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(page updated September 23, 2015)
      ...filed with the FEC on March 18, 2015 (+)
     Headquarters: 9 West Washington St., Chicago, IL

Executive Director  Will Pierce

(March 2015)  Master's degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University, 2015; bachelor's degree in political science and government from Boston College, 2011.  Veteran.  twitter

Outreach Director  Ron Jackson


National Field Director  Lindsey Holthaus

Most recently has done various internships.  Field organizer for Organizing for America in Virginia Beach, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Project accountant in Columbia, MD, Aug. 2011-April 2012.  M.P.P.  from American University, 2015; B.S. in business administration from Frostburg State University, 2010.

Communications  Sarah Ford

National Finance Chair  Jon Cooper

(July 2016)  "a top bundler for Obama in 2012" and member of Obama's national finance committee in 2008.  President of Spectronics Corporation in Westbury, NY; with the firm since 1978.  Served in the Suffolk County Legislature, Jan. 2000-Dec. 2011, including as Majority Leader.  From Lloyd Harbor on Long Island.  B.A. in political science from Duke University, 1977.

Member of the National Finance Team

Howie Mandel, Los Angeles (announced July 28, 2015)

Senior Advisor  Josh Alcorn

(ea. Aug. 2015)  Political/finance director to Beau Biden for Delaware from Feb. 2013.  Finance director (May 2011-Feb. 2013) and deputy finance director (Feb. 2008-May 2011) to Sen. Harry Reid.  A regional field director (July 2007-Jan. 2008) and finance assistant (Jan.-July 2007) on Biden for President.   English teacher at Archmere Academy, Aug. 2004-Junee 2006.  Master's  in political science from American University, 2009; B.A. in English from Villanova University, 2003.

Advisor  Brad Bauman

(announced Aug. 11, 2015)  Most recently working as a comunications consultant.  Executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, July 2011-Jan. 2014.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Mary Jo. Kilroy, July 2010-Jan. 2011.  Communications manager at the Sunlight Foundation, Oct. 2009-June 2010.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Jan. 2007-Oct. 2009.  Communications director on Mary Jo Kilroy for Congress, June-Dec. 2008.  Campaign manager on Peter Franchot for Comptroller (MD), 2006.  Senior associate at Bannon Communications, Feb. 2002-Agu. 2003.  M.A. in political magement from The George Washington Univers, 2003; B.A. in political science from Florida International University, 2001. 

Advisor  Josh Cohen

(announced Aug. 11, 2015)  Vice president at The New Media Firm from July 2013.  Digital strategy manager at SEIU, July 2012-June 2013.  Senior digital and communications strategist at New Partners, Jan.-July 2012.  Online content and special projects manager at the DNC, April 2010-Sept. 2011.  Independent consultant, Aug. 2009-April 2010.  Account executive at Powell Tate, Feb.-July 2009.  Regional field director at Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Legislative correspondent to U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, July 2007-May 2008.  Research and finance associate at Tim Johnston for South Dakota, Jan.-July 2007.  Finance assistant at the DSCC, Sept. 2005-Dec. 2006.  B.A. in English, political science from Bradley University, 2005.

Latino Outtreach Director   Jocelyn Sida

(announced Sept. 9, 2015) Deputy communications director for Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor, 2013.  Ran for local school board in Fontana in 2012.  Rock the Vote trail reporter in 2008.  B.A. in international relations from Northland College.  First generation Mexican-American born and raised in Los Angeles,

Senior Communications Advisor  Kitty Kurth

President of Kurth Lampe Worldwide.  Kitty Kurth and husband Kevin Lampe formed the Chicago-based consulting firm in 1996.  Kurth's experience includes national press and advance staff for the Dukakis general election campaign in 1988 and Illinois campaign manager for Paul Tsongas' 1992 presidential campaign.  In 1992 she helped Paul Tsongas and Warren Rudman found the Concord Coalition; as Director of National Field Operations she built statewide organizations in all 50 states in the first six months.  She served as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for the DCCC during the 1994 cycle.  In 1995 she joined the political communications firm of Austin Sheinkopf as vice president.  Kurth also did advance work on the Clinton/Gore '92 and '96 and Gore/Lieberman campaigns. 

Finance Operation  Bulldog Finance Group

(announced June 29, 2015)  Scott Dworkin is founder and CEO and Sam Jones is president.

Social and Digital Media Support  Liberty Concepts

(Aug. 2015)  Firm founded by Jonathan Karush.

Public Relations Support  BGP Strategies

(Aug. 2015)  Firm is headed by Christine Hunsinger, formerly communications director to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.


(announced Sept. 4, 2015)

former Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Activist Teri Hawks Goodmann


Rep. Jim Lykam, Scott County
Rep. Bruce Hunter, Polk County
Sen. Tony Bisignano, Polk County
Rep. Dennis Cohoon, Des Moines County
Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer
Denise Dolan, Dubuque County Auditor
Kathy Thurlow, Former Dubuque County Recorder
Rep. Mary Gaskill, Wapello County
Rep. Lisa Heddens, Story County
Former Rep. Mike Reasoner, Union/Clark/Decatur Counties
Former Rep. Doris Kelley, Blackhawk County
Former Rep. Dick Taylor, Linn County
Sen. Joe Seng, Scott County
and Endorsement (announced Sept. 10, 2015)  Sen. Chaz Allen (D-Newton)

State Director  Ellen Goodmann Miller

Community organizer and consultant from Dubuque.  Worked as a regional field director for the 2007 Biden for President campaign.

Regional Field Organizer  Jackson Sump

Most recently served as IT director for the Douglas County Democratic Party, while finishing his degree in political science at the University of Kansas. Previously, he worked as the deputy field director for Margie Wakefield’s campaign in Kansas and as an Iowa volunteer on the Biden for President campaign.

Initial State Director  James Rigdon

(announced June 29, 2015)  Most recently principal field consultant for Nebraska ROOTS in Broken Bow, from Nov. 2014.  Experience on about 10 different campaigns, mostly as a field staffer.  B.S. in political science from Missouri State University, 2007.


State Director  State Rep. Daniel Eaton, Stoddard

(CNN reported on Sept. 2, 2015, announced on Sept. 9)  Co-chair of Biden's 2007-08 NH primary campaign.  Elected to the House in 2002; previously served 1976-90.  Owner of Eaton Real Estate and Eaton's General Store.  Served as Stoddard chief of police, 1977-90, and as town moderator.

New England Strategist  Mike Cuzzi

(announced Sept. 9, 2015)  Senior vice president of VOX Global, managing New England operations. Political director and deputy state director for Obama for America's New Hampshire primary campaign from Feb. 1, 2007.  Managed U.S. Rep. Tom Allen's (ME-1) 2006 re-election campaign.  Political director for the New Hampshire Firefighters. Advance site lead for John Kerry's 2004 NH primary campaign and part of the associate advance staff team for Kerry-Edwards '04.  Volunteered for Rahm Emanuel for Congress and Rod Blagojevich for Governor in 2002 in Illinois.  Volunteered for Gore in 2000.  B.A. in philosophy from Colby College, 1998.

(reported by NH1's Paul Steinhauser on Sept. 23, 2015)

Outreach Director  Tom Maher

Regional Field Director for the 1st CD  Mike Bland

Regional Field Director for the 2nd CD  Carly Steffes

Initial State Director  Ben Meers

(announced June 29, 2015) State director for the CREDO Super PAC in North Carolina.


State Director  Ronni Council

(announced Sept. 9, 2015)  President and founder (Feb. 2008) of Organized Karma.  Nevada political director on Joe Biden's 2007 campaign.  Director of campaign operations on Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson's gubernatorial primary campaign in 2006. Worked on Mayor Oscar Goodman’s OPAC campaign, and Rory Reid for County Commission campaign.  Campaign manager on a successful Las Vegas City Council race in 1999.  Worked on Sen. Harry Reid's 1998 re-election campaign.  Born and raised in Las Vegas.


(announced Sept. 2, 2015)

State Sen. Gerald Malloy (Darlington)
former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum

State Director  Isaiah Nelson

Campaign manager on Alvin Brown for Mayor, defeated in re-election bid in Jacksonville, FL, Feb.-June 2015.  Coordinated campaign director for the South Carolina Democratic Party, Aug.-Dec. 2014; field director for the South Carolina Democratic Party, Feb. 2013-July 2014.  Regional field director in Harrisonburg, VA on Obama for America, May-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from College of Charleston, 2012.

Political Director  Kendall Corley

Originally from Lexington, SC, Kendall is a well respected South Carolina political staffer.  He has worked over 50 campaigns in Virginia and South Carolina, ranging from school board to presidential, including the Benjamin for Mayor Campaign (Columbia), the 2008 Obama Campaign, and for South Carolina Democratic Party. He currently is a principle at K.L. Corley and Associates LLC and will be heading up legislative and constituency outreach.

Outreach Director  Morgan Allison

Originally from Piedmont, SC, Morgan was the Get out the Vote Director for the 2014 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign, where she oversaw the entire turnout operation for statewide, federal and local Democratic candidates in the 2014 election cycle.  She is currently the chief of staff to state Rep. James E. Smith, Jr. (D-Richland), and will take a part time leave of absence to manage community outreach.

Field Director  Lauren Nastoff

Originally from Greenville, SC, Lauren was a Regional Field Director for the upstate in the 2014 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign where she led the turnout operation for the Democratic ticket. Lauren will lead the effort to garner support from activists and supporters for the Draft effort.

See also:
Margaret Talev. "South Carolina in Focus as 'Draft Biden Gains Steam."  Bloomberg Politics, Aug. 15, 2015.

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