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National Senior Advisor, and Florida Chief Strategist Karen Giorno
(expanded role announced
2016) Southeast regional political director from March 2015 after
serving as state director for the Florida primary campaign (announced Oct. 2,
2015). Principal and founder (April 2005) of Kingston
Public Affairs in New York. 25 years experience in public
relations, communications, organizational management, and presidential
advance operations. Florida state director of American Commitment
(group founded by Phil Karpen), Jan. 2012-Feb. 2013. Director of
external affairs in the Office of
Gov. Rick Scott (FL), 2011-12. Director of press advance and
operations at Meg Whitman for Governor (CA), March-Nov. 2010.
Senior advance rep. for First Lady Laura Bush, Sept. 2003-Jan.
2009. Senior advance rep., press advance and scheduler for the
office of former President George H.W. Bush, Jan. 2001-March
2007. B.A. in political science and communications from Marymount
State Director Jennifer Locetta
(announced July 18, 2016) Deputy state director
on Trump's Florida primary campaign, announced Nov. 2015. Florida
Colorado, 2006-11. B.A. in American studies from University of
Communications Director David Chiokadze
(July 2016) Earlier served as chief state
delegation whip at the
Republican National Convention, as Rhode Island state director, and
from Dec. 2015-March 2016 as a field consultant in NH, SC, TX, OH and
WI. Studied finacial management and economics at Salve Regina
University. From Newport, RI.
Senior Advisor for Battleground Communications Susie Wiles
(reported by The
Sean Sulllivan on Aug. 29, 2016) Managing partner of the
Jacksonville office of Ballard Partners since 2011 and principal at
Right Coast Strategies from 2011. Initial campaign manager
on Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, started as executive director
of H-PAC in late Jan. 2011; resigned July 21, 2011. Campaign
manager on Rick Scott's successful run for Governor of Florida,
2010. Chief of communications and special initiatives under
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton for five years through June 2008.
Principal at Wiles Consulting, Inc. 2001-04. Co-managing partner
in the Florida office of APCO Worldwide, 2000-01. Senior
executive under Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney including as his chief
of staff, 1995-99. District director to U.S. Rep. Tillie K.
Fowler (FL), 1992-95. Deputy director of operations for the vice
presidential campaign on Bush-Quayle '88. Principal at Summerall,
Smith & Wiles, 1984-86. Special assistant to U.S. Secretary
of Labor Ray Donovan, 1982-83. Special Assistant (scheduler) to
President Reagan, 1980-81. Deputy director of scheduling on
Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. Staff assistant to
U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp (NY), 1979-80. B.A. in English from
University of Maryland.
"senior Trump campaign officials and the RNC agreed to open 25 Florida field offices and install more than 200 paid staff on the ground in the state by Labor Day" See: Johnathan Swan. "Trump campaign plans rapid Florida expansion." The Hill, Aug. 13, 2016.
Republican National Committee
State Director Brian Barrett
(July 2015) RNC Victory director for Georgia in
staff to the Montana Senate President during the 2013 session.
Deputy chief of staff at Montanans for Rehberg, Jan. 20011-Dec.
2012. Campaign manager on Jeff Miller for Congress, Feb.-Dec.
ballot director for the Republican Party of Virginia, 2009. B.S.
in political science and government from Rollins College, 2007. twitter
Deputy State Director and Director of Hispanic Initiatives Alex Garcia
(July 2015; director of Hispanic Initiatives from Oct.
Legislative aide to state Rep. Michael Bileca, Jan. 2011-Sept.
2013. Campaign manager on Michael Bileca for State Rep., May-Nov.
2012. Legislative aide (Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011) and district aide
(Jan.-Nov. 2010) to state Sen. Anitere Flores. Deputy campaign
manager on Anitere Flores for State Senate in 2010. B.S. in
health science from Florida International University, 2008. twitter
Deputy State Director Lexi R. Pursley
(Aug. 2016) Deputy director of delegate
2016) and manager of delegate
experience (Jan.-April 2016) for the 2016 Republican National
Convention. Director of operations/press
assistant to U.S. Rep.
Ted Yoho (FL) Sept. 2014-Jan. 2016. Director of operations
(July-Sept. 2014) and staff assistant (May-July 2014) to U.S. Rep. Paul
Broun (GA). Bachlelor's degree in communication studies from The
University of Georgia, 2014. twitter
Data Director Ben Shankle
(July 2015) Consultant with the Enwright
Consulting Group from
Jan. 2014. Attorney in the Florida Senate, 2011-14.
Director of research on Bill McCollum for Governor, 2009-10.
Election Day operations director for the Republican Party of Florida,
2008-09. Attorney on John McCain 2008. J.D. from Wake
Forest University School of Law, 2007; B.A. in history, political
science from University of Pittsuburgh, 2004.
Communications Director Ninio Fetalvo
(Aug. 2016) Fetalvo also serves as the RNC's
American press secretary, from Jan. 2015. He served as deputy
director of media affairs for the 2016 Republican National Convention,
May-July 2016. Earlier at the RNC he was also deputy press
secretary for California media (from Jan. 2015), APA press assistant
2014-Jan. 2015) and intern (Nov. 2013-May 2014)
at the RNC. B.A. in political communication
from The George Washington University, 2014. twitter
Chairman Rep. Blaise Ingoglia
(elected Jan. 17, 2015) Elected to the Florida House of
Representatives representing District 25 (most of Hernando County) in
2014. Businessman. Founded
and produced "Government Gone Wild" seminars in 2007.
Tournament poker player. Founded Hartland Homes, a home building
company in 2001. Founded America One Mortgage in 1998.
(announced as chairman of Trump's Florida primary campaign on Oct. 25-2015) Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from Dec. 2008 and chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota from Dec. 2008. Owner of Gruters CPA in Sarasota since Aug. 2015. CPA and tax manager at Shinn & Company LLC, Jan. 2010-July 2015. Campaign manager, political director and director of government relations for Buchanan Enterprises and Vern Buchanan for Congress, 2000-09. Vice president and project manager for Yacht Clubs of the Americas, Dec. 2006-May 2008. Project manager for Githier Development, Sept. 2004-April 2006. M.B.A. from University of South Florida's College of Business, 2002; B.S. from Florida State University's College of Business, 1999. Fourth generation Sarasotan. twitter
Treasurer Jeff Howell
Executive Director George Riley
(announced Jan. 3, 2016 as acting ex. dir., succeeding Brad Herold) Various roles at the Party since 2008 including director of party affairs, political director in 2014, member relations director, and Victory director in Central Florida in 2012. Worked on the Jeff Brandes for HD 52 and Jack Latvala for SD 16 races in 2010. Field director for the Tampa Victory Office in 2008. B.A. in history from Gettysburg College.
Florida Leadership Victory Committee
(announced Aug. 19,
RPOF Communications Director Wadi Gaitan
(May 2015; resignation reported by BuzzFeed's Adrian Carrasquillo on Aug. 8, 2016) Press secretary fo the U.S. Houser Republican Conference, Feb. 2013-May 2015. Communications director on Carlos Curbelo for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Press assistant on Romney for President, Aug.-Nov. 2012. Victory Center director in Modesto, California, May-July 2012. B.A. in communications from University of Maryland College Park, 2011. Gaitan's parents are from Honduras.