Democratic National Committee - 2012

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447 Members of the DNC

...includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.
    Constituency caucuses: Black (Virgie Rollins-MI), Hispanic (Iris Martinez-IL), Women (Mame Reilly-VA), LGBT (Rick Stafford-MN), AAPI (Bel Leong-MD).
    Regional caucuses: Eastern (Nancy DiNardo-CT), Midwestern (Doug Brooks-MO), Southern (Gilda Cobb Hunter-SC), Western (Aleita Huguenin-CA).
    Councils: Youth (Jason Rae-WI and Amber Goodwin-TX), Seniors (Steve Regenstreif-DC and Maria Cardone-MD), Native Americans (Todd Goodman-CO and Celia Firethunder-SD),     Ethnic (Marliyn Piurek-CT and Ilir Zherka-DC also Jim Zogby), Rural (Betty Richie-TX), Veterans & Military Families (Don Fowler-SC and Claudia Kennedy-SC).

Executive Committee

64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.

Standing Committees

Rules and Bylaws - Co-chairs: Alexis Herman (DC) and Jim Roosevelt (MA)

Credentials - Co-chairs: Susan Swecker (VA) and Everett Ward (NC)

Resolutions - Co-Chairs: Jim Zogby (DC) and Maria Echaveste (CA)

Nine Elected Officers*

*Chairman  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

(announced April 5, 2011, elected May 4, 2011)
Elected a DNC vice chair in Jan. 2009; also served as DCCC vice chair for incumbent retention in the 2010 cycle.  Elected to represent Florida's 20th CD (parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties) in Nov. 2004 ("first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida").  Member of the Florida Senate, 2000-04.  Member of the Florida House, 1992-2000 "youngest female legislator in Florida history").  Aide to U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, 1989-92.  Additional experience includes adjunct instructor at Broward Community College, NJDC staffer, lecturer at Nova Southeastern University and community and external affairs staff at Nova Southeastern University.  B.A. in political science, 1988, and M.A. in political science, 1990, from the University of Florida, 1988.  Originally from New York.

Vice Chairs (5)

*Donna Brazile

[Vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation]  Served as interim chair for the month following Tim Kaine's resignation, April 5-May 4, 2011.  Founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. Chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001. Worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager on Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Adjunct professor and lecturer; author (autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics); and frequent commentator. Degree in psychology from Louisiana State University. First campaign involvement at age 9 for a City Council candidate. New Orleans native.

*Linda Chavez-Thompson

Former Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, elected at the federation's 1995 convention and served to Sept. 2007.  An AFSCME international vice president, 1988-96, after serving various posts with AFSCME in San Antonio, TX.  Native of Lubbock, TX.

*Rep. Mike Honda

Represents California's 15th CD (Silicon Valley); elected in 2000.

*Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak

(ratified Sept. 10, 2011)  Elected Mayor in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009.  Business consultant.  General manager of  Vice president of Internet Broadcast System.  Publisher of the Twin Cities Reader.  Director of development at the Downtown Council.  Reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune.  Graduate of Boston College, 1978.  (In 2007, Mayor Rybak was the first mayor of a major US city to endorse President Obama).

*Ray Buckley

[President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), elected to a two-year term on Jan. 21, 2009; first openly gay person to serve in the position] Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, elected March 2007; previously served four terms as vice chair, and also four years as executive director and two cycles as New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign director. Served 18 years in the NH legislature. First volunteered on a campaign at age 8. Served as Tilton town chair for Ed Muskie at age 12, an organizer for Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Mike Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

     Director, ASDC  Ann Fishman

*Treasurer Andrew Tobias

Author of many books including three national best-sellers (Fire and Ice: the Charles Revson/Revlon Story; The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need; Money Angles; Getting By On $100,000 a Year (And Other Sad Tales); The Invisible Bankers: Everything the Insurance Industry Never Wanted You to Know; My Vast Fortune; The Funny Money Game; The Best Little Boy in the World). His Managing Your Money software was the market leader. Graduate of Harvard Business School. While studying Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard he ran the publishing business Let's Go: The Student Guide to Europe.

*Secretary  Alice Germond

Has served the Democratic party for over 40 years. Director of Party and Government Affairs and Site Selection at the DNC, 1992-95. Held senior positions in the campaigns of Jerry Brown, Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis and was California Political Director for Clinton/Gore in 1992. She has participated in every National Convention since the 1974 mid-term Charter Convention.

      Director, Secretary's Office  Lindsey Reynolds

Executive director of Democrats Abroad in the 2008 and 2010 cycles; also served as vice chair of the Association of State Executive Directors.  Executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia in the 2004 cycle; joined the state party in March 2002 as finance director.  Finance director for Virginia's Joint Democratic Caucus starting in 2000.  She began her career in Virginia Democratic politics in 1998, as legislative assistant to Sen. Stanley C. Walker of Norfolk, then President pro tempore of the Virginia Senate. B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan College, 1998.

      Deputy Director, Secretary's Office  Marvin Turner

*National Finance Chair  Jane Stetson

Granddaughter of Thomas J. Watson, the founder of International Business Machines (IBM), the niece of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and former Chairman of the IBM Corporation,and the daughter of Arthur K. Watson, former Vice President of IBM and former Chairman of the IBM World Trade Corporation and former U.S. Ambassador to France.


Executive Director  Patrick Gaspard

(announced Jan. 20, 2011, started early March 2011) White House political director from Jan. 2009.  Political director on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Executive vice president of politics and legislation for Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.  In 2006 he served as acting political director for SEIU international.  National field director for America Coming Together, 2004.  Acting field director on Howard Dean's South Carolina primary campaign.  1199 SEIU deputy director.  Chief of staff to New York City Council member Margarita Lopez.  Worked on David Dinkins' 1989 campaign for Mayor of New York City, then worked for four years for Mayor Dinkins in advance and political, and on Dinkins' unsucessful 1993 re-election effort.  Helped on Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign.  Studied at Columbia University School of General Studies, 1994-97.  Born in Democratic Republic of Congo of Haitian parents; grew up in New York City.

Chief of Staff to the Executive Director  Laura Santucci

(March 2011) Special assistant at the White House, Jan. 2009-Feb. 2011.  Associate director for politics and legislation at 1199 SEIU, Nov. 2004-June 2008.  B.A. in international/global studies from Manhattanville College, 2003.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director  Sarah Rojas

Undergraduate degree in government from the College of William & Mary, 2009.  From Summit, NJ.

Counsel and Director of Voter Protection  Will Crossley

Attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, 2004-09.  J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, 2001; M.Ed. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1995; B.A. in public policy studies from University of Chicago, 1994.

Chair's Office

Chief of Staff  Tracie Pough

Chief of staff to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional office, 2005-12.  An advisor on education, budget and African American outreach in the office of House Democratic Whip, Nancy Pelosi, 2003-05.  Base vote director at the DCCC, 2002.  Southeast regional director and then state network director at the Center for Policy Alternatives.  Senior legislative analyst in the Florida Legislature.  Program administrator and management consultant with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  M.P.A. from Florida State University; B.A. from Rollins College, 1992.  Jacksonville native.

Communications Advisor  Jonathan Beeton

(2011)  Communications director to Rep. Wasserman Schultz since 2005.  Michigan press secretary on Wesley Clark's presidential campaign.  Gore/Lieberman press secretary in Kentucky in Fall 2000.  Worked at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor during Clinton's second term. West Michigan press secretary (Grand Rapids) for the Michigan Democratic Party during the 1996 election cycle.  B.S. from Albion College.  Grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

Senior Advisor  Tom Manatos

Prior to joining to DNC, Manatos spent over nine years with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both in the Speaker’s office and the Minority Leader’s office through July 2011.  Most recently he was the senior advisor for Member services as well as outreach advisor for young Americans to Pelosi.  Previously he was the national trip director and the director of advance for Speaker Pelosi.  He started on Capitol Hill as an intern and served as a staff assistant for then Minority Whip Pelosi.  Acting deputy press secretary for Sen. Paul Sarbanes.  Took a semester off from Cornell to serve as an advance desk at the Gore/Lieberman headquarters in Nashville, TN in 2000.  Undergraduate degree from Cornell University; Master's degree in government from Johns Hopkins University, 2010.  With his wife he has run the site since 2010.

Special Assistant  Liz Shepherd

Legislative aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 2011.  Legislative correspondent 2010-11 to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and staff assistant to Speaker Pelosi, 2009-10.  B.A. in art history, government from Bowdoin College, 2009.

Director of Scheduling  Mackenzie Smith

Scheduler to Rep. Karen Bass, 2011.  Scheduler on Kendrick Meeks for Senate (FL), 2010.  Scheduler at Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor (CA), 2010.


Chief Operating Officer  Amanda Howe

(April 2011)  Previously business development manager for McGuireWoods LLP.  Served Gov. Tim Kaine as executive director of Virginia's Royal Welcome, which designed and coordinated Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Virginia in 2007, and then as a communications advisor.  Assistant secretary of commerce under Gov. Mark Warner.

Deputy COO  Arnold Skretta

(March 2010)  J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law, 2008.  B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002.

Assistant COO  Christine Simpson

Worked in the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce during the Kaine and Warner administrations.  M.Phil in comparative politics from Oxford, 2010.  B.A. in government from College of William and Mary, 2005.


National Political Director  Jeffrey Lerner

(mid-March 2011)  Worked on the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Political field director for Change to Win (the labor group) starting in April 2008.  Communications director to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, April 2007-April 2008.  Senior account executive at Dan Klores Communications.  Florida deputy state director for America Votes in 2004.  In 2002, he oversaw a joint Sierra Club and the Service Employees International Union national, school-based get-out-the-vote effort, 2002.

Assistant to the National Political Director  Rachel Martin

National Deputy Political Director  Steven L. Walker

(July 2011)  Previously southern regional director of Organizing for America from March 2010.  Louisiana state director of Organizing for America, from May 2009.  A regional field director on the Obama campaign.  Degree in biology from Prairie View A&M, 1990.

Regional Political Directors
Northeast and Florida  John Falcicchio

 (July 2011)  Senior advisor to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, 2003-11.  Finance director/GOTV coordinator on Kevin Johnson for Mayor, Spring 2008.  Campaign manager on Muriel Bowser for Ward 4 (DC), first part of 2007.  Field organizer on Dean for America, 2003-04.  Field organizer at Participation 2000/Maine Democratic Coordinated, Fall 2002.  Research analyst at Multistate Associates, 2001-02.  B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of Americ, 2001.

West  Andrew O'Leary

(Oct. 2011; earlier Midwest)  Executive director of the Minnesota DFL, 2005-11.  Ran the voter contact operation for Scott Stringer’s successful campaign for Manhattan Bureau President.  National field director for 21st Century Democrats in the 2004 cycle.  Prior to 2004, he served various roles in the Indiana Democratic Party including intern, regional field director, deputy finance director and political director.  Undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington, 1997.  O'leary grew up in the Navy.

Midwest  Le'Jamiel Goodall

(June-Nov. 2012)  South Carolina state director for Obama for America, May 2011-June 2012.  Georgia state director of Organizing for America, March 2009-April 2011.  In Fall 2008 served as field director on the Georgia Campaign for Change after serving on the primary campaign in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.  Loan officer, Feb. 2003-Feb. 2008.  B.S. in communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., 2003.

West  Cesar Blanco

(Aug. 2011 to May 2012 then to Obama campaign as Arizona state director) 

Southern  Nicole Price

(July 2011 to June 2012 the to the Obama campaign as Florida Operation Vote director) 

South and Mid-Atlantic  Monica Fuentes

(Oct. 2011 to Sept. 2012, then to Obama campaign; served as East Central FL regional voter protection director for final two months) 

National Constituency Outreach Director  Brian Bond

(mid-Aug. 2011)  Deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.  Constituency director on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Executive director of the DNC's Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council from May 2006.  Executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund from 1997 to 2003.  DNC director of LGBT outreach in 1996.  Served as executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party.  Degree in public administration from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.  Missouri native.

National Deputy Constituency Outreach Director and Director of Women's Outreach  Simone Ward

Campaign manager on Sen. Barbara Mikulski's re-election campaign, 2009-10.  Served in the political department at EMILY's List from 2007.  A deputy director of the DNC's American Majority Partnership under then-Chairman Howard Dean.  Executive director of Democratic GAIN in 2004.  Executive director of Young Democrats of America starting in June 2002.  Worked with Mercer & Associates in Washington, DC.  Finance assistant at the DNC; special assistant at the White House.  Pursuing an M.P.A from American University.  B.A. from Oklahoma City University.

Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs  Juan Sepúlveda

(Nov. 2011)  Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, appointed by Sec. Duncan in May 2009.  President and founder (2005) of The Common Enterprise (TCE), whose mission is to help nonprofit groups, philanthropic organizations and businesses help build stronger communities.  Texas state director on Obama's 2008 campaign from July 2008 and a member of Obama's National Latino Leadership Council.  A senior advisor for Bill Bradley's 2000 presidential campaign.  Worked with the Rockefeller Foundation, 1992-95.  Worked closely with Willie Velasquez, founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.   Law degree from Stanford Law School, 1993.  Rhodes scholar; combined degree in politics, philosophy and economics at The Queen's College, Oxford University.  B.A. in government from Harvard.  Grew up in Topeka, KS.  San Antonio resident from the 1980s.

Deputy Director of Hispanic Affairs  Jaime Areizaga-Soto

Candidate for Virginia State Senate in 2011.  Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 2010-11.  Practiced cross border infrastructure finance for over ten years with large law firms, including eight years at Clifford Chance LLP (Brazil); earlier practiced at Hogan & Hartson LLP.  U.S. Army JAG Lieutenant Colonel and serves as the Army Staff Judge Advocate and Chief of Criminal Justice of the District of Columbia National Guard.  J.D. from Stanford University Law School; Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford University; B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Grew up in Puerto Rico.

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator  Valentina Pereda

(Oct. 2011)  Previously a field organizer on the Obama campaign from June 2011.  Graduate of The George Washington University, 2010.

Deputy Director of African American Outreach  Rosemary Enobakhare

Worked on HIllary Clinton's campaign.  Graduate of Spellman College, 2008.  Jackson, MS native.

Director of AAPI Outreach  Naomi Tacuyan

(Sept. 2010)  Deputy director at Asian Pacific Islander American Vote, 2008-11.  Press secretary/fundraising coordinator on Robert A. Underwood's 2006 campaign for Governor of Guam.  Communications director for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 2004-06.  Program coordinator at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, 2002-04.  M.P.P. from UCLA, 2008; B.A. in journalisim and A/P/A studies from New York University, 2002.  Philipina from Guam.

Director of LGBT Outreach and the Office of Party Leaders  Jeff Marootian

(Oct. 2011)  Office of the Director, District of Columbia Department of Transportation, July 2008-Oct. 2011.  Manager for community partnerships at the Metropolitan Police Department, 2005-06.  M.P.A. and B.A. from The George Washington University.

Director of Youth Outreach and College Democrats of America Executive Director  Jennifer Bissett

Worked for Lake Research Partners in the 2008 cycle.  Worked on the 2005 Virginia Coordinated Campaign/Kaine for Governor.  Worked on the Knowles for Senate campaign (AK) in 2004.  Degree in political science from James Madison University.  Raised in Yorktown, VA.

Director of Faith Outreach  Rev. Derrick Harkins

(announced Oct. 20, 2011)  Senior pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington DC.  Previously senior minister of the New Hope Baptist Church of Dallas Texas.  B.S. in broadcasting and film from Boston University; Master of Divinity in church history from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; doctorate in homiletics from United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Director of Veterans and Small Business Outreach  Ron Pierce

West Point graduate, combat veteran.

Jewish Outreach Liaison  Dani Gilbert

(March/April 2012)  Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  Master's degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economis.  Undergraduate degree from Yale, 2008.  Originally from South Florida.

Jewish Outreach Coordinator  Max Slutsky

to the Obama campaign.

Women's Outreach Coordinator  Helen Boyer

(Dec. 2011 to Sept. 2012, then to OFA-NH and Women's Vote Coordinator)

Seniors Outreach Coordinator  Katherine Cox

Faith and Seniors Outreach Coordinator  Josh Dickson

(May 2012)  Recruitment director and manager of outreach (2009-10), national recruitment director, faith community relations (2008-9) and corps member (2006-08) at Teach for America.  M.P.P. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 2012; B.A. in political science from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2006.

Democrats Abroad Executive Director  Vincent Fry

Served as director of the DNC Voting Rights Institute starting in 2004; director of the Northeastern and Southern political desks at the DNC in 2003.  Associate director of political affairs at the White House.  Founder and president of Aliese McKinley Corporation, a Chicago consulting firm.  Law degree from Northwestern University; bachelor's degreee from Morehouse College.  Chicago native.

Constituency Outreach Program Manager  Katie Dvorak

(Sept. 2011 logistical and admin. support)  DNC director of constituent services from May 2005 and intern coordinator from June 2009.

Outreach Director for Strategic Projects  Carri Twigg

(Jan. 2012; previously a deputy regional political director from July 2011)  Political director (2009-10) and deputy political director (2007-09) at the Ohio Democratic Party.  Policy staff aide to Gov. Ted Strickland, 2006-07.  B.A. in political science and history from The Ohio State University, 2007.

Director of Surrogate and Allied Group Outreach  Bob Creamer

Principal at Strategic Consulting Group (SCG).


Communications Director  Brad Woodhouse

(Feb. 2009) President of Americans United for Change, March 2007-Feb. 2009. On leave from Americans United for Change from June-Nov. 2008, served as senior communication adviser for the DNC. Consultant for Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Oct. 2005-March 2007. Communications Director for Americans United to Protect Social Security, Feb. 2005-Oct. 2005. Several months as press secretary to Sen. Jon Corzine (NJ). Communications director for the DSCC, March 2003-Nov. 2004. Press secretary on Erskine Bowles' 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.  A policy aide and then press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC).  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Caroline Ciccone

A regional press secretary at the DNC in the 2008 cycle. Deputy press secretary and earlier press assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer, 2006-07.

National Press Secretary  Melanie Roussell

(start beginning of Aug. 2011; also helping direct rapid response)  Comes to the DNC from position as press secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Southern regional communications director on the Obama campaign.  Press secretary/spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee.  Communications director and earlier staff assistant for U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (LA-2), April 2002-Feb. 2007.  Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University; M.A. in public communication from American University.  New Orleans native.  twitter

Assistant Press Secretary  Rebecca Chalif

At the DNC since June 2010; started as a communications intern.  M.A. in media and politics from Georgetown University, 2011; B.A. in American history from Duke University, 2008.

Regional Press Secretaries

Midwest  Ellen Canale

Previously deputy chief of staff at Grunwald Communications.  Graduate of Eastern Illinois University, 2009.

Southern and African American Press  Adam Hodge

Southern regional press secretary at the DCCC, July 2011-Jan. 2012.  Press secretary in the Office of the Majority Whip, 2010-11.  Deputy press secretary on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Assistant media buyer at Mundy Katowitz Media, Fall 2008.  Legal support, 2007-08; paralegal, 2006-07.  Electronic correspondent in the Office of Sen. Chris Dodd, 2004-06.  African American outreach director and field organizer on Friends of Chris Dodd, May-Nov. 2004.  Phone bank coordinator on the Gephardt for President campaign, 2004.  B.A. in government from Wesleyan University, 2004.

East Coast/West Coast  Kevin Harris

Legislative assistant and special assistant in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.  In 2010 served as deputy campaign manager to a gubernatorial campaign and GOTV consultant for a contested congressional race.  Political appointee at HUD in 2009.  Degree in journalism from Howard University.  Grew up in Birmingham, AL.

Regional Press Assistant  Patrick Burgwinkle

Managed Massachusetts State Sen. Jamie Eldridge's 2010 campaign.  Masters degree in media and public affairs from The George Washington University; B.A. in political science from GWU.  Grew up in Lancaster, MA.

Speechwriter  Jon Monteith

(Sept. 2011)  Press aide on Capitol Hill, 2010-11.  Policy assistant at the Human Rights Campaign, 2008-10.  Degree in rhetoric, professional writing, political science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.

Speechwriter  Tiffany Haas

(April 2012)  Counsel to the Ballot Access Project and field director (DC and Northern Virginia) at Obama for America, Aug. 2011-April 2012.  Attorney at Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., 2008-11.  J.D. from Marquette University Law School; B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University.

New Media Outreach Director  Greg Greene

(from June 2009)  Interactive communications manager at the National Democratic Institute, 2007-09.  Senior strategist at Blue State Digital LLC, 2004-06.  Worked as an independent consultant, sole proprietorship Green[e]house Strategies, 2001-05.  Associate at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLC, 1998-2000.  Editorial assistant at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 1994-95.  J.D. University of Virginia School of Law, 1998.  B.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virginia, 1994.

Video Producer  Anne Thompson

Media Center Director  Reed Petty

Petty worked for CNN, and later at NBC for 13 years as an editor. He has spent many years as a freelancer, working for Discovery Communications, BBC America and Guggenheim Productions. He spent his first year in the Washington, DC-area as a house husband and has lived in the region for 24 years.


Digital Director  Lucas Fleischer

(from December 2010, succeeded Natalie Foster) Previously creative director starting in March 2009.  Ohio director of new media for Obama's general election campaign; joined the Obama campaign as a volunteer in 2007.  Graduate of Brown University, 1999.

Creative Director  Karen Heileson

(Dec. 2010)  Graphic designer for Organizing for America, 2009-10.  Senior designer at Eben Design, 2007-09.

Director of Frontend Development  Drew Tipson

(April 2010)  Field and GOTV organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, April-Nov. 2005.  Field organizer on the Ohio Democrats' Coordinated Campaign, 2004.  M.P.A. from New York University, 2003; B.A. from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University, 2000.

Director of Email Programs  Alexa Rozell

(May 2012)  Previously campaign manager for CREDO Action in San Francisco, from Nov. 2010.  New media director at Onorato for Governor (PA), Fall 2010.  B.S. in foreign service, international security studies from Georgetown University.

Digital Content Director/Social Media Manager  Elizabeth Chan 

(May 2010)  Proofreader/fact checker for University of Chicago magazine, 2008-10.  Bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008.

Creative Strategist  Christina Gomez 

(April 2012) Principal at stay{up}early campaigns from Oct. 2011.  Director of operations at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in Austin, 2009-11.  Communications director for State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, 2008-11.  Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Director of Rapid Response Research  Tony Carrk

(July 2011)  Policy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund's "" (a "progressive communications war room"), 2009-11.  Research director on Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign, Jan.-June 2009.  Deputy research director at the DSCC, latter half of 2008.  Senior researcher on Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Research associate at IMS, 2003-07.  M.P.P. from Georgetown Public Policy Institute, 2003; bachelor's degree from Siena College, 2001.

Tracking Director  Rebecca Parks

(Aug. 2011)  Special assistant for scheduling and advance in the Office of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, 2009-11.  Researcher on the Obama campaign, 2007-08.  Senior project manager at Gragert Research, 2005-06.  Campaigns assistant at the League of Conservation Voters, 2004-05.  B.A. in social anthropology from University of Michigan, 2003.

Media Archive Director  Erika Starr

(July 2010; started as a research associate in July 2008)  Government relations and public affairs specialist at the Natural Products Association, 2007-08.  Field organizer on the Montana Coordinated Campaign/Jon Tester for Senate, 2006.  Events coordinator at the Campaign Finance Institute, 2005-06.  Surrogate scheduling assistant on Kerry-Edwards 2004.  B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, 2004.

Research Associate  Jared McDonald

(April 2010; started as a video conversion associate in Aug. 2009)  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2009.

Video Research Associate  Emily Rogers

(Jan. 2012)  M.A. in political communication from American University, 2011; B.A. in film and media studies from Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.

Video Systems Administrator  Jim Donofrio

(Sept. 2011)  Streaming media assistant at MLB Advanced Media, March 2010-Sept. 2011.  Mail technician at EY Productions, 2009-10.  Production assistant at Comcast SportsNet, Oct. 2008-Feb. 2010.  Promotions assistant at WBEB-FM, Aug. 2007-Dec. 2008; backup producer for CW WakeUp News at, Oct. 2007-Feb. 2008.  B.A. in broadcasting/telecommunications/mass media from Temple University, 2007.

Research Assistant  Dani Lipsman

(May 2012)  B.A. in political science from American University, 2012.

Director of Strategic Research  James Lynch  ...headed up team of about two dozen in Chicago, focused on opposition research

(March 2012; previously deputy director of strategic research starting July 2011)  Senior deputy appointments secretary in the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, Jan.-July 2011.  Director of research and rapid response at Jerry Brown 2010, March-Dec. 2010.  Consultant at James Lynch Research, 2009-10.  Research and policy director at Merkley for Oregon, Jan. -Nov. 2008.  Legislative researcher in Congress, Oct. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Deputy research director on Angelides 2006, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  J.D. from University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law, 2006; B.A. degrees in U.S. History and political science from UC San Diego, 2003.

Geoff Andersen, Devan Barber, Dave Barr, Luke Bassett, Aaron Buchner, Tyson Brody, Lauren Dillon, Kayti Fan, Chris Herold, Nicholsa Howie, Avi Klein, Kate Mann, Jacob Mathai, Chris McClure, Ryan McInerney, David Miller, Melinda Okoye, Brad Pollock, Anna Ruch, Tom Ryan, Samuel Salustro, Matthew Schaub, Matt Timmeny, Tori Wender


Director of Technology  Bryan Whitaker

(April 2011) Previously director of field information services at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) starting 2009.  Assistant
political director for targeting and technology at SEIU beginning 2006.  Regional field organizer for the Sierra Club in the Southern Appalachian
region. Field organizer for John Kerry for President in Ames, Iowa in 2003 and regional field lead for Kerry-Edwards in Southeast Ohio in
2004.  B.A. in history from University of Dayton, 2002.

Deputy Technology Director  Paul Smith

(Sept. 2011) Co-founded EveryBlock in 2007; it was acquired by in 2009, and he worked there until the fall of 2011.  Freelance web developer in Chicago.  Webmaster and systems administrator at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago.  Intermittently attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Originally from Maryland.

National Data Director  Chris Brill

(Aug. 2011; previously voter file and data acquisitions manager from April 2010)  Elections director (2008-10)  and voter file director (2006-08) at the Arizona Democratic Party.   Undergraduate degree political science, research methodology and quantative methods from the University of New Mexico, 2006. 

Director of Data Architecture  Chris Wegrzyn

(July 2011; previously lead targeting developer from March 2010)  Web developer at Voter Activation Network, 2009-10.  Database application developer at Obama for America, 2007-08.  Programmer at Eaton Vance, 2006-07.  B.S. in physics, mathematics, history from Carnegie Mellon University, 2006.

Regional Data Services Director  Brett Lasky-Benson

(Sept. 2011 support to state party data directors in Eastern U.S.)  Pennsylvania data and targeting manager at ISSI, 2010-11.  Voter file manager at Obama for America, Fall 2008.  B.B.A. from Temple University, 2005.

Director of Information Systems  Yared Tamene Wolde-Yohannes

(from March 2011; Rajeev Chopra moved over to the campaign)  Wolde-Yohannes runed the information systems department as senior project manager for The MIS Department, Inc.; he joined MIS in Sept. 2009.  He has served in various roles at DePaul University including director of the McNair Scholars Projram, adjunct faculty, student support services.  M.A. in math education from DePaul University, 2004; B.S. in pure mathematics, philosophy from DePaul University, 1998.

Deputy Information Systems Director  Drew Hulburt

(Aug. 2010)  IT director at the Alliance for Climate Protection 2009-10.  IT specialist on the Obama campaign.  Vice president of sales atn SingleHop.Com, 2007-08.  Server sales engineer/support engineer at FastServers.Net, 2002-07.  Technical support/customer service at MidWest Communications, Inc. 2000-01.  Attended University of Northern Iowa.

Deputy Director for Engineering, Media Tracking  Christopher Frommann

(Aug. 2011)  Partner and software engineering consultant at DRJWeb, from Jan. 2009.  Computer scientist and fellow at the Social Security Administration, July 2010-Aug. 2011.  M.Eng. in computer science (2010) and B.A. in government, computer science (2009) from Cornell University.

Senior Analytics Engineer  Erek Dyskant

(Jan. 2012)  Field technology consultant to International Medical Corps latter part of 2011.  Targeting developer at the DNC, mid-2010-Aug. 2011.  Analytics engineer and architect (Jan.-July 2010), software engineer (Feb. 2009-Jan. 2010) and junior analyst (Sept. 2008-Feb. 2009) at Catalist.  Studied at Swarthmore College.

Director of Systems Engineering  Leo Zhadanovsky

(deployed at Obama headquarters in Chicago from June 2012; previously senior systems administrator (Dec. 2010-June 2012) and started at the DNC as a systems administrator (2009-10).  Systems administrator at the University of Chicago, 2007-09.  B.S. in information technology and informatics from Rutgers, 2007.


National Finance Director  Hildy Kuryk

Previously deputy national finance director; ascended to the director position when Gifford moved over to the campaign.  Senior New York finance consultant to the Obama campaign. Graduate of Vanderbilt University, 1999.

Finance Chief of Staff 

Finance Technology Manager  Zak Bremer

(Sept. 2011)  Senior database administrator at Integral, LLC, 2010-11.  Data integration manager at Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Database administrator at the DSCC, 2005-07.  Worked for America Coming Together Michigan, 2004.  Deputy director of operations at Joe Lieberman for President.  Master's degree in campaign management from The George Washington University, 2002; bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University, 2001.

Finance Operations Manager  Bo Creason

(April 2012)  Associate at the Frost Group, 2010-12.  B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009.

State Party Victory Fund Manager  Alexandra Raposo

(May 2011)  Finance assistant on Betsy Markey for Congress, latter part of 2010.  Staff assistant/legislative correspondent, 2009-10.  Field director on the Adam Smith for Congress campaign, latter part of 2008.  B.A. in politics and government from University of Puget Sound, 2008.

National Director, Women's Leadership Forum  Tammy Paster

(Sept. 2011)


Marketing Director  Kim Postulart

(started Sept. 2005)  Vice president at Adams, Hussey & Associates, 2004-05.  Deputy director of marketing and membership at EMILY’s List, 2004.  Marketing director on the Edwards for President campaign, 2003-04.  B.A. in international studies from American University, 1997.

Deputy Marketing Director  Rosalind Chapman

Marketing Manager  Molly Barker

(Feb. 2011; previously marketing coordinator from Jan. 2009 and started at the DNC in Feb. 2008 as marketing assistant) B.S. in political science and international relations from Utah State University, 2007.

Marketing Coordinator  Nova Kennelty-Cohen

(May 2011)  Previously development and advocacy associate at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, from Aug. 2009.  Freelance political researcher, 2008-09.  Research analyst at the DCCC, 2007-08.  Executive assistant/client services coordinator at Dixon/Davis Media Group, 2005-07.  Research director, deputy communications director on Lois Murphy for Congress, 2004.  Master's in political management from The George Washington University, 2011; B.A. in government from Smith College, 2003.


Compliance Director  Alan Reed

(Jan. 2008) Previously worked as a consultant specializing in public records research for non-profits, 2001-07. Deputy director of compliance at the DNC, 1996-2001. M.A. in international relations from University of Kentucky, 1994; B.A. double major in history and political science from Northern Kentucky University, 1992.

Deputy Compliance Director  Chelsea Cook

Also held this position in the 2008 cycle.

Deputy Compliance Director  Laura Lopez

(March 2011; note served as a Obama GOTV volunteer in the close of the campaign)  Media liaison at PETA, 2009-10.  Compliance researcher at the DNC, latter half of 2008.  Executive assistant to photographer Ruth Litoff, first part of 2008.  Director of Amos Eno Gallery, 2004-06.  Bachelor's degree in art from New York University, 2003.

Deputy Compliance Director  Kevin Snowden

FEC Reports Manager  Jessica TeSelle

(Aug. 2011)  Comptroller at Gillibrand for Senate from April 2009.  Compliance director on John Edwards for President, 2007-09.  Compliance director on Cantwell 2006.  B.A. in political science from University of Washington, 2005.


Chief Financial Officer  Brad Marshall

CFO at the DNC since 1992. Previously he worked for a decade as a CPA in Lexington, KY, 1982-92. Financial vice president and controller for Melco Construction in London, KY, 1980-82. Senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Lexington, 1978-80. Staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Lexington, 1976-78. Bachelor's degree in accounting from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

Assistant to CFO  Anya Talbot

(Nov. 2011; started as an intern to the chair in Sept. 2011)  M.A. in international administration from University of Miami;B.A. in fine arts from University of Florida.

Controller  Manisha Patel, CPA

(Aug. 2010)  Senior assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2006-10.  Master's in accounting and BSBA/BSIS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Senior Staff Accountant  Kaley Chenot, CPA

(May 2011)  Assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2008-11.  Teller at Amboy Bank, 2005-06.  B.S., B.A. in accounting, economics from Elon University, 2008.


Director of Human Resources  Bernard Coleman III

State affairs specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management to May 2009. Project portfolio manager/ageny liaison for DC government. Member advocacy specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management, March 2006-Jan. 2008. Executive director Hoyer for Congress committee. National field coordinator for the DCCC, 2004-early 2005; deputy director of member services, Jan. 2003-July 2004.

Chief Diversity Officer  Greg Hinton

(announced Oct. 17, 2011; shared with DCCC and advising DNCC)  Comes to the DNC from position as chief diversity officer of U.S. Cellular; started at U.S. Cellular in 2002 as senior director of talent strategies and diversity.  Director of global sourcing at Abbott Laboratories, 1997-2002.


Director of Party Affairs  Patrice Taylor

Deputy director in the 2008 cycle; started with Party Affairs in June 2006 after working in the Research Department since September 2005. Previously worked in Gov. Mark Warner's office and in Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)'s office.

Special Assistant  Alicia Dyer

(started with Party Affairs in Feb. 2005)  At the DNC since February 2001.

Assistant to the Director  Jill Shesol

(July 2009)  In the 2008 cycle, Shesol started out working on John Edwards Iowa caucus campaign, then worked on Citizens for Harkin, and in the fall on the Obama campaign.  Undergraduate degree in politics from Drake University, 2009.



former staff include:

Senior Digital Coordinator  Madeleine Perry

(Nov. 2011-July 2012; started at the DNC in April 2011 as digital program manager)  Project manager and developer at EchoDitto, June 2006-March 2011.  B.A. in English from Washington College, 2005.

Southern and Mid-Atlantic Regional Political Director  Monica Fuentes

(Oct. 2011 to Sept. 2012, then to Obama campaign; served as East Central FL regional voter protection director for final two months)  Director of government relations at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2010-11.  The George Washington University Law School, 2009; B.A. in public policy, psychology from Duke University, 2005.

Southern Regional Political Director  Nicole Price

(July 2011 to June 2012 the to the Obama campaign as Florida Operation Vote director)  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor from Nov. 2009.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign; in the Fall Price was deputy field director in the Philly suburbs; in the primaries she served as political director on Obama's campaign in Pennsylvania, political director on Obama's Maryland campaign, and before that worked for six months in field on the South Carolina campaign.  Worked on several Maryland campaigns.  Master's in negotiation and conflict management from University of Baltimore.  Baltimore native.

Western Regional Political Director  Cesar Blanco

(Aug. 2011 to May 2012, then to Obama campaign as Arizona state director)  Seven years experience on Capitol Hill.  Chief of staff to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) for several months in late 2010-early 2011.  Worked for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (TX) from Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2010 starting as a field deputy and finishing as chief of staff.  Worked for Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX) from Jan. 2004 to early 2007, starting as an intern and continuing as a caseworker.  Congressional relations officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Military analyst in the U.S. Navy.  Graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.  Native of El Paso; resident of San Antonio.

Regional Press Secretary/National Press Secretary for Hispanic Media  Ricardo Ramírez

(May 2009 to April 2012 then to Obama campaign as a deputy press secretary in Florida)  Deputy press secretary for Hispanic Media to U.S. Seante Majority Leader Harry Reid, 2007-08.  M. A. in Frence and Francophone literature from Texas Tech University, 2006.

Director of Surrogate and Allied Group Outreach  Ellen Qualls

(Aug. 2011 to Feb. 2012, then to Obama campaign)  A resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.  Senior advisor for strategic planning for four years for Nancy Pelosi; also served as press lead for Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu during the Obama transition.  Communications director for Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC in the 2006 cycle; communications director for Gov. Mark Warner 2005-06, and press secretary to Warner starting on Dec. 12, 2001 through 2005.  Previously Richmond bureau chief for WDBJ-7 TV in Roanoke starting in Nov. 1994; earlier served as station's first Danville bureau chief.  Graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in English, 1988.

Deputy Director of Surrogate and Allied Group Outreach  Rob O'Donnell

(Aug. 2011 to Feb. 2012, then to Obama campaign)  Came to the DNC from position as a press assistant at the Department of Justice. Also worked as a radio booker at the DNC.

Director of Strategic Planning for Research  Nick Hackworth

(reported end of July 2011; including 2012 GOP presidential candidates)  Previously deputy director of research.  Worked as researcher on the Obama campaign.

Deputy Political Director  Maureen Guarde

Started Sept. 2005 and continued through 2006 cycle as deputy political director (State Party Services); interim political director in the first part of 2007.  Deputy executive director of the Democratic Governors' Association, 1999-2005.  Executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1990s.  Graduate of Boston College.

(no longer at the DNC by end of Dec. 2011)...

Director, Office of the Vice Chairs  Alexandra Chalupa

(since July 2006) Previously executive director of Democrats Abroad, 2004-05. Has worked for California State Treasurer Phil Angelides. Worked a year in the Kerry headquarters in Washington, DC including as an online organizer, constituency outreach, then spent the last month of the 2004 campaign in Florida. Worked in the Clinton White House. A former Republican, worked for Gov. Pete Wilson on environmental issues. J.D. from UC Davis, 2002; B.A. in rhetoric and peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley, 1998.

Director, Secretary's Office Operations  Jeannie Doherty

Voter and Community Outreach Director  Sindy Benavides

Previously served as Gov. Kaine's director of gubernatorial appointments and Latino liaison. M.A. degree in international affairs from American University; B.A. in political science from Virginia State University. Native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Regional Press Secretary  Alec Gerlach

Worked on Obama’s Michigan press team in fall 2008. Spokesperson for Rep. Dale E. Kildee (MI); started as deputy press secretary in July 2007. Deputy press secretary for Rep. John Dingell (MI) on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Graduate of Michigan State University, 2004. From Trenton, MI.

Midwest Regional Press Secretary  Derrick Plummer

(May 2009) Came to the DNC from Capitol Hill where he most recently served as communications director to Rep. Gwen Moore (WI) from May 2008-May 2009. Staff assistant/legislative correspondent to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) in late 2007 and early 2008. Intern for Rep. John Lewis (GA) in 2005. B.A. in political science from Morehouse College, 1999.

Deputy Director of New Media  Joshua Peck

(June 2009)  Previously senior director of Internet and new media at ONE starting in 2006 (also in Fall 2008 served as a regional GOTV director on the Obama campaign.  Director of field technology for America Coming Together, 2004-05.  Worked on Dean for America, including South Carolina field director, 2003-04.  Worked as a legislative correspondent for Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ), 2002-03. 

Senior Social Networking and Mobile Manager  Kathie Legg

Legg has worked as a mobile technology consultant; most recently was mobile product manager for National Geographic and earlier for Hachette Filipacchi Media and for the Los Angeles Times. A political producer at Yahoo! June 2007-April 2008. Business development manager at MSHC Partners, Inc. 2006-07. Lead researcher and assistant editor of "The Politics-to-Go Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics" at GWU's Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet. M.A. in political management from GSPM at GWU, 2006; B.A. in political science and information science and policy from SUNY Albany, 2004.

Director of E-mail Campaigns  Ben Simon

Consultant at M+R Strategic Services.  Deputy communications director on the Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate campaign, 2006.  Graduate of Yale University, 2007.

Director of New Media Campaigns  Matt Compton

(April 2010)  Communications director at the DLCC, May 2008-April 2010.  Editor and manager of publications at the Progressive Policy Institute, July 2005-May 2008.  B.A. in history from UNC Chapel Hill, 2005.

Innovations Lab Lead  Nathan Woodhull

(from 2009) Skilled typist at Mobile Commons. Principal at Vote Sprout, 2007-08.  Software developer for ActBlue/AuburnQuad, 2007.  Software developer for Public Radio Exchange, 2006-07.  B.S. in information technology and science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006.

Deputy Research Director, Rapid Response  Rafael Viturro

...Worked as researcher on the Obama campaign.

former (no longer at the DNC by summer 2011)...

Director of Technology  Josh Hendler

Previously director of digital media at Rock the Vote starting Jan. 2008; also a strategic consultant to ThoughtWorks. Director of political data and analytics at the DNC, 2005-07. Manager of software development for Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc. Programmer at Clark for President, 2004. Programmer/manager at CMS Group, 2001-04. Programmer/sysadmin for Screaming Media, 1999-2001. Graduate of the Gallatin School at New York University, 2002.

National Voter File Director  Katie Allen

Prior to joining the DNC Allen worked as a county field director on Jon Corzine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign and campaign manager in the 38th legislative district. In 2004 she served as an organizer in the Tampa Bay area for America Coming Together after helping out on Howard Dean's Iowa caucus effort. Previously she worked on a number of other New Jersey races.

Deputy Communications Director and National Press Secretary  Hari Sevugan

(started March 18, 2009 through June 3, 2011)  Senior spokesman on Obama for America (started April 8, 2008).  Communications director on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign from May 2007 (started as deputy communications director in March 2007).  Communications director on the O'Malley-Brown gubernatorial campaign in Maryland starting in Feb. 2006.  Policy director for Tim Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign.  Deputy policy director for Dan Hynes’ 2004 U.S. Senate primary campaign in Illinois, then deputy campaign manager for Dr. Daniel Mongiardo's U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky.  Practiced securities law in Chicago for two years.  J.D. from Northwestern School of Law.  Two years as an award-winning school teacher in the Washington Heights community of New York as part of Teach for America.  Graduate of the University of Illinois, where he studied political science and finance.

Research Director  Shauna Daly

Briefly research director in the White House Counsel's Office.  Deputy research director on the Obama camapign, Jan. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Deputy research director at the DNC in the 2006 cycle.  Research director on Gifford Miller for Mayor, 2005. Research Director to Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, 2004. Researcher for Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign, 2003-04.  Research director on Tim Johnson for U.S. Senate 2002. Bachelor's degree from Smith College.

Regional Political Directors                       

Northeast  Joe Montano

In 2008 he served as deputy political director for No. Virginia for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

South  Aaron Harris

Mississippi state director of Obama for America.  Base vote director for the 2004 Mississippi Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Regional director for Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's campaign in 2003. State coordinator for Let's Go Vote 2002 in Mississippi. Involved with campaigns since 1997.  M.P.A. in urban planning and development from the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2001.  B.A. in history and public administration from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, 1996.

Industrial States/Heartland  Samantha Gordon 

(Aug. 2010) Previously New Jersey state director of Organizing for America from June 2009.  Political consultant for the NEA in in New Mexico, 2008.  New Jersey political director of Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Special assistant to Gov. Corzine, 2005-07.  Undergraduate degree in journalism from Rider University, 2004.

Southwest  Edward Espinoza

(April 2009) Extensive campaign experience including most recently Nevada state director for America Votes, June 2008-Feb. 2009. Deputy campaign manager on Bev Purdue for Governor (North Carolina) during the primary. Nevada caucus director on Bill Richardson for President. In 2004 Espinoza was Western States budget director for America Coming Together. Experience in California politics includes deputy to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, 2003; staffer at the California Democratic Party in 2001-02; a regional director on the California Coordinated Campaign (Santa Monica/West Los Angeles), 1998; and organizer with the California Democratic Party in Fall 1996.

West  Kyle DeBeer

Previously deputy director of the ASDC. Executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party, 2003 to mid-2007. Graduate of Colorado College, 2003.

Regional Press Secretary, South  Joanne Peters

(May 2009) Press secretary to Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC), 2005-April 2009. Deputy director of radio booking at the DNC in 2008. Press secretary/legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Baca (CA), 2004-05.

Regional Press Secretary, Northwest  Frank Benenati

(April 2009) Communications director on Al Franken for Senate/Minnesota Coordinated Campaign. Press secretary to Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY) from late 2006 to March 2008. Press secretary on the Linda Stender for Congress campaign (NJ-7), Fall 2006. Staff assistant and legislative correspondent to Rep.Linda Sanchez (CA), 2005-06. B.A. in journalism/government from American University, 2005.

Finance Chief of Staff  Sam Brown

State affairs specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management until May 2009. Project portfolio manager/agency liaison for DC government. Member advocacy specialist for the Society for Human Resource Management, March 2006-Jan. 2008. Executive director of the Hoyer for Congress committee. National field coordinator at the DCCC, 2004-05; deputy director of member services at the DCCC, 2003-04.