Clinton 2016 General Election Campaign Organization, New York
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State Director  Rodney Capel

Special advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced April 2014.  Executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee, Aug. 2012-April 2014.  Director of NYC Intergovernmental Affairs for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, March 2011-Aug. 2012.  Senior vice president at Mercury LLC, Nov. 2998-March 2011.  Deputy chief of staffin the New York City Council, Aug. 2006-Nov. 2008.  Executive director/political director at the New York State Democratic Commitee to Jan. 2006.  State director on Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc., June-Nov. 2012.  Political director for the New York State Democratic Committee, starting in Aug. 2001, on leave for Kerry campaign.  Deputy state director in the office of Sen. Charles Schumer from Jan. 1999-mid-2001; took leave to serve as deputy state director  the Gore/Lieberman campaign in fall 2000.  Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, 1997-1999.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 1998; B.A. in political science from Syracuse University, 1995.  twitter

Political Director  Erin Stevens

(with the campaign and focused on New York from the start; reported by Politico on April 7, 2015)  Director of executive operations for New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, from 2009.  Director of government relations for the New York City Department of Education, 2003-09.  Legislative representative for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2002-03.  Aide to U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Jan. 1997-March 200.  Fundraiser on DiNapoli for County Executive, Feb.-Oct. 2001.  B.A. in English literature and rhetoric from SUNY Binghamton, 1996.


Organizing Director  Christina Beal

(July 2016)  Founder (Jan. 2014) and executive director of Vive El Sueno, an organization that focuses on Nosara, Costa Rica.  Statewide organizing director on DiNapoli 2014 (NYS Comptroller), July-Nov. 2014.  Senior organizing consultant at Red Horse Strategies, April-July 2014.   State legislative coordinator for 32BJ SEIU, May 2013-Jan. 2014.  Deputy political director ad RWDSU International, March 2012-May 2013.  Director of civic engagement and field operations for the New York Immigrant Coalition, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Director of Cabrini Immigrant Services, April 2007-Aug. 2010.  Case manager for Filipino American Human Services, 2006.  Administrative assistant at Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund, May 2002-Jan. 2003.  M.S.W. from City College of New York-Hunter College, 2006; B.F.A. in drama from New York University, 2001.

Deputy Organizing Director  Jenna Lauter

(Sept. 2016)  Associate at Metropolitan Public Strategies, April-Sept. 2016.  Special assistant for state operations (Aug. 2015-April 2016) and briefer to the Governor / Excelsior Service Fellow (Aug. 2013-Aug. 2015) to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.  B.A. in political science and human rights fro Barnard College, 2013.

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Digital Director  Maria Lee

(Oct. 2016...initially millennials coalition desk for the national campaign, Aug.-Sept. 2016)  Director of strategic operations (May 2015-Jan. 2016) and director of engagement (March 2014-May 2015) at Define American.  Digital strategy, communications and branding (Feb. 2010-March 2014) and special assistant to Commissioner Fatima Shama (May 2010-Jan. 2014) in the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs of the City of New York.  B.A. from City University of New York-Hunter College, 2010.

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Chairman  Mayor Byron Brown

(appointed May 23, 2016)  Mayor of Buffalo, elected in Nov. 2005 and re-elected to a third four-year term in Nov. 2013.  Elected to the New York State Senate in 2000 and served two terms.  Elected to represent the Masten District on the Buffalo City Council in 1995.  Candidate for Erie County Legislature in 1993. Director of the Erie County division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for eight years to July 1993.  Aide to Deputy Speaker of the New York Assembly Arthur Eve for two years.  Aide to Erie County Legislator Roger Blackwell for two years.  Chief of staff to Buffalo Common Council President George Arthur for two years.  Regional sales rep. for Bristol-Myers.  B.A. degree in political science and journalism from Buffalo State College, 1993.

Executive Committee Chair  Christine Quinn

Former New York City Council Speaker.

Executive Director  Basil Smikle

(April 2015)  Founder (2003) and principal at Basil Smikle Associates.  .brief run for New York State Senate.  Deputy state director to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 2001-Sept. 2003; served on her first campaign for Senate.  Consultant to Ron Kirk for U.S. Senate, 2002.  Special assistant to Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, June 1996-Dec. 2000.  Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016M.P.P. from Columbia University, 1996; B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University 1993.  Child of Jamaican immigrants.  twitter