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Friends of Bernie Sanders (Senate Campaign Committee)

Managing Director  Nick Carter

(Sept. 2014; also for Progressive Voters of Vermont)  Public affairs coordinator of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, April 2012-Sept. 2014.  Project manager/network coordinator for CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Feb. 2009-April 2012.  Field organizer for the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, Jan.-April 2009.  Scheduler and organizer for the Vermont Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science, economics from University of Vermont, 2008.  twitter

Political Director and Treasurer [also Outreach Director in the Senate Office]  Phil Fiermonte

(started with Sanders in Aug. 2002; described as Sanders' "longtime campaign manager")  Executive director of United Professions of Vermont/AFT, AFL-CIO, Dec. 1999-Aug. 2002.  B.S. in sociology from University of Vermont, 1978.

Christina (Tina) B. Scanlon

Progressive Voters of Vermont (leadership PAC)

On Nov. 11, 2014 the Washington Post's Robert Costa reported that top Democratic strategist Tad Devine had signed on to help Sanders if he runs.

Tad Devine

President of Devine, Mulvey, Longabaugh since 2007.  With Mike Donilon formed D&D Media in 2005.  President of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, Inc.  At the media consulting firm Doak Shrum and Associates, Inc. from 1993 until it split in early 1995.  Extensive experience on presidential campaigns: Senior advisor and strategist on Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2003-04.  Senior strategist on the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000.  Campaign manager on Sen. Bob Kerrey's 1992 presidential campaign.  Director of delegate selection and field operations for Mike Dukakis' campaign in 1987-88, and in the Fall, campaign manager for VP nominee Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.  Worked on Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign in the Florida primary, as deputy delegate director, and in the Fall as executive assistant to the campaign manager.  Started in politics in 1980 helping track delegates for Jimmy Carter.  Devine has also worked as a strategist and consultant on campaigns overseas.  Other experience includes: Assistant to the president of Boston University, 1991-93.  Chief of staff to the Mayor of Providence, RI, 1989-90.  Associate attorney at the law firm of Winston & Strawn, 1985-87.  J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, 1982; B.A. in American history from Boston University, 1978.  Born in Providence, RI.  

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Senior Staff

Chief of Staff  Michaeleen Crowell 

(from April 2013)  Previously legislative director to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (GA), worked for him from 2005-13.  Legislative director and counsel for the U.S. Rep. Denise Majette (GA).  Practiced health care, business, and civil law in Atlanta.  Undergraduate (1996) and law (1999) degrees from Boston University.  Native of Lowell, MA.

Deputy Chief of Staff  Margaret Van Tassell

Started with Sanders as administrative director in 2007.  Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, 2000-05.

Administrative Director and Scheduler  Jacob Gillison

(from early 2014)  Previously office manager and scheduler to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (GA) for nearly 14 years.  Served in the U.S. Air Force for almost two decades.  B.S. degrees in business administration and economics from Benedict College, and a degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Native of Beaufort, SC.


Legislative Director  Caryn Compton

Previously legislative director to U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX).  J.D. from The Catholic University of America; Master's degree from University of Arizona; B.A. from Marshall University.

Communications Director  Michael Briggs

(with Sen. Sanders since 2007)  Press secretary to Sen. John Edwards (NC), 1999-2005.   Spokesman for U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (IL), 1997-98.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (IL).  Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Press Secretary  Jeff Frank

(May 2011)  A senior research assistant for the Brookings Insititution, Oct. 2010-May 2011.  Co-founder of hearforward, a social media analytics firm based in Burlington, VT, Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, 2006-08.  M.S. in community development and applied economics from University of Vermont, 2011; B.A. in economics and political science from University of Maine, 2006.

Outreach/State Director  Phil Fiermonte

(Aug. 2002; also described as Sanders' "longtime campaign manager")  Executive director of United Professions of Vermont/AFT, AFL-CIO, Dec. 1999-Aug. 2002.  B.S. in sociology from University of Vermont, 1978.