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Friends of Bernie Sanders (Senate
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.
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.
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.
President of Devine, Mulvey, Longabaugh since
Mike Donilon formed D&D Media in 2005. President of Shrum,
& Donilon, Inc. At the media consulting firm Doak Shrum and
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
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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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
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
Communications Director Michael Briggs
(with Sen. Sanders since 2007) Press
secretary to Sen. John Edwards (NC), 1999-2005. Spokesman
U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (IL), 1997-98. Press secretary to
U.S. Sen. Paul
Simon (IL). Reporter for the Chicago
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.