaigns that, which have ranged from mayoral to Senate. Porsha is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and is a resident of Decatur, Georgia.