Clinton 2016 General Election Campaign Organization, Iowa
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State Director  Kane Miller

(reported by Des Moines Register's Jason Noble on May 18, 2016)  Regional organizing director for the Des Moines area on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (NY-24)'s 2014 campaign.  North Carolina deputy field director on Obama's 2012 campaign.  Field director at Anthony Foxx for Mayor, latter part of 2011.  A regional field director at Organizing for America, Jan. 2010-June 2011.  Field organizer at Obama for America, Fall 2008.  B.S. in psychology from North Carolina College and State University, 2009.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Troy Price

(reported by Des Moines Register's Jason Noble on May 18, 2016)  Political director on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015.  Political director on Obama's campaign in Iowa from Feb. 2012.  Executive director at One Iowa after starting there in June 2010 as political director.  Senior communication specialist and interim communications director to Gov. Chet Culver.  Communication assistant in the Vilsack/Pederson administration.  Worked at the Iowa Department of Public Health and Economic Development.  Staff of Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson and worked on therir 2002 re-election campaign.  Degree in political science from University of Iowa.  From Durant (Cedar County in Eastern Iowa).  twitter


Communications Director  Yianni Varonis

(June 2016)  Press secretary on Clinton's primary campaigns in Wisconsin and Ohio.  Communications director on Alvin Brown for Mayor of Jacksonville, FL, April-May 2015.  Communications director on Aaron Woolf for Congress (NY-21), Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Press secretary for Northern Ohio for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Feb. 2013-Aug. 2014.  Regional press secretary in Eastern Ohio (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and press assistant (Feb.-Aug. 2012) for Obama for America-Ohio.  Bachelor's degree in communication/political science (2008) and master's degree in applied politics (2011) from The University of Akron.  twitter

Press Secretary  Kate Waters

Press secretary on Clinton's campaign in West Virginia primary, Idaho primary, and Nebraska caucus, and earlier deputy press secretary on the Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015.  Experience includes press assistant to Sen. Tom Harkin.  Graduate of James Madison University.  twitter

Press Assistant  Benjamin Cobley

(Sept. 2016)  Deputy campaign manager on Robb Hogg for U.S. Senate starting April 2016; legislative assistant (from Jan. 2016); Senate Democratic Caucus communications staff (from Jan. 2015) in the Iowa Legislature.  Bachelor of liberal studies from University of Iowa, 2015; A.A. in electronic crime from Des Moines Area Community College, 2014.

GOTV Communications Director  Christina Freundlich

(July 2016...after a month in Minnesota as communications director)  Southern regional press secretary at the DNC, July 2015-June 2016.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, July 2013-Feb. 2015.  Georgia state director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March-June 2013.  North Carolina deputy press secretary on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2012.  Press fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Public engagement at the White House Council on Environment, March-Dec. 2009.  Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change in Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University.  twitter


Digital Director  Margarita Diaz

(June 2016)  Started with the campaign as a digital associate in Brooklyn, June 2015-16.  Digital strategist at New Blue Interactive, Jan. 2014-June 2015.  Degree in political science and government from Boston University, 2013.  twitter

Deputy Digital Director  Jose Nunez

(June 2016)  Political organizer/communications at the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, Feb. 2015-June 2016.  Digital strategist on Leticia Van de Putte's campaign for lieutenant governor, July-Nov. 2014.  Studied political science and government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Deputy Digital Director  Rhian Sasseen

(Aug. 2016)  Freelance proofreader, researcher and writer, May 2012-Aug. 2016.  Assistant editor at The Baffler, May 2013-Feb. 2014.  B.A. in English language and literature from Smith College, 2012.


[Troy Price effectively served as Political Director]

Deputy Political Director  Riley Kilburg

(June 2016...previously deputy delegate director in Iowa, March-June 2016 and started on the campaign as a field organizer in Iowa and Nevada, June 2015-March 2016)  Field director on Patel for Iowa, June 2015.  B.A. in politics, Spanish and international studies from Loras College, 2015.

Coordinated Campaign
Senior Advisor  Emily Parcell

Managing director at Wildfire Contact from March 2015.  Senior vice president at The Pivot Group, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2015.  Senior account executive at MSHC Partners, 2009-10.  Indiana state director on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2008; political director on Obama's Iowa caucus campaign.  Managed Iowa Senate Democrats' political operation during the 2004 and 2006 elections.  A regional field director (NW) on Rep. Dick Gephardt's 2004 Iowa caucus campaign.  Worked on Sen. Tom Harkin's 2002 re-election campaign.  Worked on Al Gore's Iowa caucus campaign.  Native Iowan; grew up in Mount Pleasant.

Coordinated Campaign Director  Mollie Binotto

(June 2016)  Campaign manager on Joseline Peña-Melnyk for Congress, Jan.-April 2016.  Campaign manager on Gecker for Senate (VA), March-Nov. 2015.  Statewide field director on Alaska Victory '14/Alaskans for Begich, March-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Friends of Dawn Zimmer for Mayor of Hoboken, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  Legislative correspondent (Feb.-Aug. 2013) and executive assistant to the chief of staff and legislative director (March 2011-Feb. 2013) for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (MT).  Regional field director in Northern Nevada for the Nevada State Democratic Party/Friends for Harry Reid, June-Nov. 2010.  GPA special assistant at R&R Partners, Jan. 2007-June 2010.  Field organizer on Barack Obama's Campaign for Change in Butte, MT, July-Nov. 2008.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Washington College, 2007.

Outreach Director  Joseline Peña-Melnyk

Represents District 21 (Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties) in the Maryland House of Delegates, first elected in 2006.  Candidate for Congress in the April 26, 2016 MD-4 Democratic primary, finishing third.  Member of the College Park City Council, 2003-06.  Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-99.  Criminal defense attorney.  J.D. from University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York, 1991; B.A. in criminal justice from Buffalo State College, 1987.  Grew up in New York City after immigrating from Dominican Republic as a child with her family.

Women's Outreach Director  Sue Dvorsky

"Cheerleader" on Clinton's Iowa caucus campaign.  Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in the 2012 cycle.  Retired teacher; taught special education in Iowa City for 30 years, and a leader in the teacher's union there.  Longtime Democratic activist; co-chair of Johnson County for Obama in 2007-08 and an early supporter; county coordinator on Tom Vilsack’s campaign for governor in 1998.  Husband is Senator Bob Dvorsky.  Coralville resident.  twitter


Organizing Director  Chris Walloch

(April 2016)  Started on Hillary for America as a regional field director in Waterloo in April 2015.  A deputy field director for the Kentucky Democratic Party/Alison Lundergan Grimes for U.S. Senate, April-Nov. 2014.  Deputy regional field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia/Terry McAuliffe  for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Campus organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University, 2011.  Wisconsin native.  twitter

Deputy Organizing Director  Casey Clemmons

(May 2016)  Worked on Hillary for America as delegate protection coordinator for the district conventions in Iowa (March-April 2016), deputy organizing director for the Illinois primary (Feb.-March 2016) and as an organizer in Ankeny for the Iowa caucuses (July 2015-Feb. 2016).  Deputy field director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 2014-April 2015.  Regional field director on Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science from DePaul University, 2014; served a president of the Student Government Association, 2013-14.

4 regional organizing directors, 3 regional get-out-the-vote directors, 28 organizers, 1 get out the vote organizer, and 10 organizing offices in four regions that included Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Ames, and Iowa’s three largest public universities in Iowa City, Cedar Falls, and Ames.

Deputy Organizing Director  Harrison Farnsworth

(May 2016)  Regional political coordinator at Democrats for Education Reform, March 2013-May 2015.  Regional field director in North Carolina on the Obama campaign, April-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer on People for Patty Murray, June-Nov. 2010.  Deputy field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.S. in political communication from Emerson College, 2011.

4 regional directors in eastern and central Iowa, 40+ staff.

Deputy Organizing Director  Kate Magill

Magill started on the campaign in April 2015 as an organizer in Carroll, Iowa.  Field organizer on Terry McAuliffe for Governor.  Field organizer at OFA-New Hampshire.  Degree in political science from University of Florida, 2012.  From Sarasota, FL.

Regional Organizing Directors include

Sylvia Yacoub
(May 2016)  Organizer for Hillary for America in Iowa, Colorado, Washington and California, Oct. 2015-May 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from University of Michigan, 2015; earlier at Saint Mary's College.  Finalist on "The Voice" in 2012.  twitter

Waterloo  Rachel Cowell
(April 2016)  A regional organizing director in Utah (Feb.-April 2016) and organizer in Mount Pleasant (Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Regional field director for NextGen Climate, April-Oct. 2015.  B.A. in English language and literature, Women's studies from Cornell College, 2014.  twitter

Tyler Hendricks
Experience includes Hillary for America, Campaign manager on John Lehman for Lt. Governor.  Office director at FieldWorks, LLC.  Studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  twitter

Des Moines Metro Area  Tova Yampolsky
(May 2016)  Organizer for Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Maine and Pennsylvania, Sept. 2015-April 2016; started as and orgnizing fellow in New Hampshire, June-Aug. 2015.  B.S. in social policy, violin performance from Northwestern University, 2015.  twitter

Polk County suburbs and Dallas County  Bailey Romans

(Aug. 2016)  Regional organizing director for the Colorado caucuses (Fort Collins), Idaho caucuses (Moscow) and Kentucky primary (Louisville), Feb.-May 2016; started on the campaign as an organizer in Des Moines for the Iowa caucuses, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in public relations from University of Dayton, 2014.

Burlington  Jesse Ward
(July 2016; organizer in Davenport, May-July 2016)  Worked on Hillary for America as delegate protection organizer (March-May 2016), field organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. -March 2016), deputy field organizer in Davenport, (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016), and fellow (Sept.-Nov. 2015).  B.S. in economics from Mount Holyoke College, 2015.  twitter

Iowa City  Carlo Makarechi
(May 2016)  Served as the campaign's delegate protection coordinator for Iowa Democrats' 2nd District Convention (March-April 2016), a regional organizing director on the Washington Caucus (Feb.-March 2016), Southwest Las Vegas regional organizing director in Nevada (Feb. 2016), and started on the campaign as an organizer in Iowa City (Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016).  Field organizer in Iowa City for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2014.  Studied international development, political development, economics and Middle Eastern studies at McGill University, 2014.

Cedar Rapids  Hugh Verrier
(July 2016)  Field organizer on Monica Vernon for Congress, March-July 2016.  Fellow at Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016.  M.Phil. in polar studies from University of Cambridge, 2015; bachelor's degree in philosophy/history of math and science from Saint Johns College (Maryland), 2014.

- field program 143 staff... 130 staff on the organizing team -

Training Director  Pavitra Abraham

(May 2016)  Served as an organizer on the caucus campaign in the Waterloo area, July 2015-Feb. 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Michigan, 2015.

DNC  Director of Special Projects  Arome Yakubu

(Aug. 2016)  Assistant constituent manager for Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen, April-Aug. 2016.  Deputy regional director at Enroll America, Aug. 2015-April 2016.  Member coordinator for the Texas Organizing Project, Jan.-July 2015.  Field organizer for Battleground Texas, March-Nov. 2014.  Assistant director on Grassroots Campaigns in Austin, Sept. 2013-March 2014.  Fellow on Organizing for Action in Houston, Fall 2013.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2013.


Data Director  Ethan Epping

(May 2016)  Data director on Hillary for Nebraska, Feb, 2016; VAN administrator on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Field director in Senate District 29 for the Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Nov. 2015.  Regional field director in Covington for the Kentucky Democratic Party.  Field organizer on Virginia Coordinated Campaign/Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013.  Field organizer in Southeastern Ohio on Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in history and religious studies from Centre College, 2012.

Deputy Data Director  Matthew Gruhn

(June 2016)  Self-employed software developer in the greater Chicago area since Jan. 2012.  Assistant director and technical lead fro The Oyez Project at Chicago Kent College of Law, Feb. 2011-June 2016.  Distributed support specialist at Northwestern University, Oct. 2009-Feb. 2011.  B.A. in computer science, political science from Northwestern University, 2009.

Deputy Data Director  Hannah Nesser

B.S. in environmental engineering from Yale University, 2016.

Deputy Data Director  Joe Rule

(Aug. 2016)  Foundation design engineer at CB&I in Plainfield, IL from June 2012.  B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois College of Engineering, 2012.


Director of Voter Protection  Mili Gosar

(July 2016)  Assistant Attorney General in the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General, Jan. 2015-July. 2016.  Regional political director on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Account executive at Terlingua Group in Houston, Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010.   J.D. from University of Houston Law Center, 2014; undergraduate degree from American University, 2009.

Team of 14 Attorneys (full-time staff and long-term volunteers)


GOTV Director  Cynthia Sebian-Lander

(Aug. 2016)  Project specialist at the League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016.  Voter education director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014.  ACA deputy canvass manager for Planned Parenthood in Orlando, FL, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.   Northern Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013.  Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013.  Field organizer on Obama for America in Fairfax, VA, April-Nov. 2012.  Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeak Climate Action Network, Feb.-April 2012.  Organizer with AFSCME, Nov. 2010-Nov. 2011.  Field organizer in Keene with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  M.S. in environmental advocacy and organizing from Antioch University New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington College, 2007.

Deputy GOTV Director  Jane (Janie) Mahan

(Sept. 2016...started on the campaign in Brooklyn as headquarters operations intern, Jan.-May 2016, the deputy director of headquarters operations, June-Sept. 2016)  Bachelor's degree in political science, history from Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016.

GOTV Advisor  Derek Eadon

Principal at Bluprint Strategies in Des Moines since Aug. 2013.  Senior account executive at LS2group, March-Aug. 2013.  Iowa general election director on Organizing for America, Jan.-Nov. 2012, after serving as OFA's Iowa caucus director, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Iowa Democrats' Coordinated Campaign director, May-Dec. 2010.  Iowa state director for Organizing for America, Feb. 2009-March 2010.  In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first field organizer hired in Iowa for Obama's campaign, and continued on the campaign through Nov. 2008.  A field organizer for the Iowa Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in the Cedar Rapids area, June-Nov. 2006.  Studied political science at the University of Iowa.  Originally from Elmhurst, Ill.


Operations Director  Jillian Scott

Previously at the DNC

Deputy Operations Director  Jennifer W. Sanchez

(Aug. 2016)  Acting director/deputy director of surrogate operations at the DNC, Sept. 2015-July 2016.  Community engagement cooredinator at NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Aug. 2013-Jan. 2015; communications director for the Utah Senate Democratic Caucus, Jan. 2013-April 2014. Reporter with The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 2005-Sept. 2010; also program coordinator, gang intervention specialist and instructor with Poder Paral La Familia Hispana, Sept. 2008-Oct. 2010.  Reporter with The Albuquerque Tribune, Sept. 2001-Feb. 2005.  Reporter with Knight Ridder, June 2000-June 2001.  Reporter with the Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY), Jan.-May 2000.  M.P.A. from University of Utah, 2012; bachelor's degree in news and public affairs, journalism, 1999.

IT Director  Lucas Whited


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Chairman  Dr. Andy McGuire

(elected Jan 2015)  President/COO of Meridian Health, Jan. 2012-March 2015.  Chief medical officerr at American Enterprise Group, 2002-Jan. 2012.  Medical director at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, 1999-2002.  Candidate for lieutenant governor alongside Mike Blouin in the 2006 Democratic primary campaign.  helped organize her sister-in-law, Sheila McGuire’s bid for Congress in IA-5 in 1994.  M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University, 2001; M.D. (1982) and B.S. (1978) in chemistry from Creighton University.  Des Moines resident; originally from Waterloo.  twitter

Executive Director  Ben Foecke

(announced Feb. 18, 2015)  Worked for the Iowa Senate Majority Fund starting in 2009.  Iowa Democratic Party caucus director in 2004. Did canvassing door-to-door for the Harkin/Vilsack coordinated campaign in 2001.  twitter

Chief Financial Officer  Melissa Watson
Communications Director  Monica Biddix
House Caucus Director  Mike Frosolone
Senate Campaign Director  Amber Morrow
Polk County Executive Director  Tamyra Harrison
Political Director  Julianne Klampe
Convention Director  Christian Ucles
Deputy Finance Director  Davis Manoushagian
Operations Director  Erika Bartlett
House Field Director Andrew Nelson
Data and Technology Director  Corey Bellows
Canvass Director  Alex Drzycimski
Deputy Operations Director  Roy Pagans
House Finance Director  Adam Beaves
Senate Finance Director  Zach Engstrom

First Vice Chair  Danny Homan
Second Vice Chair  Dean Pardee
Third Vice Chair  Omar Padilla