Clinton 2016 General Election Campaign Organization, Michigan
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State Director  Walt Herzig

(reported by the Detroit Free Press on June 21, 2016)  District director to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (MI-9) from May 2011.  Consultant to the AFL-CIO, Feb.-May 2011.  Michigan state director for the 2010 Census, Jan.-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager on Virg Bernero for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. John Cherry Jr., March 2007-Dec. 2009.  Co-director of the Granholm-Cherry Inaugural Committee, Nov. 2006-Feb. 2007.  Director of the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, April 2005-Nov. 2006.  Director of the Granholm Leadership Fund, Feb. 2003-April 2005.  Deputy campaign manager/finance director at Friends of Sen. Carl Levin, Jan. 2001-Nov. 2002.  Special assistant and scheduler to Sen. Carl Levin, 1997-2001.  B.A. in history from University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Communications Director  Mitchell Rivard

(reported by the Detroit Free Press on June 21, 2016; start July 1, 2016)  On leave from position as deputy chief of staff and communications director to U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5); started in that role in Jan. 2015, and as communications director in Jan. 2013.  Press assistant in the U.S. Department of Justice, April 2012-Jan. 2013.  Communications specialist at Progress Michigan, Aug. 2011-April 2012.  Bachelor's degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University, 2011.   twitter

Press Secretary  Rosie Hilmer

Communications director to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (NH) from Feb. 2014.  Press secretary and earlier legislative correspondent to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) from April 2012.  Worlked at Group Gordon.  Operations director on U.S. Barbara Boxer's 2010 re-election campaign in California.  Graduate of Brown University, 2007.

Regional Press Secretary  Zade Alsawah

(Aug. 2016)  Deputy communications director on Peters for Michigan, May-Nov. 2014.  Deputy field director on Peters for Congress, May-Aug. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in political science/pre-law from Michigan State University, 2014; interned for U.S. Rep. Kildee, 2013-14.

Press Assistant  Nirmeen Fahmi

(July 2016)  Brand manager at The Limited Brands (March-July 2016), A|X Armani Exchange, Oct. 2014-Nov. 2015, and Express (May 2013-Sept. 2014).  Studied public relations, journalism and mass communications, international studies at Iowa State University.


Digital Director  Kristopher Banks

(reported by the Detroit Free Press on June 21, 2016)  Digital director for the Virginia Democratic Party from Aug. 2015.  Digital organizer for the Michigan AFL-CiO, March-Oct. 2014.  Digital organizer/legislative organizer for the Harriet Tubman Center, Aug. 2013-March 2014.   Digital organizer and earlier field organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party, Aug. 2011-Aug. 2013; also interned there Jan.-April 2011.  Online organizer onf Tim Greimel for State Rep. in Pontiac, Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012.  B.A. in public relations from Western Michigan University, 2011; started at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.  Originally from Detroit.

Deputy Digital Director  Stefan Smith

(per Boston Globe "content lead and digital liaison to the African-American and labor coalitions")  Graduate of Brown University, 2009.  From Greenville, SC.

Deputy Digital Director  Meghan DiMartino

(Aug. 2016)  B.S. in political science from Georgetown University, 2016.

Deputy Digital Director  Brooke Still

(Aug. 2016)  Digital campaigns manager (Oct. 2015-July 2016) and online campaiigner (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015) for the League of Conservation Voters.  Web producer for Alley Cat Allies, July 2013-Oct. 2014.  Masters (2013) and bachelors (2009) degrees in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia.


Political Director  Tommy Stallworth III

(reported by the Detroit News on July 6, 2016)  Former member of the Michigan House of Representatives in District 7, first elected in 2010.  Unsuccessful candidate for State Senate in 2014.  Executive with MichCon and DTE Energy.  Appointee of the Coleman A. Young administration in Detroit.  Manager with the Detroit Urban League.  B.A. in urban planning and development from Michigan State University.  From Detroit; brother of former Rep. Keith Stallworth and the son of former Rep. Alma Stallworth.

Deputy Political Director  Zaineb Hussein

Executive assistant to Wayne County Corporation Counsel from Feb. 2016.  Director of constituent affairs for State Sen. David Knezek, Jan.-Dec. 2015.  Candidate for Crestwood School Board District in 2014.  Specialist at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Mar. 2009-Dec. 2014.  State of CDBG for City of Dearborn Heights, Dec. 2007-Mar. 2009.  M.A.-LLPC in counseling from Spring Arbor University, 2011.  bachelors degree in liberal arts, political science and history from University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2006; associate's degree from Henry Ford Community College, 2003.

Coalitions Director  Abby Clark

Campaign manager on Schertzing for Congress (MI-8, Lansing), May-Nov. 2014.  Senior associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, April 2013-May 2014.  Deputy field director at Elizabeth Warren for Senate, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Deputy field director at OFA Michigan, Feb-Aug. 2012.  Executive assistant to Van Jones at Green for All, April 2010-Feb. 2012.  Michigan field director at Repower America, April 2009-May 2010.  Field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Conservation information manager for The Nature Conservancy, Aug. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Field organizer on Marcinkowski for Congress, June-Nov. 2006.  Studied political science at University of Michigan and social policy at London School of Economics, 2005.

Coordinated Campaign

Director  Caitlyn Stephenson

(reported by the Detroit News on July 6, 2016)  Leave of absence from position as deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters; started in that role in Nov. 2014 after serving as deputy campaign manager on Peters for Michigan, Aug. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Emergency preparedness analyst at CACI International Inc., Oct. 2012-Aug. 2013.  Finance director on Peters for Congress, Feb. 2011-Oct. 2012.  Scheduler and legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, Dec. 2008-Oct. 2012.  Campaign coordinator on Peters' 2010 campaign; field organizer on Peters' 2008 campaign.  B.A. in international relations from Michigan State University, 2008.

Senior Advisor  Stephen Neuman

(reported June 21, 2016)  Chief of staff to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo from Jan. 2015.  Senior advisor/director of public affairs to Gov. Martin O'Malley (MD), Sept. 2012-Dec. 2014.  Senior advisor to Gov. Bev Perdue (NC), 2011-Sept. 2012.  Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Nov. 2008-June 2011.  North Carolina chief of staff at Obama for America, Sept.-Nov. 2008. Deputy director at the Democratic Senate Majority Fund, 2003-04.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, 2003.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, Jan. 2001-Dec. 2002.  Fundraiser for the Mel Carnahan for Senate Committee, April 1999-Dec. 2000.  Special assistant in the Office of Gov. Mel Carnahan, 1998-1999.  J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2006.  B.A. in political science from University of Missouri-Columbia, 1998.  twitter

Organizing Director  Jacob Smith

(reported by the Detroit Free Press on June 21, 2016)  Started on Hillary for America as a regional organizing director in New Hampshire in April 2015, then in Maine and Illinois; and organizing director in Indiana and Norther California.  Field director on Alex Sink for Congress, Dec. 2013-March 2014.  Field director on Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional field director for Organizing for America in Sarasota, FL.  Field director on Thomas Hawkins for City Commission, Dec. 2010-March 2011.  B.A. in political science from University of Florida, 2011; interned on Obama's campaign in Florida, Sept.-Nov. 2008.  twitter

Deputy Organizing Directors 
Region?  Ben Gardner

(July 2016)  Field organizer on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-April 2016.  Grassroots organizer in Michigan for the ramp up phase of Hillary for America.  Field director on Aaron Woolf for Congress in Plattsburgh, NY, April-Nov. 2014.  Regional field director for Freedom Indiana, Aug. 2013-March 2014.  Democratic Party of Wisconsin field director in the 8th CD, March-Nov. 2012.  Voting rights organizer for Organizing for America in NW Ohio, Sept.-Oct. 2011.  Field organizer on Kathy Hochul for Congress, May 2011.  Field organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in comparative cultures and politics from Michigan State University, 2010. 

Region?  Rico Razo

(Aug. 2016)  City of Detroit District 6 manager, appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan, from Feb. 2014.  Youth development coach for SER Detroit, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2014.  Warehouse management for UPS in Livonia, Sept. 2004-Oct. 2008.  B.S. in business administration, management from Wayne State University.

Wayne County  Setareh Yelle

(July 2016)  Program analyst in the Office of the Director of DC Department of Employment Services, Jan. 2015-July 2016.  Regional field director on Charlie Crist for Governor, June-Nov. 2014.  Extended day instructor at Wellington Elementary School in Belmont, MA.  Studied at Simmons College.
    5 Regional Organizing Directors > 40-full time Organizers; 7 full-time offices

Central Michigan  Marisa Kanof

(July 2016...started with all counties except Wayne, Oakland and Macomb)  Deputy field director/policy associate on Sandra Fluke for State Senate (Los Angeles), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Communications lead on Priscilla Resendiz for Mayor (Greeley, CO), June-Nov. 2013.  Field director on No on D and Yes on F campaign in Los Angeles, April-May 2013.  Regional field director on Wendy Greuel for Mayor (Los Angeles), Jan.-Mar. 2013.  Field organizer with Organizing for America in Los Angeles, CA and then Springfield, OH, July 2011-Nov. 2012.  Working toward Master's in public policy analysis from The George Washington University; J.D. from Boston University School of Law, 2010; B.A. in political science and government from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006.

West/Northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula  Arielle Yuspeh

(Aug. 2016)  Campaign manager on Helene Schneider for Congress (Santa Barbara, CA), June 2015-Feb. 2016.  Campaign manager for Berman and D'Agostino (BAD Politics), April-June 2015.  Campaign coordinator, Dec. 2014-April 2015.  Field for California Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2014.
    Regional Organizing Directors include:
    Kent Co.  Patrick "Cody" Voyles > 15 Organizers covering Grand Rapids, Kendwood, Muskegon, Allendale and Holland.

Youth and Millennial Vote Director  Branden Snyder

(Aug. 2016)  Organizing Director for Michigan United, Jan. 2015-Aug. 2016.  State director with Grassroots Solutions on Michigan for All, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Rebecca Thompson for State Representative (Detroit), Mar.-Aug. 2014.   Lead community organizer for Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN!), Sept. 2012-Feb. 2014.  Associate organizer with Together Baton Rouge/Industrial Areas Foundation, June 2011-Sept. 2012.  Organizeer with the Texas Democratic Party in Houston, TX, July-Dec. 2010.


Training Director  Kim Kargman

(July 2016)  Fellowship coordinator (May-June 2016) and regional organizing director (April-May 2016) for the Ohio Democratic Party.  Regional organizing director for Hillary for America in New Hampshire, Maine and Ohio, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2016; started on the campaign as a regional organizer in the North Country, July-Sept. 2015.  Field director in IL-10 for the DCCC, Jan.-Dec. 2014.  GOTV director on Sue Chalifou Zephir for Mayor (Leominster, MA), Oct.-Nov. 2013.  Deputy field director on Peter Koutoujian for Congress (Waltham, MA), Aug.-Oct. 2013.  Regional field director on Ed Markey for Senate, Jan.-June 2013.  Field organizer on Joe Kennedy for Congress, Mar.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University.


Data and Analytics Director  Ryan Brellenthin

Deputy Data and Analytics Director  Justin Epstein

(Aug. 2016)  Consultant in business analytics and strategy for IBM, July 2015-July 2015.  Press and policy intern for the New York City Campaign Finance Board, June-Dec. 2014.  Administrative assistant for the United Nations Development Corporation, June 2013-May 2014.  M.A. in international relations (2015) and bachelor's degree in politics (2014) from New York University.


GOTV Director  Katie Kelly


Director of Voter Protection  Jenné Ayers

Program director at Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, June-Dec. 2015.  Candidate for Philadelphia City Coucil, Dec. 2014-May 2015.   Press assistant in the Pennsylvania headquarters of Obama for America, April-June 2012.  Associate consultant at The Bridgespan Group, Aug. 2010-April 2012.  J.D. from Yale Law School, 2015; A.B. from Harvard College, 2010.

Deputy Voter Protection Director  Gretchen Bennett

(Aug. 2016)  On leave of absence from position as chief counsel to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in the Massachusetts state legislature; started there in 2015.MA Manufacturing Caucus coordinator; legislative aide to Chairman John V. Fernandes, 2013-14.  Executive director of the New England Innocence Project. Boston Bar Association Steering Committee, 2009-13.  JD from Boston University School of Law; A.B. from Harvard.

Deputy Voter Protection Director Bianca C. Isaias

(Sept. 2016)  Litigation fellow for Open Society Foundations' Justice Initiative, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Paralegal, Oct. 2011-June 2012.   J.D. from NYU School of Law, 2015; B.A. in anthropology and archaeology from Barnard College at Columbia University, 2011.


Operations Director  Christopher Curry

(July 2016)  Senior associate at Dewey Square Group in Washington, DC, started with the firm in Jan. 2011.  B.A. in policy management ant political science from Dickinson College.

Deputy Director of Briefings, Trips, Surrogates  Esosa Osa  ...deployed from headquarters in Brooklyn

(Oct. 2016)  Research associate at Hillary for America in Brooklyn from July 2016.  Portfolio manager at BlackRock, Aug. 2012-July 2016.  B.A. in public policy from Duke University, 2012.

Recount included
Deputy State Lead  Marisa Kanof
Regional Organizing Directors
  Genessee and Saginaw Cos.  Branden Snyder
Director of Special Projects  Arielle Yuspeh

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Chairman  Brandon Dillon

(elected July 11, 2015)  State Representative for HD 76 (Grand Rapids) from Jan. 2011.  Kent County Commissioner representing the 18th District (Grand Rapids), Jan. 2007-Jan. 2011.  Chief of staff for State Sen. Jim Barcia, Jan. 2003-April 2010.  Master's in political science from Northeastern University; undergraduate degree from Aquinas College.  West Michigan native.  twitter

COO  Lavora Barnes 

(Aug. 2015)  Deputy Clerk/Register of Deeds for Oakland County, Jan. 2013-Aug. 2015.  Michigan state director on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, May-Nov. 2012.  Communications manager for public policy and social mission at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  Communications director for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus, starting 2007.  Worked a regional desk in the Office of Media Affairs at the White House.  Virginia press secretary on the Clinton-Gore '92 campaign.  Legislative affairs associate for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Field director on the Saslaw for Lieutenant Governor campaign in Virginia, 1989 (lost in the primary to Don Beyer).  B.A. from The College of William and Mary, 1987.  twitter

Press Secretary  Paul Kanan
Finance Director  Kelly Tebay
Director of Party Relations Ryan Covert
Data Director  Megan Lizotte
Office Manager  Dorothy Johnson
Director of Constituency Relations  Abdulla Alhassani
Deputy Finance Director  Shelbie Rose
Northern Michigan Senior Field Organizer  GT Long