Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, California
Obama for America/Organizing for America 
10401 Venice Blvd.  |  Los Angeles  |  CA  90034   ...grand opening March 15, 2012
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State Director  Mary Jane Stevenson

California field director on Obama for America in Fall 2008; Stevenson started as a regional field organizer on Obama's California primary campaign for two Congressional Districts in the Los Angeles area; then was appointed as a precinct coach for nine Congressional Districts from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.  Before joining the campaign, Stevenson was a national on-air correspondent for Court TV.  She also worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.  B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder; master's degree in international affairs from American University.  twitter

Press Secretary  Linda Serrato

(May 2012) Deputy press secretary at Parent Revolution, in Los Angeles starting Jan. 2011.  Press secretary/legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, 2009-10.  Regional field director in Eastern New Mexico on the Obama campaign, June-Nov. 2008.  Associate on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign Aug. 2007-June 2008 starting as a field organizer in Iowa.  B.A. in public policy from Stanford University, 2007.  twitter

Digital Director Vance Hickin

(May 2012)  Hickin is principal at Highway One Consulting, LLC since July 2003.  Digital director for California Forward, 2010-12.  Online editor and community manager for the Hope Street Group, 2008-09.  Account supervisor at Ruder Finn, 2002-03.  Director of marketing communications for Fringe Media Inc. 2000-01.  Manager, communications and synergy for the Walt Disney Internet Group.  Account executive at Ketchum, 1996-98.  twitter

Field Director  Stacy Cohen

California field director for Organizing for America from April 2010.  President of production at Roserock Films from Sept. 2004.  Senior VP for production at Gaylord Films, 2000-04.  B.A. in history of art and architecture from Harvard University, 1989.  twitter

Deputy Field Director of Training (and Northern Calif.)  Stefan Schaffer

(June 2012)  A regional field director in the San Francisco Bay area from Sept. 2011.  M.A. in biophysics from UC Berkeley, 2011; B.S. in biophysics from Brown University, 2009.
    3 Regional Field Directors
        12 Deputy Regional Field Directors

Deputy Field Director (Southern Calif.)  Allie Ebner

(June 2011) In Fall 2010 a regional field director for Organizing for America.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign in the Denver area starting in June as an Organizing Fellow and then as a field organizer.  B.A. in political science and government from UC San Diego, 2008.
    3 Regional Field Directors
        12 Deputy Regional Field Directors

Political Director  Peggy Moore

Deputy field director, Northern California on Obama's 2008 campaign.  LGBT activist in Oakland.  Public affairs representative for Clear Channel Outdoors.  Ran for Oakland City Council in 2005.  A field director on the campaign against Prop. 22 (the Knight Initiative) on California's Nov. 2000 ballot.  Originally from Oklahoma.

Data Director  Joe Kavanagh

(Oct. 2011)  Started with organizing for America as a special projects manager in Aug. 2011.  Bachelor's degree in television writing and producing from Columbia College Chicago, 2010.  twitter

Operations Director  Jim O'Gorman

(Jan. 2012)  Self-employed management consultant.  Various positions at Tele Atlas, 2001-10; finished as vice president, operational advancement for Tele Atlas/TomTom.  Program manager at ISSI Consulting Group, 1999-2001.  Trainer/English teacher in South Korea, 1996-99.  Program manager at the Consumer Health Information Corporation, 1994-96.  Assistant director, communications at Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, 1991-94.  M.B.A. from Northeastern University's Graduate School of Buisness Administration, 2008; B.A. in English, communications from Gannon University, 1991.

Offices (14 as of Nov. 6, 2012)
Headquarters -
10401 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
South L.A. - 5444 S Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90043  ...grand opening June 29, 2012
Los Angeles - 1167 East Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica - 1408 Third St., 3rd Floor, Santa Monica, CA
Van Nuys
- 6819 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, CA
Cathedral City
- 67-555 East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA

San Diego
- 4660 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 206, San Diego, CA

Oakland - 1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA  ...not sure about status of this office; it was open from at least March 2011 through the beginning of Aug. 2012 when protesters smashed a large front window
Oakland - 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 410, Oakland, CA
Richmond - 3905 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA 94805  ...grand opening June 30, 2012
San Francisco
- 2278 Market St., San Francisco, CA
San Rafael
- 1654 Second St., San Rafael, CA
Mountain View
- 1411 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA
San Jose
- 23 N. Market St., San Jose, CA
Sacramento - 1760 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

also note

Tech Field Office, San Francisco  Carrie Crespo

(Feb. 2012)  Site event and wine communications at LVMH Wines & Spirits, 2011-12.  PR for luxury wine brands at Fostors Group, 2010-11.  Vice president of Clifford Public Relations/HL Group, 2006-09.  Communications manager at Pernod Ricard USA, 2004-06.  Management supervisor at Ruder Finn, 1999-2001.  Associate at Burson-Marsteller, 1997-99.  B.A. double major in English and French from University of Pennsylvania, 1996.

Press Secretary  Mary Nemick

Public outreach manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, 2008-11.  Communications manager for the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, 2005-08.  Did communications and public affairs consulting, 2002-05.  Director of corporate communications at APL Logistics, 2000-02.  Economic development manager at the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission, 1997-2000.  Bachelor's degree in history from University of Massachusetts Boston; Master's degree in urban planning from MIT.

California Democratic Party  1401 21st Street, Suite 200   |  Sacramento, CA 95811   +

Chairman  John Burton

(April 2009) "He began his career as a deputy attorney general before his election to the State Assembly in 1964. He was then elected to Congress in 1974 and returned to private life in 1983. In 1988, Burton returned to the State Assembly and then moved on to the State Senate in 1996, becoming President Pro Tempore in 1998 until his retirement in 2004."

Executive Director  Shawnda Westly

(May 2009)  Principal of Shawnda Westly Consulting starting in 2005; clients included John Burton’s race for CDP Chair, two months as a senior advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Consumer Attorneys of California, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, No on the Arena Tax, No on 75, and many union funded independent expenditure campaigns..  Political director of California Professional Firefighters for six years.  Raised in Orange County.

Member Services Director  Emma Harper
Managing Director  Chris Masami Myers
DCC/MOE Liaison  Martha Gamez
IT Director  Andrew Drabkin
Communications Director  Tenoch Flores
Chief Financial Officer  Angie Tate