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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:

Credentials - Co-chairs:

Resolutions - Co-Chairs:

    Caucus and Council chairs and vice chairs:
Constituency caucuses: Black - Virgie Rollins.  Hispanic - Iris Martinez.  Women - Lottie Shackleford.  LGBT - Earl Fowles.  AAPI - Bel Leong Hong.
    Regional caucuses: East - Nancy DiNardo.   Midwest - Rhine McLin.  South - Gilda Cobb Hunter.   West - Aleita Huguenin.
    Councils: Youth - Jason Rae.     Seniors.     Native American - Rion Ramirez.     Ethnic.     Small Business.     Rural.    Veterans & Military Families.   Labor.

Nine Elected Officers*

*Chairman  Tom Perez

(elected Feb.25, 2017)  U.S. Secretary of Labor, July 2013-Jan. 2017.  Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, Oct. 2009-July 2013.  Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Jan. 2007-Oct. 2009.  Elected to Montgomery County Council, in 2002 and served to 2006, including as president, 2004-05.  Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, 2001-07.  Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  Advisor to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, 1995-98.  Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno.; and federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, 1989-95.  Law clerk for Judge Zita Weinshienk of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1987-89.  J.D. from Harvard Law School and M.P.P. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, 1987; B.A. in international relations and political science from Brown University, 1983.  twitter

Deputy Chair  U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison

(Feb. 25, 2017; runner-up candidate for DNC chair)  Represents Minnesota's 5th CD, first elected Nov. 2006.  Elected to the Minnesota House in 2002 and re-elected in 2004.  Attorney at Hassan & Reed Ltd.  Executive director of the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis.  Attorney at Lindquist & Vennum.  J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School, 1990; B.A. in economics from Wayne State University, 1987.  Born and raised in Detroit, MI.  twitter

Counselor and Associate Chair  Jaime Harrison

(Candidate for DNC chair but withdrew on Feb. 23 and endorsed Perez)  Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party from May 4, 2013, and principal at the Podesta Group from 2008.  Floor director and counsel to U.S. House Office of the Majority Whip, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008.  Executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, Jan.-Dec. 2006.  Policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2005.  COO of College Summit, Aug. 1999-Dec. 2002.  Teacher (longterm temp.) and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Aug. 1998-June 1999.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 2004.  B.A. in political science from Yale University, 1998.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Will Hailer

(announced June 9, 2017)  Political director on Rep. Ellison's campaign for DNC chair.  Vice president of creative and campaign services at BerlinRosen.  Executive director of the Texas Democratic Party from late April 2013.  District director and earlier campaign manager for U.S. Rep Keith Ellison (MN-05).  Director of development for the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus.  Additional experience includes various leadership positions for the Democratic House Caucus in Minnesota, recounts of Al Franken and Mark Dayton, and caucus organizing work for the Dean, Edwards, and Clinton campaigns.  B.A. in political science from Concordia College.  twitter

Director, Office of DNC Leadership  Julie Green

(May 2017)  Previously director of the Office of the Secretary from May 2014.  Deputy political director, assistant political director (Aug. 2011-May 2012) and campaign operation analyst (June 2007-Aug. 2011) at the AFL-CIO.  Account executive at MSHC Partners, June 2002-June 2007.

Deputy Director, Office of DNC Leadership  Colby Moore

(May 2017)  Previously surrogates manager (Sept. 2016-May 2017), general election special projects manager (June-Sept. 2016) and executive assistant to the national political director (Sept. 2015-June 2016) at the DNC.  B.A. in politics and international affairs from Wake Forest University, 2015; internships including DNC political department in summer 2014.

Vice Chairs
(roles and responsibilites announced April 19, 2017)

*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. Grace Meng

(elected Jan. 29, 2015, succeeding Rep. Tulsi Gabbard)  Represents New York's 6th CD (Queens), first elected in Nov. 2012.  Member of the New York Assembly, first elected in Nov. 2008.  Attorney.  J.D. from Yeshiva University, 2002; undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, 1997.  twitter

*New York Assemblyman Michael Blake

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Member of the State Assembly representing the 79th District (the Bronx), first elected in 2014; also national consultant for ATLAS Strategy Group from Jan. 2013.  Senior advisor to the chairman of Operation HOPE, Feb.-July 2014; and director of public policy and external affairs on Green For All, Jan-July 2014.  Campaign manager on Saujani for NYC Public Advocate, Feb.-Sept. 2013.  Operation Vote deputy director on Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Deputy Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement where he directed outreach to the African-American and minority business communities.  In the 2008 general election campaign Blake served as deputy state director/political director for the Obama-Biden campaign in Michigan; he started as deputy political director on Obama's Iowa caucus campaign.  Director of external affairs for the Michigan House of Representatives.   West Michigan campaign organizer for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus, organizing three state house campaigns, 2006.  Member of the inaugural class of Obama's Hopefund "Yes We Can" training program.  Graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 2004.  From the Bronx.  twitter

*Karen Carter Peterson - Civic Engagement and Voter Participation

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, first elected April 28, 2012.  Counsel at Denton's in New Orleans since 2014.  State Senator representing District 5 (New Orleans and parts of Jefferson Parish), since 2010; previously served a decade in the Louisiana House of Representatives.  J.D. from Tulane University Law School, 1995; B.B.A. in international business and marketing from Howard University School of Business, 1981.  twitter

*Ken Martin - ASDC President 

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Chair of the Minnesota DFL, first elected Feb. 5, 2011; re-elected in  2013, 2015 and 2017.  Executive director of WIN Minnesota, then managed the 2010 gubernatorial campaign recount.  Campaign manager for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment campaign, 2008; worked on the Mike Hatch for Governor campaign, 2008.  Political director for the Minnesota Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2004; campaign director for John Kerry's Minnesota caucus campaign.  Campaign manager of Buck Humphrey's campaign for Minnesota Secretary of State in 2002.  Deputy state director of Al Gore's presidential campaign in Minnesota in 2000.  Political director for the Minnesota DFL Party, 1998.  Field director on the Kansas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, 1996.  Campus organizer on the Clinton-Gore campaign, 1992.  B.A. in political science and history from the University of Kansas.  twitter

Executive Director/Director of State Party Programs  Maureen Garde

Director of state party programs since March 2014.  Started at the DNC in 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.

Operations Director  Bridget Hebbard

(July 2016)  Deployed to Michigan for GOTV operations, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Prior to starting as operations director, Hebbard served as a compliance research associate (May 2015-June 2016) and started as Mame Reiley Fellow (Jan.-May 2015) at the DNC.  Field organizer in Boulder for the Colorado Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014.  B.S. in international studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.

Senior Advisor, ASDC  Ann 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.

State Partnership Program

*Treasurer  Willliam "Bill" Derrough

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Investment banker and co-head of the recapitalization and restructuring group at Moelis & Company, started there in 2008.  Previously at Jeffries & Company (from 1998), Doyle & Boissier (1997-98), Chanin & Company (1991-97) and started as an analyst on the bond desk at Salomon Brothers (1989-91). B.A. degree from UC Berkeley.  twitter  >

*Secretary  Jason Rae

(elected Feb. 25, 2017)  Senior associate at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee; and founder (2012) and executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  B.A. in history and political science from Marquette University, 2009; served as chair of Marquette College Democrats and elected chair of the College Democrats of Wisconsin in 2008.  Elected a member of the DNC in 2004 at age 17.  From Rice Lake, WI.  twitter

Director of the Secretary's Office  Miles Fernandez

(May 2017)  Previously deputy engagement director for youth and seniors (from Nov. 2015), rural, seniors and small business deputy community engagement director (June-Nov. 2015) and special assistant to the Director of Community Engagement (July 2014-June 2015).  B.A. from University of Washington, 2013.

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.

Special Assistant to the Office of the Secretary  Izeah Garcia

(June 2017)  Undergraduate degree in history of public policy, american trade policy and capitalism from UC santa Barbara, 2017; president of UCSB Campus Democrats, 2016-17.

*National Finance Committee Chair  Henry R. Muñoz III

(from Jan. 22, 2013 meeting; re-elected Feb. 25, 2017)  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

Vice Chairs (announced Oct. 11, 2017)

National Advisory Board  Chair Elizabeth Frawley Bagley


Chief Executive Officer  Jess O'Connell  

(announced May 12, 2017)  Executive director of EMILY's List from 2014.  Chief of staff and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress, 2011-14.  National field director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, 2010-11.  Senior manager at ONE Campaign, 2009.  National director of operations on Hillary Clinton for President, Nov. 2006, resigned March 2008.  Finance director/deputy campaign manager on Phil Hare's successful 2006 campaign for Congress (IL-17); deputy campaign manager on Peggy Lamm's unsuccessful 2006 primary campaign for Congress (CO-7).  COO at EchoDitto Inc., 2005-06.  Development director at the Children's Defense Fund, 2005.  Deputy director of major gifts and events at EMILY's List, 2003-05.  M.B.A. from University of Denver-Daniels College of Business; B.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder.  [O'Connell is the first LGBT CEO of the DNC]  twitter

Chief of Staff  Sam Cornale

(announced June 9, 2017)  Deputy chief of staff (April 2016-Jan. 2017), senior advisor to the Secretary (May 2014-April 2016), speechwriter (Oct. 2013-May 2014) and senior advisor to the Acting Secretary (Feb.-Oct. 2013) at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Policy director for the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania, April-Nov. 2012.  Policy advisor (July 2010-April 2012) and special assistant (March 2009-July 2010) to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  Member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team in the Labor, Education, and Transportation Working Group, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2009.  Worked on Obama\'s 2008 campaign in Wisconsin as a regional field director in the general election; started as an Obama Organizing Fellow in Stevens Point (Portage County), WI.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin.  Madison, WI native.  twitter

Administrative Assistant  Michael Kikukawa
(July 2017)  B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2017; interned on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.


Chief Operating Officer  Laura Chambers

(announced June 9, 2017)  Chief of staff of the Peace Corps from June 2014.  Deputy executive director of management for the Global Aids Alliance from Oct. 2009.  Chief operating office at Civic Ventures, 2007-Oct. 2009.  President of Hannah House, 1995-2009.  Vice president at Advocacy Institute/Leadership for a Changing World, 1995-2005.  Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, 1984-86.  Bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary, 1983.


Political and Organizing Director  Amanda Brown Lierman

(announced June 9, 2017)  Campaign director at For Our Future from May 2016.  Executive director of the National Women's Business Council, May 2014-May 2016.  National political director of Rock the Vote, Oct. 2011-April 2014.  Advisor for strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Energy, Feb. 2010-Oct. 2011.  Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Regional surrogate director and family desk (July-Nov. 2008), state surrogate director (Feb.-June 2008) and political assistant (Aug. 2007-Jan. 2008) at Obama for America.  B.A. in government and sociology from Dartmouth College, 2007.  twitter

Regional Political and Organizing Directors
Northeast  Mansoor Khadir

A regional field director for the DCCC, 2015-17.  Field manager for No Kid Hungry at Share Our Strength, 2013-15.  Political parties trainer/resident program officer at National Democratic Institute in Cairo, Egypt, 2011-12.  Program manager for the Islamic Medical Association of North America in Haiti, 2010.  Coordinated campaign manager on Diane Denish for Governor (NM), 2010.  Field director on Tom Udall for U.S. Senate (NM), 2008.  Regional director on Bill Richardson for President in Waterloo, IA, 2007.  Campaign staff on Spencer for Congress (IA), 2006.  Field organizer on Blouin for Governor (IA), 2005-06.  Campaign coordinator on a city council campaign in Ames, IA, 2005.  Field organizer for U.S. PIRG in Ames, 2003-04.  B.S. in economics from Iowa State University.

Political and Organizing Chief of Staff  Jack Vickers

(Sept. 2017)  Previoiusly Midwest political director (Jan. 2016-Sept. 2017), political staff assistant (Sept. 2014-Jan. 2016) and political intern (May-Sept. 2014) at the DNC.  Master's degree in legislative affairs from The George Washington University, 2013; B.A. in history and politics from The University of Sheffield, 2012.



Communications Director  Xochitl Hinojosa                     

(announced April 4, 2017)  Director of coalitions press on Hillary for America, reported May 2015 to Nov. 2016.  Senior managing director (from Dec. 2014) and press secretary (Aug. 2013-Dec. 2014) at the U.S. Department of Labor under Sec. Tom Perez.  Communications director to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (HI), Jan.-Aug. 2013.  Communications director on Berkley for Senate in Nevada, June-Nov. 2012.  Public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, July 2009-May 2012.  Graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.  From Texas.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Adrienne Watson

(announced April 4, to day, Trump war room, national reporters)  Rapid response spokesperson on Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Communications director (2015-16) and deputy communications director and director of surrogates (2013-15) at Correct The Record.  Press secretary for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN), 2013.  Communications director/press secretary to U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA), 2011-13.  Press assistant, staff assistant and intern to U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (IN), 2009-11.  B.A. in history from Indiana University.  Originally from Carmel, Indiana.  twitter

Regional Deputy Communications Director  Sabrina Singh

Previously deputy communications director at American Bridge.  A regional communications director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  Communications director on Katie McGinty's campaign for U.S. Senate (PA), 2015-June 2016.  Senior associate at SK­DKnick­er­bock­er from Jan. 2015.  Deputy com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or at the DGA.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL).  Deputy press secretary at the DCCC in the 2012 cycle; started there in early 2011 as a press assistant.  twitter

Press Secretary  Michael W. Tyler
(announced April 4, 2017)   Press secretary on Perez's bid for DNC chair.  Communications director on Russ Feingold's 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.  Director of African American Media and Southern regional press secretary at the DNC.  Press secretary on Michele Nunn's 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia.  Communications specialist for the Atlanta City Council from June 2011.  Strategist on a City Council campaign in Washington, DC, 2010.  A field organizer in Virginia on Obama's 2008 campaign.  B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University.  twitter

Spokesperson  Daniel Wessel

(May 2017)  Virginia press secretary on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Press secretary (May 2015-May 2016) and press assistant (Nov. 2013-April 2015) at Correct The Record.  B.S. in economics from University of Delaware-Lerner College of Business,  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Brian Gabriel Jr.

Press assistant (May 2015-Jan. 2017) and associate (Sept. 2014-Jan. 2015) at the White House.  B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans, 2014.  Military journalist in the U.S. Marine Corps, Sept. 2007-Sept. 2011.  

Hispanic Media Director and Regional Press Secretary  Francisco J. Pelayo

(July 2017)  Hispanic media director on Tom Perez for DNC chair, Jan.-Feb. 2017.  Florida Hispanic press director on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.   Senior elections coordinator April 2015-Aug. 2016) and social media community manager-news (Nov. 2013-March 2015) at Univision Communications Inc..  Deputy director of international operations at Campaigns & Elections magazine, June 2012-Nov. 2013.  Projects coordinator at Centro Interamericano de Gerencia Politica, Dec. 2010-May 2012.  Corporate regulatory and affairs executive for British American Tobacco, Nov. 2007-Dec. 2009.  Master's degree in peace studies and conflict resolution from Università degli Studi di Torino, 2010; Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2008.  twitter

AAPI Media Director and Regional Press Secretary  Vedant Patel

(May 2017)  Communications director on Mike Honda for Congress, Nov. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications director to U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (CA), Jan. 2013-Nov. 2015.  M.B.A. from UF Hough Graduate School of Business, 2017; B.S. in biology from UC Riverside, 2012.  twitter

Midwest Regional Press Secretary  Mandy McClure

(May 2017)  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications director at Americans for Tax Fairness, Feb.-Oct. 2015.  Iowa press secretary (July 2014-Jan. 2015), deputy press secretary (June 2012-July 2014) and staff assistant (Sept. 2011-June 2012) to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (IA).  Executive assistant at United Financial Systems, Aug. 2009-Jan. 2011.  B.A.  in journalism and mass communication from University of Iowa, 2009.  twitter

Director of LGBTQ Media/Press Associate  Joel Kasnetz

(Jan. 2017)  Regional GOTV director in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Hillary for America, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Press assistant/research for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, July 2015-March 2016.  Campaign manager on Carmen Scholes for City Council, Jan.-March 2015.  B.A. in political science from University of Vermont, 2015.  twitter

Senior Advisor/Special Projects  John Neffinger
(announced April 4, 2017)  President of The Franklin Forum from July 2013.  Principal at KNP Communications, 2005-June 2013.  Communications director for the Truman National Security Project, 2007-08,  Communications director at the Belfer Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Oct. 2003-March 2005.  Associate director, Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, July 2002-Oct. 2003.  Director at Corporate Executive Board, 2000-02.  Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, 1998-2000.  J.D. from Columbia Law School, 1998; B.A. in psychology and public policy from Harvard University, 1993.  twitter

National Broadcast Media Manager  Lucas Acosta

(March 2016)  National radio broadcast manager on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2016.  Senior communications associate at Marathon Strategies, LLC, Dec. 2015-July 2016.  Director of communications and legislation in the Office of NY City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Sept. 2014-Nov. 2015.  B.A. in political science, religious ethics from Middlebury College, 2014.   twitter

?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 Director  Tessa Simonds

(Jan. 2017)  Previously deputy digital director (from May 2016) and digital organizing director (from July 2015) at the DNC.  Digital director for the Texas Democratic Party, April 2013-June 2015.  Online campaigns manager at Free Press, Oct. 2009-April 2013.  Teaching fellow at the New Organizing Institute, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Field director on John Olver for Congress, June-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in English, social thought and political economy from University of Massachusetts,Amherst, 2008; A.A. from MassBay Community College, 2005.  twitter

Community Management Director  Sean Kornegay

(May 2017...previously senior email campaigner from May 2014)  Field and message consultant on campaigns in Phoenix and Los Angeles, Feb.-April 2013.  Field organizer in Las Vegas on Organizing for America, Nevada State Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2012.  Paralegal specialist in the U.S. Army, Nov. 2008-Nov. 2011.  B.A. in English-Literature from North Carolina Central University, 2008.


 - digital outreach, online fundraising, and marketing -

Chief Mobilization Officer  Caitlin Mitchell

(announced Aug. 25, 2017)  Vice president of digital at EMILY's List from Apr. 2015.  Deputy digital director at the DNC, July 2014-Apr. 2015.  Email director at Organizing for Action, Feb. 2013-July 2014.  Email writer for Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Research director at AKPD Message and Media, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Digital director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Oct. 2010-Mar. 2011.  Staff assistant at AKPD Message and Media/ASK Public Strategies, Feb.-July 2009.  B.S. in communication studies, public advocacy from Ohio University, 2007.

Message Mobilization Director  Kat Skiles

(Aug. 2017)  Senior marketing strategist for Human Rights Campaign, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017.  Senior advisor and digital director to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, July 2014-July 2016.  Vice president of marketing and communications for NGP VAN, Feb.-July 2014.  Press secretary and digital director to the U.S. House Democratic Caucus, July 2012-Feb. 2014.  Digital director for the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Jan. 2011-July 2012.  Press assistant for the U.S. House Committee on Science & Technology, July 2010-Jan. 2011.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (CA), April 2008-July 2010.  B.A. in political science from Dominican University of California, 2007.  Utah native.  twitter

Regional Mobilization Directors 
Julie Thompson

(May 2017)  Digital assistant at the DNC from March 2016.  Special assistant to the Michigan Senate Minority Leader (Oct. 2015-March 2016) and digital communications specialist (Jan. 2015-Feb. 2016) in the Michigan State Senate.  B.A. in English language and literature, general from Michigan State University, 2014.


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

Research Associates


Chief Technology Officer  Raffi Krikorian

(July 2017)  Senior director for self driving (software) at Uber ATG, March 2015-March 2017.  Vice president of engineering-platform at Twitter, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2014.  Co-founder of WattzOn, Aug. 2008-March 2011.  Senior partner and founder at Synthesis Studios, Jan. 2005-July 2009.  S.B. (2000) and M.Eng. (2002) in EECS and S.M. in media arts and sciences/physics and media (2004) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  twitter


National Finance Director  Emily Mellencamp Smith

(announced June 9, 2017)  Owner of EMS Strategies, LLC from Jan. 2017.  National finance director on Maggie Hassan for NH from Oct. 2015. National finance director on Kamala Harris for Senate, April-Sept. 2015.  National finance director on Al Franken for Senate, May 2013-Feb. 2015.  Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH), Jan.-May 2013.  National finanace director on Kuster for Congress, March 2011-Feb. 2013.  Finance director on Alvin Brown for Mayor (Jacksonville, FL), Jan.-March 2011.  Finance director on Kosmas for Congress (FL), July-Nov. 2010.  Finance director on Rosa for Maine, May 2009-July 2010.  Campaign manager on Dan Smith for Mayor, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2009.  Aide on EMILY's LIst/Jill Long Thompson for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science from Unviersity of Pennsylvania, 2008; interned at the DNC in 2007.


Director, Women's Leadership Forum  

Director, African American Leadership Council 

Director, LGBT Leadership Council

Director of Surrogates for Finance and Chief of Staff to the National Finance Chair  Alex Hoffman

(May 2017)  Previously DNC deputy chief of staff for finance (March 2016-May 2017), assistant to the national finance chair (Jan. 2015-March 2016), finance assistant (Sept.-Dec. 2014) and finance intern (Jan.-Sept. 2014).  Degree in political science and government from American University; president of AU College Democrats, April 2013-April 2014.


Director of Marketing  Katja Greeson

(Jan. 2017)  Previously deputy director of marketing (from April 2015), marketing manager (Nov. 2014-March 2015) and State Party Victory Fund coordinator (Jan.-Nov. 2014) at the DNC.  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.

Deputy Director of Marketing  Lauren Williams

(Aug. 2017)  Direct marketing manager (May 2015-Aug. 2017), direct markeing assistant (Jan. 2014-May 2015) and intern (Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014) at EMILY's List.  B.A. in psychology and studio art from University of Virginia.


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.


Interim CFO  Charles Olivier

(announced Sept. 5, 2016)  Deputy CFO and controller on Hillary for America from April 2015.  Chief operating officer at Smoot Tewes Group from June 2013.  Senior accountant (May 2012-May 2013) and staff accountant (June 2011-May 2012) at Obama for America.  B.A. in accountancy, business administration from University of Illinois, 2011.

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.


Director of Human Resources  Kristele Pyles

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


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 Sept. 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.