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The RNC is a confederation of state parties. Power flows from the local level up to the national level. Following the defeat of Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign, the RNC established a Growth & Opportunity Project; its findings, released in a report on March 18, 2013, are bringing about major changes at the RNC, beyond the normal cycle-to-cycle turnover, as the party builds towards 2014 and 2016. 

National Convention

Every four years.

168 Members of the RNC

Meet twice yearly. 1 Committeeman, 1 Committeewoman and 1 Chairperson from each state. Committee members terms run from Convention to Convention. (Formerly 165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Executive Committee (28 members)(Rule 6)

Sounding board for the Chair. Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.

  • 8 by Region (MW, NE, S, W) -
  • 3 Chair Appointments -
  • 17 Elected and Appointed Officers - Chairman, Co-Chair, Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary; General Counsel, Finance Chairman, Chairman of State Chairmen's Advisory Comm., Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Chairman  Reince Priebus (WI)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013)  Served as RNC General Counsel; announced July 31, 2009, resigned Dec. 5, 2010.  Chairman of the Wisconsin state party, first elected in May 2007.  Candidate for State Senate in 2004, losing to incumbent Bob Wirch (D) by 52% to 48%.  Partner at Best & Friedrich LLP; joined the firm in 1998.  J.D. from University of Miami School of Law, 1998.  Worked in the Wisconsin legislature before law school.  B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1994.  Born and raised in Kenosha, WI.  twitter

Director of the Chairman's Office  Elisabeth Steil

(Aug. 2013; started as director of scheduling in 2011)  Scheduler and legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (TX), 2009-11.  Scheduler to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (MN), 2005-09.

Co-Chair  Sharon Day (FL)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013)  Day served the past two years as RNC Secretary, elected Jan. 2009.  She was an unsuccessful candidate for RPOF chairman in Feb. 2010 following the resignation of Jim Greer.  "Sharon is a retired executive with marketing, group health insurance and re-insurance experience.  She is an entrepreneur that has built and sold numerous businesses."  From Fort Lauderdale, FL.  > twitter

Chief of Staff to the Co-Chair  Mike Vallante

(May 2011)  Chief of staff of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Host Committee, Dec. 2007-May 2011.  A regional political director on the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.  COO of the California Republican Party; directed the day-to-day operations of the state Republican Party rom June 2003-May 2007.  President/owner of JM Commmunications Inc., his own public relations firm, May 1992-June 2003.  He has served as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party and as a regional political director for the RNC.  B.A. in political science, public administration from Providence College, 1977.

Director of Political Affairs  Sam Sanchez

(2011)  Legislative correspondent (July 2009-2011), correspondence manager to Sen. Mel Martinez (April 2008-June 2009) and press intern to Sen. Mike Enzi (Jan.-April 2008).  B.S. in political science and interdisciplinary social sciences from Florida State University, 2008.

Director of Women's Programs  Valerie Dowling

(May 2013)  Pennsylvania coalitions director on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  Political director at the National Federation of Republican Women, June 2009-June 2012.  Staff assistant in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, 2008-09; White House of Office of Presidential Correspondence, 2007-08.  B.A. in politics, history from Converse College, 2007.

Treasurer  Tony Parker (DC)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013)  President of Parker Tide, a federal government contracting company.  Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy; received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his J.D. and Masters in tax law from Georgetown Law Center.

Secretary  Demetra DeMonte (IL)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013)  Explored a campaign for lieutenant governor in the first part of 2009.  Elected RNC Committeewoman in June 2008.  Tazewell County Republican chair since 2004.  Chief business-operations manager of the orthodontic practice she and her husband built, since 1978.  Resident of Pekin, Tazwell County; originally from Chicago.

General Counsel  John Ryder (TN)

(announced Feb. 7, 2013, subject to RNC confirmation)  Member of the Memphis, Tennessee law firm: Harris, Shelton, Hanover & Walsh.  J.D. from Vanderbilt University, 1974; A.B. from Wabash College, 1971.  Has served as National Committeeman from 1996-2004 and from 2008 to the present.

Finance Chairman  Ray Washburne (MI)

(announced Feb. 6, 2013, subject to RNC confirmation)  Chairman/CEO of Charter Holdings, a private investment company based in Dallas, Texas that is primarily involved in the real estate and restaurant businesses.  Co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group which owns the Mi Cocina and Taco Diner restaurant chains.  Managing partner of the Highland Park Village in Dallas.  Graduate of Southern Methodist University, 1984.

Chairman of the State Chairmen  Steve Robertson (KY)

(announced July 29, 2013)

Chairman of the Budget Committee  Ron Kaufman (MA)

Members of the Budget Committee: MW: .  S: .  NE: .  W: .  Plus . 
Ex-Officio Members: Chairman Priebus, Co-Chairman Day, Treasurer Parker. 

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions  Carolyn McLarty (OK)

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Rules  Bruce Ash (AZ)


Chief of Staff  Mike Shields

(announced Feb. 26, 2013)  Shields was most recently politcal director at the NRCC, announced Dec. 14, 2010; he served as NRCC director of independent expenditures from March 2010 after starting as director of special projects in Jan. 2009.  Previously chief of staff to Rep. Dave Reichert (WA); worked for Reichert for four years starting in Jan. 2005 as clerk.  Research director at the NRCC in the 2004 cycle.  Press secretary to Rep. George Gekas (PA), mid-2002-Jan. 2003.  Managed Tim James' unsuccessful 2002 primary race for governor of Alabama.  Spokesman for Newt Gingrich for five years; started as communications director for Friends of Newt Gingrich in July 1996.  Started out his career clipping newspapers at the RNC during the Haley Barbour era.  Studied at George Mason University.  twitter

Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Digital Officer  Chuck DeFeo

(announced July 29, 2013)  Senior vice president and head of the issues management and public affairs group at Edelman, Jan.-July 2013.  Digital strategist at the American Center for Law and Justice, Sept. 2010-Dec. 2012.  President and CEO of Campaign Solutions and Connell Donatelli, June 2009-Aug. 2010.  General manager for interactive and social media at the Washington Times, Dec. 2008-June 2009.  Co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Townhall Magazine, Nov. 2007-Nov. 2008; vice president and general manager at and Salem News/Talk Online, March 2005-Nov. 2008.  eCampaign manager at Bush-Cheney '04, June 2003-Nov. 2004.  eCampaign manager at the RNC, 2002-03.  Associate Deputy Assistant Attorney General, managing IT projects for Attorney General John Ashcroft, 2001-02.   Legislative aide/technology aide to Sen. Ashcroft, 1996-2000.  M.P.A. from George Mason University, 2003; B.S. in political science from University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1997.

Chief Operating Officer  Sara Armstrong

(from April 2013; deputy chief of staff from April 2011-April 2013)  Director of membership services at the RNC in the 2010 cycle; started in March 2009. Worked at the White House from June 2002 to Jan. 2009. Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, July 2007-Jan. 2009; Director of the Visitors Office, March 2004-July 2007; Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady, Dec. 2002-March 2004; Correspondence Analyst, June 2002-Dec. 2002. Sales/marketing manager at GMAC, 1999-2001. Retail services officer at BBT, 1994-97. M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, 1999; B.S. in marketing from the University of South Carolina, 1994.


Political Director  Chris McNulty

(announced March 4, 2013)  Deputy executive director in the political office of Speaker John Boehner since 2010.  RNC midwest regional political director from 2006-10.  Executive director of the Ohio Republican Party, 2001-06; political director for the Ohio Republican Party, 1997-2000; Northeast Ohio field director for the Party, 1996-97; Southeast Ohio field director for the Party, 1995-96.  Graduate of John Carroll University (Cleveland), 1992.

Deputy Political Director  Molly Donlin O'Driscoll

(April 2013)  Florida state manager on Romney's general election campaign; started as state director for Romney's Florida primary campaign, then went on to direct the primary campaigns in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  In 2010 Donlin directed Republicans' Michigan Victory effort.  In the fall 2008 campaign she directed Republicans' Victory 2008 effort in Arizona; earlier in the cycle she served as field director for Central Florida on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee.  Donlin was a presidential appointee in the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, where she served as assistant to the director.  Deputy director of volunteer development for the RNC from Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2006, and 72-Hour field director for Hamilton County for the Ohio Republican Party.  B.S. degree in international affairs from Xavier University in Cincinnati, 2004.  twitter

Deputy Political Director/National Strategic Initiatives Director  Jennifer Sevilla Korn

(announced May 28, 2013)  Executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network; teacher at the Leadership Institute and a senior fellow at the Institute for Liberty..  Director of Intergovernmental affairs and public liaison at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Associate Director for Hispanic Affairs in the Office of Public Liaison at the White House.  National Hispanic director and Southwest coalitions director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Executive director of the Lincoln Juarez Opportunity Center, a non-profit headquartered in Santa Ana.
>See also: RNC Latinos twitter

Regional Political Directors

(6 directors announced April 29, 2013; including Jefferson and Mason continuing on from '12 cycle )

Northeast (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, RI, PR, VI, NMI, GU, AS, DC)  Tiffany Watkins

Director of government affairs at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.  Chief financial officer for Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.  Director of marketing and development at Orr Associates, Inc. from March 2008.  Chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.  Deputy campaign manager at Jim Talent for U.S. Senate.  Directed African Americans and health professionals coalitions on Bush-Cheney '04.  Deputy associate director for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.  Southern regional field representative in the RNC's grassroots development department.  Started career at Merrill Lynch.  B.A. in history from University of Pennsylvania.

MI, PA, OH, IN, WV, KY, TN, VA  John Gibson

(Matt Mason moved over to national field director)  Pennsylvania state manager on Romney for President general election campaign.  Northeastern regional political director at the RNC starting May 2011.  Worked for the digital media firm Targeted Victory.  In 2008, he was the Mid-Atlantic regional political director for the RNC where he was responsible for the RNC’s 2008 turnout program in Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Before his time at the RNC, Gibson was executive director of the Maryland Republican Party.  He also served as campaign manager for Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), campaign manager for David Albo for Delegate and legislative assistant for Rep. Bob Franks (NJ-7).

Southeast (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK)  Josh Kivett

Partner at Connect Strategic Communications from 2010 and president of the Jamison Group, Inc. from 2005.  Campaign manager on Texans for Tom Leppert, 2011-12.  General consultant and campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, 2004-08.  Executive director of the Oklahoma Republican State House Committee, 2005-06.  Campaign manager on Kirk Humphreys for U.S. Senate (OK), 2003-04.  Campaign manager for Sen. Inhofe, 2001-03.  Campaign manager on Barr for Congress, 1999-2001.  Regional field director for Forbes 2000 and Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity, 1998-99.  Regional political director at the Georgia Republican Party, 1998.  M. A. in electoral politics from Georgia State University; B.A. in political science and history from the University of Georgia.

Midwest (WI, IL, MO, IA, MN, KS, NE, SD, ND)  Mark Jefferson

(Midwestern regional political director since May 2011)  Served for over four years as executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in the 2008 and 2010 cycles, including working for then Chairman Reince Priebus.  Has run several house races and was the statewide director for the state Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.  Served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Capitol for more than a decade.  B.A. from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Born in Friendship, WI.

Southwest (TX, NM, CO, AZ, UT, NV, AK)  James Garcia

Colorado state manager on Romney for President, announced May 1, 2012, after serving as the campaign's national field director during the primaries.  Executive director of the Colorado Republican Party starting Aug. 2009.  Colorado Victory director from May 2008-Feb. 2009.  Regional manager for Saxby Chambliss' successful 2008 U.S. Senate runoff campaign in Georgia.  A field director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee in Iowa and Florida.  A field director on Shelley Sekula Gibbs for Congress, 2006; also assisted the Tom DeLay Congressional Committee in Sugar Land, Texas.  B.A. in political science from the University of Houston, 2006.

Northwest (MT, WY, ID, WA, OR, CA, HI)  Peter Graves

Executive director (March 2011-April 2013) and political director (March 2010-March 2011) of the Washington State Republican Party.  Political director on Susan Hutchison for King County Executive, Fall 2009.  Legislative aide to KCC Pete von Reichbauer, Nov. 2008-Aug. 2009.  Field coordinator on Dino Rossi for Governor, Jan.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in economics and political science from Western Washington University, 2007.

State Party Director  Matt Pinnell

(announced April 10, 2013; reports directly to Priebus)  State chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party since 2010.  Oklahoma executive diretor of American Majority, May-Dec. 2009.  Director of operations at the Oklahoma Republican Party, 2006-08. Campaign manager on Scott Pruitt for Lt. Governor, 2005-06.  PAC manager at the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2004-05.  Manager for legislative affairs at AIADA, 2003-04.  B.S. in public relations, government from Oral Roberts University, 2002.

National Field Director  Matt Mason

(from latter part of 2013; started at the RNC as a regional political director in the 2012 cycle, and reannounced as a regional political on April 29, 2013)  Executive political director for the Michigan Repulbican Party in 2010.  Victory director in Virginia in 2009.  Regional political director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee covering the Great Lakes region, 2007. Ohio Victory director in the '04, '06, and '08 cycles.  After Sept. 11, 2001 Mason joined the U.S. Marine Corps; he served with Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines in Iraq in 2005 and is a combat veteran.  A field representative for the Ohio Republican Party in 2001.  Victory coordinator for the Ohio Republican Party in 2000.  Mason got his start in politics in the late 90's in Southeast Ohio managing five successful local races while studying political management at Ohio University; degree in political management, Dec. 2000.

Deputy National Field Director  Tom Dickens

(Jan. 2014)  Political director on Christie for Governor, Feb.-Dec. 2013.  RNC Victory director in Florida, June-Feb. 2013.  At the Republican Party of Wisconsin from June 2010-June 2012: RPW political director and Victory director (March 2011-June 2012), statewide field director (March 2010-March 2011) and deputy Victory director and absentee ballot/early vote director (July-Nov. 2010).  A regional director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, Dec. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Field director for Maine Republican Party/Victory 2008 in Fall 2008.  Attended the University of Maine for two years.  twitter

Field Staff

> Victory 365 started in June 2013. 
24 State Directors (in partnership w/ state parties) include +
Alaska - Michael Shirley (+)  Arkansas - Bobby Talbot (+)  |  California - Clinton Soffer (+)  |  Colorado - Ian Lindemann (+)  |  Florida - John Vinson (+|  Georgia - ?  |  Illinois - Anthony Esposito (+)  |  Iowa - Kevin Poindexter (succeeded Chad Olsen +)  Louisiana - Chris Young (+)  |  Michigan - Dan Hennessey (+)  |  Montana - David Herbst (+)   |  New Hampshire - ?  |  New Jersey - Patrick Sebastian (+)  |  New York - ?  |  North Carolina - Alyssa Moyer (+)  |  Ohio - Ryan Zickfoose (+)  |  Pennsylvania - Nick Trainer (+)  |  South Carolina - Hope Walker (+)  |  Texas - John Jackson (+)  |  Virginia - Ryan Gough (+)  |  West Virginia (+)  |  Wisconsin - ?

As of July 16, 2014 briefing, the RNC reported in addition to the 24 state directors, 280 paid field staff including 30 Hispanic engagement staff and 15 African American engagement staff and 8 AAPI engagement staff, as well as 15 regional field data directors and 147 offices, supporting a volunteer army of 16,630 precinct captains (toward recruitment goal of 17,352).
note: in contrast to the traditional RNC Victory directors, the state directors were on the ground much, much earlier, and they were not just doing voter ID, but learning their communities and  building an infrastructure.

Asian and Pacific Islander Field Director  Stephen Fong

(announced April 9, 2013)  Research analyst for Spartan Solutions, LLC.  Directives coordinator/editor at DKW Communications, Inc., Nov. 2008-March 2010.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 2001-08.  B.S. in business management from University of Phoenix.

National Field Director for African-American Initiatives  Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield

(announced May 14, 2013)  Experience includes professional staff for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, director of business outreach and communications for the House Republican Policy Committee, senior legislative advisor to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, and state minority coalitions director for the Tennessee Republican Party.  Master's in public administration/international relations from Troy University, 2006; B.A. in political science/international relations from University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004.

   > examples in the states.

Hispanic Field Team  Deputy Political Director/National Strategic Initiatives Director  Jennifer Sevilla Korn

Deputy Director of Hispanic Initiatives  Hannah Jane Nunez

(announced June 12, 2014 along with state hires)  Most recently served as the Hispanic engagement director in Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  B.A. from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, 2013.  Phoenix native.

   > On Oct. 7, 2013, the RNC announced it has Hispanic engagement staff in CA, FL, NJ, NM, PA, TX and VA;
      on June 12, 2014 it announced state hires in AZ, CO, NV and NM). 

National Youth Director  Elliott Echols

(announced Oct. 24, 2013)  Southeastern regional political director of the College Republican National Committee, June-Nov. 2012.  State chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, March 2011-April 2012.  B.S. in economics from Berry College, 2012.  twitter

Director of Faith Engagement Initiative  Chad Connelly

(July 2013)  Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party May 2011-June 2013.  A senior advisor to Jeff Duncan's successful 2010 campaign for Congress in South Carolina's 3rd CD.  Candidate for SC State Senate in 2003 special election.  Owner of Freedom Tide since 2002.  President of Connelly Enterprises, Dec. 1990-June 2003.  Worked for Professional Service Industries for almost eight years.  B.S. in civil engineering from Clemson University, 1985.  twitter

Director of Strategic Partnerships  Mike Mears

(July 2013)  Senior director at Family Research Council Action, Jan. 2012-June 2013.  Executive director at Concerned Women for America PAC, Jan. 2006-Dec. 2011.

Director of Political Education  Jonathan Gormley

(April 2013)  Political consulting as Gormley Greenlight Consulting, Feb. 2011-April 2013.  Political director (Feb. 2007-Feb. 2011), Victory director (May 2006-Feb. 2007), deputy political director (Dec. 2004-May 2006) and regional field director (May 2001-Dec. 2004) at the Ohio Republican Party.  Bachelor's degree in communications, political communication from Ohio University, 2000.

Political  Matt Terrill

(started at the RNC Oct. 2011 senior special assistant to the Chairman)  Deputy director of Wisconsin Victory in 2008, also did a total of five internships.  B.A. in political science from Roosevelt University, 2011.

National Targeting Director  Jon Black

(May 2013)  Digital political director at Romney for President, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Political analyst at Target Victory, Feb.-Nov. 2011.  Voter programs for the Michigan Republican Party, Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Republican Party of Virginia Victory, June-Nov. 2009.  Deputy director of political technology/Voter Vault (May 2008-March 2009) and a regional Voter Vault coordinator (April 2007-May 2008) at the RNC.  Worked on the Rhode Island Victory campaign in latter half of 2006, ID-ing and mobilizing likely voters in the U.S. Senate race.  Degree in political science from Allegheny College, 2006.

National Advisory Councils:
African American Advisory Council  |  Asian Pacific American Advisory Council  |  Hispanic Advisory Council

(announced March 3, 2014) " strengthen ties with minority communities and expand engagement efforts"



Communications Director  Sean Spicer

(announced Feb. 24, 2011)  Co-founder and partner at Endeavor Global Strategies since Feb. 2009.  Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Media and Public Affairs, 2006-09.  Communications director for the House Republican Conference, 2005-06.  Communications director on the House Budget Committee, 2003-05.  Director of incumbent retention at the NRCC, 2001-02.  Communications director on the House Government Reform Committee, 2000-01.  Has worked for members of Congress from New Jersey and Florida and on several local and congressional political campaigns.  B.A. in government from Connecticut College, 1993.  Commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserves).  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Sarah Isgur Flores

(March 2013)  Research fellow with the Initiative on Neuroscience and the Law at Baylor College of Medicine.  Election day operations on Romney for President, Fall 2012.  Attorney, 2010-11.  Political director on Texans for Ted Cruz, Aug. 2009-April 2010.  Worked in the legal department on Romney's 2007-08 campaign.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2008; B.A. in history, political science from Northwestern University, 2004.  twitter

Press Secretary  Kirsten Kukowski

(Jan. 2011)  Spokeswoman on Rep. Mark Kirk's successful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Midwest regional press secretary at the RNC in 2009-10.  Communications director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-March 2009, including WI Victory communications director in Fall 2008.  Press secretary to Congressman Mark Green, May 2006-Jan. 2007.  B.A. in journalism and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Ryan Mahoney

(June 2011)  Joined the RNC from the Maryland Republican Party (MDGOP), where he served in a dual role as communications director and political director, March 2010-June 2011.  Field director (Jan. 2009-March 2010) and deputy communications director (started Jan. 2008) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  Communications at BT Health in London, May 2007-Jan. 2008.  Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison.  twitter

Regional Press Secretary  Michael C. Short

(May 2013)  Communications director for RNC Victory in Virginia, June-Nov. 2012. Press secretary to Rep. Adrian Smith (NE), Oct. 2011-June 2012.  Assistant press secretary at the RNC, 2009-11.  Researcher at the NRSC, June-Sept. 2009.  Researcher at Texans for John Cornyn, May-Nov. 2008.  B.A. degrees in government and history from Texas Tech University, 2008.  twitter

Press Assistant  Anna Epstein

(Jan. 2014)  Staff assistant at the RNC in the Office of the Chairman, May 2013-Jan. 2014; also served as an intern June-Aug. 2012.  B.A. in political science and communications from Tulane University, 2013.

Hispanic Media Communications Director  Ruth Guerra

(late Aug. 2014)  Communications director  to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson from March 2013.  Press secretary at the LIBRE Initiative, May 2012-March 2013.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Jan 2011-May 2012.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, June 2010-Jan. 2011.  B.S. in political science, general business from Texas Christian University, 2010.

Hispanic Media Press Secretary  Ali Pardo

(announced Oct. 31, 2013)  Press assistant (June 2011-Oct. 2013), staff assistant (Jan.-June 2011) to Sen. Marco Rubio; interned on his 2010 Senate campaign.  Bachelor's degree in political science from The George Washington University, 2011.  twitter

Communications Director for Asian and Pacific Islander Engagement  Jason Chung

(announced April 9, 2013)  Government relations consultant for the Livingston Group and managing partner at Gateway Consulting (GWC LLC) from Oct. 2007.  Congressional liaison in the Department of Homeland Security, 2006-07.  Executive director of the Maryland Governor’s Office on Asian Pacific American Affairs under Gov. Bob Ehrlich, 2005-06.   Consultant at the Livingston Group, 2004-05.  Legislative assistant/professional staff to the House Committee on Government Reform, 2003-04; press secretary/clerk at the House Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affais, International Relations, 1999-2003.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, Jan.-June 1999.  B.A. in political science from Trinity College-Hartford, 1998.  twitter

Communications Director for Black Media  Orlando Watson

(announced Oct. 9, 2013)  Communications director/press secretary for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ), Jan.-Oct. 2013.  Deputy press secretary (2011-Jan. 2013) and press assistant (Jan.-June 2011) to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (KY); started working for Paul as an aide on his 2010 campaign.  B.A. in public policy from The College of William and Mary, 2010.  twitter

Senior Advisor for Black Media  Tara Wall

(announced Oct. 9, 2013)  Principal (CCO/EP) at PTP Media Group from 2011.  Senior communications advisor for African American outreach on the Romney campaign (from May 2012).  Senior vice president for corporate communications and vice president of multimedia communications at Amerigroup Corporation, Sept. 2009-April 2011.  Columnist/dep. editor at the Washington Times in latter half of 2008-early 2009. Communications director and spokesperson at the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding at the Department of Homeland Security, 2008.  Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Administration for Children and Families at HHS, 2007.  Press secretary for outreach at the RNC in the 2004.  Wall spent 13 years as a news reporter, anchor and talk show host for the local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Detroit.  B.S. degree in telecommunications and film from Eastern Michigan University, 1992.

Deputy Press Secretary for Youth and Conservative Media  Raffi Williams

(March 2013)  Briefly deputy communications director at the Republican Study Committee, Jan.-March 2013.  Communications director at Benishek for Congress, March-Nov. 2012.  Staff assistant at the House Rules Committee, Nov. 2011-March 2012.  B.A. in anthropology from Haverford College, 2011.  He is the son of Fox News commentator Juan Williams.  twitter

Director of Media Affairs  Ellie Wallace

Communications director for RNC Victory in Colorado.  Deputy communications director on Phil Bryant's successful gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi.  Worked for three years in the Los Angeles branch of the Glover Park Group.  Graduate of the University of Southern California.  From Jackson, Mississippi.  twitter

Speechwriter  Mark Isaacson

(Aug. 2011)  B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2011.

Director of Film and Visual Media  Matthew Mazzone

(producer/editor from May 2012; initially in the strategy department, Jan.-May 2012)  Geologist I at ARCADIS in the Atlanta area, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012.  B.S. in geology from University of Mississippi, 2010.

War Room Director  Dean Cleary

(May 2013; RNC deputy war room director Jan. 2012-May 2013)  War room intern at Romney for President, Sept.-Dec. 2011; also interned in the Chairman's office at the RNC, Oct. 2010-May 2011.  M.P.S. in political management from The George Washington University, 2011; B.A. in political science from Merrimack College, 2009.



Research Director and Deputy Director of Communications  Kris Anderson

(announced April 25, 2013)  Research director on Romney for President.  Research director and deputy communications director on Jon Huntsman's campaign.  Director of strategic communications in the office of the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Jan.-May 2011.  Research director and deputy communications director on Carly for California, July-Nov. 2010.  Senior advisor for research on Steve Poizner for Governor campaign in California, 2009-June 2010.  Research manager at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center.  Senior research analyst at the RNC, 2007-08.  Policy analyst on Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006.  twitter

Deputy Research Director  Webber Steinhoff

(April 2013)  Rapid response director at Romney for President, June 2011-Nov. 2012.  Communications advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, April 2009-May 2011.  Deputy research director on the McCain campaign June-Nov. 2008; senior research analyst at the RNC, March-June 2008; research analyst at Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Research analyst at the RNC, May-Nov. 2006.  B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, 2005.  Massachusetts native.  twitter


...this department includes the former digital and strategy departments

including Voter File Development - GOP Data Center (formerly Voter Vault) - Polling - Targeting - Mapping - Election Data - Data Analysts -
Engineers - Developers - Email Marketing - Graphics - Creative 

Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Digital Officer  Chuck DeFeo

(see above)

Chief Technology Officer  Andy Barkett

(announced June 4, 2013)  Engineer at Facebook from Jan. 2011.  Senior director of engineering for Livescribe, Sept. 2009-Aug. 2011.  Senior management consultant for Nvidia, 2008-09. Technical program manager at Google, 2006-08. Software engineering manager at OnWafer Technologies (acq. by KLA-Tencor), 2002-06.  M.B.A. in general management from UC Davis, 2009; B.A. in political economy from UC Berkeley, 2002.
    >Data Trust - outside firm, formed in 2011, maintaining the voter file, data sharing.  Johnny DeStefano is president from July 2013.

Para Bellum Labs (announced Feb. 4, 2014) "create a culture to allow the RNC to innovate faster and recruit more talented people who can build digital platforms to understand public opinion, engage voters and power elections." >

Chief Data Officer  Azarias Reda

(announced Jan. 30, 2014)  Co-founder/CEO of the startup, Meritful, in Ann Arbor, MI, May 2012-Dec. 2013.  Researcher, search, network and analytics at LinkedIn in Mountain View, CA, May-Aug. 2011; visiting lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Feb.-April 2011; research intern at Microsoft Research India, Jan.-April 2011.  Software developer at Aristotle, Jan.-June 2007.  Ph.D. in computer science engineering from the University of Michigan, spring 2012; B.A. degrees in computer science, mathematics and business administration from Sterling College, 2007.

Deputy Data Director  Jesse Kamzol

Deputy strategy director from April 2012; previously list development director, May 2010-April 2012; and voter registration coordinator/election data analyst, May 2008-May 2010.  Legislative assistant at Kessler and Associates, June 2007-May 2008.  Field staffer at Vern Buchanan for Congress, May-Nov. 2006.  B.A in economics and political science from University of Michigan, 2007.

Creative Director  Justin LoFranco

(Nov. 2013)  Previously digital director for Office of Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee, from Jan. 2013.  Digital director in the Office of the Majority Whip, May 2012-Jan. 2013.  Digital consultant to Romney for President, Sept.-Nov. 2013.  Deputy director of digital strategy (April 2011-May 2012) press assistant and deputy Republican clerk (June 2010-May 2011) to House Oversight Committee; press assistant to Rep. Darrell Issa, Nov. 2009-June 2010.  Degree in political science from Biola University, 2008.  twitter

Digital Strategy  Tyler Brown

(announced as deputy communications director on June 6, 2011)  During the 2010 cycle Brown was director of rapid response at the RNC and earlier served as northeast regional press secretary.  In the 2008 general election campaign Brown served as communications director for Victory 2008 in Virginia.  Field representative (Hillsborough County) on Mitt Romney's NH primary campaign.  Staff assistant, then legislative correspondent, then press secretary then communications director to Rep. Thelma Drake (VA), 2005-07.  B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia in 2003.  Originally from Charlottesville, VA.  twitter

Digital Finance Manager  Anne Thomas

(Sept. 2013; started June 2013 as deputy South finance director)  Deputy regional manager for the North Carolina Republican Party, Aug.-Dec. 2012.  Political intern at the RNC, summer 2012 and finance intern at the RNC, June-July 2011.  B.A. in political sicence from Elon University, 2013.

Email Marketing Director  Sondra Clark

(2013)  Previously online membership associate and earlier online membership coordinator at The Heritage Foundation, starting Jan. 2012.  B.S. in international business from Azusa Pacific University; working towards an Master's degree in public relations and communications.  twitter

Email Marketing Administrator  Ian Gray

(Feb. 2014)  Developer at Quantum Strategic Solutions, LLC, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Research analyst and assistant war room manager (Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012) and political coordinator (Jan.-Nov. 2011) at the NRSC.  Campaign manager on Rooney for Congress, July-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from The University of the South, 2010.

Digital Marketing Specialist for Email  Cassie Alsfeld

(Oct. 2013)  Senior digital strategist at the NRCC, Dec. 2013 to May 2013.  Lead digital political copywriter for the Romney campaign, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Associate at the Carmen Group, Inc. Nov. 2010-Sept. 2011.  Legislative assistant/correspondent for Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Graduate of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 2008; student body president, 2007-08.  New Orleans native.  twitter

GIS Coordinator  Bradley Walp

(April 2004)  B.A. in political science/sociology from Bucknell University, 2001.

Voter File Development  Liam O'Rourke

(Sept. 2011)  Previously election data coordinator at the RNC from March 2010; joined the RNC in June 2009 as a data analyst.  B.A. in government from Georgetown University, 2009.

Voter Data Development  Conor Maguire

(Dec. 2011)  Campaign manager on John Barsa for Delegate, Fall 2011.  Deputy campaign manager on Mara 2011 in mid-2011.  Connecticut Victory Director, 2010-11.  W. Mass. field director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.  Victory field director for Northern Colorado in Fall 2008.  Undergraduate degree from Villanova University, 2009.

Strategy Division  Sarah Clark

(July 2012)  Press secretary for the House Republican Caucus in the Connecticut General Assembly, Dec. 2010-July 2012.  Political director  for Connecticut Republicans, April 2009-Dec. 2010.  Assistant clerk in the Connecticut General Assembly, Jan.-March 2009.  Deputy campaign manager on Christopher Shays for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2008.  Boards and Commission in the Office of Gov. Jodi Rell, Dec. 2006-Jan. 2008.  Regional field director in the 3rd CD on Gov. Rell's re-election campaign, June-Dec. 2006.

Special Projects Director  Adam Kincaid

(April 2013)  National data director (May 2012-March 2013). Southeast regional political director (Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012) and redistricting coordinator (Feb. 2011-Aug. 2012) at the NRCC.  Director of policy and research and deputy political director at the RGA, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2011.  Voter programs director at the Georgia Republican Party, Sept. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Attended law school at the College of William and Mary, 2012-13; M.P.A. from the University of Georgia, 2006; B.A. in history and religion from Florida State University, 2003.  

See also:
Eliana Johnson.  "RNC’s Data Push Greeted with Skepticism."  National Review, Feb. 12, 2014.
Eliana Johnson.  "The GOP's Data Surge."  National Review, Jan. 16, 2014.
Kirsten Andersen.  "Data Wars: As GOP races to catch up with Dems before 2014, will social conservatives be left behind?"  LifeSiteNews, June 11, 2013.
Jon Ward.  "Liberty Works, Karl Rove-Backed Group, No Longer Part Of RNC's Big Data Plans.  Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.

GOP Data Trust
(not part of the RNC, but described by NR's Eliana Johnson as "effectively a subsidiary of the RNC")
"We're a small team of technologists, data experts, and politicos spread across three time zones." >
President  John DeStefano
(July 2013)  Senior advisor in the Office of the Speaker, Jan. 2011-July 2013.  Deputy executive director at the NRCC, Jan. 2009-Jan 2011.  Political director to House Republican Leader John A. Boehner, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2011; Office of the House Republican Leader at the NRCC, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Campaign manager at Pryce for Congress, March-Dec. 2006.  Coalitions director at the House Republican Conference, 2001-06.

CTO/Engineering Manager  Alex Keybl
(2014)  Senior manager of release management team (2013-14), manager of release management team (2012-13) and engineer project manager for releases (2011-12) at Mozilla Corporation.  Program manager for Mac OS X (2010-11) and build engineer for Mac OS X (2009-10) at Apple Inc..  Degree in electrical and computer engineering, computer science from Duke University, 2009.

Product Asociate  Neil Shrimanker
(May 2013)  Senior associate consultant at Bain & Company, Nov. 2010-May 2013.  B.S. in business administration, political science, history and sports communication from UNC at Chapel Hill, 2010.

Data  Bill Skelly
Also partner at Causeway Solutions LLC in New Orleans from June 2013.  RNC deputy strategy director for external support from end of 2009 to Jan. 2013.  Project manager/data engineer at Airnet Group Inc, May-Dec. 2009.  Director of voter file development on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, May 2007-Jan. 2008.  Voter file development at the RNC, May 2001-May 2007.  B.S. in communications, legal studies, economics and government from American University, 2001.

Development Director  Neil Scott
(Dec. 2013)  NE regional membership director for Executive Roundtable and program director for the Innovators Council at the RGA, Jan.-Aug. 2013.  Finance director on the Scott Brown Victory Committe, Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Fundraiser programs coordinator at the Richard Tisei for Lt. Governor Committee, Jan. 2010-Feb. 2011.  Manager at John Scott Seamless Gutter Supply, Inc. Feb. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Financial advisor at Langdon Ford Financial, June 2008-Jan. 2009.  B.A. in political science from Villanova University, 2008.

Director of Client Services  Ashley Burns
(2014)  Also senior analyst for Causeway Solutions, LLC from April 2014.  Strategy division at the RNC, June 2012-2014.  Data director (Jan.-June 2012) and IT coordinator (May 2011-Jan. 2012) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  B.A. in political science and Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.

Information Technology

IT Director/Director of Network Operations  Dirk Eyman

(since Jan. 2005)  IT director for Bush-Cheney ’04. Network architect at the RNC, 2000-03. University of Arizona.

Director of Applications Development & Database Administator  Jeremy Kenney

(since Jan. 2003)  Started at the RNC in March 2001 as a junior applications developer. Previously worked at the NRSC as a senior analyst and earlier as a junior analyst supervisor, 1998-2001. Research analyst at the University of Baltimore, 1994-98. M.P.A. from University of Baltimore, 2001; B.A. in political science from Western Maryland College, 1993.


Finance Director  Katie Walsh

(announced June 6, 2013; started as deputy finance director in Jan. 2013)  Deputy finance director at the NRSC starting Jan. 2009.  A regional finance director on RNC/McCain Victory 2008.  Assistant to the national finance director on the Fred Thompson campaign.  Undergraduate studies in business at The George Washington University, 2007.

Assistant to the Finance Director  Madeleine Westerhout

(July 2013)  Special projects/volunteer coordinator on Kuhn for Congress, Jan.-March 2013.  Interned on the Romney campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from the College of Charleston, 2013.

Deputy Finance Director-Direct Marketing  Jim Rowley

(2007)  Deputy finance director for direct mail and phones on Bush-Cheney '04.  B.A. in history from Mary Washington College, 1991.

Deputy Marketing Director  Eric Anderson

Direct Mail  Katie Phillips

(Feb. 2003; director of the Chairman's Advisory Board and the President's Club from April 2010-Jan. 2013, and direct marketing staff assistant, July 2009-April 2010)  Studied diplomacy and foreign affairs, political science at Miami University.

Regional  Cara Mason

(Jan. 2014)  Previously deputy finance director at the NRSC, Feb.-Dec. 2013.  Vice president at Mercury.  Finance on Jon Huntsman for President, June 2011-Jan. 2012.  Finance director on Dino Rossi for U.S. Senate, July-Nov. 2010.  Regional finance director at the NRSC, March 2009-July 2010.  PAC manager at the National Association of Home Builders, 2007-09.  Account representative at Commonwealth Consultants, 2006-07.  Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, 2005-06.  M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in administrative management from Missouri State University.

Major Donor Programs

Regents  (Director - )
Team 100  (Director - Annie Baker)
Eagles  (Director - Kirstin Hopkins)
Chairman's Advisory Board  (Director - Megan Novak)
President's Club  (Director - Megan Novak)
Majority Fund (PAC)  (Director - Matt Welsh)

Events Director  Mimi Hayes

(Jan. 2013)  RNC deputy events director from June-Dec. 2012.  Deputy scheduler (Jan.-Dec. 2011) and staff assistant (Nov. 2009-Dec. 2010) to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  B.A. in art history from Southern Methodist University, 2012.


CFO/Director of Administration  Ben Ottenhoff

(2013)  Came to the RNC from the NRCC where he served as CFO/controller (from Jan. 2011), controller (Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011) and budget manager (Jan. 2008-Jan. 2009).  Finance manager at JD Norman Industries, Inc., 2006-08.  M.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 2012; undergraduate degree in business from Calvin College, 2006.  Originally from Palos Heights, IL.

Assistant Controller  Andrew Stewart

(Dec. 2009)  Administrative assistant at the RNC, June 2007-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science from Wright State University, 2009.

Chief Accounting Officer  Steve Corder

(Aug. 2013)  Senior director of business operations at CitizenLink, May-Agu. 2013.  CFO at Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Jan. 2011-April 2013.  Executive director of finance at Focus on the Family, Dec. 1997-May 2010.  B.S.B.A. in management and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Denver, 1982.

Budget Director-Political  Maggie Boyd

(2013)  Consultant to the Republican Party of Virginia, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Deputy director of delegate services (Jan.-Aug. 2012) and deputy director of administration (2011) for the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Associate at Pike Associates LLC, 2009-11.  In 2008 serve as assistant to the vice president at the Republican National Convention, then deputy director of volunteer deployment at the RNC.  Government relations analyst (2007-08) and government relations assistant (2006-07) at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC.  Executive assistant at Hovde Financial LLC, 2004-06.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2004.

Director of Personnel  Caroline Swann

(July 2012)  Chief of staff, manufacturing and services, International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Aug. 2008-Jan. 2009, and director of Office of Advisory Committees at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Director of White House Personnel, 2003-07.  Special assistant at HUD, 2001-03.  Comptroller at the RNC, 1998-2001.  B.A. in political science from University of Arizona, 1995.

Director of Operations  Mallory Hunter

Special projects coordinator (May-Oct. 2013), political coordinator (Jan. 2012-May 2013) and direct marketing coordinator (June 2011-Jan. 2012) at the NRCC.  B.S. in family and consumer sciences, child and family development from the University of Georgia, 2011.

MEMBER Events and Relations

Director of Member Events and Relations  Tory Maguire

Deputy director of member services in the 2010 cycle; started at the RNC in 2006.  Graduate of Villanova University, 2005.

Deputy Director of Member Relations  Rebecca Heilig

(May 2011)  Scheduler for U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (LA), Dec. 2009-May 2011.  Staff assistant in the Office of Appointments and Scheduling at the White House, Aug. 2007-Jan. 2009.  B.A. in English, history from the College of William and Mary, 2007.

Constituent Services

Director of Constituent Services (and intern coordinator)  Nancy Dehlinger

Experience includes office manager to then Rep. Phil Crane (IL) through early 2001.


Chief Counsel  John Phillippe

(July 2009)  Counsel to the McDonnell for Governor campaign in mid-2009. Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Dec. 2005-March 2009. J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, 2005; undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.

Senior Counsel  Ashley Stow

(started at the RNC in March 2012; initially associate counsel)  Counsel to FEC Commissioner Donald McGahn, Dec. 2008-March 2012.  Elections counsel at the U.S. House Committee on House Administration, 2008.  Legislaive aide in the U.S. House, 2005-07.  Manager of grassroots programs and regulatory affairs at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 2000-05.  J.D. from American University Washington College of Law; B.A. from Georgetown University.

Senior Counsel  David Powers

(Feb. 2014)  Senior assocate at WilmerHale, Sept. 2010-Dec. 2013.  Co-founder at TieTry, LLC, Jan. 2012-May 2013.  Special assistant to Gov. Jeb Bush, Dec. 2004-Aug. 2006.  Field representative for the College Republican National Committee, Aug.-Nov. 2004.  J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, 2009; B.S. in accounting from Auburn University, 2004.

Associate Counsel  S. Cooper Hawley

(June 2014; started at the RNC as a law clerk from Aug. 2013-June 2014)  J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, 2013.  B.S. in natural resources management and policy from Cornell University, 2019.  Experience includes campaign director on Hawley for New York State Assembly, March-Nov. 2010.

Director of Special Projects  Joseph Resta

(Sept. 2013)  Worked for the Republican Party of Kentucky, April-Aug. 2013.  Special projects coordinator in the Counsel's Office, April 2012-April 2013.  Event department at the RGA, Nov. 2011-April 2012.  Preliminary fundraising for the Pat McCrory Committee, Jan.-Aug. 2011.  Tennis pro at River Birch Tennis Center, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in political science, Spanish from East Carolina University, 2011, after attending Transylvania University.


Convention Site Selection Committee +
Chairman  Enid Greene Mickelsen

(announced Jan. 21, 2014)  Host of a weekly radio program.  Acting chair and chair of the Utah Republican Party, from late 2006-June 2007.  Candidate for lieutenant governor of Utah in 2004.  Elected to Congress in 1994 and served one term.  Unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1992.  Deputy chief of staff to Utah Governor Norman Bangerter.  Litigator at the law firm of Ray, Quinney, and Nebeker.  Corporate counsel, Novell, Inc.  B.S., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980; J.D., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1983.

Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates +
Chairman  Steve Duprey

(announced Aug. 8, 2014)  President at The Duprey Companies and Foxfire Property Management.  Key advisor on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.  Duprey served for about nine years in two stints as chairman of the NH GOP, during the 2000 cycle (elected Jan. 1997, re-elected Jan. 1999 and served through Jan. 2001) and earlier from 1993 to Oct. 1995.  Ran for Congress in 1992.  Real estate developer in Concord.  Attorney.  While in college in 1972 at age 19 elected to the NH state legislature  and served two terms.  J.D. from Cornell Law School, 1978.  Bachelor's degree in public policy from New College, 1974.  Grew up in North Conway.

2013 Winter Meeting - Charlotte, NC (Westin Charlotte), Jan. 23-26, 2013.  Priebus remarks
2013 Spring Meeting
- Hollywood, CA (Loews Hollywood), April 10-13, 2013.  Priebus remarks  |  Rules change? (2)
2013 Summer Meeting - Boston, MA (The Westin Boston Waterfront), Aug. 14-16, 2013.  Priebus remarks  |  Clinton films  |  Rising Stars program  |  Rules change?
2014 Winter Meeting - Washington, DC (Renaissance Downtown), Jan. 22-24, 2014.  Report
2014 Spring Meeting - Memphis, TN (Peabody Hotel), May 7-9, 2014.  Schedule, developments, Priebus remarks
2014 Summer Meeting - Chicago, IL (Westin Michigan Avenue), Aug. 6-9, 2014.  Schedule, development, Priebus remarks



Hispanic Media Communications Director  Izzy Santa  ...returned to Consumer Electronics Association

(announced June 20, 2013 to Aug. 2014)  Communications manager of Industry Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association.  Deputy communications director in Ohio on Romney for President.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (OH).  Executive director at Project Veritas, the James O'Keefe group.  Media relations manager for the Cato Institute.  Communications manager for Hispanic CREO.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico.

Director of Radio/Assistant Press Secretary/Media Affairs  Johanna Persing communications director on Barbara Comstock for Congress

(started in this position in April 2013 to June 2014)  Previously press assistant (Nov. 2011-April 2013) and communications and research intern (Aug.-Nov. 2011) at the RNC.  B.A. in political science and religious studies from Gettysburg College, 2011.

Administrative Director in the Counsel's Office  Jennifer Voldness   ...started May 2014 at Targeted Creative Communications as a project manager

(Sept. 2011 to May 2014)  Previously VP of product management at Peppermint Park, 2010-11.  Retail sales coordinator at Cole Haan from Jan. 2008-10.  Worked at as a sales support administrator, interactive marketing specialist and marketing events specialist.  Undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Kansas, 2005.

Scheduler/Executive Assistant in the Office of the Co-Chair  LeFlore Barbour

(April 2013 to May 2014; started as staff assistant in the Office of the Chairman, Jan. 2012-April 2013)  Graduate of University of Mississippi, 2011.

Deputy Creative Director  John Horneman  ...strategic creative manager at Freedom Partners

(May 2013 to April 2014)  Joined the RNC in March 2010 as a junior analyst on economic and budget policy; senior analyst, March 2011-12; special projects director March 2012-May 2013.  Freelance and contract writer, 2009-10.  Branch manager West Texas Food Bank, 2008-09.  Operations manager at Hunt Valley Tile & Stone, 2006-07.  B.S. degrees in political science and electronic media and film from Towson University, 2005.

Deputy CTO  Henry Pfirrmann director of Independent Leadership for New Hampshire

(Aug. 2013 to April 2014)  Principal at Pfirrmann Investments LLC from May 2010; partner at Mayes Oyster House in the SF Bay area since Sept. 2013.  Chief of staff at Liberty Works, March-Aug. 2013.  Finance recruitment director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.  Investment banking analyst at Piper Jaffray, 2010-12.  Investment banking analyst at Roth Capital Partners, 2009.  Finance team member at Romney for President from June 2007-2008.  B.S. in corporate finance from University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Advisor and Assoc. Counsel  Jonathan Waclawski at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC

(March 2011 to Feb. 2014)  Served as deputy transition director to Chairman Priebus.  Finance director/chief counsel at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, March-Dec. 2010.  Previously worked as an independent consultant, and as an attorney for Centro Legal.  In 2008 served as election day operations director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  Law degree from St. Louis University, 2008.  B.A. in government from Hamilton College, 2005.

Press Assistant  Jillian Rogers secretary to U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy

(April 2013 to Feb. 2014)  Press assistant at the NRCC, June 2012-Jan. 2013.  Degree in journalism from the University of Florida, 2012.  twitter

Director of Targeting and Voter Contact  Deepak Ramnath  ...manager of data structure and targeting at Targeted Victory

(from March 2010 to Jan. 2014; previously election data coordinator from Aug. 2006)  B.A. in international studies from University of Iowa, 2006.

Director of Political Technology  Philip Coppage   ...vice president at Causeway Solutions

(May 2011 to Feb. 2014)  Director of RNC's New Mexico Victory '04.  Bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College, 2001.

Finance-Emerging Markets Director  Lauren Bryan  ...deputy director of recruitment at the RGA

(to Oct. 2013.   April 2013; also Chairman's Council director from Jan. 2013)  Deputy director of RNC Regents and Team 100, Aug. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Mid-Atlantic regional surrogate director on Romney for President, April-Nov. 2012.  Finance assistant at the RNC, Sept. 2010-Aug. 2011.  Graduate of the University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2010.

Specialty Media Press Secretary  Alexandra Franceschi   ...communications coordinator at BP

(Oct. 2011 to Sept. 2013)  Previously legislative correspondent for U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX) from Jan. 2011.  Scheduler, then legislative assistant and correspondent to U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, 2009-10.  B.A. from Bowdoin College.

Creative Director  Joshua Sharp  ...chief creative officer at Harbinger Outreach

(Oct. 2011 to Sept. 2013)  Producer/editor/graphics designer at NJI Media, Jan.-Sept. 2011.  Producer/editor at the Stevens & Schriefer Group, July-Dec. 2010.  Director of online media at Steve Poizner for Governor (CA), May 2009-June 2010.  B.A. in communication from the University of Southern California.

Director of Strategy  Bill Steiner

(announced as director July 20, 2007; died of cancer in Aug. 2013)  An 18-year veteran of the RNC.  Deputy director of strategy starting in 2005.  Deputy IT director, 2000-04.  Director of the Political Analysis Department, 1996-2000.   B.A. in political science from Colgate University, 1994.  Steiner was born in Hagerstown, MD and grew up in Waynesboro, PA.

Special Assistant to the Chairman  Wells Griffith  ...July 2013 running for Congress in AL-1

(started at the RNC in early March 2011 to June 2013)  Principal at Capitol Specialties, LLC.  Managed Steven Palazzo's successful campaign for Congress in MS-04 in 2008.  Executive director at the Mississippi Republican Party.  Graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and Virginia Military Institute.

Director of African American Communications  Amani Council

(announced April 24, 2013)  Director of new media and business development at Bass Public Affairs since 2008; also real estate agent for RE/MAX Specialists in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Director of government affairs for the Family Research Council, 2006-07.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA), 2001-02.  Legislative correspondent/systems administrator to U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw (FL), 1998-2001.

Deputy Strategy Director for External Support  William Skelly   ...partner at Causeway Solutions LLL in New Orleans from June 2013

(from end of 2009 to Jan. 2013)  Project manager/data engineer at Airnet Group Inc, May-Dec. 2009.  Director of voter file development on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, May 2007-Jan. 2008.  Voter file development at the RNC, May 2001-May 2007.  B.S. in communications, legal studies, economics and government from American University, 2001.

CFO and Director of Administration  Jim Cardillo

(succeeded Dan Puhl in April 2012)  Master of Accountancy from The George Washington University, 1993; B.B.A. from The George Washington University, 1988.