58th Presidential Inaugural Committee

On Nov. 15 President-elect Trump announced leadership of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, headed by chairman Thomas J. Barrack.  Sara Armstrong served as CEO, and about 400 people worked to plan and produce the inaugural festivities.  Below are a few of those people. 

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(page updated Feb. 26, 2017) 

Chairman  Thomas J. Barrack

(announced Nov. 15, 2016)  Founder (1991) and executive chairman of Colony Capital, a private equity firm.  Previously a principal with the Robert M. Bass Group.  Deputy Undersecretary of the United States Department of Interior under the Reagan Administration.  J.D. from University of San Diego, 1972; B.A. from University of Southern California, 1969.

Finance Co-Chairmen:

Roy Bailey
Lew EIsenberg

Finance Vice Chairs:

Sheldon Adelson
Dr. Miriam Adelson
Brian Ballard
Gentry Beach
Elliott Broidy
Robert Grand
Diane Hendricks
Tommy Hicks
Gail Icahn
Woody Johnson
Laurie Perlmutter
Phil Ruffin
Anthony Scaramucci
Ambassador Mel Sembler
Ray W. Washburne 
Ambassador Ron Weiser 
Steve Wynn

Special Assistant to the Chairman's Office  Lindsey Hagan

(Nov. 2016)  Special assistant to the Chairman (Paul Manafort) and Deputy Chairman (Rick Gates) of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., April-Aug. 2016.  Major and planned gift specialist for NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  Development coordinator II at the World Resources Institute, June 2012-April 2015.  Research manager for development at the Reserve Officers Association, June 2011-June 2012.  M.B.A. (2015) and Masters in museum studies (2010) from The Johns Hopkins Univeristy; M.A. in communication from Georgia State University, 2007.


Chief Executive Officer  Sara Armstrong

(announced Nov. 18, 2016)  Vice President of the 2016 Republican National Convention, announced June 29, 2015.  COO at the RNC for the 2014 cycle 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.

Deputy CEO  Marty Obst

(Nov. 2016)  Director of vice presidential operations on the Trump campaign from July 2016.  Principal at JRS Consultants.  Finance director on Mike Pence for Indiana, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Finance director of the Indiana Republican Party from Oct. 2004.  Assistant to the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, July 2003-Oct. 2004.  B.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2003.


Communications Director  Boris Epshteyn

(Nov. 2016)  Served as a senior advisor on Trump's campaign from Aug. 2016.  Managing director of business and legal affairs at TGP Securities Inc. from July 2013; advisor to the presidetn and CEO of Prime Halth Services, Inc from Feb. 2014; vice president of business and legal affairs at ISA Internationale, Inc. from July 2010; principal at Strategy International LLC from June 2007.  Managing director of business and legal affairs at West America Securities Corp., June 2009-July 2013.  Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Oct. 2007-May 2009.  Communications aide on McCain-Palin campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 2007; B.S.F.S. in international affairs from Georgetown University, 2004.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Alex Stroman

(Nov. 2016) Director of surrogates and media training at the RNC from Aug. 2015.  Strategic communications specialist at Americans for Prosperity, Sept. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Political director on Mike Campbell for Lt. Governor, April-June 2014.  Communications director and spokesman in the South Carolina State Treasurer's Office, Oct. 2013-April 2014.  Executive director and spokesman (Jan.-Oct. 2013), political director (Oct. 2011-Jan. 2013), and deputy political director (May-Oct. 2011) for the South Carolina Republican Party.  B.A. in political science, Southern studies from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2011.  twitter

Press Secretary  Ali Pardo

(Nov. 2016)  RNC communications director in Colorado, March-Nov. 2016; SE regional press secretary (Feb.2015-March 2016) and Hispanic media press secretary (Oct. 2013-Jan. 2015) for the RNC.  Press assistant (June 2011-Oct. 2013) and staff assistant (Jan.-June 2011) to Sen. Marco Rubio; interned on his 2010 Senate campaign.  Bachelor's degree in political science from The George Washington University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Natalie Strom

(Nov. 2016)  Deputy press secretary (Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016) and press assistant (March-Nov. 2015) at the RNC.  Communications associate at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 2014-March 2015.  B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California, 2014.

Director of Strategic Media  Sofia Boza

Hispanic media press secretary at the RNC from Feb. 2016.  Co-founder of Mini Yo in El Salvador, 2011-16.  Communications advisor (June 2013-March 2014) and staff assistant (May 2012-May 2013) to Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Studied at Southern Methodist University.    twitter

Deputy Director of Strategic Media  Anastasia Hardin

(Dec. 2016)  Media operations manager-special press for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Feb.-Aug. 2016.

Deputy Director of Strategic Media  Ninio Fetalvo

(Dec. 2016)  Florida communications director for the RNC, Aug.-Nov. 2016, also the RNC's Asian Pacific American press secretary, from Jan. 2015.  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 (May 2014-Jan. 2015) and intern (Nov. 2013-May 2014) at the RNC.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2014.


" that built and managed the style guide, logo, website, social profiles, social and paid advertising and graphics, first of its kind digital ticketing system, signage, inaugural merchandise, commemorative Trump license plate, to name a few."

Deputy Digital Director  Preston Cone

(Nov. 2016)  Digital marketing specialist at Giles-Parscale, Inc. from July 2016; digital project manager for Donald J. Trump for President, July-Nov. 2016.  App development at Wise Bytes, Jan. 2012-Oct. 2016.  Digital marketing specialist for Facebook, July 2015-July 2016.  Owner/app designer at AppTankDesigns, 2010-April 2012.  Wealth management analyst, May 2008-2011.  Studied at Louisiana Baptist University, 2007-09.

Digital Coordinator  Hannah MacInnis

(Dec. 2016)  Title examiner at Hennessey & MacInnis Titles, Aug. 2008-June 2016.  B.A. in communication, public relations and management from University of Alabama, 2016.


"...helped to optimize press coverage. We populated stake-bed trucks and built press risers along Pennsylvania Avenue for members of the media to capture the Swearing-In Ceremony and Inaugural Parade. We created anchor booths for the National Networks to host their evening shows from the Inaugural Balls and for the first time in history, we built a Media Village on the National Mall that was the hub for thousands of members of the press for their Inaugural coverage."

Media Operations Director  Casey L. Smith

(Dec. 2016)  Deputy director of events for the Republican National Committee, Jan. 2016.  Event manager for the Washington Speakers Bureau, June 2013-Dec. 2015.  Advance-national press lead on Romney for President, March-Nov. 2012.  Sales assistant for the Grand Hyatt Washington, Nov. 2011-May 2012.  Chief of staffproject administrator at Eidos, LLC, Oct. 2010-Sept. 2011.  B.S. in hospitality management and political science from Florida Gulf Coast University, 2010.

Media Operations Coordinator  Caroline Anderegg

(Dec. 2016)  Press assistant at the RNC from Nov. 2015.  State policy associate at Americans for Tax Reform, June-Oct. 2015.  B.A. in American government and politics, art history from Centre College, 2015.


" of over 40 people to coordinate the public events for the 58th Presidential Inauguration...including the Inauguration Parade, General Admission for the Swearing In Ceremony, and Arrival Concert."  The public events budget was about $30 million.

Director of Public and Special Events  Ryan Price

(Nov. 2016)  Principal at The Trailblazer Group from Dec. 2008.  Senior advisor/director of Caucus operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Director of debate operations on Romney for President, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Director of operations at the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Deputy political director on John McCain 2008.  Political director on Tom Gallagher for Governor (FL), 2006.  J.D. from University of Miami School of Law, 2000; B.S. in journalism from Appalachian State University, 1997.

Deputy Director  Tim Tripepi

(Dec. 2016)  Lead advance on Donald J. Trump for President, May-Dec. 2016.  Director of advance on Kasich for America, Aug. 2015-May 2016.  Assistant director of development (East Coast) for the Arizona State University Foundation, April 2013-June 2015.  Lead advance representative on Mitt Romney for President, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Assistant director of development for the Cleveland Clinic, May 2010-Feb. 2012.  Principal/consultant at Tripepi Consulting, LLC in Ohio, Feb. 2009-May 2010.  National advance representative on John McCain 2008, May 2007-Nov. 2008.  Assistant golf professional, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  B.A. in political science and government from Baldwin-Wallace College, 2005.

Assistant Director of Public Events-Transportation  Jonathan Wetzel

(Dec. 2016)  GOTV director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Oct.-Nov. 2016.  Transportation director for Caucus Operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention, June-July 2016.  Campaign manager on Kathy for Maryland, Dec. 2015-May 2016.  Senior trip coordinator on Scott Walker, Inc., July-Sept. 2015; senior trip coordinator for Walker's Our American Revival, Feb.-June 2015; deputy campaign manager on Friends of Scott Walker, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Assistant campaign manager on Tommy Thompson for Senate, Sept.-Dec. 2012.  Political director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, June-Sept. 2012.  Statewide field director on Friends of Scott Walker, Nov. 2011-June 2012. 

title?  Brian Marriott

(Dec. 2016)  Press lead advance and Missouri primary state director on Donald J. Trump for President Inc., Dec. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Senior advisor for Raptor Strategies and communications/public affairs independent consultant, June 2010-Dec. 2015.  Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, Feb. 2009-April 2010.  Office of Advance at the White House, March 2001-Jan. 2009.  Consultant and director of communications at Vets for Freedom, Dec. 2007-Oct. 2008.  National publicity director for media relations at AARP, Sept. 2006-Dec. 2007.  Special assistant to the chairman at the FCC, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2006.  Lead advance for Vice President Cheney on Bush-Cheney '04.  Missouri political director on Bush-Cheney 2000.  Political affairs manager for the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, Dec. 1998-Jan. 2001.  Legislative affairs and district coordinator, 1997-99.  Legis. and comms. assistant to state Sen. Sam Graves (MO), 1995-96.  B.S. in broadcast communications and political science from Northwest Missouri State University, 1995.

Event Coordinator  Zachery Michael

(Dec. 2016)  A regional political director on the Trump campaign in Florida.  Executive aide to the Mayor of Pensacola, Jan. 2015-April 2016.  Field on Rick Scott for Governor, May-Nov. 2014.  Communications/special assistant on Richard Eckstrom for South Carolina Comptroller General, 2013-14.  Community relations manager at Michael & Associates, Inc. in South Carolina, 2007-12.  Spokesman/personal aide in the Office of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, 2009-11.  B.S. from Pensacola Christian College.

Event Coordinator  Eli Nachmany

(Dec. 2016...strategic comms. coordinator, National Mall)  Advance / press lead on Donald J. Trump for President, July-Nov. 2016.  Worling towards B.S. in sports management from New York University, 2017.

Event Coordinator  Tim Page

(Dec. 2016)  Owner of The Cutting Edge LLC in Connelly Springs, NC from Jan. 2012.  Deputy political director on Donald J. Trump for President in Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in business management from Applachian State University, 2016.

ADA Coordinator  Ross Branson

Regional field dirctor for the Republican Party of Florida in Sarasota, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  External affairs special assistant for the 2016 Republican National Convention, March-Aug. 2016.  Deputy chief of staff (Sept. 2014-Dec. 2015) and field representative (June 2013-Nov. 2014) for U.S. Rep. Jason Smith.  Legislative assistant in the Missouri House (Jan.-March 2013) and legislative director (June 2011-Dec. 2012).  Bachelor's degrees in political science and communication from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007.

Signage Director  Brady Henderson

(Dec. 2016)  Site lead on Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. from July 2016.  Shift manager for McDonald's in Greenville, SC, Jan. 2013-Sept. 2015.

Assistant Lead  Justin R. Caporale

Senior advance lead on Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., Jan.-Dec. 2016.  Director of operations at Concerned Veterans for America, April 2012-Sept. 2015.  B.B.A. from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 2012; A.A.S. from Mohawk Valley Community College-Utica, 2010.

Manager, Budget & Administration Public Events  John Cooney

(Dec. 2016)  Minnesota state director at Americans for Prosperity, Sept. 2011-April 2015.  Campaign manager on Randy Hultgren for Congress, Sept. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Owner of Cooney Printing, Jan. 2008-Sept. 2009.  Chief of staff in Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Jan.-Dec. 2007.  Campaign manager on the Jim Ramstad Volunteer Committee, Feb. 2002-Jan. 2007.  Public policy fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-15; B.A. in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2009. 

Production Manager  Tony Casler

Owner and CEO of Event Resource Group, Inc. in Florida since 2000.  Advance leader on Donald J. Trump for President, March-Nov. 2016.  Campaign production support on Mitt Romney for President (May-Nov. 2012), Rick Perry for President (Aug. 2011-Feb. 2012) and Rick Scott for Governor (June 2010-Jan. 2011).  Studied business management at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Senior Associate Producer  Amy Frederick

President at Tribord Management Company from Jan. 2014.  Preisdnet of 60 Plus Association, June 2000-June 2016.  Senior advisor at Carly for President, May 2015-March 2016.  Candidate for Republican nomination in the House of Delegates in VA 52nd District, but withdrew April 2009.  B.A. in government from Franklin & Marshall College.


Deputy Director for Swearing-In Ceremonies  Martha Newton

Principal at Heath Strategies LLC from Sept. 2009.  Director of foundations and strategic partnerships for the International Justice Mission, April 2011-Sept. 2012.  Staff secretary to the Vice Presidential candidate on McCain-Palin 2008, Aug.-Dec. 2008.  Advance representative for the White House, 2001-08.  Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Dept. of HHS, Feb. 2006-Oct. 2007.  Associate Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, Feb. 2002-Feb. 2006.  Chief of the Crime Victim Services Division at the Illinois Attorney General, May 1995-Jan. 2002.  Studied at Western Kentucky University.

Associate Director for Platform and Luncheon Operations  Christyn Lansing

(Dec. 2016)  Communications director for Politico, March-Nov. 2016.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (OH), March 2014-March 2016.  Communications director in the U.S. House, Jan. 2013-March 2014.  Director of television and radio for the NRCC, March 2011-Dec. 2012.  Deputy press secretary on Chabot for Congress, May-Nov. 2010.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, 2010.

Associate Director for Programming, Swearing-In Ceremonies  Michael Haidet

(Dec. 2016)  Director of operations on Portman for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2016.  Operations on Marco Rubio for President, Aug. 2015-March 2016.  Press secretary (March 2014-Aug. 2015),  deputy press secretary (March 2013-March 2014) and special assistant (Nov. 2010-Feb. 2013) to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (OH).  Staff on Portman for U.S. Senate, Feb.-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in international studies from The Ohio State University, 2009.

Swearing-In Ceremonies Staff Manager/Deputy Assistant  Jordan J. Forrest

Working towards bachelor's degree in political science/public relations from University of Alabama, 2017.


Assistant Director of Credential Management  Rebecca Wasserstein

(Dec. 2016)  Deputy finance director on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, July-Nov. 2016.  Media operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention, April-July 2016.  Director of finance operations on Marco Rubio for President, May 2015-March 2016.

Credentials Manager  Timothy Frank

(Dec. 2016)  Finance on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate from July 2016.  Bachelor's degree in business and economics from University of Pittsburgh, 2016.

Director of Media Credentialing  Lauren Ehrsam

(Dec. 2016)  Director of delegate recruitment (ballot access) on Carly for President, Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Director at DCI Group, April-Oct. 2015.  Account executive at Javelin, May 2013-April 2015.  Staff at the National Turkey Federation, Jan.-April 2013.  Staffer in the U.S. House, 2011-Oct. 2012.  Deputy press secretary on Eric Hovde for Senate, 2012.  Communications director on Jason Plummer for Congress (IL), 2012.  General manager at Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill, 2010-11.  Operations manager at LA Fitness in PLano, Dec. 2007-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Oklahoma, 2007.

Office of Public Liaison

title?  Todd Abrajano

President of Turning Point Public Affairs, LLC from May 2010.  Missouri communications director on Donald J. Trump for President, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Vice president at VOX Global, Jan. 2008-Dec. 2010.  Managing supervisor at Fleishman-Hillard, Aug. 2006-Dec. 2007.  Director of communications in the Missouri House of Representatives, Feb. 2005-July 2006.  Self employed political campaign consultant, May 2002-Nov. 2004.  B.A. in political science from Yale University.

title?  Brendan Quinn

(Dec. 2016)  Executive director of the New York Republican Party, 1995-2001.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from LIU Post, 1978; engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1974-76.

Senior Public Liaison  Ryan O'Dwyer

(Nov. 2016)  Senior advance rep. on Donald J. Trump for President, July-Nov. 2016.  Director of logistics for the Trump campaign at the 2016 Republican National Convention, May-July 2016.  Advance representative on Mitt Romney for President, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Principal at MITA Group, 2007-11.  B.A. in history and political science from College of Charleston, 2007.

Federal Liaison  Robby Wehagen

(Dec. 2016)  Director of government relations for ATSSA, Sept. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Deputy director of goverenment affairs for the 2016 Republican National Convention, March-July 2016.

Senate Liaison  Billy Kirkland

Georgia in-state Trump senior advisor during the campaign. Managing partner of PWK Group, LLC in Atlanta from Jan. 2015.  Campaign manager on Perdue for Senate from March 2013.  National field director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition (FFC), Feb. 2010-March 2013.  Regional rep. for the Georgia GOP, April-Nov. 2006.  Intergovernmental affairs in the Office of Gov. Sonny Perdue, 2004-06.  B.A. in political science and government from The University of Georgia.

Governors Lead  Tana Goertz

(Dec. 2016)  Senior advisor and national surrogate on Donald J. Trump for President from Feb. 2016; Iowa state chair on Donald J. Trump for President, July 2015-Feb. 2016.  Professional speaker at Hey Tana Inc., Jan. 2005-Dec. 2016.  Business consultant.  Reality star and TV personality.

Deputy Director for International and Diplomatic Corps  Julie Roberts

(Dec. 2016)  Director of external affairs for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, April 2012-July 2016.  Director of scheduling in the Office of the Governor, Oct. 2011-April 2012.  Owner JKR Consulting, LLC, Oct. 2005-Oct. 2011.  New business for Integrity Arts and Technology Inc - IDEAS, 2008-10.  Special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, 2004-05.  Special assistant to Under Secretary, ITA at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2002-04.  Deputy director of scheduling for U.S. Sec. of Labor Chao, 2001-03.  B.A. in communications and political science from East Texas Baptist University, 1997; previously studied at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Cabinet Affairs Liaison  Roz Leighton

(Dec. 2016)  Executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party, July 2015-Dec. 2016.  Assistant to the ND House Majority Leader, Jan.-May 2015.  Public affairs strategist for Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, April 2014-Jan. 2015.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Jan.-April 2014.  B.S. in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University, 2014.

Deputy Director of Special Projects, Supreme Court Liaison  Lexi R. Pursley

RNC deputy state director in Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy director of delegate experience (April-July 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.

Business Community Liaison  Thomas Szold

National political director on Carly for President; previously national political director on the CARLY for America super PAC from March 2015.  Campaign manager on Marilinda Garcia's 2014 campaign for Congress in NH's 2nd CD.  Iowa communications director for the RNC, June-Nov. 2012.  Senior account manager at DCI Group, Sept. 2009-June 2012.  B.A. in journalism, history from Purchase College, SUNY.