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State Director Kane Miller
(reported by Des Moines Register's Jason Noble on May 18, 2016) Regional organizing director for the Des Moines area on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015. Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (NY-24)'s 2014 campaign. North Carolina deputy field director on Obama's 2012 campaign. Field director at Anthony Foxx for Mayor, latter part of 2011. A regional field director at Organizing for America, Jan. 2010-June 2011. Field organizer at Obama for America, Fall 2008. B.S. in psychology from North Carolina College and State University, 2009. twitter
Senior Advisor Troy Price
(reported by Des
Moines Register's Jason Noble on May
18, 2016) Political
director on Clinton's Iowa
caucus campaign from April 2015. Political director on Obama's
campaign in Iowa from Feb. 2012. Executive director at One Iowa
after starting there in June 2010 as political director. Senior
communication specialist and interim communications director to Gov.
Chet Culver. Communication assistant in the Vilsack/Pederson
administration. Worked at the Iowa Department of Public Health
and Economic Development. Staff of Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov.
Sally Pederson and worked on therir 2002 re-election campaign.
in political science from University of Iowa. From Durant
(Cedar County in Eastern Iowa). twitter
Communications Director Yianni Varonis
(June 2016) Press secretary on Clinton's primary
Wisconsin and Ohio. Communications director on Alvin Brown for
April-May 2015. Communications director on Aaron Woolf for
Congress (NY-21), Aug.-Nov. 2014. Press secretary for Northern
Ohio for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Feb. 2013-Aug. 2014. Regional
press secretary in Eastern Ohio (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and press assistant
(Feb.-Aug. 2012) for Obama for America-Ohio. Bachelor's degree in
communication/political science (2008) and master's degree in applied
politics (2011) from The University of Akron. twitter
Press Secretary Kate Waters
Press secretary on Clinton's campaign in West Virginia
primary, and Nebraska caucus, and earlier deputy press secretary on the
Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015. Experience includes press
assistant to Sen. Tom Harkin. Graduate of James Madison
Press Assistant Benjamin Cobley
(Sept. 2016) Deputy campaign manager on Robb Hogg for U.S. Senate starting April 2016; legislative assistant (from Jan. 2016); Senate Democratic Caucus communications staff (from Jan. 2015) in the Iowa Legislature. Bachelor of liberal studies from University of Iowa, 2015; A.A. in electronic crime from Des Moines Area Community College, 2014.
GOTV Communications Director Christina
(July 2016...after a month in Minnesota as communications director) Southern regional press secretary at the DNC, July 2015-June 2016. Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, July 2013-Feb. 2015. Georgia state director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March-June 2013. North Carolina deputy press secretary on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2012. Press fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Jan.-Aug. 2010. Public engagement at the White House Council on Environment, March-Dec. 2009. Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change in Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University. twitter
Digital Director Margarita Diaz
(June 2016) Started with the campaign as a
digital associate in Brooklyn, June 2015-16. Digital strategist
at New Blue Interactive, Jan. 2014-June 2015. Degree in political
science and government from Boston University, 2013. twitter
Deputy Digital Director Jose Nunez
(June 2016) Political organizer/communications at the San Antonio
Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, Feb. 2015-June 2016.
Digital strategist on Leticia Van de Putte's campaign for lieutenant
governor, July-Nov. 2014. Studied political science and
government at the University of Texas at Austin.
Deputy Digital Director Rhian Sasseen
(Aug. 2016) Freelance proofreader, researcher
2012-Aug. 2016. Assistant editor at The Baffler, May 2013-Feb.
2014. B.A. in English language and literature from Smith College,
[Troy Price effectively served as Political Director]
Deputy Political Director Riley Kilburg
(June 2016...previously deputy delegate director in
2016 and started on the campaign as a field organizer in Iowa and
Nevada, June 2015-March 2016) Field director on Patel for Iowa,
June 2015. B.A. in politics, Spanish and international studies
from Loras College, 2015.
Senior Advisor Emily Parcell
Managing director at Wildfire
Contact from March 2015. Senior vice president at The Pivot
Group, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2015. Senior account executive at MSHC
Partners, 2009-10. Indiana state director on Obama for America,
June-Nov. 2008; political director on Obama's Iowa caucus
campaign. Managed Iowa Senate Democrats' political operation
during the 2004 and 2006 elections. A regional field director
(NW) on Rep. Dick Gephardt's
2004 Iowa caucus campaign. Worked on Sen. Tom Harkin's 2002
re-election campaign. Worked on Al Gore's Iowa caucus
campaign. Native Iowan; grew up in Mount Pleasant.
Coordinated Campaign Director Mollie Binotto
(June 2016) Campaign manager on Joseline
Congress, Jan.-April 2016. Campaign manager on Gecker for Senate
(VA), March-Nov. 2015. Statewide field director on Alaska Victory
'14/Alaskans for Begich, March-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on
Friends of Dawn Zimmer for Mayor of Hoboken, Aug.-Nov. 2013.
Legislative correspondent (Feb.-Aug. 2013) and executive assistant to
the chief of staff and legislative director (March 2011-Feb. 2013) for
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (MT). Regional field director in Northern
Nevada for the Nevada State Democratic Party/Friends for Harry Reid,
June-Nov. 2010. GPA special assistant at R&R Partners, Jan.
2007-June 2010. Field organizer on Barack Obama's Campaign for
Change in Butte, MT, July-Nov. 2008. Bachelor's degree in
political science and government from Washington College, 2007.
Outreach Director Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Represents District 21 (Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties) in the Maryland House of Delegates, first elected in 2006. Candidate for Congress in the April 26, 2016 MD-4 Democratic primary, finishing third. Member of the College Park City Council, 2003-06. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-99. Criminal defense attorney. J.D. from University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York, 1991; B.A. in criminal justice from Buffalo State College, 1987. Grew up in New York City after immigrating from Dominican Republic as a child with her family.
Women's Outreach Director Sue Dvorsky
"Cheerleader" on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign.
Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in the 2012
special education in
Iowa City for 30 years, and a leader in the teacher's union
there. Longtime Democratic activist; co-chair of Johnson County
for Obama in 2007-08 and an early supporter; county coordinator on Tom
Vilsack’s campaign for governor in 1998. Husband is Senator Bob
Dvorsky. Coralville resident. twitter
Organizing Director Chris Walloch
(April 2016) Started on Hillary for America as a
director in Waterloo
in April 2015. A deputy field director for the Kentucky
Democratic Party/Alison Lundergan Grimes for U.S. Senate, April-Nov.
2014. Deputy regional field director for the Democratic Party of
Virginia/Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2013.
Campus organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Nov.
2012. B.A. in political science from
Illinois Wesleyan University, 2011. Wisconsin native. twitter
Deputy Organizing Director Casey Clemmons
(May 2016) Worked on Hillary for America as
coordinator for the district conventions in Iowa (March-April 2016),
deputy organizing director for the Illinois
primary (Feb.-March 2016) and as an organizer in Ankeny for the Iowa
caucuses (July 2015-Feb. 2016). Deputy field director on Chicago
for Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 2014-April 2015. Regional field director
on Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2014. Bachelor's degree
in political science from DePaul University, 2014; served a president
of the Student Government Association, 2013-14.
4 regional organizing
directors, 3 regional get-out-the-vote directors, 28 organizers, 1 get
out the vote organizer, and 10 organizing offices in four regions that
included Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Ames, and Iowa’s three largest
public universities in Iowa City, Cedar Falls, and Ames.
Deputy Organizing Director Harrison Farnsworth
(May 2016) Regional political coordinator at
Education Reform, March 2013-May 2015. Regional field director in
North Carolina on the Obama campaign, April-Nov. 2012. Field
organizer on People for Patty Murray, June-Nov. 2010. Deputy
field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.S. in
political communication from Emerson College, 2011.
4 regional directors in
eastern and central Iowa, 40+
Deputy Organizing Director Kate Magill
Magill started on the campaign in April 2015 as an organizer in
Carroll, Iowa. Field organizer on Terry McAuliffe for
Governor. Field organizer at OFA-New Hampshire. Degree in
political science from University of Florida, 2012. From
(May 2016) Organizer for Hillary for America in Iowa, Colorado, Washington and California, Oct. 2015-May 2016. Bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from University of Michigan, 2015; earlier at Saint Mary's College. Finalist on "The Voice" in 2012. twitter
(April 2016) A regional organizing director in Utah (Feb.-April 2016) and organizer in Mount Pleasant (Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America. Regional field director for NextGen Climate, April-Oct. 2015. B.A. in English language and literature, Women's studies from Cornell College, 2014. twitter
Experience includes Hillary for America, Campaign manager on John Lehman for Lt. Governor. Office director at FieldWorks, LLC. Studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison. twitter
Des Moines Metro
Area Tova Yampolsky
(May 2016) Organizer for Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Maine and Pennsylvania, Sept. 2015-April 2016; started as and orgnizing fellow in New Hampshire, June-Aug. 2015. B.S. in social policy, violin performance from Northwestern University, 2015. twitter
Polk County suburbs and Dallas County Bailey Romans
(Aug. 2016) Regional organizing director for the Colorado caucuses (Fort Collins), Idaho caucuses (Moscow) and Kentucky primary (Louisville), Feb.-May 2016; started on the campaign as an organizer in Des Moines for the Iowa caucuses, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016. Bachelor's degree in public relations from University of Dayton, 2014.
(July 2016; organizer in Davenport, May-July 2016) Worked on Hillary for America as delegate protection organizer (March-May 2016), field organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. -March 2016), deputy field organizer in Davenport, (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016), and fellow (Sept.-Nov. 2015). B.S. in economics from Mount Holyoke College, 2015. twitter
Iowa City Carlo
(May 2016) Served as the campaign's delegate protection coordinator for Iowa Democrats' 2nd District Convention (March-April 2016), a regional organizing director on the Washington Caucus (Feb.-March 2016), Southwest Las Vegas regional organizing director in Nevada (Feb. 2016), and started on the campaign as an organizer in Iowa City (Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016). Field organizer in Iowa City for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2014. Studied international development, political development, economics and Middle Eastern studies at McGill University, 2014.
(July 2016) Field organizer on Monica Vernon for Congress, March-July 2016. Fellow at Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016. M.Phil. in polar studies from University of Cambridge, 2015; bachelor's degree in philosophy/history of math and science from Saint Johns College (Maryland), 2014.
- field program 143 staff... 130 staff on
Training Director Pavitra Abraham
(May 2016) Served as an organizer on the caucus
campaign in the
Waterloo area, July 2015-Feb. 2016. B.A. in political science and
government from University of Michigan, 2015.
DNC Director of Special Projects Arome Yakubu
(Aug. 2016) Assistant constituent manager for
Texas State Rep.
Ryan Guillen, April-Aug. 2016. Deputy regional director at Enroll
America, Aug. 2015-April 2016. Member coordinator for the Texas
Organizing Project, Jan.-July 2015. Field organizer for
Battleground Texas, March-Nov. 2014. Assistant director on
Grassroots Campaigns in Austin, Sept. 2013-March 2014. Fellow on
Organizing for Action in Houston, Fall 2013. Bachelor's degree in
political science and government from The University of Texas at San
Data Director Ethan Epping
(May 2016) Data director on Hillary for Nebraska, Feb, 2016; VAN administrator on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016. Field director in Senate District 29 for the Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Nov. 2015. Regional field director in Covington for the Kentucky Democratic Party. Field organizer on Virginia Coordinated Campaign/Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013. Field organizer in Southeastern Ohio on Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in history and religious studies from Centre College, 2012.
Deputy Data Director Matthew Gruhn
(June 2016) Self-employed software
developer in the greater Chicago area since Jan. 2012. Assistant
director and technical lead fro The Oyez Project at Chicago Kent
College of Law, Feb. 2011-June 2016. Distributed support
specialist at Northwestern University, Oct. 2009-Feb. 2011. B.A.
in computer science, political science from Northwestern University,
Deputy Data Director Hannah Nesser
B.S. in environmental engineering from Yale
Deputy Data Director Joe Rule
(Aug. 2016) Foundation design engineer at
CB&I in Plainfield,
IL from June 2012. B.S. in civil engineering from the University
of Illinois College of Engineering, 2012.
Director of Voter Protection Mili Gosar
(July 2016) Assistant Attorney General in the
Division of the Texas Attorney General, Jan. 2015-July. 2016.
Regional political director on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign,
Sept.-Nov. 2014. Account executive at Terlingua Group in Houston,
Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010. J.D. from University of Houston Law Center,
2014; undergraduate degree from American University, 2009.
Team of 14 Attorneys
(full-time staff and long-term volunteers)
GOTV Director Cynthia Sebian-Lander
(Aug. 2016) Project specialist at the League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016. Voter education director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014. Field director on Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014. ACA deputy canvass manager for Planned Parenthood in Orlando, FL, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014. Northern Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013. Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013. Field organizer on Obama for America in Fairfax, VA, April-Nov. 2012. Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeak Climate Action Network, Feb.-April 2012. Organizer with AFSCME, Nov. 2010-Nov. 2011. Field organizer in Keene with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010. M.S. in environmental advocacy and organizing from Antioch University New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington College, 2007.
Deputy GOTV Director Jane (Janie) Mahan
(Sept. 2016...started on the campaign in Brooklyn as
intern, Jan.-May 2016, the deputy director of headquarters operations,
June-Sept. 2016) Bachelor's degree in political science, history
from Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016.
GOTV Advisor Derek Eadon
election director on Organizing for America, Jan.-Nov. 2012, after
serving as OFA's Iowa caucus director, May 2011-Jan. 2012. Iowa
Democrats' Coordinated Campaign director, May-Dec. 2010. Iowa
state director for Organizing for America, Feb. 2009-March 2010.
In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first field organizer hired in Iowa for
Obama's campaign, and continued on the campaign through Nov.
2008. A field organizer for the Iowa Democrats' Coordinated
Campaign in the Cedar Rapids area, June-Nov. 2006. Studied
political science at the University of Iowa. Originally from
Operations Director Jillian Scott
Previously at the DNC
Deputy Operations Director Jennifer W. Sanchez
(Aug. 2016) Acting director/deputy director of
operations at the DNC, Sept. 2015-July 2016. Community engagement
cooredinator at NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Aug. 2013-Jan. 2015;
communications director for the Utah Senate Democratic Caucus, Jan.
2013-April 2014. Reporter with The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 2005-Sept.
2010; also program coordinator, gang intervention specialist and
instructor with Poder Paral La Familia Hispana, Sept. 2008-Oct.
2010. Reporter with The Albuquerque Tribune, Sept. 2001-Feb.
2005. Reporter with Knight Ridder, June 2000-June 2001.
Reporter with the Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY), Jan.-May 2000.
M.P.A. from University of Utah, 2012; bachelor's degree in news and
public affairs, journalism, 1999.
IT Director Lucas Whited
Chairman Dr. Andy McGuire
(elected Jan 2015) President/COO of Meridian
Health, Jan. 2012-March 2015. Chief medical officerr at American
Enterprise Group, 2002-Jan. 2012. Medical director at Wellmark
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, 1999-2002. Candidate for
lieutenant governor alongside Mike Blouin in the 2006 Democratic
primary campaign. helped organize her sister-in-law, Sheila
McGuire’s bid for Congress in IA-5 in 1994. M.B.A. from Kennesaw
State University, 2001; M.D. (1982) and B.S. (1978) in chemistry from
Creighton University. Des Moines resident; originally from
Executive Director Ben Foecke
(announced Feb. 18, 2015) Worked for the Iowa
Fund starting in 2009. Iowa Democratic Party caucus director in
2004. Did canvassing door-to-door for the Harkin/Vilsack coordinated
campaign in 2001. twitter
Officer Melissa Watson
Communications Director Monica Biddix
House Caucus Director Mike Frosolone
Senate Campaign Director Amber Morrow
Polk County Executive Director Tamyra Harrison
Political Director Julianne Klampe
Convention Director Christian Ucles
Deputy Finance Director Davis Manoushagian
Operations Director Erika Bartlett
House Field Director Andrew Nelson
Data and Technology Director Corey Bellows
Canvass Director Alex Drzycimski
Deputy Operations Director Roy Pagans
House Finance Director Adam Beaves
Senate Finance Director Zach Engstrom
First Vice Chair Danny Homan
Second Vice Chair Dean Pardee
Third Vice Chair Omar Padilla