Clinton 2016 General Election Campaign Organization, Florida
Hillary for America/Coordinated Campaign 

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State Director  Simone Ward

(reported by Tampa Bay Times' Adam C. Smith on April 29, 2016)  National political director at the DSCC from Feb. 2015.  Campaign manager on Natalie Tennant's campaign for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, 2014.  Acting constituency outreach director/deputy constituency outreach director and director of women's outreach at the DNC in the 2012 cycle. Campaign manager on Sen. Barbara Mikulski's re-election campaign, 2009-10.  Served in the political department at EMILY's List from 2007 including as senior political tracker.  A deputy director of the DNC's American Majority Partnership under then-Chairman Howard Dean.  Executive director of Democratic GAIN in 2004.  Executive director of Young Democrats of America starting in June 2002.  Worked with Mercer & Associates in Washington, DC.  Finance assistant at the DNC; special assistant at the White House.  Pursuing an M.P.A from American University.  B.A. in political science from Oklahoma City University.  Interned on Al Gore's 2000 campaign.  Grew up in Kansas City, MO.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Reggie Cardozo

(announced June 3, 2016)  Deputy chief of staff at the GSA from May 2015.  White House liaison to the GSA, July 2013-May 2015.  Director of intergovernmental affairs at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Feb.-June 2013.  Florida political director on Obama for America, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.   Director of government relations at Governance, Inc., 2005-Oct. 2011.  Deputy campaign manager on Scott Maddox for Commissioner of Agriculture, 2009-10.  Political coordinator and earlier assistant political coordinator at the Democratic Party of Florida, 2003-05.  Grew up in Broward County.  Originally from Puerto Rico.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Scott Arceneaux

Also executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, announced July 20, 2009.  Worked on Creigh Deeds' successful primary campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Virginia, June 2009.  Founder, president of Arceneaux Consulting from Jan. 2008.  National political director on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign, 2007-Jan. 2008.  In the 2006 cycle Arceneaux served as campaign manager on Doug Duncan's bid for Maryland Governor (starting in May 2005 through June 2006), then took similar roles for Peter Franchot's campaign for Maryland Comptroller and Judy Feder's run for Congress in Virginia's 10th District (starting in Aug. 2006).  Campaign manager on Rep. Chris John's U.S. Senate bid in Louisiana in 2004.  Executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, 2001-04, where he directed efforts for Mary Landrieu's 2002 Senate re-election and Kathleen Blanco's 2003 gubernatorial campaign.  Litigation associate at Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittman and Hutchinson law firm.  J.D. from Tulane Law School, 1995; bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University, 1992.  twitter


Communications Director  Mahen Gunaratna

(May 2016)  Press secretary on Clinton's Florida primary campaign (reported by the Miami Herald on Jan. 27, 2016).  Director of research and media analysis for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio from Jan. 2014; research director on New Yorkers for de Blasio, Mar.-Nov. 2013.  New Mexico/Arizona communications director on Obama for America.  Communications director for Rep. Frederica Wilson, 2011.  Research director on Kendrick Meek for Florida, Fall 2010.  Press secretary to Rep. Kendrick Meek, 2009-10.  Press intern for Sen. Charles Shumer, 2008-09.  B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2008.  twitter

Press Secretary  Valentina Pereda

(announced June 3, 2016)  Deputy director of Hispanic media at the White House from July 2015.  Special advisor to the U.S. Small Business Administration, July 2014-July 2015.  Communications director at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 2013-May 2014.  Hispanic outreach coordinator and deputy director of the Futuro Fund at the DNC, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Hispanic outreach on Obama for America, June-Sept. 2011.  Degree in international relations from The George Washington University, 2010.  twitter

Communications Associate  Olivia Bercow

(May 2016...including managing radio bookings)  Started as a communications fellow for the Connecticut primary campaign, March-April 2016.  Special projects manager for, March 2015-March 2016.  Field organizer with the Iowa Democratic Party in Ottumwa, June-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in political science and government from Georgetown University, 2014.

Press Assistant  Kevin Gerson

(May 2016)  Political outreach director for Millennial Partners, April-Aug. 2015.  M.A. in political campaigning (2016) and B.A. in political science (2015) from University of Florida.

Press Assistant Paul Caintic

Working towards a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University, 2018.

Florida Director of Hispanic Press  Francisco Pelayo

(Aug. 2016)  Senior elections coordinator April 2015-Aug. 2016) and social media community manager-news (Nov. 2013-March 2015) at Univision Communications Inc..  Deputy director of international operations at Campaigns & Elections magazine, June 2012-Nov. 2013.  Projects coordinator at Centro Interamericano de Gerencia Politica, Dec. 2010-May 2012.  Corporate regulatory and affairs executive for British American Tobacco, Nov. 2007-Dec. 2009.  Master's degree in peace studies and conflict resolution from Università degli Studi di Torino, 2010; Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2008.

Regional Press Secretaries
(Pods 5 and 6) Miami  Johanna Cervone

Communications director to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava from Dec. 2014.  Regional field director on Joe Garcia for Congress, July-Nov. 2014. Vice president of Monarch Translations, June 2012-July 2014.  Field organizer with Organizing for America in West Kendall area and at Florida International University, May-Nov. 2012.

    South Florida Press Assistant  William Miller

(Pod 4) West Palm Beach  Helen Kalla

(July 2016)  Communications director (May-July 2016), press secretary (Sept. 2015-May 2016) and press assistant (May-Aug. 2015) to U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (FL).  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (DE), May 2014-May 2015.  Au pair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 2013-Jan. 2014.  B.A. in international affairs from The University of Georgia, 2013.

(Pod 2) Orlando  Leo Salgado

(July 2016)  Project management consultant for Hearth of Midlothian Football Club in Edinburgh, UK, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Project manager on Marist Foundation partnership in Columbia, Feb. 2013-March 2014.  Program manager for the government of Tolima (Columbia), July-Dec. 2012. Executive director and equity holder at Salgado Logistics and Transportation (Columbia), March 2011-Nov. 2014.  Communications and policy advisor to Luis Carlos Delgado for Governor (Columbia) Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Financial and accounting assistant at the Organization of American States, Nov. 2007-Dec. 2010.  M.S. in strategic project management from Heriot-Watt University and Politecnico Di Milano, 2016; M.S. in business administration from Umea University (Sweden) 2016; B.A. in economics from George Mason University, 2011.

(Pod 3) Tampa  Brittany Caplin

(July 2016)  Senior public affairs coordinator for the U.S. Department of Commerce, April 2015-July 2016.  Account executive in corporate affairs at Edelman in Chicago, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Bachelors in mass communication/journalism, political science from University of Iowa.

(Pod 1) North Florida (Jacksonville)  Kirsten Allen

(July 2016)  Public affairs specialist and lead public affairs specialist with USDOT, July 2012-July 2016.  B.A. in public relations, Spanish from Howard University, 2014.


Political Director  Keenan Austin

(announced June 3, 2016)  Chief of staff to DC Councilmember David Grosso since Sept. 2015.  Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL), Dec. 2010-Aug. 2015.  Campaign manager on Frederica Wilson for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  Senior sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline, Nov. 2006-June 2010.  M.B.A. (2006) and B.S. in business administration and management (2005) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Deputy Political Director  Joshua Romero

(June 2016)  Campaign manager on Bob Poe for Congress, Jan.-June 2016.  Political and communications for Florida Democratic Party/Annette Taddeo for Congress, June 2015-Jan. 2016.  Florida political director for NextGen Climate, June-Nov. 2014.  Legislative aide in the Florida House, Dec. 2012-June 2014.  Deputy regional political director on Obama for America, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Regional field director on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2011.  Finance on Gillibrand for Senate (NY), Dec. 2010-April 2011.  Organizer for the Democratic Party of Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Organizer on Kendrick Meek for U.S. Senate, March-Aug. 2010.  Deputy sheriff/detective with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Oct. 2004-Feb. 2009.  Non-commissioned office with the U.S. Marine Corps, Nov. 1997-Aug. 2005.

Regional Political Directors

Pod 1-North Florida  Clay Middleton

(June 2016)  State director on Clinton's South Carolina primary from the beginning (reported March 2015)  Special advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Congressional, Intergovernmental and External Affairs from Aug. 2014.  Congressional affairs liaison at the National Nuclear Security Administration Office of External Affairs, June 2013-Aug. 2014.  Special advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Aug. 2012-June 2013.  Associate director for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Corporation for National and Community Service, May 2011-Aug. 2012.  Lowcountry director for U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, May 2003-May 2011.  South Carolina political director on Obama for America, Aug.-Dec. 2008.  Regional field organizer for the South Carolina Democratic Party, July 2005-Dec. 2006.  Master's (2011) and B.A. in political science (2003) from The Citadel.  Major in the SC Army National Guard, Jan. 2000-present. 

Pod 2-Orlando area  Kelly Quintero

(Aug. 2016)  Executive vice president of Florida Young Democrats, from April 2015.  Deputy communications director to Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, July 2013-Aug. 2016.  Legislative director for the Florida National Organization of Women, June 2011-Jan. 2013.  Bachelor's degree in political science, international relations and comparative government from University of Central Florida, 2013.

Pod 3-Tampa Bay area  Javier Gamboa

(Aug. 2016)  Energy policy analyst to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, from March 2016.  Legislative assistant in the U.S. House, July 2012-March 2016  Staff assistant on on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, June 2008-June 2012.  B.A. in political science from Cal  State Fullerton, 2008.

Pod 4-Palm Beach  Laura Jimenez

(July 2016)  Communications associate for Broward Teachers Union, June 2015-Jan. 2016.  Legislative assistant in the Florida Senate, Nov. 2014-June 2015.  Deputy campaign manager on Maria Sachs for State Senate, July- Nov. 2014.  Legislative assistant in the Florida Senate, Dec. 2013-July 2014.  Bacheelor's degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University.

Pod 5-Broward  Sean Kolaskar

(July 2016)  Federal legislative coordinator for Broward County, May 2013-July 2016.  Senior associate at Grayling USA (formerly Dutko Worldwide), June 2007-April 2013.  B.S. in economics from George Mason University, 2006.

Pod 6-Miami  Tatiana Torres

(Aug. 2016)  Chief of staff in the DC Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel, Jan. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Membership and event director for Federal City Council, Sept. 2012-Jan. 2015.  Special assistant to DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Feb. 2010-June 2012.  Executive operations and project assistant to the COO (in NYC) and Liaison Hotel general manager (Denihan Hospitality Group), Dec. 2009-Feb. 2011.  M.B.A. from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 2013.  B.A. in broadcast journalsim from Montclair State University, 2006.


Senior Digital Director  Andy Oare

(Sept. 2016)  Digital client manager at 270 Strategies, April 2013-June 2014.  National regional digital director (South, Midwest) on Obama for America, Jan.-Nov. 2012.   Senior new media strategist Sept. 2010-Sept. 2011) and new media specialist for the Recovery Act team (April 2009-Sept. 2010) at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Regional field director (MI, IN) (June-Nov. 2008) and field organizer (Dec. 2007-June 2008) on Obama for America.  B.S. in psychology and B.A. in communications from Xavier University, 2006. 

Digital Director  Stephen Cummings

(announced June 3, 2016)  Web design/front end development contractor with Patronage, Nov. 2014-May 2016.  Deputy digital director on Charlie Crist's campaign for governor, July-Nov. 2014.  Texas deputy state coordinator (Sep. 2013-Jun. 2014) and immigration reform issue organizer (Jun. 2013-Sep. 2013) for Organizing for Action.  Regional field director (May-Nov. 2012) and field organizer (Jan.-May 2012) for Organizing for America - Nevada.  In-house graphic designer/web developer at Mobility Research, Jul. 2007-Jul. 2008.  M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Washington, 2010; B.F.A. in painting from Arizona State University, 2007.

Deputy Digital Director  Tania Mejia

(June 2016)  Deputy press secretary at the GSA, Oct. 2015-June 2016.  Special assistant to the Secretary (March 2014-Oct. 2015) and special assistant to the Wage and Hour Division Administrator (Sept. 2011-March 2014) at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Bilingual early literacy tutor with AmeriCorps, Sept. 2010-June 2011.  Membership development coordinator at the Workers Defense Project, March-June 2010.  M.P.A. from American University, 2014; B.A. in government, rhetoric and writing from The University of Texas at Austin, 2010.

Deputy Digital Director  Jaime Lopez

(July 2016)  Social media specialist for Herbalife, April 2014-July 2016.  Bilingual digital copy editor at the Charlie Lapson Group, Sept. 2012-June 2014.  Freelance digital copywriter, Oct. 2010-Sept. 2012.  B.A. in French, Spanish/Portuguese from UC Berkeley, 2010.

Deputy Digital Director  Rameish Budhoo

Real estate agent at AmeriTeam Realty from Oct. 2014 and CEO of Wavvio Inc. from Jan. 2014.  Creative director at Creative Dreams, Aug. 2011-March 2014.  Chiief audio engineer at NDCC, Oct. 2006-July 2011.  Studied sound engineering at the Audio Recording Technology Institute.

Digital Organizer Marisol Samayoa

(June 2016)  B.A. in journalism and political science from Cal State University Long Beach, 2016.

Digital Organizer Walter Kelly

(Aug. 2016)  Student in English, film and media studies at Georgetown University.   Originally from Linwood, NJ.

Digital Organizer Graeme Crews

(Sept. 2016...also regional GOTV)  Research associate for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, May-Aug. 2016.  Digital associate at Hillary for America in Brooklyn, May 2015-May 2016.  Associate director at Brazile and Associates, LLC, Oct. 2013-May 2015.  B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2013.

Filmmaker  Hadley Green

(Aug. 2016)  Multimedia journalist at WBUR, Sept. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Freelance photographer for North of Boston Media Group, Jan.-July 2016.  B.A. in international relations and media studies from Tufts University, 2015.


Coalitions Director  Raul Martinez, Jr.

(June 2016)  President of Martinez Consulting Group. Director of government services for eNet IT Group, June 2015-June 2016.  Deputy chief of staff ant district director to U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia (FL-26).  Hispanic vote director for the Obama campaign in Florida, April-Nov. 2012.  Public information representative for Miami Dade Aviation Department, 1996-99.  Bachelor's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Florida International University.

Deputy Coalitions Director  Dujuana Thompson

National deputy director for community engagement/African American engagement director at the DNC.  Owner of Promoting Excellence, LLC from Jan. 2008.  Senior advisor for public engagement at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Oct. 2015-2016.  Self-employed political consultant in Alabama, Jan. -Sept. 2015.  Campaign manager on Linda Sherrell for Congress (TN), Sept. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Deputy field director on Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, June-Oct. 2013.  Florida statewide African American vote director for Organizing for America, July 2011-Nov. 2012.  Office manager/legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, June 2010-Jan. 2011.  Deputy field director on Artur Davis 2010, Feb. -June 2010.  Birmingham City Council assistant, Aug. 2005-March 2010.  Founder of Code RED Birmingham, 2007-10.  GOTV lead on the Obama campaign in 2008.  Working toward a degree from GWU's Graduate School of Political Management; B.A. in communications from Berea College, 2005.

Women's Coalition Director  Jessica Church

(June 2016)  Political director at the South Carolina Democratic Party, May 2015-June 2016.  Political director and aide to the senior advisor (March-May 2015) and deputy political director and aide to the senior advisor (March 2014-March 2015) at Correct The Record.  Associate at Eleison Group, Jan. 2013-March 2014.  B.A. in religious studies and environmental thought and practice from University of Virginia, 2013.

Hispanic Coalition Director  Milton Vazquez

(June 2016)  Florida communications director (March 2015-March 2016) and deputy regional director and Spanish media spokesperson (July 2013-Feb. 2015) for Enroll America.  South Florida field director for the Florida Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Field director on Gloria Romero-Roses for Congress (Miami), May-Oct. 2012.  Trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor, Aug. 2009-May 2012.  Coordinated Campaign/Florida Democratic Party organizer in Brevard County, Sept.-Nov. 2008.  Campaign manager on Tony Sasso for State Rep. (FL), May-Sept. 2008.  M.S. in political science (2008) and B.S. in political science (2006) from Florida State University.

African American Coalition Director  Natasha Goodley

(July 2016)  Senior consultant at Good Consulting from Nov. 2014.  Assistant director at Barry University, Dec. 2008-Feb. 2014.  Student services advisor at Everest University Online, Sept. 2007-Dec. 2008.  Law clerk, Jan. 2004-Oct. 2005.  J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, 2005; B.A. in political science/criminal justice from University of South Carolina Upstate, 2002.

Millennial Coalition Director  Mark Hatton

(July 2016)  Political coordinator/youth engagement coordinator at the DSCC, March 2015-July 2016.  Special assistant (April-Nov. 2014) and finance assistant (Dec. 2013-April 2014) on Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate (WV).  National Urban League - Occupy the Vote regional field organizer in Cleveland/Akron area, Sept. 2012-Dec. 2013.  Finance assistant/call-time manager on Gloria Romero-Roses for Congress, May-July 2012.  B.A. in political science from University of Florida, 2012.

Jewish Coalition Director  Jeremy Kozyak

(July 2016)  Principal consultant at Blueprint Consulting LLC in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, June 2015-Aug. 2016.  District secretary with the Florida House of Representatives, Nov. 2014-June 2015.  Campaign manager on Joe Geller for State Rep., District 100 (FL), May-Nov. 2014.  Regional training director/state deputy digital lead at Organizing for Action, Jan.-April 2014.  Campaign manager / field and finance director on Micky Steinberg for Miami Beach Commission, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  Campaign manager, field/finance/communications director on Jerry Libbin for Miami Beach Mayor, April-Aug. 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Carol Keys for N. Miami City Council, Feb.-April 2013.  Deputy regional lead for Organizing for Action in S. Florida, Feb.-April 2013.  Field organizer for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Jan.-April 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Barbara Kramer for N. Miami Beach City Council, Jan.-March 2013.  Field director on Adam Kravitz for State Rep. July-Aug. 2012.  Field organizer on Obama for America, March-June 2012.  B.A. in political science from Florida International University, 2011; A.A. in psychology from Miami Dade College.

LGBT Coalition Director  Alejandra Salinas

(Aug. 2016)  Law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  J.D. from Boston College Law School, 2015; B.B.A. in management, government from The University of Texas at Austin, 2012.  Served as national president of College Democrats of America, Aug. 2010-Sept. 2012.

Caribbean Outreach  Dr. Karen Green


Haitian Coalition Director  Cassandra Theramene

(Aug. 2016)  Senior international business developer/marketing sales specialist with Education Management Corporation, June 2011-July 2016.  Senior marketing and sales specialist with EDMC, July 2007-July 2011.  Executive marketing representative for Caterpillar Inc., Aug. 2004-July 2007.  Executive director of Scholars Today, Leaders of Tomorrow Inc., April 2005-May 2007.  M.B.A. in international business from University of Miami, 2011; Bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2004.

Coordinated Campaign

Senior Program Director  Kate Cummings

(Oct. 2016 succeeding Lauren Brainerd)  Virginia Coordinated Campaign director, April-Sept. 2016.  Deputy organizing director on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign, April 2015-Feb. 2016.  Field director on Alison Lundergan Grimes for U.S. Senate (KY) Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Deputy field director (April -Nov. 2013) and regional field director (Jan.-March 2013) on Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for governor.  Worked on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.  B.S. in public policy and law from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, 2011.  From New Orleans.  twitter

Director  Lauren Brainerd

(through Sept. 2016)  During the primaries served as the campaign's Idaho director, Kansas director, and as regional field director in Davenport, Iowa in the caucus campaign from April 2015.  Regional field director in Florida in Tampa/Polk counties on Obama's 2012 campaign.  Field director on Mark Herring for State Senate, 2011.  Regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Party, March-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change, Sept.-Nov. 2008; earlier out of state volunteer coordinator in South Dakota and student organizer at Lehigh University.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Lehigh University, Jan. 2010.  Originally from Oklahoma.  twitter


Organizing Director  Carl Walz 

(April 2016)  Organizing director on Clinton's South Carolina primary campaign from April 2015.  Southern regional field director at the DCCC, Jan.-Dec. 2014.  Field director at Keep Austin Affordable, March-Nov. 2013.  Missouri field director on Obama for America from Aug. 2011.  Independent research consultant to Kids Voting USA, Jan. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Team leader for Advancing Wisconsin, March-June 2011.  Field organizer for the Alliance for Climate Protection, May-Dec. 2010.  Finance assistant at Majority Strategies, 2009-10.  M.A. in communication studies from University of Kansas, 2009; B.A. in communications from Truman State University, 2006.  twitter

Assistant  Melisa Dincer
(June 2016)  Bachelor's degree in political science and communications from University of South Florida, 2016.

Chief of Staff-Organizing/Broward Co. Pod Lead  Mike McCollum

(April 2016, started as deputy organizing director, then chief of staff of the organizing department, then Broward Co. Pod lead)  Regional organizing director in Columbia on Clinton's South Carolina primary campaign, then regional organizing director in Raleigh, NC for the primary there.  3rd CD field director for the West Virginia Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2014.  Communications coordinator for the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, June 2013-Feb. 2014.  Instructor/graduate teaching and research assistant at Saint Louis University, Aug. 2011-May 2013.  Regional field organizer for Obama for America in Metro St. Louis, MO, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Reporter, 2006-08.  Video editor for Mountain Sports Media, May 2005-June 2006.  Reporter, 2004-06.  Master's degree in American studies from Saint Louis University, 2013; M.A. in journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006; B.A. in English and mass communications from Auburn University, 2002.  twitter

Deputy Organizing Directors
Pod 1-North Florida  Greg Robinson

An organizer in Davenport on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign.  Tulsa native.

Pod 2-Orlando area  Austin Lyle

(April 2016)  Organizing director with Hillary for America in Cheyenne, Wyoming, March-April 2016; organizing director with Hillary for America in Wichita, Kansas, Feb.-March 2016; started on Hillary for America's Iowa caucus campaign in Clinton, April 2015-Feb. 2016.  Regional field director for the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign, March-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, April-Nov. 2013.  Deputy finance director/candidate services director for the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, April-Nov. 2012.  B.A in political science, history from Carroll College, 2011; president of the College Democrats of Montana, 2009-11.

Pod 3-Tampa area  Scott Kosanovich

(April 2016)  Field organizer with Organizing for America-FL, Aug-Nov. 2012.  Community organizer on Kendrick Meek for Florida, 2010.  Bachelor's degree in public administration from St. Petersburg College, 2013.

Pod 4-West Palm Beach area  Emma Laurent

(April 2016)  Organizing director for the campaign in Idaho, Feb.-March 2016; started on the campaign as an organizer in Dubuque, Iowa, April 2015-Feb. 2016.  Regional field director for the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign, March-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer on Alex Sink for Congress, Jan.-Mar. 2014.  Field organizer for Organizing for America-Florida, Mar.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science from University of Wyoming, 2013.

Pod 5-Broward  Michael Kimmelman

(April 2016)  Deputy organizing director on the campaign in Washington State, Feb.-April 2016; started out as a field organizer on the Iowa caucus campaign in Waukee, April 2015-Feb. 2016.  Regional field director for the Colorado Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer on Alex Sink for Congress, Jan.-Mar. 2014.  Field organizer on Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University, 2013.

Pod 6-Miami-Dade area  Sam Powers

(May 2016)  Previously deputy organizing director on the campaign in New York, March-April 2016; regional organizing director in Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb.-March 2016; and started on the campaign as an organizer in Sioux City, Iowa, July 2015-Feb. 2016.  Campaign manager on Vik Handa for Davenport (Toronto, Canada area), Dec. 2014-June 2015.  Regional field director on Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Our Place Initiative (Toronto, Canada), Feb. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Field organizer on Obama for America in Minneapolis-St. Paul, May-Nov. 2012; started as an organizing fellow in Chicago, May-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in political science and history from University of Toronto, 2013.

82 offices throughout the state
reported as of Sept. 13, 2016)

More than 550 Organizing Staffers

For example, in Broward Co., which has the largest number of registered Democrats in the state, there was an organizing staff of 72 Organizers, 6 Regional Organizing Directors, a Deputy Organizing Director, a Pod Lead Assistant, and 3 Regional GOTV directors.


Training Director  Aquiles Damirón-Alcántara

(June 2016)  Deputy training director (Sept. 2015-June 2016) and senior training programs manager (Dec. 2015-Aug. 2015) at Organizing for Action in Chicago.  Training director for Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis for Governor, March-Nov. 2014.  Pennsylvania deputy state coordinator (Sept.2013-March 2014) and immigration reform organizer (June-Aug. 2013) at Organizing for Action.  Dominican heritage fellow with The DREAM Project in Dominican Republic, Jan.-June 2013.  Field organizer with Keystone Progress in PA-13, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Field organizer with Organizing for America in Pennsylvania, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Virginia, 2011.

Deputy Training Director  Nick Edwards

(July 2016)  Communications special projects manager and speechwriter (Jan. 2015-Jun. 2016) and digital strategist (Jan. 2016-Jun. 2016) at Organizing for Action in Chicago.  Political associate at NextGen Climate Action, Jun.-Dec. 2014.  Grassroots and communications at Organizing for Action, Jan.-Jun. 2014.  Field for Ed Markey in 2013 and Elizabeth Warren in 2012.  Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique serving as a English teacher-trainer, 2010-11.  B.A. in comparative media analysis from Connecticut College, 2010.

Deputy Training Director  Jennifer Kim

(Aug. 2016)  State director at the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, Sept. 2010-Aug. 2014.  Regional director at the Fund for the Public Interest, May-Aug. 2013.  Colorado state director of Work for Progress' Community Voters Project, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Citizen outreach director at Fund for the Public Interest, May-Aug. 2010.  Campus organizer and assistant organizing director at the California Public Interest Research Group, Sept. 2006-Aug. 2010.  Organizing director in several states for Work for Progress, May-Nov. 2008.  M.P.A. in urban and social policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 2016; B.A. in history from University of Michigan, 2005.


Data Director  Brendon Mills

(May 2016)  Management consultant with Accenture in Washington, DC from March 2015.  Served in the Marine Corps, 2010-Feb. 2015.  M.P.P. from Harvard University's Kennedy School, 2012; B.S. in political science and government from the U.S. Naval Academy, 2010.  Originally from Boston, MA.

Deputy Director, Data and Analytics  Toby Chaiken

(June 2016)  Research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2012-July 2013.  Research assistant at the Brookings Institution, June 2011-June 2012.  M.A. in health policy and economics from Harvard University, 2016; B.A. in economics from Wellesley College, 2011.

Deputy Director, Data and Analytics  Eric Hernandez

(June 2016)  Senior programs specialist for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Aug. 2014-June 2016.  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow for the U.S. House Democratic Caucus, Chairman Xavier Becerra, Aug. 2013-May 2014.  Laboratory technician, April-Aug. 2013.  B.S. in engineering, chemical engineering from University of Michigan, 2012.

Deputy Director, Data and Analytics  Stephanie Hendrick

(June 2016...started as an analyst at headquarters in Brooklyn, Oct. 2015-June 2016)  Data director (Jan.-Oct. 2015) and deputy data director (June-Nov. 2014) for the Florida Democratic Party.  Organizer fro Enroll America in West Palm Beach, FL, Jan. 2013-May 2014.  Field organizer for Miami First special election, March-May 2013.  Counselor at The Little Blue House, Jan.-March 2013.  Field organizer for Obama for America in Tampa-St. Pete, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  English language and cultural assistant for the Ministry of Education in Spain, Oct. 2009-May 2012.  B.A. in humanities and Spanish from Florida State University, 2009.

Deputy Director, Data and Analytics  Kaitlin Menzie

(June 2016)  Menzie served as a data fellow on the NH primary campaign in summer 2015.  B.S. in computer systems engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2016.

Data and Analytics Associates
Shane Liebowitz

(July 2016, started as a fellow in June)  B.S. in operations research: engineering management systems from Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016.

Imran Moledina

(July 2016, started as a fellow in June)  Bachelor's degree in finance, international relations from The George Washington University, 2016.

Ellen Robo

(July 2016, started as a fellow in June)  Undergraduate degree in physics and planetary science from Harvard University.  From West Palm Beach, FL.

Jacob Steinberg-Otter

(July 2016, started as a fellow in June)  B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2016.

Timothy Phan

(Aug. 2016)  Started as a fellow for Hillary for America in California, April-June 2016.  Data organizer at NationBuilder, Dec. 2014-April 2015.  Studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies; degree in political science, international relations and affairs from UC Santa Barbara, 2011.

Anne Evered

(Aug. 2016)  Data analyst at Schoolzilla in Oakland, CA, July 2015-Aug. 2016.  B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University, 2015.


Voter Protection Director  Zach Learner

(April 2016)  Voter expansion director for the Florida Democratic Party, 2014.  Chief of staff to Broward Co. Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, 2013-14.  Deputy voter protection director on Obama's 2012 re-election.  Legislative assistant to State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, 2009-12.  Deputy regional voter protection coordinator (Miami Dade Co.) on Obama for America, 2008.  J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, 2008; B.A. in history from Trinity College-Hartford, 2004.

Deputy Voter Protection Director  Aila Niglia

(June 2016)  Legal extern with the ACLU, Jan.-April 2016.  Legal extern with Florida Rural Legal Services, May-Dec. 2014.  Deputy regional voter expansion director for the Florida Democratic Party in Miami-Dade, Oct.-Nov. 2014.  Alumni trainer with Organizing for Action, May 2013-May 2014.  Field organizer with the Florida Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Organizing fellow at Organizing for America, April-Aug. 2012.  J.D. from Florida International University College of Law, 2016; bachelor's degree in political science from Florida Gulf Coast University, 2009.

Regional Voter Protection Directors
Pod 1-North Florida  Nick Wolfmeyer

(Sept. 2016)  J.D. from Stetson University College of Law,  2016; Master's degree in teaching students with disabilities from Pace University-New York, 2007; B.A. in journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003.

Pod 2-Orlando area  Lauren Skompinski

(Aug. 2016)  Experience includes honors attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Buffalo/Niagara, Sept. 2014-Aug. 2016.  International election observer for the OSCE in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  J.D. in international law from University of Buffalo Law School, 2014; M.A. in political management from Fordham University, 2011; B.A. in international studies from SUNY Buffalo, 2010.

Pod 3-Tampa area  Steve Cary

Attorney, director at Flags and Wags, Inc. from June 2013.  Attorney at Leavengood, Dauval, Boyle & Meyer, PA, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2016.  A regional director on the Voter Expansion Project for Tampa Bay/North Florida, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, 2014; B.A. in political science and government from Florida Gulf Coast University, 2010.

Pod 4-West Palm Beach area  Tim Mason

(Aug. 2016)  Legislative assistant in the Florida Senate, 2013-14.  J.D. from University of Florida-Fredric G. Levin College of Law; B.A. in political science/international relations from University of Central Florida, 2010.  While at University of Florida elected presidient of Florida College Democrats, 2012-13.

Pod 5-Broward  Charlyn Stanberry

(June 2016)  Vice president of external affairs from Dec. 2015.  Staff counsel and fellow at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, Dec. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Professional staff and legal fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus/Rep. Marcia Fudge, Sept. 2013-Oct. 2014.  J.D. from Florida International University College of Law; Masters in public administration and bachelor's in business administration and marketing from University of Central Florida.  Jacksonville native.

Pod 6-Miami-Dade area  Alex Haskell

(July 2016)  Law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, Jan. 2015-July 2016.  Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2015.  J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 2011; B.A. in international relations from University of Pennsylvania, 2008.


GOTV Director  Bailey Childers

Executive director at the National Public Pension Coalition from Dec. 2014.  State strategies manager at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2013-Nov. 2014.  Political action representative at AFSCME, March 2009-May 2013.  Director of outreach at Women's Voices, Women Vote, July 2008-March 2009.  National field staffer on Hillary Clinton for President, July 2007-June 2008.  National training manager for Progressive Majority, Feb.-July 2007.  Regional field organizer for the DNC, Jan. 2006-Feb. 2007.  Deputy regional field director on the Kerry-Edwards campaign, 2004; deputy regional field director on PA Victory '04.   M.P.A. from Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs; B.A. in political science from Wellesley College, 2005.  Native of Longview, TX.

Deputy GOTV Director  Bruce Sinclair

...  GOTV director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Fall 2008.  State director of the Arkansas Democratic Party to Aug. 2008.  Field director on Mike Beebe for Governor in 2006.  Field director on Victory 2004, the Arkansas Democrats coordinated campaign.  Worked the Musgrove gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi in 2003, the Landrieu U.S. Senate runoff, and the 2002 South Carolina coordinated campaign.  Graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a degree in sociology.

Deputy GOTV Director  Daria Dawson

Senior legislative manager (from Feb. 2015) and senior legislative advocate (from March 2013) at SEIU.  Deputy political director on Organizing for America-Virginia, May-Nov. 2012.  Field representative for Ohio Association of Public School Employees/AFSCME, Nov. 2010-May 2012.  Political action and legislative coordinator for AFSCME, April-Nov. 2010.  Legislative associate for the ACLU of Florida, Aug. 2009-April 2010.  Senior legislative assistant/legislative counsel in the U.S. House, Dec. 2006-July 2009.  GOTC/GOTV/African American outreach on Hillary Clinton for President, Jan.-May 2008.  Regional field director for the Maryland Coordinated Campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2006.  Legislative analyst in the Florida State Senate, Aug. 2004-Sept. 2006.  J.D. from University of Florida-Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2004; B.S. in history education from Florida A&M University, 2001.


Operations Director  Victoria Mayer

(Aug. 2016 succeeding Vincent Fry)  Started on the campaign as a regional political director at headquarters in Brooklyn, March 2015-Aug. 2016.  Field director on Charlie Crist for Governor, May-Nov. 2014.  Regional director for 270 Strategies' Student Success Project, Feb. 2013-April 2014.  Associate budget director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Dec. 2012-April 2013.  Regional operations director for the Southern and Midwest regions on Obama for America, Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Field director on Rush Holt for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2010.  Deputy director for intergovernmental affairs in the New Jersey Governor's Office, Feb. 2006-Jan. 2010; also deputy field director on Victory 2009 in New Jersey, June-Nov. 2009.  B.A. in political science and government from Rutgers University, 2005.

Deputy Operations Directors
Pod 1-North Florida  Keith Moore

(May 2016)  Director of operations at Fire Betty's, The Fox & Stag in Tallahassee, May 2015-May 2016.  Operations manager for Florida Democratic Party/Graham for Congress, Sept.-Dec. 2014.  Bar manager, June 2012-Aug. 2014.  Production manager on "Lewis & Clarke" feature film, Feb.-March 2014.

Pod 2-Orlando area  Viviana Criado

(Aug. 2016)  Executive director of the California Elder Mental Health and Aging Coalition, 2009-16.  Older adult mental health coordinator at Health & Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services in San Diego, 2002-09.  Program director at Casa Pacifica Transitional Residential and Supported Housing Services – community research foundation in Oceanside, CA.  M.P.A. from San Diego State University, 1994; bachelor's degree in psychology from Trenton State College, 1982.

Pod 3-Tampa Bay area  Davey McKissick

(Aug. 2016)  Associate director of public engagement for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Jan.-Aug. 2016.  Senior account executive (Feb. 2015-Jan. 2016) and account executive (Aug. 2013-Feb. 2015) at Trammell & Company.  Staff assistant in the political department at the DNC, June-Aug. 2012.  B.A. in government from William & Mary, 2013.

Pod 4-West Palm Beach area  Vincent Fry

(served as operations director to Aug. 2016)  Senior account executive at Catalist.  Served in various positions at the DNC including executive director of Democrats Abroad,  Director of the DNC Voting Rights Institute starting in 2004; director of the Northeastern and Southern political desks at the DNC in 2003.  Associate director of political affairs at the White House.  Founder and president of Aliese McKinley Corporation, a Chicago consulting firm.  Law degree from Northwestern University; bachelor's degree from Morehouse College.  Chicago native.  twitter

Pod 5-Broward  William Washington

Special projects/events specialist in the U.S. House since Jan. 2010; program director at ETHNICK from Jan. 2012.  Master's in congressional and presidency studies (2013) and B.A. in politics, American government (2012) from The Catholic University of America.

Pod 6-Miami-Dade area  Saba Khan

Experience includes work for Joe Hogsett in Indianapolis; a regional field director in Ohio on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign; and work on Martin for Senate.  Graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Pod 6 Operations Associate  Adam Gluck

Freelance player development coordinator, 2015-16.  Player development coordinator for Impact Basketball Academy, 2014-15.  Coordinator for Independent Talent Brands, 2014.  Production assistant for House of Cards (TV show), 2013-14.  B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State University.

Operations Associate and Director of Out of State Operations  Ben Spears

(Sept. 2016)  Associate director at Ultimate Peace, Jan. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Arabic tutor at Georgia State University/Middle East Institute, Sept.-Dec. 2014.  M.P..A. in international management from George State University, 2014; B.A. in international affairs, development from The George Washington University, 2005.

Deputy Operations Director (statewide)  Caitllin Pharo

(July 2016)  Teacher at Teach for America in Baltimore, MD, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2015.  Digital director at Obama for America-DC, June-Nov. 2012.  MSEd from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2015; B.S.F.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2013.

HR Director  Morgan Mohr

(Sept. 2016)  Started in Aug. 2016 as an intern to the CEO at national headquarters in Brooklyn.  Student in feminist policy, political science and history at Indiana University Bloomington, graduating in 2017.

IT Director  George Cowgill

Vice president of product services and architecture at Prodea.  Strategic ddvisor to Ezad Corporation.  Office of CTO for Sonus Networks.  Vice president of engineering at Telecom Technologies, Inc. Worked at MCI for more than ten years, as a senior staff member, switch systems engineering and as manager of MCI’s Technical Training Center.  Cowgill has been awarded four U.S. patents.

Deputy IT Director  Andrea Doria Kale

(Aug. 2016)  Started on the campaign as a volunteer, July 2015-Aug. 2016.  CTO of National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), Feb. 1986-May 2016.

IT Associate  Laurence Wilson

Fleet service agent with American Airlines, Dec. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Finance associate with the Democratic Governors Association, Jan.-May 2016.  Public policy analyst with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Dec. 2012-Dec. 2015.  Community organizer at Obama for America in Chicago and Virginia, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 2010.

Operations Associate and Office Manager  Anna Horvath

(July 2016)  Staff to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor in Tampa, May-July 2016.  Outreach assistant on Charlie Crist for Congress, Dec. 2015-May 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Tampa, 2015.


Trips Director  Gita Stulberg

Senior advisor in the Office of Public Engagement (Nov. 2014-June 2016) and special assistant to the Regional Administrator (July 2010-Oct. 2015) at the U.S. General Services Administration.  Field director on a state Senate campaign in New York, 2010.  Field organizer on Obama for America, Nov. 2007-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in drama studies from SUNY College at Purchase.

Surrogates Director  Stacey Lynch

Deputy Director, Principal and Surrogate Engagement  Dorien Paul Blythers

(Aug. 2016)  Associate manager of constituency and allied groups for the Democratic National Convention Committee, May-Aug. 2016.  Scheduler on Kamala Harris for Senate, Aug.-Nov. 2015.  Outreach associate at Transportation for America, Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Capacity organizer for the U.S. Green Building Council, May-Aug. 2014.  Finance director on Warren Christopher for Congress (MD), Oct. 2013-June 2014.  Field organizer in West Palm Beach on Organizing for America-Florida, March-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science, communications from Howard University.

Pod Directors
North Florida  Tori Taylor

(Sept. 2016)  National deputy women's vote director from June 2016.  State campaigns manager at the Center for American Progress, Oct. 2015-June 2016.  Manager for state and local campaigns (March-Oct. 2015) and political opportunity program coordinator (Dec. 2013-March 2015) at EMILY's List.  Communications and digital media consultant for Women Advance, April 2013-April 2014.  Research department at EMILY's List, March-Dec. 2013.  Regional GOTV director in Columbus, Ohio for Obama for America, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Youth coordinator in the Office of Public Engagement for Charlotte in 2012-Democratic National Convention, May-Sept. 2012.  Master's degree in public relations from The George Washington University, 2015; bachelor's degreee in political science, history, American studies from UNC Charlotte, 2012.  twitter

Central Florida  Meagan Gardner

(Sept. 2016)  Previously national voter outreach and mobilization program director (May-Sept. 2016) and organizing director on NH primary (April 2015-Feb. 2016) for the campaign.  An associate director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs at the White House, June 2014-March 2015.  Special advisor in the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration, April 2013-June 2014.  Iowa statewide field director on the Obama campaign in Fall 2012 after serving as a national regional field director in Chicago from June 2011.  A national regional director at Organizing for America-DNC, 2010-11; WV state director for Organizing for America, 2009-10.  In Fall 2008 Gardner served as a regional field director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Ohio.  B.A. in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, 2006.

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Chairman  Allison Tant

(elected Jan. 26, 2013)  Mother and independent information management professional.  Legislative consultant at Holland & Knight, 1993-2001.  has worked in the Florida Legislature.  Graduate of Florida State University; native Floridian.

Executive Director  Scott Arceneaux

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Deputy Executive Director  Phillip Thompson

Communications Director  Max Steele
Digital Director & Research Director  Ben Sharpe

Deputy Political Director  Roosevelt Holmes III
Deputy Political Director  Sheyla Asencios

Finance Director  Brice Barnes
Deputy Finance Director  Samantha Pedrosa

Data Director  Hannah Murphy

Director of Party Affairs  Nicholas J. Pellito

Chief Fnancial Officer  Anne Morgan
Deputy Compliance Officer  Jena Kingery

House and Senate Victory
Beth Matuga, Senate Victory Director
Dan Newman, House Victory Director
Shelby Green, Deputy Operations Director
Josh Weierbach, Senate Victory Political Director
Anders Croy, Deputy Communications Director
Aisha Bien-Aime, Deputy Finance Director
Brian Lacey, Senate Victory Field Director

Finance Team
Finance Committee Chair  Andrew Weinstein
Borad of Trustees Chair  Ron Klein

Vice Chairs
First Vice Chair  Alan Clendenin
Cynthia Chestnut
Annette Taddeo
Rep. Joe Gibbons
Mayor Andrew Gillum