Democratic National Committee - 2011-12
447 Members of the DNC
...includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by
the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.
Constituency caucuses: Black (Virgie Rollins-MI), Hispanic (Iris Martinez-IL), Women (Mame Reilly-VA), LGBT (Rick Stafford-MN), AAPI (Bel Leong-MD).
Regional caucuses: Eastern (Nancy DiNardo-CT), Midwestern (Doug Brooks-MO), Southern (Gilda Cobb Hunter-SC), Western (Aleita Huguenin-CA).
Councils: Youth (Jason Rae-WI and Amber Goodwin-TX), Seniors (Steve Regenstreif-DC and Maria Cardone-MD), Native Americans (Todd Goodman-CO and Celia Firethunder-SD), Ethnic (Marliyn Piurek-CT and Ilir Zherka-DC also Jim Zogby), Rural (Betty Richie-TX), Veterans & Military Families (Don Fowler-SC and Claudia Kennedy-SC).
64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.
Rules and Bylaws - Co-chairs: Alexis Herman and Jim
Credentials - Co-chairs: Susan Swecker (VA) and
Everett Ward (NC)
Resolutions - Co-Chairs: Jim Zogby (DC) and Maria
Nine Elected Officers*
*Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(announced April 5,
2011, elected May 4, 2011)
Elected a DNC vice chair in Jan. 2009; also served as DCCC vice chair for incumbent retention in the 2010 cycle. Elected to represent Florida's 20th CD (parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties) in Nov. 2004 ("first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida"). Member of the Florida Senate, 2000-04. Member of the Florida House, 1992-2000. Aide to U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, 1989-92. Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida, 1988; Master's degree in 1990. Originally from New York.
Vice Chairs (5)
[Vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation] Founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. Chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001. Worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager on Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Adjunct professor and lecturer; author (autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics); and frequent commentator. Degree in psychology from Louisiana State University. First campaign involvement at age 9 for a City Council candidate. New Orleans native.
Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, elected at the federation's 1995 convention and re-elected in 2001; served as an AFSCME international vice president, 1988-96
*Rep. Mike Honda
Represents California's 15th CD (Silicon Valley); elected in 2000.
*Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
(ratified Sept. 10, 2011) Elected Mayor in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009. Business consultant. General manager of Channel4000.com. Vice president of Internet Broadcast System. Publisher of the Twin Cities Reader. Director of development at the Downtown Council. Reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune. Graduate of Boston College, 1978. (In 2007, Mayor Rybak was the first mayor of a major US city to endorse President Obama).
[President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), elected to a two-year term on Jan. 21, 2009; first openly gay person to serve in the position] Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, elected March 2007; previously served four terms as vice chair, and also four years as executive director and two cycles as New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign director. Served 18 years in the NH legislature. First volunteered on a campaign at age 8. Served as Tilton town chair for Ed Muskie at age 12, an organizer for Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Mike Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Barack Obama.
Director, Office of the
*Treasurer Andrew Tobias
Author of many books including three national best-sellers (Fire and Ice: the Charles Revson/Revlon Story; The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need; Money Angles; Getting By On $100,000 a Year (And Other Sad Tales); The Invisible Bankers: Everything the Insurance Industry Never Wanted You to Know; My Vast Fortune; The Funny Money Game; The Best Little Boy in the World). His Managing Your Money software was the market leader. Graduate of Harvard Business School. While studying Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard he ran the publishing business Let's Go: The Student Guide to Europe. www.andrewtobias.com
*Secretary Alice Germond
Has served the Democratic party for over 40 years. Director of Party and Government Affairs and Site Selection at the DNC, 1992-95. Held senior positions in the campaigns of Jerry Brown, Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis and was California Political Director for Clinton/Gore in 1992. She has participated in every National Convention since the 1974 mid-term Charter Convention.
Secretary's Office Operations
*National Finance Chair Jane Stetson
Granddaughter of Thomas J. Watson, the founder of International Business Machines (IBM), the niece of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and former Chairman of the IBM Corporation,and the daughter of Arthur K. Watson, former Vice President of IBM and former Chairman of the IBM World Trade Corporation and former U.S. Ambassador to France.
Executive Director Patrick Gaspard
(announced Jan. 20, 2011, started early
White House political director
since Jan. 2009. Political director on Obama's 2008
campaign. Executive vice president of politics and legislation
for Local 1199
SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. In 2006 he served as
acting political director for SEIU international. National field
director for America Coming Together, 2004. Acting field director
on Howard Dean's South Carolina primary campaign. 1199 SEIU
director. Chief of staff to New York City Council member
Margarita Lopez. Worked on David Dinkins' 1989 campaign for
Mayor of New York City, then worked for four years for Mayor Dinkins in
advance and political, and on Dinkins' unsucessful 1993 re-election
on Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign. Studied at
Columbia University School of General Studies, 1994-97. Born in
Democratic Republic of Congo of
Haitian parents; grew up in New York City.
Counsel and Director of Voter Protection Will Crossley
Worked as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale
Chief Operating Officer Amanda Howe
Previously business development manager for McGuireWoods LLP.
Served Gov. Tim Kaine as executive director of Virginia's Royal
Welcome, which designed and coordinated Queen Elizabeth II's visit to
Virginia in 2007, and then as a communications advisor. Assistant
secretary of commerce under Gov. Mark Warner.
Deputy COO Arnold Skretta
(March 2010) J.D. from University of San
Francisco School of Law,
2008. B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002.
Assistant COO Christine Simpson
Worked in the Office of the Virginia Secretary of
Commerce during the
Kaine and Warner administrations. M.Phil in comparative politics
from Oxford, 2010. B.A. in government from College of William and
CFO / ACCOUNTING
Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall
CFO at the DNC since 1992. Previously he worked for a decade as a CPA in Lexington, KY, 1982-92. Financial vice president and controller for Melco Construction in London, KY, 1980-82. Senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Lexington, 1978-80. Staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Lexington, 1976-78. Bachelor's degree in accounting from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.
Political Director Jeffrey Lerner
(mid-March 2011) Worked on the 2009 Presidential
Inaugural Committee. Political field director for Change to Win
(the labor group) starting in April 2008. Communications director
to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, April 2007-April 2008.
Senior account executive at Dan Klores Communications. Florida
deputy state director for America Votes in 2004. In 2002, he
oversaw a joint Sierra Club and the Service
Employees International Union national, school-based get-out-the-vote
Deputy Political Director Steven L. Walker
(July 2011) Previously southern regional
director of Organizing for America from March 2010. Louisiana
state director of Organizing for America, from May 2009. A
regional field director on the Obama campaign. Degree in biology
from Prairie View A&M, 1990.
Deputy Political Director Maureen Guarde
Started Sept. 2005 and continued through 2006
cycle as deputy
director (State Party Services); interim political director in the
first part of 2007. Deputy executive director of the Democratic
Governors' Association, 1999-2005. Executive director
of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1990s.
Graduate of Boston College.
Started as an aide to DNC chairman Howard Dean.
Director of Surrogate and Allied Group Outreach Ellen Qualls
(reported end of July 2011) Senior advisor for
strategic planning for four years for Nancy Pelosi. Press lead
for Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu during the Obama
transition. Communications director Mark Warner's Forward
Together PAC in the 2006 cycle; communications director for
Gov. Mark Warner 2005-06, and press secretary to Warner starting
on Dec. 12, 2001 through 2005. Previously Richmond bureau chief
WDBJ-7 TV in Roanoke starting in Nov. 1994; earlier served as station's
first Danville bureau chief. Graduate of the University of
with a degree in English, 1988.
Deputy Director of Surrogate and Allied Group
Outreach Rob O'Donnell
(start Aug. 8, 2011) Comes to the DNC from
positoin as press assistant at the Department of Justice. He has
also worked as a radio booker at the DNC.
Director of Faith and Constituent Outreach Regena Thomas
Deputy campaign manager at the National Education Association in the 2008 cycle. Thomas is also a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She served as New Jersey's 31st Secretary of State, appointed by Gov. McGreevey, Jan. 2002-Jan. 2006. Partner at IEM Message Management, Inc. Worked or consulted on Corzine for Senate in 2000; McGreevey for Governor in 1997, and Torricelli for Senate in 1996. Director of base vote operations at the DNC. Worked for six years in the DC government as deputy director and then director of constituent services. Worked for the National Rainbow Coalition and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's 1984 and 1988 campaigns. Legislative analyst for the Legislative Research Commission for the Kentucky State Legislature, early 1980s. B.A. from Morehead State University. Native of Clinton, KY.
Director of Faith Outreach Rev. Derrick
(announced Oct. 20, 2011) Senior pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington DC. Previously senior minister of the New Hope Baptist Church of Dallas Texas. B.S. in broadcasting and film from Boston University; Master of Divinity in church history from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; doctorate in homiletics from United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
ORGANIZING FOR AMERICA
to Obama for America
Communications Director Brad Woodhouse
(Feb. 2009) President of Americans United for Change, March 2007-Feb. 2009. On leave from Americans United for Change from June-Nov. 2008, served as senior communication adviser for the DNC. Consultant for Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Oct. 2005-March 2007. Communications Director for Americans United to Protect Social Security, Feb. 2005-Oct. 2005. Several months as press secretary to Sen. Jon Corzine (NJ). Communications director for the DSCC, March 2003-Nov. 2004. Press secretary on Erskine Bowles' 2002 U.S. Senate campaign. A policy aide and then press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC).
Deputy Communications Director and National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell
(start beginning of Aug. 2011; also helping direct rapid response) Comes to the DNC from position as press secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Southern regional communications director on the Obama campaign. Press secretary/spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee. Communications director and earlier staff assistant for U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (LA-2), April 2002-Feb. 2007. Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University; M.A. in public communication from American University. New Orleans native.
Regional Communications Director Caroline Ciccone
A regional press secretary at the DNC in the 2008 cycle. Deputy press secretary and earlier press assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer, 2006-07.
Regional Press Secretaries
Northeast Michael Czin
Assistant press secretary at the DNC in the 2008 cycle after serving as a field organizer in Davenport on Hillary Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign.
Midwest Ellen Canale
Southwest/Hispanic Ricardo Ramirez
Experience includes deputy press secretary/translator
to the Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid in 2007-08.
Assistant Press Secretary Patrick Burgwinkle
Assistant Press Secretary Rebecca Chalif
Media Center Director Reed Petty
Petty worked for CNN, and later at NBC for 13 years as an editor. He has spent many years as a freelancer, working for Discovery Communications, BBC America and Guggenheim Productions. He spent his first year in the Washington, DC-area as a house husband and has lived in the region for 24 years.
New Media Director Lucas Fleischer
(from December 2010, succeeded Natalie Foster)
director starting in March 2009. Ohio director of new media for
Obama's general election campaign; joined the Obama campaign as a
volunteer in 2007. Graduate of Brown University, 1999.
Deputy Director of New Media
Senior Social Networking and Mobile
Director of E-mail Campaigns
Senior E-mail Campaigner Toby Fallsgraff
(April 2010) Campaign manager on Bill O'Neill for Congress, in OH-14, 2008. Worked at M+R Strategic Services, starting in mid-2005. M.A. in political management from the George Washington University, 2006. Undergraduate degree from Ohio University, 2004; he served as president of the Ohio University CDs.
New Media Outreach Manager Greg Greene
(from June 2009) Interactive communications manager at
Democratic Institute, 2007-09. Senior strategist at Blue State
Digital LLC, 2004-06. Worked as an independent consultant, sole
proprietorship Green[e]house Strategies, 2001-05. Associate at
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLC, 1998-2000. Editorial assistant at
the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 1994-95. J.D. University of
Virginia School of Law, 1998. B.A. in foreign affairs from
University of Virginia, 1994.
Director of New Media Campaigns
Innovations Lab Lead
Research Director Tony Carrk
(July 2011) Policy director of the Center
for American Progress Action Fund's "ThinkProgress.org" (a "progressive
communications war room"). Research director on Terry McAuliffe's
gubernatorial campaign, 2009. Deputy research director at the
DSCC. Worked in the research department of Hillary Clinton's
Director of Strategic Planning for
(reported end of July 2011; including 2012 GOP presidential candidates) Previously deputy director of research. Worked as researcher on the Obama campaign.
Deputy Research Director, Rapid Response
Director of Technology Bryan Whitaker
(April 2011) Previously director of field information
services at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) starting
political director for targeting and technology at SEIU beginning 2006. Regional field organizer for the Sierra Club in the Southern Appalachian
region. Field organizer for John Kerry for President in Ames, Iowa in 2003 and regional field lead for Kerry-Edwards in Southeast Ohio in
2004. B.A. in history from University of Dayton, 2002.
Deputy Technology Director Paul Smith
(Sept. 2011) Co-founded EveryBlock in 2007; it was acquired by msnbc.com in 2009, and he worked there until the fall of 2011. Freelance web developer in Chicago. Webmaster and systems administrator at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. Intermittently attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Originally from Maryland.
National Data Director Chris Brill
National Finance Director Hildy Kuryk
Previously deputy national finance director; ascended to the director position when Gifford moved over to the campaign. Senior New York finance consultant to the Obama campaign. Graduate of Vanderbilt University, 1999.
Finance Chief of Staff
Marketing Director Kim Postulart
(started Sept. 2005) Deputy director of marketing and membership at EMILY’s List. Marketing director on the Edwards for President campaign.
Deputy Marketing Director Rosalind Chapman
Compliance Director Alan Reed
(Jan. 2008) Previously worked as a consultant specializing in public records research for non-profits, 2001-07. Deputy director of compliance at the DNC, 1996-2001. M.A. in international relations from University of Kentucky, 1994; B.A. double major in history and political science from Northern Kentucky University, 1992.
Deputy Compliance Director Chelsea Cook
Also held this position in the 2008 cycle.
Deputy Compliance Director Sarah Bard
Director of Human Resources Bernard Coleman III
State affairs specialist for the Society for Human
Resource Management to May 2009. Project portfolio manager/ageny
liaison for DC government. Member advocacy specialist for the Society
for Human Resource Management, March 2006-Jan. 2008. Executive director
Hoyer for Congress committee. National field coordinator for the DCCC,
2004-early 2005; deputy director of member services, Jan. 2003-July
Chief Diversity Officer Greg Hinton
(announced Oct. 17, 2011; shared with DCCC and advising DNCC) Comes to the DNC from position as chief diversity officer of U.S. Cellular; started at U.S. Cellular in 2002 as senior director of talent strategies and diversity. Director of global sourcing at Abbott Laboratories, 1997-2002.
Director of Constituent Services Katherine Dvorak
Also held this position in the 2008 cycle.
Director of Party Affairs Patrice Taylor
Deputy director in the 2008 cycle; started with Party
Affairs in June 2006 after working in the Research Department since
September 2005. Previously worked in Gov. Mark Warner's office and in
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)'s office.
Special Assistant Alicia Dyer
(started with Party Affairs in Feb. 2005) At the
Assistant to the Director Jill Shesol
(July 2009) In the 2008 cycle, Shesol started
out working on John
Edwards Iowa caucus campaign, then worked on Citizens for Harkin, and
in the fall on the Obama campaign. Undergraduate degree in
politics from Drake University, 2009.
General Counsel Bob Bauer
(end of June or beginning of July 2011; also general counsel for the Obama campaign) Chair of the Political Law Group of Perkins Coie. White House Counsel, announced Nov. 2009, served through end of June 2011 (resignation announced June 2). Chair of the Political Law Group of Perkins Coie; served as general counsel to the DNC and Obama's personal lawyer. General counsel for Obama's 2008 campaign. Thirty years of law practice. Counsel for many years to the DSCC and DCCC. J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, 1976. B.A. from Harvard University, 1973.
Counsel Rebecca Gordon
(also on legal team for the Obama campaign)
Attorney at Perkins Coie. Deputy general counsel to
Obama for America and counsel to the DSCC. J.D. from The George
Washington University Law School, 2001; B.A. in economics, government
from the College of William and Mary, 1997.
Counsel Graham Wilson
Associate at Perkins Coie. Graham previously
served as an
attorney at the
Federal Election Commission, Office of General Counsel, Litigation
Division. J.D. from University of Virginia; B.A. from Carleton
Interim Chair Donna Brazile
served for the month following Kaine's
resignation, April 5-May 4, 2011.
former (no longer at the DNC by end of Dec. 2011)...
Director, Office of the Vice Chairs Alexandra Chalupa
(since July 2006) Previously executive director of Democrats Abroad, 2004-05. Has worked for California State Treasurer Phil Angelides. Worked a year in the Kerry headquarters in Washington, DC including as an online organizer, constituency outreach, then spent the last month of the 2004 campaign in Florida. Worked in the Clinton White House. A former Republican, worked for Gov. Pete Wilson on environmental issues. J.D. from UC Davis, 2002; B.A. in rhetoric and peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley, 1998.
Director, Secretary's Office Operations
Voter and Community Outreach Director Sindy Benavides
Previously served as Gov. Kaine's director of
gubernatorial appointments and Latino liaison. M.A. degree in
international affairs from American University; B.A. in political
science from Virginia State University. Native of San Pedro Sula,
Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Regional Press Secretary Alec Gerlach
Worked on Obama’s Michigan press team in fall 2008. Spokesperson for Rep. Dale E. Kildee (MI); started as deputy press secretary in July 2007. Deputy press secretary for Rep. John Dingell (MI) on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Graduate of Michigan State University, 2004. From Trenton, MI.
Midwest Regional Press Secretary Derrick Plummer
(May 2009) Came to the DNC from Capitol Hill where he
most recently served as communications director to Rep. Gwen Moore (WI)
from May 2008-May 2009. Staff assistant/legislative correspondent to
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) in late 2007 and early 2008. Intern for
Rep. John Lewis (GA) in 2005. B.A. in political science from Morehouse
Deputy Director of New Media Joshua Peck
(June 2009) Previously senior director of
Internet and new media
at ONE starting in 2006 (also in Fall 2008 served as a regional GOTV
director on the Obama campaign. Director of field technology for
America Coming Together, 2004-05. Worked on Dean for America,
including South Carolina field director, 2003-04. Worked as a
legislative correspondent for Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ), 2002-03.
Senior Social Networking and Mobile Manager Kathie Legg
Legg has worked as a mobile technology consultant;
most recently was mobile product manager for National Geographic and
earlier for Hachette Filipacchi Media and for the Los Angeles Times. A
political producer at Yahoo! June 2007-April 2008. Business development
manager at MSHC Partners, Inc. 2006-07. Lead researcher and assistant
editor of "The Politics-to-Go Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile
Technology in Politics" at GWU's Institute for Politics, Democracy
& the Internet. M.A. in political management from GSPM at GWU,
2006; B.A. in political science and information science and policy from
SUNY Albany, 2004.
Director of E-mail Campaigns Ben Simon
Consultant at M+R Strategic Services. Deputy
director on the Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate campaign, 2006.
Graduate of Yale University, 2007.
Director of New Media Campaigns Matt
(April 2010) Communications director at the DLCC, May 2008-April 2010. Editor and manager of publications at the Progressive Policy Institute, July 2005-May 2008. B.A. in history from UNC Chapel Hill, 2005.
Innovations Lab Lead Nathan Woodhull
(from 2009) Skilled typist at Mobile Commons.
Principal at Vote Sprout, 2007-08. Software developer for
ActBlue/AuburnQuad, 2007. Software developer for Public Radio
Exchange, 2006-07. B.S. in information technology and science and
technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006.
Deputy Research Director, Rapid Response Rafael Viturro
...Worked as researcher on the Obama campaign.
longer at the DNC by summer 2011)...
Director of Technology Josh Hendler
Previously director of digital media at Rock the Vote starting Jan. 2008; also a strategic consultant to ThoughtWorks. Director of political data and analytics at the DNC, 2005-07. Manager of software development for Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc. Programmer at Clark for President, 2004. Programmer/manager at CMS Group, 2001-04. Programmer/sysadmin for Screaming Media, 1999-2001. Graduate of the Gallatin School at New York University, 2002.
National Voter File Director Katie Allen
Prior to joining the DNC Allen worked as a county field director on Jon Corzine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign and campaign manager in the 38th legislative district. In 2004 she served as an organizer in the Tampa Bay area for America Coming Together after helping out on Howard Dean's Iowa caucus effort. Previously she worked on a number of other New Jersey races.
Deputy Communications Director and National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan
(started March 18, 2009 through June 3, 2011)
Senior spokesman on Obama for
America (started April 8, 2008). Communications director on Sen.
Chris Dodd's presidential campaign from May 2007 (started as deputy
communications director in March 2007). Communications director
on the O'Malley-Brown gubernatorial campaign in Maryland starting in
Feb. 2006. Policy director for Tim Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial
campaign. Deputy policy director for Dan Hynes’ 2004 U.S. Senate
primary campaign in Illinois, then deputy campaign manager for Dr.
Daniel Mongiardo's U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky. Practiced
securities law in Chicago for two years. J.D. from Northwestern
School of Law. Two years as an award-winning school teacher in
the Washington Heights community of New York as part of Teach for
America. Graduate of the University of Illinois, where he studied
political science and finance.
Research Director Shauna Daly
Briefly research director in the White House Counsel's Office. Deputy research director on the Obama camapign, Jan. 2007-Nov. 2008. Deputy research director at the DNC in the 2006 cycle. Research director on Gifford Miller for Mayor, 2005. Research Director to Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, 2004. Researcher for Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign, 2003-04. Research director on Tim Johnson for U.S. Senate 2002. Bachelor's degree from Smith College.
Regional Political Directors
Northeast Joe Montano
In 2008 he served as deputy political director for No.
Virginia for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
South Aaron Harris
Mississippi state director of Obama for America.
director for the 2004 Mississippi Democratic Coordinated
Campaign. Regional director for Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's campaign
in 2003. State coordinator
for Let's Go Vote 2002 in Mississippi. Involved with campaigns since
1997. M.P.A. in urban planning and development from the
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2001. B.A. in history and
public administration from the University of Mississippi in Oxford,
Industrial States/Heartland Samantha Gordon
(Aug. 2010) Previously New Jersey state director
Organizing for America from June 2009. Political consultant for
the NEA in in New Mexico, 2008. New Jersey political director of
Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08. Special assistant to Gov.
Corzine, 2005-07. Undergraduate degree in journalism from Rider
Southwest Edward Espinoza
(April 2009) Extensive campaign experience including most recently Nevada state director for America Votes, June 2008-Feb. 2009. Deputy campaign manager on Bev Purdue for Governor (North Carolina) during the primary. Nevada caucus director on Bill Richardson for President. In 2004 Espinoza was Western States budget director for America Coming Together. Experience in California politics includes deputy to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, 2003; staffer at the California Democratic Party in 2001-02; a regional director on the California Coordinated Campaign (Santa Monica/West Los Angeles), 1998; and organizer with the California Democratic Party in Fall 1996.
West Kyle DeBeer
Previously deputy director of the ASDC. Executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party, 2003 to mid-2007. Graduate of Colorado College, 2003.
Regional Press Secretary, South Joanne Peters
(May 2009) Press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC),
2005-April 2009. Deputy director of radio booking at the DNC
in 2008. Press secretary/legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Baca
Regional Press Secretary, Northwest Frank Benenati
(April 2009) Communications director on Al Franken for
Senate/Minnesota Coordinated Campaign. Press secretary to Rep. Louise
Slaughter (NY) from late 2006 to March 2008. Press secretary on the
Linda Stender for Congress campaign (NJ-7), Fall 2006. Staff assistant
and legislative correspondent to Rep.Linda Sanchez (CA), 2005-06. B.A.
in journalism/government from American University, 2005.
Finance Chief of Staff Sam Brown
State affairs specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management until May 2009. Project portfolio manager/agency liaison for DC government. Member advocacy specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management, March 2006-Jan. 2008. Executive director of the Hoyer for Congress committee. National field coordinator at the DCCC, 2004-05; deputy director of member services at the DCCC, 2003-04.