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The RNC is a confederation of state parties. Power flows from the local level up to the national level.

National Convention

Every four years.

168 Members of the RNC

Meet twice yearly. 1 Committeeman, 1 Committeewoman and 1 Chairperson from each state. Committee members terms run from Convention to Convention. (Formerly 165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Executive Committee (28 members)(Rule 6)

Sounding board for the Chair. Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.

  • 8 by Region (MW, NE, S, W) -
  • 3 Chair Appointments -
  • 17 Elected and Appointed Officers - Chairman, Co-Chair, Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary; General Counsel, Finance Chairman, Chairman of State Chairmen's Advisory Comm., Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Chairwoman  Ronna McDaniel (MI)

(announced Dec. 14, 2016; elected Jan. 19, 2017)  Previously chair of the Michigan Republican Party, elected  Feb. 21, 2015.  Has "worked as a manager for the staffing firm Ajilon, as a business manager for the video company Mills James Productions, and as a production manager for SRCP Media."  B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.  First campaign was as a driver on her mother Ronna Romney's 1994 run for U.S. Senate.  Resident of Northville.  (She is Mitt Romney's niece; daughter of Ronna Romney who married G. Scott Romney, Mitt Romney's brother). twitter

Co-Chair  Bob Paduchik (OH)

(announced Dec. 14, 2016; elected Jan. 19, 2017)  Ohio director of Trump for President from June/July 2016.  President of Agincourt Consultants, LLC, a lobbying and political consulting firm in Westerville, from Jan. 2016.  Chief of staff (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2015) and senior vice president of state affairs and outreach (Feb. 2011-Dec. 2015) at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  Managed Rob Portman's 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Vice president of client services at DCI Group, June 2006-Feb. 2009.  President of Agincourt Consultants, LLC, Jan. 2003-June 2006.  Ohio campaign manager on Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. from April 2004.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2001-Jan. 2003; was a member of the Department of Defense Transition Team.  Executive director of Bush's Ohio primary (Dec. 1999-March 2000) and general election campaigns (Aug. 2000 to year's end), while on leave from position as director of constituent affairs to Gov. Bob Taft.  Political director for Taft’s 1998 gubernatorial campaign.  Served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine; Northeast Ohio coordinator for DeWine’s 1994 U.S. Senate race.  Worked at the Ohio Department of Transportation during the gubernatorial administration of George Voinovich.  Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Akron, 1989, and an honorary certificate in applied politics from the Bliss Institute.  Native of Tallmadge, Ohio.  twitter

Chief of Staff to the Co-Chair  Molly Donlin

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC deputy political director in the 2016 and 2014 cycles (from April 2013).  Florida state manager on Romney's general election campaign; started as state director for Romney's Florida primary campaign, then went on to direct the primary campaigns in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  In 2010 Donlin directed Republicans' Michigan Victory effort.  In the fall 2008 campaign she directed Republicans' Victory 2008 effort in Arizona; earlier in the cycle she served as field director for Central Florida on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee.  Donlin was a presidential appointee in the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, where she served as assistant to the director.  Deputy director of volunteer development for the RNC from Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2006, and 72-Hour field director for Hamilton County for the Ohio Republican Party.  B.S. degree in international affairs from Xavier University in Cincinnati, 2004.  twitter

Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair  Caroline Hartman

(Mar. 2017)  RNC political training coordinator, May 2015-Mar. 2017.  B.S. in communications, public relations from Appalachian State University, 2015; chairman of Appalachian State College Republicans, Dec. 2012-Dec. 2014.

Treasurer  Tony Parker (DC)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013; re-elected Jan. 16, 2015)  President of Parker Tide, a federal government contracting company.  Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy; received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his J.D. and Masters in tax law from Georgetown Law Center.

Secretary  Susie Hudson (VT)

(elected Jan. 16, 2015)  Elected National Committeewoman from Vermont in May 2008.  Experience includes executive director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service where she oversaw the State AmeriCorps programs (appointed by Gov. Douglas in 2003).  Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party; Midwest regional legislative political director for the Republican National Committee; and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.  B.S. from University of Vermont.

General Counsel  Doyle Webb (AR)

(announced Feb. 21, 2017)  Elected chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas Dec. 13, 2008 and re-elected 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.  Attorney.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, April 2002-Jan. 2007.  Elected to two terms in the State Senate, first in 1994.  Elected Justice of the Peace in Saline County in 1986 and served for 3 terms.  J.D. and a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  twitter

Finance Chairman  Steve Wynn

(announced Jan. 31, 2017)  CEO and chairman of the board of Wynn Resorts.  B.A. in English literature from University of Pennsylvania.


Chairman of the Budget Committee  Ron Kaufman (MA)

Members of the Budget Committee: MW: .  S: .  NE: .  W: .  Plus . 
Ex-Officio Members: Chairman McDaniel, Co-Chairman Paduchik, Treasurer Parker. 

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions  Alex Willette (ME)

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Rules 

Chairman of the State Chairmen


Chief of Staff  Sara Armstrong  ...resignation reported Aug. 31, 2017 by Politico; to vice president of political affairs and federation relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(announced Jan. 24, 2017)  CEO of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Vice president of the RNC 2016 Committee on Arrangements, announced June 2015.  COO at the RNC from April 2013; deputy chief of staff at the RNC from April 2011-April 2013; director of membership services at the RNC in the 2010 cycle; started in March 2009.  Worked at the White House from June 2002 to Jan. 2009.  Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, July 2007-Jan. 2009; Director of the Visitors Office, March 2004-July 2007; Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady, Dec. 2002-March 2004; Correspondence Analyst, June 2002-Dec. 2002.  Sales/marketing manager at GMAC, 1999-2001.  Retail services officer at BBT, 1994-97.  M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, 1999; B.S. in marketing from the University of South Carolina, 1994.

Finance Director/Interim Chief of Staff  Richard Walters  ...reported Aug. 31, 2017 by Politico

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  Four-year veteran of the RNC finance team; served as regional finance director for the Northeast and Midwest.  Part of the Mitt Romney for President and Romney Victory fundraising operations.  Fundraising experience for statewide campaigns and other national political organizations

Chief Operating Officer  Maggie Boyd

(annouced March 8, 2017)  RNC operations director (from 2015) and budget director-political (2013-14).  Consultant to the Republican Party of Virginia, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Deputy director of delegate services (Jan.-Aug. 2012) and deputy director of administration (2011) for the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Associate at Pike Associates LLC, 2009-11.  In 2008 served as assistant to the vice president at the Republican National Convention, then deputy director of volunteer deployment at the RNC.  Government relations analyst (2007-08) and government relations assistant (2006-07) at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC.  Executive assistant at Hovde Financial LLC, 2004-06.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2004.

Director of Scheduling  Alana Wilson

(Mar. 2017)  Executive assistant and scheduler for U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI), June 2015-Mar. 2017.  Executive assistant at POLITICO, Oct. 2014-May 2015.  Executive assistant and scheduler for U.S. Rep. Don Young (AK), July 2012-Oct. 2014.  Legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO), Oct. 2011-July 2012.  B.A. in English language and literature, general from Wake Forest University, 2011.

Senior Advisor  Jeff Larson

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  Senior advisor to the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Director of IE at the NRSC in the 2014 cycle.  CEO of Roosevelt Group.  Chief of staff at the RNC in the 2012 cycle, announced Feb. 3, 2011 through April 2013.  In 1999 Larson and three others formed Feather Hodges Larson & Synhorst, which became FLS-DCI and then FLS Connect, a top campaign consulting firm; he sold his stake in the firm following the 2010 elections.  In the 2010 cycle Larson chaired Minnesota Future, a 527 group that was active in the governor's race.  CEO of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 2008 Host Committee.  Founded a firm call Strategic Communications.  Worked at the RNC under Lee Atwater.  Executive director of the Delaware Republican Party in 1988 cycle.  Worked on North Dakota Gov. Alan Olson's unsuccessful 1984 re-election campaign.  Deputy campaign manager on Bud Westman's campaign for U.S. Senate in North Dakota.  Degree in business administration and economics from University of North Dakota, 1982.  Grew up in Grand Forks, ND.


Political Director  Juston Johnson

(announced 2017)  RNC Midwest regional political director in the 2016 cycle, from March 2015.  Executive director of the Florida Republican Party, May 2013.  National field director for the RNC during the 2012 cycle from Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate May-Nov. 2010.  RNC deputy director of political education, Aug. 2009-May 2010.  Political director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009, and Wisconsin Victory director, Fall 2008.  Campaign manager on Van Hollen for Attorney General, 2005-06.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Sarah Nelson

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC Northeast regional political director in the 2016 cycle.  Deputy political director and national field director on Marco Rubio for President, 2015-16.  Partner at Riverwood Strategies in Eagle, ID from 2013.  Western region political director and Nevada state director on Romney for President, April 2011-Nov. 2012.  Deputy political director on Meg Whitman for Governor 2010 (CA), Apr. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager and fundraiser for Ryan Erwin & Associates in Las Vegas, Mar. 2006-Mar. 2009.  Campaign manager and fundraiser for November Inc. in Las Vegas, May 2004-Mar. 2006.  Graduate of Brigham Young University.  Grew up in Southeastern Idaho.  twitter

Director of Strategic Initiatives  Edith Jorge

(April 2017)  National field director for The LIBRE Initiative, Mar. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Political director on Susana Martinez for Governor, Mar. 2014-Jan. 2015.  Director of Hispanic outreach on Christie for Governor, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional political director (Mar. 2012-April 2013) and campaign manager (May-Nov. 2011) for the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  RNC field director in Delaware, May-Nov. 2010.  M.A. in law and governance, advanced conflict management and peace studies (2014) and B.A. in communications, political science (2010) from Montclair State University.

Regional Political Directors

Mid-Atlantic  Jon Black

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC director of turnout and targeting in the 2016 cycle and led the national voter turnout through the 2014 cycle from May 2013.  Digital political director at Romney for President, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Political analyst at Target Victory, Feb.-Nov. 2011.  Voter programs for the Michigan Republican Party, Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Republican Party of Virginia Victory, June-Nov. 2009.  Deputy director of political technology/Voter Vault (May 2008-March 2009) and a regional Voter Vault coordinator (April 2007-May 2008) at the RNC.  Worked on the Rhode Island Victory campaign in latter half of 2006, ID-ing and mobilizing likely voters in the U.S. Senate race.  Degree in political science from Allegheny College, 2006.

West  Alexis Valdez Darnell

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC Southwest regional political director in the 2016 cycle. Operations director to Gov. Susanna Martinez (NM) from May 2011.  Executive director of New Mexico Victory 2008.  Graduate of the University of New Mexico, 2006.  Native New Mexican.  twitter

Midwest  Mark Jefferson

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC director of majority retention and a regional political director during the 2016 cycle; RNC midwest regional political director from May 2011 through 2014 cycle.  Served for over four years as executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in the 2008 and 2010 cycles, including working for then Chairman Reince Priebus.  Has run several house races and was the statewide director for the state Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.  Served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Capitol for more than a decade.  B.A. from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Born in Friendship, WI.  twitter

Great Lakes  Steven Ostrow

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party under Chairwoman McDaniel from April 2015.   Advocacy director for the Michigan Freedom Fund, Feb. 2014-April 2015.  Caucus service manager for the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Office, March 2013-Feb. 2014.  Political director for the Michigan Republican Party, Sept. 2011-Feb. 2013; Victory director for the RNC, April-Nov. 2012.  Account manager at Association Management Strategies, June-Sept. 2011.  Mid-Atlantic regional Victory director for the RNC, July-Nov. 2010.  Political operations director on Steve Poizner for Governor (CA), April 2009-June 2010.  Lead representative on the Norm Coleman Senate recount in Minnesota, Nov.-Dec. 2008; field representative for the Nevada Republican Party, Sept.-Nov. 2008; field representative for the Oregon Republican Party, June-Sept. 2008.  B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, 2008.  twitter

Southeast  Russell Peck

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Campaign manager on Gov. Pat McCrory's (NC) 2016 re-election campaign.  A senior vice president of Mercury Public Affairs in Raleigh, NC.  Campaign manager on Pat McCrory's 2012 gubernatorial campaign.  twitter

Northeast  Elissa Voccola

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Most recently helped on Chris Sununu's campaign for governor of New Hampshire.  New Hampshire deputy state director on Marco Rubio for President, May 2015.  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Jan.-May 2015.  Executive director of the Connecticut Republican Party, May 2013-Jan. 2015.  Colorado field director on Romney for President from June 2012; during the primaries served as the campaign's Utah and Wyoming director, from Nov. 2011.  Political director at the Connecticut Republican Party, Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Field manager on Tim Pawlenty for President, May-Aug. 2011.  Legislative aide in the Connecticut House, Dec. 2010-May 2011.  Political director on Sam Caligiuri for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  Field representative on Simmons for U.S. Senate, Nov. 2009-May 2010. Degree in political science, history, communications from Western Connecticut State University, 2010; earlier studied at Clarkson University.  twitter

Regional Political Coordinators
Maha Nafees

(April 2017)  Regional field coordinator (Mar.-Nov. 2016) and political coordinator (Mar.-Aug. 2016) for the North Carolina Republican Party.  Regional field organizer on Donald Trump for President, Inc., Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016.  NC field associate with Americans for Prosperity, May-Sept. 2015.

Kenneth Callahan III

(April 2017)  Director of political and field operations for Republican Party of Wisconsin/Mike Gallagher for Congress, Sept.-Dec. 2016.  Delegate services assistant with the 2016 Republican National Convention, Mar.-Aug. 2016.  Direct marketing manager for the NRCC, July 2015-Mar. 2016.  Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, Jan.-June 2015; staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Joyce, Aug. 2013-April 2015.  Bachelor's degree in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University, 2013.

Jordan Moskowitz

(April 2017)  Field representative (NYC/Trump Tower) on Donald J. Trump for President, May-Nov. 2016.

Political Training Director  Benjamin Mitchell

(April 2017)  RNC New Hampshire state director, June 2015-Dec. 2016. Deputy Victory director for the Republican Party of Arkansas, June 2014-Feb. 2015.  Campaign manager on Corey Stapleton for U.S. Congress (MT), March-June 2014.  Political director on Don Huffines for Texas Senate, Dec. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Associate at Axiom Strategies, Oct.-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on Jones for Speaker (MO), June-Sept. 2013.  Statewide field director on Dan Winslow for Senate (MA), Mar.-May 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Chip Limehouse for U.S. Congress (SC), Feb.-Mar. 2013.  Regional Victory director in Fort Myers for Florida Victory, 2012.  Field director on Tisei for Congress, May-June 2012.  B.A. in economics from University of Maine, 2012.

National Field Director  Matt Dailer

(Mar. 2017)  RNC deputy director for political training, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2017.  Executive director of the West Virginia Republican Party, Jan.-Oct. 2015; state director at the West Virginia Republican Party, July 2013-Dec. 2014.    Analyst in the West Virginia Legislature, Jan.-Apr.. 2013.  West Virginia field coordinator for Victory 2012, July-Nov. 2012.  Analyst in the West Virginia Legislature, Jan.-Mar. 2012.  B.A. in political science from Marshall University, 2011.

State Directors 

(for 17 states announced Sept. 12, 2017)  AZ - Alex Melendez ... CO - Adam Johnson ... FL - Andrew Brey ... IN - Alex Johnson ... GA -
Joshua Findlay ... ME - Joe Turcotte ... MI - Lx Fangonilo ... MO - Alex Meyer ... MT - Brandon Zanon ... NV - Dan Coats ... NH - Ashley Walukevich ... NC - Robert Andrews ... OH - Rob Lagergren ... PA - Brittney Robinson ... TX - Kristy Wilkinson ... VA - Elliot Echols ... WI -
Phil Curry.

Director of Absentee and Early Vote  Bill Dunne

(May 2017)  RNC absentee and early vote coordinator, Sept. 2016-Apr. 2017.  Directed signature collection efforts in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and worked on final push in Iowa on Chris Christie for President, Inc., Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Political director (June-Nov. 2015), statewide field director (Aug. 2014-May 2015), deputy political director (Jan.-July 2014) and staff assistant (April 2013-Jan. 2014) for the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  Expenditure process owner at ConvaTec, May 2011-July 2012.  B.A. in political science from Lehigh University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy Director of Turnout and Targeting  Martin L. Singer

(Apr. 2017)  Started at the RNC as political data analyst, Nov. 2015-Apr. 2017.  Special assistant and legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Data director and deputy field director on Cotton for Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Staff associate for the U.S. House Committeee on Foreign Affairs, Jan. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Political strategy intern on Romney for President, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in international and global studies from Brandeis University, 2012.

Director of Strategic Partnerships  Mike Mears

(July 2013)  Senior director at Family Research Council Action, Jan. 2012-June 2013.  Executive director at Concerned Women for America PAC, Jan. 2006-Dec. 2011.  twitter

Western Director of Faith Engagement  Bob Crawford

(Jan. 2014 - Chicago)  Political and management consultant (The Crawford Group) in Chicago, Feb. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Director of conservative outreach for the Ohio Republican Party/Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  National field representative (March-April 2012) and Alabama state director (Feb.-March 2012) on Rick Santorum for President.  Volunteer coordinator and faith coalition coordinator on Rick Perry for President in Des Moines, IA and Greenville, SC, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Previously worked in realty.  Graduate of University of Iowa, 1987.

Director of Women's Engagement  Cheyenne Foster

(Mar. 2017)  Previously director of operations in the Office of the Co-Chair at the RNC, Aug. 2015-Mar. 2017.  Scheduler on Rand Paul for President, Mar.-June 2015.  Scheduler for U.S Rep. Tom Price (GA), Mar. 2014-Mar. 2015.  Staff assistant toe U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (GA), May 2013-Mar. 2014.  Political operative for the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Duluth, GA, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in international relations from Wesleyan College, 2012.  twitter

Director of Military and Veteran Engagement  Chad Longell

(Aug. 2017)  Founder and CEO of Transcend Operations, LLC from April 2017.  Military consultant and writer for IJR, from March 2015.  Consultant to Vykin Corporation, Oct. 2015-Aug. 2017.  Senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Sept. 2012-Aug. 2016.  B.S. in political science and government from The Catholic University of America, 2014.  Served in the U.S. Army from June 2008 including Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  From New Jersey.  twitter

Political Operations Manager  Jodie Chavez

(Mar. 2017)  Previously a regional political coordinator (May 2015-Feb. 2017); and assistant to the CFO and director of personnel (Aug. 2014-April 2015) at the RNC.  Bachelor's degree in public policy leadership from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, 2014.


Communications Director  Ryan Mahoney

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  RNC deputy communications director in the 2016 cycle, principal deputy press secretary in the 2014 cycle, and a regional press secretary during the 2012 election.  Joined the RNC in June 2011 from the Maryland Republican Party, where he served in a dual role as communications director and political director, Mar. 2010-June 2011.  Field director (Jan. 2009-Mar. 2010) and deputy communications director (started Jan. 2008) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  Communications at BT Health in London, May 2007-Jan. 2008.  Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director and Research Director  Mike Reed

(see below)

Deputy Communications Director  Lindsay Jancek

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017)  RNC Iowa communications director for the 2016 general election campaign.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN), announced April 2014, to April 2016.  Communications director for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus. A policy officer for the Lumina Foundation for Education.  Policy analyst in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Rick Gorka

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017 "regional comms., 2018, day to day")  RNC regional communications director in 2016.  Traveling press secretary on Romney for President from late Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Communications director at the New Jersey Republican Party, Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Spokesman on Charlie Baker's campaign for governor of Massachusetts, March-Nov. 2010.  Regional communications director/regional press secretary at the RNC, Oct. 2009-March 2010.  Regional political director at Freedom's Watch starting Dec. 2007, with an interlude as regional communications director (West) on the McCain-Palin campaign.  Campaign manager for state Senate candidate Mark D. Tate in Virginia in 2007.  In 2006 Gorka served as field director for U.S. House candidate Gus Bilirakis and earlier as a field representative for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris through the primary.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, 2001.  Spokane native.  twitter

Spokesperson  Kayleigh McEnany

(announced Aug. 7, 2017)  Political commentator on CNN to beginning of Aug. 2017.  Co-host on CNN’s “The Point.  Producer on The Mike Huckabee Show for three years.  J.D. from Harvard University, 2016 after starting at University of Miami Law School; studied a year at Oxford University; B.S.F.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2010.  Tampa native.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Stephanie Rivera

(April 2017)  Executive assistant at On Message, Inc., July 2016-Mar. 2017.  Executive assistant at the NRSC, Aug. 2015-July 2016.  Bachelor's degree in public communication and Spanish from American University, 2014; interned at the RNC in summer 2014.  From Florida.  twitter

Regional Communications Directors 
Christiana Purves

(April 2017)  Campaign manager and communications director on Justin Fareed for Congress (CA), Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  National deputy press secretary on Lindsey Graham 2016 presidential campaign, June 2015-Jan. 2016.  Staff in Office of Sen. Graham, July 2014-May 2015.  Communications assistant on Team Graham, Inc., Aug. 2013-July 2014.  B.A. in public relations from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2014.  twitter

Ellie Hockenbury

RNC director of media affairs in the 2014 cycle.  Communications director for RNC Victory in Colorado, April-Nov. 2012.  Deputy communications director on Phil Bryant's successful gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi.  Worked for three years in the Los Angeles branch of the Glover Park Group.  Graduate of the University of Southern California.  From Jackson, Mississippi.  twitter

Director of Hispanic Media  Yali Nunez

(May 2017)  Director of Hispanic communications on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, June 2016-Jan. 2017.  News reporter in Miami (April 2014-2016) and sports anchor and segment and field producer in Fresno (July 2013-Feb. 2014) for Univision.  Programming coordinator/on air talent/production associate for Fox Networks Group, June 2012-2013.  Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in mass communication, telecom.-news from University of South Florida, 2011.  Freelance reporter for Azteca America, 2012.  Field reporter/anchor for WFLA-TV, June-Dec. 2011.  twitter

Deputy Director of Hispanic Media  Brittany Martinez

(June 2017)  Press secretary (July 2015-Nov. 2016) and legislative correspondent (Feb.-June 2015) to U.S. Rep. Curbelo (FL).  Master's in political management from The George Washington University, 2015; bachelor's degree, double major in English and speech communication from University of La Verne, 2013.

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Rapid Response Director  Michael R. Ahrens

(reported by Politico, April 13, 2017) Spokesman on Sen. Marco Rubio's re-election campaign.  Worked on Romney for President, 2012.  twitter

Deputy Rapid Response Director  Steve Guest

(April 2017)  RNC deputy press secretary, Aug. 2016-April 2017.  Media reporter for The Daily Caller, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Associate producer for The Hugh Hewitt Show, April-July 2015.  B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2015; Associate's degree from Orange Coast College, 2013.  twitter

Deputy War Room Director  Kevin Fairbrother

(June 2017...started as a war room analyst in April 2017)  War room analyst for FP1 Strategies, LLC, May 2016-Mar. 2017.  Field coordinator on CARLY for America in New Hampshire, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2016.  Degree in political science from The George Washington University, 2015.  twitter

Press Assistant  Jake Wilkins

(Mar. 2017)  Account executive at Shirley and Banister Public Affairs, Sept. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Finance assistant on Rand Paul for U.S. Senate, June-Sept. 2016.  M.P.S. in political management from The George Washington University, 2017; B.A. in political science from Pensacola Christian College, 2016.  Originally from Oregon.  twitter

Press Assistant  Miki Carver

(May 2017)  B.B.A. from Pace University Lubin School of Business, 2017; served as a RNC digital media intern in summer 2015.  twitter

Director of Media Affairs and Surrogates  Johanna Persing

(Mar. 2017)  RNC New Hampshire communications director, Jan. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (PA), Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Communications director on Barbara Comstock for Congress, June-Nov. 2014.  Director of radio (April 2013-June 2014)  press assistant (Nov. 2011-Apr. 2013) and intern (Aug.-Nov. 2011) at the RNC.  B.A. in political science and religious studies from Gettysburg College, 2011.  twitter



Research Director and Deputy Director of Communications  Mike Reed

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Founder and president of Rive Delta Strategies LLC in Baton Rouge, LA, Feb. 2016-Feb. 2017.  Communications director (Feb. 2014-Jan. 2016) and deputy communications director (Feb. 2013-Feb. 2014) to Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA),.  Research director (Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012) and senior research analyst (2010 cycle) at the NRSC.  Researcher at McCarthy Marcus Hennings, April-Dec. 2008.  Research analyst on former Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. in public policy from Hobart College, 2006.  Boston native.  twitter

Deputy Research Director  Scott Parker

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017)  RNC director of investigations from April 2015.  Research analyst at America Rising, LLC, Jan. 2014-April 2015.  Senior legal assistant at Milstein Adelman, LLP in Los Angeles, May 2011-June 2013.  Bank teller at Washington Mutual, June 2004-July 2006.  M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University, 2015; B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara, 2010.  twitter

Assistant Research Director  Darin Gibbons

(May 2017)  Vice president of legal affairs at America Rising LLC, May 2014-May 2017.  Research and policy director at Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, Oct. 2013-April 2014.  Attorney at law in Cambridge, MA from Feb. 2013.  Contracted attorney, Sept. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Policy research coordinator and e-media manager on Charlie Baker for Governor (MA), Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010.  J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, 2012; B.S. in business finance from Endicott College, 2008.


TECHNOLOGY developers, operations, DevOps, and security
Chief Technology Officer  Puran Nebhnani

(announced Mar. 17, 2017)  RNC deputy CTO from Jan. 2016; started as director of engineering in Feb. 2014.  CTO/co-founder of BritSoft, May 2011-Aug. 2015.  Principal engineer  for various clients including National Geographic Society, US Marine Corps via SSG, Dec. 2007-Jan. 2014.  Technical lead at Pharad, LLC, March 2006-Dec. 2007.  Senior software architect and engineer at Corvis/Broadwing Communications (acquired b Level 3 Communications).  Member of technical staff at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, 2000-01.Software engineer, 1996-2000.  M.S. in computer science and software engineering from Monmouth University 1996; B.S. in electronics engineering from University of Mumbai.

DIGITAL, social media

Chief Digital Officer  Samantha Osborne

(announced Mar. 17, 2017)  RNC deputy digital director from Aug. 2016.  Digital director for the Committee on Arrangements of the 2016 Republican National Convention from Sept. 2015.  Director of client strategy at Targeted Victory, June-Aug. 2015.  Director of account strategy at Prosper Group, Feb. 2014-June 2015.  Digital manager at GolinHarris, April 2013-Feb. 2014.  National deputy digital field director at Romney for President, Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Campaign manager on Kim Simac for Senate in Wisconsin, June-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in political science and history from The Ohio State University, 2009.  twitter

Digital Director  Doug Hochberg

(April 2017)  RNC director of digital voter contact from Sept. 2016.  Deputy digital director for the 2016 Republican National Committee, Dec. 2015-July 2016.  Press secretary for American Action Forum, Feb. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Communications and advancement teams for new CEO of Hillel International, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Founder of Bullpen Digital, Feb.-Oct. 2013.  Ohio digital director on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  Project manager for Strategic Public Partners Group, 2011-12.  B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy Digital Director  Kevin Zambrano

(Mar. 2017)  RNC senior manager for online fundraising, Mar. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Digital strategist at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle.  Account manager at Conservative Connector, announced May 2013.  Deputy data analyst on Romney/Ryan.  Graduate of Syracuse University.  New Hampshire native.  twitter

Director of Digital Voter Contact  Jeff Rich

(June 2017)  Senior digital strategist at Audience Partners, Jan.-June 2017.  Client strategy manager (Mar.-Dec. 2016), analyst (Jan. 2013-Mar. 2016) and coordinator (Dec. 2011-Jan. 2013) at Targeted Victory.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College, 2010.

Director of Digital Content  Lauren Devoll

(Jan. 2017)  Digital revenue project manager at the NRCC, Feb. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Photographer (one of seven) for the 2016 Republican National Convention, July 2016.  Social community manager at the RNC, Jan. 2014-Feb. 2015, and intern, Aug.-Dec. 2013.  B.A. in communictions, leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2013.  twitter

Social Community Manager  Alexandra Swee

(June 2017)  Staff assistant and legislative correspondent in the U.S. Senate, Jan.-June 2017.  Fundraising coordinator at Targeted Victory, Feb.-Dec. 2016.  B.A. in political science from Rhodes College, 2016.

Creative Director  Jessica Woodie

(Aug. director from Mar. 2017; started as a graphic designer in Aug. 2016)  Bachelor's degree in strategic communications from Elon University, 2016.

Director of Film and Visual Media  Leigh Wolf

(June 2017)  Production manager at Conservative Review, Jan.-June 2017.  Video production manager at, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Producer with Cumulus Media (The Ethan Bearman Program in San Francisco), Nov. 2012-Mar. 2015; video producer with Meridian Pacific in the Sacramento area, June 2014-Feb. 2015.  Mac Specialist/sales at Apple in San Francisco, May 2004-Oct. 2006.  B.A. in radio and television from San Francisco State University, 2009.  Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 2008.

Email Marketing Director  Julie (Olsen) Orsinger

(Feb. 2017)  Email marketing operations manager at Targeted Victory, Oct. 2012-Feb. 2017.  M.S. in integrated marketing communications (2013) and bachelor's in advertising (2011) from West Virginia University.

Digital Project Manager  Bobby Trivett

(Jan. 2017)  Manager of data and analytics (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016), analyst (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2014) and email/marketing coordinator (Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012) at Targeted Victory.  Master's in political management from The George Washington University; B.A. in political science and B.S. in business administration, campaign management from American University, 2011.  Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania.  twitter

Digital Department Coordinator  Chad Banghart

(June 2017)  Started as the chairwoman's administrative/scheduling intern, Jan.-May 2017.  B.A. in political science, pre-law from Michigan State University, 2017; transferred from Lansing Community College.  twitter

Chief Data Officer  Ellen Bredenkoetter

(late July 2017)  Chief data officer at Data Trust, Oct. 2015-July 2017.  Deputy chief data officer at Scott Walker Inc., June-Sept. 2015; deputy chief data officer at Our American Revival, March-June 2015.  National data director (April 2014-March 2015) and regional data director (Dec. 2013-March 2014) at the NRCC.  Deputy director of political analytics (March-Nov. 2012) and political (April 2011-Feb. 2012) on Romney for President.  Political on Friends of Roy Blunt, May-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Alabama, finsihed degree in Dec. 2013.

Senior Data Advisor  Katie Walsh

(late July 2017 as reported by Politico on Aug. 31)  RNC chief of staff in the 2016 cycle (announced Jan. 27, 2015); RNC finance director in 2013-14 (announced June 6, 2013); started as RNC deputy finance director in Jan. 2013.  Deputy finance director at the NRSC starting Jan. 2009.  A regional finance director on RNC/McCain Victory 2008.  Assistant to the national finance director on the Fred Thompson campaign.  Undergraduate studies in business at The George Washington University, 2007.

Regional Data Director  Prentice Eager

(Sept. 2017)  Director of voter file development (June-Sept. 2017) and voter file development analyst (July 2016-June 2017) at Data Trust.  Regional field director in Fairfax County for the Republican Party of Virginia, Oct. 2015-July 2016.  Special assistant to the campaign manager on Scott Walker's presidential campaign, Feb.-Sept. 2015.  Finance assistant on Friends of Scott Walker, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Field director on Friends of Stewart Mills (MN), May-Nov. 2014.  Territory sales manager for Altria, May 2012-April 2014.  Bachelor's degree in Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.

Information Technology

IT Director/Director of Network Operations  Dirk Eyman

(since Jan. 2005)  IT director for Bush-Cheney ’04. Network architect at the RNC, 2000-03. University of Arizona.


Finance Director/Interim Chief of Staff  Richard Walters

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  Four-year veteran of the RNC finance team; served as regional finance director for the Northeast and Midwest.  Part of the Mitt Romney for President and Romney Victory fundraising operations.  Fundraising experience for statewide campaigns and other national political organizations

Assistant to the Finance Director  Tyler Lane

(Feb. 2017)  Data director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) and field director (May-Nov. 2016) on The Grassley Committee (IA).  Social media coordinator on Sandy Senn for Senate (SC), Jan.-Mar. 2016.  Field representative for CARLY for America in Upstate South Carolina, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.  B.S. in political science from Clemson University, 2016.

Deputy Finance Director - Direct Marketing  Jim Rowley

(at the RNC since 2007)  Deputy finance director for direct mail and phones on Bush-Cheney '04, May 2003-Aug. 2004.  B.A. in history from Mary Washington College, 1991.

Deputy Finance Director  Sarah K. Robinson

Experience includes deputy finance director at Marco Rubio for President.

South Finance Director  Elise Dickens

(Feb. 2017)  Principal at EMD Consulting LLC in Camden, ME from Mar. 2016.  Deputy finance director on Chris Christie for President, Inc., June 2015-Feb. 2016; regional finance director on Leadership Matters for America PAC, Feb.-June 2015.  Finance director on Ed Gillespie for Senate, Mar.-Dec. 2014.  Executive director on Gov. Chris Christie's 2014 inaugural committee, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Deputy finance director on Chris Christie for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Comptroller for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Mar. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, Nov. 2010-Mar. 2011.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2010.

Northeast and Florida  Taylor Lioce

(Jan. 2017)  Deputy regional finance director at the RNC, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Executive team assistant at Aethon Energy, June-Dec. 2014. B.A. in communnication studies, advertising from Southern Methodist University, 2014.

Major Donor Programs

Regents  (Director - )
Team 100  (Director - )
Eagles  (Director - )
Chairman's Advisory Board  (Director - )
President's Club  (Director - )
Majority Fund (PAC)  (Director - )


CFO/Director of Administration  Robert Owens, CPA

(Sept. 2014)  Chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration at Cassidy & Associates Inc, from June 2001.   Regional controller/CFO at Weber Shandwick-CMG, June 2005-June 2007.  Senior vice president of operations and finance at Powell Tate, March 1998-June 2001.  Director of finance at Hill & Knowlton, July 1996-March 1998.  Vice president of finance and administration at Hoffman Morrison & Fitzgerald, 1995-96.  Financial advisor at American Express Financial Advisors, 1994-95.  Director of finance for the National Victims Center, 1993-94.  Audit manager at Hoffman, Dykes & Fitzgerald, 1998-93.  Audit senior at Aronson & Company 1985-88.  B.B.A. from The College of William and Mary 1985.

Chief Accounting Officer  Steve Corder, CPA, CGMA, and MBA

(Aug. 2013)  Senior director of business operations at Citizenlink, May-Aug. 2013.  CFO at Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Jan. 2011-April 2013.  Executive director of finance at Focus on the Family, Dec. 1997-May 2010.  B.S.B.A. in management and M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver, 1982.

Director of Human Resources  Tinna Jackson 

(March 2015)  Director of administration at Equal Justice Works, July 2013-Mar. 2015).  Executive administrator for the Entertainment Software Association and Aegis Defense Services, Feb. 2012-July 2013.  Deputy chief of staff (Oct. 2007-July 2011) and director of administration, executive assistant (Feb. 2001-May 2007) to U.S. Sen. John Ensign.  Assistant to the managing partner and office scheduler at Ball Janik LLP.  B.A. In management from National Louis University.

FEC Compliance  Gordon Schoepfle

MEMBER Events and Relations

MEMBER Services

Director of Member Services  Emily (Keech) Threadgill

(April 2017)  Executive director of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee, RSLC, from April 2015.  Manager of government relations at LEVICK, Sept. 2014-Mar. 2015.  Deputy director of Member Services under Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Jan. 2012-July 2014; and staff assistant in the Office of the Majority Leader, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Graduate of Rollins College, 2010.

Deputy Director of Member Services  Mariana Herrera

(June 2017)  Finance coordinator at The Larrison Group, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Executive assistant/scheduler of the Office of the Co-Chairman at the RNC, June 2014-Sept. 2015.  B.A. in government and world affairs from University of Tampa, 2014.


Chief Counsel  John Phillippe

(July 2009)  Counsel to the McDonnell for Governor campaign in mid-2009. Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Dec. 2005-March 2009. J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, 2005; undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.

Deputy Counsel  Christina Schaengold

(June 2015 initially associate counsel)  Manager of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 2012-June 2015.  J.D. from George Mason School of Law, 2012; B.A. in political science and government from University of Florida, 2009.


2017 Summer Meeting - Nashville, TN (Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center), Aug.23-25, 2017.
2017 Winter Meeting - Washington, DC (Omni Shoreham Hotel), Jan. 17-21, 2017 (+).


Chief Data Officer  Jesse Kamzol late July 2017

(announced Jan. 28, 2015) Deputy data director in the 2014 cycle; deputy strategy director from April 2012; list development director, May 2010-April 2012; and voter registration coordinator/election data analyst, May 2008-May 2010.  Legislative assistant at Kessler and Associates, June 2007-May 2008.  Field staffer at Vern Buchanan for Congress, May-Nov. 2006.  B.A. in economics and political science from University of Michigan, 2007.

Deputy Chief Data Officer  Liam O'Rourke late July/ea. August

Previously worked on voter file development, as election data coordinator, and as a data analyst; started at the RNC in June 2009  B.A. in government from Georgetown University, 2009.

Director of Business Intelligence [Data Visualization]  Patrick C. Stewart

(July 2015)  Business development manager at Nabell USA, Oct. 2013-Feb. 2015.  Client support and software QA manager (May-Sept. 2013) and RNC data connect support technician at FLS Connect, April 2012-May 2013.  Data director for the Republican Party of Iowa, Dec. 2010-March 2012; data coordinator for the Iowa Victory Campaign, May-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.

Director of External Support  Conor Maguire late July/ea. August

Started at the RNC in Dec. 2011 working on voter data development.  Campaign manager on John Barsa for Delegate, Fall 2011.  Deputy campaign manager on Mara 2011 in mid-2011.  Connecticut Victory Director, 2010-11.  W. Mass. field director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.  Victory field director for Northern Colorado in Fall 2008.  Undergraduate degree from Villanova University, 2009.

Director of Political Data Support  Ashley Burns late July/ea. August

(2015)  Director of client services at GOP Data Trust, April 2014-April 2015; also senior analyst for Causeway Solutions, LLC from April 2014.  Strategy division at the RNC, June 2012-2014.  Data director (Jan.-June 2012) and IT coordinator (May 2011-Jan. 2012) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  B.A. in political science and Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.