Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, Missouri
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State Director  Brian Ponton

Victory 2010/Democratic Party of Virginia 11th CD field director.  Regional field director on St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's April 2009 re-election campaign.  Deputy regional field director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Missouri.  Graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Field Director  Carl Walz

(Aug. 2011)  Independent research consultant to Kids Voting USA, Jan. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Team leader for Advancing Wisconsin, March-June 2011.  Field organizer for the Alliance for Climate Protection, May-Dec. 2010.  Finance assistant at Majority Strategies, 2009-10.  M.A. in communication studies from University of Kansas, 2009; B.A. in communications from Truman State University, 2006.

Regional Field Directors
Greater St. Louis  Alexandra (Alex) Sims

(April 2012)  Director of operations at the Jamaa Learning Center in North St. Louis, July 2011-March 2012.  Fellow at the Coro Leadership Center in St. Louis, 2010-11.  Field organizer and fellow on Obama's campaign in Oakland County, MI in summer 2008.  Bachelor's degree in social policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, June 2012.

    > over 30 neighborhood teams of volunteers registered over 35,000 new voters in the St. Louis region.

Greater Kansas City  Jennifer Gormley

(Aug. 2012)  Kansas City organizer for Jobs with Justice, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2012.  Community organizer with ACORN, April-Aug. 2009.  Canvass director for Grassroots Campaigns, June-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science, Chinese from Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.

Voter registration: 44,022 registered from Jan. 1-Oct. 10.
Volunteer recruitment dials: 235,754 dials from July 6-Oct. 19.

1925 Washington Ave., St. Louis
3600 Broadway St., #108, Kansas City

Field Director  Josh Harris
(April 2011-Jan. 2012)  Started at Organizing for America as an intern in Aug. 2009, then served as a regional field director in south Louisiana, and as Louisiana state director.  Clerk in the U.S. Attorney's Office at the U.S. Department of Justice, 2008-09.  B.A. in political science from the University of New Orleans, 2008, after attending Louisiana State Unniversity for a couple of years.

Regional Field Director-Greater Kansas City  Andrea Hale
(from April 2012; started as a fellow)  Worked with the Foodbank in St. Louis.  As a high school student in Carbondale, IL volunteered on Obama's state Senate campaign.

Regional Field Director-Greater St. Louis  Craig Lindahl
(March 2012)  Originally from Hawaii.

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Chairman  Mike Sanders

(elected Nov. 19, 2011)  Elected Jackson County Executive in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.  Elected Jackson County Prosecutor in 2002 and re-elected in 2004.  Attorney in private practice.  Assistant prosecuting attorney in the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.  J.D. from The Ohio State University School of Law, 1994.  Served as an officer in the U.S. Army.  B.A. in philosophy from University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1990.  

Executive Director  Kelsey Thompson

(March 2012)  Most recently worked in Gov. Nixon's administration with the Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, she worked for Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, serving as deputy campaign manager for Carnahan's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, and managing Carnahan's 2008 re-election effort.  M.S. in rural sociology (2007) and B.S. in agricultural education (2005) from University of Missouri-Columbia.  Grew up on a family farm in Northeast Missouri.