updated March 29, 2011)
Honorary Chairman Former Gov. Mitt Romney
Executive Director 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 Executive Director Kelli Harrison
Executive assistant to the campaign manager on Romney
for President. Graduate of Tufts University, 2007.
Chief Operating Officer and Counsel Louis Tavares
Deputy national finance director on the Romney for
President campaign. Associate legal counsel in the Office of Gov.
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.
Chief Information Officer Bruce Nilson
Also managing partner at Minuteman Strategy,
LLC. Manager of headquarters operations at Romney for President,
Dec. 2006-April 2007. Operations coordinator on the Healey for Governor
campaign, 2005-06. Bentley University.
Director of Operations Will Ritter
Special assistant to Mitt Romney on the Romney for
President campaign. Attended Northeastern University.
Senior Advisor Beth Myers
Principal at the Shawmut Group. Longtime aide
to Romney; managed his 2007-08
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
and earlier was an advisor on his gubernatorial campaign. Chief
to state Treasurer Joseph Malone for five years. Worked in Texas
with Karl Rove during the 1980s. Graduate of Tufts University,
Senior Advisor Peter G. Flaherty II
Principal at the Shawmut Group. Advisor on
Romney's 2007-08 presidential
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
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, 1984.
Communications Advisor Andrea Saul
(announced March 3, 2011) Press
Secretary for Carly Fiorina’s U.S. Senate race in California.
Communications director for Gov. Charlie Crist during his recent U.S.
run but resigned in April 2010 upon his decision to switch party
affiliation. Press secretary to
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) during much of 2009. Director
of media affairs for McCain-Palin, responsible
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.
Policy Director Lanhee Chen
(from Jan. 2011, announced March 28, 2011) Most recently a visit scholar at the University of California's Institute of Governmental Studies. Chen was the deputy campaign manager and policy director on California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's campaign for governor, 2009-10. Associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, 2008-09. Chief domestic policy adviser during Romney's 2007-08 campaign for president. Senior counselor to the Deputy Secretary at HHS, 2008. A health policy adviser to Bush-Cheney ’04. Ph.D. in political science, J.D., A.M. in political science, and A.B. in government, all from Harvard University.
Finance Spencer Zwick (SJZ LLC, Lexington,
A managing partner of Solamere Capital, LLC, a firm he
with Tagg Romney and Eric Scheuermann. National finance director
of Romney for President. Deputy chief of staff and COO in the
Governor'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 University.
Web and Phone Service/E-Strategy Consulting Targetted Victory LLC (Alexandria, VA)
Telemarketing for PAC FLS Connect LLC (St. Paul, MN)
SCM Associates (Dublin, NH)
On Jan. 13, 2011, Real Clear Politics reported that Rich Beeson will be political director and Neil Newhouse pollster 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.
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.
PAC Treasurer David Kochel
Owner of Redwave
Communications in Des Moines. Served
as senior Iowa advisor on Romney's Iowa campaign in 2007-08.
Executive vice president at DCI Group, Dec. 1996-Feb. 2002.
Managed Lamar Alexander's Iowa campaign in 1999. Executive
director of the Michigan Republican Party for April-Dec. 1996.
Executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa in 1995-96.
political science from Iowa State University, 1987.
Senior Advisor/Strategist Jim Merrill
(reported by John DiStaso March 22, 2011) Managing
Devine Strategies in Concord, NH (>). Senior
advisor on Ovide Lamontagne's 2010 campaign for the Republican U.S.
Senate nomination. Director of Romney's 2007-08 New Hampshire
primary campaign, after serving
as chairman of Romney's The Commonwealth PAC NH in the 2006
cycle. Member of the Devine
Law firm and served as legal counsel to the New Hampshire Republican
Prior to joining Devine Millimet, Merrill spent over two years on the
of former New Hampshire Gov. Stephen E. Merrill. New Hampshire
field director for the successful 2000 general election campaign of
Bush and New Hampshire Grassroots Co-Chairman for President Bush’s
campaign in 2004. J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center,
B.A. from Gettysburg College, 1994.
Director Jason McBride
(reported by John DiStaso March 22, 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
of the House Republican Campaign Committee (in that position, he was
lead fundraiser). Prior to that McBride worked for Secretary of
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
University, 1995. Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan.