updated Feb. 20, 2015)
Campaign manager at Romney for President, Inc.;
executive director of
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC, announced Feb. 15, 2010. A
vice president with DCI Group, May 2007-Feb. 2010. Communications
director on Romney's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-March 2008.
A deputy communications director in charge of research for the RNC
during the 2006 election cycle. Research director for the 2004
Bush/Cheney re-election campaign. Deputy research director at the
RNC, 2003-04. White House Liaison at the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management in the Bush Administration, and earlier an Associate
Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office. B.A.
from Syracuse University, 1997; and an M.A. from The George Washington
President Joe Pounder
Research director and deputy director of
communications at the RNC in the 2012 election cycle, announced May 16,
2011. Communications director in the office of U.S. Sen. Marco
Rubio. Deputy campaign manager for Rubio’s successful 2010 bid
for the Senate. Director of rapid response on Sen. John
McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and earlier on Gov. Mitt Romney’s
primary campaign. Deputy research director for the California
Republican Party, 2006. Deputy Associate Director of the White
House Office of Communications in the George W. Bush
Administration. Attended The George Washington University. twitter
Managing Director Raj Shah
(April 2013) Deputy research director at the RNC from Jan. 2012. Research/communications consultant, 2010-11. In the 2010 cycle Shah did research on the Carly for California campaign, very briefly was communications director on the Martinez for Governor campaign in New Mexico, and was communications director on Simmons for Senate in Connecticut. Senior public policy specialist at Akin Gump. Senior research analyst at the RNC in 2007-09. Director of vetting on John McCain 2008 in 2007. A research assistant at the White House, early 2007. Junior research analyst at the RNC in 2006. B.A. in government from Cornell University, 2006.
Executive Director Colin Reed
(announced Feb. 20, 2015) Campaign manager on
former Sen. Scott Brown's 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in
New Hampshire. Deputy communications director for Gov. Chris
Christi, March 2013-April 2014. Communications director at Scott
Brown for Senate in Mass, Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012. Press secretary
to Sen. Scott Brown, Feb. 2010-Sept. 2011. Deputy press secretary
at the NRSC, Jan. 2009-April 2010. Rapid response director for
vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on the McCain campaign, Aug.-Nov.
2008. Research analyst at Freedom's Watch, April-Aug. 2008.
War room deputy on Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.
Press office assistant in the Office of Gov. Mitt Romney, Nov.
2006-Jan. 2007. B.A. in journalism and mass communication from
UNC Chapel Hill. Massachusetts native. twitter
Vice President of Special Projects Geoff
(May 2013) Director of strategic
initiatives (from 2011) and senior communications advisor (2010) at the
Director of legislative research to House Republican Leader John
Boehner, 2008-10. Team owner in the Cobra Kal Football League,
2007-10. Press secretary to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison,
2007. Press secretary at the House Republican Conference,
2006-07. Press secretary to Rep. Eric Cantor, 2004-06.
Communications director on Jim DeMint for Senate in Fall 2004.
Press secretary to Rep. George Radanovich, 2003-04. Public
affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, 2001-02. Research
analyst at the NRSC, 1998-2001. B.A. in political science from
Vice President Alexandra Angel
(July 2013) Account executive at DCI Group, Jan.
2013. Senior research analyst at the RNC, Aug.-Dec. 2010.
Deputy operations director on Steve Poizner for Governor (CA), Dec.
2009-July 2010. Program instructor at Close Up Foundation,
Jan.-June 2009. Research analyst at the RNC, June-Dec.
2008. M.P.A. from The George Washington University, 2013; B.A. in
politics from New York University, 2008.
Vice President Amanda Iovino
(August 2013) Project director at Public
Opinion Strategies, Feb. 2012-Aug. 2013. Senior research analyst
(campaign finance) at the RNC, Marcch 2010-Feb. 2012. Campaign
finance analyst at the Federal Election Commission, June 2008-March
2010. Intern on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign.
M.A. in applied economics from The Johns Hopkins University, 2011; B.A.
in political science, economics from Vanderbilt University, 2008.
Finance Director Mackenzie Jortner
(July 2013) South and Texas regional finance
director on Romney for President from April 2012. Program
Regents and Team 100 at the RNC, May-Aug. 2011. Director of
resource development at LVH Consulting, Feb.-May 2011. Associate
at The McIntosh Company, Sept. 2009-Feb. 2011. B.A. in English
from Sewanee-The University of the South, 2009.
War Room Director Julia Cotrone
(Sept. 2013) Deputy war room director at Romney
July 2011-Nov. 2012. Bachelor's degree in political science and
government from Catholic University of America, 2011.
War Room Anaylsts -
Nick Zanetti (Nov. 2013), Cameron
(March 2014), Shawn
Pasternak (July 2014)
Tracking Director Aaron Baer
(Dec. 2013) Rapid response director and research
Cuccinelli for Governor, April-Nov. 2013. Deputy director of
communications for Gov. Bobby Jindal, Nov. 2011-Feb. 2013.;
communications director on Bobby Jindal's 2011 campaign.
Communications director at the REpublican Party of Louisiana, April
2008-June 2011. War room director on Romney for President, Inc.,
Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. Repbulican operations center director at the
RNC, Jan. 2005-Dec. 2006. Communications assistant on the PIC,
and communications intern on Bush Cheney '04. B.A. in political
science and government from Southwestern University, 2004.
Research Analysts include Matthew Vollenweider (April 2013)
Graphic Designer Sara Aberle
(Jan. 2014) A.A. in graphic and web design from
Art Institute of
America Rising PAC
Communications DIrector Jeff Bechdel
(April 2014) Account director Revolution Agency, April 2013-April 2014. Florida communications director at Romney for President, July-Nov. 2012. Deputy communications director on Friends of Connie Mack, Jan.-June 2012. Press secretary to Rep. Mack from July 2011-Jan. 2012. Communications assistant to Sen. Marco Rubio, Jan.-July 2011. Deputy director of rapid response on Texans for Kay Bailey Hutchison, June 2009-March 2010. Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications from University of Texas at Austin, 2009. Originally from Beaver, PA (Pittsburgh area).
As of Sept. 2014, America Rising has 67 employees according to:
Rebecca Balhaus. "New Players Flooding into Opposition Research." The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 24, 2014.
As of mid-Feb. 2014, America Rising has "more than 55
part-time employees" according to:
Noah Bierman. "GOP adds for-profit muscle to the fray." The Boston Globe, Feb. 14, 2014.
Executive Director Tim Miller
...to senior advisor to
Jeb Bush at Right to Rise PAC
(March 2013 to
Deputy communications director at the RNC from March
2012. Press secretary on Jon
Huntsman's presidential campaign. Lead
digital communications strategist in the Public Affairs division at the
Glover Park Group, from July 2009. Communications strategist at
Berman and Company, 2007-09. Iowa communications director for
John McCain, 2006-mid-2007. Communications director on Jeff
Lamberti for Congress, 2006. Political director on Bill Dix for
Congress, 2005-06. Field on Jerry Kilgore for Governor,
2005. B.A. in political science from The George Washington
University, 2004. twitter
Vice President of Strategic Communications
Ted Kwong ...to Hawaii Republican Party communications
(May 2013 to
2014) Regional press secretary at the RNC
from May 2012. Deputy press secretary at the NRCC,
Jan. 2011-May 2012. Rapid response director on Susana Martinez
for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2010. War room manager on Steve Poizner
for Governor (CA), June 2009-June 2010. War room intern on the
McCain presidential campaign, June-Nov. 2008. B.A. in political
science from UC Berkeley, 2009, after starting out at UC Davis.