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Bernie 2020

(page updated November 15, 2019)

Headquarters: Washington, DC and Burlington, VT.  FEC
announced Feb. 19, 2019
staff press releases.  also note from Mar. 15, 2019: The campaign is unionized (UFCW Local 400) (+).

Candidate  Bernie Sanders  timeline

Wife  Jane O'Meara Sanders  twitter


National Co-Chairs
Our Revolution President and former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)
San Juan Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz
Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen

(announced Feb. 21, 2019)

Campaign Manager  Faiz Shakir

(reported by Daily Beast on Feb. 19, 2019)  National political director at the ACLU, Jan. 2017-Feb. 2019.  Senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Mar. 2013-Jan. 2017.  New media director ant senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Jan. 2012-March 2013.  Vice President at Center for American Progress, 2005-May 2012.  Researcher on Kerry-Edwards campaign, 2003-04.  B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2002.  twitter

Executive Assistant  Kate Yeager
(July 2019)...started as communications intern in May 2019)  Director of public relations at Temple University,Aug.-Dec. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in strategic communications/public relations from Temple University, 2018.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager  René Spellman

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  An executive with the CAA Foundation from 2017.  Campaign manager on Jim Barksdale's run for U.Senate in Georgia, Sept.-Nov 2016.  Press advance director/director of medial logistics and earlier national press wrangler and director of traveling press on Bernie 2016.  Independent consultant.  International experience includes GOTV consultant for the prime minister race in Trinidad & Tobago, 2015; and general consultant for presidential campaigns in Ghana in 2008 and 2012.  Campaign manager for Michael Blake for NY State Assembly, 2014.  Vice president for local marketing at Mtheory, a music management and marketing firm, 2014.  Vice president for corporate communications, youth marketing, and entertainment PR at MWW Public Relations, 2012-14.  Senior advisor for Florida on Obama's 2012 campaign.  Deputy to the Director of the White House Council for Community Solutions, 2010-12.  Special assistant to the Office of the CEO and liaison to the White House at the Corporation for National and Community Service, 2009-10.  Confidential assistant to the White House Liaison and Advance to the Secretary of Education, 2009-10.  Youth vote director for ten states on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Studied political science, biology at Stanford University. Pennsylvania native.

Deputy Campaign Manager/Chief of Staff  Ari Rabin-Havt

(announced chief of staff Mar. 19, 2019; reported deputy campaign manager early Sept. 2019) Moved over from position as deputy chief of staff (from Sept. 2018) and senior advisor (from Feb. 2017) in Sanders' Senate office.  Host of The Agenda on Sirius XM Radio, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2017.  Senior fellow (May-Dec. 2013), executive vice president (Jan. 2011-May 2013) and vice president for research and communications, Oct. 2009-Dec. 2010 at Media Matters for America.  CEO of American Independent, Jan. 2012-March 2013.  Managing director of Media Matters Action Network, Jan.-Oct. 2009.  Senior vice president at OMP, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Deputy campaign manager at Progressive Accountability, Feb.-Nov. 2008.  Director of online communications for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Dec. 2004Jan. 2007.  Deputy director of online communications on John Kerry for President, April-Nov. 2004.  Analyst at Penn Schoen Berland, Feb.-Dec. 2003.  Legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland (OH), Sept. 2001-Feb. 2003.  M..A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2006; B.A. in politics and peace studies from Brandeis University, 2001.  Author of three books: The Fox Effect, The Benghazi Hoax, and Lies, Incorporatedtwitter

Deputy Campaign Manager/Communications Director  Arianna Jones

(communications director from the beginning; reported deputy campaign manager early Sept. 2019) Communications director at Friends of Bernie Sanders, July 2018-Feb. 2019.  Senior vice president of PR at Revolution Messaging from July 2016.  Deputy communications director on Bernie 2016, June 2015-July 2016.  Segment producer (Aug. 2012-June 2015) and booking producer (March 2011-April 2013) at MSNBC.  B.A. in English, history from University of Vermont.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Jeff Weaver

President of Our Revolution, Aug. 2016-June 2017.  Campaign manager on Bernie 2016 from May 2015.  Ran Victory Comics in Falls Church, VA from 2009.  Worked for Sanders over a period of 30 years; started a driver on Sanders' 1986 independent campaign for governor; staffer on Sanders' 1990 congressional campaign; worked as a legislative assistant to Sanders in his House office while attending law school, served as Sanders' House chief of staff in the early 2000s, as his 2006 campaign manager, and as his Senate chief of staff from Jan. 2007-July 2009.  Weaver ran for mayor of St. Albans in 1990 and for Ward 4 alderman in St. Albans in 1987.  J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law, 1996; undergraduate degree from University of Vermont, 1990.  Author of How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country (May 2018).

Senior Advisor  Chuck Rocha

(Feb. 2019)  Rocha also served as an advisor to Bernie 2016.  President and owner of Solidarity Strategies since Jan. 2010.  Political director for the Blue-Green Alliance, July 2009-Jan. 2010.  National political director for United Steelworkers, Dec. 1998-July 2009.  Started as a worker at the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company and member of United Rubber Workers Local 746.  Texas native.  twitter

Executive Assistant to Senior Advisors  Amanda A. Arias
(Mar. 2019)  Co-founder (Dec. 2018) and CEO of Fight4EARTH.  Executive office coordinator/associate/fellowship supervisor at Solidarity Strategies, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2019; also membership and online engagement director for the National Association of Diverse Consultants, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2019.  Bachelor's degree in political science, communications from Towson University, 2017.


Political Director  Analila Mejia

(reported by The Atlantic on Feb. 19, 2019)   Per The Atlantic, directed the Fight for $15 and Earned Sick Days campaigns in New Jersey.  Director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance.  New Jersey political director of SEIU 32BJ.  Organizer with UNITE HERE.  Degrees from Rutgers.

Deputy Political Director  Sarah Badawi

(reported  on Feb. 20, 2019; started as a senior advisor to Friends of Bernie Sanders in Nov. 2018)  Senior strategist for legislative affairs for Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Jan. 2014-Nov. 2018.  Finance assistant on Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts, Jan.-Dec. 2012.  J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 2010; B.A. in political science and government from the University of Florida, 2007.  twitter

Deputy Political Director (Labor)  Kevin Cooper

(May 2019)  Deputy political director (Aug. 2016-May 2019), national political coordinator (June 2014-July 2016) and political data coordinator at Communications Workers of America.  Political data coordinator at Solidarity Strategies, Jan.-Dec. 2012.  B.A. in history from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.

Director of Ballot Access and Delegates  Matthew J. Berg

(Mar. 2019)  Campaigns director at The Fairness Project, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Advisor on Tom Perez for DNC Chair, Jan.-Feb. 2017.  Minnesota voter protection director on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Ballot access director and legal advisor on Bernie 2016, July 2015-July 2016.   Counsel to FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, April 2014-July 2015.  Deputy director of state affairs and policy counsel at Justice at Stake, Sept. 2010-April 2014.  J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, 2010; B.A. in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.  twitter

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Organizing Director  Claire Sandberg

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  Worked for Ady Barkan's organization Be A Hero.  Deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed in his 2018 primary gubernatorial run in Michigan.  Co-founded the hybrid PAC We Will Replace You in 2017.  Director of distributed organizing on Bernie 2016.  Co-founder and executive director of Water Defense.  Co-founder of Frack Action.  twitter

Field Director  Becca Rast

(reported by Politico on Apr. 3, 2019)  Campaign manager on Jess King for Congress (PA), July 2017-Nov. 2018.  Co-founder and leadership team of Lancaster Stands Up, Nov. 2016-June 2017.  Youth engagement coordinator at, Jan. 2014-June 2017.  Bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Brown University, 2013.  twitter

Deputy National Field Director  Hannah Fertig

(reported by Politico on Apr. 3, 2019)  Distributed organizing director on Abdul El Sayed's campaign for governor in Michigan, Jan.-Aug. 2018.  Digital strategist at Middle Seat, Dec. 2016-July 2017.  Digital (distributed) organizer for NextGen Climate, June-Nov. 2016.  Regional distributed organizing director for Bernie 2016, Jan.-June 2016.  B.A. in history from University of Colorado Boulder, 2017.  twitter

Distributed Organzing Director  Cole Edwards 

(reported by Politico on Apr. 3, 2019) A digital organizer on Bernie 2016.

Senior National Distributed Organizer  Jack Califano

(Feb. 2019)  Distributed organizing manager on Organizing for Bernie (in Denver), Dec. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Regional organizing director in Harrisburg for NextGen America, July-Nov. 2018.  Rocky Mountain organizing coordinator for Young Invincibles, Nov. 2017-June 2018.  Organizer for SEIU in Harrisburg, April-June 2017.  Campus organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Sarah Lawrence College, 2016.  twitter

National Distributed Organizer  Jhari Derr-Hill

(Mar. 2019) Southern regional organizer for Our Revolution, June 2018-Feb. 2019.  North Carolina organizer for Organization United for Respect at Walmart, Sept. 2017-June 2018.  Technical writer at Cisco for TEK Systems, Sept. 2016-June 2017.  Digital storytelling specialist at Signal Hill in Raleigh-Durham, Dec. 2015-May 2016.  Teaching assistant at William and Mary, Sept.-Dec. 2013; in the American Studies program, 2012-14.  M.A. in the history of art, American art from Williams College, 2011; B.A. in the history of art from Marymount Manhattan College, 2008.

Constituency Organizing Director  Yong Jung Cho

(reported by Politico on Apr. 3, 2019)  Campaign manager on Kaniela Ing's campaign for Congress in HI-1, Aug. 11, 2018 Democratic primary.  Co-founder of #AllofUs, Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Campaign coordinator and earlier Southwest fossil fuel divestment organizer at  Field organizer with Green Corps, Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013.  B.A. in political science, pre-medicine from Bryn Mawr College, 2012.  twitter

National Relational Organizing Director  Emily Isaac 

(Mar. 2019)  Field director on Kulkarni for Congress, July-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Mary Street Wilson for Congress (TX), Mar.-May 2018.  Field director on Derrick Crowe for Congress (TX), Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Legislative and political assistant at National Nurses United, Aug. 2016-Dec. 2017. Field organizer in Oakland, CA on Bernie 2016, Feb.-June 2016.  Research assistant at ITS at UC Davis, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in community and regional development from UC Davis, 2015.  twitter

National Calling Program  Kyle Machado

Director of organizing at Our Revolution.  National deputy digital calling program director (from Mar. 2016) and national digital calling program associate (Dec. 2015-Mar. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Team leader at the mechanical repair facility for American Auto Brokers, Nov. 2012-Nov. 2014.  Studied welding technology at Orange Coast College and automotive technology at Golden West College.  twitter

Policy Training Manager  Hannah Bauman

(Mar. 2019)  Deputy policy director for the Green New Deal project at The New Consensus, Sept.-Dec. 2018.  Deputy policy director on Abdul El-Sayed for Governor (MI), Oct. 2017-Aug. 2018.  Secondary English teacher in Montgomery (AL) Public Schools for Teach for America, May 2013-May 2016.  M.P.P. in public policy analysis from University of Michigan, 2018; B.A. in history, French from Grinnell College, 2013.


Deputy Campaign Manager/Communications Director  Arianna Jones

(communications director from the beginning; reported deputy campaign manager early Sept. 2019)  Communications director at Friends of Bernie Sanders, July 2018-Feb. 2019.  Senior vice president of PR at Revolution Messaging from July 2016.  Deputy communications director on Bernie 2016, June 2015-July 2016.  Segment producer (Aug. 2012-June 2015) and booking producer (March 2011-April 2013) at MSNBC.  B.A. in English, history from University of Vermont.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Sarah Ford

Communications advisor to Friends of Bernie Sanders from Jan. 2019.  Communications director on Cynthia Nixon for New York, April-Oct. 2018.  Account supervisor at BerlinRosen, Aug. 2016-March 2018.  Deputy national press secretary on Bernie 2016, Nov. 2015-July 2016.  National press secretary on Draft Biden 2016, April-Nov. 2015.  B.A. in public relations and political science from DePaul University, 2015.  twitter

National Press Secretary  Briahna Joy Gray

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  Columnist and senior politics editor at The Intercept from May 2018.  Associate at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP (2014-May 2018) and at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (Mar. 2013-Aug. 2014) in New York City.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2011; B.A. in history of science/history of art from Harvard College, 2007.  twitter

Deputy Latino Press Secretary  Maria Belén Sisa

(reported by the Washington Examiner on Feb. 28, 2019)  Worked on Bernie 2016.  twitter  Note: Belén Sisa's position on the campaign was subject of a Mar. 21 FEC complaint by the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation which notes she is an "Argentinian national in the U.S. under the protection of DACA.

West Press Secretary  Joe Calvello

Land, air and water communications manager (May 2017-Apr.2019), communications associate (Mar. 2016-Apr. 2017) and communications assistant (May 2014-Feb. 2016) at STG (Smoot Tewes).  Deputy communications director on Keith Ellison for Attorney General, June-Nov. 2018.  Communications advisor in North Carolina for Hillary for America, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2014.  twitter

Midwest Press Secretary  Bill Neidhardt

(late Mar. 2019)  Spokesman on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI)'s 2018 re-election and previously press secretary in her Senate office.  twitter

Surrogate Communications Coordinator  Angelo Greco

Experience on Andrew Gillum, Hillary for America and OFA.  twitter

Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter  David Sirota

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)   Senior editor for investigations for IBT Media from July 2014.  Columnist for Creators Syndicate (June 2007-Sept. 2015), freelance magazine writer (Jan. 2007-Dec. 2013), staff writer for PandoDaily (Jan.-June 2014). contributing writer (2013); reporter/columnist for Salon, Mar. 2010-June 2013; radio host for Clear Channel Radio in Denver, Mar. 2009-Jan. 2013.  Founder of the Progressive States Network, 2005-Jan. 2007.  Director of strategic communications at the Center for American Progress, June 2003-April 2005.  Senior strategist on Brian Schweitzer for Governor, (MT), July-Dec. 2004.  Communications director for House Democrats on the Appropriations Committee, 2001-03.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, 1999-2001;  B.S. in journalism, journalism and political science from Northwestern University, 1998.  Author of Back to Our Future (Ballantine Books), The Uprising (Crown Publishing), Hostile Takeover (Crown Publishing).  twitter

Senior Communications Advisor  Mike Casca

(reported early Sept. 2019)   Co-founder (July 2019) with Karthik Ganapathy of MVMT Communications.  Spokesman for de Blasio's Fairness PAC  on leave from the Mayor's Office  from Apr. 2019.  Communications director to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio from Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications direction in Sanders' Senate office.   Rapid response director on Bernie 2016.  Worked briefly in Sanders' Senate office as press secretary/digital director, Aug.-Sept. 2015.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) to end of July 2015; started with Ellison as a press intern.  twitter


Digital Communications Director  Josh Miller-Lewis

Moved to the campaign from position as communications director in Sanders' Senate office (from July 2017) where he started as a press assistant (May-Sept. 2015).  B.A. in political science and religion from Williams College, 2014.  twitter

Senior Social Media Strategist  Georgia Parke

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  Digital director (Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019), deputy digital director (Dec. 2016-Jan. 2018) and press intern (June-Nov. 2016) in Sanders' Senate office.  B.A. in political science, policy journalism and media studies, English from Duke University, 2016.  twitter

Video Director  Mia Fermindoza

(Apr. 2019)  Supervising physical producer (Mar. 2017-Apr. 2019), live producer (Apr. 2016-May 2017), producer and editor (Jan.-Apr. 2016) for NowThis.  Media operations for The Huffington Post, Nov. 2014-Jan. 2016.  Postgraduate fellow for Now This, July 2014-Jan. 2015.  B.A. in media studies from Vassar College, 2014.  twitter

Senior Media Producer  Armand Aviram

Moved over from the Senate office.  Formerly a producer at Now This News.  twitter

Media Producer  Samuel Adaramola

(Apr. 2019)  Lead designer ( from Aug. 2016) and digital media specialist (Jan. 2018-Mar. 2019) at Our Revolution.  Freelance digital designer and videographer, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Part time content manager for Ceca Foundation, Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Digital producer at Ogilvy, May 2014-Jan. 2015.  Content manager at RealInvestors, Jan.-Mar. 2013.  B.S. in mass communication/media studies from Towson University 2012.  twitter

Spanish Digital Coordinator  Luis Alcauter

(Apr. 2019)  Partner (Jan.-Apr. 2019), vice president (Jan. 2018-Jan. 2019) and creative director (Nov. 2015-Dec. 2017) at Solidarity Strategies.  Owner of Visual Design in Fresno, CA, July 2012-Nov. 2015.  Program assistant with the U.S. Forest Service, June-Sept. 2015.  Documentation specialist at the Mexican Consulate General in Fresno, Feb.-May 2015.  Intern in the U.S. Senate, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  IT consultant, May 2011-July 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Cal State Fresno, 2015.  Born and raised in Mexico.

Digital Media Coordinator  Tyler Evans

(Mar. 2019)  Digital communications coordinator for Our Revolution, Apr. 2018-Mar. 2019.  Senior digital strategist and designer for American Bridge 21st Century, May 2015-Apr. 2018.  Branding and design consultant to Sittenfeld for Senate, Dec. 2014-May 2015. Principal designer and brand manager for Battleground Texas, May-Nov. 2014.  Designer/owner at Tyler Evans Design, Mar. 2007-May 2014.  NOC technician for CONEXIS, Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Catalog production artist for Mouser Electronics, Feb. 2011-Aug. 2013.  B.F.A. in advertising design from The Art Institutes, 2008.  twitter

Photographer  Bryan Lawrence


Research Director  Tyson Brody

Mar. 2019; reported by New York magazine's Gabriel Debenedetti on Mar. 20 >)  A deputy research director on Hillary for America from Apr. 2015.   Research director to Sen. Mary Landrieu, March 2013-Dec. 2014.  Research associate at Obama for America, July 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in history and sociology from Columbia University in the City of New York, 2009.

rebuild rural America  |  education  |  21st Century Economic Bill of Rights  |  Medicare for All  |  secure retirement  |  criminal justice workplace democracy  |
Green New Deal  |  media reform  | medical debt  | housing  | income inequaliy tax  |  corporate money out of politics  |  corporate greed and corruption  |  legalize marijuana  |  immigration

Policy Director  Josh Orton

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  Most recently senior advisor in Sanders' Senate office.  Senior legal advisor to NARAL Pro-Choice America, focused on judicial nominations including Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.  Longtime senior advisor and policy director to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (WI).  press secretary and progressive outreach director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, serving when Democrats regained Senate control in 2006.  J.D. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  From Madison, WI.  twitter

Deputy Policy Director  Billy (William) Gendell

A policy adviser on Bernie 2016.  Gendell held various positions in the U.S. Senate starting as a legislative intern in Jan. 2013.  B.S. in history from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012.

Senior Policy Advisor  Dr. Heather Gautney

(announced Mar. 19, 2019)  Associate professor of sociology at Fordham University.  Executive director of Our Revolution from Fall 2018.  a senior policy advisor on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Sanders the ranking member).  A senior researcher for Bernie 2016.  Legislative fellow in Sanders' Senate office, 2012-13.  Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.  Author of Crashing the Party (Verso).  twitter 


Chief Technology Officer  Chris Mabry

(Mar. 2019)  Technology director for Our Revolution, Aug. 2016-Mar. 2019.  Frontend developer on Bernie 2016, Apr.-June 2016.  Freelance web developer at Chris Mabry Design in Nashville, May 2015-Apr. 2016.  Co-founder and CTO at Arrister, May 2014-May 2015.  Studied computer science at Tennessee Technological University.  twitter


Data Director  Jeremy Meadow

(May 2019)  Data director on Beto for Texas, May-Nov. 2018.  Data scientist (volunteer) for Swing Left, Feb.-May 2018.  Business intelligence analyst for Brigade, Dec. 2016-May 2018.  Director of analytics on Bernie 2016, Jan.-May 2016.  Business intelligence lead (Sept. 2015-Apr. 2016) and finance associate (Aug. 2013-Sept. 2015) at Everlane.  Assurance associate at PwC, Sept. 2012-July 2013.  Master of Accountancy (2012) and bachelor's degree in accountancy (2011) from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Senior Data Analyst  Ariane Schang

(May 2019)  Analytics fellow (Dec. 2018-May 2019) and Katie Porter for Congress (July-Nov. 2018) for DigiDems.  Mobile developer and researcher for the Health Informatics Group at McGill University, Jan.-May 2018.  B.Sc. in computer science, international development from McGill University, 2017.

Data Engineer  Gustavo Sanchez

(June 2019)  Senior data and technology for The Movement Cooperative, June 2018-June 2019.  Applied data scientist at Civis Analytics, July 2016-May 2018.  Strategic data analyst at EMC Research Inc., June 2015-May 2016.  B.A. in public policy studies and political science from University of Chicago, 2015.


Director of Scheduling and Advance  Jean Michel Picher

Principal at Marathon Enterprises from 2006; served as a consultant to Bernie 2016 from May 2015-July 2016.  Advance associate for The White House, 2009-16.  Vice president of business development at Solar Ship, 2009-10.  National advance lead on Obama for America, 2007-08.  Special assistant in the Office of the Prime Minister, 2005-06.  National advance staff on John Kerry for President, 2003-04.  Assistant/research director at Shrum Devine Donilon, 1997-98.  M.B.A. from Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006; L.L.B. from University of Western Ontario Law School, 2006; B.A. in political science and government from Colby College.

Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance  Carl Ober

National advance desk on Bernie 2016.  Fulbright Scholar in Denmark, 2014-15.  Interned for Sen. Sanders in Burlington and Washington, DC.  Graduate of Villanova University, 2013.

Deputy Director of Advance  Lindsay Adams

(started Apr. 2019 as travel desk director)  Political advance associate from June 2017.  Author and speaker program associate at Sixth & I, Jan.-May 2019.  I.E. executive coordinator for the DCCC, Apr.-Dec. 2018.  Writing assistant at Cards Against Humanity, LLC, Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Deputy campaign manager on Renato Mariotti for Attorney General (IL), Oct. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Director of scheduling and advance on Ameya Pawar for Governor (IL), Aug.-Oct. 2017.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern University, 2017.

       team includes

John Marzabadi

(Mar. 2019)  Administrative coordinator at  Our Revolution, 2018-19.  Systems administrator/administrative assistant (2011-2018) and administrative assistant/accounts payable clerk (Aug. 2010-Nov. 2011) at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.  B.A. in political science and government from American University, 2010.

National Advance Lead  Lisa Gerlach

(Feb. 2019)  Director of scheduling and advance on Ben Jealous for Governor, June 2017-Nov. 2018.  Intern for The World Food Prize Foundation, Feb.-May 2017.  Lead organizer for Vote Mob in Des Moines, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  National advance (Dec. 2015-June 2016) and deputy field organizer in Des Moines (July-Dec. 2015) on Bernie 2016.  B.A. in political science from Drake University, 2017.

National Advance Lead  Charla Bailey

(Apr. 2019)  Certified personal trainer at LA Fitness from Sept. 2018.  Managing partner at Blue Knot Strategies LLC from June 2011.  Director of production media national tour II for the March for Our Lives, June 2018-Jan. 2019.  Deputy finance director for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR), 2010.  National advance lead on Obama for America, 2008; political outreach and national advance on Hillary for America, 2007-08. B.A. in political science and government from University of Memphis, 2005.

National Advance Staff  Joe Magee

(Apr. 2019)  Organizer on Friends of Bernie Sanders re-elect campaign from May 2018.  Deputy campaign manager on Carina Driscoll for Mayor of Burlington, VT, Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Press assistant on Mike Kelley for Boston City Council, June-Nov. 2017.  Ground logistics coordinator (Feb.-Aug. 2016) and lead intern (Sept. 2015-Jan. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Bachelor's degree in marketing/marketing management from University of Vermont Grossman School of Business, 2018.  twitter

National Advance Staff  Melissa Kaplan-Pistiner

(Apr. 2019)  Field organizer on Lori Lightfoot for Chicago, Mar.-Apr. 2019.  Operations director on Randy Bryce for Congress (WI), Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Legislative fellow to U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, June-July 2018; policy fellow to U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. Aug.-Dec. 2017.  General counsel to Voatz, Jan.-Aug. 2017.  Regulatory affairs staff attorney at Center for Science in the Public Interest, June-Dec. 2016.  J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, 2016; B.S. in sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010.

National Advance Staff  Chloe Tomlinson

(Apr. 2019)  Strategy director (Sept. 2016-Mar. 2019), program director in Uganda (June 2014-Aug. 2016) and Uganda program manager (Aug. 2013-June 2014) for Spark MicroGrants.  Social innovation fellow at StartingBloc, May 2017-May 2018.  Coordinator at HIAS Pennsylvania, July 2012-July 2013.  B.A. in peace and justice studies from Tufts University, 2012.

Advance Desk  Robert Lord

(Apr. 2019)  Tour leader (from Mar. 2019) and trip director (Jan. 2018-Mar. 2019) at Insider Expeditions.  Membership and development associate at GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, July 2016-Jan. 2018.  Academic program assistant at American University, June 2015-June 2016.  Assistant project manager at Rusk Renovations, Inc., Jan. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Language and culture assistant at the Spanish Ministry of Education, Sept. 2011-Aug. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science from American University, 2011.

National Advance Manager  Sheila Angelo

(Feb. 2019)  Political event logistics coordinator/independent contractor from Feb. 2017.  Creative project manager and director of operations at Revolution Messaging, May 2017-Feb. 2019.  Press advance for the White House, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  National advance press lead on Bernie 2016, Nov. 2015-July 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2015.

Trip Director  Will Pierce

(Feb. 2019)  Strategic development (Nov. 2018-June 2019) and political accounts coordinator (Apr.-Nov. 2018) at Hustle.  Deputy campaign manager on Ameya Pawar for Governor (IL), May-Oct. 2017.  Civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, Apr. 2007-Apr. 2017.  National advance associate on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-June 2016.  Founder and executive director of Draft Biden 2016, Mar.-Oct. 2015.  Field director on Manan Trivedi for Congress (PA), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Regional field director on Anthony Brown for Governor, Apr.-Oct. 2013.  Advance associate for the White House, Jan. 2009-May 2013.  National advance staff on Obama for America, July-Nov. 2008.  M.P.A. (2013) and bachelor's degree in political science from American University, 2011.

Crowd Lead  Bryan Haynes

(Feb. 2019)  Field director on Ken Harbaugh for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Field organizer in Wayne County for the Ohio Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2016.  National advance staff on Bernie 2016, Apr.-June 2016.  Regional field director for Terra Strategies, Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Cse management specialist in Summit County, Ohio, Jan.-Oct. 2014.  Staff assistant in U.S. Senate office in Cincinnati, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Field organizer in Wooster for the Ohio Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science from the University of Akron, 2012.


Chief of Staff to Jane Sanders  Nicola Dones

(Mar. 2019)  Consultant to The Sanders Institute, Oct.-Dec. 2018.  Director of operations and administration (Jan. 2014-May 2018) and assistant to the executive director at California Nurses Association/NNU (Aug. 2006-Jan. 2014).  B.A. in legal studies, general from UC Berkeley.

Executive Assistant  Hannah Sachs

Press Secretary  Shana Frahm

(Apr. 2019)  Founder (Mar. 2014) of Shana Frahm & Associates.  Media director for The Sanders Institute, Jan.-Apr. 2019.  Worked on the Arts and Culture team for Bernie 2016, Jan.-May 2016.  Global head of public relations for Icebreaker Merino, Apr. 2014-July 2015.  Global marketing and communications advisor for Quiksilver, Aug. 2009-Apr. 2013.  Global public relations director for Burton Snowboards, Jan. 2006-July 2009.  Marketing manager for Vans Shoes, Feb. 2001-Mar. 2003.  Account supervisor at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, 2000-01.  Director of public relations and promotions for MGM Grand, 1999-2001.  National manager for marketing communications and experiential for Hard Rock International, 1988-1997.


Chief of People and State Operations  Rikimah Glymph

Business consultant since Sept. 2006.  Global director of People Operations for Dimagi, Feb. 2017-Mar. 2019.  Global human resources director for, May 2014-Feb. 2017.  Chief administrative officer for Equality California, Apr. 2013-Apr. 2014.  Director of operations and administration at in Oakland, CA, June 2012-Apr. 2013.  Director of finance and operations for the New Organizing Institute Education Fund, June 2010-June 2012.  M.P.M. in project management (2009) and M.B.A. in marketing and advertising (2008) from Keller Graduate School of Management; B.A. in history from UCLA, 2006.

Senior Benefits Administrator  April Friend, aPHR, M.H.R.M., C.N.P.

(May 2019)  HR associate for the National Society of Professional Engineers, May 2018-May 2019.  HR team member for Target, May 2017-Mar. 2018.  Senior director, tax services at the Center for Economic Progress, Apr. 2006-Feb. 2016.  Program coordinator at the Akron Summit Community Action, Nov. 2004-Mar. 2006.  Tax program specialist at Center for Economic Progress, Dec. 2003-Nov. 2004.  Master's degree in human resource management (2018), and Master of nonprofit administration (2016); B.S. in marketing from Bradley University, 2001.


Aisle 518 Strategies
Senior Advisor  Tim Tagaris

CEO/Owner of Aisle 518 Strategies from Jan 2018.  Partner at Revolution Messaging, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2018; served as the digital fundraising director on Bernie 2016.  Advisor to Ustream, Inc. June 2007-Feb. 2016.  Digital director on Chris Murphy's campaign for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, 2011-Dec. 2012.  New media director for SEIU, June 2008-Nov. 2011.  Director of media technologies on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Internet director on Ned Lamont's U.S. Senate campaign in Connecticut, March-Nov. 2006.  Internet outreach coordinator at the DNC starting in Oct. 2005-March 2006.  Internet communications director for Sherrod Brown; built/primary author of  Worked on Paul Hackett's campaign in the Aug. 2005 special election in Ohio's 2nd CD.  Communications director on Jeff Seeman's congressional campaign Ohio's 16th CD (Canton) in 2004.  Blogged at Swing State Project and occasionally at MyDD.  Served in the Marines.  Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in television production.   twitter

Digital Fundraising Director  Robin Curran

Vice president of digital strategy for Aisle 518 Strategies from Jan. 2019.  Email director at the DNC, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Digital strategist (Dec. 2016-Nov. 2017) and production associate (May 2015-Dec. 2016) at Revolution Messaging; served as digital production director on Bernie 2016.  Communications fellow at the Center for Community Change, June 2014-May 2015.  B.A. in sociology and Italian from Dominican University, 2014. twitter

Digital Fundraising Manager  Michael Whitney

(Apr. 2019)  Newsletter editor and email strategist for The Intercept, Feb. 2018-Apr. 2019.  Digital fundraising consultant and trainer at 27 Strategies, Dec. 2016-Feb. 2018.  Fundraising expert in residence efor the Centre for Australian Progress, Feb.-Sept. 2017.  Senior campaign strategist at Revolution Messaging, July 2014-Dec. 2016.  Digital fundraising manager on Bernie 2016, Apr. 2015-July 2016.  Self employed digital organiizng consultant, Feb.-June 2014.  Director of U.S. email (May 2012-Feb. 2014) and campaign director (July 2011-May 2012) at  Digital strategy director at, Aug. 2009-July 2011.  Online campaign manager at SEIU, Sept. 2008-Aug. 2009.  New media coordinator for American Rights at Work, May 2006-Sept. 2008.  Strategist at, July-Nov. 2004.  Generation Dean co-founder, Mar. 2003-Feb. 2004.  Bachelor's degree in visual media: photography and political science from American University, 2006.   twitter


Pollster  Ben Tulchin

Also served as pollster for Bernie 2016.  Founder and president of Tulchin Research in San Francisco.  Previously started and directed Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research’s California office, worked for the California-based polling firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates, as well as the Washington, DC-based polling firms of Garin-Hart-Yang, and Lake-Snell-Perry.  Bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College.

August 12, 2019 memo


Arts and Culture Director  Evan Rose

(Apr. 2019)  Principal creative for Mountain Rose, LLC in Burlington, VT from Mar. 2019.  Vice president of creative marketing (Feb. 2016-Feb. 2019), creative director (Jan. 2009-Feb. 2016) and marketing director (July 2004-Jan. 2009) for Burton Snowboards.  Content provider for Four Star Distribution, Feb. 2002-July 2004.  Digital producer for EMAP, May 2000-Feb. 2002.  Sales and marketing representative for Rossignol Group, Jan. 1996-May 2000.  Studied recreation management, natural resources at University of Vermont.

National Endorsements
Democratic Socialists of America (Mar. 22, 2019)
Progressive Democrats of America (Mar. 12, 2019)
UE, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (Aug. 26, 2019)
National Nurses United (Nov. 15, 2019)

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Oct. 19, 2019)


Headquarters: Des Moines
Field Offices:

Ames - 114 Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA 50010
Burlington - 550 S. Gear Ave., Ste. 28, W. Burlington, IA 52655
Carroll - 820 W. 8th St., Ste. 3, Carroll, IA 51401

Cedar Rapids - 3223 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Council Bluffs - 217 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Davenport - 4436 N. Brady St., Ste. 103, Davenport, IA 52806
Decorah - 118 Winnebago St., Decorah, IA 52101

Des Moines area -
 107 NE Delaware Ave., Ste. 4, Ankeny, IA 50021
 401 SW 8th St. Suite 423, Des Moines, IA 50309
 313 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
Dubuque - 678 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
Fort Dodge - 805 Central Ave., Ste. 403, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Indianola - 104 S. Howard, Indianola, IA 50125
Iowa City - 1745 Boyrum St., Iowa City, IA 52240
Marshalltown - 13 W. Main St., Ste. 102, Marshalltown, IA 50158
Mason City - 630 S. Monroe Ave., Mason City, IA 50401
Newton - 118 N. 2nd Ave. W., Newton, IA 50208
Ottumwa - 236 E. Main St., Ottumwa, IA 52501
Sioux City - 409 Nebraska St. Sioux City, IA 51101
Spencer - 14  W 221st St., Spencer, IA 51301
Waterloo - 1712 W. 4th St., Waterloo 50701

office openings: Iowa City and Des Moines (both July 3 with Bernie Sanders), Ames (July 4), Waterloo (July 12), Cedar Rapids (July 13),
Council Bluffs and Sioux City (July 20), Davenport and Ottumwa (July 21), Decorah (Nov. 16), West Des Moines (Nov. 20).

Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker
Nick Salazar, LULAC Iowa State Director

State Director  Misty Rebik

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Event and stewardship coordinator for One Iowa, Aug. 2018-Mar. 2019.  Campaign manager on Cathy Glasson for Governor, July 2017-June 2018.  Regional director of strategic partnerships and development for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Mar. 2016-July 2017.  Executive director of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2016.  Graduate research assistant at the University of Iowa Labor Center, Aug. 2012-June 2014.  Community organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012.  Iowa Immigration Education Coalition for AmeriCorps VISTA, June-Aug. 2010.  M.S. in city/urban, community and regional planning (2014) and B.A. (2009) in international/global studies, Spanish from University of Iowa.  twitter

Caucus Director  Evan Burger

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Senior organizer (coordinating political work) with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.  Iowa advance director on Bernie 2016, and earlier events coordinator and started as college outreach director (announced June 13, 2015). Farming and environment organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement from May 2013.  Graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2013.  twitter

Deputy Caucus Director  Tony Anthony

(reported by Iowa Starting Line on Mar. 21, 2019)  Campaign manager on Racine for Attorney General (DC), July-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Paul Pelletier for Congress (VA), Jan.-June 2018.  State director (Oct.-Nov. 2016) and deputy director (July-Oct. 2016) in Florida for GRSG Company.  DC state director (Apr.-June 2016), New York statewide field director (Mar.-Apr. 2016), Missouri state director (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and deputy Iowa caucus director (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Consultant (organizing director-Caribbean) for 270 Strategies, Oct. 2014-Sept. 2015.  Project manager for Grassroots Solutions, June 2013-Mar. 2014.  Regional director for Voting for America (Project Vote), Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Director of political and media affairs at A Solutions, Jan. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Project manager for Independent Strategies, Mar. 2008-Nov. 2010.  Political director on For Maryland for Our Future, Mar.-Nov. 2008.  Project manager at The Saint Group, Mar. 2006-Nov. 2007.  Media and political strategist at Concepts & Strategies, April 2004-Sept. 2007.  Campaign manager for Voting is Power, Mar. 2004-July 2005.  Deputy political director at the DNC, 2003-04.  Media and political strategist at The Rendon Group, Dec. 2001-Mar. 2003.  Deputy executive director for the Georgia Democratic Party, June 2000-Nov. 2001.  Director of intergovernmental relations in the Office of the County Executive, Hudson County, NJ, Jan. 1998-Dec. 2000.  Worked on multiple campaigns, 1995-2000.  Administrative assistant/assistant field director on U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman's re-election campaign, June-Nov. 1994.  B.A. in political science from the University of New Mexico, 1994.


Political Director  vacant following departure of Jess Mazour

Director of Latinx Outreach  Oliver Hidalgo-Wohlleben

(June 2019)  Professor at Kirkwood Community College.  Fellow with Amnesty International USA, Apr..-Sept. 2016.  Deputy political director on Patel for Iowa, Feb.-July 2015.  B.A. in economics, Spanish from University of Iowa, 2016.  Fellow in Iowa City on Obama for America, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  twitter


Field Director  Michael Fasullo

(reported by Iowa Starting Line on Mar. 21, 2019)  Organizer on Cathy Glasson for Governor campaign.  Organizer at SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.  Graduate of Loyola University Chicago; served as president of student government from Spring 2015-Jan. 2016, when he resigned.  twitter

Deputy Field Director  Brooke Adams

(Apr. 2019)  Student action organizing director for the People's Action Institute in Seattle, May 2017-Apr. 2019.  Field organizer in Illinois and NH on Bernie 2016, Jan.-Apr. 2016.  Degree in mathematics and history, philosophy and social sciences of science and medicine (HIPS) from The University of Chicago, 2017.

Regional Field Directors
Polk County  Justin Nieman

(June 2019)  Field organizer on Cindy Axne for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Cecil Bothwell for Asheville City Council, May-Oct. 2017.   B.A. in political science and government from American University.

Northeast  Jodi Risper

(May 2019)  Training associate with the PCCC, Mar.-May 2019.  Regional organizing director with NextGen America, June-Nov. 2018.  Deputy field director on Greg Edwards for Congress (Allentown, PA), Mar.-May 2018.  Assistant director at Lehigh Valley Children's Centers, Sept. 2016-Mar. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in social work from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 2016-Mar. 2018.  twitter

North Central  Gabe Hodgkin

Field organizer on Randy Bryce for Congress (WI), June-Nov. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard University, 2018; served as campaigns director for Harvard College Democrats, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016, also  interned for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, May-July 2015 and on her Senate campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2012.

Cedar Rapids  Hayley Goldstein


Iowa City  Jodi Clemens

2018 Democratic nominee for Iowa House of Representatives in District 73.  Experience includes co-owner, with her sisters of Marg's Little Red House Antiques & Uniques.  twitter

Southeast  Eugene Lim


Southwest  Luke Hoffman

Experience includes GOTV director on Kara Eastman's congressional campaign in NE-2.  M.P.A. in public policy and B.S. in political science from University of Nebraska.

Northwest  ?


Communications Director  Roger Ouellette

(April 4, 2019 tweet)  Most recently speechwriter/communications director at Tell That Story Creative Campaigns.  Communications director on Cathy Glasson for Iowa, Oct. 2017-June 2018.  Campaign director at Tell That Story Creative Campaigns from Oct. 2016.  Arts and entertainment coordinator at The Public Interest Network, July-Sept. 2016.  Regional GOTV director in Central in Northern Calif. (May-June 2016) and regional field director in the Des Moines area (Oct. 2015-May 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Production for Gracie Films, Dec. 2013-Oct. 2015.  Production assistant for "The X Factor," Mar.-Dec. 2013.  B.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, 2012.  twitter


Data Director  John Baker

(May 2019)  Self-employed political consultant, Jan.-May 2019.  Data director on Jess King for Congress (PA), Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Digital director on Jess Wilhelm for Montgomery County Council, Feb.-June 2018.  Software developer for Lexical Intelligence, Mar. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Deputy voter file manager and data analyst for the Texas Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in computer science from Grinnell College, 2016.


Scheduler and Operations Coordinator  Joe Fahey

Finance assistant and call time manager for the Iowa Democratic Party from June 2018.  Deputy finance director on Pete for Iowa (IA-3), Apr.-June 2018.  Finance assistant on Greenfield for Congress (IA-3), July 2017-Apr. 2018.  Degree in public relations and communications from Drake University, 2017.


Senior Advisor  Pete D'Alessandro

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Candidate for Congress in Iowa's 3rd CD, finishing third with 15.6% in the June 5, 2018 primary.  Iowa campaign coordinator on Bernie 2016 (he led in putting the team together) then served as Oklahoma state director, senior adviser in Nebraska, Indiana state director, director of Northern California and the national convention delegate director.   Founder (2001) and CEO of PAD Consulting in Des Moines.  Political director for Gov. Chet Culver, 2007-11.  Political director of Bill Bradley's 1999-2000 Iowa caucus campaign.  Field director on Tom Vilsack's 1998 campaign for governor.  Worked on Leonard Boswell's 1996 campaign for Congress.  Worked in social service positions with underrepresented communities. Graduate of Illinois State University, 1986.  Berwyn native (suburb of Chicago).  twitter

Serior Advisor  Jessica Vanden Berg

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Apr. 23, 2019)  Partner at Maverick Strategy and Mail, LLC from Jan. 2007.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, June 2013-Oct. 2014.  Senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Jim Web (VA), Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Manager of Christie Vilsack for Congress, Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on ONE Campaign's ONE Vote 08, Feb. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Campaign manager on Webb for Senate, Mar. 2006-Jan. 2007.  Campaign manager on Klobuchar for Minnesota, 2005-06.  Coordinated campaign manager for the North Carolina Democratic Party, 2004.  Oklahoma state director on Clark for President, 2003-04.  Iowa state director on Graham for President, May-Oct. 2003.  caucus director for the Iowa Democratic Party.  In 2002 she worked as the deputy director of the IDP's 2002 Coordinated Campaign.  She served as Rep. Leonard Boswell's communications director after managing his successful re-election campaign in 2000.  B.A. in political science from Central College, 1997.  From Pella, Iowa. twitter
note: worked for Gabbard on Capitol Hill, managed Klobuchar's 2006 Senate campaign, and was courted by Biden (+)

Field Organizers include:
Kara Jess  Des Moines
Daniel Hamidi 
Iowa City
Alex Inkiow 
Mason City
Diana Kingsbury 
Dubuque  twitter

Endorsements (press releases)
announced June 6, 2019
Jonathan Green, Mayor of Lone Tree
Beverly Hannon, State Senator (ret.)
Kate Larson, Dubuque City Councilmember
Patrick Morrissey, Waterloo City Councilmember
Chris Morse, Polk County Democrats Membership Committee Chair
Jason Roudabush, Poweshiek County Supervisor
Nick Salazar, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director
Emma Schmit, Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee Member
Kelly Scott, Fairfield School Board Member

announced July 2, 2019
UFCW Local 230 of Ottumwa  

announced July 12, 2019
State Rep. Jeff Kurtz (District 83, Lee Co. and parts of Des Moines Co.) 

announced Aug. 10, 2019
Latinx community leaders and activists 

announced Aug. 27, 2019
10 progressive activists from around the state 

Sept. 20, 2019 - Sanders Campaign Surpasses 1 Million Voter Contacts in Iowa

announced Sept. 25, 2019
community leaders and activists in all 99 counties

announced Oct. 28, 2019
Stacey Walker, Supervisor, Linn County, IA

announced Nov. 7, 2019
Nick Salazar, LULAC Iowa State Director

announced Nov. 15, 2019
Kenia Calderón Cerón, Des Moines -- DACA recipient and activist
Karina Chávez, Des Moines -- Co-founder, Al Éxito
Ruben Chávez, Iowa City -- Immigration activist and youth athletics coach
Maria Filippone, Des Moines -- Physician and small business owner
Araceli Lopez, Ames -- President, Iowa State University Students for Bernie
Amner Martinez, Des Moines -- Co-founder, Latino Arts Initiative
Topiz Martinez, Storm Lake -- Owner, Better Day Cafe
Javier Miranda, Ames --  Chapter President, Ames Democratic Socialists of America
Dominic Rodríguez, Storm Lake -- Youth activist for workers rights
Laura Rodríguez, Des Moines -- Creative Arts Chair, Latino Arts Initiative
RosaIsela Salazar, Muscatine -- Immigration activist


press releases

- 45 staff as of July 11, 2019
... 90 staff as of Nov. 12, 2019 -
Headquarters: Manchester
Field Offices:
Berlin - 171 Main St., Berlin, NH 03570
Claremont - 24 Opera House Square, Ste. 210W, Claremont, NH 03743
Concord -
4 South State St., Concord, NH 03301
Conway - 90 Odell Hill Rd., Conway, NH 03818
Dover - 16 6th St., Dover, NH 03820
Exeter - 104 Epping St., Exeter, NH 03833
- 294 West St., Unit 4B, Keene, NH 03431
Laconia - 130 Lake St., Unit 21, Laconia, NH 03246
West Lebanon - 3 Atwood Ave., West Lebanon, NH 03784

Greater Manchester - 140 Bicentennial Dr., Hooksett, NH 03106
Greater Nashua - 77 Derry Rd., Hudson, NH 03051
Plymouth - 42 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
Portsmouth - 767 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
office openings: Hudson (June 29 with Bernie Sanders), Concord (Aug. 17), Plymouth (Nov. 12 with Ben and Jerry)


State Rep. Renny Cushing
former State Rep. Mindi Messmer

(announced Oct. 8, 2019)

State Director  Shannon Jackson

(from Sept. 15, 2019, replacing initial state director Joe Caiazzo)  Campaign manager on Sanders' 2018 re-election campaign, Mar. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Executive director at Our Revolution, July 2016-Feb. 2018.  Senior advisor to Bernie 2016, May 2015-July 2016.  Budget analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, Dec. 2014-May 2015.  Correspondence manager and staff assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Feb. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, July 2012-Feb. 2013.  ESL teacher in Kalasin, Thailand, 2011-12.  B.S. in environmental science and policy from University of Maryland College Park.  twitter

Deputy State Director and Communications Director  Carli Stevenson

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Campaigner at Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund, focusing on the issue areas of money in politics and net neutrality.  New Hampshire deputy communications director on Bernie 2016, then worked on the campaign in Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana.  Strategic communications for AFSCME in Indiana from May 2014.  Communications specialist at UNITE HERE in Chicago area, June 2012-May 2014.  Field organizer at Every Child Matters, Sept. 2011-May 2012.  Communications assistant/researcher for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Dec. 2010-April 2011.  Campaign manager on Jackie Cilley for State Senate, NH District 6, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Campaign coordinator on Denise Garlick for State Representative, May-Aug. 2010.  Organizer in training with AFSCME, Dec. 2008-July 2009.  B.A. in history and women's studies, sociology from UNH, 2008.  Native of Hampton, NH.  twitter


Political Director  Will Bateson

(announced May 30, 2019)  Constituent services coordinator for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan from July 2017; also director of communications for the Nashua Democratic City Committee from May 2017.  Assistant to the Mayor of Nashua, Nov. 2016-July 2017.  Campaign manager on Dan Weeks for Executive Council, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Jim Ireton for Congress (MD), Jan.-Apr. 2016.  Political director on Hugh Hill for Senate (MD), Apr.-June 2014; campaign manager on Murray for Delegate (MD), Jan.-June 2014.  Deputy director of communications on Andy Schmookler for Congress, July-Nov. 2012.  A.A. from Piedmont Virginia Community College, 2017.  Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Reserves from Feb. 2010.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Mo Baxley

(announced May 30, 2019; initially political outreach coordinator)  Recently a Second Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  Assistant director of Pittsfield Listens!  Executive director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry for almost six years to Nov. 2011.  Served in the NH House of Representatives.  twitter

Constituencies Director  Suraj Budathoki

(announced May 30, 2019; initially political outreach coordinator)  Executive director of Building Community in NH, Mar.-Aug. 2018.  Executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan, Aug. 2012-Mar. 2018.  M.A. in international relations from Norwich University (Northfield, VT), 2018; B.A. in political science from Southern New Hampshire University, 2015.  Refugee from Bhutan, lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 19 year, before coming to the U.S. in 2009.  twitter

New England Labor Director  Sheila Healy

Deputy City Clerk (and lobbyist for progressive city charter changes) for the City of Montpelier, VT, 2018-19.  Field director on Friends of Bernie Sanders (Senate re-elect), 2018.  Senior strategist for the Vermont Democratic Party, 2017.  Regional vice president for the Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO, 2017.  Studied history at Trinity College-Hartford.


Field Director  Sean Ward

(announced May 30, 2019)  Senior campaigns associate for Pennsylvania for Working America, Apr. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Deputy organizing director for the Nevada State Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2016.  Deputy field director in the greater Philadelphia area, and regional field director for North Country/Littleton, NH, Oct. 2015-Apr. 2016.  Lead organizer and communications director for the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, Dec. 2013-Aug. 2015.  Campaign manager on John Wallace for New Mexico, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Marketing and customer service for car2go N.A., LLC, Sept. 2012-Aug. 2013.  Master's degree in political management from The George Washington University, 2013; bachelor's degree in political science from University of New Mexico, 2010. >

Deputy Field Director  Caty Wagner

(announced May 30, 2019)  A regional organizing director for NextGen America the Central Valley of California.  Former social worker, she previously worked in Haiti, Uganda and Colombia on issues of poverty, trafficking and human rights.  Native New Englander.  twitter

Deputy Field Director  Michael Ortiz

(announced May 30, 2019)  Most recently consulted on state Sen. Cristina Castro (IL).  Campaign manager on Joan Padilla for state rep., July-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Jake Castanza for state House (IL, District 68), Apr.-July 2018.  Field director on Sara Dady for Congress, Jan.-Apr. 2018.  Northern Illinois political-field director on Kennedy for Illinois, June 2017-Jan. 2018.  Executive director for Winnebago County Democrats, Feb.-May 2017.  Campaign manager for Illinois Senate Democrats, July-Nov. 2016.  A regional field director in Illinois and a field organizer in Iowa on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-June 2016.  Union rep. fro SEIU Healthcare WI, July-Sept. 2015.  Field organizer on Fight for 15, Aug. 2014-June 2015.  Organizer for SEIU HCII, Feb. 2013-Aug. 2014.  Field organizer on John Sullivan for State Senate (IL), June-Nov. 2012.  Field director on Mike Boland for State Senate (IL), Aug. 2011-Mar. 2012.  General studies at Sauk Valley Community College.

Deputy Field Director  Connor Gallivan



Operations Director  Susan Roman

Also served as NH operations director on Bernie 2016.  Attorney in Durham, NH.  J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, 1981; B.A. from University of New Hampshire.

Field Organizers include:
Joshua Gacita  Nashua
Arjun Shreekumar 
Matthew Shurtleff  Concord

Endorsements (press releases)
announced May 15, 2019
Alderman at-Large Brandon Laws, City of Nashua
Rep. Josh Adjutant, (Ashland) Grafton - District 17
Rep. Mark King, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 33
Rep. Skip Cleaver, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 35
Rep. Tim Smith, (Manchester) Hillsborough - District 17
Rep. Catherine Sofikitis, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 34
Rep. Ellen Read, (Newmarket) Rockingham - District 17
Rep. Art Ellison, (Concord) Merrimack - District 27
Rep. Cam Kenney, (Durham) Strafford - District 6

announced July 3, 2019
New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Emeritus the Hon. Mark MacKenzie, served as president from 1989-2015.

Rep. and Alderman Jan Schmidt,
(Nashua) Hillsborough - District 28
Rep. Ryan Buchannan, (Concord) Merrimack - District 15
Rep. Frances Nutter-Upham, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 33
Rep. Dan Toomey, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 32

announced Sept. 5, 2019
Rep. Chris Balch, Wilton
Rep. Wendy Chase, Rollinsford*
Rep. Sherry Frost, Dover
Rep. Wayne Moynihan, Dummer
Rep. Sallie Fellows, Plymouth
Register of Probate Elizabeth Ropp, Hillsborough County
Register of Deeds Kelly Monahan, Grafton County
Selectwoman Karen Hatcher, Peterborough
School Board Member Roslyn Chavda, Nottingham
School Board Member Denise Valerino, Berlin
School Board Member Nicholas Burtt, Rumney
School Board Member Stan Freeda, Farmington
Community Leaders:
Labor and Community leader Janice Kelble, Hooksett
LGBT and Democratic activist Carlos Cardona, Laconia
Labor, Civil Rights & Democratic activist David Holt, Somersworth
Democratic activist & former Eric Swalwell State Director Mackenzie Murphy, Merrimack
Community leader Jawed Ali Shaikh, Manchester
Community leader Samuel Bahuma, Concord
Community leader Thierry Lakutu, Manchester
Community leader Deepa Mangalat, Nashua
Democratic activist Michael Strand, Peterborough
Chairman of the Nepalese Society of NH Som Gurung*, Manchester
Community leader Gunner Baldwin Sr., Plymouth
Community leader Denise Castonguay, Holderness
Community leader Trudy Cote, Campton
Community leader & environmental activist Fawn Gaudet, Campton
Democratic & environmental activist Susan Mathison, Holderness
Community leader Wayne Merritt, Dover
Community leader Kimberly Rawson, Waterville Valley
Community leader Paul Shea, Nashua
Community leader Ernest Montenegro, Claremont
Community leader Donna Montenegro, Claremont
Local business owner & Democratic activist Ted Bosen, Berlin
Community activist Dave Brown, Concord
Democratic activist Erik Corbett, Bartlett
Veteran & community activist Bob Ehlers, Hooksett
Former State Rep. and community activist Eileen Ehlers, Hooksett
LGBT activist Kyle Leach, Farmington
Democratic activist Lorraine Hansen, Rollinsford
Veteran, labor and community leader Lew Henry, Gilmanton
Community activist Susan Ladmer, Peterborough
Democratic activist Chris Liquori, Portsmouth
Environmental & Democratic activist Mike Dowe, Gilford
Community activist Diane Hanley, Gilford
Environmental activist Victoria Parmele, Northwood
Democratic activist Salme Perry, Rollinsford
Community activist Tom St. Martin, Candia
Community activist Dan Westervelt, Litchfield
Community activist Keith Yergeau, Bedford
Community activist & Former State Rep. Sylvia Gale, Nashua
Community activist Amy Hanmer, Manchester
Community activist Pat Kinne, Charlestown
Democratic activist Lucius Sorrentino, Lyndeborough

"Chase said following the convention that publicizing her endorsement was premature and that she is still considering whether to vote for Sanders, Warren, Yang, or for South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg."

announced Oct, 28, 2019
Shoshanna Kelly, Nashua Alderwoman-at-Large


press release
North Las Vegas
- 3925 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Ste. 105, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
East Las Vegas - 5001 Bonanza Rd, Ste. 118, Las Vegas, NV 89110
Northwest Las Vegas - 101 S. Rainbow Blvd, Ste. 17, Las Vegas, NV  89145
Southwest Las Vegas - 6230 S. Decatur Blvd, Ste. 120, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Henderson - 10845 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 120, Henderson, NV 89502

Reno - 1465 Terminal Way Ste. 2 Reno, NV 89502
Carson City - 504 E. Musser St., Ste. 302, Carson City, NV 89701

State Director  Sarah Michelsen

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019)  Executive director of Arizona Wins (America Votes) since Sept. 2013.  Political and organizing consultant in Phoenix, Aug. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Arizona state fellow for the Center for Progressive Leadership, Jan.-Sept. 2012.  M.P.P. from Arizona State University, 2016; B.A. in women's and gender studies from American University, 2009.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Peter Koltak

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019)  Campaign manager on Coalition to Defeat Question 3, the energy choice initiative on the Nevada ballot in Nov. 2018.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen from Aug. 2017.  Executive director of the Nevada Senate Democratic caucus to July 2017.  Communications director on David Pepper's 2014 campaign for Ohio Attorney General.  twitter

Caucus Director  Chris Klarich

(announced July 30, 2019)  Pennsylvania state director for Community Outreach Group LLC in the 2018 midterms (directed a voter outreach program on behalf of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Votes).  Worked on Bernie 2016 in the caucus states of Iowa, Colorado, Washington and Wyoming and then served as Montana state director for the campaign.  Studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio.  From Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  twitter

Deputy Caucus Director  Spencer Carnes

(June 2019)  Co-founder and organizing director of Organizing for Bernie, Dec. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Distributed organizer on the National Nurses United Campaign to win Medicare for All, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Distribute organizer and field director for Real Justice PAC (Suffolk County MA District Attorney race), Apr.-Sept. 2018.  Campaign manager on Jena Griswold for Colorad, Aug.-Dec. 2017.  Organizing and engagement strategies at Middle Seat, Feb.-May 2017.  Campus organizing director and spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Field and delegate organizer in Boulder, CO on Bernie 2016, Jan.-Apr. 2016, co-founded "Buffs for Bernie" in 2015.  B.A. in English language and literature from University of Colorado Boulder, 2016.  twitter


Political Director  Leisa Moseley

(announced July 30, 2019)  President and CEO of The Action Company since Aug. 2006; Moseley is a Las Vegas based radio personality, consultant and coach.  Organizer on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2008.  Senior sales director for Mary Kay, Inc. Oct. 2004-Feb. 2007.  Officer in the probation department of San Bernardino County, Apr. 1991-Feb. 2003.  Studied criminal justice at Cal State San Bernardino; A.A. in administration of justice.  twitter


Field Director  Susana Cervantes

(announced July 30, 2019)  Worked for Nevada Democrats in 2018.  Deputy political director and earlier regional field director in Sioux City on Bernie 2016 Iowa caucus campaign.  Western regional field director on the Run Warren Run campaign.  Worked for the Nevada Democratic Party.  Worked for Organizing for Action in Chicago.  A field organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign in Las Vegas in 2012.  Started as an organizer for the United Farm Workers in California.

Deputy Field Director  Liliana Rebolledo

(announced July 30, 2019)  Deputy field director (Mar.-Nov. 2018) and regional field director (Feb.-Mar. 2018) for For Our Future (PA).  Philadelphia canvass manager (Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018) and deputy canvass manager in Northern Virginia (Aug.-Nov. 2017) for Community Outreach Group, LLC.  Deputy canvass manager in Las Vegas area for Community Outreach Group, LLC, July-Nov. 2016.  Quality control lead in Las Vegas for FieldWorks, Mar.-June 2016.

Deputy Field Director  Jeremy Parkin

Field director on Lisa Brown's congressional campaign in WA CD-5 in Fall 2018; volunteer coordinator on Delaine Eastin's 2018 primary campaign for Governor of California.  Campaign organizer at MoveOn.  Regional field director and canvass coordinator on Tim Canova for Congress.  Environment volunteer with the Peace Corps.  Organizer on Bernie 2016.  Studies acting at Dalhousie University.  twitter

Regional Field Directors include:

NW Las Vegas  Cody Hoskins  twitter


Communications Director  Bianca Recto

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019)  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.  Press assistant for the Democratic Policy and Communications Center in the U.S. Senate, July 2014-Nov. 2015.  B.A. in communications studies from UNLV, 2014.  twitter


Data Director  Zach Asman

(July 2019)  Senior business intelligence associate for Burrow, Jan.-June 2019.  Senior data analyst for LiveIntent, Inc., Jan.-Dec. 2018.  Product analyst at Manta, Sept. 2015-June 2017.  Business analyst (Apr. 2014-May 2015) and associate (June 2012-Mar. 2014) for The Advisory Board Company.  B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University, 2012.


Operations Director  Patrina McKinney

(announced July 30, 2019)  Has worked on numerous campaigns in Nevada and brings a wealth of experience organizing voter education campaigns in Nevada, Michigan, Georgia, and Florida.  In Nevada, McKinney managed field programs for Color of Change PAC.

Field Organizers include:
Jesse Archer  Las Vegas
Andy Feldman 
Reno  twitter
Hudson Villanueve
  Las Vegas  twitter

Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on July 12, 2019 "more than 35 full time staff members—the first of which arrived in early April." >

Endorsements  (press releases)
announced Aug. 26, 2019
Autumn Zemke, Carson City Democratic Party 2nd Vice Chair
Adam Barrington, AFSCME Washoe County Chapter President
Dr. Zaffar Iqbal, Las Vegas Physician and South Asian Community Leader
Jemal Asfer Muzyen, Darul Iman Ethiopian Community President
John Witherow, Nevada Cure President
Sarah Bartel, Nevada Cure Director
Minister Vance “Stretch” Sanders, All Shades United Founder and President
Rulon Pete, Las Vegas Indian Center Executive Director
Mercedes Krause, Oglala Lakota Nation Member and United Natives Executive Director
Brian “BB” Melendez, Northern-Southern Paiute/Western Shoshone Community Leader
Teresa Melendez, Pokagon Band of Potawatami Member and College Success Coordinator at American Indian College Fund
Tisia Stemp, People’s Project LLC President
Brooke Noble, Reno Housing Insecurity Activist

announced Aug. 29, 2019
George Allen, a Las Vegas home care worker and Fight for 15 activist


- 35 staff as of June 25, 2019 ... 52 staff as of Nov. 12, 2019 -
Headquarters - 1410 Blanding St., Columbia, SC 29201
Aiken - 665 Silver Bluff Rd., Aiken, SC
- 918 Port Republic St., Beaufort, SC
Charleston - 8252 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406

Florence - 1210 W. Evans St., Florence, SC
- 141 Traction St., Greenville, SC 29611

Myrtle Beach - 1515 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC
Orangeburg - 1998 Carolina Ave., Orangeburg, SC
Rock Hill - 138 S. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC

office openings: Columbia (June 20)

State Director  Kwadjo Campbell

(reported Apr. 18, 2019)  President of JC & Associates (earlier Jeffers-Campbell Associates), a consulting firm in Greenville, from Jan. 2004.  Educator at Legacy Charter School Greenville from Jan. 2013.  Member of the Charleston City Council, 1998-2005.  Master's in education from Clemson University, 2012; undergraduate studies at College of Charleston; served in the Marine Corps Reserves.  (see also New Media South interviewtwitter

Deputy State Director  Jessica Bright

Political director on Joe Cunningham for Congress from Sept. 2018.  Medical scribe for Scribe Solutions, Inc. Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015.  Patient access representative at Colleton Medical Center, Oct. 2013-Oct. 2015.  Counselor for the SC Department of Mental Health, Nov. 2013-May 2015.  Data analyst at Benefitfocus, Oct. 2014-Feb. 2015.  M.S. in health informatics from the Medical University of South Carolina, 2017; B.S. in health science from Clemson University, 2009.


Political Director  Raymond Corley

Principal at Raymond Corley & Associates in Columbia since 1998. South Carolina field director on John Edwards 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.  Campaign manager of Joe Riley for Governor in 1994 (the Charleston mayor lost the Democratic primary after a run-off).  Deputy campaign manager and field director on Dick Riley for Governor.

Deputy Political Director  Isaac Williams Jr.

Son of civil rights activist Isaac "Ike" Williams.  Seen in the documentary While I Breathe, I Hope (2018) on Bakari Sellers.


Field Director  Ernest Boston, Jr.

A regional field and GOTV director for the Democratic Party of Georgia in the 2018 midterm elections.  Deputy state field director and earlier Florence/Pee Dee regional field director on Bernie 2016.  Worked on the South Carolina Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2014.  B.S. in political science and history from Francis Marion University in Florence.  twitter


Communications Director  Michael Wukela

Executive director of Progress South from 2015.  Owner/CEO of Wukela Communications from Jan. 2008.  Strategic policy advisor to the City of Columbia,, Oct. 2010-Nov. 2015.  Communications director on Benjamin for Mayor, Nov. 2009-Apr. 2010.  Assignment editor at WACH FOX, Mar. 2007-Oct. 2009.  B.A. in English language and literature/letters from Francis Marion University.  twitter


Operations Director  ?

Field Organizers include:

Sulaiman Ahmad  Greenville
Michele Horne  Rock Hill
Abigail Levey 
Columbia  twitter
Ashley Preaux  Myrtle Beach

Endorsements  (press releases)
announced April 18, 2019
Reverend and State Rep. Terry Alexander (District 59 - Florence)
State Rep. Justin Bamberg (District 90 - Bamberg), Minority Whip
State Rep. Wendell Gilliard (District 111 - Charleston)
State Rep. Cezar McKnight (District 101 - Lake City), Chief Minority Whp
State Rep. Krystle Simmons (District 117 - Ladson)
Reverend and State Rep. Ivory Thigpen (District 79 - Columbia)
State Rep. Sheldron Williams (District 122 - Hampton)

announced June 6, 2019
State Rep. Leon Howard (District 76 - Columbia)

announced June 10, 2019
State Rep. Michael Rivers (District 121 - St. Helena Island)

Councilwoman Dorothy Williams - North Charleston City Council
Councilman Sam Hart - North Charleston City Council
Councilwoman Wilhelmina Peguese - Bennettsville City Council
Councilwoman Elaine Reed - Darlington City Council
Councilwoman Sheila Baccus - Darlington City Council
Councilman Willie Gladden - Marlboro County Council
Mr. Randolph Walker - Member, Georgetown County School Board
Ms. Cynthia Leggette - Chair, Marion County School Board
Stevenson Pierre - Immediate Past President, Cheraw NAACP
Donna DeWitt
- South Carolina AFL-CIO President Emeritus
Pastor Eddie Massey
Mal Hyman - former Democratic Congressional Nominee, SC-7

announced Oct. 30, 2019
Councilman Tupelo Humes - Georgetown City Council
William Smith - Member (District 3), Beaufort County Board of Education
Marcurius Byrd - Executive Committee Member, SC Democratic Party
James E. Sanderson, Jr. - President and Unit Chair, USW Local 7898
Nancy Button - President, Rosemont Neighborhood Council

See also: Emma Dumain and Maayan Schechter.  "Bernie Sanders' SC campaign looks different this time. Is it different enough to win?"  The State, June 10, 2019.


March 3 states

(May 31, 2019 press release)
Los Angeles
- 285 S. Atlantic Blvd.

Riverside - 4035 Market St.
San Diego - 1786 National Ave.
San Francisco - 2235 Mission St.
Fresno - 1250 Fulton St.

State Director  Rafael Návar

National political director for the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO from Mar. 2012.  Deputy director of the political capacity team (Jan. 2011-Mar. 2012) and political capacity coordinator for the property service division (Aug. 2009-May 2011) of SEIU.  Political director of SEIU Local 99, Sept. 2006-Nov. 2008.  Organizer for the Labor Community Strategy Center, 2003.  National coordinator for the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, 1998-2001.  B.A. in history from UC San Diego, 2003.

Deputy State Director  Shelli Jackson

Member consultant for the Speakers Office of Member Services from Mar. 2015.  Sideline reporter for Verizon Fios 1 Sports, Mar. 2010-Nov. 2014.  Freeland sports reporter for ABC News, and producer/talent for CNN iReport, 2008.  On-air talent for YES Network, 2007.  Production assistant for ABC News, 2001-06.  B.A. in communications from Cal Stat University of Bakersfield.  twitter

Political Director  Susie Shannon

Homeless and anti-poverty activist; executive director at Poverty Matters in Los Angeles.  Has worked as a senior advisor, campaign director and labor consultant for over 14 years on statewide and local campaigns in California.  An elected member of the DNC from California since 2016, has led efforts to establish a DNC Poverty Council (+). Member of the executive board of the California Democratic Party since 2007.  twitter

Grassroots Director  Melissa Byrne

A leader in strategic direct actions to hold President Trump accountable; has worked extensively with Ultraviolet, MoveOn, and CredoAction.  NH digital director on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Founder (2015) of Project Springboard, which seeks to organize defaulted student loan borrowers and parents of future college students to fight for loan forgiveness and free college. Has worked as a consultant since 2012.  Digital director for OurDC, May-Dec. 2011.  Digital director, acting field director on the Campaign to Strengthen Social Security/Social Security Works, May 2010-May 2011; national climate rally field director for Earth Day Network, Feb. 2010-May 2011.  Senior field on Citizens for Alan Khazei, Sept.-Dec. 2009.  Political desk at SEIU, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Organizer on Obama for America, Feb.-Aug. 2008.  Coalition manager for Win Without War, April 2007-Feb. 2008.  Political coordinator at the AFL-CIO, May-Nov. 2006.  Field mobilization organizer for the SEIU, 2005-06.  Field organizer for America Coming Together, 2005.  Canvasser on Dean for America.  Riverside County native.  twitter

Policy Advisor  Sand Brim

Experience includes director of strategic campaigns, senior advisor, and speech writer for both the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United.  Prior to that Brim was an attorney specializing in child abuse cases.  twitter

Field Director  Jorrel Verella

(Aug. 2019)  District director for Assemblyman James Ramos (Rancho Cucamonga), Dec. 2018-July 2019.  District director to Assemblyman Jose Medina (Riverside), Dec. 2016-Dec. 2018.  Voter outreach director on James Ramos for Assembly, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Statewide director on California Vote Project, Mar.-Sept. 2018.  Field director on Dawn Ortize-Legg for Assembly, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Consultant to Speakers Office of Member Services, Dec. 2012-Nov. 2016.  Deputy statewide director on California Vote Project, Feb. -Oct. 2016.  Field director on Rudy Salas for Assembly, 2014.  Deputy statewide director on California Vote Project, Jan.-Sept. 2014.  Deputy statewide director on California Vote Project, Jan.-Sept. 2012.  Field consultant to the Coalition for School Reform, Jan.-May 2011.  Campaign manager on CYD Young Voter Revolution, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Studied at University of Colorado Boulder.  twitter

Regional Directors
Los Angeles  Daniel Andalon

Principal at Andalon & Associates from July 2013.  District representative and labor liaison in the state Senate from Dec. 2018.  Campaign manager on Bob Archuleta for state Senate (Montibello) from Feb. 2018.  Deputy campaign manager on Jimmy Gomez for Congress (Los Angeles special election), Jan.-June 2017.  Campaign consultant on Tim Sandoval for Mayor of Pomona, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Nestor Valencia for Bell City Council, Jan-Mar. 2015.  Campaign manager on Lucille Roybal-Allard for Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Hilda Solis for L.A. County Supervisor, Mar.-June 2014.  Field deputy for L.A. City Councilman E. P Reyes (May 2012-July 2013) and LA. City Councilman Jose Huizar, 2010-12.  East area representative for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 2008-10.  Community liaison for L.A. Care Health Plan, 2000-06.  Studied at Cal State University Northridge.  twitter

San Diego  Robert Dempsey

Campaign manager on Doug Applegate’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa in CA-49 in 2016.   Bernie 2016 state director in Minnesota  Wisconsin and New Jersey.  Executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, May 2013-Feb. 2014.  Campaign manager on Scott Peters for Congress (CA), Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Staffer in the U.S. Senate, May-Oct. 2011.  Executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, May 2009-March 2011.  Midwest candidate service director at the DCCC, June 2007-Dec. 2008.  Director of Ohio Senate Democrats, June 2005-May 2007.  Regional representative for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Dec. 2002-June 2005; campaign manager on Kaptur's 2004 re-election.  Field director on Jacobs for Congress, July-Nov. 2002.  Regional director for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, Dec. 2001-June 2002.  Campaign manager on Kalamazoo Against Discrimination, July-Nov. 2001.  Legislative assistant in the PA House of Representatives.  Campaign manager for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, April-Nov. 2000.  Campaign coordinator on Coleman for Mayor in Columbus, OH, Fall 1999.  B.A. in English from University at Buffalo, SUNY, 1999.

Bay Area  Jane Kim

Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in 2018, finishing third with 24.03% of the vote.  Served two terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 6 from 2011-19, elected in 2010.  Member and President of San Francisco Board of Election; elected  in 2006.  President of the San Francisco People's Organization (SFPO), 2005.  Oganizer for the Chinatown Community Development Center.  J.D. from UC Berkley School of Law; bachelor's degree in political science and Asian American studies from Stanford University.  Daughter of South Korean immigrants.  twitter

Inland Empire and Orange County  Samuel Sukaton

Associate director at Inland Empire United, Apr. 2018-Mar. 2019.  Regional political organizer at SEIU UHW, May 2017-Apr. 2018.  Inland regional organizer for the Golden State Opportunity Foundation, Jan.-May 2017.  GOTV director on Eloise Gomez Reyes for Assembly, Oct. -Nov. 2016; Sierra Club San Gorgonio chapter political coordinator, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Associate organizing representative for the Sierra Club, May 2014-Aug. 2016.  Administrator and projects coordinator/executive director at Labor United for University Healthcare, Jan.-Sept. 2013.  PCCC organizing fellow, June-Sept. 2012.  Community organizer with SEACA-LA, Dec. 2011-June 2012; communications consultant on SEIU ULTCW, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2012.  B.A. in history from UCLA, 2011.  twitter

Data Director  Asna Ansari

(June 2019)  Founder of Pleiades Data Consulting in SF Bay area, June 2018. Head of data science at Tia, June 2017-June 2018.  Data scientist for Uber, Feb. 2016-June 2017.  Work towards Ph.D. in planetary science at Columbia University in the City of New York; B.A. in mathematics from Northwestern University.

U.S. Rep. Rho Khanna (CA-17) 
...announced as a national co-chair on Feb. 21, 2019
also see list



State Director  Pilar Chapa

(May 2019)  Executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party from Nov. 2017.  Communications and outreach specialist on ProgressNow Colorado Campaign for a Strong Colorado, May 2015-Nov. 2017.  Campaign manager on Charles "Chaz" Tedesco for Adams County Commissioner, May-Nov. 2016.  Outreach director on Alex Romanoff for CO-6, June 2013-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer in Denver area on Organizing for America, Mar.-Nov. 2012.  Independent consultant on Chapa Communications, LLC, Jan. 2008-Feb. 2012.  Director of communications for Easter Seals Colorado, Feb. 2006-June 2008.  Associate director for El Centro Su Teatro in Denver, July 2003-Dec. 2005.  Director of Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Nov. 1997-May 2003.  B.A. in art history, criticism and conservation from Metropolitan State University of Denver; B.A. in communication and media studies from University of Houston.

announced Oct, 28, 2019
Emily Sirota, State Representative (District 9), Denver CO
Dana Manning, CO Working Families Party CD1, Denver CO
Mike McCorkle, CO Working Families Party CD7, Boulder CO
Laurie Roberts, CO Working Families Party CD3, Boulder CO
Cleo Dioletis, CO Working Families Party, Denver CO
Kristofer Dubbels, Co-founder and former Chair, Denver Democratic Socialists ofAmerica, Denver, CO
Sarah Morgan, CO Working Families Party State Committee, Denver, CO
Joe Salazar, CO Working Families Party Executive Committee; Fmr. State Rep. Denver, CO
Kayla Smith, CO Working Families Party, Denver, CO
Ashlyn Velasquez, CO Working Families Party State Committee, Denver, CO
Jeri Shepherd, DNC Member, WFP State Committee Member, Greeley, CO
Terry Tucker, DNC Member, WFP State Committee Member, Jefferson County, CO
Rafael Espinoza, Former Denver City Councilman, Denver, CO
Mike Merrifield, Former State Senator, Colorado Springs, CO



State Director  Ben Collings

(reported Sept. 2019)  Member of the Maine House of Representatives representing District 42 (Portland), elected in Nov. 2016.  Consultant in the Portland area.  Bachelor's degree in social science from University of Maine at Farmington.



State Director  Joe Caiazzo

(Sept. 15, 2019; started as NH state director, announced Mar. 12 to Sept. 15, 2019)  Campaign manager on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)'s 2018 re-election.  Principal at Knox Cannon Strategies, LLC from Jan. 2012.   Rhode Island state director on Hillary for America from June 2016.  Rhode Island communications and political director (March-April 2016) and Massachusetts communications and political director (Dec. 2015-March 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Has worked on many campaigns in Mass. including political advisor to Seth Moulton for Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2014; campaign manager on Mike Lake for lieutenant governor, June-Sept. 2014; and political director on Don Berwick for governor, April 2013-May 2014.  B.A. in history and theology from Barry University, 2009.  twitter



State Director  Reed Millar

Principal at Bespoke Consulting in the greater Minneapolis St. Paul area since Feb. 2013.  Field director on Bernie 2016 Nevada Caucus campaign, then worked on the campaign in HI, DE and CA.  Senior project manager at Grassroots Solutions, May 2006-Jan. 2013.  Political director on Bob O'Connor for Mayor, Jan.-May 2005.  Consulting in Pittsburgh, 2003-05.  Work for the DCCC in late 2004.  Organizer on John Kerry for President, June 2003-Jan. 2004. Regional field representative on Mark Warner for Governor, July-Nov. 2001.  Organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, 2002.  Field director for PAHDCC, May-Nov. 2000.  B.A. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 1999.


U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5)  ...announced Oct. 15, 2019



State Director  Josh Visnaw

(Apr. 2019) Deputy field director for the Michigan Democratic Party One Campaign, July-Nov. 2018.  Lead researcher and project manager in Dili, Timor-Leste for FAO, Dec. 2017-Apr. 2018.  Fulbright public policy fellow in Dili, Timor-Lest, Aug. 2016-July 2017.   Field staff in Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Indiana on Bernie 2016, Sept. 2015-June 2016.  Frankin Project ambassador for The Aspen Institute, Apr. 2015-June 2016.  Field manager for Peacework International Dangriga, Belize, May 2014-July 2015.  Program consultant for Little Rock Promise Neighborhood, Oct. 2013-May 2014.  Program and governance staff at the Belize Ministry of Education, May-Aug. 2013.  Program assistant afor the Arkansas Minority Health commission, Dec. 2012-Mar. 2013.  AmeriCorps fellow, May 2009-Jan. 2012.  M.P.S.. from University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, 2014; B.S. in journalism from Central Michigan University.




U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy  ...reported Feb. 19
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch   ...reported Feb. 19
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman
   ...reported Feb. 19
...announced July 23, 2019
Attorney General T.J. Donovan
State Treasurer Beth Pearce
State Auditor Doug Hoffer
Senate President Tim Ashe
DNC Member Mary Sullivan


March 10



U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)  ...announced Oct. 27, 2019 in rally at Cass Technical High School in Detroit

announced Oct, 28, 2019
Eric-John Szczepaniak, Trustee, Kenowa Hills School Board, Grand Rapids, MI
Ryan Bennett, Business Manager, West Michigan Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, MI


April 28



...announced Oct. 19, 2019
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) 

State Sen. Michael Gianaris
, Deputy Majority Leader (District 12, Queens)
State Sen. Jessica Ramos (District 13, Jackson Heights)
State Sen. Luis Sep
úlveda (District 32, the Bronx)


press release




Political Director  Jess Mazour  ...departure reported by CNN on Sept. 18, 2019

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Community organizer (farm and environment team) with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, April 2012-Mar. 2019.  Customer service coordinator at ITAGroup, Oct. 2010-Feb. 2012.  Wealth high value servicer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, May 2009-Oct. 2010.  B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University, 2009.  twitter

Deputy Field Director  Kevin Lata

(Apr. 2019)  Field director for the Iowa House Democratic Caucus, May-Nov. 2018.  Legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives, Feb.-Apr. 2018.  Campaign manager on Margaret Good for State House special election, Nov. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Campaign manager/field director on Brian Cunningham for City Council (NY), July-Nov. 2017.  Regional field director on Tom Perriello for Governor, Mar.-June 2017.  Regional organizing director in Strafford County for the NHDP Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  National advance staff (Apr.-June 2016), regional field director in Pittsburgh (Mar.-Apr. 2016), deputy field director in Ohio (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and field organizer in Littleton, NH (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  twitter

Polk County Regional Field Director  Alex Liao

(Apr. 2019)  Lead Manhattan organizer on Jumaane Williams for NYC Public Advocate special election in Feb. 2019.  Lead Savannah organizer on Stacey Abrams for Governor (GA), Oct.-Nov. 2018.  Lead Manhattan organizer on Cynthia Nixon for Governor (NY), July-Sept. 2018.  Field organizer on David Richardson for Congress (FL), Mar.-May 2018.  B.A. in public policy from New York University, 2018.

Northwest Regional Field Director  Adrian Koster

Field director on J.D. Scholten 4 Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Field director in the 26th CD for the Florida Democratic Party, May-Aug. 2018.  Campaign manager (Sept.-Nov. 2017) and field director (July-Nov. 2017) on Carlos Menchaca for City Council (NY).  Field organizer on Tom Perriello for Virginia, May-June 2017.  Field organizer on NH Democratic Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2016.


State Director  Joe Caiazzo Sept. 2019, reassigned to Massachusetts State Director

(Sept. 15, 2019; started as NH state director, announced Mar. 12 to Sept. 15, 2019)  Campaign manager on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)'s 2018 re-election.  Principal at Knox Cannon Strategies, LLC from Jan. 2012.   Rhode Island state director on Hillary for America from June 2016.  Rhode Island communications and political director (March-April 2016) and Massachusetts communications and political director (Dec. 2015-March 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Has worked on many campaigns in Mass. including political advisor to Seth Moulton for Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2014; campaign manager on Mike Lake for lieutenant governor, June-Sept. 2014; and political director on Don Berwick for governor, April 2013-May 2014.  B.A. in history and theology from Barry University, 2009.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Kurt Ehrenberg Sept. 2019

(announced Mar. 12, 2019) New Hampshire political director on Bernie 2016 from May 20, 2015; as campaign coordinator was top NH staffer until Julia Barnes started in Aug. 2015.  NH field director on Run Warren Run, Feb.-May 2015.  Political and legislative director of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.  Served over seven years as the Sierra Club’s representative in New Hampshire and throughout New England.  Portsmouth resident.


Assistant to the Campaign Manager  Carolina Dominguez June 2019

(Mar. 2019)  Special assistant to the national political advocacy department (May 2018-Mar. 2019) and assistant to the national political director (Mar. 2017-May 2018) at the ACLU.  Public affairs associate at Teach for All, June 2014-Nov. 2016.  Community economic development advisor for the Peace Corps in Guinea, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2014.  Account associate at Wellons Communications in Orlando, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010.  B.S. in public relations from University of Florida, 2011.

On Feb. 26, 2019 several outliets reported that Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey, and Mark Longabaugh were splitting from the campaign over creative differences.  The three, who are  partners at Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, served as senior advisors on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and helped with the 2020 launch.


Bernie 2020 has shaped up to be a significantly different campaign than Bernie 2016.  There were allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination on Sanders' 2016 campaign (+), and in a Feb. 22 interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Sanders directly stated that the '16 campaign had been "too white, too male-oriented" (>).  Bernie 2020 has gone all in to ensure a diversity and a positive work environment, ranging from the selection of campaign manager to the national co-chairs to the Mar. 15 announcement that the campaign has unionized.  Writing at Refinery29, Natalie Gontcharova states, "The campaign says that now, every single one of its teams — management, political, policy, organizing, communications, advance, digital, and fundraising — has women, and predominantly women of color, in leadership positions.  Overall, the national leadership team is around 70% women."

Nina Golgowski.  "Bernie Sanders Vows More Diverse Campaign, Protocols To Thwart Sexual Harassment."  HuffPost, Mar. 4, 2019.
Natalie Gontcharova.  "Exclusive: Bernie Sanders Campaign Announces 10 New Women Hires."  Refinery29, Mar. 19, 2019.

Also on Organization:
Holly Otterbein.  "Sanders launches mega volunteer program."  Politico, Apr. 3, 2019.
Gabriel Debenedetti.  "Bernie Sanders Is Quietly Building a Digital Media Empire."  New York, Apr. 22, 2018.

And Note:
In a Mar. 11, 2019 conference call with reporters campaign manager Faiz Shakir stated that the campaign had "70 people on national payroll."

By Sept. 2019 shake ups in the early states of Iowa and NH were generating news:

Trent Spiner and Holly Otterbein.  "Bernie Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire."  Politico, Sept. 15, 2019.
Hunter Woodall and Will Weissert.  "Low-tier candidates could threaten Sanders in New Hampshire." AP, Sept. 16, 2019. 

Gregory Krieg and Ann Grayer.  "Bernie Sanders' campaign confirms another early-voting state staff shake-up."  CNN, Sept. 18, 2019.
Gregory Krieg and Ryan Nobles.  "Bernie Sanders plans to escalate campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire as top aides question strategy."  
CNN, Sept. 25, 2019.


Senate Office

Chief of Staff  Caryn Compton

(Sept. 2018)  Previously legislative director to Sen. Sanders from June 2013.  Legislative director to U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.  Legislative counsel to Sen. Robert C. Byrd and Senate committees.  Also worked in the Legislative Resource Division at the Office of Management and Budget.  J.D. from The Catholic University, 2004; M.A. in classical philology from University of Arizona, 2001; B.A. in ancient Greek and philosophy from Marshall University, 1998.  twitter