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447 Members of the DNC

...includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.

Executive Committee

64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.

Standing Committees

Rules and Bylaws - Co-chairs: Jim Roosevelt (MA) and Lorraine Miller (TX)

Credentials - Co-chairs: Karen Carter Peterson (LA) and Andrés W. López (PR)

Resolutions - Co-Chairs: Jim Zogby (DC) and Hilda Solis (CA)

    Caucus and Council chairs and vice chairs:
Constituency caucuses: Black (Virgie Rollins-MI, Everett Ward-NC), Hispanic (Iris Martinez-IL, Andres Ramirez-NV), Women (Lottie Shackelford, Joyce Cusack, Jadine Neilson, Alex Gallardo-Rooker), LGBT (Earl Fowlkes-DC, Laura Calvo-OR), AAPI (Bel Leong-Hong, Jadine Neilsen).
    Regional caucuses: Eastern (Nancy DiNardo-CT, Gus Bickford-MA, Amanda Green Hawkins-PA), Midwest (Doug Brooks-MO, Dean Boerste-IN), Southern (Gilda Cobb Hunter-SC, Sally Rosser-GA, Darryl Sinkfield-AL), Western (Aleita Huguenin-CA, Carolyn Warner-AZ, Anthony Graves-CO).
    Councils: Youth (Jason Rae, Tori Taylor).     Seniors (Steve Regenstreif, Maria Cardone).     Native Americans (Rion Ramirez-WA).     Ethnic (Jim Zogby, Danica Oprnica).     Small Business (Andrew Lachman, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein).     Rural (Betty Richie-TX, Mike Gierau-ID).    Veterans & Military Families (Don Fowler, Jan Donatelli).   Labor (Acting Maria Elena Durazo).

Nine Elected Officers*

*Chairman  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

announced April 5, 2011, elected May 4, 2011; re-elected Jan. 22, 2013)
Elected a DNC vice chair in Jan. 2009; also served as DCCC vice chair for incumbent retention in the 2010 cycle.  Elected to represent Florida's 20th CD (parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties) in Nov. 2004 ("first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida").  Member of the Florida Senate, 2000-04.  Member of the Florida House, 1992-2000 "youngest female legislator in Florida history").  Aide to U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, 1989-92.  Additional experience includes adjunct instructor at Broward Community College, NJDC staffer, lecturer at Nova Southeastern University and community and external affairs staff at Nova Southeastern University.  B.A. in political science, 1988, and M.A. in political science, 1990, from the University of Florida, 1988.  Originally from New York.  twitter

Chief of Staff  Tracie Pough

Chief of staff to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional office.  An advisor on education, budget and African American outreach in the office of House Democratic Whip, Nancy Pelosi, 2003-05.  Base vote director at the DCCC, 2002.  Southeast regional director and then state network director at the Center for Policy Alternatives.  Senior legislative analyst in the Florida Legislature.  Program administrator and management consultant with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  M.P.A. from Florida State University; B.A. from Rollins College, 1992.  Jacksonville native.

Deputy Director  Kate Yglesias Houghton

Returned to this position in Feb. 2015 after serving as director of the DNC's Democratic Women's Alliance from March 2014-Feb. 2015.  Started as deputy director of the Chair's Office in May 2011.  Policy analyst and PAC coordinator at CDM Smith, Aug. 2010-April 2011.  Executive assistant and advisor to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2010.  M.A. in public policy from George Mason University, 2008; B.A. in political science and government from Florida International University, 2006.  twitter

Director of Scheduling  Garret Bonosky

(Jan. 2015)  Deputy scheduler/office manager to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional office, June 2014-Jan. 2015.  Worked for Gov. Andrew Cuomo as senior staff assistant for federal policy (May 2013-June 2014), special office assistant for federal policy (June 2012-April 2013), executive assistant to the Special Counsel (Jan.-May 2012).  B.A. in CLEG from American University, 2012.

Senior Advisor  Jason O'Malley
Experience includes staffer to U.S. Rep. David Obey.  Interned for Sen. Ted Kennedy.  Bachelor's degree in international studies from American University, 1999.  From Lancaster, PA.

Senior Communications Advisor  Sean Bartlett

(announced Feb. 6, 2015)  Also communications director to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional office from Jan. 2014.  Senior communications officer with the UN Foundation, May 2011-Jan. 2014.  Americas regional editor at foreign policy digest, May 2010-May 2011.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, May 2009-May 2011.  Communications associate with Hildebrand Tewes, May 2008-March 2009.  Staff assistant to Sen. Byron Dorgan, July 2006-Aug. 2007.  Experience also includes interning in the office of Sen. Hillary Clinton, Jan.-May 2005.  Master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, 2008; bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, 2006.  twitter

Vice Chairs (5)

*Donna Brazile

[Vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation]  Served as interim chair for the month following Tim Kaine's resignation, April 5-May 4, 2011.  Founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.  Chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001.  Worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager on Vice President Al Gore's campaign.  Adjunct professor and lecturer; author (autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics); and frequent commentator.  Degree in psychology from Louisiana State University.  First campaign involvement at age 9 for a City Council candidate.  New Orleans native.  twitter

*Maria Elena Durazo

(elected Jan. 22, 2013)  Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, elected May 2006 and re-elected in 2010, and an Executive Vice President of the national AFL-CIO Executive Council.  President of UNITE-HERE, Local 11, and in 2004 elected Executive Vice President of UNITE-HERE International (General Vice President of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity).  Law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985; undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.  Daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers.  twitter

*U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

(elected Jan. 22, 2013)  Represents Hawaii's 2nd CD; elected in 2012.  Elected to Honolulu City Council in 2010.  Legislative aide to Sen. Daniel Akaka.  Member of the Hawai'i National Guard; served two tours of combat duty in the Middle East.  Elected to the Hawai'i House of Representatives in 2002 at 21 years old.  Degree in international business from Hawai'i Pacific University.  Born in American Samoa.

*Former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak

(ratified Sept. 10, 2011)  Executive director of Generation Next, a partnership focusing on the education achievement gap in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Elected Mayor in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009 serving to 2013.  Business consultant.  General manager of  Vice president of Internet Broadcast System.  Publisher of the Twin Cities Reader.  Director of development at the Downtown Council.  Reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune.  Graduate of Boston College, 1978.  (In 2007, Mayor Rybak was the first mayor of a major US city to endorse President Obama).  twitter

*Ray Buckley

[President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) [twitter, list], elected to a two-year term on Jan. 21, 2009; first openly gay person to serve in the position] Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, elected March 2007; previously served four terms as vice chair, and also four years as executive director and two cycles as New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign director. Served 18 years in the NH legislature. First volunteered on a campaign at age 8. Served as Tilton town chair for Ed Muskie at age 12, an organizer for Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Mike Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

Executive Director, ASDC  Jonae Wartel

(April 2015) Chief of staff for community affairs to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Jan.-March 2015.  Training director for the ASDC, June 2013-Jan. 2015.  Regional field director for Organizing for America-North Carolina, based in Durham, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Metro Atlanta region director of Young Democrats of Georgia, April-Oct. 2011.  Deputy director, director of constituent services for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, May 2010-Oct. 2011.  Campaign manager on Stacey Evans for George House District 40, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer in Kansas City, MO on Barack Obama's Campaign for Change, July-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science and Spanish from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  twitter

Training Director, ASDC  Vanna Cure

(Feb. 18, 2015)  Legislative correspondent to Rep. Barrow, March 2013-Dec. 2014.  Field director on John Barrow for Congress, June 2012-Nov. 2014.  Deputy director for FieldWorks in Fort Collins, CO, Oct.-Nov. 2013.  Constituent services representative in Savannah for Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), Jan. 2011-June 2012.  M.B.A. in marketing (2010) and B.B.A. in marketing (2008) from Valdosta State University, 2008.

Operations Director, ASDC  Amy Littleton

(Nov. 2013)  Operations on Terry McAuliffe for Governor/DPV, May-Nov. 2013.  Field organizer/East Carolina University campus organizer at Organizing for America North Carolina, July-Nov. 2012.  B.A. degrees in political science and French from Harding University, 2012.

Senior Advisor, ASDC  Amy Fishman

Longtime ASDC executive director (from 1979) moved to senior advisor role effective April 15, 2013. 

Legal Counsel  Karl Sandstrom

Senior counsel at Perkins Coie.

*Treasurer  Andrew Tobias

(1999)  Author of a dozen books including three NYT national best-sellers (Fire and Ice: the Charles Revson/Revlon Story; The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need; Money Angles; Getting By On $100,000 a Year (And Other Sad Tales)).  His Managing Your Money software was the market leader.  Graduate of Harvard Business School.  While studying Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard he ran the publishing business Let's Go: The Student Guide to Europe.

*Secretary  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

(from Jan. 22, 2013 meeting)  Sworn in as mayor on Feb. 2010 and elected to a full term in Nov. 2011.  Elected to Baltimore City Council City in 1995 and served as Council President from Jan. 2007 to Feb. 2010.  J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law, 1995; B.A. in political science from Oberlin College, 1992. 

Director, Office of the Secretary  Julie Greene

(May 2014)  Previously at the AFL-CIO as deputy political director, assistant political director (Aug. 2011-May 2012) and campaign operation analyst (June 2007-Aug. 2011).  Account executive at MSHC Partners, June 2002-June 2007.

Deputy Director, Secretary's Office  Ariana Tobias

(Sept. 2012...with break Oct.-Nov. 2012 to serve as a regional GOTV director for Organizing for America in CO)  Manager of Convention Services for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte (overseeing the Office of the Secretary's Convention operation), June-Sept. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Hunter College, 2011.

Deputy Director, Secretary's Office  Marvin Turner

(at the DNC from 2005)  Also does consulting as The M. Turner Group from 2000.  Campaign manager and field director at Grassroots Solutions, 2003-07.  Community relations liaison to Cong. Eleanor Holmes Norton, 2000-04.

*National Finance Chair  Henry R. Muñoz III

(from Jan. 22, 2013 meeting)  Chairman of the Board and Chief Creative Officer of Muñoz & Company, a design and management firm based in San Antonio, TX; previously CEO of Kell Muñoz Architects Inc..  A national co-chair of The Futuro Fund, part of Obama's re-election effort.  Served as transportation commissioner under Gov. Ann Richards.  twitter

Assistant to the Finance Chair  Alex Hoffman
(Jan. 2015)  Previously fnance assistant (Sept.-Dec. 2014) and finance intern (Jen.-Sept. 2014) at the DNC.  Studied political science and government at American University; was executive director (Dec. 2012-April 2013) and president (April 2013-April 2014) of AU College Democrats.


Chief Executive Officer  Amy Dacey

(reported Oct. 31, 2013, started Jan. 2014)  Executive director of EMILY's List, announced June 4, 2010.  Director of government relations at Service Employees International Union.  National political director for Sen. John Kerry's Keeping America's Promise PAC, 2005-06.  During the fall 2004 presidential campaign, Dacey served as traveling political director to Sen. Kerry; during the primaries, she was a regional political coordinator for the Kerry campaign.  Deputy political director at the DSCC in the 2002 cycle.  State legislative program director for EMILY's List, 2001.  Deputy political director at the DCCC in the 2000 cycle.  Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Louis Slaughter (NY) and ran her successful 1998 re-election campaign.  Deputy campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey's (NY) 1996 re-election campaign.  Dacey's first position in Washington, DC was as a policy analyst and director of development for the National Foundation of Women Legislators.  Master's degree in political science from the American University, 1995; bachelor's degree in political science and history from the SUNY at Binghamton, 1993.  From Auburn, NY.  twitter

Director of Voter Protection/Expansion  Pratt Wiley

(announced Oct. 23, 2013)  A national regional voter protection coordinator on Obama for America.  Attorney at Nutter, McClennan & Fish in Boston, Oct. 2006-May 2012.  Special assistant to the senior vice president for administration and finance at Lesley University, 2001-03.  Global Sales at Zentropy Partners, 2000.  401(k) representative at Fidelity Investments, Aug. 1998-Dec. 1999.  J.D. from Boston College Law School, 2006; B.S. in finance from Georgetown University, 1998. twitter

Deputy Director of Voter Expansion  Bobby Hoffman

(announced April 9, 2014)  Leadership roles in the voter expansion program in Virginia in 2012 and 2013. Worked on Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.  Graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.

Director of Knowledge Management for Voter Expansion  Zara Haq

(announced April 9, 2014)  Most recently a freelance political consultant.  Obama Victory Fund compliance research associate (DNC), June-Nov. 2012 and at the close of the campaign deputy director of the OFA-VA voter protection hotline.  J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law, 2011; B.A. in philosophy, South Asian studies from University of Virginia, 2007.

Arbor Project - next generation voter registration toolset (announced June 5, 2014)


Chief Operating Officer  Lindsey Reynolds

(from March 2014, promoted from director of the Secretary's Office; started there in 2011)  Executive director of Democrats Abroad in the 2008 and 2010 cycles; also served as vice chair of the Association of State Executive Directors.  Executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia in the 2004 cycle; joined the state party in March 2002 as finance director.  Finance director for Virginia's Joint Democratic Caucus starting in 2000.  She began her career in Virginia Democratic politics in 1998, as legislative assistant to Sen. Stanley C. Walker of Norfolk, then President pro tempore of the Virginia Senate. B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan College, 1998.

Deputy COO  Christine Simpson

(2011; initally assistant COO)  Worked in the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce during the Kaine and Warner administrations.  M.Phil in comparative politics from Oxford, 2010.  B.A. in government from College of William and Mary, 2005.


Political Director  Raul Alvillar

(announced March 5, 2014)  Senior advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan in the Office of Public Engagement and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Associate director of the Office of Public Engagement at the Office of the Vice President, March 2010-April 2011.  A congressional relations officer in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Western regional political director at Obama for America, March 2007-Nov. 2008, including state director for the Feb. 5 Arizona primary.  National deputy political director at Keeping America's Promise/Friends of John Kerry, Feb. 2000-March 2007; in 2004 Alvillar served as political director on the New Mexico Democratic Coordinated Campaign, and earlier worked in the boiler room during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, worked as a delegate tracker at Kerry headquarters in DC, and served as 1st CD regional field director on Kerry's NM caucus campaign, 2003-Feb. 3, 2004.  Deputy field organizer on Richard Romero for Congress, 2002.  District scheduler for Congressman Tom Udall, 2000-02.  Volunteer coordinator on the 2000 NM Coordinated Campaign.  Started off in politics working for the Democratic Party of New Mexico as originator of the party's e-news newsletter.  Attended the University of New Mexico.  Originally from Belen, NM.

Executive Assistant  Calynn Jenkins
(Feb. 2014)  Experience includes several internships including DNC marketing, Aug.-Dec. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from American University 2013.

Deputy Political Director of State Party Programs and Counselor to the CEO  Maureen Garde

(promoted from deputy political director in March 2014)  Started Sept. 2005 and continued through 2006 cycle as deputy political director (State Party Services); interim political director in the first part of 2007.  Deputy executive director of the Democratic Governors' Association, 1999-2005.  Executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1990s.  Graduate of Boston College.

Regional Political Directors
Northeast  Erin Wilson  

Longtime staffer to Sen. Bob Casey.  Most recently his deputy state director; previously director of outreach and special projects (Nov. 2009-May 2011), field representative (2007-09) and started as his deputy political director in 2006.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Pennsylvania, 2005

South  Jordan Whichard

(June 2014)  Advance associate for the White House since 2012.  Deputy director of events and ceremonies for the PIC.  Southern regional director for intergovernmental affairs and outreach for the Democratic National Convention Committee, from Sept. 2011.  Associate director of advance and trip coordinator at the White House, Jan. 2009-July 2011.  National advance staff on Obama for America from May 2007-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science; management and society from UNC at Chapel Hill, 2007.

Midwest  Brooks Banton

(June 2014)  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA) through March 2014.  Finance associate at Political Development Group, Oct. 2009-March 2011.  National political outreach coordinator at Obama for America, Feb. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Finance director for the Democratic Expatriate Leadership Council, Feb. 2005-Feb. 2007.  Mid-Atlantic finance assistant on John Kerry for President, March-Nov. 2004.  B.S. from Ohio University, 2004.  twitter

West  Ali Khan

(June 2014)  Campaign co-chairman and senior policy advisor on Mo Khan for State Rep., July 2013-May 2014.  Attorney at Khan Legal Solutions LLC, March 2013-March 2013.  Volunteer attorney at Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc., Dec. 2009-Jan. 2013.  Attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP, Sept. 2006-June 2008.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2006; B.S. in finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.

Director, ASDC 

(see above)

Director of Community Engagement  ?

Deputy Director of Rural, Seniors and Small Business Engagement  Miles Fernandez

(June 2015)  Previously special assistant to the Director of Community Engagement, July 2014-June 2015.  B.A. from University of Washington, 2013.

Director of the Democratic Women's Alliance  Liala Mohib

[Democratic Women's Alliance is women's outreach effort launched in 2013]  Started at the DNC as AAPI engagement desk.  Program director at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.  Contractor for Communications Workers of America.  Political coordinator for campaign services and trainings, and special assistant to the chief of staff at EMILY's List.  Staffer to U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, 2006.  Worked in the candidate recruitment department of Progressive Majority.  DNC's Office of Independent Expenditures.  Masters in Arts in art history, connoisseurship and the history of the art market from Christie’s Education; undergraduate degree in Social anthropology and art history from Sarah Lawrence College.

Hispanic Engagement Desk  Albert Morales

(July 2014)  Founder (Jan. 2011) and president of Albert Morales Strategies, LLC.  Vice president at Cassidy & Associates, 2009-10.  Hispanic outreach director at the DNC, 2005-09.  Policy advisor and federal liaison at the Democratic Governors Association, 2003-05.  Regional political director on the DNC's 2000 redistricting project, 2001-03.  Attended Texas Wesleyan University.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement Desk  Laila Mohib

African American and Youth Engagement Desk  A'shanti Gholar

(Sept. 2014)  Manager of education, income, and health strategies and partnerships for United Way Worldwide, Jan.-Aug. 2014.  Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Office of Public Engagement of the Department of Labor from March 2011-Dec. 2013.  Director of public engagement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, June-Sept. 2012.  Worked in the political department of the DNC, Jan. 2008-Feb. 2011.  Field director on Berkley for Congress, Oct. 2005-Dec. 2007.  B.A. in political science from UNLV, 2005.  From Nevada.  twitter

LGBT Engagement Desk  Sean Meloy

(April 15, 2015)  Issues campaign manager at Public Knowledge.  Campaign manager on Kristin Cabral's 2012 campaign for Congress agains U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (VA).  Public policy associate for the Association of Community College Trustees.  Former aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (PA), started as an intern in 2008, and served as a staff assistant and manager of Doyle's 2010 re-election.  Graduate of Penn State, and served as president of the College Democrats there.  From Pittsburgh.

Senior Advisor for General Election Strategies  Anu Rangappa

(March 2015)  Principal at The Dewey Square Group from Sept. 2001.  Campaign staffer on Gore Lieberman campaign, March 1999-Dec. 2000.  Advance staff at The White House, Jan. 1997-March 1999.  B.A. in goverment from The College of William and Mary, 1996.


Communications Director  Luis Miranda

(announced Sept. 17, 2015; started beginning of Oct.)  Co-founder and managing director of MDC Strategies.  Spokesperson and Director of Hispanic Media at the White House, 2009-13.  Deputy communications director and director of regional and specialty media at the DNC, Feb. 2005-Jan. 2009.  Deputy press secretary for the Kerry-Edwards campaign; started on Kerry's campaign early in the primary season, launching the campaign's internet operations and on-line communications strategy.  Miami-Dade field director for the 2000 Gore-Lieberman coordinated campaign in Florida, including on operations related to the Florida recount.  Has worked with organized labor at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Florida.  Research analyst at the DCCC.  B.A. in political science from Florida Atlantic University, 1999. twitter

National Press Secretary  Holly Shulman

(announced Feb. 6, 2015; start Feb. 10 to Nov. 2015)  Spokesperson for international affairs at the Treasury Department.  New Hampshire communications director on Obama for America from Jan. 11, 2012.  Communications director at the NHDP starting April 2011 through the NH primary.  Press secretary/media strategist at the Sierra Club, 2010-11.  Communications director on Lee Fisher for Ohio, Fall 2010.  Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, 2009-10.  Producer/writer for The McLaughlin Group, 2008-09.  Press secretary on Noriega for Texas, 2008.  Press secretary for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, 2007-08.  Political director for Womens Information Network (WIN), 2006-07.  Field staffer on Carney for Congress, 2006.  Manager of member services at the Association for Competitive Technology, 2005-06.  Director of scheduling at ElectionMall Technologies, 2004-05.  B.A. in urban studies from Vassar College, 2004.  twitter

Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of Broadcast Media  Miryam Lipper

(announced March 30, 2015 to late 2015)  DNC press assistant from June 2013, and spent time working on campaigns in Georgia during the 2014 midterms.  Undergraduate degree in political science and journalism from Indiana University Bloomington, 2013; while a student worked at Slavica Publishers and did several internships including at the DNC from May-Aug. 2012.  twitter

Regional Press Secretaries

Northeast and Director of Women's Media  Kaylie Hanson

(announced March 30, 2015)  Comes to the DNC from position as deputy communications director to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (CT); started with Murphy as deputy press secretary on his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2012.  Previously worked for two years for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT).  Graduate of the University of Michigan.  twitter

South  Christina Freundlich

(July 2015)  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

West  Eric Walker

(announced March 30, 2015)  Comes to the DNC from position as communications director for U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter's office and at the House Rules Committee since Jan. 2013; communications director on Slaughter's re-election campaign in 2012.  Communications director for Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Lancman for Congress (Queens, NY), Dec. 2011-June 2012.  Worked for the New York State Assembly Democratic Caucus.  Program assistant at the National Education Assocation, Sept. 2009-Sept. 2010.  Graduate of The George Washington University.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2010; B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2009.  From New Jersey.   twitter

Midwest and Director of LGBT Media  TJ Helmstetter 

(July 2015)  Director of media relations/director of communications support at Progressive Change Campaign Committee, June 2014-June 2015. Director of communications at the Center for Popular Democracy, 2013-14.  Director of communications at Garden State Equality, 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Rob Zerban for Congress (WI), Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Director of communications and digital strategy atthe Working Familiies Party in New York, Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Client manager at Blue State Digital, Dec. 2008-Nov. 2010. Communications director and deputy finance director on Shulman for Congress in New York, Feb.-Nov. 2008.  Program coordinator at Garden State Equality, June 2007-Feb. 2008.  twitter

Director of Hispanic Media  Pablo Manriquez

(announced April 27, 2015)  A Washington correspondent for Fox News Latino, and has blogged extensively on Latino affairs at Huffington Post.  Did Hispanic digital and field outreach at the DCCC in the 2010 cycle.  Midwest digital director and Latino outreach specialist on Obama's 2008 campaign. twitter

Director of African American Media  Michael W. Tyler

(announced Feb. 6, 2015)  Press secretary on Michelle Nunn's 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia.  Director of communications for the Atlanta City Council.  A field organizer on the Obama 2008 campaign in Virginia.  Graduate of Georgetown University.  twitter

Press Assistant  Evelyn Chang

(Sept. 2014)  Press fellow (April-Sept. 2014) and district office intern (Jan.-March 2014) to U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27).  B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara, 2013.

Writer  Tom Francis

Media Center Director  Mitch Malasky

(July 2014) Digital communications editor at the DCCC, Jan. 2013-June 2014.  Video editor at the DNC, June-Nov. 2012.  Owner/executive producer at Malasky Media LLC, March 2011-June 2012.  Operations director for Main Street Insider, March 2010-Feb. 2012.  Managing partner/executive producer at Sum of Change Productions, April 2009-March 2011.  Production assistant/editor at Zej Media, Sept. 2008-June 2009.  B.A. in technical theater, American culture studies, film from Washington University in St. Louis, 2008.

Digital Media Director  Rob Flaherty

(announced Feb. 6, 2015)  DNC video producer/youth media coordinator in the 2014 cycle from Nov. 2013.  Digital and press assistant at Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013.  Communications coordinator for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sept. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Communictions director on Myrick for Ithaca, March-Sept. 2011.  B.A./B.S. in politics/television from Ithaca College, 2013.  twitter

On Feb. 6 and Mar. 30, and April 27, 2015 the DNC announced key people on its communications team.


Digital Director  Matt Compton

(Sept. 2013)  Deputy director of digital content at the White House, Oct. 2011-Sept. 2013.  Director of new media campaigns at the DNC, April 2010-Oct. 2011 (started as senior email campaigner).  Communications directo at the DLCC, May 2008-April 2010.  Editor and manager of publications at the Progressive Policy Institute, July 2005-May 2008. B.A. in history from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.  twitter

Creative Director  Elizabeth Eadie

(at the DNC from July 2013; initially senior designer)  Owner/designer at Social Proper since July 2011.  Owner/designer at Wellmade Design from Oct. 2010.  Freelance graphic designer, June 2009-Jan. 2011. Creative project manager (May 2008-Jan. 2009) and creative project management associate (Feb. 2007-May 2008) at The Walt Disney Company.  Account coordinator at B.D. Fox & Friends, 2005-06.  B.A. in English from North Carolina State University, 2003.

Email Director  Patrick Stevenson

(March 2013)  Email writer for PIC 2013.  Outbound writer at Obama for America from April 2012.  Assistant account executive (Nov. 2010-March 2012) and account coordinator (Agu. 2009-Nov. 2010) at GYMR Public Relations.  B.A. in English and history from Xavier University, 2008.

Senior Email Campaigner  Eric Reif

(Nov. 2013)  Senior digital strategist at Powell Tate, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Senior digital strategist at Weber Shandwick, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Senior digital advertising manager at Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Account supervisor at Bully Pulpit Interactive, June 2010-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in history, American culture studies from Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.

Senior Writer  Rebecca Christopher

(Dec. 2013)  Senior writer for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, June-Sept. 2013.  Writer at Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012, then writer on the 2013 PIC.  Writer at OMP, July 2010-July 2011.  Assistant external online organizer for Obama for America, 2007-08.  Studied political science and government at Valparaiso University, 2006-10.

Digital Content Manager  Cate Domino

(Aug. 2013; started as an email campaigner)  M.S. in social policy from The University of Pennsylvania, 2013; B.A. in government, women's studies from The College of William and Mary, 2010. 

Project Ivy "the fourth (IV) iteration of the Democratic Party’s investment in digital and technology"


Research Director  Lauren Dillon

(previously deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; started at the DNC in 2009 as a research associate)  Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09.  English teacher at Hebei Normal University 2005-06.  B.A. degrees in politics and psychology from Drake University, 2005.  twitter

Deputy Research Director  Lauren Smith

(March 2014)  Previously Northeast regional research analyst at the DCCC.

Senior Research Supervisor  Chad Rivard

(May 2013)  Senior research associate at the PIC, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Senior research associate at the DNC, Feb.-Nov. 2012.  Intern at Obama for America, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Regional field director on Susana Mendoza for City Clerk (Chicago), Jan.-Feb. 2011.  Field organizer for the Illinois Democratic Party, Fall 2010.  B.S. in history, political science from Illinois State University, 2010.

Research Associates


Technology Director  Andrew Brown

(April 2013; started at the DNC in Feb. 2013 as national data director)  COO (June 2012-Feb. 2013) and national project manager (March 2008-June 2012) at ISSI.  Iowa technology director on Hillary Clinton for President, March 2007-Jan. 2008.  Technology director at Tom Vilsack for President, Nov. 2006-March 2007.  Technology director for the Iowa Democratic Party, 2003-06.  Attended Iowa State University.

Director of Information Technology  Yared Tamene Wolde-Yohannes

(from March senior project manager for The MIS Department, Inc.; he joined MIS in Sept. 2009)  He has served in various roles at DePaul University including director of the McNair Scholars Program, adjunct faculty, student support services.  M.A. in math education from DePaul University, 2004; B.S. in pure mathematics, philosophy from DePaul University, 1998.

Data Services Director  Sam McCabe

(Oct. 2013; started as technology project manager in June 2013)  Technology project manager at Votes Voices Now, Feb.-June 2013.  National date manager at ISSI, July 2012-Jan. 2013.  Senior account manager at Aristotle International, Aug. 2011-July 2012.  Self-employed political strategist and pollster in Texas, 2005-2011.  Network specialst for ResCare Premier, Aug. 1999-May 2005. B.A. in philosophy from Texas State University-San Marcos, 2010.

Data Services Manager  Jacob Winowich

(April 2014)  Executive director (March 2013-Jan. 2014), voter file manager (March 2012-March 2013) and field organizer (Aug.-Oct. 2011) at the Democratic Party of West Virginia.  Research director for the Democratic Party of New Mexico, Jan.-July 2011.  Assistant to the Mayor of Albuquerque, Jan. 2008-Dec. 2009.  M.P.A. from the University of New Mexico, 2010; bachelor's degree in government from New Mexico State University, 2007.

Data Services Manager  Oliver Whitney

(Aug. 2013)  Administrator of the Labor Action Network (June 2010-Aug. 2013), material/data mobilization coordinator (Dec. 2008-June 2010) and assistant administrator of the Labor Action Network (May-Dec. 2008) at the AFL-CIO.  Director of on-water programs for the National Maritime Heritage Foundation, June 2005-May 2008.  B.A. in American Studies from Carleton College, 2005.

Election Data Analyst  Hana Elhattab

(from June 2014; started as a data services manager June 2013-June 2014)  Deputy data and targeting manager at ISSI, June 2012-Jan. 2013.  Senior program assistant for voter education campaign at the National Democratic Institute, 2010-12.  BASc in genetics/cellular and molecular biology from University of Maryland College Park, 2010.

Senior Data Analyst  Keith Erskine

(July 2010)  Senior software engineer at Compact Solutions LLC, July 2007-July 2010.  Principal consultant at Aspective Ltd, May 2000-April 2007.  Senior software engineer at Raytheon Canada, LTD, May 1997-Feb. 2000.  Software engineer at Syseca, Nov. 1993-April 1997.  BSc from University of Leicester, 1988.

Director of Data Science  Andrew Therriault

(May 2014)  Senior data scientist at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Sept. 2013-May 2014.  Director of research and business development at Pivotal Targeting / Lightbox Analytics, March 2012-Aug. 2013.  Production project manager at Elsevier, 2005-06.  Production coordinator at Pearson Education, 2005.  Production coordinator at Other Press, 2002-03.  Ph.D. (2011), M.A. (2008) and B.A. (2003) from New York University.

Director of Engineering  Nick Gaw

(Nov. 2013)  Director of campaign tools (April-Nov. 2013) and senior campaigner for innovation (Aug. 2011-April 2013) at  Communitiy manager (March 2010-Aug. 2011) and trainings and events coordinator (June 2009-May 2010) at the New Organizing Institute.  B.A. in history and linguistics from Swarthmore College, 2009.


National Finance Director  Jordan Kaplan

(Feb. 2013)  Illinois finance on Obama's 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns; started as a fundraiser for Obama on his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.  Finance director on Rahm Emanuel's 2011 campaign for Chicago mayor.  Graduate of Connecticut College, 2000.

Regionals include:

Texas and the Midwest  Max Marshall

(Feb. 2013)  Fundraiser for Obama for America (March-Nov. 2012) and for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Program manager at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), Nov. 2011-March 2012.  Bachelor's degree from Acadia University.

Midwest, Florida and Georgia  Clayton Cox

Finance director at Virginia Progress Pac, March-Dec. 2014.  Deputy finance director for the South and Florida at the DNC, March 2013-March 2014.  Swing State Victory Fund at Obama for America, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  Masters in political management from The George Washington University, 2012; undergraduate degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Georgia, 2010.

New York Tri-State  Zach Allen

(Feb. 2012)

Mid-Atlantic  Alexandria Shapiro

(Feb. 2014)  A regional fundraiser for McAuliffe for Governor, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Candidate services and fundraising associate at the DCCC, April-Dec. 2012.  Research assistant at ICF International, July 2010-April 2012.  B.A. in political science, environmental studies from Tufts University, 2010.

Northern California   Erik Stowe

Southern California   Lindsay Rachelefsky

Experience includes development director at ACLU Foundation of Southern California.  Attended Columbia University in The City of New York.

New England 


Director, Women's Leadership Forum  Claire Olszewski

(March 2013)  Midwest deputy finance director at Obama for America, May 2011-Nov. 2012, then same position for the Inaugural Committee.  Advance staffer (Jan.-March 2011) and scheduling and advance intern (Aug. 2010-Jan. 2011) in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama.  Undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, 2010.

Director, African American Leadership Council  Aaron Carr

Worked in finance on Obama's 2012 campaign.  Recruiter for the Midtown Group.  Special assistant to Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, 2008-11.  B.A. in public health from University of Maryland College Park, 2010.

Director, LGBT Leadership Council    

Director of Events  Ellen Thrower
(since 2003)  Deputy director of the DNC's Jefferson Trust, 2000-03.  Marketing/circulation in the publishing division at Barney Magazine (Lyrick Studios in DFW area, 1998-2000.  Public relations for Resource 3, Inc. 1997-98.  Marketing/circulation for D Magazine, 1995-97.  Attended University of Mississippi.


Marketing Director  Collin Ward

(Nov. 2014)  Senior director at Newport Creative Communications, July 2010-Nov. 2014.  Account supervisor at Epsilon, Jan. 2009-June 2010.  Senior account manager at DBM Group, Oct. 2006-Dec. 2008.  Marketing specialist at Ingram Micro, Jan. 2005-Oct. 2006.  Marketing and internal communications associate at ADP, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2004. M.A. in political communication from The Johns Hopkins University, 2012; B.A. in marketing from Azusa Pacific University, 2003.

Marketing Manager  Katja Greeson

(Nov. 2014)  State Party Victory Fund coordinator at the DNC, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Development and finance at USAction, June-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on the Committee to Elect Van Duyn in Buncombe Co. NC, June-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2012.


Compliance Director  Alan Reed

(Jan. 2008) Previously worked as a consultant for LexisNexis specializing in public records research for non-profits, 2001-07. Deputy director of compliance at the DNC, 1996-2001. M.A. in international relations from University of Kentucky, 1994; B.A. double major in history and political science from Northern Kentucky University, 1992.

Deputy Compliance Director  Chelsea Cook

Also held this position in the 2008 cycle.

Deputy Compliance Director  Laura Lopez

(March 2011; note served as a Obama GOTV volunteer in the close of the campaign)  Media liaison at PETA, 2009-10.  Compliance researcher at the DNC, latter half of 2008.  Executive assistant to photographer Ruth Litoff, first part of 2008.  Director of Amos Eno Gallery, 2004-06.  Bachelor's degree in art from New York University, 2003.

Deputy Compliance Director  Kevin Snowden

(Sept. 2008)  Organizer/compliance associate on the Hillary for President campaign.  Teller supervisor at BB&T, 2005-07.

FEC Reports Manager  Jessica TeSelle

(Aug. 2011)  Comptroller at Gillibrand for Senate from April 2009.  Compliance director on John Edwards for President, 2007-09.  Compliance director on Cantwell 2006.  B.A. in political science from University of Washington, 2005.


Chief Financial Officer  Brad Marshall

CFO at the DNC since 1992. Previously he worked for a decade as a CPA in Lexington, KY, 1982-92. Financial vice president and controller for Melco Construction in London, KY, 1980-82. Senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Lexington, 1978-80. Staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Lexington, 1976-78. Bachelor's degree in accounting from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

Controller  Manisha Patel, CPA

(Aug. 2010)  Senior assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2006-10.  Master's in accounting and BSBA/BSIS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Senior Staff Accountant  Kaley Chenot, CPA

(May 2011)  Assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2008-11.  Teller at Amboy Bank, 2005-06.  B.S., B.A. in accounting, economics from Elon University, 2008.


Director of Human Resources  Kristele Pyles

(April 2015)  Previously associate director of human resource from Sept. 2010.  Studied at Hampton University.

Chief Diversity Officer  Greg Hinton

(announced Oct. 17, 2011; shared with DCCC)  Comes to the DNC from position as chief diversity officer of U.S. Cellular; started at U.S. Cellular in 2002 as senior director of talent strategies and diversity.  Director of global sourcing at Abbott Laboratories, 1997-2002.


Director of Party Affairs  Patrice Taylor

Deputy director in the 2008 cycle; started with Party Affairs in June 2006 after working in the Research Department since September 2005. Previously worked in Gov. Mark Warner's office and in Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)'s office.

Special Assistant  Alecia Dyer

(started with Party Affairs in Feb. 2005)  At the DNC since February 2001.

Deputy Director of Party Affairs  Courtney Federico
Started at the DNC as special assistant to the CEO from Jan. 2014-June 2015.  Assistant to the executive director at EMILY's List, June-Dec. 2013.  Public engagement intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Jan.-May 2013.  Field organizer in Nashua, NH for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012; started as an Organizing Fellow in Boston in the summer.  B.A. in international relations from Boston University, 2012.