Governors Association - 2011
Chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell
(announced as RGA chair Aug. 15, 2011, succeeding Gov.
Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy for President on Aug. 13)
Elected Governor of Virginia in 2009. Elected Attorney General of
Virginia in 2005. Served 14 years in the Virginia House of
Delegates representing Virginia Beach, first elected in Nov.
1991. Prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s
Office. Worked for American Hospital Supply. U.S. Army,
(served 21 years both active duty and reserves, retiring as a Lt.
Colonel in 1997). M.A. and J.D. from Regent University,
1989. B.B.A. degree in management from University of Notre Dame,
1976; also earned MSBA in business administration by taking night
classes for three years from Boston University.
Committee - Chairman Gov.
Bob McDonnell (VA); Vice Chairman Gov. Chris Christie (NJ); Gala
Chairman Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA); Recruitment
Chair Gov. Nikki Haley (SC); At-Large Gov. Susana Martinez (NM);
At-Large Gov. Scott Walker (WI); Policy Chairman Gov. Haley Barbour
Executive Director Phil Cox
(announced Jan. 3, 2011) Cox served as a member
of the RGA's political team in the 2010 cycle working on states
including FL and PA; he was also director of Gov. Bob McDonnell's
PAC/senior political advisor to McDonnell. Campaign manager for
Bob McDonnell's successful 2009 campaign for
governor of Virginia, then served as transition director. Campaign
manager or general consultant to more than one hundred campaigns over
the past decade. Graduate of the University of Virginia. Native of
General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director Mike Adams
(Counsel since Jan. 2007) In addition to law firm
Adams has served in a number of political and governmental positions,
including deputy general counsel to a Republican governor, and counsel
to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General. A graduate of the University of
Louisville and Harvard Law School.
Governors Liaison Monica Block
Previously, scheduler for Virginia Gov. Bob
McDonnell. B.A. degrees in communication and in government and
international politics from George Mason University.
Executive Assistant Larissa Ziemann
(started at the RGA in March 2010 ad a political
Communications Director Mike Schrimpf
(also held this position in the 2010 cycle; directs both media and member communications for the RGA and assists in developing and implementing RGA’s political strategy, including paid and earned media efforts in its targeted campaigns) Prior to joining the RGA, Schirmpf was the communications director for an issue advocacy group and chief of staff for the president of the board of county commissioners in his hometown of Cincinnati. Political science degree from Tufts University.
Press Secretary Jon Thompson
(started early March 2011) Director of radio and television at the NRCC in the 2010 cycle. Press assistant at the RNC, 2007-09. Degree in political science from UNC Wilmington, 2007. From North Carolina.
New Media and Tech
Video Producer Aaron James
Studied audio production and engineering at
University; interned in the Leadership Institute's studios.
Political Director Josh Robinson
recently served as director of political operations for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and managed his 2010 campaign for Lt. Governor. Chief of staff for Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in 2009. In 2008 he served as a regional political director at the NRCC focusing on the South and Southwest. South Carolina statewide field director on John McCain's presidential campaign in 2007. Managed State Rep. Martha Wong's 2006 re-election campaign in Texas' 134th District. Degree in finance from Texas A&M University.
National Recruitment Director Lauren Lofstrom
(Governors Roundtable and Club Membership
Director at the RGA in the 2010 cycle) Finance director for the
Dino Rossi for Governor 2008 campaign. Scheduling assistant to
Sen. Gordon Smith from late 2006-Oct. 2007. B.A. in communications from
Washington State University.
Political Assistant Alex Harrison
Policy and Research
Director Paige Hahn
Oversaw the fundraising operations for Virginia
Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and in 2010 helped
launch the McDonnell’s Opportunity Virginia PAC. Previously
raised money for issue advocacy and voter education projects at the US
Chamber of Commerce. Finance Director for American Solutions,
Deputy Director for the RNC’s
Team 100, and Southern Regional Director for the RNC Republican Eagles
Statesmen, Cabinet and Board
Director Mary Ann Voigt
Prior to joining the RGA, she was the Major Donor
National Republican Congressional Committee. She previously worked with
the major donor programs at the National Republican Senatorial
Committee, the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee, and
the Republican National Committee. She is a native Houstonian and
received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University.
Executive Roundtable Director DiAnne Graham
(held this position in the 2010 cycle) Prior to
joining the RGA, she was Director of Outreach in the
Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State. During
her tenure at State, she also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant
Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has previously
worked for Governor Haley Barbour in Washington, DC and in Mississippi,
directed the International Program at the 2004 Republican National
Convention and served as the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to
the 2005 World’s Fair in Nagoya, Japan. DiAnne is a graduate of The
University of Mississippi where she serves on the national board of the
Executive Roundtable Deputy Director Cara Edmundowicz
Prior to joining the RGA, Cara worked at a polling firm in DC. Bachelor's degree in political communication and journalism & mass communication from The George Washington University; Master's degree from GW's Graduate School of Political Management. Originally from St. Louis, MO.
Executive Roundtable Assistant Alden Wood
Governor's Council and Roundtable Director Joanna Evans
Prior to joining the RGA, Joanna spent 7 years
at the national
headquarters of the American Red Cross where she managed corporate
strategic partnerships. Graduate of Arizona State University.
Corporate Membership Coordinator Zaina Shaath
Previously worked in the executive office at the
Organizations (USO). Worked in the Office of Presidential
Correspondence during the Bush Administration. Bachelor's degree
in political science and communication from the University of
Cincinnati. Originally from Findlay, OH.
Chief Financial Officer Tim Whiting
(RGA Director of Compliance in the 2010 cycle) Tim was born and raised in Arizona and received a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University in Accounting. Before coming to the RGA, Tim worked as an auditor with Deloitte & Touché in the McLean, Virginia office. Prior to that, he worked as a business development analyst with the Clyde Companies in Orem Utah, and as an intern in the Washington, D.C. offices of Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Director of Events and Special Services
Ray has 15 years of experience in producing and managing events, ranging from presidential, political, social to large-scale government productions. He opened Ray Joiner Productions in 2005 and has produced events for a repeat client base, including the RGA, the 2008 Inauguration of Governor Haley Barbour, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the White House. Prior to founding Ray Joiner Productions, Ray served as Deputy Director of Events for Press and Logistics for the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2003, Ray worked as Deputy Director of Communications for the G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia for the U.S. Department of State. Ray has also provided logistical support for members of the Cabinet and the Executive Branch at a variety of domestic and international events as well as four presidential campaigns ’96, ’00, ’04, and ’08. Ray currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife Caroline; son, Hudson; and daughter Harper.
Deputy Director of Events Rachel Dawson
Finance assistant for Gov. Rick Perry’s 2010
campaign. B.S. in event management from University of
Florida. Originally from Orlando, FL.
General Counsel Mike Adams
Deputy Counsel Erin Berry
Prior to joining RGA, Berry was the associate general
counsel of the Republican State Leadership Committee. She worked at the
U.S. Office of Special Counsel as a legal advisor and deputy director
of Congressional relations and also served as legislative counsel to
U.S. Rep. John Hostettler. J.D. and Master’s in Public Policy from
Regent University in Virginia. B.A. in government from the University
of Texas at Austin.
*Unlike the other
organization pages, the blurbs above are mostly reprinted from the RGA
Chairman Gov. Rick Perry (TX)
(elected RGA chair Nov. 18, 2010 served until he launched his presidential campaign) Perry also served as chair in the 2008 cycle. He became governor on Dec. 21, 2000, upon the resignation of then-Gov. George W. Bush, and was elected to a third full term on Nov. 2, 2010. Elected lieutenant governor in 1998. Served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, defeating Jim Hightower in 1990. Elected to three terms in the Texas House of Representatives; first in 1984 as a Democrat. Served in the U.S. Air Force, 1972-77. Degreee in animal science from Texas A&M. Fifth generation Texan; grew up in Paint Creek.