Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- 2011-12

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Chairman  Rep. Steve Israel (NY)

(announced Nov. 19, 2010; served as a member of the DCCC's Recruiting Committee for the 2006 and 2008 cycles and chairman of the Recruiting Committee in the 2010 cycle) Represents NY-2 (Long Island), elected Nov. 2000.  Member of the Huntington Town Board, 1993-2001.  Staffer to Rep. U.S. Rep. Richard Ottinger (NY).  B.A. from The George Washington University, 1982, after attending Nassau Community College and Syracuse University.  Born in Brooklyn.

National Chairs (4)
(announced Jan. 6, 2011)

Finance  Rep. Joe Crowley (NY)

Recruiting and Candidate Services  Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA)

Community Outreach  Rep. Keith Ellison (MN)

Community Mobilization  Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR)

On May 24, 2011, following the election of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to chair the DNC, Israel announced Rep. Allyson Schwartz would take on the added role of Candidate Services and he announced chairs of the Frontline and Red to Blue programs: 

Frontline Program - Chair Rep. Jim Himes (CT)

"a partnership between the DCCC and incumbent Members to lay the ground work for the 2012 elections by supporting and expanding Members’ fundraising and outreach operations. This competitive program requires Members to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts, and increase on-line networking."

Red to Blue Program - Chairs Reps. Donna Edwards (MD) and Jared Polis (CO)

"highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country and, in partnership with candidates, offers campaigns financial, communications, and strategic support.  The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns."

Also note:

Women LEAD Program - Chairs Reps. Karen Bass (CA) and Jackie Speier (CA)


Executive Director  Robbie Mook

(announced Dec. 6, 2010)  Mook started at the DCCC as political director in the beginning of 2009; in May 2010 moved over to director of independent expenditures. Campaign manager on Jeanne Shaheen's successful 2008 campaign for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. State director in Nevada, in Ohio, and in Indiana for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Directed the 2006 Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign. In 2004 Mook served as DNC deputy field director for programs and finished out the campaign as GOTV director in Wisconsin. Earlier he served as deputy field director on Howard Dean's 2003-04 New Hampshire primary campaign (started April 20, 2003). Worked for NYC councilwoman Eva Markowitz. Field director for the Vermont Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in 2002. B.A. in classics from Columbia University, 2002. Worked for the Vermont Democratic House caucus in 2000 and the Vermont Democratic Party as a canvasser in 1998.

Deputy Executive Director/ Communications Director  Jennifer Crider

(also served this role in the 2010 cycle and has been DCCC communications director since Feb. 2007; she also serves as political director to the Leader Pelosi)  Crider spent more than four years as deputy communications director for Minority Leader/Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2003-07.  Crider opened Sen. Maria Cantwell's press office and served as her press secretary, 2001-03.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (WA), 2000-01, and also worked for the late U.S. Rep. Robert Matsui (CA). Throughout her career, she has worked on a number of congressional campaigns.  Crider started her career at a Fortune 500 company.


Chief Operating Officer  Kristie Mark

(managing day to day operations; started at the DCCC in 2003)

Chief Financial Officer  Jackie Forte-Mackay

(overseeing the Committee's finances and compliance reporting) Has served as the DCCC's CFO for nine cycles.  She is also the DCCC's Chief Diversity Officer.


Political Director  Kelly Ward

(leading the effort on redistricting and incumbent protection; directed the DCCC's incumbent retention efforts in the 2010 cycle)  Campaign manager on Alan Khazei's campaign for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in the Massachusetts special election (Dec. 8, 2009 primary).  Director of America Forward, a coalition of non-profits, starting in Aug. 2007.  Executive director of The Project for Arizona's Future, first part of 2007.  Campaign manager on Harry Mitchell for Congress, 2006.  Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  Special projects in the Arizona Governor's Office.  Bachelor's in political science and Spanish from the University of Arizona, 2002.

Director of Targeting and Data  Aaron Strauss

(Jan. 2012)  Senior analyst at The Mellman Group, July 2009-Dec. 2011.  "Brainfather" of the Voting Information Project, 2007-11.  Targeting consultant to Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Analyst/statistician at The Mellman Group, 2004-05.  Database manager on Dean for America, 2003-04.  Database developer/administrator on Warren Tolman for Governor, 2002.  Ph.D. in politics from Princeton, 2009.  B.A. in M. Eng. from MIT, 2003.

Regional Political Directors

West Lucinda Guinn

(new this cycle)  Field director at Americans United for Change.  Worked a political desk at the DCCC in the 2008 cycle.  Field director at Americans United for Change, 2006-April 2008.  Regional field director on Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, 2007.  Guinn has also managed a couple of state legislative campaigns.  Account rep. for MSHC Partners, 2004-06.  An organizer on the Gephardt for President campaign, 2003-04.  B.S. in communications from the University of Texas at Austin, 2001.

Midwest  Ian Russell

(new this cycle)  Consultant at Vanguard Strategies, LLC and managed Tom White for Congress, 2010.  Legislative aide to states Sen. Tom White, 2007-08.  Field and campaign director for the Nebraska Democratic Party, 2004-06.

South  Charles Kelly


Northeast  Abigail Curran

(started at the DCCC in May 2010)  Campaign manager of Gov. Chet Culver's 2010 re-election campaign from Jan.-April 2010.  Managed Linda Stender's 2008 campaign for Congress in NJ-7.  Deputy Iowa field director for John Edwards' 2008 caucus campaign.  Managed Baron Hill's sucessful 2006 campaign for Congress in IN-9.  A field organizer in Dubuque for Dick Gephardt's Iowa caucus campaign, 2003-04. Her experience also includes managing congressional campaigns in New Jersey and Indiana. She is also graduate of the University of Virginia.

Political Assistant  Jerah Smith

Smith started at the DCCC in June 2010 as a research intern and served as operations assistant from July-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Wheaton College, 2010.  (Smith's experience also includes interning in Sen. Barack Obama's office in 2008).


National Field Director  Brynne Craig

(Northeast regional field director in the 2010 cycle; started at the DCCC in Feb. 2010) Previously an Organizing for America national regional desk at the DNC, started March 2009.  Ohio deputy field director on the Campaign for Change.  A field organizer on Hillary Clinton for President starting in June 2007, then Nevada delegate selection director and Texas deputy delegate selection director.  B.A. Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College 2007, after attending University of San Francisco for a couple of years.

Regional Field Directors





Director of Trainings and Campaign Staff Recruitment  x


Field Assistant and Fellows Program  x



Communications Director  Jennifer Crider

see above

Press Secretary  Jesse Ferguson

Communications director on Brian Moran’s Democratic primary campaign for governor in Virginia, 2009.  Chief of staff to Moran, the Democratic Caucus Chairman in the Virginia House of Representatives, starting in 2006.  Executive director of Virginia 21, a higher education advocacy organization based in Richmond.  Served in the administration of Gov. Mark Warner.

Deputy Press Secretary  Sabrina Siddiqui

Briefly a spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Treasury.  Media relations manager at the New America Foundation, 2011-12.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, Feb. 2009-Dec. 2010; also served as communications director on Loebsack for Congress, Fall 2010.  Deputy press secretary at the DCCC, 2007-09.  Americorp member, 2005-06.  B.A. in business administration, marketing from Trinity University, 2005.

Regional Press Secretaries

Plains/Northwest  Stephen Carter

Previously communications strategist at Blue Engine Message & Media.  Deputy press secretary in the 2010 cycle.  B.A. in politics from Whitman College, 2007.

West - Amber Moon

(Aug. 2011)  Communications specialist (2008-10) and communications director (2006-08) at the Texas Democratic Party.  Press secretary to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, 2005.  Assistant press secretary at the DCCC, 2003-05.  Deputy press secretary/legislative assistant to Congressman Ken Bentsen, 2002-03.  Press assistant on Ken Bentsen for U.S. Senate, 2001-02.  B.S. in political science from the University of Houston, 2002.

Midwest - Haley Morris

Press assistant, then deputy press secretary to Sen. Sherrod Brown, 2009-10.

South - Stephanie Formas

(Feb. 2012)  Started at the DCCC as Southern regional research analyst in April 2011.  Legislative assistant to Congressman Chet Edwards, 2009-11; also served as political and research director on Edwards re-election campaign in Fall 2010 and volunteer coordinator on Edwards' re-elect in Fall 2008.  Texas delegate manager on Hillary Clinton for President, April-June 2008.  B.A. in theatre from Baylor University, 2008. 

Northeast - Josh Schwerin

(Jan. 2011)  Previously communications director to Congressman Scott Murphy (NY) to Jan. 2011.  Communications director and earlier deputy press secretary on Scott Murphy for Congress, 2009-10 .  Field organizer on Gillibrand for Congress, June-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in economics from Trinity College-Hartford, 2008.


Research Director  Kevin McKeon

(Jan. 2011)  Started at the DCCC as a research analyst, Jan.-Sept. 2007, then rapid response coordinator, Oct. 2007-April 2008, then deputy research director, April 2008-May 2010, and most recently research director for the DCCC's IE effort, May-Dec. 2010.  Research analyst on Mark Taylor for Governor, 2005-06.  Research and data technician for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2004-05.

Deputy Research Director 

Research Analysts  


Policy Director  Mike Ryan

(Dec. 2010)  Legislative director to Rep. Steve Israel, 2007-Dec. 2010.  Deputy field organizer on the Obama/Biden Campaign for Change, Oct.Nov. 2008.  Senior legislative assistant for Rep. Bud Cramer (D-AL), 2004-07.  Manager of congressional affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2001-04.  B.A. in political science from the University of Vermont, 1999.


Director of Marketing and New Media  Taryn Rosenkranz

Started at the DCCC as online marketing manager in Aug. 2005. Legislative assistant at the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003-05. Associate director at Dittus Communications, Dec. 2001-April 2003. Account executive at Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick, 2000-01. Staff assistant at the coalition for America’s Children, 1999-2000. M.A. in political science from American University, 2000; B.A. in political science from American University, 1998.

Deputy Director of Direct Marketing  Angela Guzman

(managing the day-to-day operations for the Committee’s direct marketing efforts, including all direct mail and telemarketing fundraising campaign; at the DCCC since May 2007) Previously a government relations specialist for the Boeing Company, started in Oct. 2003.  Production manager at Production Solutions, 1999-2003.  M.A. in communication from John Hopkins University, 2007.  Undergraduate degree from American University.

Deputy Director of Online Communications  Brandon English

(Editor of the"The Stakeholder" blog and develops and implements interactive campaigns across multiple platforms-including the DCCC’s website, mobile action campaigns, and social networks.) DCCC online communications manager during the 2008 cycle; during the 2006 cycle, English managed micro-sites and e-mail campaigns for the DCCC's Independent Expenditure Program.

Online Editor  Stephanie Grasmick

(June 2009) Assistant editor of CIOLN for DMG World Media, 2008-10.  Product development at Guthy-Renker, 2008.  Deputy press secretary and earlier press assistant to Sen. Evan Bayh, 2006-07. Communications coordinator at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2005-06.  In the 2004 cycle Grasmick worked for nine months on the John Edwards for president campaign (research, field), then on Tom Daschle for Senate.  Bachelor of journalism degree from University of Missouri, 2004.

Direct Marketing Manager  David Higa


Membership Coordinator  Eshawn Rawlley

B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2009.


National Finance Director  Missy Kurek

(focusing on the national individual donor program; one of two deputy national finance directors in the 2010 cycle) This is Kurek's fourth cycle at the DCCC.

National Finance Director  Lindsey Melander

(focusing on the Member participation program and DC region; one of two deputy national finance directors in the 2010 cycle)  Started at the DCCC in April 2005 as deputy finance director of the Washington, DC region.  Worked at the League of Conservation voters for 10 months.  2004 graduate of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont.  Native of Williston, VT.

Deputy National Finance Director  Kurt Weiss

(first part of 2011) Experience includes teacher's aide at Brookline Public Schools and English teacher at Lycee Eugene Freyssinet.  Graduate of University of Vermont.

Regional Finance Directors 
MW Eric Dillon
W Stella Ross
S Laura Rose

PAC Finances/Washington DC  Courtney Sigmon

Member Dues  Brian O'Donnell

Director of Candidate Services  Amy Strathdee

(ensures that Democratic Members and challengers have the financial resources they need; Western regional candidate services in 2010 cycle) Assisted in Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's fundraising in 2009.

Candidate Services Fundraising Coordinator  Ashley McNeil

(Feb. 2011)  Call time manager on Rep. Betsy Markey's 2010 campaign.  Project coordinator at Lott Carey, 2006-08.  B.A. in economics from Spelman College, 2005; M.P.P. in social policy from American University, 2009.


Director of Member Services  Beverly Gilyard

(provides support for Democratic Members of Congress while they conduct their political activities)  Joined the DCCC in June 2003 to direct the Member Services Department.  Prior to joining the DCCC, Gilyard worked as a campaign manager and a field coordinator on a number of political campaigns.  Earlier, she served for over five years as the chief of staff and legislative director to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) and for three years as part of U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer’s (MD-5) legislative staff. J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and B.A. (dual majors) in Political Science and Law & Society from American University.

Deputy Director of Member Services  Adam Goldberg

(Jan. 2009) Previously served two years as assistant to Chairman Van Hollen. B.A. in history from University of Maryland, College Park, 2005.


Director of IT  David Winston

IT director at the DCCC since Jan. 2004. Previously system administrator for Reilly Mortgage Group, 1998-2003. B.S. in business administration-MIS, 1998.


IE, operating separately and independently from the DCCC, spends tens of millions of dollars largely on advertising, doled out to various consultants.

Director of Independent Expenditures  Travis Lowe

Most recently campaign services director at the DCCC.  DCCC Midwest regional political director for the 2010 cycle.  Managed former Rep. Jill Long Thompson's 2008 gubernatorial campaign.  Did direct mail at Mission Control.  Iowa field director on Dick Gephardt's 2004 presidential campaign, then worked on Wesley Clark's campaign, for America Coming Together in Michigan, and on Jim Sullivan's campaign for Congress in CT-2.   Worked on the Iowa Coordinated Campaign in 2002.  In 2001 worked as a canvasser for the Iowa Democratic Party, on the Virginia Coordinated Campaign and Houston Mayor Lee Brown's Dec. runoff.  Iowa City native.


Targeting Director  John Hagner

(also held this position in the 2010 cycle through late 2011)  Targeting and field director for the Ohio Democratic Party in the 2008 cycle.  Field director on Sherrod Brown's 2006 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Campaign manager for Steve Young in Calif. 48th CD Oct. 4, 2005 special election/Dec. 6, 2005 runoff. Targeting director on Paul Hackett's unsuccessful campaign for Congress against Jean Schmidt in Ohio 2nd CD Aug. 2, 2005 special election.  Assistant to DNC Coordinated Campaign director Karen Hicks in Fall 2004. DSCC