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Senior Advisor Dan Kanninen
Initially Northeast regional director on the
House Liaison to the EPA. Legislative director to Gov. Jim Doyle
of Wisconsin from Dec. 2008. Wisconsin state director of Obama
for America in the general election; during the primaries Kanninen took
leave from his position as chief of staff to Sen. Robert Jauch
(D-Poplar) to work on the campaign in WI, OH (early vote lead) and NC
(deputy political director and GOTV political director). Almost a
decade of experience in
the Wisconsin State Capitol. Graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Grew up in Superior, WI.
State Director Lise Clavel
(reported Oct. 10, 2011) Deputy director of the
FOX campaign at Media Matters, Feb.-Aug. 2011. Congressman Tom
Perriello (VA-5)'s chief of staff, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011, and campaign
of the Perriello for Congress campaigns in 2008 and 2010.
Producer at Scholastic, June 2006-Jan. 2008. B.A. in English from
Yale University, 2002. twitter
General Election Director Grant Lahmann
(Feb. 2012) Campaign manager at Yes on WA Initiative 1163, May-Dec. 2011. Campaign manager on Danny Heck for Congress in Washington's 3rd CD, 2010. Legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, 2009-10. Regional field director in King County on Barack Obama's Campaign for Change and earlier field organizer and regional field director in five states on Obama for America, 2007-08. Briefly staff assistant to Congressman Brian Baird. Field organizer for the Washington State Democratic Coordinated Campaign, latter part of 2006. B.A. in international affairs from Mary Washington College, 2006. twitter
Communications Director Jennifer Kohl
(Feb. 2012) Communications advisor to the Office
of the Commissioner at the FDA, March 2011-Feb. 2012. Press
secretary at the House Armed Services Committee, Sept. 2009-Jan.
secretary to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), 2007-09. Account
representative at MSHC Partners, Fall 2006. Regional
communications director at Communities United to Strengthen America,
mid-2006. Campaign manager on Thom Jackson for Assembly, Fall
Press Secretary Marianne von Nordeck
(April 2011) A political and legislative
AFSCME. Field director on Sonia Chang-Diaz for State Senate
campaign in Mass. in 2008, defeating an incumbent. Researcher for
Mass Alliance, 2008. Concert cellist. M.M. in cello
performance from Boston University, 2004. twitter
Western Virginia Regional Press Secretary
(started Feb. 2012 as Northern Virginia regional press
mid-July 2012) Spokesman at the Small Business
Administration, Nov. 2009-Jan. 2012.
Worked on Obama's
2008 campaign in a total of nine states, starting in New Hampshire and
finishing as deputy field director in Indiana in the Fall. B.A.
government from Cornell, 2007. Virginia native. twitter
Northern Virginia Regional Press Secretary
(from July 16, 2012) Previously a media specialist at the World Wildlife Fund from Nov. 2010. Global health account assistant at GMMB, March-Nov. 2010. Media associate at Population Action International, 2008-10. B.A. in international studies, Spanish language from American University, 2008. twitter
Hampton Roads Regional Press Secretary
(Sept. 2012) A deputy press secretary for the
Convention Committee in Charlotte, April-Sept. 2012. Senior
account executive at Edelman Public
Relations on the Energy and
Transportation team, June 2010-April 2012. Press assistant for
U.S. Rep. James E.
Clyburn, 2008-10. Degree in communication, media from North
University, 2007. From
Director of Rapid Response Joanne Peters
(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
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,
Senior Communications Advisor Clark Pettig
(July 2012) Previously communications director
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
Hamilton College, 2003.
Digital Director Jonathan Marrero
Veteran; Marrero joined the Air
Force out of high school and deployed to Iraq in 2004. Grew up in
New Jersey. twitter
Deputy Digital Director Han Nguyen
(Jan. 2012) AmeriCorps VISTA marketing
coordinator at the St.
Bernard Project, 2009-11. B.S. in chemistry from Juniata College,
Digital Organizer Alessandra Stevens
(June 2012; started as a digital organizing and
intern in Chicago, Jan.-June 2012) B.A. in political science and
human rights from The University of Chicago, 2011.
Field Director Ashley Baia
Came to the campaign from position as associate
director of the Office
of Public Engagement at the White House. Worked on special
projects in the Office of Global Operations at the Peace Corps.
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. twitter
Deputy Field Director Brian Gill
(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
Deputy Field Director Beth B. Foster
Graduate of Hamilton College. Charlottesville,
VA native. twitter
Deputy Field Director Tracy Del Bianco
(Aug. 2012) Deputy director of media tracking at
the DNC, Aug.
2011-Aug. 2012. A regional field director on the Perriello for
Congress campaign, May-Nov. 2010. Field organizer on Obama for
America in York, PA, June-Nov. 2008. B.A. in political science
and government from Boston University, 2010.
Deputy Field Director Aaron Kutnick
(Sept. 2012) Deputy director of media tracking at the DNC, Aug. 2011-Sept. 2012. A regional field director on the Perriello for Congress campaign, May-Nov. 2010. Field assistant at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, 2009. Organizing Fellow and field organizer on Obama's 2008 campaign in Colorado, June-Nov. 2008. Undergraduate degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007. From the Upper West side in New York.
Border States Director Betsy Loikow
(July 2012) Legislative affairs/webmaster for the National Dance Education Organization in Silver Spring, MDf and is a ounding member of the Glade Dance Collective. Served as DC out of state volunteer director Obama’s 2008 Campaign for Change in Arlington, VA. B.A. in political science and film from Vassar College, 2008.
Training Director Kristen Dore
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.
Data Director Carter Kalchik
(Sept. 2011) Technology director at the Colorado
Party, 2011. Voter file manager at the Ohio Democratic Party,
2009-10. B.A. in philosophy and political science from The George
Washington University, 2009. twitter
Deputy Data Director Luke Riley
(Feb. 2012) Deputy field director on Shawn
Mitchell for State
Senate, Fall 2011. Field organizer on John Boccieri for Congress,
Fall 2010. Field organizer/intern coordinator for the Kentucky
Democratic Party, Fall 2008. B.A. in political science from
Deputy Data Director Reed Shaw
(June 2012) 2012 graduate of Monticello High
Charlottesville. Special assistant on the Perriello for Congress
campaign, Jan.-Nov. 2010.
Political Director Don Mark
(Jan. 2012) Political director of the Democratic
Virginia, 2008-11. Legislative aide to Del. Bob Hull, for four
months in 2007-08. Deputy field director on the Democratic Party
of Virginia Coordinated Campaign, June-Dec. 2007. B.A. degree in
political science from Virginia Commonwealth University. twitter
Deputy Political Director Jamie Lockhart
(Feb. 2012) Managed
Pamela Danner’s campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in the
34th District, April-Nov. 2011. Legislative assistant May
2010-March 2011) and director of e-communications (Aug. 2008-May 2010)
for Rep. Diane
DeGette (CO); also interned for DeGette, Aug.-Dec. 2007. B.A. in
political science, political communication, nonprofit studies from
James Madison University, 2008.
Grew up in Midlothian, VA.
Deputy Political Director (Hampton Roads)
(May 2012) Field rep. for the Ohio Association
of Public School
Employees/AFSCME from Nov. 2010; political action and legislative
coordinator at AFSCME, April-Nov. 2010. Legislative associate at
ACLU of Florida, 2009-10. Senior legislative
assistant/legislative counsel in the U.S. House, 2006-09. A
regional field director on the Maryland Coordinated Campaign, Fall
2006. Legislative analyst in the Florida State Senate,
2004-06. J.D. from University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin
College of Law, 2004; B.S. in history education from Florida
A&M University, 2001.
Deputy Political Director (Western
(July 2012) President of Virginia Young
Democrats from March
2011. Campaign experience includes field director on Carole Pratt
for Delegate, summer 2009; deputy political director for Southwest
Virginia at the DNC, Fall 2008; and communications director and
campaign manager on Bill Thomas for Delegate, Fall 2007 B.A. in
political science and government from The College of William and Mary,
Policy and Research Director Ericke Cage
Legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello
Legislative fellow at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
Foundation fellow, Office of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison
05), 2007-08. High school government teacher, Halifax County
Public Schools, 2002-04. B.A. in political science and leadership
from Virginia Tech, 2002; J.D. from Rutgers, 2007; LL.M. from The
University, 2008. Also, graduate of the Political Leaders
Program, Sorensen Institute for
Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, 2010, and of
and Staff College, 2010. Virginia native. twitter
Operation Vote Director Alissa Ko
(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.
Veterans Outreach Director/Operation Vote
Director Bishop Garrison
(March 2012) Consultant at Deloitte in Rosslyn,
J.D. from The College of William and Mary's Marshall Wythe Law School,
2010. Officer in the U.S. Army, 2002-07, including two tours in
Iraq. B.S. in pre-law from the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, 2002. twitter
African American Vote Director Michael B.
(Feb. 2012) Previously outreach coordinator for
U.S. Rep. Chris
Murphy (CT), mid-2011-Feb. 2012. Ward 1 alderman in the City of
New Haven, 2010-11. B.A. in political science from Yale
University, 2011. From Winston-Salem, NC. twitter
Youth and Women Vote Director Rachel
Latino Vote Director Melody Gonzales
(mid-May 2012) Director of Member outreach for
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA)
since Feb. 2009; started working for Becerra as a legislative assistant
in mid-2006. In close of 2010 campaign Gonzales served as AZ-07
GOTV director for the Arizona Democratic Party/DCCC, and in the close
of the 2008 campaign she was Latino Vote canvases team director for
Obama's Campaign for Change in Greeley, CO. General manager of
the Cula Vista convention & Visitors Bureau, 2002-04 and news
writer/assistant producer at KNSD NBC, 2002-04. M.P.P from
Georgetown University, 2006; bachelor's degree in communication studies
from UC San Diego, 2002. twitter
AAPI Vote Director Theodora Chang
(July 2012) Education policy analyst at the
Center for American
Progress, Feb. 2011-July 2012. Education program specialist at
the U.S. Department of Education, 2010-11. Capital gains program
manager (2009-10) and associate (2008-09) at District of Columbia
Public Schools. M.Ed. in international education policy from
Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2008; B.A. in human
bio and international relations from Stanford University, 2007.
IT Director Patrick Murphy
(May 2012) Policy analyst at the Wisconsin
Administration, 2009-11. Wisconsin IT director for the Obama
campaign in Fall 2008. Assistant appointments director in the
Office of Gov. Jim Doyle, 2006-08. Field organizer (Dane County)
for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Fall 2006. Staff assistant
in the Office of Gov. Jim Doyle, 2003-06. B.S. in political
science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005; worked as a
student network administrator.
GOTV Director Sarah El-Amine
(Aug. 2012; came headquarters in Chicago where
she served as national director of training starting June 2011)
Director (Jan.-June 2011) and deputy director (March 2010-Jan. 2011) of
organizational development at the DNC. Arizona state field
director for the DNC/Organizing for America, March 2009-March
2010. Started on Obama's campaign in Sept. 2007 as a field
organizer in the Iowa caucuses and continued to Idaho, Texas,
Mississippi, Indiana and Colorado, finally serving as a regional field
director in Virginia in the general election campaign. B.A. in
diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College, 2007.
Lebanese-American; grew up in Duxbury, MA.
Deputy GOTV Director Mindy Burrell
Worked thirteen years leading various Catholic Relief
humanitarian aid and democratization programs in the Balkans and the
Middle East, including five years as country director in
Lebanon. Graduate of Amherst College, 1991.
Voter Protection Director Ridge Schuyler
District director to Rep. Tom Perriello.
Director of the Piedmont
Program of the Nature Conservancy. Legislative director to Sen.
Charles Robb. Chief of staff to Rep. Rick Boucher. J.D.
from University of Virginia School of Law, 1987. Charlottesville
information technology, office and vendor management, literature
design, volunteer resource allocation and budget management: more than 12 million
dollars and nearly 400 employees.
Director of Operations Marie Prentice
(Dec. 2011) Graduate student at the University of Akron and advance associate for the White House. Served as a deputy field organizer and did advance work on Obama's 2008 campaign. M.A. in political science/campaign management from the University of Akron, 2009; B.A. in political science, communication, public admin/policy from SUNY Albany, 2007.
Deputy Operations Director Theresa Becchi
(March 2012) Special assistant in the Office of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman from Jan. 2011. Political assistant on Dan Malloy for Connecticut, Fall 2010. B.A. from College of the Holy Cross, 2010. twitter
Deputy Operations Director for Border
(Sept. 2012) Media logistics manager (May-Sept.
assistant to the director of media logistics (Oct. 2011-May 2012) at
Charlotte in 2012. B.A. in political science, history from
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.
Women for Obama
(launched April 30, 2012 at the OFA Falls Church office)
Anne Holton, former First Lady of Virginia (wife of former Gov. Time Kaine)
Lisa Collis, former First Lady of Virginia (wife of Sen. Mark Warner)
Jean Cunningham, former chair of the State Board of Elections (appointed by Gov. Kaine in 2007) and former state rep. (represented the Richmond area in the House of Delegates from 1986-97).
Veterans and Military Families for Obama
May 17, 2012)
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Chairman Brian Moran
(elected Dec. 4, 2010)
Also executive vice president for government relations and general
counsel at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and
for governor, finishing third in the June 9, 2009 Democratic
primary. Elected to the Virginia
House of Delegates in 1995, served seven years as Chairman of the
Democratic Caucus; resigned from the House in Dec. 2008 to campaign for
governor. While in the legislature owned and operated a 12-person
litigation law firm in Northern Virginia. Served as a county
prosecutor in Arlington, VA. J.D. from Catholic University; B.A.
from Framingham State University.
Executive Director Dave Mills
(announced March 8, 2010) Mills had been serving as the party's finance director. Finance director on Brian Moran's 2009 campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, then worked on Creigh Deeds' campaign. Western regional finance director for Tim Kaine's 2005 campaign for governor; then served on the Kaine Inaugural Committee. Worked to pass Mark Warner's 2004 historic investment in Virginia schools. Mills has also managed a campaign for Congress in Charlottesville and a race for House of Delegates in Hampton Roads.
VA Victory 2012
Director Kéren Charles Dongo
(Jan. 2012) Deputy field director at the ONE
Campaign, Aug. 2009-Dec. 2011. Political director on Terry
McAuliffe's campaign for governor. Outreach and political
director of the 2008 Democratic Coordinated Camapign.
Communications and policy director at Tenants and Workers United,
2007-08. An adviser to U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (VA). M.A. in
government from Regent University's Robertson School of Government;
B.A. in political science from University of Michigan, 2001. press release