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The campaign finished with a core staff of about 18. At the time of the Green Party Convention in mid-July 2012 the campaign had about a dozen staff; it was able to expand after obtaining federal matching funds. Ballot access was a major preoccupation through to September.
Campaign Manager Ben Manski
(Nov. 2011) Over two decades of experience in
Green Party politics; Manski joined the Greens in 1990 at age 16.
executive director of the Liberty
Tree Foundation, principal
attorney at Manski Law, LLC, co-owner of the green business network
PosiPair.com, and member of the sociology faculty at MATC. Green
Party candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 77 (Madison's West
Side) in 2010. Elected co-chair of the Green Party of the United
States in 2001, and worked as national director of the Campus Greens
USA. Midwest field director on Nader 2000. J.D. from
University of Wisconsin, 2005; B.A. in sociology from University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 1999. Ran for Dan County Board in 1996,
winning 49.8% of the vote. Grew up in Madison. twitter
Associate Campaign Manager for Field Erika
(announced Jan. 30, 2012 as national field
director) A leader in the
Wisconsin uprising since she helped organize the occupation of that
state's capitol building. Advocacy field organizer for United
Council of UW Students. Joined the anti-war movement in late 2001
as a high school student activist. twitter
Associate Campaign Manager for Operations
Presidential Handler Kate Davidson
Currently working on Master's degree in religion from
Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Undergraduate degree in
religious studies from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Vice Presidential Handler Alex Howard
Worked as a litigation attorney in New York and on
congressional campaign in New York's 8th District. Law
degree from Pace Law School; undergraduate degree from American
Campus and Youth Organizer Cabo Granato
B.A. in political science from Rutgers
University; served as president of the student body.
Labor Organizer Chuck Iver
A labor activist in New York City. He has worked
on organizing campaigns in the Longshoremen's union and the Teamsters.
He was an early, leading activist in United Students Against Sweatshops
as well as the Books Not Bombs student strikes.
Community Network Organizer David Schwab
Experience includes online organizer for
GreenChange.org, and translator and teacher of English as a foreign
Racial and Economic Justice Organizer
Has been involved with organizations like Hip
Hop Congress, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, the
Women's Economic Agenda Project, The Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center and
Silicon Valley De-Bug, among others.
Spanish Language Outreach Tara Colon
A formally homeless youth and formally homeless mother. Colon is a member of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and one of the founders of the national Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.
Fair Debates Organizer Carl Gibson
Co-founder of U.S. Uncut, a grassroots movement that
tied corporate tax
dodging to budget cuts in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street.
Social Media Specialist Janelle Sorensen
Communications consultant with over 10 years
experience working on advocacy campaigns across traditional and new
media platforms. Pursuing on a Master's degree with a focus on
leadership and social change.
Online Fundraising Specialist Ali Thebert
Joined with the Green Party in 2010 helping
state legislative candidate Jeremy Karpen win 35% of the vote.
Information Director Matthew Kozlowski
Degree in political science from University of
during his senior year Kozlowski served as chair of the Wisconsin
Student Public Interest Research Group.
Phonebank Manager Chris Neverman
2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Materials Manager Amanda Lazzari
Recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin at
Media Strategy and Outreach Glenn Turner
and Shayna Samuels
Founders (2003) and partners at Ripple Strategies, a
firm. Turner graduated from SUNY at Binghamton in 1993.
Samuels served as deputy communications director at the Drug Policy
Alliance from 1999-2003 and as an account executive at Fenton
Communications, 1997-99; she graduated from UC Berkeley in 1995.
Bookkeepers Rick Tvedt (and Judy Sinnett)
Tvedt is a CPA practicing in Madison, WI and
specializing in non-profit financial management.
Senior Advisor John Andrews
Member of the Mass. Green-Rainbow Party. twitter
Climate Taskforce Mark Dunlea
Community organizer and long-term welfare rights
advocate. Executive director of Hunger Action. A former
head organizer for ACORN; researcher for the Environmental Planning
Lobby; and national field director of the Campaign for Safe
Energy. Graduate of RPI and Albany Law School. Originally
from Long Island, now lives in a passive solar home in Poestenkill, NY.
Labor Taskforce Howie Hawkins
Has run for office more than a dozen times
including governor of New York in 2010. Works at UPS.
Resident of Syracuse, NY.
Media Relations/Taskforce Coordinator
Green Party of New York candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010. Candidate for City Council in District 39 in Brooklyn in 2001 and 2003 and challenged the Brooklyn Borough President in 2005. Active in the Green Party of New York since 2001. Involved in the Founding Convention of the Labor Party. Mattera has worked with under served, immigrant children and their families in the NYC public hospital system for over 20 years. Taught children with special needs for 5 years. M.Ed. in special education from Bank Street College of Education. Lifelong resident of Brooklyn.
Media Relations/Celebrity Event Scheduling/Green
Economy Advisor Sarah Manski
Fellow at Meister Consultants Group from June 2012 and at Liberty Tree Foundation from Jan. 2008. CEO of PosiPair.com, a Green business network, since Oct. 2008. Part-time sociology professor at Madison College, 2010-12. Considerable experience in radio, including producer of "Here On Earth: Radio Without Borders" for Wisconsin Public Radion, 2006-07; produce of "EcoTalk" for Air America Radio, in latter part of 2005 and reporter for Pacific Radio, 2003-05. Master's degree in life science communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009; B.A. in sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002.
Translation Isabel Espinal, Steve Herrick
Field June Brashares
Online Media Specialist Michael Martez Johnson
Student at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Candidate for the Dane County Board of Supervisors (District 5) in April 2010. Ran Katrina Flores' April 2009 campaign for Madison City Council. Co-founder of Students for Progressive Dane.
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Associate Campaign Manager Anthony Price
(announced Jan. 30, 2012) Over forty years of labor organizing in a wide variety of positions with the Steelworkers, Teamsters, National Treasury Employees Union, SEIU and IFPTE. He was elected to his first union position at the age of 17 as Chief Shop Steward with Teamsters Local 986 in Vernon, California. He is a practicing lawyer and officer of the National Lawyers Guild.