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State Director Walt Herzig
(reported by the Detroit
on June 21, 2016) District director to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin
(MI-9) from May 2011. Consultant to the AFL-CIO, Feb.-May
2011. Michigan state director for the 2010 Census, Jan.-Dec.
2010. Campaign manager on Virg Bernero for Governor, Aug.-Nov.
2010. Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. John Cherry Jr., March 2007-Dec.
2009. Co-director of the Granholm-Cherry Inaugural Committee,
Nov. 2006-Feb. 2007. Director of the Michigan Democratic
Coordinated Campaign, April 2005-Nov. 2006. Director of the
Granholm Leadership Fund, Feb. 2003-April 2005. Deputy campaign
manager/finance director at Friends of Sen. Carl Levin, Jan. 2001-Nov.
2002. Special assistant and scheduler to Sen. Carl Levin,
1997-2001. B.A. in history from University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Communications Director Mitchell Rivard
Press Secretary Rosie Hilmer
Communications director to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (NH)
2014. Press secretary and earlier legislative correspondent to
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) from April 2012. Worlked at
Group Gordon. Operations director on U.S. Barbara Boxer's 2010
re-election campaign in California. Graduate of Brown University,
Regional Press Secretary Zade Alsawah
(Aug. 2016) Deputy communications director on
Michigan, May-Nov. 2014. Deputy field director on Peters for
Congress, May-Aug. 2012. Bachelor's degree in political
science/pre-law from Michigan State University, 2014; interned for U.S.
Rep. Kildee, 2013-14.
Press Assistant Nirmeen Fahmi
(July 2016) Brand manager at The Limited Brands
2016), A|X Armani Exchange, Oct. 2014-Nov. 2015, and Express (May
2013-Sept. 2014). Studied public relations, journalism and mass
communications, international studies at Iowa State University.
Digital Director Kristopher Banks
(reported by the Detroit
on June 21, 2016) Digital director for the Virginia Democratic
Party from Aug. 2015. Digital organizer for the Michigan AFL-CiO,
March-Oct. 2014. Digital organizer/legislative organizer for the
Harriet Tubman Center, Aug. 2013-March 2014. Digital
organizer and earlier field organizer for the Michigan Democratic
Party, Aug. 2011-Aug. 2013; also interned there Jan.-April 2011.
Online organizer onf Tim Greimel for State Rep. in Pontiac, Dec.
2011-Feb. 2012. B.A. in public relations from Western Michigan
University, 2011; started at Bethune-Cookman University in
Florida. Originally from Detroit.
Deputy Digital Director Stefan Smith
(per Boston Globe
lead and digital liaison to the
African-American and labor coalitions") Graduate of Brown
University, 2009. From Greenville, SC.
Deputy Digital Director Meghan DiMartino
(Aug. 2016) B.S. in political science from Georgetown University, 2016.
Deputy Digital Director Brooke Still
(Aug. 2016) Digital campaigns manager (Oct.
2015-July 2016) and
online campaiigner (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015) for the League of Conservation
Voters. Web producer for Alley Cat Allies, July 2013-Oct.
2014. Masters (2013) and bachelors (2009) degrees in journalism
from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Political Director Tommy Stallworth III
(reported by the Detroit
on July 6, 2016) Former member of the Michigan House of
Representatives in District 7, first elected in 2010.
Unsuccessful candidate for State Senate in 2014. Executive with
MichCon and DTE Energy. Appointee of the Coleman A. Young
administration in Detroit. Manager with the Detroit Urban
League. B.A. in urban planning and development from Michigan
State University. From Detroit; brother of former Rep. Keith
Stallworth and the son of former Rep. Alma Stallworth.
Deputy Political Director Zaineb Hussein
Executive assistant to Wayne County Corporation
Counsel from Feb.
2016. Director of constituent affairs for State Sen. David
Knezek, Jan.-Dec. 2015. Candidate for Crestwood School Board
District in 2014. Specialist at Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services, Mar. 2009-Dec. 2014. State of CDBG for City of
Dearborn Heights, Dec. 2007-Mar. 2009. M.A.-LLPC in counseling
from Spring Arbor University, 2011. bachelors degree in liberal
arts, political science and history from University of
Michigan-Dearborn, 2006; associate's degree from Henry Ford Community
Coalitions Director Abby Clark
Campaign manager on Schertzing for Congress (MI-8,
2014. Senior associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, April
2013-May 2014. Deputy field director at Elizabeth Warren for
Senate, Sept.-Nov. 2012. Deputy field director at OFA Michigan,
Feb-Aug. 2012. Executive assistant to Van Jones at Green for All,
April 2010-Feb. 2012. Michigan field director at Repower America,
April 2009-May 2010. Field organizer on Obama for America,
Aug.-Nov. 2008. Conservation information manager for The Nature
Conservancy, Aug. 2007-Feb. 2008. Field organizer on Marcinkowski
for Congress, June-Nov. 2006. Studied political science at
University of Michigan and social policy at London School of Economics,
Director Caitlyn Stephenson
(reported by the Detroit
News on July 6, 2016)
Leave of absence from position as deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen.
Gary Peters; started in that role in Nov. 2014 after serving as deputy
campaign manager on Peters for Michigan, Aug. 2013-Nov. 2014.
Emergency preparedness analyst at CACI International Inc., Oct.
2012-Aug. 2013. Finance director on Peters for Congress, Feb.
2011-Oct. 2012. Scheduler and legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Gary
Peters, Dec. 2008-Oct. 2012. Campaign coordinator on Peters' 2010
campaign; field organizer on Peters' 2008 campaign. B.A. in
international relations from Michigan State University, 2008.
Senior Advisor Stephen Neuman
(reported June 21, 2016) Chief of staff to Rhode
Island Gov. Gina
Raimondo from Jan. 2015. Senior advisor/director of public
affairs to Gov. Martin O'Malley (MD), Sept. 2012-Dec. 2014.
Senior advisor to Gov. Bev Perdue (NC), 2011-Sept. 2012.
Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Nov.
2008-June 2011. North Carolina chief of staff at Obama for
America, Sept.-Nov. 2008. Deputy director at the Democratic Senate
Majority Fund, 2003-04. Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John
D. Rockefeller IV, 2003. Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Jean
Carnahan, Jan. 2001-Dec. 2002. Fundraiser for the Mel Carnahan
for Senate Committee, April 1999-Dec. 2000. Special assistant in
the Office of Gov. Mel Carnahan, 1998-1999. J.D. from Washington
University in St. Louis School of Law, 2006. B.A. in political
science from University of Missouri-Columbia, 1998. twitter
Organizing Director Jacob Smith
(reported by the Detroit
on June 21, 2016) Started on Hillary for America as a regional
organizing director in New Hampshire in April 2015, then in Maine and
Illinois; and organizing director in Indiana and Norther
California. Field director on Alex Sink for Congress, Dec.
2013-March 2014. Field director on Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St.
Petersburg, April-Nov. 2013. Regional field director for
Organizing for America in Sarasota, FL. Field director on Thomas
Hawkins for City Commission, Dec. 2010-March 2011. B.A. in
political science from University of Florida, 2011; interned on Obama's
campaign in Florida, Sept.-Nov. 2008. twitter
Deputy Organizing Directors
Region? Ben Gardner
(July 2016) Field organizer on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-April 2016. Grassroots organizer in Michigan for the ramp up phase of Hillary for America. Field director on Aaron Woolf for Congress in Plattsburgh, NY, April-Nov. 2014. Regional field director for Freedom Indiana, Aug. 2013-March 2014. Democratic Party of Wisconsin field director in the 8th CD, March-Nov. 2012. Voting rights organizer for Organizing for America in NW Ohio, Sept.-Oct. 2011. Field organizer on Kathy Hochul for Congress, May 2011. Field organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010. B.A. in comparative cultures and politics from Michigan State University, 2010.
Region? Rico Razo
(Aug. 2016) City of Detroit District 6 manager,
Mayor Mike Duggan, from Feb. 2014. Youth development coach for
SER Detroit, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2014. Warehouse management for UPS in
Livonia, Sept. 2004-Oct. 2008. B.S. in business administration,
management from Wayne State University.
Wayne County Setareh Yelle
(July 2016) Program analyst in the Office of the
Director of DC
Department of Employment Services, Jan. 2015-July 2016. Regional
field director on Charlie Crist for Governor, June-Nov. 2014.
Extended day instructor at Wellington Elementary School in Belmont,
MA. Studied at Simmons College.
5 Regional Organizing Directors > 40-full time Organizers; 7 full-time offices
Central Michigan Marisa Kanof
(July 2016...started with all counties except Wayne,
Macomb) Deputy field director/policy associate on Sandra Fluke
for State Senate (Los Angeles), Mar.-Nov. 2014. Communications
lead on Priscilla Resendiz for Mayor (Greeley, CO), June-Nov.
2013. Field director on No on D and Yes on F campaign in Los
Angeles, April-May 2013. Regional field director on Wendy Greuel
for Mayor (Los Angeles), Jan.-Mar. 2013. Field organizer with
Organizing for America in Los Angeles, CA and then Springfield, OH,
July 2011-Nov. 2012. Working toward Master's in public policy
analysis from The George Washington University; J.D. from Boston
University School of Law, 2010; B.A. in political science and
government from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006.
West/Northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula Arielle Yuspeh
(Aug. 2016) Campaign manager on Helene Schneider
(Santa Barbara, CA), June 2015-Feb. 2016. Campaign manager for
Berman and D'Agostino (BAD Politics), April-June 2015. Campaign
coordinator, Dec. 2014-April 2015. Field for California
Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2014.
Regional Organizing Directors include:
Kent Co. Patrick "Cody" Voyles > 15 Organizers covering Grand Rapids, Kendwood, Muskegon, Allendale and Holland.
Youth and Millennial Vote Director Branden Snyder
(Aug. 2016) Organizing Director for Michigan
2015-Aug. 2016. State director with Grassroots Solutions on
Michigan for All, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Rebecca
Thompson for State Representative (Detroit), Mar.-Aug. 2014.
Lead community organizer for Indianapolis Congregation Action Network
(IndyCAN!), Sept. 2012-Feb. 2014. Associate organizer with
Together Baton Rouge/Industrial Areas Foundation, June 2011-Sept.
2012. Organizeer with the Texas Democratic Party in Houston, TX,
Training Director Kim Kargman
(July 2016) Fellowship coordinator (May-June 2016) and regional organizing director (April-May 2016) for the Ohio Democratic Party. Regional organizing director for Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Maine and Ohio, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2016; started on the campaign as a regional organizer in the North Country, July-Sept. 2015. Field director in IL-10 for the DCCC, Jan.-Dec. 2014. GOTV director on Sue Chalifou Zephir for Mayor (Leominster, MA), Oct.-Nov. 2013. Deputy field director on Peter Koutoujian for Congress (Waltham, MA), Aug.-Oct. 2013. Regional field director on Ed Markey for Senate, Jan.-June 2013. Field organizer on Joe Kennedy for Congress, Mar.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University.
Data and Analytics
Deputy Data and Analytics Director Justin Epstein
(Aug. 2016) Consultant
in business analytics and strategy for
IBM, July 2015-July 2015. Press and policy intern for the New
York City Campaign Finance Board, June-Dec. 2014. Administrative
assistant for the United Nations Development Corporation, June 2013-May
2014. M.A. in international relations (2015) and bachelor's
degree in politics (2014) from New York University.
GOTV Director Katie Kelly
Director of Voter Protection Jenné Ayers
Program director at Mighty Writers in Philadelphia,
June-Dec. 2015. Candidate for Philadelphia City Coucil, Dec.
2014-May 2015. Press assistant in the Pennsylvania headquarters
of Obama for America, April-June 2012. Associate consultant at
The Bridgespan Group, Aug. 2010-April 2012. J.D. from Yale Law
School, 2015; A.B. from Harvard College, 2010.
Deputy Voter Protection Director Gretchen Bennett
(Aug. 2016) On leave of absence from position as chief counsel to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in the Massachusetts state legislature; started there in 2015.MA Manufacturing Caucus coordinator; legislative aide to Chairman John V. Fernandes, 2013-14. Executive director of the New England Innocence Project. Boston Bar Association Steering Committee, 2009-13. JD from Boston University School of Law; A.B. from Harvard.
Deputy Voter Protection Director Bianca C. Isaias
(Sept. 2016) Litigation fellow for Open Society
Justice Initiative, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016. Paralegal, Oct.
2011-June 2012. J.D. from NYU School of Law, 2015; B.A. in
anthropology and archaeology from Barnard College at Columbia
Operations Director Christopher Curry
(July 2016) Senior associate at Dewey Square Group in Washington, DC, started with the firm in Jan. 2011. B.A. in policy management ant political science from Dickinson College.
Deputy Director of Briefings, Trips, Surrogates Esosa Osa ...deployed from headquarters in Brooklyn
(Oct. 2016) Research associate at Hillary for
America in Brooklyn
from July 2016. Portfolio manager at BlackRock, Aug. 2012-July
2016. B.A. in public policy from Duke University, 2012.
Deputy State Lead Marisa Kanof
Regional Organizing Directors
Genessee and Saginaw Cos. Branden Snyder
Director of Special Projects Arielle Yuspeh
Chairman Brandon Dillon
(elected July 11, 2015) State Representative for
HD 76 (Grand Rapids) from Jan. 2011. Kent County Commissioner
representing the 18th District (Grand Rapids), Jan. 2007-Jan.
2011. Chief of staff for State Sen. Jim Barcia, Jan. 2003-April
2010. Master's in political science from Northeastern University;
undergraduate degree from Aquinas College. West Michigan
COO Lavora Barnes
(Aug. 2015) Deputy Clerk/Register of Deeds for
Oakland County, Jan. 2013-Aug. 2015. Michigan state director on
Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, May-Nov. 2012. Communications
manager for public policy and social mission at Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Michigan. Communications director for the Michigan House
Democratic Caucus, starting 2007. Worked a regional desk in the
Office of Media Affairs at the White House. Virginia press
secretary on the Clinton-Gore '92 campaign. Legislative affairs
associate for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Field
director on the Saslaw for Lieutenant Governor campaign in Virginia,
1989 (lost in the primary to Don Beyer). B.A. from The College of
William and Mary, 1987. twitter
Press Secretary Paul Kanan
Finance Director Kelly Tebay
Director of Party Relations Ryan Covert
Data Director Megan Lizotte
Office Manager Dorothy Johnson
Director of Constituency Relations Abdulla Alhassani
Deputy Finance Director Shelbie Rose
Northern Michigan Senior Field Organizer GT Long