Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, New Mexico
Obama for America/Organizing for America 
|  115 Montclaire Blvd., SE  |  Albuquerque
NEW MEXICO  |  Obama Main Page

(page revised March 29, 2013)
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State Director  Pamela D. Coleman

Self employed management and business consultant, 2003-09.  Vice president, general counsel, sales, marketing and public relations at Gordon's Pies/Top of the Tree Baking Company in Londonderry, NH, 1997-2002.  Associate at Pryor Cashman LLP, 1992-96. J.D. from New York Law School, 1992.  twitter

Communications Director  Mahen Gunaratna

(Dec. 2011; also Arizona Press Secretary)  Communications director for Rep. Frederica Wilson, 2011.  Research director on Kendrick Meek for Florida, Fall 2010.  Press secretary to Rep. Kendrick Meek, 2009-10.  Press intern for Sen. Charles Shumer, 2008-09.  B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2008.  twitter

Field Director  Tomás Talamante

Earlier, in 2011, worked as CD-2 regional field director for Organizing for America, based in Las Cruces.  twitter

Digital Director  Chris Burley

(March 2012)  At Defenders of Wildlife from 2006 to March 2012, as online campaigns director and most recently senior director of membership and online advocacy.  Director of communications at Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 2002-05.  Creative director/webmaster and communications for Taxpayers for Commonsense, 1998-2001.  B.A. in mass communications and film from Southwestern College, 1998.

Data Director  Brooke Heller

(Aug. 2012)  Taking a leave from graduate studies in discourse analysis and corpus linguistics at the University of British Columbia.  VAN director for the Texas Democratic Party, 2009-11.  Bill clerk in the Texas Senate, Jan.-June 2009.  Worked on the Chris Bell for Texas SD 17 runoff.  Field director on Joe Jaworski for Texas Senate District 11, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  M.A. in linguistics from the University of Georgia, 2007; A.B. in English and Latin from College of Charleston, 2001. 

Deputy Data Director  Lee Henderson

Political, business, finance and operations consulting in Fort Worth, 2009-Sept. 2012.  Campaign manager on Kathleen Hicks for Congress, Nov. 2011-March 2012.  Candidate for Fort Worth City Council in Spring 2011.  Field staffer on Bill White for Governor campaign in Texas, June-Nov. 2010.  Executive vice president and CFO at Micrin in Irving, 2003-09.  Senior developer at Bravo Zulu Interactive in Houston, 2000-03.  Graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, 1999.

Political and Operation Vote Director  Ginette Magana

(March 2012; started the campaign as digital constituency manager at headquarters in Chicago, July 2011-March 2012)  Finance director on Harry Teague for Congress campaign, July-Nov. 2010.  Outreach director in the Office of Rep. Teague, Feb.-July 2010.  Press secretary to Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, Feb.-Nov. 2009.  Senior field representative for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, July 2007-Feb. 2009.  Master's degree in international relations and affairs from Troy State University, 2007; B.S. in communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin, 2002.

Operations Director  Mariana Padilla

(Jan. 2012)  Community building division manager at Parametrix from 2007.  Studied at the University of New Mexico.  South Valley (Bernalillo Co.) native.

Regional Field Directors
1st CD  Kenneth Sandoval

Experience includes field staffer for Diane Denish's gubernatorial campaign in 2010.

2nd CD  Scott Tillman

(started in Oct. 2011)  Deputy finance director on Balderas for New Mexico from Nov. 2011.  Executive vice president of Young Democrats of New Mexico from April 2011.  Deputy field director on Vote New Mexico, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in public relations from University of New Mexico, 2011; A.A. in liberal arts from Central New Mexico Community College, 2009.

3rd CD  Carol Baumgartel

(initially a field organizer)  PR director at dubroworks.  Vice president of marketing at Albuquerque-based American Clay Enterprises, LLC.  Owner of Desert Design Leasing; opened interior design office in Albuquerque in 1980.  B.F.A. in ceramics from University of Denver. 

Native American Vote Director  Debra Haaland

Vice President and administrator for J.D. Haaland Construction, Inc., an Indian-owned small corporation that builds custom homes on the central coast California.  J.D. from UNM School of Law, 2006; undergraduate degree in English from UNM, 1994.  An enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.

Offices (13 total):
115 Montclaire Dr., SE (Nob Hill)
3809 Atrisco Dr., N.W, Suite A (Westside)     ...April 14, 2012 
7301 Indian School Rd., NE, Suite A (Northeast Heights)
4250 Coors Blvd., SW, Unit A (South Valley)

Anthony - 880 N. Anthony Dr., Unit 10

Bernalillo - 240 S Camino Del Pueblo, Ste E

Cedar Crest (East Mountains) - 12220 North Highway, Suite 2

Gallup - 809 North Highway 491

Las Cruces - 151 S. Solano, Suite D    ...March 4, 2011

Las Vegas - 624 University Ave., Suite 100    ...Benjamin A Barillas

Rio Rancho - 2218 Southern Blvd. SE, Suites 2 & 3    ...April 13, 2012

Santa Fe - 1420 Cerrillos Rd.

Taos - 729 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Unit A

Note: The OFA-NM office at 115 Montclaire Blvd., SE, Albuquerque opened Jan. 23, 2010.   Raymond G. Sandoval served as New Mexico state director of Organizing for America.

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Chairman  Javier M. Gonzales

(initially appointed by Lt. Gov. Denish; elected in September 2009 and re-elected April 2011)  Consultant on the Santa Fe Studios project, 2007-11.  Briefly a candidate for mayor of Albuquerque in 2006.  Executive for four years at Accenture.  A Santa Fe County Commissioner from 1994-2002, also president of the National Association of Counties, 2001-02.  B.A. in accounting from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, 1989.  Lifelong resident of Santa Fe County.

Executive Director  Scott Forrester

(started Dec. 1, 2009)  Previously chief of staff to Albuquerque Mayor Martin J. Chávez; started working for Chávez in Dec. 2005.  Did advance/college outreach on Colorado Victory 2004 (coordinated campaign).  Bachelor's degree in political science from Regis University in Denver, 2004.  Attended St. Pius X High School.  Albuquerque native.