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Senior Advisor Amy Chapman
(early May 2012) Founder (2007) and CEO of ISSI, a data management, modeling, polling and analytics, and strategic consulting firm. Michigan state director on Obama's 2008 general election campaign. Executive director of Grassroots Democrats, an independent non-profit 527 political organization dedicated to strengthening the infrastructure and financial resources of state Democratic parties. Managed the Michigan Democratic coordinated campaign in 2002. Midwest political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 2002. Led the DNC's state legislative redistricting project in 2001. Campaign director for the AFL-CIO from 1997-2001. Managed the Michigan Democratic coordinated campaign in 1996. Managed Ron Wyden's successful 1995 special election campaign for U.S. Senate in Oregon. Managed Kitzhaber for Governor of Oregon in 1994. Executive director of College Democrats of America, 1993-94. Oregon state director for Clinton/Gore in 1992. Political field director SEIU, 1983-91, and during that time also served as a staffer on Dukakis for President, 1988; Western field director on Bob Casey for Governor, 1986; deputy field director and assistant to the political director on Cranston for President, 1983-84. Worked on Frank Lautenberg's 1982 campaign for U.S. Senate. Field staff on Gene Maguire for Congress in New Jersey, 1980. B.A. in politics and journalism from New York University, 1983. New Jersey native.
State Director Lavora Barnes
(early May 2012) Communications manager for
public policy and social mission at Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Communications director for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus,
starting 2007. Worked a regional desk in the Office of Media
the White House. Virginia press secretary on the Clinton-Gore '92
campaign. Legislative affairs associate for the Virginia Trial
Lawyers Association. Field director on the Saslaw for Lieutenant
Governor campaign in Virginia, 1989 (lost in the primary to Don
Beyer). B.A. from The College of William and Mary, 1987.
Press Secretary Matt McGrath
Deputy Press Secretary Jermaine House
(March 2012) Associate producer, campaign media
at MJT, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012. Staff assistant to Rep. Carolyn
mid-2009-Jan. 2011. B.A. in English language and
literature/letters from Morehouse College, 2012.
Digital Director Sara Cederberg
(Nov. 2011) Community engagement manager for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, 2009-11. Legislative organizer for the Prometheus Radio Project, 2007-08. B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, 2007. twitter
Field Director Erin McCann
Missouri field director at Organizing for America;
worked on Obama's
2008 campaign starting as a field
organizer in Council Bluffs on the
Iowa caucus campaign and serving as a regional field director in
Missouri in the general election. Graduate of the The George
University, 2002. twitter
Deputy Field Director/Training Director
(training director from Jan. 2012; DFD from Aug.
a regional field director with Organizing
for America-DNC from May 2011. Degree in social relations and
policy from Michigan State University, 2009.
Regional Field Directors (6)
(Feb. 2012) Deputy field director/canvass
director on Tom Henry
for Mayor (of Fort Wayne, IN), June-Nov. 2011. Field organizer
for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2010. Staff
assistant/legislative correspondent in Congress, 2007-09. B.A. in
political science and journalism from Simpson College, 2007.
28 Field Offices
Previously served as deputy executive director of the
Maricopa County Democratic Party in Arizona. Worked on Obama's
2008 campaign in Michigan.
Deputy Political Director Christina Kuo
(July 2012) Senior director of public policy and
at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Aug. 2011-July 2012.
Executive director for Michigan at Common Cause, 2010-11.
Legislative director to MI State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton,
2009-11. Self-employed campaign consultant, 2007-10.
Program manager at the Center for Progressive Leadership,
2007-09. Deputy communications director at America Votes,
July-Nov. 2006. Community organizer at Planned Parenthood
Affiliates of Michigan, 2004-06. Organizer at MARAL Pro-Choice
Michigan, 2002-04. J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2009;
B.A. in political science and women's studies from University of
Operation Vote Director Garrett Arwa
Michigan state director for Organizing for America from March 2010; state field director for Organizing for America from April 2009. Worked various positions on Obama's 2008 campaign starting in Sept. 2007. M.A. in political science from UNH, 2008; B.A. in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, 2003. His father is from Tanzania and his mother was born in Guam.
Youth Vote Director Tiffany Worthy
(Feb. 2012) English teacher for KIPP DC, July
2011-Feb. 2012. English teacher at Spingarn Senior High (Teach
for America) Aug. 2009-June 2011. Field organizer on Obama's
campaign in Kalamazoo, MI, July-Nov. 2008. Interned in Sen.
Obama's office, Jan.-April 2008. M.A. in secondary education and
teaching from American University, 2011; B.A. in interdisciplinary
studies in social science, 2008. twitter
African American/Faith Vote Director
(April 2012) Chairman of Michigan Forward since
May 2008. Did contract work on data systems including for the
City of Detroit and the Detroit Workforce Development Department.
Community organizer at One United Michigan Campaign (the effort to
defeat Proposal 2, anti-affirmative action initiative), 2005-06.
Advanced design technology associate at Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.,
June 2001-Jan. 2005. Degree in computer information systems and
labor studies from Eastern Michigan University, 2005. Detroit
Operations Director Lenora Hanks
(Dec. 2011) Associate at the Dewey Square Group,
2011. Operations coordinator (June 2010-March 2011) and executive
assistant to the CEO (Feb. 2009-June 2010) at Benenson Strategy
Group. Field assistant on Obama's Campaign for Change, June-Nov.
2008. Degree in political science, French from University of
Alpena - 2205 US 23 S, Suite 126, Alpena
Ann Arbor -
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- 325 Braun Court, Ann Arbor
Battle Creek -
596 W. Columbia, Battle Creek
- 209 E. Main St., Benton Harbor
18708 Telegraph Rd., Brownstown
13742 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
2727 Second Ave., Suite 200, Detroit
- 20225 Livernois Ave., Detroit
- 2810 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit
Flint - 4400 S. Saginaw, Suite 1370, Flint
Grand Rapids -
345 Fuller Ave., NE, Suite 1, Grand Rapids
Grosse Pointe Park
- 14929-14931 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park
Jackson - 500
W. Michigan Ave., Suite 1, Jackson
2722 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 103, Lansing
3244 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
832 W. Washington St., Marquette
Mt. Pleasant -
Muskegon - 490
W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI
Pontiac - 4
North Saginaw, Pontiac
Royal Oak -
811 N. Main St., Royal Oak
Saginaw - 122
North Michigan Ave., Saginaw
29207 Southfield Rd., Southfield
- 37378 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
- 703 Rose St., Traverse City
Warren - 8322
E. 12 Mile, Warren
3509 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte
Ypsilanti - 61 N. Huron, Ypsilanti
Communications Director Clark Pettig
(from Jan. 2012 to July 2012 then to the campaign in
Sept. 2011 as press secretary) Prior to joining the campaign,
Pettig worked in
various positions on Capitol Hill, most recently 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. twitter
Michigan Democratic Party
Chairman Mark Brewer
(elected Feb. 1995; is the longest serving Michigan Democratic Chair since the 1950's and is the senior Democratic state party chair in the country) Attorney at Sachs, Waldman, O’Hare, Helveston, Hodges and Barnes, PC from 1983 until he started as MDP chairman. Worked for two years for federal and state courts. J.D. from Stanford University Law School, 1981; A.B. from Harvard College, 1977.
Worked for the State House of Representatives for 22 years before joining the state party staff in 1993.