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OVERVIEW: The campaign team that made Mitt Romney the GOP nominee was relatively small, less than 100 people to April 2012, and was led by a small inner circle. The campaign bulked up very significantly starting in May - June, and in September received a further infusion of people who had worked on the Republican National Convention.
White is described as Romney's "most trusted
advisor...chief advice broker...alter ego." First employee at
Bain Capital; started at Bain Consulting in 1981. Degree in math and
Bowdoin College, 1977.
See: Noam Scheiber. "The Partner." The New Republic, May 18, 2012. >
Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker. "A Troubleshooting 'Wingman' Plotting Romney's Trajectory." The New York Times, Oct. 27, 2012. >
Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades
(announced Feb. 15, 2010) A vice president with
DCI Group, May 2007-Feb. 2010. Communications director on
Romney's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-March 2008. A deputy
communications director in charge of research for the RNC during the
2006 election cycle. Research director for the 2004 Bush/Cheney
re-election campaign. Deputy research director at the RNC,
2003-04. White House Liaison at the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management in the Bush Administration, and earlier an Associate
Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office. B.A.
from Syracuse University, 1997; and an M.A. from The George Washington
Chief of Staff to the
Campaign Manager Jacqueline (Jackie) Rooney
(2011) B.S. in
international relations and
affairs from The Johns
Hopkins University, 2009.
Deputy Campaign Manager/Director of Operations Katie Packer Gage
Partner at WWP Strategies. Michigan
consultant/strategist on Romney's 2007-08 campaign and earlier
consultant to the Commonwealth PAC. Vice president of The
Sterling Corporation and director of Sterling's Washington, DC office;
joined the firm in 1995. Worked for two years at the U.S.
Department of Energy as a senior advisor to the Secretary. Chief
of staff to Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus, and managed the 2002
Posthumus for Governor campaign in Michigan. A senior aide to
Sen. Spence Abraham (R-MI) first on Capitol Hill and then as deputy
campaign manager of his 2000 campaign. Director of Senate
Majority communications for the Michigan Senate and executive director
of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. Deputy state director for
the Dole for President campaign in Michigan, 1996. Worked on many
state legislative campaigns in Michigan. Graduated in 1990 from
Evangel University in Springfield, MO.
Senior Advisor Beth Myers
(including leading the vice presidential search
effort) Principal at the Shawmut Group. Longtime aide to Romney;
managed his 2007-08 presidential campaign and in 2006 directed his
Commonwealth PAC. Myers served as chief of staff in the
Governor's office, starting from the outset of the Romney
administration and earlier was an advisor on his gubernatorial
campaign. Chief of staff to state Treasurer Joseph Malone for
five years. Worked in Texas with Karl Rove during the
1980s. Graduate of Tufts University, 1979.
Senior Advisor Peter G. Flaherty II
Principal at the Shawmut Group. Advisor on
Romney's 2007-08 presidential campaign. Deputy chief of staff in
the Governor's office throughout Romney's term. Two years as vice
president of Walden Media, a film, television, and theatre company
co-founded by his brother. Suffolk County assistant district
attorney, homicide unit. J.D. from New England School of Law,
1997. B.A. in economics from College of the Holy Cross
(Worcester, MA), 1987.
Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom
Principal at the Shawmut Group. Traveling press
secretary on Romney's 2007-08 presidential campaign.
Communications director to Gov. Romney; joined the Romney campaign in
March 2002. Senior vice president at Hill, Holliday advertising
agency, 1999-2002. Assistant State Treasurer (media relations)
for state Treasurer Joseph Malone, 1994-98 and campaign manager and
communications director on Malone's unsuccessful 1998 campaign for the
Republican gubernatorial nomination. Worked for a decade as a
journalist, starting at a Boston-area weekly and then for almost nine
years at the Boston Herald, 1985-94, finishing as Statehouse
bureau chief. B.S. in journalism from Boston University,
Strategists Stuart Stevens and Russ
Founding partners and principals at the Stevens &
Schriefer Group (SSG).
The Big Enchilada).
Stuart Stevens: "Beginning his political career in his native Mississippi, Stuart worked on Thad Cochran’s campaigns and has gone on to help elect more governors and US Senators than any other current Republican media consultant."
See: Mike Allen and Jim VanderHei. "Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled." Politico, Sept. 16, 2012. >
Noam Scheiber. "The Square and the Flair." The New Republic, Aug. 2, 2012. >
Russ Schriefer: Over twenty years experience as a strategist and media consultant, including, for example, media consultant on Chris Christie's 2009 gubernatorial campaign, program director for the 2004 Republican National Convention, campaign manager on Rudy Giuliani's unsuccessful 1989 campaign, although he was eventually replaced, and Mid-Atlantic regional political director on Bush-Quayle '88. Bachelor's degree in government from Manhattan College, 1980.
Note: The firm set up to do Romney's advertising and media buying was American Rambler Productions. >>
Deputy to Senior
Stevens) Austin Barbour
A national finance chairman
Partner at Clearwater Group, LLC from March 2011. Managed
appointed U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's successful 2008 campaign. Ran
Haley's PAC from its start in Sept. 2004. Lobbyist at Capitol
Resources in Jackson. Graduate of University of Mississippi,
1999. Nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour.
Senior Advisor Ron Kaufman
On leave from position as senior advisor to Dutko
Grayling; joined the firm in 1994. Top advisor in the White House
during George H.W. Bush's presidency, initially White House Personnel
Director and then Assistant to the President and the White House
Political Director. Founded Vice President Bush's PAC and ran his
1988 primary campaign in New Hampshire. National campaign
director for Vice President Bush's 1984 reelection campaign.
Regional then national political director of the Republican National
Committee under President Reagan. Started his career in national
politics in 1978 with George H. W. Bush's campaign for president.
Senior Advisor Ed Gillespie
April 5, 2012) Founder of Ed Gillespie Strategies, a strategic
consulting firm that provides advice to companies and CEOs, coalitions,
and trade associations. Chairman of the Republican State
Leadership Committee from early 2010. Chairman of Bob McDonnell’s
campaign for governor in 2009. Counselor to the President in the
last 18 months of the Bush Administration. Chairman of the
Republican Party of Virginia, 2006-07. Seven years as co-chairman
of Quinn Gillespie and Associates (QGA). Chairman of the
Republican National Committee, 2003-04. Long-time aide to former
House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Worked at the RNC under Haley
Barbour. B.A. from the Catholic University of America, 1983.
Senior Advisor Mark DeMoss
(announced May 18, 2011) Served on Romney's National Faith and Values Steering Committee in 2007-08. Founder (Sept. 1991) and president of the DeMoss Group, based in Atlanta, GA. Founded and ran CivilityProject.org, Jan. 2009-11. Spokesman and aide to Jerry Falwell for eight years. Degree in political science from Liberty University. Grew up in the Philadelphia area. Author of The Little Red Book of Wisdom (1997).
Senior Advisor Bob Wickers
Jan. 13, 2012) Co-founder
Staff Secretary and Senior Advisor Louis Tavares
(April 2011 headed up operations through the
primaries, then promoted to campaign-wide role) Chief
Operating Officer and Counsel to the Free and
Strong America PAC, April 2008-April 2011. Deputy national
director on the Romney for
President 2007-08 campaign. Associate legal counsel in the Office
Mitt Romney, 2005-06. Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP,
2004-05. J.D. from Boston College Law School, 2004; B.A. in
political science and economics from Tufts University, 2001.
Secretary Colby Harmon
(May 2012) Human
resource specialist, State of
also attorney at Avant Garde Law Firm, LLC, 2010-12. Attorney at
Jeffrey C. Howe Law Office, 2009. J.D. from Suffolk University
Law School, 2008; M.P.A from University of Utah, 2005; B.A. in
political science from University of Utah, 2003.
Secretary Jason Jones
(May 2012) J.D. from
Virginia School of Law, 2012; B.A. in
political science from Brigham Young University, 2009.
Special Assistant to Mitt and Ann Romney Kelli Harrison
Chief of staff to the executive director at Free and
Strong America PAC. Executive assistant to the campaign manager
for President, 2007-08. Graduate of Tufts University, 2007.
Political Director Rich Beeson
(On Jan. 13, 2011, Real Clear Politics reported that
Rich Beeson would be political director of a "near-certain presidential
bid.") Partner at FLS Connect. Political director at the
RNC in the 2008 cycle (announced Jan. 2007). Joined Feather, Larson
& Synhorst, approx. April 2005. At the RNC from 1997 to 2005, Beeson
worked as an RNC regional political director and regional finance
director for the Western region. National field director for
Americans Back in Charge. Organizational director on Bruce
Benson's 1994 gubernatorial campaign against Roy Romer in
Colorado. From Colorado.
Deputy Political Director Todd Cranney
(April 2011) Deputy campaign manager/political
director on Meg Whitman's 2010 campaign for governor of
California. Campaign manager on Nathan Fletcher for Assembly,
2008. Western regional political director on Romney's 2007-08
campaign. Regional political director on California Victory 2006
(Carlsbad Republican Victory Headquarters). Field representative
on Bush-Cheney '04 first in California and then in Nevada. Staff
assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch, 2003-04. B.S. in finance from
Brigham Young University, 2002.
Deputy Political Director Jason McBride
(reported by The
New York Times on April 19, 2012) State director on
Romney's New Hampshire primary campaign from approx. March 2011.
Deputy political director at the RNC, March 2010 to early 2011.
Deputy director of the Workforce Fairness Institute, Jan. 2009-March
2010. Regional manager for Freedom's Watch, April-Dec.
2008. Michigan state director on Romney's 2007-08 presidential
campaign. Executive director of the House Republican Campaign
Committee (in that position, he was the lead fundraiser). Prior
to that McBride worked for Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, the 2002
Dick Posthumus for Governor Campaign, as deputy political director for
the Michigan State Republican Committee, and on the 2000 Mike Rogers
for Congress campaign. Graduate of Michigan State University,
1995. Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan.
Director of Voter
Contact Dan Centinello
(started on the campaign in April 2011) Deputy
on Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate,
2010. Statewide field director on Chris Christie for Governor
primary campaign from Jan.-June 2009, then executive director of the
New Jersey Republican State Committee, June-Dec. 2009. State
director for RNC's California Victory in 2008. Deputy director of
voter contact/Northeast regional political director on Romney's 2007-08
campaign. A deputy field director for California Victory
2006. Managed Kevin Jeffries for State Assembly June 2006 primary
campaign. Operations director on Kevin Faulconer for San Diego
City Council in the Nov. 8, 2005 special election and Jan. 10, 2006
run-off. Regional political director for the Republican Party of
San Diego County. Attended Canisius College in New York; chairman
of the New York College Republican State Committee, 2004-05.
Director of Analytical Targeting Sagar
(Nov. 2011; started in finance at Romney's Free &
PAC, May 2010-April 2011, then finance on the campaign from April-Oct.
2011) B.S. in finance from New York University's Leonard N. Stern
School of Business, 2010.
Western Sarah Nelson
(reported by The
York Times on April 19, 2012) Served as Romney's Nevada
state director for the caucuses, announced Aug. 4, 2011, and later
managed field operations in Arizona, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon and
California. Deputy political director managing paid voter contact
programs on the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign in California,
2009-10. Consultant at the Nevada based Ryan Erwin &
Associates, 2005-09, including work on Brian Krolicki for Nevada Lt.
Gov. in 2006 and Romney's Nevada team in 2008. Associate at
November Inc., 2004-05. Degree in journalism and political
science from Brigham Young University, 2001.
Southern Lamar Echols
(reported by The
York Times on April 19, 2012) Served as Romney's Georgia
state director for the primary from Oct. 2011. Attorney.
Director of operations/general counsel on Lucas for Congress in West
Virginia's 3rd CD, Nov. 2009-June 2010. Special assistant in the
Office of Congressional Affairs at GSA, Aug. 2008-Jan 2009. J.D.
from Tulane University Law School, 2007. B.A. in history from
Auburn University, 2002.
North East & Lakes Danny O'Driscoll
A deputy state director on Romney 2011-12 New
Hampshire primary campaign. National absentee and early vote
director in the political office at the Republican National Committee
in 2010. Managed political operations in the Northeast region for
Melissa (Missi) Sousa
Worked on Dan Coats' 2010 U.S. Senate primary
campaign, and in Fall 2010 on the Maryland Victory campaign.
National Coalitions Director (and Veterans) Joshua Baca
(May 2012) Campaign director (2010-May 2012) and
field manager (2008-10) at DDC Advocacy. Legislative manager at
OnPoint Advocacy , mid-2008. Field director on Heather Wilson for
U.S. Senate, 2008. Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Heather
Wilson, 2005-08. Deputy field director on Heather Wilson for
Congress, Fall 2006. Masters degree in government and business
from The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in political science and
economics from Texas Tech University. twitter
Deputy Coalitions - Social Conservatives/Tea Party/Second Amendment Mike Biundo
(reported April 26, 2012) Campaign manager on
Rick Santorum's presidential campaign through suspension on April 10 (announced as campaign
manager on Oct. 12, 2011; announced
as national political director on April 26, 2011; announced as NH PAC director on Jan.
5, 2011) Biundo played key roles in Frank Guinta's successful
campaigns for Congress in 2010 and for Mayor of Manchester in 2005 and
2007. He worked on Jim Coburn's unsuccessful gubernatorial
campaign in 2006 and as a consultant to former Gov. Pataki's 21st
Century Freedom State PAC. State representative, Ward 8,
Manchester, 2004-06; defeated in re-election bid. With Jack
Heath, he acquired NSP Graphics and co-founded Meridian Communications
in 2003, which they ran in the mid-2000s. President of Atlantic
Strategies Group, 1998-2000. Executive director, Gun Owners of
New Hampshire, 1997-98. New Hampshire deputy campaign manager of
Buchanan for President, 1995-96. Grew up in New York. twitter
Deputy Coalitions - Hispanics Lucina Kress
An advisor to the Republican State Leadership
Committee's Future Majority Project. Started a research
consulting business in 2009. Director of communications and
research for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and industry.
Communications director for the 2008 Victory campaign in New
Mexico. B.A. in Spanish literature from the University of
Arizona. From Glendale, AZ.
Deputy Coalitions - Hispanics Bettina
(Sept. 2012; also director of Hispanic outreach at the RNC, announced Jan. 11, 2012) President of Inclán Inc., a strategic communications and Latino inclusion firm, from Jan. 2011. Deputy director of communications on the Rick Scott for Governor campaign in Florida, Fall 2010. Press secretary on Steve Poizner's gubernatorial primary campaign in California, 2009-10. Director of communication and outreach at Citizens in Charge Foundation, 2009. A regional Victory director for the Republican Party of Florida in Fall 2008. Communications director for the House Republican Policy Committee (chaired by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter). Executive director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, 2005-07. Legislative assistant/deputy press secretary/scheduler for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL), 2003-05. B.S. in political science, Latin American studies from Florida International University, 2003. twitter
Deputy Coalitions - Women Courtney Johnson
(June 2012) Director of communications at Broad Strategy LLC starting in Nov. 2010. Executive director of the women's coalition on Meg Whitman's 2010 campaign for governor. Development director at The Waverly Group, 2009-10. Director of the Women's Majority Network at the NRSC, 2008-09. Chief of staff to Jeri Thompson on former Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Worked in U.S. Rep. John Shadegg's office first as legislative correspondent, then as scheduler, 2005-07. B.A. in political science and journalism from Baylor University, 2003.
Deputy Coalitions - Agriculture/Sportsmen/Small
Business Owners Derek Gianino
(June 2012) Prior to the campaign Gianino worked
as an account executive at Howard Consulting Group (HGC Inc.).
Deputy field manager at DDC Advocacy, 2011-12. Research associate
at the Leadership Project for America, 2010-11. Special assistant
to former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh, 2009-11. Also an advance
volunteer for Romney for President in 2007, and a coalitions intern on
Bush-Cheney '04. M.P.P. from American University, 2011; B.A. from
Kalamazoo College, 2009. twitter
National Coalitions Coordinators
(June 2012) Community liaison for
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo. Legislative
correspondent-regional for Sen. Rubio, first part of 2011.
Southeast field director on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.
(June 2012) Operations assistant at the USO,
2011. Deputy to the New Mexico state director on the McCain
campaign, May-Nov. 2008. B.A. in political science,
communications from the University of New Mexico.
Grant Everett Starrett
(June 2012) While a student at Stanford,
Starrett founded and
served as president of the Stanford Conservative Society, and in
2007-08 served as national chairman of Students for Mitt. J.D.
from Vanderbilt Law School, 2012; B.A. in history of war and revolution
from Stanford University, 2009. Grew up in Los Angeles.
(July 2012) Legislative coordinator at Stateside
2011-Jan. 2012. Field representative on Team Emerson, June-Nov.
2010. While a student, served as campaign manager on Mike Lair
for State Representative starting April 2007; and interned in the
coalitions department on Romney's campaign starting Oct. 2007.
B.A. in theology and history from Boston College, 2010.
Maine state director on Romney's Maine caucus
campaign. While a
student, Beckstein worked on Scott Brown's campaign in 2009 and 2010,
and then managed a state rep. campaign; also served as chairman of the
Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. Degree in
political science from Suffolk University. Native of Boxborough,
Juntos Con Romney
June 6, 2012)
Young Americans for Romney (announced June 25, 2012)
Veterans and Military Families for Romney (announced July 3, 2012)
Polish Americans for Romney (announced July 31, 2012)
Catholics for Romney (announced July 31, 2012)
Jewish Americans for Romney (announced August 1, 2012)
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Romney (announced August 2, 2012)
Women for Mitt (announced August 8, 2012)
Farmers and Ranchers for Romney (announced August 15, 2012)
Black Leadership Council (announced September 5, 2012)
Former Obama Supporters and Democrats (announced September 6, 2012)
Public Safety Professionals for Romney (announced September 12, 2012)
National Educators for Romney (announced September 13, 2012)
Healthcare Professionals for Romney (announced October 9, 2012)
Arab-Americans for Romney (announced October 12, 2012)
Sportsmen for Romney (announced Oct. 15, 2012)
Communications Director Gail Gitcho
(announced April 14, 2011) Communications
director to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) starting Feb. 2011. National
press secretary for the RNC from May 2009 to Jan. 2010.
Mid-Atlantic communications director for John McCain’s 2008
presidential bid. Gitcho started the 2008 presidential cycle as a
regional press secretary for Romney for President. Communications
director for U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL), 2004-07. Communications
director for Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), 2003-04. Master's degree
in political communications from Colorado State, 2003. Bachelor's
degree in political communications from Ripon College in Wisconsin,
2001. Originally from San Antonio, TX. twitter
Deputy Communications Director and Research
Director Evan Yost
(June 2011) M.B.A. in finance, accounting from
Rice University, 2011. A director at DCI Group, 2007-09.
Deputy director of research on John McCain 2008 in 2007. Special
assistant for strategic initiatives in the Office of Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist, 2005-06. B.A. in English literature from The
Johns Hopkins University, 2000.
Deputy Communications Director for Regional
Press Sarah Pompei
(reported by The
New York Times on April 19, 2012) Communications director to House
Whip Kevin McCarthy starting in Jan. 2011. Press secretary on the
Meg Whitman for Governor campaign in California. Press secretary
to Sen. Mike Johanns (NE) in the first half of 2009 after serving as
communications director on his campaign. Deputy press secretary
for regional media on Romney's 2007-08 campaign. A spokesperson
on Sen. Conrad Burns' unsuccessful 2006 re-election campaign in
Montana. Deputy communications director for the California
Republican Party. B.A. from UC Berkeley. California native
(Newport Harbor High School). twitter
Deputy Communications Director for Media
Affairs Kristy Campbell
(reported by The
New York Times on April 19, 2012) Communications director
for the American Conservative Union from June 2011.
Communications director on the McCollum for Governor campaign in
Florida, 2010. Communications director at the Foundation for
Florida's Future, 2008-Jan. 2010. Florida communications director
on the 2007-8 Romney campaign. Press secretary in the Executive
Office of Gov. Jeb Bush, 2006-07. Communications director for the
Florida Department of Community Affairs, 2005-06. Graduate of
Florida State University, 2004. twitter
Surrogates Amy J. Graham
(May 2012; reported by Tampa
Bay Times on May 3, 2012) Deputy communications director
and earlier traveling press secretary and deputy press secretary for
Gov. Rick Scott. Press secretary (March-Nov. 2010), Everglades
policy communications (Jan.-March 2010), and public information officer
(2008-10) at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Press office manager and earlier press office intern to Gov. Jeb Bush,
2006-07. Master's degree in applied American politics and policy
from Florida State University, 2010; bachelor's degree in public
relations from Florida State University, 2007. twitter
Press Secretary Andrea Saul
(announced March 3, 2011 as communications advisor to
Free and Strong America PAC) Press Secretary for Carly Fiorina’s
U.S. Senate race in California. Communications director for Gov.
Charlie Crist during his recent U.S. Senate run but resigned in April
2010 upon his decision to switch party affiliation. Press
secretary to U.S Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) during much of 2009.
Director of media affairs for McCain-Palin, responsible for organizing
all television, radio and surrogate activity. Director of media
affairs at the Republican National Committee, 2007-08. Associate
account executive at DCI Group, 2005-07. Graduate of Vanderbilt
University, 2004. twitter
Traveling Press Secretary Rick Gorka
Director of National Traveling Press
(started on the campaign in May 2011) Director
operations at the RNC, April
2009-Nov. 2010. Project manager/consultant at Majority
Strategies, Inc., 2008. Political desk coordinator on Romney for
President, 2007-08. B.S. in journalism and mass communications
from the University of Kansas, 2007.
Deputy Press Secretary Ryan Williams
(started as regional press secretary)
Communications director at the NH Republican Party from Jan. 2009-early
2011. Worked on communications on the Sununu for Senate campaign
in the latter half of 2008. Broadcast media for Romney for
President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. Director of media services in the
Massachusetts Governor's Office, 2005-07. Worked in the media
department of Romney's campaign for governor, 2002. twitter
Deputy Press Secretary Amanda Henneberg
(started as regional press secretary, reported by
Politico Dec. 2, 2011) Previously
communications director to U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) from Jan. 2011;
spokeswoman on Hurt's campaign from Aug. 2010. Worked at the
RNC. Press secretary on Charlie Crist's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign
until he went independent. Television communications advisor to
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 2007-09. twitter
Regional Press Secretary Allie Brandenburger
(May 2012) Northeast regional press secretary at
the RNC, started
March 23, 2012. Communications director to U.S.
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA) from Jan. 2011-March 2012. Deputy press
Meg Whitman for Governor, July 2009-Nov. 2010. B.A. from the
University of Southern California, 2009.
Regional Press Secretary Alison Aikele
(July 2012) Strategic communications and policy
consultant to URS
Corporation/EG&G Division, 2009-11. Press secretary at the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2007-09. Communications
manager at the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence,
Jan.-April 2007. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel,
Aug.-Dec. 2006. Deputy communications director to U.S. Sen. Mike
Crapo, 2004-06. Communications director for the College
Republican National Committee, May-Dec. 2004. B.S. in
journalism/corporate comunications, public relations from Utah State
National Director of Specialty Media (based in Florida) Yohana de la Torre
Owner and managing editor of Gulf Coast Times, LLC,
and owner and
consultant at YDT Media, both from Feb. 2006. Deputy press
secretary at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Communications specialist in the office of Sen. Mel Martinez,
2005-06. Deputy director of specialty media at the RNC,
2004. Freelance associate producer for Univision, 1999-2004; also
reporter for the Don Strock Show on WTVJ in 2002. Reporter/writer
for the Miami Herald, 2001-02. B.A. in broadcast journalism from
Florida International University, 2001.
National Director of Specialty Media
(Aug. 2012) Prior to joining the campaign, Weis
worked for several
months as a
deputy press secretary for the 2012 Republican National
Convention. Communications director in the Office of U.S. Rep.
Francisco Canseco (TX-23), 2011-12. Communications director on
West for Congress, 2009-10. Grassroots director on Allen West for
Congress, Fall 2008 after interning in a Victory office. Legal
intern, 2007-08. J.D. from New England School of Law, 2007.
B.S. degree from University of Florida. twitter
Media Relations, New York Michael Levoff
(June 2012) About four months as vice president
affairs at the Partnership for New York City. New Hampshire communications director on
Jon Huntsman for President from March 2011, after starting on Horizon
PAC. In 2010 he served in
communications roles on three campaigns: Chris Cox for Congress
(Jan.-July); Rick Snyder for Michigan (June-Aug.); Strickland for
Controller in California (Aug.-Dec.). Deputy press secretary on
Bloomberg for Mayor 2009. Press officer in the Mayor's Office,
2007-08. Public information officer for the New York City Police
Department, 2005-07. B.A. in business and communications from
Fordham University, 2005. twitter
Director of Digital Video Tim O'Toole
(May 2011) New media director for Sen. Roy Blunt after serving as press secretary on Blunt's 2010 campaign and earlier as a press assistant to then-Rep. Roy Blunt. Upstate regional field director on Rudy Giuliani's South Carolina primary campaign. Account coordinator at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. B.A. in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007.
Research Director Kristopher Anderson
Research director and deputy communications director on Jon Huntsman's campaign. Director of strategic communications in the office of the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Jan.-May 2011. Research director and deputy communications director on Carly for California, July-Nov. 2010. Senior advisor for research on Steve Poizner for Governor campaign in California, 2009-June 2010. Research manager at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center. Senior research analyst at the RNC, 2007-08. Policy analyst on Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006.
Deputy Research Director Andrew Hemming
(May 2011) Research analyst on Meg Whitman for
2009-Nov. 2010. Intern at Edelman, March-Sept. 2009. Intern
at DCI Group, 2008-09. Bachelor's degree in business and
philosophy from Southern Methodist University, 2008.
Director of Rapid Response Webber Steinhoff
(June 2011) Communications
advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, April 2009-May
2011. Deputy research director on the McCain campaign June-Nov.
2008; senior research analyst at the RNC, March-June 2008; research
analyst at Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. Research
analyst at the RNC, May-Nov. 2006. B.S.F.S. from Georgetown
University, 2005. Massachusetts native.
Deputy Director of Rapid Response Matt
(April 2012; initially research analyst from May 2011-April 2012, and intern at Romney's Free and Strong America PAC, Jan.-May 2011) B.A. in political science from Stonehill College, 2011.
Senior Writer, Rapid Response Brett Talley
(Jan. 2012) Law clerk, 2008-11. J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2007; B.A. in philosophy and history from University of Alabama, 2004.
War Room Director Brian Bartlett
(July 2011-May 2012) Previously managing partner
at Surus Strategies,
LLC. Canvassing coordinator on Bob McDonnell for Governor,
2009. Advance representative at the U.S. Department of Labor, and
earlier in the OVP at the White House. Advance representative on
Romney's 2007-08 campaign. Advance representative at the White
House. M.P.P. from Georgetown University; B.S. in public affairs
from Indiana University Bloomington. twitter
Director of Media Affairs Lauren Zelt Tate
(Aug. 2012) Deputy press secretary for
television at the RNC,
June-Aug. 2012. Segment producer/guest booker for the FOX News
Channel, Feb. 2010-June 2012. Government relations assistant at
CBS Corporation, July 2009-Feb. 2010. B.A. in American studies
from Georgetown University, 2009.
Director of Television Kristen
(July 2012...communications manager from Aug.
2012, and deputy director of media affairs from April-July 2012)
Previously a staff assistant for Sen. Scott Brown (MA),
March 2010-April 2011. Interned on the Romney campaign in NH,
2007-08. M.P.S. (political management from The George Washington
University, 2011. B.A. from University of Maine, 2009.
Director of Radio Lisa Rafdal
(Nov. 2011) Briefly assistant to the principal
Solutions, from Sept. 2011. Project coordinator at Superior
Capitol Consulting in Lansing, MI, Jan.-May 2011. B.A. in English
from Michigan State University, 2011.
Radio Booker Anna Sugg
(June 2012) B.A. in political science and
from Furman University, 2012.
Senior Communications Advisor for African
American Outreach Tara Wall
(reported by The Washington Post May 24, 2012) Columnist/dep. editor at the Washington Times in latter half of 2008-early 2009. Communications director and spokesperson at the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding at the Department of Homeland Security, 2008. Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Administration for Children and Families at HHS, 2007. Press secretary for outreach at the RNC in the 2004. Wall spent 13 years as a news reporter, anchor and talk show host for the local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Detroit. B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Senior Advisor Kevin Madden
(started to take on a higher profile in July
2012; announced as the campaign's communications liaison to the
RNC in April 2012) Executive vice president, public affairs at
Frontline from March 2010. A managing director at The Glover Park
Group, 2008-10. National press secretary on Romney's 2007-08
campaign. Spokesman for House Majority Leader John Boehner
(R-OH), Feb.-Nov. 2006. Spokesman for former House Majority
Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). Spokesman for U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales. Northeast regional press secretary on Bush
Cheney '04 (incl. OH, PA, NH). Communications director and a
senior advisor to Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), 2001-03. Public
relations associate at Craig Shirley and Associates, Jan.-March
2001. Washington representative for the Yonkers Industrial
Development Agency from Jan.-Sept. 2000. Primary spokesman for
the Office of the Mayor of Yonkers, 1997-99. Communications
director for the Office of the Yonkers City Council President,
1994-97. Degree in communications from SUNY Cortland.
Senior Advisor Danny Diaz
(reported July 13, 2012) Co-founder of FP1
Strategies and founder
of Diaz Communications LLC. Communications director at the RNC in
the 2008 cycle. Deputy communications
on Sen. McCain's 2008 presidential campaign from Jan.-July 2007.
Deputy communications director at the RNC, announced
9, 2005. Regional spokesperson for the Southwest and Mountain
States for Bush-Cheney
Deputy press secretary for the NRCC in the 2002 cycle. Diaz has
also worked as a public relations account executive at The Bomstein
Agency and an associate with RMR & Associates. Bachelor's
degree in communication from George Mason University, 2000.
The total digital team was about 160-180 people including staff and consultants (some included in listing below). Two major consulting firms anchored the effort: Targeted Victory, headed by Zac Moffatt and Michael Beach, and OHO Interactive, headed by Ed Hastings, which focused on the engineering side. Although it was thus somewhat of a hybrid, about 90 percent of the team worked out of the headquarters in Boston. In April-May, around the time Romney wrapped up the nomination, the campaign's digital department had all of 14 staff compared to perhaps 250 working on the Obama digital effort. Over the next 60 days, particularly in June, the Romney campaign brought dozens of new people onto the digital team, bringing the total up to 140. Working with limited resources, one solution was to partner and coordinate with dozens of other service providers.
Digital Director Zac Moffatt
(started May 1, 2011) A founder (Feb. 2009) and
partner at Targeted Victory, where clients included Marco Rubio for
Senate and Romney's Free and Strong America PAC. Deputy director
for statewide efforts at Freedom's Watch. Director of political
education at the RNC for 18 months through 2008. Victory director
for the Maryland Republican Party in 2006; earlier deputy field
director on William Weld's campaign for governor of New York.
Associate director of external relations for the 2004 Republican
National Convention, then field director for Central Oregon on Bush's
re-elect campaign, and then deputy director of operations in the Office
of Public Liaison for the Inauguration. Associate chief of staff
to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2001-03. Undergraduate degree in
political science and history from Stanford University, 2002. twitter
Deputy Digital Director Abe Adams
(May 2011) Senior consultant at Targeted
Victory, 2010-11. Deputy campaign manager on Byrne for
Alabama. Assistant treasurer at Friends of John McCain, 2008-09;
deputy director of treasury on John McCain 2008 from Jan. 2007-June.
2009. Law degree from University of Alabama School of Law, 2006;
B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Alabama, 2002.
(June 2011) B.A. in
media productions from SUNY Buffalo, 2012.
(from May 2011-May 2012 held the title "Design
Director") Prior to the campaign was art director for The
Alchemedia Project, Jan.-June 2011. Worked at
Noble starting as assistant art director, then associate art
director, then digital producer, 2007-10. BFA in graphic design
Missouri State University, 2006.
Senior Designer Tracy Turner
(Nov. 2011-Oct. 2012) Assistant art director at
2010-Nov. 2011. Art director at Andorra Creative, Feb.-June
2010. Creative artist III for the Springfield News-Leader, Oct.
2008-Feb. 2010. B.F.A. in graphic design from Missouri State
Senior Designer Stormi Knight
(June 2012) Before joining the campaign briefly
a designer at
Neoscape in Boston. Lead designer for World Education Services,
Oct. 2008-April 2012; and junior web designer at Zemi Communications
Digital Agency, Oct. 2008-June 2011. B.F.A. in graphic design and
advertising from Suffolk University, 2008.
Senior Designer Tyler Manhart
(Oct. 2011-Aug. 2012) Art director at Noble, in
Nov. 2009-July 2011. Freelance designer at Element Eleven,
May-Nov. 2009. Graphic designer at Big Smile Photography in
Springfield, Mo, 2008-09. B.F.A. in graphic design and
illustration from Missouri State University, 2008.
Designer and Motion Graphics Jorge Gonzalez
(July 2012) Freelance for Washington Political
2012. Freelance web designer at Razorfish, Dec. 2011-March
2012. Owner/operator of SmartWash/Frontline Finish, an automotive
reconditioning business, 2004-09. Served in the U.S. Army,
Designer Kaitlin McGowan
(Oct. 2011) Graphic design associate at Proverb,
Oct. 2011, earlier in the year did freelance design work and an
internship. B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, 2010.
Designer Colin Rand
(July 2012) Most recently working as a freelance
designer. Graphic artist at Hungry Fish Media, 2011-April
2012. Production artist at Franklin Sports, 2010-11. B.S.
in digital media from Marist College, 2009.
Designer Claire McPartlan
(June 2012) Contract junior designer at Rue La
La, Oct. 2011-June
2012. B.A. in graphic design from Point Loma Nazarene University,
Designer Nelinda Levy
(Sept. 2012) Started doing freelance design in
after working as a junior designer at 360 Public Relations, from Oct.
2011 (started there as an intern in Jan. 2011). B.A. in
communications, graphic design from Simmons College, 2011.
User Experience (UX) Designer Vanessa
Creative services manager/interactive designer at 360
from March 2010. Web and graphic designer at TNT Vacations,
2009-10. B.A. in communications from Simmons College (Boston),
User Experience (UX) Designer Steve Brykman
(OHO Interactive from April 2012) Co-founder,
lead strategist at
Apperian, Jan. 2009-April 2010. Managing editor of National
Lampoon, July 1999-Sept. 2004. Web programmer for Aquent,
1998-99. M.F.A. in writing from University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, 2000; M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin, 1993; B.A. in
English from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990.
Senior Copywriter Johnny Galbraith
(Oct. 2011) Copywriter at DDB NY, 2010-11.
Director of marketing at Property Solutions International Inc.,
2009-10. B.A. in communications/advertising from Brigham Young
Senior Copywriter Jess Tardy
Writer at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, April 2010-Sept.
Writer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 2008-11. Writer for
Grand Circle Travel, 2007-08. Freelance writer for The Tennessean (2005-07), and for The Boston Globe from 2005.
Freelance writer for Resortquest, 2005. Site editor for
Abuzz.com, 1999-2002. B.A. in folklore and mythology from Harvard
(Jan. 2012) Associate at the Carmen Group, Inc.
2011. Legislative assistant/correspondent for Congressman Anh
"Joseph" Cao, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2010. Graduate of Louisiana State
University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 2008; student body
Copywriter Amanda Ambrose
Copywriter Jenny Erikson
(Sept. 2012) Ambassador for MomThink, April
2012. Host of The Smart Girl Report at Smart Girl Politics,
2009-10. B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University, 2003 after
starting at Palomar College.
Editor Michael Rae
Senior Project Manager Jennifer Dodds
(June 2012) Freelancer in Boston starting Sept.
Assistant project manager at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, July
2010-Sept. 2011. Director of admissions/marketing manager for
Continental School of Hair Design in Hudson, NH, Feb. 2008-July
2010. B.A. in communication from University of Southern Maine,
Junior Project Manager Lauren Toomey
(Aug. 2012) Marketing coordinator at By
Appointment Only, Inc.,
Jan.-Aug. 2012. Director of community relations at All-Access
Fitness Academy, July-Dec. 2011. B.A. double major in
communications and political science from Emmanuel College, 2011.
Junior Project Manager Hallie Keenan
(May 2012) On leave from studies at Brigham
Photographer Eric Draper
(summer 2012) Served as President George
W. Bush's chief
photographer for the eight years of his presidency, also directing the
White House Photo Office. A news photographer for eight years
with the Associated Press. Staff photographer for The Seattle
Times, Pasadena Star-News and Albuquerque Tribune. Graduate of
California State University, Long Beach.
Photographer Kimberlee Hewitt
Photographer for John McCain's campaign from March
Freelance photography for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.
A staff photographer at the White House, 2006-Jan. 2007. Staff
photographer for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, June 2003-Dec. 2005.
Staff photographer for the New York City Fire Department, Jan.
2003. Photojournalism degree from the University of Texas
at Austin, 1999.
• SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTENT (15)
Social Media and Content Director Rebecca Heisler
(April 2011) Junior political analyst at
Targeted Victory, Aug. 2009-March 2011. Finance department of
Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. Attended Northeastern
Deputy Content Director Jon Evans
(May 2012) New media outreach at Carly for
for Senate), June-Nov. 2010. National sales assistant at WJTV
NewsChannel 12 and WHLT CBS-22, 2008-09. Account executive at
WIVK 107.7 FM, 2007-08. Studied psychology and political science
at University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Copywriter Sarah Coleman
(June 2012) B.A. in the program of liberal
studies at the
University of Notre Dame, 2012.
Digital Content Coordinator Martin Rini
(June 2012) B.A. in communications and
public relations from Marquette University, 2012.
Digital Content Coordinator Lindsey Appleby
(June 2012) B.A. in political science and
from Furman University, 2012.
Digital Content Team Bentley Hensel
(June 2012; started as an intern in Jan. 2012)
Field staff on
friends of Bobby Jindal, May-Oct. 2011.
Deputy Social Media Director William Murphy
Vice president of campaigns at Vice and Victory
Agency, LLC from 2011, and account executive at UPT Strategies from
2010. Public affairs and digital strategist in Jersey City, NJ
from 2007. Political accounts director at The Rainmakers
Organization, 2008-10. Field representative at The Leadership
Institute, 2008; director of grassroots and new media at Strategic
Social Media Content Coordinators
(July 2012) B.A. in political science, international relations from Syracuse University, 2012.
(Aug. 2012) Senior associate at Grand Circle
2011-July 2012. B.A. in international relations, French from
University of Delaware, 2011.
(Sept. 2012) Community manager at the Republican
Convention, May-Sept. 2012. Wings Team Member for Red Bull, July
2011-May 2012. B.S. in interpersonal and organizational
communication from University of South Florida, 2011.
Director of Email Marketing Jillian DeCamp
(May 2012) Political director (Jan. 2008-Aug.
2009), director of members (May-Dec. 2007), accounting assistant
(2005-07) and deputy Victory director (2006) for the NC Republican
Party. J.D. from Campbell University School of Law, 2012; B.S. in
political science from North Carolina State University, 2007.
Digital Political Director Jon Black
(Nov. 2011) Political analyst at Targeted Victory, Feb.-Nov. 2011. Voter programs at the Michigan Republican Party, 2009-10. Victory for Republican Party of Virginia, June-Dec. 2009. Deputy director of political technology/Voter Vault (2008-09) and regional Voter Vault coordinator (2007-08) at the RNC. Rhode Island Victory, June-Dec. 2006. Degree in political science and government from Allegheny College, 2006.
Deputy Digital Field Director Samantha
(Oct. 2011) Campaign manager on Kim Simac for
June-Aug. 2011. Junior political analyst at Targeted Victory,
2010-June 2011. Absentee ballot director at Ohio Jobs and Growth,
Aug.-Nov. 2009. Assistant in political education and
micro-targeting (Jan.-Aug. 2009) and regional absentee ballot director
(Aug.-Nov. 2008) at the Ohio Republican Party. B.A. in political
science and history from The Ohio State University, 2009.
Digital Field Analytics Director Marc
(March 2012) Revenue management analyst at US
2007-Aug. 2011. B.s. in business, international studies from
Digital Political Data Analyst Kevin
(Aug. 2012) B.A. in political science and
Syracuse University, 2012.
Digital Coalitions Manager Susan Closmore
(July 2012) Deputy communications director
(Feb.-June 2012) and new media specialist (Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012) for the
Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus. New media coordinator at the
Republican Party of Minnesota, Aug. 2009-March 2011. B.A. in
French from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2009.
Digital Hispanic Outreach Director
(Aug. 2012...see communications, above)
Digital Hispanic Coalition Manager Jackie
(July 2012) Intern on Romney for President Team Florida in Miami, Jan.-June 2012. B.A. in communication design/photography from University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
Western Digital Manager Tim Lussier
(June 2012) Communications director (Oct.
2010-Feb. 2012) and
advisor (Dec. 2009-May 2010) at Djou for Congress. Worked on
various campaigns in Oregon in 2008 and 2006. M.A. in
communication from Hawaii Pacific University; student body president,
2011-12. Attended Clackamas Community College.
Eastern Digital Political Manager Danielle
(July 2012) Varallo brought to the campaign four years of experience on Capitol Hill, most recently as scheduler to U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (NH) and earlier working for U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (DE). Graduate of The Catholic University of America.
Conservative Online Media Outreach Consultant Patrick Hynes
(reported May 2012) President of Hynes Communications. Early in the cycle Hynes did online communication outreach for Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC. Online outreach consultant for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign. Experience also includes account executive with the consulting firm Marsh Copsey + Scott. Author of In Defense of the Religious Right (Nelson Current).
Digital Rapid Response Director Lenny
On leave from position as senior vice president for
public affairs at Hynes
Communications. In 2010 Alcivar served as communications director
for Bill Brady’s gubernatorial campaign in Illinois, and consultant to
the Republican Governors Association, and as campaign manager on the
Baker/Tisei campaign in Mass. through April. Press secretary for
Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004, and in the
fall campaign field director in Miami. Served at the U.S.
Department of Transportation overseeing communications relating to
infrastructure security, 2001-04. A manager of public affairs for
Burson-Marsteller. Director of press operations at the New York
City Police Department. Deputy press secretary to NYC Mayor Rudy
Giuliani. Native New Yorker.
Deputy Digital Rapid Response Director
(May 2012) Previously worked in communications
at CRAFT |
Media/Digital Jan.-Sept. 2011. M.A. in media and public affairs
(2012) and B.A. in political communication (2011) from The George
Deputy Digital Rapid Response Director
(Aug. 2012) Graduate of the University of
Director of Online Advertising Ryan Meerstein
Joined Targeted Victory in Jan. 2010. Executive
director of the South Carolina Republican Party. Ohio state
director on McCain-Palin 2008. Executive director of Rudy
Giuliani's South Carolina primary
campaign. During the 2006 election cycle,
Meerstein served at the director of political education at the
National Committee (RNC) and worked with the RNC's Victory Program on
successful campaign of Bob Corker for U.S. Senate in Tennessee.
RNC Victory field director for Central
Ohio, 2004. Bachelor's degree in political science from Allegheny
College (Meadville, PA), 2003.
Analytics Jon Adams
Joined Targeted Victory in June 2011. Budget manager for the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign. Legislative assistant to the director of government relations at Balch & Bingham, LLP, 2007-08. Worked in the political education department at the RNC. Degree in political science from the University of Alabama.
Analytics Jason Weinstein
Joined Target Victory in Sept. 2011. Scheduler
at Chris Dudley
for Governor (OR), Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010. Account manager at
Cardinal Communication Strategies, 2008-09. Bachelor's degree
from UCLA, 2007.
Project Management & Business Analysis (6), Design, IA, Wireframes (5), Quality Assurance (4), Network Operations (4)
Development (18): CTO & Leads (4), Developers (14)
Digital Integration Director Caitlin Checkett
(May 2011) Project manager at Noble,
2008-11. B.S. in business administration, marketing from the
University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business, 2008.
Digital Producer Mac Bleser
(March 2012) Junior analyst, web development at Targeted Victory, April 2011-April 2012. Victory regional director in Baltimore, MD in Fall 2010. B.S. in business administration from Elon University, 2010.
Team Leader for UI Development Edwin
(Nov. 2011) President and managing director at
from 2007. Founder, CEO and managing director of Nova Sci
Partners LLC. Founder, CEO and chairman of Granitar. CTO,
vice president of consulting and director at Onward Technologies
(became part of Computer Sciences Corporation). Managed
consulting and services areas for Digital Equipment Corporation.
Did computer research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1984.
Digital Program Manager - UI
Development Warner Jones
(May 2012) Senior principal at WebDriven from
Chief product officer, senior vice president of product and operations
at RapidBuyr, Dec. 2010-April 2012. Director of business
development for MUSA Technology Partners, LLC, 2009-11. Owner and
president at Extricon Corporation, Feb. 2001-Jan. 2011. Founder
ant partner at Better Cost Control, 2001-06. Vice president,
chief product officer at Voter.com, Dec. 1999-Feb. 2001. Vice
president of internet products at OneZero Media, 1998-99.
Director of electronic publishing at Cahners Publishing, 1994-98.
Director of end user computing, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care,
1993-94. Account executive at Zenith Data Systems, 1989-92.
Graduate of University of New Hampshire, 1989.
Digital Project Manager Russell
(consultant from June 2012) Managing director of
Interactive, April 2010-Oct. 2012. Digital marketing and
e-commerce manager at The Rockport Company, 1995-2009. Studied at
the Art Institute of Boston.
Digital Project Manager Sri Pabbathi
(May 2012) Project manager at FCS, Inc., March
2012. Project manager at The Mills Corporation, 2003-06.
Project manager at Tallan, Inc., 1999-2003. Consultant at The
Mills Corporation, 1996-99. Software developer at ANSER,
1995-96. J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, 2005;
M.S. in applied mathematics from The George Washington University,
1995; B.S. in engineering from Osmania University, 1993.
Digital Project Manager Jayven Rappa
(consultant from July 2012) Managing director
Petersburg based GPS Digital Media, from June 2008. Register
investment advisor with Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., 2007-09.
Institutional sales and equity research at Raymond James,
1999-2006. Analyst assistant at Matador Capital Management,
Junior Digital Project Manager Karl
(July 2012) B.S. in engineering from Union
student government association president, 2011-12.
Drupal Architect John Money
(OHO Interactive, June 2012) Webmaster at Kerio
Technologies, 2010-12. B.A. in economics from Claremont McKenna
Team Lead Drupal UI/UX Development Vatche
(OHO Interactive, Nov. 2011) At OHO Interactive
since Sept. 2010. Director of technology at Joe Green Home
Solutions, Inc. 2009-10. Manager of web service for Wellesley
Information Serivces, 2003-09. Webmaster at UCG Tech,
2000-03. B.A. in English and philosophy from Northeastern
Team Lead Drupal Developer Jeremy Duffy
(OHO Interactive) Vice president/developer at We
Web Workers from Jan. 2009. BCOS from Wentworth Institute of
Drupal Developer and Release Engineer
(OHO Interactive, June 2012) Web developer at
Digitamite, March-May 2012. University assistant at the Institute
for Municipal and Regional Policy, 2009-11. Freelance Drupal
developer at Infinity Interactive, July-Dec. 2010. B.A. in
psychology and political science from Central Connecticut State
Systems Engineer John Anteryassian
(Nov. 2011-Sept. 2012 at OHO Interactive) Chief
technology officer at MGBL Inc., 2009-10. Linux systems
administrator at Forerun, 2008-09. Java developer and systems
administrator at Lockheed Martin Information Technology, 2005-08.
Studed at Northeastern University.
Drupal UI/UX Developer Andrew Leon
(OHO Interactive, May 2012, Salt Lake City) Web
developer/web designer for Digital Insight in Calabasas, 2008-12 and
for Intuit Financial Services in Woodland Hills. Drupal web
developer for SiTV, 2008. Associates degree from Los Angeles
Pierce College, 2006.
Drupal Developer Jamie Fallon
(OHO Interactive, June 2012) Software engineer
at Thomson Reuters, May 2006-June 2012. Senior software engineer
at Instron, 2004-06. Senior software engineer at CORE Business
Technologies, 2001-04. Bachelor of computer science from
Bridgewater State College, 2001.
QA Engineer Andrew Stern
(June 2012) Over 15 years experience in software
testing and deployment of software solutions, also a clean energy
expert. AS Consulting, QA/QC engineer for AwareTech,
2011-12. Manager at NewEnglandWindpower.com, Jan. 2007-May
2012. Executive director at Action for Clean Energy, Inc,
2008-11. Various QA engineering positions through the 2000s and
1990s. BSEE in computer engineering from Worcester Polytechnic
QA Engineer Juliet Mervis
Experience includes software quality assurance manager
Special Projects Jeremy Vaught
(May 2012... work included streamlining the data
from all incoming sources--donors, Facebook, and website sign-ups
coalitions, and other forms) Founder of Red Seven Squared, Feb.
2011-present. Social media director for Newt 2012, Dec. 2011-May
2012. Digital strategy and development as Vaught Consulting LLC,
Dec. 2005-April 2012. Lead blogger for Seesmic, Dec. 2007-Jan.
2009. Project manager for Electric Sheep Company, Jan.-April
2007. Lead PHP software engineer for Fidelity National Financial,
2005-07. Software engineer for UPS, 1998-2005. B.S. in
computer information systems from Devry University, 2001.
with Eventbrite...distributed tickets to campaign
Digital Events Director Tad Rupp
Legislative director for U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek
assistant and political director to U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito
(WV). B.A. in history from Allegheny College.
Digital Events Desk Coordinator Ashton
(June 2012) State Victory director for Delaware
in Fall 2010; started as a regional field director. Graduate of
James Madison University, 2010.
13 field staffers managed ticketing at events.
(April 2012) Deputy CFO for RickPerry.org.
project manager/data analyst for the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund,
2009-11. Press billing manager for the McCain-Palin
campaign, June-Nov. 2008; budget deputy on John McCain 2008, March-May
2008. B.A. in finance from The University of Alabama, 2007.
Store Manager Walker Harris
(June 2012) Finance and research intern at
Colbun S.A. in Chile,
Sept.-Nov. 2011. B.S. in business administration, marketing from
Elon University, 2011.
Online Store Support Manager Jeff Nuckols
(Aug. 2012; started on the campaign in May as an
assistant in the political science department at BYU, Jan.-April
2012. Liaison for BYUPAS, campus tour guide. B.A. in
political science from Brigham Young University, 2010.
Event Store Manager (Mobile Field Store
Coordinator) Jonathan Russell
(July 2012) B.A. in political science, economics
Event Store Manager (Mobile Field Store
Coordinator) William Hawkins
Store Support Aide Brad Favazza
(Sept. 2012; started on the campaign in Jan. 2012,
initially a site
content coordinator) Associate at S.C.R. and Associates, Oct.
2011-Jan. 2012; associate at PoliTemps, Inc., June 2011-Jan. 2012.
B.A. in political science, history from Taylor University, 2011.
Note: The Online Store launched in June and sold over 900,000 items.
• VP OPERATIONS
Digital Director of VP Operations Matt Lira
Director of new media for House Minority Whip Eric
Cantor, 2006-11. Webmaster for the McCain campaign from April
2008. Associate director of e-campaigns at the RNC,
2005-06. B.A. in international studies from University of Denver,
2004. From Denver.
Utah Office - Outreach Aaron Gunderson
(May 2011) Prior to joining the campaign Gunderson did digital media consulting for political organizations (Gundy Strategies) and worked as production manager at Castle Rock, LLC. Co-founder (Sept. 2009) and editor of MittRomneyCentral.com. COO of Xylobyte International, 2008-09. Studied business administration at Utah Valley University. Served two-year mission in Mexico.
Director of Special Digital Projects Justin Hart
(Aug. 2012 "helped raise millions of dollars for the
campaign using advanced data modeling techniques") Vice President
of campaign and business relations at ElectionMall Technologies,
Jan.-Aug. 2012. Managing director at HSP Direct's RaiseDigital,
2009-11. Director of new media and online fundraising at Chuck
DeVore for California Senate to 2010. Senior engagement manager
at Comays, 2005-07. Director of communications at Trusted Edge,
2003-05. Director of multi-channel computing at Proxicom,
1999-2002. Director of eBusiness at Baan, 1998-2000.
Specialist at Aristotle Publishing, 1996-98. Undergraduate
studies and Brigham Young University through 1996.
Zac Moffatt. "Successes of the Romney and Republican Digital Efforts in 2012." Targeted Victory blog posting, Dec. 11, 2012. >
Philip Rucker. "Romney team makes a digital push." The Washington Post, July 15, 2012.
Sean J. Miller. "Romney stategist: We were two years behind Obama." Campaigns & Elections, April 18, 2012.
Note: In April 2013, Targeted Victory received many American Association of Political Consultants' Pollie awards:
Gold: • Online Advertising – President • Online Advertising – Best Use of Search Engine Marketing • Best Use of Pandora • Website – President
• Landing Page – Presidential Primary • Best Use of Twitter: (Ann Romney) • Best Use of Facebook Advertising • Best Use of Website Fundraising
• Best Use of Mobile Application – Republican
Silver: • Online Advertising – Best Use of Voter File-Matched Advertising • Online Advertising – Best Use of Pre-Roll Advertising • Website – Presidential Primary • Website – President • Landing Page – President • Best Facebook Application • Best Facebook Strategy • Best Use of Social Media
• Best Social Media Strategy • Best Use of Social Media Fundraising • Best Use of Advertisement Fundraising • Best Use of Email Fundraising
Bronze: • Overall Campaign—Internet Campaign • Best Use of New Technology • Best Use of Twitter: (Mitt Romney) • Best Use of Twitter: (Paul Ryan) • Best Use of Facebook GOTV • Best Use of Email
Policy Director Lanhee Chen
(from Jan. 2011, announced March 28, 2011) Most
Senior counselor to the Deputy Secretary at HHS,
2008. A health policy adviser to Bush-Cheney ’04. Ph.D.
A.M. in political science, and
government, all from Harvard University. twitter
Deputy Policy Director Jonathan Burks
(June 2012) Policy director for the House Budget
Committee (chairman Rep. Paul Ryan), since Aug. 2011, after serving as
a budget analyst for defense and international affairs at the Committee
starting in July 2010. Director of legislative and
intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, 2007-08. Senior advisor to the Under Secretary for
International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury,
2005-07. Special assistant to the Vice President, 2001-05.
Policy analyst for the House Republican Conference, chairman Rep. Chris
Cox, 2000-01. M.A. in international affairs and economics from
The Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 2010; B.S. in foreign service from
Georgetown University, 1999.
Foreign and National Security Policy
Director Alex N. Wong
(2011) Associate at Covington &
Department experience as rule
of law advisor for Iraq (2007-09), Office of the Legal Advisor (2006)
at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (2005). J.D. from
Law School, 2007; B.A. degree from University of Pennsylvania.
Domestic Policy Director Oren Cass
(May 2011) Pursuing a law degree from
Harvard. Consultant at
Bain & Company, 2005-Aug. 2009. B.A. in political economy
from Williams College, 2005.
Economic Policy Director Pierce Scranton
(Aug. 2012, succeeding Dave Stewart) Executive
government relations and
public policy (April 2011-Aug. 2012) and vice president for global
government relations (Aug. 2009-April 2011) at JP Morgan Chase.
Senior advisor at Meridian Research Group, April-Aug. 2009. Chief
of staff at the Council of Economic Advisors, Aug. 2007-Jan.
2009. Senior policy advisor to the Secretary at the U.S.
Department of Commerce, Oct. 2005-Aug. 2007. Chief of staff to
Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, Oct. 2003-Jan. 2005. Senior policy
advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce,
International Trade Administration, Feb.-Oct. 2003. B.A. in
political science from Kenyon College, 1997.
Economic Policy Advisor Danita Ng
(May 2011) In 2009-10 Ng served as deputy policy
director on Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate, and earlier as policy
advisor on Steve Poizner for Governor. In 2005-07 she held
several positions in California government including research analyst
in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and assistant
communications director for a large state agency. J.D. from
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009; B.A. in
political science from Wellesley College, 2004.
Economic Policy Advisor Kyle Hauptman
(Oct. 2011) Senior vice president rates trading
& Company, 2009-11. Vice president fixed income traing at
Nomura Securities, 2008-09. Vice president fixed income trading
at Lehman Brothers, 2004-08. M.B.A. in finance from Columbia
University-Columbia Business School, 2004; B.A. in political science
Domestic Policy Advisor Anna Gatlin
(June 2011) Recent experience includes
legislative intern for Mass. Rep. Alice Wolf; and education specialist
at the Tennessee State Museum. M.A. in education policy and
management from Harvard University's Graduate School of
Education. M.A. in English education from New York University,
2009; B.A. from University of Mississippi, 2007.
Domestic Policy Advisor Chris Emper
(May 2011) Worked in the film and entertainment
2006-09. J.D./M.B.A. from Villanova University, 20012; B.A. in
history from Boston College, 2006.
Health Policy Advisor Matthew P. (Matt)
(from prior to VP announcement) Budget analyst for the House Budget Committee (chairman Rep. Paul Ryan) from Jan. 2011. Previously legislative director to Rep. Ryan; started working for Ryan as a legislative assistant in 2006. Legislative correspondent and earlier legislative assistant to Sen. David Vitter, 2004-06.
Legal Policy Advisor Dimple Gupta
Associate at Covington & Burling. Chief
constitutional law for the Senate Judiciary Committee, 2005-07.
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division at the U.S.
Department of Justice, 2004-05. Law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith,
Fifth Circuit, 2001-02. J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2001; B.A.
from University of Chicago, 1998.
Paul Ryan Policy Advisor David (Dave)
(had been serving as economic policy director to
Romney; assigned to
Ryan when he joined the ticket) Leave of absence from position as
Policy to Speaker John Boehner; started with then Minority Leader
Boehner as a policy advisor in Dec. 2008. Worked for U.S. Rep.
Phil English (PA) from 2000-08 starting as a staff assistant and
finishing as deputy chief of staff/legislative director. B.A.
from San Diego State University.
Advisor Gabriel Schoenfeld
(Aug. 2011) Senior fellow on leave from the
Hudson Institute and
from the Witherspoon Institute. Senior editor at Commentary magazine,
1994-2008. Post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Russian
Research Center, 1989-90. Temporary FSO in the Soviet Union,
1986-87. Legislative correspondent and research assistant to Sen.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1977-79. Ph.D. in government from
Harvard University, 1989; B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, 1979.
Author of Necessary Secrets
(W.W. Norton & Company, 2010), and tell-all A Bad Day On The Romney
Campaign: An Insider's Account (InterMix Books, 2013).
Economic Policy Analyst Michael Talent
(June 2012) Interned on the campaign in summer
2011 and returned
as analyst after finishing B.A. degree in economics from University of
Chicago in June 2012.
Foreign Policy Analyst Caroline Vik
Political analyst for EU Delegation Cairo, Oct.
Investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanly, 2010-11. B.A. in
social studies from Harvard College, 2010.
Policy/Debate Preparation Analyst Evan
(June 2012) On leave from position as senior
at Bain & Company; started there Nov. 2010. B.A. in business
economics from UCLA, 2010.
Director of Speechwriting Lindsay Hayes
(reported by The New York Times on April 19, 2012) Pursuing Ph.D. in rhetoric and political culture from University of Maryland (dissertation is a rhetorical history of the campaigns of female candidates with matrimonial ties to elective office). Has written for a wide range of principals, including political candidates for statewide and national office, two U.S. Senators, a Cabinet Secretary, and former Gov. Sarah Palin In 2008, Hayes served as the senior writer for the Republican National Convention and a speechwriter on the McCain-Palin campaign. Senior associate at Nahigian Strategies in Alexandria, VA. Primary speechwriter to Sen. Ted Stevens, 2002-06 and communications director starting in 2005. Started career as intern with the White House Office of Speechwriting. M.A. from the University of Maryland, 2003; B.A. in political communication and political science from Boston College.
2005-10. Research assistant at FreedomWorks, 2002-03.
M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at
Austin, 2005; B.A. in journalism from University of Oklahoma, 2002.
(June 2012) Professional staffer at the Senate
Energy and Natural
Resources Committee since Sept. 2007. Speechwriter in the office
Sen. Ted Stevens, 2006-07. Undergraduate degree from Washington
State University, 2006.
(June 2012) Editorial associate at National Review
, Sept. 2011-May 2012. William F. Buckley Fellow at the National
Review Institute, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011. A.B. in economics from
Speechwriting Assistant Robyn Engibous
Consultant to Sarah Palin; consulting as True North
Anchorage. A staff assistant to Sen. Ted Stevens,
Legislative Affairs J.T.
(reported by Roll
Call on June 19, 2012) Deputy chief of staff to Rep.
Steven Palazzo (MS) from July 2011. Legislative director to Rep.
David McKinley (WV), 2011. Legislative director to Rep. Pete
Olson (TX), 2009-10. Account executive at DCI Group, 2008.
Director of elected official outreach on Romney for President, June
2007-Feb. 2008. Deputy chief of staff and White House liaison at
NASA, 2003-07. Deputy Associate Director in the Office of
Presidential Personnel at the White House, 2001-03. Publications
director at the Institute for American Values. Researcher at the
RNC. M.P.P. from Regent University; B.A. degree from Wheeling
Jesuit University, 1977.
Deputy Director of
(reported by Roll Call on June 19, 2012) Came to the campaign from position as legislative assistant to Sen. Jim DeMint (SC), 2009. Government relations department (Senate deputy) at the Heritage Foundation, 2008-09. Kindergarten teacher at The Holy Family School, 2007-08. Assistant to the political director at the White House, 2007. Assistant to the Director of Homeland Security, 2003-4. EdM from Harvard University, 2007; Master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University, 2006; B.S. in international business and economic from Auburn University, 2002.
Economic Policy Team
Sept. 6, 2011) Led by Dean R.
Glenn Hubbard, Professor N.
Gregory Mankiw, former
Senator Jim Talent and former
Congressman Vin Weber (note Weber was first announced as special
advisor on policy on Aug. 24).
Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory
Oct. 6, 2011) Special advisors Cofer
Norm Coleman - John Danilovich
Eric Edelman - Michael Hayden -
Kerry Healey -
Kim Holmes -
Robert Joseph -
Robert Kagan -
John Lehman - Walid Phares - Pierre Prosper
- Mitchell Reiss - Daniel Senor -
Jim Talent - Vin Weber - Richard
Williamson - Dov Zakheim. also regional and
functional working groups. (added
Nov. 29, 2011) Congresswoman ileana
Mario Diaz-Balart and former
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Justice Advisory Committee
(announced Aug. 2, 2011) Chaired by Judge Robert Bork, Professor May Ann Glendon, and Richard Wiley. "The committee will advise on the Constitution, judicial matters, law enforcement, homeland security, and regulatory issues. Where appropriate and permitted, some committee members will provide legal counsel to the campaign.
Labor Policy Advisory Group
Sept. 12, 2011) Co-chaired by Peter Schaumber and William Kilberg. "The group will help Mitt Romney formulate
pro-growth policies that promote the interests of workers and
businesses by protecting the principles of free enterprise, free
choice, and free speech."
Oct. 6, 2011) Co-chaired by Anthony
Principi and Jim Nicholson.
"The group will counsel
Romney on issues of importance to the nation’s veterans and help
to formulate policies that will ensure America keeps its commitments to
the men and women of the armed services while they are on duty and
after they return home."
Trade Policy Advisory Group
Oct. 13, 2011) Chaired by Carlos
Gutierrez with Rod Hunter
and John Herrmann serving as
co-chairs. "The group will help Romney formulate pro-growth trade
policies that open markets around the world for American goods and
services while ensuring that trading partners play by the rules and
welcome robust competition."
Law Enforcement Advisory Group
(announced Oct. 28, 2011) Co-chaired by former Attorneys General William Barr and Michael Mukasey, former Deputy Attorneys General George Terwilliger and Mark Filip, and former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division Alice Fisher. "They will advise Governor Romney on all matters related to the rule of law..."
Urban Policy Former St. Petersburg FL
Mayor Rick Baker
Jan. 17, 2012) First elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.
Agriculture Advisory Committee
March 13, 2012) Co-chaired by U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (a former Secretary of
Agriculture and former Gov. of Nebraska) and Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Health Care Policy Advisory Group
March 23, 2012) Members are Scott
Atlas, Tom Barker, Scott Gottlieb, Paul Howard and Tevi Troy. "This group will
help Romney design policies that will strengthen the health care system
nationally while giving states the power to innovate and individuals
the power to control their own health care decisions."
Education Policy Advisory Group
May 22, 2012) K-12 Co-Chairs: Nina
Rees and Dr. Martin R. West.
and Bill Hansen.
Workforce Training Co-Chairs: Dr.
Carol D. Amico and Emily
Stover DeRocco. Special Advisor: Dr. Rod Paige. and Committee members.
Military Advisory Council
Oct. 17, 2012)
Special Advisors on
former Sen. Norm Coleman
Sept. 21, 2011) Chairman of the American Action Network, and a
senior governmental advisor at Hogan Lovells. Served one term in
the U.S. Senate, elected 2002. Mayor of St. Paul from
1993-98. Served as a chief prosecutor in the Minnesota Attorney
General’s office and as the Minnesota Solicitor General.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk
Sept. 21, 2011) Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 to complete
Obama's term and serve a full term. Previously served five terms
in the House. A Naval Reserve Intelligence Commander; just
returned from Afghanistan in September from his third Reserve
headed by Katie Packer Gage,
encompassed Treasury/CFO, Scheduling and Advance, and the Ann Romney
and Paul Ryan operations as well as Technology and Internal &
Deputy Operations Director Jessica Ennis
(June 2012) Southeast regional political director at the RNC July 2009-June 2012; previously deputy political director at the RNC from Jan. 2007-June 2009, and regional finance director at the RNC, May 2005-Jan. 2007. Executive director of North Carolina Victory (Bush-Cheney '04), Aug.-Nov. 2004. Campaign manager, Cobey for Governor, Aug. 2003-Aug. 2004. Finance director for the North Carolina Republican Party, Jan. 1999-July 2003. B.A. in political science from East Carolina University, 1997.
Operations Leslie Allen
(May 2012) Academic team at Building Excellent Schools, July 2011-May 2012. B.A. in theology, Spanish from University of Notre Dame, 2011.
Director of Technology Kevin Rewkowski
(April 2011) Partner at Minuteman Strategy LLC
from Feb. 2009. Owner and general manager at SOVIN LLC, a start
up health/beauty business, 2008-March 2011. Information
technology manager on Romney for President, 2007-08. Associate
manager of video technology operations at ESPN, 2004-07.
Information technology analyst at Syracuse University, 2003-04.
B.S. in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology,
Associate Systems Administrator Jeffrey
(Nov. 2011) B.S. in information security and
Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012.
Director of Internal & External Relations Jim Rogers
(started in May 2011 on the exploratory committee;
initially deputy director, director since Oct. 2011) Assistant
director of undergraduate admission at Bentley University from 2008-11
and previously an academic advisor at Bentley College, 2006-08.
MBA from Bentley University, 2011; M.S. from Miami University, 2006;
B.S. in English from SUNY College at Geneseo, 2004.
Chief Financial Officer Bradley Crate
(from April 2011) President and founder of Red
Curve Solutions, specializing in financial and operational outsourcing,
Jan. 2009. Deputy CFO on Romney for President, 2007-08.
Serving in Gov. Romney's administration as a fiscal policy analyst
(2003-05) and as capital planning and policy director (2005-06).
Political operations director on Romney's 2002 campaign for
governor. Trader for JP Morgan Chase, 2000-02. Associate
vice president at Prudential Securities, 1998-2000. M.S. in
investment management from Boston University, School of Management,
2007; B.A. from Washington College, 1998.
Assistant to the
(at Red Curve Solutions
from June 2012) B.A. in communication
from Villanova University, 2012.
Deputy CFO and Assistant Treasurer Tim Jost
Experience on campaigns in Maryland, Illinois and New
Deputy finance director on Romney for Governor starting in Jan.
2003. B.A. in political science from Arizona State
Senior Financial Analyst Charles Gantt
(at Red Curve Solutions from June 2012)
Consultant at New
Millennium Group, 2010-11. Assistant vice president at Wellington
Management Company, LLP, 2003-09. Director of research at Twin
Oaks Partners, LLC, 2000-03. Senior portfolio administrator at
Numeric Investors, LLC, 1992-99. Ph.D. in near Eastern languages
and civilizations from Harvard University, 1998; B.A. in humanities
from Baylor University.
Financial Analyst John Crowley
(at Red Curve Solutions from May 2012)
Analyst at Chitika, Inc, July 2011-May 2012. B.S. in financial
management from Quinnipiac University, 2011.
Senior Accountant Max Tassinari
(at Red Curve Solutions from Aug. 2011) Accountant at Costantino Richards Rizzo LP, June 2007-June 2011. M.B.A. in economics and financialm markets (2010) and B.S. in corporate finance and accounting (2008) from Bentley University. Boston native.
Senior Accountant Jason Ferrer
(at Red Curve Solutions from June 2012 "coordinating
the Romney for
President event budget with the RNC, campaign bank reconciliations, and
FEC report generation") Senior accountant at Capin Crouse LLP in
Denver, Jan. 2010-June 2012. B.A. in accounting from Vanguard
University of Southern California, 2009.
Senior Accountant Selim Ikizler
(at Red Curve Solutions from June 2012) Treasury
director on Newt
2012, Dec. 2011-March 2012; office administrator at GOPAC, Inc. Dec.
2011-Jan. 2012. Director of finance and administraton for
Military Families United, Aug. 2009-Nov 2011. Senior financial
analyst at NRSC, Feb. -Aug. 2009. Accounting and HR manager at
Freedom's Watch, Nov. 2007-Jan. 2009. Financial analyst at the
NRSC, March-Nov. 2007. Manager of business operations at
Chesapeake Bayhawks, 2006-07. B.A. in economics from University
of Maryland, 2005.
Accountant Kevin O'Connell
Bachelor's degree in business administration from
University. From Danvers, MA.
Travel and Credit Card Manager
(at Red Curve Solutions from June 2011) B.A. in
and American studies from Wellesley College, 2011; interned for
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC as well as The Daily Caller and
Charlie Baker's 2010 campaign for governor. Massachuesetts native.
Traveling Press Coordinator Robin Anderson
(Aug. 2012) Executive assistant to executive
asset manager at
Morgan Chase and REO World in Newport Beach, CA, Oct. 2008-Aug.
2012. B.A. in history/political science from Vanguard University
of Southern California.
Legal Counsel Michael C. Welch
(at Red Curve Solutions from June 2011) J.D.
from University of
Notre Dame Law School, 2011; B.A. in political science from Boston
College, 2006. Welch served as an intern at Free & Strong
America PAC from May-Aug. 2010 and as a press office intern for Gov.
Romney from Jan.-Aug. 2005. Grew up in Connecticut.
Director of Scheduling Vicki Blanton
(April 2011) Finance director on the Buck for Colorado campaign July-Nov. 2010 after serving as deputy finance director on the Sue Lowden for U.S. Senate campaign in Nevada. Consultant to the John Suthers for Attorney General campaign in Colorado, 2009. Scheduler on Bob Schaffer for U.S. Senate, started in March 2008. Scheduler on Romney for President, May 2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. from Hope College, 2007.
Scheduling Director-Ann Romney Maureen
Scheduling Director-Paul Ryan Marjorie
(May 2012) Scheduler to Congressman Michael
McCaul (TX-10), Oct.
2009-May 2012. Assistant scheduler (2008-09) and staff assistant
(2007-08) to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX). B.A. in journalism,
political science from University of North Texas.
Romney Family Scheduler Courtney Butcher
(July 2012...the five Romney sons and their families) 7th grade social studies teacher at Ipswich Middle School, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2012. B.S. degree from Gordon College, 2007.
Scheduling Request Coodinator Kelsey Patten
(May 2012, and for the last month of the campaign also briefing coordinator) B.A. degrees in policy studies and political science from Syracuse University, 2012.
Director of Surrogate Operations Lauren Zeitler
(Dec. 2011) Executive assistant at the American
Dec. 2009-April 2010. B.A. in political science and Latin
American studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2009.
Director of Candidate Operations and Advance Will Ritter
(May 2011) Director of operations for Mitt
Romney's Free and
Strong America PAC, March 2007. Special assistant to Mitt Romney
Romney for President campaign, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. in
political science and communications from Northeastern University, 2006.
Deputy Director of Candidate Operations
Did advance on the Meg Whitman for Governor and
campaigns. Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Trip Director Charles W. Pearce
Director of advance on Baker for Governor (Mass.),
2009-10. National advance coordinator on Romney for President,
2007-08, then lead advance on the McCain campaign. Scheduler to
U.S. Rep. Turner, 2006-07. Research assistant at the U.S. Senate
Republican Policy Committee. Originally from Mission Viejo,
Personal Aide (Mitt's Body Man) Garrett
Started as personal aide to Romney at the Free and
Strong America PAC; initially deputy national finance director at the
PAC. Joined Solamere Capital, assisting in fundraising.
B.S. in political science and public policy leadership from University
of Mississippi (Ole Miss), 2009. Native of Brookhaven,
Director of Press Advance Chad VonLuehrte
Advance representative on Meg Whitman for Governor
press advance representative on McCain-Palin 2008. Assistant
director of operations, client services and development at Mint
Lifestyle, 2007-08. Press advance representative for the White
House, 2004-08. Lead press advance representative in the 2004
campaign. Graduate of the University of Kentucky, 2003.
Director of Production John Legittino
President of the Legittino Group, LLC since
2009. In 2010 the
Legittino group oversaw production for the Carly Fiorina for Senate
campaign and Steve Poizner for Governor campaign in California.
B.A. in print journalism from University of Southern California, 2009.
Senior Trip Coordinator Jon Palmer
Lead Advance including
Craig Handzlik, Tim Tripepi, Jason Heath
Director Erin Bradley
(June 2012) Chief of staff for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, May 2008-June 2012. Director of operations at Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. Deputy director of operations in the Office of Gov. Mitt Romney, 2003-07. B.A. in communications and English from Boston College, 2002.
Press Secretary Sarah Haley
(reported by ABC News on May 29, 2012)
on the Santorum campaign serving as national coalitions director as
well as the director of communications for Karen Santorum. Press
secretary and earlier deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions
(AL) from early 2008 to Fall 2011. Worked on the O'Reilly Factor
for FOX News. B.A. and also some graduate work in broadcasting
and electronic media at the University of Memphis, 2004. Native
of Germantown, TN. twitter
Scheduling Director Maureen Mitchell
(July 2012) Director of media relations and
Giuliani Partners, April 2008-July 2012. Director of scheduling
on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, Sept. 2007-Jan.
2008. Scheduler to Congressman Paul Ryan, May 2003-Sept.
2007. Deputy director of scheduling and assistant to the campaign
manager at Bill Simon for Governor (CA), Dec. 2001-Nov. 2002.
Staff assistant to Sen. Spencer Abraham, Summer 1997. Bachelor's
degree in political science/speech communications from Northern
Travel Coordinator Adrianne
(June 2012) Certified nurse assistant at
Courtyard at Jamestown
Assisted Living, Nov. 2010-April 2011. B.S. in communication
disorders from Brigham Young University, 2012.
Director of Operations Randy Bumps
(announced July 17, 2012) Joined the NRSC in 2009, and served as chief political strategist for the NRSC’s independent expenditure efforts during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Northeast regional political director at the RNC from 2005-09. Bush-Cheney '04 Maine executive director. State director for Sen. Susan Collins, overseeing her state offices; started as a regional field representative for Collins in Augusta in Oct. 2000. Deputy campaign manager on Collins' 2002 re-election campaign. Field rep. in western Maine for then-Sen. Bill Cohen. Served three terms as a State Representative, elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and 2000. Graduate of Bates College with a degree in Political Science, 1995. From Minot, Maine.
Communications Director Kevin Sheridan
(announced July 17, 2012) On leave from position
as senior vice
and director of
media relations at Edelman, joined the firm in Jan. 2006. Press
director at the U.S. Agency for International Development,
2005-06. Worked in the press department at the RNC,
2001-04. Assistant press secretary to Virginia Gov. James S.
Gilmore III, 2000-01.
Served as a press secretary in the Connecticut House of
Representatives, 1997-99. B.A. in political science and economics
from the University of Connecticut. twitter
Press Secretary Brendan Buck
Most recently press secretary to Speaker John Boehner;
started with Boehner in the Minority Leader's Office in March 2010 as
director of communications for legislative operations. Worked for
Rep. Tom Price (GA) as communications director through March 2010;
joined Price's office as a staff assistant in 2006 and then served as
legislative correspondent and deputy press secretary. B.A. in
economic from the University of Georgia, 2004.
Traveling Press Secretary Michael Steel
(from Aug. 11, 2012) Comes to the campaign from
his position as
a press secretary to Speaker John Boehner; earlier at the House
Republican Steering Committee. Press secretary to Rep. Jim
McCrery (LA) and director of communications at the House Ways and Means
Committee. Press secretary to Rep. John Shadegg (AZ), 2003-06,
and for some of that time also press secretary for the House Republican
Policy Committee. Master's degree in journalism from Columbia
University; undergraduate degree from University of North
Carolina. Native of Durham, NC. twitter
Policy Advisor David (Dave) Stewart
(had been serving as economic policy director to Romney; assigned to Ryan when he joined the ticket) Leave of absence from position as Assistant for Policy to Speaker John Boehner; started with then Minority Leader Boehner as a policy advisor in Dec. 2008. Worked for U.S. Rep. Phil English (PA) from 2000-08 starting as a staff assistant and finishing as deputy chief of staff/legislative director. B.A. from San Diego State University.
Scheduling Director Marjorie Connell
Executive assistant and scheduler to Rep. Pete Olson
(TX). Has worked on Capitol Hill since 2007, starting in the
office of Rep. Steve Chabot (OH).
Travel Coordinator Campbell Matthews
(July 2012) B.A. in religion from Barnard
Media Affairs Manager Keisha Vaughan
(June 2012) Public policy specialist at Akin
Gump Strauss Hauer
& Feld LLP from Jan. 2010. Communications director at
Freedom's Watch, 2008. War room co-director on the 2007 iteration
of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. M.P.S. from The
George Washington University, 2009; B.A. in political communication
The George Washington University, 2007.
Body Man Jacob Kastan
Kastan had been serving as an advance representative
for Romney from March 2012. Graduate of Tufts University 2011.
Director of Candidate Advance and Trip
Smith had been serving as an advance lead on the
Romney campaign since January. Deputy director of operations for
advance on Pawlenty for President, April-Aug. 20011. Special
assistant to Chairman Michael Steele at the RNC, Aug. 2009-Jan.
2011. Special assistant and personal aide to the Secretary of the
Interior, 2007-09. Advance representative for the White House,
2005-09. B.S. in political science from Mississippi College, 2006.
Director of Press Advance Brent Swander
Midwest regional sales manager fro Agile Technologies
from early 2010;
client executive/sales manager at Agile Technologies, 2009-10.
Field director for Victory/Ohio Republican Party, Fall 2010; managed
Dave Yost for Ohio Auditor of State, Feb.-June 2010. Press
advance representative on John McCain's 2008 presidential
campaign. Director of media operations for the 2008 NATO
Summit. Did press advance for the White House, 2003-08.
Political director on Chabot for Congress, 2006. Bachelor's
degree in sport management and marketing from Bowling Green State
Coordinator Hannah Zillmer
Senior Advisor Dan Senor
Senor had been serving as a foreign policy advisor to
Oct. 11, 2012; he also was a senior foreign policy adviser on Romney's
2007-08 campaign and he started advising Romney on foreign policy in
2006. Director and co-founder (2009), with William Kristol and
Robert Kagan, of the Foreign Policy
Initiative (+) and
co-author of Start-Up Nation: The
Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
at Rosemont Capital. Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman
and senior advisor, 2003-04. Worked at the Carlyle Group,
2001-03. Legislative aide, press secretary, and communications
director for then-Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI).M.B.A. from Harvard
Business School, 2001. Degree in history from the University of
Western Ontario in London, Ontario; also studied at The Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. twitter
Staff first reported by CNN's Shawna Shepherd on Aug. 13. On Aug.
20 CNN reported that several Ryan staffers from Capitol Hill had taken
leaves of absences to help on the campaign:
Andy Speth - chief of staff in DC
Joyce Meyer - chief of staff in WI
Conor Sweeney - House Budget Committee communications director
Finance Chair Spencer Zwick (SJZ LLC,
A managing partner of Solamere Capital, LLC, a firm he
co-founded with with Tagg Romney and Eric Scheuermann. National
finance chair on Meg Whitman's 2010 campaign for governor of
California. National finance director of Romney for
President. Deputy chief of staff and COO in Gov. Romney's
office. Worked in the Executive Office of the Salt Lake City
Olympic Organizing Committee for the Winter Games of 2002.
Attended the University of Utah and graduated from Brigham Young
Assistant to the
Finance Chairman Annie Starke
(from July 2012; initially
assistant to the political
director from Dec. 2011)
Legislative aide at the C2 Group, June 2011-Feb. 2012. B.S. in
environmental studies from University of Vermont, 2011.
Finance Director Mason J. Fink
(running day to day) Worked at Solamere Capital
and on his independent
business MJF LLC.
Assistant to the
Director Laura Howard
(June 2012) B.A. in
international relations from Johns Hopkins
Deputy Finance DIrector Matthew Waldrip
...regional teams, headquarters staff (started with
Free and Strong
America PAC) Partner at Action First, a
consulting firm, from June 2010. Director of grassroots
operations at Policy Impact Communications, 2009-10. Program
specialist in the International Fellows Program at National Defense
University, 2007-09. Ran a nation-wide grassroots finance
operation (Ambassador Program) for the 2008 Romney for President
campaign. B.S. in political science from Brigham Young
Deputy Finance DIrector Ryan Morley
...data, analytics (April 2011) Partner at
Action First, a
consulting firm, from May 2009. Director of grassroots
communications at Policy Impact Communications, 2009-10.
Management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, 2007-09. Ran a
nation-wide grassroots finance operation (Ambassador Program) for the
2008 Romney for President campaign. Brigham Young University.
Regional Finance Directors
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey J.P. Miller
Fulfilled a similar role at the Free and Strong
America PAC and on Romney's 2008 campaign.
Massachusetts Magan Munson
Previously at the Massachusetts Republican
Party. Community liaison for Sen. David Vitter, from late
Pennsylvania and North Carolina Lindsey
Principal at Williams Drath, LLC from Jan. 2008.
Director of The
Republican Regents and Team 100 at the RNC, 2009-11. Director of
major gifts and corporate partnerships at ONE, May 2007-Jan.
2008. Executive director of The Prosperity Fund at BIPAC,
2006-07. Deputy finance director on Steele for Maryland,
2005-06. Senatorial Trust director, Roundtable director and Inner
Circle manager at the NRSC, 2003-05.
Florida Matt Kilfoyle
(March 2011) Finance coordinator on Charlie
Baker for Governor,
2009-10. Junior analyst at PA Consulting Group, 2008-09.
B.S./B.A. in finance, marketing from Boston University's School of
South and Texas Mackenzie Jortner
(April 2012) Program coordinator for
Regents and Team 100 at the RNC, May-Aug. 2011. Director of
resource development at LVH Consulting, Feb.-May 2011. Associate
at The McIntosh Company, Sept. 2009-Feb. 2011. B.A. in English
from Sewanee-The University of the South, 2009.
Texas William Walker
Principal at TCB Strategies (Taking Care of Business). eFinance director at the RNC for six months in 2009-10. Northeast finance director on McCain-Palin Victory 2008. Finance events manager on Romney for President, Inc. 2007-08. Director of advance on Healey for Governor, 2006. Bachelor's degree in biology from Kenyon College.
Midwest Kirstin Hopkins
(April 2012) Eagles director at the RNC from
Feb. 2011. Finance director on Ron Johnson for Senate,
2010-11. Deputy director of the Southern Republican Leadership
Conference, 2009-10. 72 Hour operations director for RNC Victory
in New Mexico, Sept.-Nov. 2008. Deputy director of volunteers at
the 2008 Republican National Convention, Feb.-Sept. 2008.
Director of special projects at the RNC, 2006-08.
Mountain West Kaitlin O'Reilly
Executive assistant at Solamere Capital, LLC and
executive assistant at SJZ, LLC. Graduate of Tufts University,
(May 2011; previously interned at Free and Strong
America PAC) Graduate of Columbia College, 2011.
Tier 3 and Tier 4 States Trent Christensen
(April 2011) Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP,
Regional finance manager on Romney for President, Inc., 2007-08.
J.D. from Brigham Young University, 2008.
Deputy Regional Finance Directors
(South) - Grady Baker (Tier 3 and 4) - Andy
Davis (PA and NC) - Stephen Duerst (CA) - Owen Dorney
(MA) - Lizzie Edelman (NY, CT and NJ) - Harry
Hill (Mountain West) - Griffin Johnson (MW) -
Fifi Knott (NY, CT and NJ) - Erika Laurie (Tier 3 and
4) - Devon McBee (MW) - Emma Nelson (Tier 3 and
4) - Chuck Roberts (Tier 3 and 4) - Chris
Thomson (FL) - Richard Waters (MW)
Surrogates Director Forrest Anthony
Recent graduate of Brigham Young University.
Director of Communications-Finance Rob Morello
...email marketing, invitations, prospecting (Aug.
2011) BYU project manager in Kampala, Uganda, summer 2011.
manager at Action First and intern at Targeted Victory, Jan.-April
2011. Working towards a B.A. in political science from Brigham
Scheduling Liaison Mike Anderson
Studying towards bachelor's degree from Utah
Valley University; had taken leave to work at Action First Grassroots.
Events Director (RNC) Dougie Simmons
(Oct. 2011) Scheduler in the Office of Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison, 2009-11. Associate at The Larrison Group,
2007-08. Executive assistant to the director of the National
Economic Council at the White House, 2005-07. Scheduler at the
White House, 2004-05. Scheduler in the Office of the Secretary at
the U.S. Department of Treasury, 2003-04. Staff assistant to Sen.
Jeff Sessions, 2003-04. Graduate of the University of Alabama,
Director of Fundraising Systems Bruce
(batching and caging...) CIO at Free and Strong
America PAC from April
2008-March 2011 and, from Jan. 2009 managing partner at Minuteman
Strategy, LLC. Manager of headquarters operations at Romney for
President, Dec. 2006-April 2008. Operations coordinator on the
Healey for Governor campaign, 2005-06. Bentley University.
Director of Reporting and Analytics Alex
(Feb. 2012) Owner/operator of Spun Frozen
Owner/operator of Big Al's BBG, 2007-08. Harvard University.
Deputy Reporting and Analytics Jason Young
(Jan. 2012) B.A. in accounting, political
science from Emmanuel
Compliance Matthew Hunter
Compliance Jeremy Butler
Controller Lynne McMillan
(Sept. 2011) Paralegal at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, July 2010-Sept. 2011. Financial analyst at Eli Lilly and Company, 2009-10. B.S. in finance, accountancy from University of Illinois, 2009.
Jack Gerard, Jr.
Graduate of BYU. Worked in finance on Romney's 2008 campaign.
(May 2012) Finance director at Chris Meek for
2011-May 2012. Wholesale manager at ChalkTalk SPORTS, Jan.-May
2011. Deputy finance director on Tom Foley for Governor, May-Nov.
2010. Member of the US Adaptive Ski Team and the 2010 US
Paralympic Team. Waterfront programs director at The Belle Haven
Club, 2007-08. B.S. in clinical science from Ithaca College, 2007.
(to Sept. 2012) M.P.A. from Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government; M.B.A. from University of
Pennsylvania-The Wharton School; B.A. in biology and public policy from
Women for Romney Jolyn Marie Lorenzetti
(June 2012) Director of events at The LS Group,
2012. B.A. degree
from American University, 2011 after first two years at College of
DuPage. [Note: LS Group is headed by Lisa Spies who served as
Director of Women for Romney Victory
and Director of Jewish Outreach for the Romney campaign].
Director of Donor and Raiser Programs
Spencer Zwick (May 2012) Finance
development program at Raytheon, 2010-12. B.B.A. in finance and
political science from Southern Methodist University, 2010.
Donor and Raiser Programs
(May 2012) Graduate of BYU.
(June 2012) J.D. from Villanova University
School of Law, 2012;
B.A. in political science, environmental studies from Denison
(May 2012) Business and Media Institute staff
writer at the Media
Research Center from Dec. 2010. Northern Virginia coordinator on
Romney for President Sept. 2011-May 2012. Political analyst at
Targeted Victory, Oct.-Nov. 2010. Media and political outreach at
Action First, March-Sept. 2010. Senior media associate at the
Washington News Observer, 2009-10. Research analyst at the RNC,
May-Nov. 2008. B.A. in political science from The George
Washington University, 2008.
Directors of Tarmac Opportunities ("the tarmac twins")
- (from June
2012; interned on the campaign in
summer 2011) Working toward degree from Brigham Young University.
Jenny Christensen - (from June 2012; interned on the campaign in summer 2011) Working toward degree from Brigham Young University.
Director of Donor Relations Maya Buki
(April 2011) Regional political director L.A.
County for the
California Republican Party, June-Nov. 2010. Los Angeles region
field representative for the California Republican Party,
2009-10. Account coordinator at Jack Morton Worldwide,
2008-10. Campus programming director for AIPAC, 2007-08.
Graduate of University of Southern California, 2005.
Although some of Romney's top fundraisers referred to themselves as "national finance co-chairs" and the term was mentioned in various press accounts, the "national finance co-chair" designation was not used for the 2012 campaign and was a holdover from the 2008 campaign. For 2012, the campaign placed a major focus on empowering state/local teams.
General Counsel Katie Biber
(April 2011) Associate at Patton Boggs, LLP from
2006; Biber also served as general counsel on Romney's 2007-08
campaign. Served as associate counsel on Bush-Cheney '04.
J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2004. B.A. in journalism/political
science from The George Washington University, 2000.
Deputy General Counsel Megan Sowards
(June 2011) Associate at Patton Boggs, LLP from
Oct. 2009. Speechwriter at the U.S. Department of State,
2003-05. Press secretary to Sen. Susan Collins, 2001-03.
Speechwriter to Sen. John Chafee and then Sen. Lincoln Chafee,
1999-2001. J.D. from University of Michigan Law School;
undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.
Deputy General Counsel and National Election Day
Operations Director Lee Rudofsky
Associate at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. Clerked
for Judge Andrew
Kleinfeld of the US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit in Fairbanks,
AK. J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2005; M.P.A. from the Cornell
Institute for Public Affairs, 2002.
Associate General Counsel and Deputy National
Director Catherine Holtgrewe
(Oct. 2011) J.D. from University of Colorado
School of Law,
resource and marketing manager at The Assist Group, 2006-08.
Deputy press secretary on Bob Beauprez for Governor, 2006.
Undergraduate degree in biology from Westmont College, 2005.
Associate General Counsel Beverly Moore
(March 2012) Associate at Kellogg, Huber,
Hansen, Todd, Evans
& Figel from Oct. 2010. Investment banker at Goldman Sachs,
2004-06. J.D. from Stanford Law School, 2009. B.S. in
economics from Harvard University, 2004.
Associate General Counsel Annie Donaldson
(June 2012) Associate at Patton Boggs LLP from
Director of special projects and initiative at Free and Strong America
PAC, mid- 2008. Assistant director of operations at Romney for
President, Jan. 2007-April 2008. Senior operations coordinator in
the Office of Gov. Romney, 2005-07. J.D. from Harvard Law School,
2011; undergraduate degree from University of Alabama, 2004.
Senior Advisor Benjamin Ginsberg
National counsel on Romney's 2007-08 campaign.
Partner at Patton Boggs
joined the firm in 1993. Outside counsel for the Bush-Cheney '04
(announced May 30, 2003; resigned Aug. 2004). Outside counsel for
the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 and was a central figure in the
recount. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Ginsberg served eight
as counsel to the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC. Worked for five
as a newspaper reporter for the Boston
Globe, the Philadelphia
Bulletin, the Berkshire Eagle
and the Riverside (Calif.)
prior to law school. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center,
1982. A.B. from University of Pennsylvania, 1974.
(On Jan. 13, 2011, Real Clear Politics reported that
Neil Newhouse would be pollster of a "near-certain presidential
bid.") A partner and co-founder of Public Opinion
Strategies. Previously executive Vice-President of The Wirthlin
Group. Graduated from Duke University and attended graduate
school at the University of Virginia. Originally from Kansas City.
Noam Scheiber. "The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He'd Win." The New Republic, Nov. 30, 2012.
Director of Advertising/Strategic Advisor/Executive Producer Ashley O'Connor
and Schriefer, O'Connor is a principal at SSG; at the firm since Jan.
2006, executive producer of all
advertising and runs the day-to-day business operations of the
firm. Owner of Red October Productions, Inc. since Oct.
1999. Director of production and a member of
the strategy team for Bush Cheney ‘04. Graduate of Mount Holyoke
Creative Director Jim Ferguson
(helping out from Nov. 2011; reported by The New York Times on April 19, 2012..."wrote over 200 commercials in the course of the year.") Ferguson has previous presidential campaign experience; in 2000 he was creative consultant, leading the team of New York ad execs. volunteering on George W. Bush's campaign. "Shop foreman" at Fire in The Hole; joined with Bob Shallcross and Jim Krause to form jimbobkrause. Chairman and COO at TM Advertising/Dallas (Temerlin McClain in Irving, TX) Sept. 2003-Dec. 2007 after a brief stint at at Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide in Chicago. President and chief creative officer of Y&R (Young & Rubicam) in NYC from May 1999 to 2003. Chief creative officer at DDB Needham in Dallas, 1994-99. Senior vice president/creative director at Leo Burnett, 1982-94. Copywriter for Crume & Associates, 1981-83. B.A. in journalism, 1976.
Production Manager Joseph Greeley
(Nov. 2011) Legislative correspondent for Sen.
Roy Blunt, Jan.-Nov. 2011. Regional political director on the
Blunt for Senate campaign, 2010. Media assistant (2008-09) and
media buyer (Oct. 2009-Feb. 2010) for Strategic Media Services.
Degree in international affairs and political science from The George
Washington University, 2008.
Associate Editor/Media Manager / Production Coordinator Clare Burns
(July 2011) Associate editor/media manager at
Citizens United Productions, 2010-11. Junior account executive at
The David All Group, 2009-10. B.A. in broadcast
journalism/political science from Boston University, 2009.
Assistant Media Manager Aaron James
(May 2012) Previously media associate at Luntz
Global. Video producer for the Republican Governors Association,
2011. Audio engineer and camera operator at Act for America,
2010-11, and studios intern at The Leadership Institute, 2010-11.
Studied audio production and engineering at Appalachian State
Senior Media Assistant Meredith Gibbons
(Jan. 2012) Staff assistant to Sen. Roy Blunt,
2011. B.A. in political science from Westminster College, 2011.
Liaisons to RNC
Chief Liaison Brian Jones
Partner with the Black Rock Group. Previously a managing director at Mercury Public Affairs overseeing their strategic communications practice. Communications director on the McCain campaign, Dec. 2006-July 2007. Communications director at the RNC from Jan. 25, 2005. Senior communications advisor on Bush-Cheney '04. Vice President for Polling and Advertising of Mercury Public Affairs. Prior to joining Mercury, Jones served as Research Director for the NRCC. He has worked on campaigns at the local, state and national level. Research director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.
Communications Liaison Kevin Madden
Executive vice president, public affairs at JDA
Frontline from March 2010. A managing director at The Glover Park
Group, 2008-10. National press secretary on Romney's 2007-08
campaign. Spokesman for House Majority Leader John Boehner
(R-OH), Feb.-Nov. 2006. Spokesman for former House Majority
Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). Spokesman for U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales. Northeast regional press secretary on Bush
Cheney '04 (incl. OH, PA, NH). Communications director and a
senior advisor to Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), 2001-03. Public
relations associate at Craig Shirley and Associates, Jan.-March
2001. Washington representative for the Yonkers Industrial
Development Agency from Jan.-Sept. 2000. Primary spokesman for
the Office of the Mayor of Yonkers, 1997-99. Communications
director for the Office of the Yonkers City Council President,
1994-97. Degree in communications from SUNY Cortland.
Political and Field Liaison Ward Baker
Partner at Majority Strategies, a direct mail firm in
Nashville, TN. National political director at the Republican
State Leadership Committee. Campaign director for the Virginia
House Republican Caucus in 2005. 72-Hour director for the
Bush-Cheney campaign in Florida. Political director and 72-Hour
director for Haley Barbour’s successful 2003 gubernatorial campaign in
Mississippi. Campaign manager for Blackburn for Congress (TN-07)
in 2002. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Treasurer Darrell W. Crate
Also served as treasurer of Romney's Free and Strong America PAC and of his 2007-08 campaign. Founder (2009) of Easterly Capital, a private equity firm. CFO of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG), 1998-2011. Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, 2003-07. Worked in investment banking at Chase Manhattan. M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, 1995; B.A. in economics from Bates College, 1989.
Secretary and Senior Advisor Benjamin
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Sept. 12, 2011; served to Sept. 2012 when he left to take position as
president and CEO of Financial Services Roundtable)
National Advisory Council
Chairman of National Advisory Council
Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez
Oct. 10, 2011)
National steering committee
Chairman of National Steering Committee
Former Gov. John H. Sununu
Oct. 24, 2011)
Nikki Haley (SC) (announced
Dec. 16, 2011)
U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass
Nov. 21, 2011)
National Grassroots Leadership Committee
Co-Chair Jennifer Horn (NH)
Dec. 20, 2011)
Reaganites for Romney
(announced Dec. 15, 2011)
Chairman Ambassador Jerry Carmen
Veteran of Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign;
Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration from
1981-1984; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva 1984-1986.
National Hispanic Steering Committee
(announced Jan. 27, 2012)
Honorary Co-Chairs Sec. Carlos Gutierrez and Sen. Mel Martinez
Ros-Lehtinen – Represents Florida’s 18th district and is
currently the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee;
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior Republican woman in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart – Represents Florida’s 21st District in the U.S. Congress; Founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Served in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He was elected in 2002.
Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart – Represented Florida’s 21st District In The U.S. Congress From 1993 Until 2011; Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee; Currently the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Jose Fuentes – Former Attorney General of Puerto Rico; Former Surrogate and Co-Chair Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004; Chairman, Eastport Strategies LLC.
Hector Barreto – Chairman of the Board of The Latino Coalition; President/CEO of Barreto Associates; Former Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration 2001-2006.
Former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (announced Dec. 28, 2011)
Ambassador John Bolton
Jan. 12, 2012)
Jay Sekulow and Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (announced Jan. 15, 2012)
Medal of Honor
recipients Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. (U.S. Army, Ret.) and Captain
John James McGinty, III (USMC, Ret.) (announced
Jan. 19, 2012)
Actor Jon Voight
(Jan. 28, 2012 appearance with Romney in Pensacola, FL)
Donald Trump (announced Feb. 2, 2012)
hunter Rob Keck (announced
Feb. 21, 2012)
Musician Ted Nugent
(tweet reported March 3, 2012)
Foxworthy (JF March 8, 2012 tweet)
Alabama's lead singer
Randy Owen (March 9, 2012 tweet)
Medal of Honor
recipients Colonel Lee Mize (U.S. Army,
Ret.) and Colonel Leo K. Thorsness (USAF, Ret.) (announced
March 12, 2012)
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL) (announced
March 21, 2012)
American Conservative Union
President Al Cardenas (FL) (announced
March 26, 2012)
Former President George H.W.
March 29, 2012)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)
May 3, 2012)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum
May 7, 2012)
Former President George W.
Bush (May 15, 2012)
Herman Cain (announced May
State Manager James Garcia
(announced May 1, 2012) Served as the campaign's
national field director during the primaries. Executive director
of the Colorado Republican Party starting Aug. 2009. Colorado
Victory director from May 2008-Feb. 2009. Regional manager for
Saxby Chambliss' successful 2008 U.S. Senate runoff campaign in
Georgia. A field director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential
Committee in Iowa and Florida. A field director on Shelley Sekula
Gibbs for Congress, 2006; also assisted the Tom DeLay Congressional
Committee in Sugar Land, Texas. B.A. in political science from
the University of Houston, 2006.
State Manager Molly Donlin
State director for Romney's Florida primary campaign, then went on to direct the campaign in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. In 2010 Donlin directed Republicans' Michigan Victory effort. In the fall 2008 campaign she directed Republicans' Victory 2008 effort in Arizona; earlier in the cycle she served as field director for Central Florida on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. Donlin was a presidential appointee in the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, where she served as assistant to the director. Deputy director of volunteer development for the RNC from Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2006, and 72-Hour field director for Hamilton County for the Ohio Republican Party. B.S. degree in international affairs from Xavier University in Cincinnati, 2004. twitter
State Manager Jill Neunaber
(started April 30, 2012) One of two deputy state
directors on Romney's NH primary campaign, May 2011-Jan. 2012.
Northeast regional Victory director at the RNC, Sept.-Nov. 2010.
Political director on the Ovide Lamontagne for U.S. Senate campaign,
Jan.-Sept. 2010. Special projects at the RNC, Sept.-Nov.
2009. Staff assistant to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), 2008-Sept.
2009. A regional field director on the Romney for President Iowa
caucus campaign, 2007-08. Staff assistant on Georgians for
Isakson. Undergraduate degree in political science from
University of Georgia.
State Manager John Sellek
(started end of May 2012) On leave from position
as communications director for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette;
started as press secretary and deputy communications director to
Attorney General Mike Cox in Aug. 2008. Communications and
constituent relations director, Michigan House of Representatives,
2007-08. Deputy chief of staff to the Speaker of the Michigan
House of Representatives, 2005-07. Policy development and
strategic issues coordinator, Michigan House of Representatives,
2002-05. Director of issue research and voter programs for the
Michigan Republican Party, 2000-02. Policy coordinator Office of
the Governor, 1999-2000. Political director on Engler for
Governor, 1998-99. Graduate of Michigan State University,
1997. Grew up in Lansing Township.
State Manager Chris Carr
(reported by Jon Ralston week of May 7, 2012) Previously Western regional political director at the RNC, announced June 1, 2011. West and Southwest regional political director at the NRCC in the 2010 cycle. Northwest political director at the RNC, 2007-08. Campaign manager for Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV) successful reelection bid in 2006. Executive director of the Nevada Victory Campaign and Nevada State Republican Party in the 2004 cycle. Previously executive director of the Clark County Republicans. He came to Nevada from Louisiana; extensive experience in Louisiana campaigns including manager of Dan Kyle's primary campaign for Louisiana Insurance Commissioner in 2003; manager of Donna Mayeux's 2000 campaign for mayor of Baton Rouge; and manager of State Rep. Quentin Dastugue's 1995 gubernatorial campaign. Deputy campaign manager on Jim Gibbons' 1994 campaign for governor. Campaign manager for Bush-Quayle in Nevada in 1992. Interned at the White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Originally from Sulphur.
State Manager Phil Valenziano
(started first week of May 2012) Field staffer
on Romney's Iowa caucus campaign, then worked on field in South
Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri. Pror to joining the
campaign Valenziano worked as a legislative clerk in the Iowa
House. Victory field director in Cedar Rapids for the Republican
Party of Iowa. Graduate of Catholic University of America.
New Jersey native. twitter
State Manager Michael Joffrion
(announced May 1, 2012) Previously the
campaign's regional political director for the South, started May
2011. Political director for the Alabama Republican Party, April
2008-April 2011. Worked on the Charlie Ross for Congress primary
campaign in Jackson, MS and on Rudy Giuliani's Iowa caucus
campaign. A Victory field director for the RNC in Missouri,
2006. M.P.A. (2005) and B.A. in political science (2003) from
Auburn University. Native of Birmingham, AL.
State Manager Scott Jennings
(announced May 2, 2012) Senior strategist at
Peritus Public Relations, from Oct. 2007. Senior advisor to
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2008 re-election campaign in
Kentucky. Deputy White House political director and a
special assistant to the president, 2005-07. New Mexico executive
director of Bush-Cheney '04 (one of only two states to go from blue in
2000 to red in 2004). Political director on Ernie Fletcher for
Governor primary campaign in Kentucky and then for the Republican Party
of Kentucky's statewide effort in 2003. Political director on the
McConnell Senate Committee, 2002. Communications director for the
Republican Party of Kentucky, 2001; in the early part of 2001 served as
press secretary in the Office of the Senate President. Political
director on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign in Kentucky. News
reporter for WHAS Radio in Louisville, KY and for the Kentucky News
Network, 1996-2000. B.A. in political science from University of
State Manager John Gibson
Northeastern regional political director at the RNC
starting in May 2011. Team member at digital media firm Targeted
Victory, 2010. Executive director of American Issues Project,
2009. Mid-Atlantic regional political director for the RNC, Feb.
2007-Feb. 2009. Executive director of the Maryland Republican
Party, 2005-06. Campaign manager/community outreach
representative for Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), 2002-05; also campaign
manager for David Albo for Delegate. Legislative assistant for
Rep. Bob Franks (NJ) and then for Rep. Felix Grucci, 2000-01.
B.A. from Loyola College, 1998. twitter
State Manager Sara Craig
(reported May 3, 2012) State director on
Romney's Iowa caucus campaign. Consultant at Redwave
Communications in Des Moines. Managed Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's
primary campaign for Governor of Tennessee. Legislative caucus
director and executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party,
2008. Central Iowa field director on Romney's 2007-08 Iowa caucus
campaign, and continued on with the campaign to Michigan, Florida, and
Minnesota. Western Iowa field director for the Legislative
Majority Fund at the Republican Party of Iowa in the 2006 cycle.
Degrees in political science and journalism from Marquette University.
State Director Danny O'Driscoll
Previously the campaign's Northeast and Lakes regional political director, and earlier one of two deputy state directors on Romney's NH primary campaign. National absentee and early vote director in the political department at the RNC in Fall 2010. Managed businessman Paul Huber's campaign for the Republic nomination in the May 18, 2010 primary in PA-3 (Mike Kelly won the primary). Managed political operations in the Northeast region for Freedom's Watch.
The 2012 Romney
Readiness Project or R2P, Inc.) was the first transition supported by
federal funds from the time of the nominating conventions, as provided by the
2010 Pre-Election Transition Act. Former Utah Gov. Mike
Leavitt started Romney's transition
efforts beginning with preliminary planning in May. Early work
done from an office at 300 New Jersey Ave. in Washington, DC.
R2P, Inc. worked out of a space organized by the General Services
Administration in the Switzer Building at
Street, S.W. in Washington, DC. Under Leavitt's leadership, the
R2P, Inc. organization
grew to 495 people, 55 on payroll and most, about 85-percent,
volunteers. On a side note, the group did seem a bit lacking in
diversity. The transition effort was designed to proceed through
(readiness, planning, transition and handoff); only the first two were
executed. An Executive Council
consisting of group leaders met
every Friday. There were lists of
specific deliverables. In
addition to working on the nuts and bolts of the new administration,
Inc. aimed "to prepare a
which delivered a continual steam of rapid changes during the first 200
days of the administration." R2P, Inc. kept in close
the campaign, holding weekly coordinating meetings with a group of top
aides consisting of Bob White, Beth Myers, Spencer Zwick,
Ben Ginsberg and Peter Flaherty. ROMNEY
READINESS PROJECT 2012:
Retrospective & Lessons Learned provides an
invaluable review of the Romney transition; as Leavitt states in the
to the book, "We were ready. We
built a fine ship. Unfortunately, it did not sail."
Chairman Mike Leavitt
((advisor to Romney starting in 2010, half time on the
campaign from Nov. 2011, started planning transition in May 2012,
reported by Politico
on June 3, 2012) Founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where
he advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors.
Secretary of HHS, 2005-09. Administrator of the Environmental
Protection Agency, 2003-05. Elected three times as governor of
Utah, in 1992, '96 and 2000; served 11 years, 1993-2003. Chief
executive of The Leavitt Group, family run insurance brokerage,
1984-92. Degree in economics from Southern Utah University,
1974. Grew up in Cedar City, Utah.
Executive Director Chris
Vice chairman and CFO of General Motors, Jan. 2010-April 1, 2011. Senior vice president and CFO of Microsoft, May 2005-Dec. 2009. Senior vice president and CFO and earlier vice president of finance at International Paper Co., 2003-05. CEO (1999-2002) and CFO (1995-98) of Carter Holt Harvey, a New Zealand forest products company. Investment banker; worked at Credit Suisse in Boston for ten years. Masters in Philosophy from Oxford; Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland. New Zealand native.
Christopher Liddell, Daniel Kroese and Clark Campbell. ROMNEY READINESS PROJECT 2012: Retrospective & Lessons Learned. R2P, Inc., May 1, 2013.
Ashley Parker. "Campaigning Aside, Team Plans a Romney Presidency." New York Times, Aug. 16, 2012.
Katy Steinmetz. "The Cost of Romney's Government-Assisted Transition: $8.9 Million." Time, Dec. 19, 2012.
A Period of
The campaign team that made Mitt Romney the GOP nominee was relatively small, less than 100 people to April 2012, and was led by a small inner circle. To gear up for the general election the campaign underwent a period of rapid growth The first notable addition to the national team was the announcement on April 5 of Ed Gillespie as senior advisor. In early April the campaign signed a contract with the RNC to form Romney Victory. More people were added to the communications and political teams. In late April Brian Jones, Ward Baker and Kevin Madden started as liaisons between the campaign and the RNC, and by the beginning of May the campaign began to put state directors in place. On May 17 the campaign's employment page listed twenty openings in the digital department (+). Not everything worked perfectly. Richard Grenell was brought on as spokesman on national security and foreign policy; his resignation on May 1 drew a bit of attention in the media. In June the national campaign probably experienced its most rapid growth, bringing on dozens of staff in areas such as digital and coalitions.
Spokesman on National Security and Foreign
Policy Richard Grenell
(reported by The New York Times on April 19, 2012; resigned May 1, 2012) Founder/partner at Capitol Media Partners in Los Angeles from Nov. 2009. Senior vice president for communications at DaVita, 2008-09. Director of communications and public diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2001-08, serving four ambassadors. Director of communications for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, 1998-2001. M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1998. served as a spokesman in Gov. George Pataki’s Administration in New York, and for then U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (SC) and for U.S. Rep. David Camp (MI). B.A. in government and public administration from Evangel College, 1988. twitter
Michael D. Shear and Trip Gabriel. "Romney Set to Merge Staff With National Committee." The New York Times, April 20, 2012.
Emily Friedman. "Romney's Boston Headquarters Staff to Quadruple Ahead of General." ABC News, April 20, 2012.
Ashley Parker. "Romney Bulks Up Team for General Election." The New York Times, April 19, 2012.
Matt Viser and Michael Kranish. Mitt Romney’s inner circle to abruptly expand." The Boston Globe, April 15, 2012.
Zeke Miller. "Romney’s SWAT Team Closes Out The Primaries." BuzzFeed, April 6, 2012.
"Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful." - Rupert Murdoch, July 1, 2012 Tweet.
Through mid-year, with four months to go until Election Day, the Romney campaign largely stuck to a one-dimensional "Obama isn't working" message. Media baron Rupert Murdoch's July 1 Tweet, amplified by pieces in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, struck a chord with some observers. In a July 5 editorial, the Journal referred to "the campaign's insular staff and strategy that are slowly squandering an historic opportunity." John Podhoretz, writing in the New York Post, opined that "Romney seems to have an unfortunate habit of cocooning himself with advisers who’ve been through the wars with him..." Craig Shirley and Diana Banister also weighed in, suggesting that Romney "layer in some seasoned hands from past winning campaigns. It might also be helful to bring in serious policy people."
Craig Shirley and Diana Banister. "Time for Romney to Reframe the Race." Politico, July 11, 2012.
Editorial. "Romney's Tax Confusion." Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2012.
John Podhoretz. "Mitt's Losing Habit." New York Post. July 5, 2012.
William Kristol. "Dukakis, Kerry ... Romney?" The Weekly Standard, July 5, 2012.