Organization  |  BOBBY JINDAL page  

Jindal for President

(page updated November 8, 2015)

     announced June 24, 2015.
     see also:
pre-campaign organization
  |  pro-Jindal super PAC.

Chief Strategist  Curt Anderson

Founding partner at OnMessage Inc. (OMI).  Advisor on Rick Perry's 2011-12 presidential campaign. With Nelson Warfield, Anderson produced ads for Rick Scott's 2010 campaign for governor of Florida.  Co-author of Gov. Bobby Jindal's book, "Leadership and Crisis" (2010).  In Fall 2008 he led the RNC's independent expenditure campaign against President Obama; earlier in the cycle, in 2007-08, he was a member of the ad team for Mitt Romney's campaign.  Led the RNC's independent expenditure ad campaign to re-elect President Bush in 2004.  Directed coalition outreach efforts for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000, after serving as senior strategist for Steve Forbes in 1999.  Political director and earlier Midwest regional director at the RNC under Chairman Haley Barbour.  Coalition director and Southern regional director at the NRSC.  Associate Director of Public Liaison at the White House under President Reagan.  twitter

Campaign Manager  Timmy Teepell

(reported by Politico's Katie Glueck on March 24, 2015)  Partner at OnMessage Inc. since Nov. 2011.  Chief of staff to Jindal through Oct. 2011.  Started advising Jindal in late 2003; managed his 2004 and 2006 campaigns for Congress and 2007 campaign for governor.  Deputy political director at the RNC.  Directed Michael Farris' Madison Project, a political action committee.  Worked for Michael Farris at Home School Legal Defense Association.  twitter

Lead Pollster  Wes Anderson

Founding partner at OnMessage Inc.,  Pollster for Jindal gubernatorial and congressional campaigns since 2003.  Pollster at Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, 1997-99.  Served as the RNC’s polling director under chairman Haley Barbour and Western States field director for the NRSC under Chairman Al D’Amato.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager  Tim Saler

(reported by Politico's Katie Glueck on May 22, 2015)  Vice president at Grassroots Targeting, LLC, from May 2015.  Deputy campaign manager at Rick Scott for Florida, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Deputy executive director for political strategy at the Republican Party of Florida, June 2013-Jan. 2014.  Director of strategy for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, April-June 2013.  National turnout director at the RNC, Feb. 2012-March 2013.  Executive director for the Mississippi Republican Party, Feb.-Dec. 2011.  RNC North Carolina Victory Director, Feb.-Nov. 2010.  Regional field director on RNC New Jersey Victory, July-Nov. 2009.  Executive direoct of the Camden County Republican Committee, Jan.-July 2009.  Campaign manager on Dale Glading for Congress (NJ), April-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science from Temple University.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Advertising  Heather O'Donnell

(reported by The Advocate on Aug. 26, 2015)  Worked as a producer at OnMessage Inc. from April 2008.  Finance for the RSLC, 2003-06.  Research for the NRSC, 2001-02.  B.A. in political science and communication from Saint Mary's College, 2001.

Senior Advisor  Gail Gitcho

Co-founder (Dec. 2014) and partner at McKay-Gitcho Strategies.  Communications director at the Republican Governors Association in the 2014 cycle, announced May 6, 2013.  Senior advisor on Gabriel Gomez's campaign for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts June 25, 2013 special election. Communications director on Mitt Romney's 2011-12 presidential campaign from April 2011.  Communications director to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) starting Feb. 2011.  National press secretary for the RNC from May 2009 to Jan. 2010.  Mid-Atlantic communications director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.  Gitcho started the 2008 presidential cycle as a regional press secretary for Romney for President.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL), 2004-07.  Communications director for Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), 2003-04.  Master's degree in political communications from Colorado State, 2003.  Bachelor's degree in political communications from Ripon College in Wisconsin, 2001.  Originally from San Antonio, TX.  twitter

Digital Director  Bradley Engle

(reported by P2016 on April 16, 2015)  Formerly senior director for digital strategy at Purple Strategies, LLC from 2010 to Feb. 2015; and also did research planning and placement for National Media from Sept. 2009-Feb. 2015.  Degree in marketing from University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business.  twitter

Finance Director  Alexandra Bautsch Grunewald

(reported by Politico's Katie Glueck on March 24, 2015)  Longtime fundraiser to Jindal; served as office manager to then U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal.  Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from American University.  Native New Orleanian.

Legal Counsel  Heather Sidwell Morris

(reported by Politico's Katie Glueck on May 22, 2015) Principal at the Law Offices of Heather Sidwell Morris, P.A. in Tampa/St. Petersburg from Jan. 2013.  Counsel for the Committee on Arrangements for the 2012 Republican National Convention, July 2011-Dec. 2012.  Deputy counsel at the RNC, April 2007-June 2011.  Associate at McDermott Will & Emery, Sept. 2005-March 2007.  J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law, 2005; B.A. in speech communication from Denison University, 1996.

Communications Director  Kyle Plotkin

(June 2015)  Chief of staff to Jindal in the Governor's office, announced Feb. 18, 2014 to June 19, 2015; previously served as Jindal’s assistant chief of staff and communications director, and earlier as press secretary for Jindal since Nov. 2008.  Deputy communications director on the John Kennedy for U.S. Senate campaign.  Senior policy and research analyst for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign, policy analyst for Romney's Commonwealth Political Action Committee (PAC).  Research assistant at Public Opinion Strategies. B.A. in political science and American studies from the University of Miami (FL).  Originally from New Jersey but has lived in the Baton Rouge area since 2008.   twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Henry Goodwin

(started as communications advisor, reported by WMUR-TV's Josh McElveen on April 8, 2015)  Communications director on Walt Havenstein's 2014 campaign for governor.  twitter

Press Secretary  Shannon Dirmann

Served as deputy communications director in the Governor's office to June 19, 2015.  twitter

National Field Director  Matt Parker

(reported by the Associated Press on March 31, 2015)  Legislative affairs director in the Governor's office from Oct. 2012, resignation announced March 31; previously intergovernmental affairs director  Campaign manager for Gov. Jindal's re-election campaign in 2011.  Field director for Rick Scott's campaign for Governor of Florida in 2010.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana, Dec. 2007-April 2010.  Worked on Jindal's 2007 campaign for Governor and his 2004 congressional campaign.  twitter

National Coalitions Director  Taylor Teepell

(reported by the Associated Press on March 31, 2015)  Deputy chief of staff in the Governor's office from Oct. 2012, resignation announced March 31, 2015; previously deputy legislative affairs director.  Director of the Victory Fund for the Republican Party of Louisiana.  A policy advisor to Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour.  Account supervisor at RARE Design in Hattiesburg from Nov. 2009.  Director of marketing and communications at Circle Graphics, Inc. Feb.-Nov. 2009.  Campaign manager for former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough's 2008 bid for Congress in Mississippi's 1st CD.  Coalitions director on Friends of Bobby Jindal, June 2005-Jan. 2008.  Degree in marketing from LSU Baton Rouge.  twitter

Assistant (Body Man)  Donald Hains

Before the campaign served as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs (from Dec. 2012) and external affairs specialist (July 2010-Dec. 2012) to Gov. Jindal.  Criminal district court clerk in the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, Dec. 2009-April 2010.   Graduate assistant at the University of New Orleans, Jan.-July 2009.  B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University 2008, and was defensive tackle on the 2007 National Champion LSU football team.  Gulf Coast native.  twitter


State Director  Matt Horihan

(reported by the DMR's Jennifer Jacobs on April 20, 2015)  Strategist on David Young's successful 2014 campaign for Congress in Iowa's 3rd CD.  Legislative assistant at Alston & Bird LLP, Jan.-Oct. 2013.  Legislative correspondent for Sen. Grassley, Sept. 2009-March 2012.  Managed Tami Wiencek's campaign for state House in 2006, defeating long-term incumbent Don Shoultz.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Northern Iowa, 2009.  twitter

Political Director  Maddie Anderson

also based in Iowa
National Field Director  Matt Parker

National Coalitions Director  Taylor Teepell

House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl
(announced Aug. 17, 2015)
Caffeinated Thoughts/Shane Vander Hart (Nov. 6, 2015 editorial)


(Deputy Communications Director  Henry Goodwin has NH experience).

Governor's Office

Chief of Staff  Melissa Mann

(June 2015; succeeded Kyle Plotkin, who left June 19 to join the campaign)  Previously deputy director of legislative affairs in the Office of the Governor from March 2014.  Legislative liaison at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Nov. 2012-Oct. 2014.  B.A. in nutrition and dietetics from Louisiana State University, 2009.

Deputy Chief of Staff  Stafford Palmieri

(March 2015)  Previously assistant chief of staff (Aug. 2014-Mar. 2015), policy director (Dec. 2011-Aug. 2014) and education and workforce policy advisor (Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011) in the Governor's Office.  Associate editor and policy analyst (June 2009-Oct. 2010) and research assistant (July 2008-May 2009) at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  B.A. in political science from Yale University, 2008.