Gary Johnson 2016
: PO Box 4422, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-4422

@govgaryjohnson  |  @govbillweld  |  @GJ2016press

(page is currently being updated October 26, 2016)

Campaign Manager  Ronald T. (Ron) Nielson

President of NSØN® Opinion Strategy in Salt Lake City, UT.  Ran Johnson's 2012 campaign and his first campaign for governor.


National Field Director  Carlos Sierra

(late May 2016)  Partner at Renegade Public Affairs from Nov. 2013; president of Sierra Public Affairs from June 2012; president and co-founder, with Buddy Roemer, of The Reform Project, from Aug. 2012.  General consultant on Oscar Leeser for Mayor of El Paso, Feb.-July 2013.  Campaign manager on the Committee to Defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  National campaign manager on Buddy Roemer for President, April 2011-July 2012.  Community outreach/campaign staffer to U.S. Sen. John McCain, Jan. 2000-April 2011.  B.A. in political science and government from the University of Arizona, 2004.  twitter

Regional Field Directors

West  Charlynn Patterson

Vice president of operations (from Sept. 2014) and director of operations (from Jan. 2014) at Open Book Finance and marketing director at Open Book Auto Group (from March 2013) in Salt Lake City, UT.  Marketing director at SansEgal in Sandy, UT, Sept. 2011-May 2012.  Account coordinator at Freestyle Marketing Group, Aug. 2008-April 2011.   Studied fine arts at Southern Utah University and general studies at Utah State University.

South Central  Angela Fisher

Fisher has worked in private practice mediation since 2009.  Her professional life includes stints in fields as varied as public relations, broadcast management and crisis counseling.  She started in politics in the early 90s volunteering for Congresswoman Jill Long and has worked on numerous campaigns since.  J.D. and undergraduate degrees in communications and health administration from St. Petersburg College.  Indiana native.

North Central  Lou Jasikoff

Publisher of the Wilkes-Barre Independent Gazette since Jan. 2012.  Owner of Campaign in a Box from 2011.  Owner of The Political Emporium from 2009.  State director for Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Gary Johnson's 2012 campaign.  Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania since 2011. 

East of the Mississippi  Jim Wallace

"He has worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company, head of strategy for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, chief of staff of Conseco Health, and founder/president/CEO of TWG Capital, Inc."  Republican candidate for governor of Indiana in 2012, but missed qualifying for the ballot.  Served on the Hamilton County Council and Fishers Town Council.  M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, 1989.  Served in the U.S. Army, 1983-87. Graduate of West Point, 1983.

New England  Dan Fishman

Special education software developer.  A resident of Beverly, Fishman ran for state representative in the 6th Essex in 2016, briefly in the 2013 special election for U.S. Senate, and for U.S. House in the 6th CD in 2012, gaining 16,739 votes (4.5%) in the most expensive congressional race that year.  Software developer at the MGH Institute of Health Professions to 2010.  Worked for a tech start up in Boston. Computer science degree from University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1999.  Assistant teacher at The League School of Boston.  Worked at a residential treatment center in Texas.


National Coalitions Director  Kevin Gibbons

National Youth Director  Jason Weinman

(June 2016)  Political director Aug. 2015-May 2016 and outreach director (July 2014-Aug. 2015) for the Libertarian Party of Nevada.  Event director for the Libertarian Politico Expo, Nov. 2014-May 2015.  Properties for IATSE, June 2006-Feb. 2014.  Studied history/economics at Bard College.  twitter
Youth for Johnson/Weld 50-state effort launch announced Aug. 11, 2016.

Advisor/Chairman of Hispanics for Johnson Weld  Juan Hernandez

(announced Aug. 4/5, 2016)  President of MARCO inc.  Political contributor to CNN Espanol from Aug. 2011.  Chair of Hispanic outreach on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.  Headed President Vicente Fox’s Office for Mexicans Abroad.  Worked on Vicente Fox's presidential campaign.  Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Christian University; undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Born in Fort Worth, Texas.  Author of The New American Pioneerstwitter

Co-Chair of Hispanics for Johnson Weld  Lionel Sosa

(announced Aug. 29, 2016)  Hispanic media consultant for seven presidential campaigns.  Joined KJS in 1996 and it merged with Spark in 1998 and then became Garcia LKS.  Founded Sosa and Associates in 1980 and built it into Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar, Noble, and Associates into the largest Hispanic agency.  While at Ed Yardang worked on his first political campaign, Sen. John Tower's 1978 re-election campaign in Texas.  Started a graphic design studio, Sosart, which expanded into an ad agency an then merged into Ed Yardang.  Designed signs.  Served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Grew up in San Antonio, TX.  Author of The Americano Dream: How Latinos Can Achieve Success in Business and in Life (1998).

National Volunteer/Grassroots Director  Lindsey Workman

(July 2016)  Field organizer for the RNC in Ohio from July 2015.  Ohio field director for Generation Opportunity, Jan.-April 2016.  Volunteer coordinator of the Kasich inaugural committee, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Victory Center director for the Ohio Republicn Party, Feb.-Nov. 2014.  Contributing writer for Elite Daily, Oct. 2013-May 2014.  B.A. in English from West Virginia University, 2012.  twitter


Communications Director  Joe Hunter

FCommunications director for Gov. Johnson since April 2011.  Principal at JH Strategies in Salt Lake City from 2009.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (UT), 2002-08.  B.A. in political science from Westminster College (MO).

Assistant Communications Director  John LaBeaume

Strategist on the Sarvis for Governor campaign in Virginia, 2013.  Originally from University City, MO.  twitter

Senior Media Advisor  Terry Michael

(announced Aug. 29, 2016)  Founder and executive director of the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism, 1989-2015.  Director of communication for the Paul Simon for President committee,1987-88.  Press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, 1983-87.  Press aide for U.S. Rep. Paul Simon (IL), U.S. Rep. Robert Matsui ((CA) and for the Democratic Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.  Reporter for the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette to 1972.  Reporter for the Mt. Vernon (IL) Register-News, starting in 1969.  B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois, 1969.  From Mt. Vernon, IL.

Digital Director  Burly Cain

(June 2016)  Managing member of Vis Vires LLC consulting services from 2011.  Development director for the Rio Grande Foundation Inc., April 2015-June 2016.  Executive director of GOAL Advocacy and GOAL WestPAC, May 2015-Jan. 2016. Regional director for Our America Initiative, Oct. 2014-May 2015.  Development director and project engineer for the Noel Company, Inc.  Sales account executive for Comcast, Jan.-Sept. 2013.  Candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, April 2012-Jan. 2013.  Canvasser for AFP in New Mexico, Oct.-Nov. 2012.  GOTV director on Allen Weh for Governor, June-Nov. 2010.  Central field director in New Mexico for the RNC, July-Dec. 2008.  Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of New Mexico, 2010.  twitter

Director of Social Media  Connie Hannigan-Franck

(June 2016)  Owner and chief instructor at Eclipse Firearms Instruction, LLC in No. VA.  Virginia state coordinator for Our America Initiative from Nov. 2015.  Director of legislation for Right Way Forward Virginia, Dec. 2014.  Campaign manager on Brian Suojanen for Delegate, May-Nov. 2015.  Statewide campaign coordinator on Sarvis for U.S. Senate, April-Nov. 2014.  J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2004; bachelor's degree from University of Maryland College Park.  twitter

Director of Social Media  Jay Wilson

(May 2016)  Founder of A Libertarian Future, an online political advocacy organization, 2012.  Digital media manager for San Pedro Waterfront LLC, Jan. 2014-May 2016.  Project manager for GrayLoud Digital Marketing, 2013-May 2016.  Consultant to McGirr Digital Marketing, 2013-15. Bachelor's degree in management from Cal State University Long Beach, 2014.

Event Director  Tom Mahon

(Jan. 2016)  Event and development director for Our America Initiative, Aug. 2013-Oct. 2014.  State campaign director in Florida on Gary Johnson's 2012 presidential campaign.  Business development executive for Strategic Online Asset Management and Consulting in Port St Lucie.  President and owner of Tom Mann Travel Inc., Jan. 1994-Nov. 2009.  Sales and marketing manager for SATO Travel/Northwest Airlines, June 1986-Dec. 1993.  Reservation sales supervisor for Northwest Airlines, Nov. 1979-May 1986.  B.B.A. from Manhattan College, 1977.

Ballot Access Director  Christopher S. Thrasher

(May 2016)  Senior strategist at Top Shelf Politics, LLC in Salt Lake City from May 2016.  Founder of The Wgon Works Group, LLC consulting firm, June 2012-May 2016.  Senior advisor  on McAfee'16, John McAfee's campaign for the Libertarian nomination.  National fundraising director/GOTV national coordinator on Gary Johnson for President 2012.  Partnership marketing manager on Don Schumacher Racing, Inc., Feb.-Nov. 2011.  COO and VP of business development for Carolina Marketing Consultants, Inc., Jan.-Dec. 2010.  Political director for the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, Inc. Sept. 2008-Nov. 2009.  Campaign consultant and New York state field director on Ralph Nader for President, May-Nov. 2008.  National campaign coordinator on Mike Gravel for President 2008.  On air personality and assistant business manager at 89.5 FM WSOU in South Orange, NJ, Oct. 2003-Jan. 2008.  Studied political science and communication at Seton Hall University.


Economics Advisor  Jeffrey Miron

Director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.  served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and the department of economics at Harvard University. Chairman of the economics department at Boston University, 1992-98.  Ph.D. in economics from MIT, 1984; B.A. in economics, mathematics from Swarthmore College, 1979.  Author of author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibitionand The Economics of Seasonal Cycles.


Finance Director  Kelly Ward

Administrator for the Village of Los Ranchos from Oct. 2007.  Business consultant with RVM Advisors.  New Mexico state superintendent of regulation and licensing ,Aug. 1999-Oct. 2001.  Senior policy analyst and deputy chief of staff to Gov. Johnson, Jan. 1995-Aug. 1999.  Managed Johnson's 1994 campaign for governor.  B.B.A. in international management from University of New Mexico, 1990.