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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).

Executive Committee

64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.

Standing Committees

Rules and Bylaws - Co-chairs: Alexis Herman and Jim Roosevelt (MA)

Credentials - Co-chairs: Susan Swecker (VA) and Everett Ward (NC)

Resolutions - Co-Chairs: Jim Zogby (DC) and Maria Echaveste (CA)

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)

*Donna Brazile

[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.

*Linda Chavez-Thompson

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  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).

*Ray Buckley

[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, ASDC  Ann Fishman

     Director, Office of the Vice Chairs 

*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.

*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.

      Director, 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 March 2011) 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 deputy 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 effort.  Helped 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 and Dorr.


Chief Operating Officer  Amanda Howe

(April 2011)  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 Mary, 2005.


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 effort, 2002.

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 political 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.

John Bisognano
John Falcicchio

Chris Canning

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 for WDBJ-7 TV in Roanoke starting in Nov. 1994; earlier served as station's first Danville bureau chief.  Graduate of the University of Virginia 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 Harkins

(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.


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.

Kevin Harris

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) Previously creative 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 Manager 

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 the National 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 

Creative Director  


Research Director  Tony Carrk

(July 2011)  Policy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund's "" (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 presidential campaign.

Director of Strategic Planning for Research  Nick Hackworth

(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 2009.  Assistant
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 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 2004.

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 DNC since February 2001.

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.



Interim Chair  Donna Brazile

served for the month following Kaine's resignation, April 5-May 4, 2011.

(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  Jeannie Doherty

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, Honduras.

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 College, 1999.

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 communications director on the Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate campaign, 2006.  Graduate of Yale University, 2007.

Director of New Media Campaigns  Matt Compton

(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.

former (no 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.  Base vote 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, 1996.

Industrial States/Heartland  Samantha Gordon 

(Aug. 2010) Previously New Jersey state director of 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 University, 2004.

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 (CA), 2004-05.

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.