400 S. Tryon Street, Suite 500, Charlotte NC 28285
(page updated September 20, 2012)
Democrats held a convention kick-off, during
which they unveiled the logo, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte
on Sept. 6, 2011. On Jan. 17, 2012 the DNCC announced that the convention would be
shortened from four days to three and that the final day of the
convention would be held in Bank of America Stadium to allow greater
access. On Feb. 14, the DNCC announced
hotel assignments and headquarters hotels, and on Feb. 15, 2012 Los
Antonio Villaraigosa was announced as
Convention Chair. On
July 16, 2012 the DNCC received the keys
to Time Warner Cable Arena. Ultimately the DNCC had a staff of
about 170 people.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Kerrigan
(announced May 20, 2011) Previously director of
convention planning at the DNC. Chief of staff for the 2009
Committee. Did surrogate scheduling at Obama for America.
President of Corner 4 Solutions starting May 2008. Senior vice
president at Lynch Associates Inc, 2007-May 2008. Chief of staff
to Mass. Attorney General Tom Reilly, 2003-07. Chief of staff at
2004, Inc. (the host committee for the 2004 Democratic National
Convention), Jan.-Aug. 2004. Worked for Sen. Edward Kennedy from
1989-2003 including as director of scheduling and advance and later as
political director. Graduate of the University of Maryland,
College Park, 1993.
Executive Assistant to the CEO Taylor
(May 2012) B.A. in political communications from
Washington University, 2012; various internships including White House
Office of the Social Secretary and summer organizer for Organizing for
Special Assistant to the CEO Gina Lee
(April 2012) Press and communications intern in the Office of the First Lady, EOP, 2010-11. B.S. in journalism and American history from Boston University, 2010.
Director, Office of the CEO Elizabeth
(from June 2011; initially director of special
of municipal affairs
and scheduler to State Sen. Katherine Clark (MA), Jan.-June 2011;
earlier legislative aide to State Rep. Clark, and
managed Clark's state Senate campaign in the first part of 2010.
Associate at FHO Partners, 2007-10. Research associate at
Trammell Crow Company, 2006-07. Leasing assistant at Equity
Office Properties, 2005-06. J.D. from Suffolk University Law
School, 2003; B.A. in English from Providence College, 1997.
Director of Special Projects Elizabeth
Senior Advisor for Convention Planning
Senior Advisor to the CEO David Cusack
Deputy assistant to the president and director of
advance at the White
House, 2011-12 (announced Jan. 27, 2011); deputy director of advance at
White House, 2009-10. Director of events and ceremonies for
Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2009. Senior aide to Al Gore at
Leadership '02. Graduate of Colby
Director of Pre-Convention Logistics and
(started as deputy director of communications for community relations in Oct. 2011, then director of press operations for communications and public affairs from Jan. 2012) Director of outreach communications and national radio/TV booking for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and the Democratic Steering/Outreach Committee from June 2009. CEO of Mosaic Public Relations, 2002-09. Public affairs manager at Columbia University, 2008-09. Publicist at Newsweek, 2006-08. Director of public relations at Integrity Publishers, 2006-07. Manager of public relations at Zondervan Publishers, 2002-05. B.A. in marketing communications from Columbia College Chicago.
Director of Public Outreach Dan Gross
(June 2012) President of Brydie Spoon, Inc., an
marketing and event management firm in the New York area, since Oct.
2011. Also advance associate for the White House starting
2012. Worked as a senior account manager for a marketing
agency. Director of scheduling and advance at the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, 2009-10. National advance staff
on the Obama campaign from Jan. 2007-Nov. 2008, then did logistics for
the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. Director of scheduling
and advance on Ned Lamont for Senate, from Aug. 2006. Conference
director, Campaign for America's Future, to July 2006. Event
coordinator for The Washington Speakers Bureau, 2005. National
advance staff on the Kerry presidential campaign, Jan.-Nov. 2004.
Personal aide to Sen. John Kerry, 2001-04. B.S. in political
science from Marshall University, 1999.
Director of Convention Center Operations
(March 2012) Manager of conventions
services for Events DC, 2002-12.
Director of Volunteer Coordination
(March 2012) Various positions at the Department of Defense, 2009-12. Worked on Obama for America starting as a field organizer in July 2007, and later as failth/political outreach coordinator and regional field director/GOTV director. Legal auditor, 2006-07. B.S. in criminology from Florida State University, 2006.
Budget Director Tegan Alexander
Deputy finance director on the Ritter for Governor
Colorado, 2009 (Ritter, elected in 2006, opted not to seek a second
term). Associate director of budget and finance at the DNCC in
Denver, 2008. Deputy finance director on Shafroth for Congress,
2007. M.P.P. from University of Denver, 2011; B.A. in journalism,
political science from University of Kentucky, 2007.
Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff Travis Dredd
(announced May 20, 2011) Previously special
assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, from Jan.
2009. Deputy director for the Office of the Vice President-elect
on the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Deputy CEO for hall
operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Deputy
executive director for the X PRIZE Foundation, 2005-07. Deputy
hall manager for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Lead advance on Kerry for President New Hampshire primary campaign and
national advance lead on Kerry-Edwards 2004. Worked on Gore's
2000 campaign and as a legislative aide for Sen. Feinstein
on Capitol Hill. From January to May 2000 he worked on the White
House national advance team. Degree in political science
from UCLA, 2000. Served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Deputy Chief of Staff Alejandro
(announced May 20,
2011 as director
of special projects)
Previously convention operations manager at the DNC.
Director of Headquarters Operations Chris M. Cobbs
(Jan. 2012; formerly serves as special assistant to the chief of staff) Consultant, 2010-Jan. 2012, also graduate intern for Rep. Chaka Fattah, 2010-11. Program associate fro the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 2008-10. B.A. in psychology from North Carolina Ag. and Tech. State University, 2007.
Compliance Manager Jesse Sendroff
(Dec. 2011) Previously congressional liaison at
Department of Energy from Feb. 2010. J.D. from Western New
England University School of Law, 2009; B.A. in political science from
Quinnipiac University, 2006.
Director of Operations F. Clark Jennings
Associate at Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow
PLLC in Little
Rock; clerked for the Hon. D. P. Marshall Jr. of the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. J.D. from
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, 2011.
Deputy communications director to Gov. Mike Beebe. Worked on
Obama's 2008 campaign and earlier as senior advisor for advance on John
Edwards for President. B.S/B.A. in marketing management from the
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2001.
Senior Advisor Cameron Moody
(announced May 20, 2011) Director of the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President since Jan. 2009. Deputy CEO for "Outside the Hall" Operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for the American Cancer Society's National Government Relations Office. Deputy CEO for Operations for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Deputy Director of Logistics for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in L.A., and Deputy Director of Transportation for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Moody worked on the 2002, 2000 and 1996 Olympics and the 1997 Denver Summit of the Eight (G-8 Economic Summit). He is an engineer by training and has worked in automotive and athletic shoe design and development. B.S. in industrial engineering from NC Agricultural and Technical State University, 1986 after attending Morehouse College.
Deputy Senior Advisor Treshawn Shields
Managing Director of Credentials Zoe
(announced May 20, 2011) DNC senior
advisor for convention
planning in advance of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Senior advisor for operations
for the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee. Worked on
2000 and 1996 conventions as deputy director for convention planning,
associate director for credentials, and special assistant to the Deputy
Officer. Event coordinator for the 53rd Presidential
the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Operations Manager Lauren
(started as executive assistant to the chief of staff in June 2011) White House intern, Jan.-June 2011. In 2010 Prince served as a field organizer for the Nevada Democratic Party and earlier on the Swett for Congress campaign in New Hampshire. B.A. from Boston University, 2010.
Director of Transportation Brian Wickersham
(from Jan. 2012) Director of operations at Carey
2001-08. Director of transportation for the 2000 Democratic
National Convention in Los Angeles. B.S. in education from
Venue Transportation and Bus Operations
Manager Andrew Ballard
Served as director of transportation for the 2008
convention in Denver
and has worked on the last four
Democratic National Conventions. Has experience managing
transportation logistics on numerous large-scale events including the
2007 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Atlanta, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt
Lake, Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, the 1997 Summit of the Eight, the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and the 1997 and 1993 presidential
inaugurations in Washington, DC.
Director of Housing Kelsey Larus
(announced May 20, 2011) Comes to the Convention
from the White House Travel Office. Co-director for housing on
the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Director of Security Tom Rosfelder
(reported March 21, 2012) Per the Charlotte
most recently managed the Cleveland Electronic Crimes Task Force and
the Cleveland/Northern Ohio Organized Crime Task Force. He
previously served 26 years with the U.S. Secret Service.
Deputy Director of Security Norman Garnes
Retired from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
Chief Operating Officer Theo LeCompte
(announced May 20, 2011) Consultant at Halyard
Strategies from March 2009. Deputy director of media logistics
for the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Director of media
operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Communications director at Western Progress; started in
August 2007. Associate director of press relations at the Center
American Progress in
Washington, DC. Deputy director for media affairs at the Clinton
Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 2006. A permanent press lead
national advance staffs of Clark for President and Kerry-Edwards
Has also worked for A&E Television, HBO, NBC News and
Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering
and Applied Science, 2001.
Executive Assistant to the COO Jeffrey
(Jan. 2012) Government affairs coordinator at
American Forest &
Paper Association, 2011. Press assistant to Sen. Evan Bayh;
assistant to the national volunteer coordinator at Organizing for
America, Fall 2010. B.A. in international relations from
Connecticut College, 2010.
Director of Stadium Operations Alan Fitts
(March 2012) Trip director for First Lady
Michelle Obama, Feb.
2009-Feb. 2012. Managed several events for the Presidential
Inaugural Committee. National advance staff on Obama for America,
Feb.-Nov. 2008. Associate (2005-08) and analyst (2000-03) in the
investment banking division at Goldman Sachs. M.B.A. from Harvard
Business School, 2005; B.A. from Williams College, 2000.
Stadium Operations, External Manager Joe
Owner of Bulldog Bike Restoration since 2007.
Did consulting on
event production and planning at Joe Vivalo consulting, 2000-06.
President of Aqua Cooler Media, 2005-06. Director of special
operations at Oceana, Sept. 2001-May 2003. Ride director for the
Washington DC AIDS Ride, 1997-99. Worked at the Environmental
Protection agency as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator
(1996-97) and special assistant to the Deputy Director on State and
Local Relations (1994-95).
Deputy Director of Stadium Operations for Access
Control Jennifer Larus
President of Ware Events, Inc. since Jan. 2009 and
for the Executive Office of the President at the White House also since
Jan. 2009. Co-director of housing for the Presidential Inaugural
Committee 2009. Advance staff on the Obama campaign in Fall
2008. Convention services manager at the Omni Richmond Hotel,
2004-08. Meetings manager at Opera America, 2002-04.
Tradeshow and market development coordinator for SnowSports Industries
America, 2000-02. Special events coordinator for OpSail 2000
Virginia, 1999-200. Master's in tourism and event management from
The George Washington University, 2000. B.S./B.A. in marketing
from Longwood University, 1999.
Director of Hall Operations Kimberlin Love
A protocol officer at the U.S. Department of
State. Did press advance for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential
campaign. Spokeswoman on Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's 2003
campaign. A deputy press secretary at the DNC, starting in the
latter part of 2000. Deputy press secretary to Vice President Al
Gore, announced March 2000. Communications director and
legislative assistant for Congressman Earl. F. Hilliard. Public
relations coordinator for America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth.
Director of Media Logistics Karen Burchard
Director of press operations for the 2008
DNCC. Director of press advance on Kerry-Edwards 2004,
Inc. Prior to the campaign Burchard went to grad school in
earning an M.A. in Archaeology, and consulted at SAIC. Deputy
of advance at the White House from early 1999 to Jan. 2001. In
of 1998 she returned to the Department of Education and from there was
detailed to the White House. Worked at the President's Initiative
Race. Did advance full-time until 1998. Press lead on
re-election campaign. Worked for Secretary Riley and Deputy
Kunin at the Department of Education in the scheduling and advance
office from 1993-96. Graduate of the University of Virginia with
degree in Linguistics and Spanish, 1987. From Arlington, VA.
Deputy Director of Media Logistics for
(May 2012) Did consulting. Served as
director for Rep. Joe Sestak for about four months in 2007.
Communications director on Josh Rales for the U.S. Senate, 2006.
Advance for Kerry/Edwards. Did advance for the White House from
1996-2001 and for the Gore/Lieberman campaign.Publicist at RCA
Victor/BMG Classics, 1998-99. National advance staff on
Clinton/Gore 1996. B.A. degree from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Deputy Director of Media Logistics Will
Staff assistant at the White House and advance
Communications director/legislative assistant to Congressman Marion
Berry, March 2010-Jan. 2011. Media logistics coordinator on the
2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Senior account executive
at Clear Channel Communications, 2007-08. B.A. in psychology from
University of Arkansas.
Deputy Director of Media Logistics Jessica
Experience includes national advance lead in the
Senate Office of the
Vice President, and video editor on the 2008 Obama campaign.
Communications & Public Affairs
Chief Communications Officer Kristie Greco
(announced July 11,
2012; held role of communications director from May 20, 2011)
veteran. Served as communications director to Rep. Jim Clyburn in
the Office of the Majority Whip and earlier as press secretary to Rep.
Assistant to the Chief Communications Officer Richard Ruffner
Recent raduate of Davidson College with a degree in
political science; served as a
communications intern at the DNCC during his senior year.
Director of Press Relations Alex Glass
(announced July 11, 2012) Deputy press director and spokesperson for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Worked for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for over ten years to Oct. 2011, serving as her long-time communications director and advisor. Deputy campaign manager for Murray’s re-election campaign in 2010, and has worked on numerous political campaigns. First exposure to national political conventions in 2000 as a surrogate booker with the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign.
Press Secretary Joanne Peters
(from July 2011) Regional press secretary at the
DNC in the 2010
cycle, started May 2009. Press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge
2005-April 2009. Deputy director of radio booking at the DNC
in 2008. Press secretary/legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Baca
Writer Jackeline Stewart
Latino communications coordinator at SEIU. Co-founder and blogger at LookAcute.com. Worked at the National Council of La Raza from 2007-11, starting as a quality control copy editor and concluding as a senior media relations specialist. M.A. in print and online journalism, 2007; B.A. in broadcast journalism from American University, 2006.
Deputy Press Secretary Ryan Daniels
recently worked as a senior account executive at Edelman Public
Relations on the Energy and
Transportation team. A press assistant for U.S. Rep. James E.
Clyburn. Graduate of North Carolina State
Deputy Press Secretary Samuel Lau
Most recently deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Native of East Brunswick, NJ.
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Ortega
Legislative assistant to Rep. Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY). Constituent services representative and outreach staffer
to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). B.A. in political science and
B.F.A. from Rutgers, 2011.
Press Relations Assistant Lisa Paul
Previously a communications intern at the
DSCC. Master’s degree
from Northwestern University.
Director of Press Operations Tonya Ellison
Director of Digital
Media Nikki Sutton
In the 2008 campaign Sutton worked on the MyBO in the
department at the Obama campaign. Graduate of Middlebury College.
Director of Public Engagement A'shanti
Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Office of
Public Engagement of the Department of Labor from March 2011. B.A. in
political science from UNLV, 2005. From Nevada.
Deputy Press Secretary for Public
Engagement Jasmine Mora
Most recently worked
for Rep. Xavier Becerra’s leadership office. U.C. Berkeley
grad. From Los Angeles.
Director of Surrogate Operations Lesley
Came to the DNCC from position as communications
director for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, started June
2011. Press secretary to Rep. Henry Cuellar, 2010-11. Held
several positions in media production from 2005-10, including producer
for BBC News, news desk producer for Eurovision Americas Inc., and at
This Week with George Stephanopoulos. B.A. in comparative
politics, Spanish literature from UC San Diego, 2005.
Director of Studio 2012 Gigi Hinton
Director of broadcast media at the Brookings
Chief Information Officer Andrew Binns
(from Oct. 2011; initially the DNCC's director of technology, announced May 20, 2011 to Oct. 2011) As a technology consultant "has worked on more than a dozen local and state political campaigns." Lead project manager of technology for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver; lead project manager for technology for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
IT Security Analyst/Help Desk Manager
Information security analyst at Wells Fargo, 2010-11. Wireless field technician for Clear, 2010. Technical support analyst for Wachovia, 2008-09. B.S. in industrial operations management from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2008. Instructional designer/corporate technical trainer at Family Dollar, 2001-04. Instructional designer and software trainer for SI International, 1998. U.S. Air Force, 1985-98.
Lead Project Manager Elizabeth Schrock
(...managing IT vendors and service providers, July
Strategic business unit manager/account program manager for Affiliaited
Computer Service, 2001-11. Program manager for Lockheed Martin,
2001-03. Manager at MCI/WorldCom, 1997-2001. Director at
the Corporation for Open Systems, Inc. 1986-96. B.A. in political
science/economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and
Outreach Eureka Gilkey
(announced May 20, 2011) White House liaison at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Started on Obama's campaign in 2007 as deputy political director, then served as Georgia state director, Texas political director, and North Carolina political director. National training director for EMILY's List during the 2006 cycle. Deputy political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America during the 2004 election cycle. PAC coordinator at the AFL-CIO during the 2002 election cycle. Message and polling coordinator at the DNC. Gilkey has worked on several campaigns, including Diane E. Watson for Congress (CA-32) and Ron Kirk for U.S. Senate in Texas. First job out of college was political assistant at EMILY's List. Graduate of Howard University. Texas native.
Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and
Outreach Kevin Monroe
(announced May 20, 2011) Assistant to Charlotte
Mayor Anthony Foxx from early 2010. Political director on Obama's
fall campaign in North Carolina. Served as U.S. Sen. John
Edwards’ representative in the
Charlotte area. Managed one of Rep. Mel Watt's campaigns and
consultant on Foxx's two campaigns for City Council. Prior to his
political experience, Monroe was the senior policy adviser for national
security to the late U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford and
was on the Senate Armed Services Committee staff for U.S. Sen. Bob
(D-FL). Grew up in Buies Creek.
Senior Advisor Rick Wade
Wade also serves as senior advisor to Obama for
America to the state of
South Carolina. A member of Obama's 2008 campaign team;
(announced as a senior advisor
on May 24,
2007, and served as African American Vote Director.
Vice president of business development for Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Democratic nominee for
Secretary of State in 2002, obtaining about 44 percent of the
Senior associate at Fowler Communications. State director of the
S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (announced by Gov.
in Jan. 1999, served through May 2002). Other experience includes
senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company in New
analyst for the S.C. House Ways & Means Committee, executive
to the president of University of South Carolina and chief of staff for
former Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore. M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of
1997. B.S. from the University of South Carolina. Native of
Chief Counsel Judy Corley
(from August 2011) Served as general counsel at
the DNC through
June 2011. Attorney at Perkins Coie. Worked at the Federal
Election Commission from 1975-81, including chief of public
communications, 1978-81. J.D. from The George Washington
School, 1985; B.A. from the University of Washington, 1974.
Deputy In-House Counsel John Johnson
Deputy In-House Counsel Kenneth Hardy
Executive Producer Ricky Kirshner
Runs RK Productions and is one of the entertainment
production executives; he has produced countless television specials,
spectaculars, political events and corporate gatherings and won three
Kirshner produced the 2008, 2004 and 2000 Democratic National
Other examples of his work include executive producer of the 2007 Super
Bowl Half Time Show starring Prince, the broadcast of the 60th Annual
Awards in 2006, senior producer of "ABC 2000," ABC News's Millennium
producer for the North American Treaty Organization's (NATO) 50th
Summit and producer for President Bill Clinton's 1997 Inaugural Gala on
Stage Manager David Cove
diversity contracting policy
Construction Manager - partnership between Rodgers Builders, Inc., Hunt Construction Group and H.J. Russell and Company.
Event Architect - partnership between Populous and Neighboring Concepts
Exposition and Event Services Provider - Hargrove, Inc.
(announced Oct. 25,
Construction Manager and Event Architect
(RFP issued Sept. 13,
due Sept. 30,
2011) "The CM will
oversee the modification and then restoration of the Arena for the
Convention, and will serve as the lead agency for the project.
The EA will be responsible for various architectural and design
planning needs of the Convention and design a world-class convention
Exposition Services Vendor
(RFP issued Sept. 21, due Oct. 7, 2011) "The Exposition Services vendor will be responsible for delineating assigned spaces within the Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte Convention Center and other venues as designated offering for rent materials and furniture to outfit assigned spaces, and processing individual organization orders for such services."
Housing Services Vendor
(RFP issued Oct. 21,
due Nov. 8, 2011) "The housing services
vendor will work closely with the DNCC housing department to manage the
DNCC’s hotel room blocks for convention
week. The vendor will be responsible for providing support teams,
including call centers, website reservation services and fax machines;
building on existing housing inventory, handling contracts and
assisting with housing inspections; managing housing inventory,
wait-list procedures and post cut-off procedures; providing reservation
services and meeting space management systems; and managing deposits
and refunds, conducting audits and producing ongoing reports."
Security Printing Services Vendor to Print
(RFQ issued Dec. 21,
"Credentials will be
printed by a security printing firm and bear security features to
ensure against counterfeiting."
Transportation Services Vendor
(RFP issued Feb. 10, due Feb. 24, 2012) "The transportation services vendor will be responsible for providing motor coach transportation and transportation management services, including developing a comprehensive transportation plan to and from more than 150 hotels and various DNCC events, supplying full-sized motor coaches that conform to DNCC guidelines, providing on-site operation support and staff, creating maps and diagrams, developing and submitting routings for approval, developing contingency plans, tracking vehicle movements, and more."
Website Services Vendor
(RFP issued March 9,
due March 20,
2012) "The websites services vendor will be responsible for
design, development and production services, including website hosting
Artwork and Design Services
for 2012 DNC Credential
March 29, 2012) "will develop credential designs and/or artwork
coordination with the DNCC, the security printing vendor and other
vendors. Vendors may bid for both credential design and artistic
services, or may bid for just one component."
(RFP issued June 15, 2012) "The operation will include radio and satellite TV studios, photo, video and online support that will allow media located across the country to conduct live and taped interviews from their home states with elected officials and surrogates in Charlotte."