2013 Presidential Inaugural Committees


currently being updated Jan. 26, 2013           

Presidential InauguraL Committee

hundreds of people worked on the PIC, and the vast majority of them worked either on the Convention or the campaign.  below is a partial listing  PIC

(leadership announced Dec. 6, 2012)
Honorary Chairs:
President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
President George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
Honorary Co-Chairs:
Ambassador Matthew Barzun, National Finance Chair of President Obama’s reelection campaign and former Ambassador to Sweden
Eva Longoria, Actress, Obama for America Campaign Co-Chair and Founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation
Jane Stetson, National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Frank White, former member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises


Chair, PIC Board of Directors  Stephanie Cutter
Chair, PIC Finance  Rufus Gifford

Chair, National Day of Service  Jen O'Malley Dillon
Chair, National Mall  Patrick Gaspard
Chair, Inaugural Parade  Jim Messina
Chair, Inaugural Balls and Receptions  Julianna Smoot

and 8 Citizen Co-Chairs

(announced Jan. 17, 2013) Ida Edwards (VA), Erica Chain (CA), Lily Griego (CO), Kenyatta Jones (OH), Liz McCartney (LA), Rob Hach (IA), David Hall (DC) and Petty Officer Second Class Taylor Morris (IA)

Chief Executive Officer  Stephen Kerrigan

CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee (announced May 20, 2011) after serving as director of convention planning at the DNC.  Chief of staff for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural 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 Boston 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 Director  David J. Cusack

Senior advisor to the CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  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 College, 2000.

Chief of Staff  Carrie S. Devine

Senior coordinator for the G8 and NATO Summits at the State Department; special assistant and advance lead at the White House.  A national advance lead on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Director of events at Adaptive Path, 2005-07.  Lead advance for Teresa Heinz Kerry on the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Worlked in press operation for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, 2001-02.  Vice president at IMG, TWI Interactive, 1999-2000.  Senior director of marketing services at Sybase, 1996-99.  Manager of event marketing at Powersoft, 1993-96.  B.A. in journalism from Marquette University, 1985.

Deputy Chief of Staff  Nora Cohen

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations  Alejandro Rodriguez

Deputy chief of staff at the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte; started as director of special projects.  Convention operations manager at the DNC, 2010-11.  Worked in the Office of Sen. Paul Kirk, 2009-10, and the Office of Sen. Edward Kennedy, 2007-09.  Special assistant to the Attorney General of Massachusetts, 2005-06.  Field organizer on New Mexico Victory 2004.  Worked on Boston 2004, Inc. the host committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  A.B. in government from Harvard University, 2003.

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director  Clark Jennings

Senior director of convention operations at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, March-Oct. 2012.  A lead advance staffer for the White House since Jan. 2009.  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 to the Executive Director  Marlon Marshall

Deputy field director on the campaign, from April 2011.  Field director at the DCCC in the 2010 cycle.  Deputy White House liaison to the State Department.  In Fall 2008 Marshall served as general election director in Missouri on Obama’s Campaign for Change. On Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign he was field director for the May 6 Indiana primary, the March 4 Ohio primary and the Jan. 19 Nevada caucuses.  In 2006 Marshall served as field director on the Maryland Coordinated Campaign and earlier as Prince George's County regional field director.  Regional field director for the Kansas Democratic Party in the 3rd CD for the last six months of 2005.  In summer and fall 2004 Marshall served as Kansas City, MO field organizer/regional base vote director on the Missouri Coordinated Campaign; he finished the campaign doing GOTV in Ohio.  Graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in communication studies. Native of St. Louis.  

Events and ceremonies

Director of Events and Ceremonies  Theo LeCompte

COO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  Consultant at Halyard Strategies from March 2009.  Deputy director of media logistics for the 2009 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 for American Progress in Washington, DC.  Deputy director for media affairs at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 2006.  A permanent press lead on the national advance staffs of Clark for President and Kerry-Edwards 2004.  Has also worked for A&E Television, HBO, NBC News and NYC2012.  Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, 2001.

Deputy Director of Events and Ceremonies  Jordan Whichard

A trip coordinator at the White House scheduling and advance office.  Worked on Obama's 2007-08 campaign.  Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007.

Inaugural Planning

Director of Inaugural Planning  Grant E. Campbell

Associate director and trip coordinator at the White House.

Director of Inaugural Parade  Lindsay Scola

Scheduler to the Secretary of Energy.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign starting in March 2007 in Iowa and then joining the advance team.  Worked on the staff of Rep. Adam Smith (WA) for about two years from Aug. 2005.  Degree in political science from the University of Washington, 2005.

Deputy Parade Director  Claire Cullis

National advance staffer on Obama for America from June 2012.  Senior associate at the Dewey Square Group, Dec. 2006-June 2012.  Assistant language teacher in Japan, 2005-06.  National advance staffer on John Kerry for President.  B.A. in international/global studies from University of Iowa, 2004.

Mall Logistics Director  Kathryn Minor

JCCIC Liaison  Alan Fitts

Director of stadium operations at the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, from 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.

Convention Center Director  Comelia Sanford

Director of convention center operations for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte from March 2012.  Manager of conventions services for Events DC, 2002-12.


Communications Director  Brent Colburn

Communications director at Obama for America.  Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Director of external affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  A national spokesperson for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009.  In Fall 2008 served as communications director on the Obama campaign in Michigan (and worked on the campaign in Virginia in the final three weeks.  Manager of the issues and advocacy practice at Burson-Marsteller, 2007-08.  Worked for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as deputy chief of staff to Oct. 2007, as spokesman on her 2006 re-election campaign, and earlier as a senior advisor.  Communications director for Sen. Charles Schumer, mid-2004.  Research director on Howard Dean's presidential campaign, 2003-04.  Worked at the DCCC.  A regional political director for the Democratic Leadership Council.  Graduate of the College of William and Mary, 1998.

Deputy Communications Director  Rachel Racusen

(July 2012)  Deputy communications director at Obama for America from July 2012.  Vice president of SKDKnickerbocker (fka Squier Knapp Dunn) from Feb. 2012.  Director of public affairs at FEMA, May 2010-Feb. 2012.  Communications director (from 2008-10), deputy communications director (2006-08) and press assistant to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Rep. George Miller.  Account coordinator at Dittus Communications, 2005-06.  B.A. in political science from Union College, 2004.

National Spokesperson  Addie Whisenant

Southeast regional press secretary at Obama for America from Sept. 2011.  Democratic press secretary for the House Financial Services Committee, Aug. 2010-Sept. 2011.  Communications director to Rep. Artur Davis (initial deputy communications director), April 2009-Aug. 2010.  Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications.  Native of Atlanta, GA. 

Deputy National Spokesperson  Cameron French

North Carolina press secretary on the Obama campaign.  Previously communication specialist at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of HHS.  Communications director to Congressman John Hall (NY), June 2010-Jan. 2011.  Deputy communications director to Congressman Brad Sherman (CA), 2009-10.  Deputy press secretary at the DNCC, then a regional press secretary at the DNC.  Press assistant at the Podesta Group, 2006-07.  Studied political science at UNC Charlotte.  Pennsylvania native.

Deputy National Spokesperson  Aoife McCarthy

Previously Nevada press secretary on the Obama campaign from March 2012.  Press secretary at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Director at the Glover Park Group.  Staff writer at Politico.  Degree in English from The George Washington University, 2002.

Director of Surrogate Media  Matt Bevens

Surrogate press coordinator on the Obama campaign from Nov. 2011.  Senior associate at The Glover Park Group, 2009-11.  Client services representative and social research assistant at Calvert Funds, 2007-09.  B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2007.

Director of Booking  Rob O'Donnell

Deputy director of surrogate communications on the Obama campaign; moved over from doing surrogate and allied group outreach at the DNC. 

Director of Constituency Press  Stephanie L. Young

Director of regional press at OFA-FL from July 2012.  Communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus, Jan. 2011-July 2012.  Press secretary on Cohen for Congress, 2010-11.  Deputy press secretary and African-American press advisor at the DCCC, 2009-10.  Communications associate at Rock the Vote, 2008-09.  Editorial assistant at The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 2006-08.  B.A. in broadcast journalism from Hampton University, 2006.

Director of Foreign Press  Holly Shulman

New Hampshire communications director at Obama for America from Jan. 2012.  Communications director at the NHDP starting April 2011.  Press secretary/media strategist at the Sierra Club, 2010-11.  Communications director on Lee Fisher for Ohio, Fall 2010.  Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, 2009-10.  Producer/writer for The McLaughlin Group, 2008-09.  Press secretary on Noriega for Texas, 2008.  Press secretary for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, 2007-08.  Political director for Womens Information Network (WIN), 2006-07.  Field staffer on Carney for Congress, 2006.  Manager of member services at the Association for Competitive Technology, 2005-06.  Director of scheduling at ElectionMall Technologies, 2004-05.  B.A. in urban studies from Vassar College, 2004.

Hispanic Media Coordinator  Nathaly Arriola

Hispanic press coordinator on the Obama campaign from Feb. 2012. Press secretary for Hispanic media to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from March 2011.  Public policy fellow in the Office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.  B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara, 2010.

Communications Manager  Caroline Behringer

Northern Virginia regional press secretary at OFA-Virginia from July 16, 2012. Previously a media specialist at the World Wildlife Fund.  Graduate of American University.


Associate Director of Research  Michael Erkkila

Worked the close of the campaign doing operations support at OFA-Nevada; lead researcher for the DNC in Chicago, May-Oct. 2012; research associate at Obama for America, April 2011-May 2012.  Ad production coordinator at Cars.com, 2007-10.  Senior order entry associate at GBC, 2005-07.  M.A. in economics from Roosevelt University, 2011; BBA in international business/management from Northwood University, 2004.

Associate Director of Research  Jon Bosscher

Vetting research director on the Obama campaign starting in April 2012.  Research associate at the DNC from Jan. 2010.  Research consultant, 2009-10.   Research fellow at The Atlas Project, late 2009.  Field organizer in Ohio on Obama's 2008 campaign.  M.A. from Bowling Green State University, 2008; B.A. from Miami University, 2005.


Digital Director  Nathaniel Lubin

Director of digital marketing on the Obama campaign.  Senior associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive, 2009-11.  Writer/producer in Obama's 2008 campaign.  B.A. in political science and government from Harvard College.

Director of Digital Marketing  Chris Choi

Senior advertising strategist on the Obama campaign, from Nov. 2011.  Associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive from July 2009.  B.A. degree from Wesleyan University.

Digital Department Coordinator  J.D. Bryant

Junior advertising specialist at Obama for America from March 2012.  A regional field director for the ONE campaign, 2011.  Bryant was a special projects manager on Obama's 2008 campaign; he worked on creation and design of print and web collateral and on the campaign's national surrogate radio operation.  B.A. in political science from Northwestern University, 2011.


Chief Information Officer  Andrew Binns

Chief information officer (from Oct. 2011) and earlier director of technology (announced May 2011) at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  As a technology consultant, Binns "has worked on more than a dozen local and state political campaigns."  Lead project manager of technology/requirements analyst for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver; lead project manager for technology for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.  BSBA in management from Boston University, 2009.

Technology Coordinator  Mackenzie Walker

Executive tech assistant at Obama for America from July 2012.  B.A. in sociology from University of Washington, 2011.

VOlunteer Operations

Director of Volunteer Operations  Marquita Sanders

Director of volunteer coordination for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  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.

Associate Director of Volunteer Operations  A. Angelique Roché

A regional field director in SE North Carolina on the Obama campaign from Feb. 2012.  Legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, 2008-12.  J.D. from Southern University Law Center, 2006; B.A. in mass communication, print journalism and print and broadcast media from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge, 2003.

Associate Director of Volunteer Operations-Inaugural Parade  Shehn Datta

Regional GOTV director on the campaign in North Carolina, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Writing aide Moraga School District, 2008-09.  Field organizer on Obama's 2008 campaign, Jan.-Aug. 2008.  J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law, 2012; B.A. in sociology from Mills College, 2007.

Deputy Director of Training and Operations  Kristen Dore

Training director at OFA-Virginia from June 2012.  Training director at the New Organizing Institute, 2010-12.  Assistant to the director at the DNC, 2008-09.  Assistant to the director of volunteer programs on the 2009 PIC.  Organizer on Obama's 2008 campaign from Dec. 2007; worked in seven states.  B.S. in communication and media studies from San Diego State University-California State University, 2007.

OFfice Of Public Engagement

Director  Yohannes Abraham

Deputy national political director at Obama for America; national political director of Organizing for America at the DNC.  Legislative assistant and assistant to the House liaison at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.  Started on the Obama campaign in the Iowa caucuses, and served in leadership roles in the South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi and North Carolina primaries; Virginia field director during the general election.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Yale University, 2007.  Native of Springfield, VA.

Associate Directors 
Brian Gill

(engaging sports, education, housing, transportation, science and technology organizations)  Deputy field director at OFA-Virginia from Nov. 2011.  Special assistant in legislative affairs at the Department of Defense, 2010-11.  Legislative assistant at the Office of Management and Budget, 2009-10.  Field staffer on the Obama campaign Feb.-Nov. 2008, then worked as a special assistant on the transtion.  B.A. in economics from University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Erin Hannigan

(engaging environmental, sportsmen and rural organizations)  Worked on Obama's campaign for the last several months as NH GOTV director and earlier coordinating Operation Vote efforts in the Midwest.  Associate director, Office of Public Engagement at the White House, 2011-March 2012.  Deputy director in the Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs (March-Dec. 2011) and staff assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations (April 2009-2011) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Field staffer on Obama's 2008 campaign, in the general election served as a regional field director in SE Iowa, started in May 2007 as an organizer in Iowa, previously interned in then Sen. Obama's office from Sept. 2006.  B.A. in public administration, political science and history (triple major) from St. Ambrose University, 2007.

Ginette Magana

(engaging women)  OFA New Mexico political and Operation Vote director from March 2012; started on the campaign in July 2011 as a digital constituency manager.  Finance director on Harry Teague for Congress, July-Nov. 2010; outreach director in Rep. Teague's congressional office from Feb. 2010.  Press secretary to Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, 2009.  Senior field representative for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, 2007-09.  Master's degree in international relations and affairs from Troy State University, 2007; B.S. in communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin, 2002.

Leah Cowan

(engaging progressive advocates and organizations)  A regional field director at OFA-NC.  Staffing researcher at Google, 2010-11.  Confidential assistant at the SEIU California State Council, 2008-10.  Field organizer on Obama's 2008 campaign.  B.S. in biology from Notre Dame de Namur University, 2007.

Alissa Ko

Operation Vote director at OFA-Virginia from Aug. 2012; western regional Operation Vote Director/National AAPI Vote director at Obama for America from March 2012.  Deputy PAC director at Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010-12.  President of California Young Democrats, 2009-11.  Political/community organizer for SEIU Local 1000, 2008-Jan. 2010.  PAC/development coordinator at Consumer Attorneys of California, 2005-08.  B.A. in business economics from UCLA.

Amanda Aguirre

OFA-NC director of trips from June 2012.  Management analysis/executive assistant to the direvtor at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Jan.-June 2012.  Staffer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010-Jan. 2012.  Graduate of University of Texas at Austin, 2010.

Intergovernmental affairs

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs  Eureka Gilkey

Director of intergovernmental affairs and outreach at the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte.  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.

Crowd Logistics

Director of Crowd Logistics  Dan Gross

(June 2012)  President of Brydie Spoon, Inc., an experiential marketing and event management firm in the New York area, since Oct. 2011.  Director of public outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  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.

Assistant to the Director  Gabby Horton

Deputy Director  Tony Politzer

Operations lead at OFA-NC, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Deputy director of credentials management/Charlotte in 2012-Democratic National Convention Committee.  Regional operations coordinator-LMS for StubHub, 2008-12.  Field sales for Ecco, 2007-08.  B.A. in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University, 2002.

Operations Manager  Miriam Chan

Regional operations director-West at Obama for America from July 2011.  Operations director on Bill White for Texas, 2009-11.  B.A. from the Univesity of Texas at Austin, 2009.


ADA  LIzzy Lewis
Children's Concert   Allen Bucy
Convention Center   Brandon Jessup
Inaugural Ball-Commander in Chief   Jaime Zeppa Kreager
Inaugural Ball-Public  Sabrina Curtis, Paola B. Luisi, Rachel Ruskin
JCCIC Liaison/Capitol   Ian Gray, Aaron Hulse
National Building Museum   Tatiana Sullivan
National Cathedral   Allison Cho
Parade   Brooke Lillard, Rose Staram
Service Day   Lynn Brown

Staff Ball   Daniella Urbina
Swearing in Ceremony   Ro Adebyi, Diana Arevalo, Adair Gregory, Alysha Tierney

Crowd Managers, Associate Crowd Directors

Children's Concert   Assoc. Caithlin Madigan

Convention Center   Assoc. Erin Frautschy Barrows
Inaugural Ball-Commander in Chief   Ilhaam Jaffer

Inaugural Ball-Public   Tabitha Bennett

JCCIC Liaison/Capitol   Assoc. Zaina Javaid
Mall   Assoc. Kaitlin Gaughran
National Building Museum   Assoc. Evan Glover
National Cathedral  Arian Herckis

Parade   Nancy Schoemann; Assoc. John McComb

Service Day  Maggie Murphy
Staff Ball  Emily Bisek
Swearing in Ceremony   James Quinn

Media Logistics

Director of Media Logistics  Caroline Coscia

Press lead and special assistant at the White House from Aug. 2011.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2010-11.  Advance associate for the White House, 2009-10.  Media logistics coordinator on the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Press advance on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Undergraduate degree from James Madison University, 2007.

Deputy Director of Media Logistics  Erin Mulhall

National advance staffer at Obama for America from July 2012.  Advance associate at the Whith House, 2011-12.  Media relations consultant for No Labels, 2011.  Did communications on Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate, 2010.  Deputy policy director for research at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2007-10.  B.A. in political science, communications from Boston College, 2007.

Media Logistics Operations Manager  Clare Marshall

Advance desk at Obama for America from March 2012.  Advance associate at the White House.  Undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington, 2011.

Children's Concert   Megan E. Jordan
Inaugural Balls   Michael Dale-Stein, Josh Kagan
Mall  Noreen Kassam
National Cathedral   Drew Ledbetter
Parade  Randy Paris, Amy Rosenfield
Service Day  Stephen Smith


Director of Transportation  Andrew Ballard

Venue transportation and bus operations manager for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte.  Director of transportation for the 2009 PIC.  Director of transportation for the 2008 convention in Denver and has worked on previous 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.

First Family Inaugural Planning

Associate Director  Laura Benbow

Presidential scheduler at Obama for America from May 2012.  Program assistant at PATH, May-Oct. 2011.  Scheduler (2010-11), asistant to the chief of state (2009-10) and staff assistant for constituent experience (2008-09) in the Office of Sen. Maria Cantwell.  B.A. in political science fom Seattle University, 2008.

Associate Director Timothy Merritt

Scheduler for the First Lady at Obama for America from June 2012.  Deputy director of scheduling to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi from May 2011.  Communications director, scheduler, intern coordinator to Rep. Gene Green (TX), Dec. 2007-May 2011.  B.A. in international development from University of North Texas, 2008.


Director of Protocol  Lisa Kohnke

Director of scheduling and advance at Obama for America.  Director of Special Events in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House from Jan. 2009.  Director of the Office of the President-Elect for the 2009 PIC.  Deputy director of scheduling and advance on Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  Associate director of national events for AIPAC, Oct. 2005-May 2007.  Joined the Kerry campaign in May 2004 as a scheduler for Sen. Kerry; moved over to advance and served as a deputy director of advance from July 2004 to the end of the campaign.  Scheduled for Congressman Kendrick Meek, late 2002 to May 2004.  Scheduled for Gore after he left office, first at his transition office then at his PAC, Leadership 02, until Nov. 2002.  Joined the Gore campaign in Nov 1999; worked as a field organizer for 5 months in Sioux City, IA and Broward County, FL, did advance for 3 months, then moved to Nashville in June to be the advance desk for Vice President Gore teams until Nov. 2000.  National field director of College Democrats of America, from Spring 1998 to Fall 1999.   B.A. degrees in political science and Jewish studies from Indiana University, 1998.  Grew up in Oak Park, IL.


Talent Director  Joseph Reinstein

Director of surrogates at Obama for America.  Deputy Social Secretary in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama from Jan. 2009.  Two decades of marketing experience, including vice president of marketing at Medline Industries, 2007-09; senior vice president/senior account director energy at BBDO, 2003-07; vice president and marketing director at Element 79, 2001-03; and vice president and marketing director at Foote Cone & Belding, 1998-2001.  Degree in government from Oberlin College, 1987.

Associate Director  Jake Stevens

National regional surrogate director at the Obama campaign from April 2012.  Special assistant in the office of the CEO and president at OPOWER, 2010-12.  Scheduling assistant to Rep. Xavier Becerra, 2009-10.  Deputy to City of West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, 2008-09.  B.A. in politics from Occidental College, 2008.


Marketing and Merchandise Director  Meaghan Burdick

Marketing and merchandise director on the campaign from April 2011.  SBA's White House liaison.  Director of grassroots fundraising on Obama's 2007-08 campaign.  [http://store.barackobama.com]  Director of marketing and online services at the DCCC, Jan. 2005-Jan. 2007.  Director of marketing at  DSCC, 2002-04.  Manager of direct marketing at EMILY's List, 1998-2002.  Graduate of Georgetown University, 1998.

Ticketing and Credentialing

Director of Ticketing and Credentialing  Katy Cutright

Chief operating officer at Charlotte in 2012 host committee.  Campaign manager on Jim Kyle for Governor (TN) 2009-10.  Deputy director for ticket management on the 2009 PIC.  Deputy campaign manager on Protect Colorado's Future, 2008.  National trip director for Elizabeth Edwards on John Edwards for President, Dec. 2006-Feb. 2008.  Campaign manager on Hank Gilbert for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.  Communications director on Bob Gammage for Governor (TX), 2005-06.  National lead advance on Kerry-Edwards '04; press pool shepherd on John Edwards for President.  Graduate of Texas Tech University.

Associate Director for Honored Guests  Lily Winter

Finance assistant on Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Senior finance assistant at the Charlotte Host Committee, June 2011-Sept. 2012.  Finance on Hancock for Denver, Feb.-June 2011.  Finance assistant/operations on Cooper for Lieutenant Governor (SC), 2010.  B.A. in political science from the College of Charleston, 2010.

Access Control

Director of Access Control  Kevin Monroe

Deputy director of intergovernmental affairs and outreach at the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, 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 Graham (D-FL).  Grew up in Buies Creek.


Finance Director  Elizabeth (Liz) Lowery

Deputy finance director at Obama for America.  Finance director at the DSCC in the 2010 cycle, starting in Jan. 2009.  Senior advisor to the chairman at the DLC, since June 2007.   National finance director Harold Ford, Jr. for U.S. Senate, 2004.  Fundraising consultant at Kimball Stroud & Associates, Inc, 1999-2003.  University of Alabama.

Northwest Finance Director  Autumn Sample

Midwest Finance Director Roz Skozen

Sam Brown


Operations Director  Zoe Garamendia

Managing director of credentials for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte.  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 the 2000 and 1996 conventions as deputy director for convention planning, associate director for credentials, and special assistant to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  Event coordinator for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration, the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Budget Director  Tegan Alexander

Budget director for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte.  Deputy finance director on the Ritter for Governor campaign in 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.

Compliance Director  Jesse Sendroff

Compliance director for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Dec. 2011-Oct. 2012.  Congressional Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy, 2010-11.  J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, 2009.  B.A. in political science from Quinnipiac University.

Director of Printing Services  Gina Manley

A regional GOTV director for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.  Deputy director of credentials operations at Charlotte in 2012.  Consultant.  Senior partnership specialist/team leader at the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-10.  Independent consultant, 2003-08.  Program analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau, 1997-2002.  Development and media relations coordinator at the New Jersey division of Cancer Care, Inc.  M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in communications from Seton Hall University.

Director of Headquarters Operations  Chris M. Cobbs

Director of headquarters operations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention from Jan. 2012; initially served 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.

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Ben LaBolt

Press secretary on the campaign from mid-May 2011.  Communications director on Rahm Emanuel's campaign for Mayor of Chicago.  An assistant press secretary to President Obama.  Joined the Obama campaign in Aug. 2007 and held a variety of roles including spokesman on the primary campaign in Ohio and a deputy press secretary in the general election.  Press secretary in Obama’s Senate office.  Spokesman on Sherrod Brown’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in Ohio in 2006.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), 2005-July 2006 and for a bit in early 2007.  Seacoast regional director on Howard Dean's 2003-04 New Hampshire primary campaign.  2003 graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in political science; president of College Democrats at Middlebury, 2001-03 and helped out on Howard Dean's 2000 re-election campaign.  Native of LaGrange, Illinois.

Tom Reynolds (Special Projects)

Director of regional media on the campaign from Sept. 2011.  Deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Ohio deputy communications director for Obama for America in fall 2008. In May 2008 Reynolds joined Qorvis Communications as a director.  National press secretary on Bill Richardson's presidential campaign and earlier served as Iowa communications director for the campaign.  Press secretary to Sen.Tom Harkin (D-IA).  Communications director for Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).  Earlier, according to The Hill, he worked for a public-affairs firm in Southern California.  Undergraduate degree from Boston University, and has completed most of the work towards Master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.

Jennifer Friedman (Inaugural Balls)

Senior communications advisor at Obama for America from Sept. 2012.  Director of public affairs at the Commerce Department from Jan. 2012.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, Jan. 2011-12.  Vice president and director of communications for the Albright Stonebridge Group, June 2007-Jan. 2011.  Director of state communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2004-07.  Communications director/communications coordinator at the Violence Policy Center, 2002-04.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2002.

Clark Pettig (Inaugural Parade)

Senior communications advisor to OFA-Virginia from July 2012; previously communications director (Jan.-July 2012) and press secretary (Sept.-Dec. 2011) at OFA-Michigan.  Communications director to Congressman Gary Peters (MI), Jan.-Sept. 2011; and communications director to Congressman Glenn Nye (VA), 2009-10; press secretary to Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH), 2007-08; and intern and press secretary at the House Rules Committee in 2007.  M.A. in mass communication from University of Florida, 2005.  B.A. in history from Hamilton College, 2003.

Kristie Greco (National Day of Service)

Chief communications officer (from July 2012) and communications director (from May 20, 2011) at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.  Capitol Hill veteran.  Served as communications director to Rep. Jim Clyburn in the Office of the Majority Whip and earlier as press secretary to Rep. Peter DeFazio.


General Contractor  Hargrove Inc.

"Hargrove will manage an extensive variety of responsibilities for the inaugural balls including design, fabrication and production as well as management of all technical services (lighting, sound and video). The company will also provide floats for the inaugural parade and the large volume of signage related to the inaugural activities."

Joint congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

Chairman  Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Staff Director  Jean Parvin Bordewich

Staff director of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from Jan. 21, 2009.  Chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-NY).  Hudson Valley regional director for Sen. Charles Schumer.  Democratic nominee for Congress from New York's 22nd CD (Hudson Valley) in 1998, losing to former state labor commissioner John Sweeney (R).  Served on the Red Hook Town Council starting in 1997.  Owner of a technical publishing company.  B.A. from Brown University, 1973; M.B.A. from the George Washington University, 1982.

Press Secretary  Matt House

Experience includes upstate press secretary for Sen. Charles E. Schumer and press secretary for Rep. Paul Hodes.

Matthew P. McGowan

A professional staff member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, McGowan has over a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.

Joint Task Force - National Capital Region

JTF-NCR Commander  Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, U.S. Army

Deployed on Operation Enduring Freedom on the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) staff in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the J5 and later as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Projects, Sept. 2009-April 2011.  71st Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Deputy Commanding General at Fort Benning, GA.  Commanded the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) where he deployed both in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), June 2002-June 2004.  Other experience includes command and staff positions at Fort Ord, CA; Fort Riley, KS; the Berlin Brigade in West Berlin, West Germany; multiple assignments to Fort Campbell, KY; the Republic of Korea, and on both the Army and Joint Staffs in the Pentagon.  Graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1980 and was commissioned as an infantry officer.  M.S. degree in mathematics from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute.  Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Course at Fort Benning, GA, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.

JTF-NCR Deputy, Inaugural Support  Brig. Gen. James P. Scanlan, U.S. Air Force

JTF-NCR Senior Enlisted Advisor  Command Sgt. Major David Turnbull, U.S. Army 

Lead Inaugural Planner  Mike Wagner

Note: Initially 176 military personnel were involved in planning for the inauguration, and that expanded to about 250.  All told about 5,500 military personnel are involved in the inauguration including 2,500 participating in the parade, 1,500 on the street and 900 at the Capitol serving as ushers, escorts and in other roles.