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This is a partial listing of the hundreds of people who worked on the PIC, department headings are inferred and there is much room for improvement. The listing does give a sense of the scope of the organization as well as the experience that people brought to the effort. Note that the vast majority of PIC staff had OFA or Convention experience.
(leadership announced Dec. 6, 2012)
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
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
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
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 Director David J. Cusack
Senior advisor to the CEO of the 2012 Democratic
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
Chief of Staff Carrie S. Devine
Senior coordinator for the G8 and NATO Summits at the
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,
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 for Administration
Deputy director of advance for the Vice President and
Dr. Biden at
Obama for America from March 2012. Deputy director of advance in
the Office of the Vice President June 2009-March 2012. Advance
associate at the White House, Feb.-June 2009. Media logistics
coordinator on the 2009 PIC. National advance staff on Obama's
2008 campaign. Grants manager at the Pennsylvania Horticultural
Society, 2005-08. B.A. in English language and literature from
Harvard College, 2003.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Deputy chief of staff at the Democratic National
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
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
Senior director of convention operations at the 2012
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/National Day of Service
Deputy field director on the campaign, from April
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
COO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention
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
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.
Deputy Director of Events and Ceremonies
A trip coordinator at the White House scheduling and
office. Worked on Obama's 2007-08 campaign. Graduate of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007.
Director of Inaugural Planning Grant E. Campbell
Director of advance on the campaign. 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
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.
Director of National Day of Service
Field director at OFA-Pennsylvania from Sept.
2011. Worked as a
policy assistant for
the White House
Council and at the White House Council on Environmental
Quality as a special assistant in legislative affairs. Worked for
over a year on Obama's 2008 campaign starting as a volunteer in
California and concluding as a regional field director in New
Mexico. Bachelor's degree in international relations from
Connecticut College, 2007.
Deputy Director of National Day of
Deputy field director at OFA-Colorado from March
policy associate at
Internews Network, 2009-11. A field organizer on Obama's 2008
campaign, started Jan. 2008. B.A. in sociology, international
affairs from George Fox University, 2007; student body president
NE Edna Ishayik
Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Tracy Del Bianco
Southern Jesse Boateng
Midwestern Scott Mackey
Western Tomas Talamante
DC Area Adin Lenchner
Mall Logistics Director Kathryn Minor
National advance lead on the campaign from April
policy advisor and counsel (Jan. 2008-April 2009) and investigative
counsel (Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008) for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland
Security. Attorney at Patton Boggs LLP, 2003-07. J.D. from
Tulane University Law School, 2003; B.B.A. in business from Southern
Methodist University, 2000.
Convention Center Director Comelia Sanford
Director of convention center operations for the
Convention Committee in Charlotte from March 2012. Manager of
services for Events DC, 2002-12.
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.
Communications Director Brent Colburn
Communications director at Obama for America.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Director of Surrogate Media Matt Bevens
Surrogate press coordinator on the Obama campaign from
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
Director of Booking Rob O'Donnell
Deputy director of surrogate communications on the
moved over from doing surrogate and allied
group outreach at the DNC.
Director of Constituency Press Stephanie
Director of regional press at OFA-FL from July
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
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.
National Day of Service Communications
Rapid response director at OFA-VA from Sept. 2012. Press secretary at the Democratic National Convention Committee from July 2011. Regional press secretary at the DNC in the 2010 cycle, started May 2009. Press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC), 2005-April 2009. Deputy director of surrogate booking at the DNC in Fall 2008. Press secretary/legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Baca (CA), 2004-05. B.A. in journalism and mass communication, political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003.
Parade Communications Manager Caroline
Northern Virginia regional press secretary at
OFA-Virginia from July
16, 2012. Previously a media specialist at
Wildlife Fund. Graduate of American University.
Communications Manager for Inaugural Balls and
Deputy press secretary in South Florida on the Obama
April 2012. South Carolina press secretary for the Obama
campaign, Oct. 2011-March 2012. Deputy press secretary (2010-11)
and press assistant (2009-10) at the U.S. Department of Commerce,
Press assistant on Obama's campaign in Fall 2008. Copy editor at
Gainesville Today, 2007-08. Master's degree in business
management from University of Florida's Warrington College of Business,
2008; Bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Florida, 2007.
Associate Director of Research Michael
Worked the close of the campaign doing operations
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,
Writer/producer in Obama's 2008 campaign. B.A. in political
science and government from Harvard College.
Director of Design Jillian Maryonovich
Lead interactive designer at Obama for America from
2012. Senior interactive art director at Digitas Chicago,
2006-11. Flash designer at Barbarian Group, 2004-06.
Studied graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art, 1999-2002;
studied drum performance at Berklee College of Music, 1995-99.
Director of Digital Marketing Chris Choi
Senior advertising strategist on the Obama campaign,
2011. Associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive from July 2009.
B.A. degree from Wesleyan University.
Email Director Martha Patzer
Senior outbound writer at Obama for America from May 2011. Prior to joining the campaign Patzer was an email campaigner at the DNC, starting Aug. 2010. Online outreach and communications manager at the League of Women Voters, 2009-10. Communications manager at the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, 2007-09. Arts and entertainment writer for UWeekly, 2006-07. Copy editor at the South Bend Tribune, 2005-06. B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Writer Tanya Somanader
Senior digital writer at Obama for America from Feb. 2012. Reporter at the Center for American Progress, ThinkProgress, 2010-Feb. 2012. Legislative correspondent in the Office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, 2008-10. Degree in history, international relations from Brown University, 2007.
Email Writer Rebecca Christopher
Writer at Obama for America from Aug. 2011.
Writer at OMP, July
2010-July 2011. Undergraduate degree in political science and
government from Valparaiso University.
Email Writer Patrick Stevenson
Outbound writer at Obama for America from April
account executive (Nov. 2010-March 2012) and account coordinator (Agu.
2009-Nov. 2010) at GYMR Public Relations. B.A. in English and
history from Xavier University, 2008.
Director of Video Emily Anderson
Senior video producer at Obama for America from Nov.
to the campaign after various producer positions including producer and
assignment editor at CNN, 2008-10. B.A. in history and
communications from Boston College, 2003.
National Day of Service Digital Manager
Deputy digital director at OFA-Colorado from June 2012. Communications manager at the Hispanic National Bar Association from June 2011. Internships, 2010-11. B.A. in Romance languages from Dartmouth College, 2010.
Digital Department Coordinator J.D. Bryant
Junior advertising specialist at Obama for America
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
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
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
B.A. in sociology from University of Washington, 2011.
Senior Software Engineer Christopher
Deputy director for engineering, media tracking at the
DNC from Aug.
2011. Partner and software engineering
DRJWeb, from Jan. 2009. Computer scientist and fellow at the
Social Security Administration, July 2010-Aug. 2011. M.Eng. in
computer science (2010) and B.A. in government, computer science (2009)
from Cornell University.
Director of Volunteer Operations Marquita
Director of volunteer coordination for the 2012
Convention Committee. Various positions at the Department
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
Deputy Director of Volunteer Operations
Training director at OFA-Virginia from June
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.
Deputy Director of Volunteer Operations
NC field director on Organizing for America from June
Organizational development consultant at Hassett Willis and Company,
Nov. 2008-June 2009. CRM consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton,
2007-08. B.A. in government from University of Virginia, 2007.
Associate Director of Volunteer Operations
A regional field director in SE North Carolina on the
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
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.
OFfice Of Public Engagement
over 40 staff
Director Yohannes Abraham
Deputy national political director at Obama for
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
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,
(engaging sports, education, housing,
transportation, science and technology organizations) Deputy
field director at OFA-Virginia from Nov. 2011. Special assistant
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
(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.
(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.
(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
Operation Vote director at OFA-Virginia from Aug.
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
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.
OFA-NC director of trips from June 2012.
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.
Director of Partner Group Engagement
Field director at OFA-Virginia from Sept. 2011.
director of the Office
of Public Engagement at the White House, Dec. 2010-Sept. 2011.
Worked on special
projects in the Office of Global Operations at the Peace Corps, Oct.
2009-Dec. 2010. Staff assistant at the White House, Feb.-Oct.
Joined the Obama campaign in June 2007; started as a field organizer in
South Carolina, continued on to Alabama, Texas, Mississippi,
Pennsylvania, and finished as a regional field director in
Virginia. Graduate of the University of South Florida.
Originally from Venice, FL.
Operations Assistant Bradie Williams
B.A. in political science, international studies from
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Director of intergovernmental affairs and outreach at
National Convention Committee in Charlotte. White House liaison
Department of Housing and Urban Development. Started on Obama's
campaign in 2007 as deputy political director, then served as Georgia
state director, Texas
director, and North Carolina political director. National
EMILY's List during the 2006 cycle. Deputy political director of
NARAL Pro-Choice America during the 2004 election cycle. PAC
at the AFL-CIO during the 2002 election cycle. Message and
coordinator at the DNC. Gilkey has worked on several campaigns,
Diane E. Watson for Congress (CA-32) and Ron Kirk for U.S. Senate in
First job out of college was political assistant at EMILY's List.
Graduate of Howard University. Texas native.
Executive Assistant Eliza Hernandez
Director of Crowd Logistics Dan Gross
(June 2012) President of Brydie Spoon, Inc., an
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
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 of Crowd Logistics Tony
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.
Crowd Logistics Operations Manager Miriam
Regional operations director-West at Obama for America
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
Swearing in Ceremony Ro Adebyi, Diana Arevalo, Adair Gregory, Alysha Tierney
Crowd Managers, Associate Crowd Directors
Assoc. Caithlin Madigan
Convention Center Assoc.
Erin Frautschy Barrows
Inaugural Ball-Commander in Chief Ilhaam Jaffer
JCCIC Liaison/Capitol Assoc.
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
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
National advance staffer at Obama for America from
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
Advance desk at Obama for America from March
associate at the White House. Undergraduate degree from Indiana
University Bloomington, 2011.
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
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.
Housing Manager Essam E. Abozid
Housing manager for the Democratic National Convention
Charlotte, Jan.-Sept. 2012. Account/business development manager
at PaperClip Communications, Jan.-Sept. 2011. Assistant director
for external events and summer conferences at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, 2007-10. Events manager at PaperClip Communications,
2005-07. B.A. in communications, public relations from Seton Hall
Housing Manager Hannah Edwards
Assistant to the director of housing for the
Convention Committee in Charlotte, Jan.-Sept. 2012. Executive
assistant to the managing partner at Gephardt Government Affairs,
2011-12. Advance associate for the White House, 2009-11.
Bachelor's degree in political science, history from UNC Chapel Hill,
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,
Associate Director Timothy Merritt
Scheduler for the First Lady at Obama for America from
Deputy director of scheduling to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
from May 2011. Communications director, scheduler, intern
to Rep. Gene Green (TX), Dec. 2007-May 2011. B.A. in
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
Marketing and Merchandise
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
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
Finance assistant on Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate,
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.
Media Credentials Suzi Emmerling
Western regional press secretary at OFA-NC from Sept.
2012. Press secretary at Charlotte in 2012, the host committee,
Aug. 2011-Sept. 2012. Senior communications officer for the
2010-11. Press aide and special events coordinator at the Center
American Progress, 2007-10. Associate director of programs at
EMI, 2003-07. B.A. in French and political science from UCLA.
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.
Director Elizabeth (Liz)
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
(April 2011) Previously Northwest finance director and Northern California deputy finance director at the DNC, from April 2007. Washington State Democrats/DNC regional field director for Eastern Washington. Graduate of Purdue University, 2004.
Midwest Finance Director Roz Skozen
(March 2011) Previously Midwest finance director
DNC. Midwest deputy finance director and earlier Midwest finance
assistant on Obama for America, 2008. Finance assistant at Evan
Bayh's All America PAC, 2006. Special assistant to Sen. Bill
Nelson, 2005-06. B.A. in English/Spanish from DePauw University.
Deputy Director, Women's Finance Katie
Deputy director of constituency fundraising (April
2009-Nov. 2012) and
finance operations manager (Nov. 2007-April 2009) at the DNC, B.A. in
public policy analysis and political science from University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.
Finance Chief of Staff Sam Brown
Finance on the Obama campaign. Finance chief of staff at the DNC.\ State affairs specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management until May 2009. Project portfolio manager/agency liaison for DC government. Member advocacy specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management, March 2006-Jan. 2008. Executive director of the Hoyer for Congress committee. National field coordinator at the DCCC, 2004-05; deputy director of member services at the DCCC, 2003-04.
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
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.
Budget Director Tegan Alexander
Budget director for the Democratic National
Convention Committee in Charlotte. 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.
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
Director of headquarters operations for the 2012
Democratic National Convention from Jan. 2012; initially served as
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.
MORE Senior Advisors
Press secretary on the campaign from mid-May
director on Rahm Emanuel's campaign for Mayor of
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.
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
on Howard Dean's 2003-04 New Hampshire primary campaign. 2003
of Middlebury College with a degree in political science; president of
College Democrats at Middlebury, 2001-03 and helped out on Howard
2000 re-election campaign. Native of LaGrange, Illinois.
Tom Reynolds (Special Projects)
Director of regional media on the campaign from Sept.
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
Jennifer Friedman (Inaugural Balls)
Senior communications advisor at Obama for America
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
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."
see also: Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009