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State Director Chelsea Turnbull (née
(Jan. 2012) Special assistant to the
regional administrator at the General Services Administration,
2009-early 2012. Account executive at Nyhus Communications,
2009. Worked on Obama for America, including Polk County regional
field director for the Iowa caucus campaign and Washington state
director, and in the fall Washington state field director on the
Campaign for Change, 2007-08. Public information officer for the
Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus in first part of 2007.
Political director on Adam Smith for Congress, 2005-07. Field
organizer on People for Patty Murray, 2004. B.A. in politics and
government from University of Puget Sound, 2004.
Washington/Oregon Digital Director/Press Secretary Paul Bell
(Aug. 2012) New Media director on Kendrick Meek for
2010. Online marketing director at TwinCitiesFun.com,
2006-09. Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth,
Director Timothy Anderson
(hired by WA Democrats in 2011; assumed Coordinated
role in 2012)
Served as field
director of the Washington State Democrats 2010 Coordinated Campaign
and earlier as Nebraska state director of Organizing for America.
Field Director Robert Dible
(March 2012) Deputy campaign manager on Tom
Henry for Mayor (Fort
Wayne, IN). Field director in PA-15 for the Pennsylvania
Democratic Party, 2010. New Jersey field director for the DNC,
2009-10. A regional field director on Obama's Missouri Campaign
for Change in Fall 2008. Political/field on Hillary Clinton for
President, Nov. 2007-June 2008. B.A. in political science from
The College of Wooster, 2007.
Deputy Field Director/GOTV Director Max
Previously political director of the M.L. King County
Labor Council. A regional field director on the 2010 Washington
Democrats Coordinated Campaign.
Regional Field Directors
Pierce and Thurston Counties (6th and 10th CDs) Dillon Gilbert
Constituent services representative for Sen. Patty
2011-12. Field organizer on People for Patty Murray, Fall
2010. Studied political science/pre-law at the Seattle
Eastern WA Colin Bannon
(May 2012) Regional field director on John
Delaney for Congress
in Maryland. Executive assistant and development bookkeeper at
the American Constitution Society, 2011-12. Campaign manager on
Friend of Joe Same Queen in North Carolina, 2010. B.A. in
political science and government from University of North Carolina at
SW Washington (Vancouver) Allie Denny
(July 2012; field organizer from May 2012) B.A.
science from Washington State University, 2012.
NW Washington (Greater Seattle area) Amie
(Aug. 2011) Counterintelligence agent in the
U.S. Army, 2004-09;
operations and clerical sergeant, 2008-09. B.A. in political
science and government from Saint Martin's University, 2011; A.A. and
A.S. in criminal justice and corrections from Grays Harbor College,
King County Scott Laeser
Government and policy relations at the Theodore
Roosevelt Conservation Partnership from Juy 2010. Climate change
fellow at Trout
Unlimited, 2009-10. Worked at the White House Council on
Quality. Master's degree in environmental management from the
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; undergraduate degree
from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004. Grew up in Wisconsin.
Kitsap County/Olympic Peninsula Katherine
(Oct. 2012; field organizer from May 2012; started in
Jan. 2012 as an organizing fellow) B.A. in political science and
government from University of Utah, 2011.
HQ: 901 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle
2212 Broadway, Everett
4412 6th Ave. Tacoma
239 W. Main, Ste. A, Spokane
2819 NW Kitsap Pl, Ste. 160, Silverdale
423 4th Ave., Olympia
1155 N. State St., Unit 510, Bellingham
16 South First St., Yakima
Data Director Justin Miller
Worked on the Walker recall campaign in Wisconsin. Field organizer on the "We Are Ohio" effort to repeal Senate Bill 5.
Deputy Data Director Dorian Caal
Information technology manager at the Korean
Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles. Master's in Public
Administration from New York University.
Operations and Training Director Priscilla
Promoted in early part of 2012 from King County RFD.
CFO Anthony Kesler
(Jan. 2012) Independent consulting. Finance and analytics fellow for Washington State Democrats. Business analysis for Mary Anne Radmacher, Inc, 2008-09. M.A. in religion from Yale University, 2011; M.B.A. in entrepreneurship from Willamette University, 2008; B.A. in religion from Linfield College, 2006.
Voter Protection Director Colin S. Dixon
Paralegat at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in
Washington, DC, 2007-08. Legislative correspondent to Sen. Patty
Murray, 2006. J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 2011;
undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, 2005.
*A Democratic operative
provided this important
As in all other states with
an Organizing for America, OFA WA staff were all employed by the state
party. In most states, this was funded entirely or almost entirely
through a transfer-down account which Obama for America would transfer
money down to. Due to their status as state party employees, all
Organizing for America staff/programs across the country existed not
just for the President, but also to elect other Democrats.
In WA, we were in somewhat
unique position, in that we had a gubernatorial election widely viewed
as one of the most competitive statewide elections in the country, but
were obviously not very competitive in the presidential campaign. This
meant we'd need a much larger staff than Obama for America would
reasonably pay for - it would not have been realistic to expect them to
pay for a NH/WI-size staff in a state that the President was certainly
going to win.
Rather than have Organizing
for America WA be a separate operation while the state party ran a
separate coordinated campaign for Jay Inslee, we simply combined them
and made Organizing for America WA the coordinated campaign.
The legal/financial part of it is, unsurprisingly, MUCH more complicated...the accounts still had to be separate, and we could only pay for certain things through the transfer-down, had to make sure we were using federal money rather than state soft money for certain things, etc.
Total full-time statewide and field staff size was around 70; there were also part time deputy field organizers and youth vote organizers.
Washington State Democrats +
Chairman Dwight Pelz
(elected chair in Jan. 2006; re-elected in 2007, 2009
and 2011) Appointed to take Ron Sims's place on the King County
Council, representing South Seattle, in 1996; elected in 1997 and
re-elected for a second term in 2001. Elected to the State Senate
in 1990, where he
represented the 37th District for six years. In 1977 he
organized the statewide initiative campaign that repealed the sales tax
on food. Worked as a community organizer for a variety of
grassroots groups on a variety of social issues for 15 years.
the University of Michigan in 1974.
Executive Director Jaxon Ravens
Has worked for the Washington State
Democrats since 2004 when he managed the caucus cycle. Executive
director for the King County
Democrats for a couple of years around 2000. President of the
Washington State Young Democrats, 2000-01. Spent the 1990s
traveling overseas. Bachelors degree in politics and economics
from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. in
international management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School
of International Management. Grew up in Missoula, MT.
Development & Special Events Driector Shawna
Technology Director Patrick Mead
Digital Media Director Misty Shock
Finance Director Kim Cobuzzi
Party Affairs Manager Greg Haffner
Digital Media Coordinator Dan Weisbeck
Finance Coordinator Heather Hess
Office Coordinator Aonya McCruiston