updated March 1, 2013)
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State Director Justin Wilkins
(July 2011) Tennessee state director for Organizing for American from July 2009-April 2011. East Tennessee volunteer coordinator on the 2008 campaign and attended Camp Obama in summer 2007. Project manager at Profit Plans LLC, 2004-09. Bachelor's degree in nonprofit management from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2004. twitter
618 core volunteers
12 person leadership team (9 volunteer Regional Organizers, 3 staff Regional Organizers)
Tennessee Democratic Party
Chairman Chip Forrester
(elected Jan. 24, 2009) President of American Pharmacy Cooperative, 2004-06. Campaign manager on then-Sen. Al Gore's 1990 re-election to the U.S. Senate. Executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party from 1987-89. Deputy campaign manager on Speaker Ned McWherter’s successful campaign for Governor in 1986; moved to Tennessee in 1985. Assistant Director of Chicago’s Department of Economic Development in Mayor Harold Washington’s administration. Worked on numerous campaigns with Harold Washington in Chicago. Degree in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law (PERL) from the Univesity of Chicago, 1977.
Director of Operations Jennifer Buck
(annouced May 6, 2009) Field director on Obama's Tennessee primary campaign and key role in his general election effort in the state. Producer/writer at Country Music Television, 2001-07. J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law, 2000. Undergraduate degree in political science from Maryville College, 1997. Native of East Tennessee.