Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, Oregon
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State Director  Brandyn Keating

(Oct. 2011)  Virginia state director of Organizing for America from June 2009.  In Fall 2008 Keating served as GOTV director on the Campaign for Change in Wisconsin.  Field director at Coalition for Our Communities, the campaign against a Sept. 2008 ballot initiative to eliminate the Mass. income tax.  Worked in field on the Obama campaign in March-April 2008.  Finance director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 2007-ea. 2008.  Executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Sept. 2005-June 2007.  Regional field director on Deval Patrick's 2006 campaign for governor.  Lead organizer for the Coalition for Social Justice/Coalition Against Poverty.  Graduate of Suffolk University Law School, 2006; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science at Bridgewater State College.

Field Director  Diane Goodwin

(March 2012)  Leave of absence from manager of project communications at TriMet, 2006-March 2012.  Account supervisor at Hill & Knowlton-Los Angeles, 2000-03.  Media relations manager for Los Angeles County Public Health, 1999-2000.  Director of communications and marketing at the Howard Brown Health Center, 1996-99.  Director of publications at Lewis University, 1993-96.  B.S. in mass communications from Illinois State University, 1989.

Regional Field Director  John Samuelian

(Dec. 2011)  Account supervisor at Solomon McCown & Co. in Boston, Nov. 2009-April 2011.  Deputy director of legislative and policy affairs at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (Mass.), 2007-10.  Research assistant at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 2004-May 2007.  B.S. in behaviorial neuroscience and philosophy from Northeastern University, 2006.

Field Organizers
Multnomah Co. - Alexis Davis

(March 2012; started as an Organizing Fellow in Jan. 2012)  Student working towards a degree in political science at Portland State University.

Southwest/Central OR - Jennifer Knowles

Southeast OR - Toby Thom

Undergraduate at Portland State University.

Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Yamhill Cos. - Leslie Jackson

Prior to starting on the campaign Jackson worked in sales and marketing.  Volunteered on Obama's 2008 campaign. 

Director of Special Projects  Colin Thacher

(March 2012...Data, Digital and Operations)  Line producer at LAIKA/house, 2007-10.  Freelance advertising and reality TV production management 2000-07. B.A. in religion from Bard College, 1995.

Washington/Oregon Digital Director/Press Secretary  Paul Bell

(Aug. 2012) New Media director on Kendrick Meek for Florida, April-Nov. 2010.  Online marketing director at TwinCitiesFun.com, 2006-09.  Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2009.

Volunteer State IT Coordinator  Ryan Bruce

10120 SW Hall Blvd, Portland

1125 SE Madison, Suite 112, Portland

250 Liberty St. SE, Salem

115 W. 6th Ave., Eugene

132 SW 4th St., Corvallis

16031 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove

132 W. Main St., Suite 101, Medford

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Chair  Meredith Wood Smith

(since March 10, 2007)  Experience includes small business owner, president of a local business association, and sales representative for a mid-sized national corporation.  Taught children with disabilities, served as a vocational counselor, taught delinquent and neglected adolescents, and later served as an at risk youth advocate and community organizer for city, county and state government.  B.A. in education from the University of Kentucky.

Executive Director  Trent Lutz

(April 2007)  Previously deputy legislative director to Gov. Ted Kulongoski.  Finance director on Kulongoski's 2006 campaign for governor.  Finance director on David Wu for Congress, 2004.  Deputy field director on the 2002 Coordinated Campaign in Oregon. Worked for the Legislative Affairs Department at the Oregon School Board Association.  Moved to Oregon to run a field office for the Democratic Party in Clatsop County in Fall 2000.  Graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in 2000.  Born and raised in rural Ponca City, Oklahoma.