Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, Nevada
Obama for America/Organizing for America 

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State Director  Luke Hayes

(June 2011)  Texas state director for Organizing for America, 2009-10.  Field organizer on Obama's 2007-08 Nevada caucus campaign; in Fall 2008 Hayes served as deputy field director on the Virginia Campaign for Change.  Worked on Will Wynn’s 2006 campaign for Mayor of Austin, TX.  Graduate of Vassar College, 2005.  Originally from the Bronx.   twitter

General Election Director  Emmy Ruiz

(Feb. 2012; Nevada field director for Organizing for America from June 2011-Jan. 2012)  Texas field director for the DNC, 2009-May 2011.  National field manager of Young Democrats of America, 2008-10.  Canvass director, late help and regional field director on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, Oct. 2007-May 2008.  Development coordinator/grant writer at the American Red Cross, 2006-07.  Bachelor's degree in English language and literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio, 2006. twitter


Press Secretary  Aoife McCarthy

(March 2012)  Previously press secretary at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Director at the Glover Park Group, 2008-11.  Staff writer at Politico, 2006-08.  Degree in English from The George Washington University, 2002.  twitter


Digital Director  Brad A. Schenck

(last three months of the campaign)  Digital training director at Obama for America in Chicago.  Self-employed as Brad A. Schenck Media, 2003-09.  Field organizer on Obama's campaign in Miami/Fort Lauderdale in Fall 2008.  Designer/project manager at Six Flags, 2001-03.  Studied organizational leadership at Penn State University.  twitter


Field Director  Jorge Neri

(July 2012; served as the national campaign's Southern regional field director from Aug. 2011-July 2012)  Midwest and Southeast organizer at the Center for Community Change, 2008-11.  Organizer at UFCW Local 1546 in Chicago, 2007.  Robert Morris College.
        ...five deputies and 140 field staff.

Deputy Field Director  Steve Sisneros

(initially an RFD from Aug.-Nov. 2011)  Worked as a regional field director for the DNC in the 2010 midterm elections.  Committee assistant in the Nevada State Legislature, first part of 2009.  Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UNLV, 2006.  Originally from New Mexico.   twitter

Deputy Field Director  Anatole Jenkins

(RFD starting Jan. 2012 and for much of the campaign; promoted)  Field organizer for Organizing for America from June 2011.  Student pursuing bachelor's degree in political science from Catholic University of America.   twitter

Deputy Field Director  Mike Litt

(Sept. 2012; regional field director with Organizing starting in Sept. 2009)  Field director on Chris Riley for Austin City Council, Jan.-June 2011.  Canvass director for the Travis County Democratic Party (Austin), April-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in American studies/civilization, 2005.
        ...7 field offices, 3 regional field directors, 30 field organizers in SW Las Vegas, Summerlin and rural Southern Nevada.

Deputy Field Director  Kelly Canady

(Oct. 2012)  Arizona field director on the campaign from April-Oct. 2012; started as regional field director for Organizing for  America in Southern AZ, Oct. 2011-April 2012.  Customer repair program at American Family Insurance, 2000-Oct. 2011.  Master's degree in political science and government from Western Washington University, 1994; bachelor's degree in political science and government from Carroll College, 1990.
        ...Central Las Vegas. 

Border State Coordinator  Veronica Beebe

(Oct. 2012; also served as digital media coordinator from April-Aug. 2012 and as a field organizer from June-Oct. 2012)  Master's degree in international service from American University, 2012; B.A. in political science and religious studies from UC Santa Barbara, 2008.

26 Offices


Data Director  Chris Coger

(Sept. 2011)  Previously at Catalist from Jan. 2008 starting as an intern, then as customer service representative, account executive, senior account executive, and most recently senior product manager.  B.A. in political science from American University.   twitter

Deputy Data Director  Darren Kregger

(Feb. 2012)  Deputy targeting director at We Are Ohio, April-Nov. 2011.  Campaign manager on Aaron Bailey for State Senate, Fall 2010.  Campaign manager on Ned Staebler for State Rep., 2009-10.  B.A. in political science, economics from Saginaw Valley State University, 2009.

Deputy Data Director  Lauren Coffee

(Coffee served as northern Nevada Director for much of the campaign, then moved over to this position for the  last two months)  Regional field director in North Texas for Organizing for America at the DNC, 2010-11.  B.S. in sociology from Texas A&M University, 2007. twitter


Political Director  Mariela Hernandez

Worked for Sen. Harry Reid from May 2005-end of Sept. 2011, starting as a staff assistant, then serving as a regional representative and as manager of strategic outreach.

PoliCY And Research

Policy and Research Director  David Johns

Senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under Sen. Harkin.  Masters degree in sociology and education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University; triple major in English, creative writing and African American studies from Columbia University, 2004.  Originally from Los Angeles, CA.

Operation Vote

Latino Vote Director  Leticia Ramirez 

(May 2012)  Campaign manager on Pleitez for Congress (CA-32), Jan.-Sept. 2009.  Policy analyst for The Advancement Project, 2006-09.  Organizer at SEIU, 2004-06.  J.D. from UCLA School of Law, 2012; B.A. in history from Stanford University, 2004.  twitter


GOTV Director  Stacy Berger

Experience includes executive director of California Young Democrats.  Graduate of UC San Diego, 2002.  California native.

Voter Protection

Voter Protection Director Jessica A.González

(June 2012) Most recently served a couple of fellowships.  Attorney at Domingo A. Garcia, P.C. in Texas, 2010-11.  J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2010; B.A. in criminology/criminal justice from University of Texas at Arlington, 2005.


Operations Director  Dante Vasquez

(Dec. 2011)  Survey research specialist at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2010-11.  Deputy resident technical advisor for the Carter Center in Southern Sudan, 2009.  B.A. in political science from University of Michigan, and working towards an M.B.A..

Special Projects Director  Veronica Puryear

(Feb. 2012)   Program director for Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Overton Elementary in Austin, TX.  B.A. in psychology, sociology from University of Texas at Austin, 2010.

Digital Director Jason Karsh

(Oct. 2011-Aug. 2012)  Regional field organizer on Obama for America, 2008.  Creative director at Spacedog Interactive Agency, five months in 2007.  Creative director at McElroy Advertising, 2002-05.  Sole propreitorship, 2000-02, as well as copywriter.  Studied American studies at University of Southern California.  twitter

Nevada Democratic Party
Chairman  Roberta Lange

(elected March 26, 2011)   State director for The Pickens Plan, educating Nevadans about renewable energy, 2008.  Nevada state director for Bill Richardson for President, 2007.  Finance director for Dina Titus for Governor, 2006.  Operations manager on Tom Gallagher for Congress, 2004.  Finance director on Bernstein for U.S. Senate, 2000.  Deputy campaign manager for Sen. Harry Reid's 1998 re-election campaign.  Taught at Durango High School in Las Vegas, 1997-98.  Moved to Nevada in 1995.  Started her political career after being elected president of her local teacher’s union while teaching physical education in Washington State. 

Executive Director  Zach Zaragoza

(Feb. 1, 2011)  Moved up from the position of operatons and compliance director, which he held since 2008.  Finance director on Daskas for Congress.  Regional representative in the Las Vegas office (2007-08) and staff assistant (2006-07) for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.  Graduate of UNLV with a degree in political science, 2006; served as president of both the UNLV Young Democrats and the Young Democrats of Nevada.

Coordinated Campaign Director  Justin Gilbert 
Research Director  Paul Smith 
Communications Director  Zach Hudson 
Finance Director  Chris Anderson 
Political Director  Harriet Trudell 
Office Manager  Naomi Millisor 

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State Director  Jorge Adame

Data and Targeting Manager  Leora Olivas