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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; re-elected Jan. 16, 2015)  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; re-elected Jan. 16, 2015)  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 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; re-elected Jan. 16, 2015)  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  Susie Hudson (VT)

(elected Jan. 16, 2015)  Elected National Committeewoman from Vermont in May 2008.  Experience includes executive director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service where she oversaw the State AmeriCorps programs (appointed by Gov. Douglas in 2003).  Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party; Midwest regional legislative political director for the Republican National Committee; and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.  B.S. from University of Vermont.

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  Lew Eisenberg

(reported Jan. 2015)  Partner and co-founder (1990) of Granite Capital International Group, an investment management company headquartered in New York City.  Senior advisor to KKR since 2009.  Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 1995-Jan. 2002.  Partner at Goldman Sachs, 1966-1989.  M.B.A. from Cornell University, 1966; B.A. from Dartmouth College, 1964.  Extensive fundraising experience including a member of Romney's Florida finance team from Oct. 2011; Victory finance chairman at the RNC, March-Nov. 2008; a national finance co-chair of John McCain 2008; a Pioneer on the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign; RNC finance chairman from Jan. 2002-March 2003; and co-founder of the Team 100 program for the RNC in 1998.  Eisenberg also served as co-chairman of the New York City Host Committee for the 2004 Republican National Convention. 

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  Katie Walsh

(announced Jan. 27, 2015)  RNC finance director in 2013-14 (announced June 6, 2013); started as RNC 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 Chief of Staff  Madeleine Westerhout

(Jan. 2015)  Previously assistant to the RNC finance director from 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.

Chief Operating Officer  Sean Cairncross

(announced July 8, 2015)  General Counsel at VogelHood from July 2014 and partner at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC from 2013.  General counsel and deputy executive director at the NRSC, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2013.  Chief counsel (Feb. 2007-Jan. 2009) and deputy counsel (June 2004-Jan. 2007) at the RNC.  Litigation associate at the Washington D.C. law firm Covington & Burling, 2001-04.  J.D. from NYU in 2001, M.Phil. from Cambridge University in 1998, and B.A. from American University in 1997.

Senior Advisor  Jeff Larson

(announced Jan. 29, 2015)  Director of IE at the NRSC in the 2014 cycle (reported Nov. 2013).  CEO of Roosevelt Group.  Chief of staff at the RNC in the 2012 cycle, announced Feb. 3, 2011 through April 2013.  In 1999 Larson and three others formed Feather Hodges Larson & Synhorst, which became FLS-DCI and then FLS Connect, a top campaign consulting firm; he sold his stake in the firm following the 2010 elections.  In the 2010 cycle Larson chaired Minnesota Future, a 527 group that was active in the governor's race.  CEO of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 2008 Host Committee.  Founded a firm call Strategic Communications.  Worked at the RNC under Lee Atwater.  Executive director of the Delaware Republican Party in 1988 cycle.  Worked on North Dakota Gov. Alan Olson's unsuccessful 1984 re-election campaign.  Deputy campaign manager on Bud Westman's campaign for U.S. Senate in North Dakota.  Degree in business administration and economics from University of North Dakota, 1982.  Grew up in Grand Forks, ND.


Political Director  Chris Carr

(announced Feb. 9, 2015)  Co-founder and consultant to Engage Nevada, a conservative 501(c)(4) organization.  Nevada state manager on the Romney campaign, reported May 2012.  Western regional political director at the RNC, announced June 1, 2011 to May 2012.  Western regional political director at the NRCC in 2010.  West and Southeast political director at the NRCC in the 2010 cycle.  Northwest political director at the RNC, 2007-08. Campaign manager for Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV) successful reelection bid in 2006.  Executive director of the Nevada Victory Campaign and Nevada State Republican Party in the 2004 cycle.  Executive director of the Clark County Republicans.  Carr came to Nevada from Louisiana; extensive experience in Louisiana campaigns including manager of Dan Kyle's primary campaign for Louisiana Insurance Commissioner in 2003; manager of Donna Mayeux's 2000 campaign for mayor of Baton Rouge; and manager of State Rep. Quentin Dastugue's 1995 gubernatorial campaign.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Gibbons' 1994 campaign for governor.  Campaign manager for Bush-Quayle in Nevada in 1992.  Interned at the White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.  Graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.  Originally from Sulphur.

Assistant to the Political Director  Julia Griswold

(March 2015)  Previously scheduler/executive assistant (from Aug. 2013) and staff assistant (June-Aug. 2013) to U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32).  B.A. in English language and literature from Texas A&M University, 2013.

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

Director of Strategic Initiatives 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

Northeast  Kimberly Jorns

(April 2015)  Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, July 2011-April 2015.  Executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, Jan. 2010-July 2011.  Finance director for the Republican Party of Virginia, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Director of development for the Tax Foundation, 2008-Jan. 2009.  Political event coordinator on the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, 2007-08.  Finance director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, 2005-07.  M.P.A. in non-profit administration from Arizona State University, 2004; B.S. in communication from Michigan State University, 2001.

Southeast  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.  twitter

Midwest  Juston Johnson

(March 2015)  Executive director of the Florida Republican Party, May 2013.  National field director for the RNC during the 2012 cycle from Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate May-Nov. 2010.  RNC deputy director of political education, Aug. 2009-May 2010.  Political director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009, and Wisconsin Victory director, Fall 2008.  Campaign manager on Van Hollen for Attorney General, 2005-06.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002.  twitter

West  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.

Regional Political Coordinators

Northeast and Midwest  Max Docksey

(May 2015)  Constituent services director (Jan.-May 2015) and constituent services representative (Jan. 2014-Jan. 2015) for U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI).  Degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2013.  twitter

West  Jodie Chavez

(May 2015)  Administrative assistant to the CFO and the director of personnel at the RNC starting Aug. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in public policy leadership from University of Mississippi, 2014.

Southeast  Kristy Wilkinson

(April 2015)  Field director for the Republican Party of Louisiana, June 2014-March 2015.  B.A. in political science and new media communications from Oregon State University, 2014.  twitter

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.  twitter

National Field Director  Chris Young

(March 2015)  RNC state director in Baton Rouge, LA, July 2013-March 2015.  Deputy director of legislative affairs in the Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal.  Field representative for RNC/Romney in Las Vegas, NV, June-Nov. 2012.  Legislative affairs in the Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal, Feb.-June 2012.  Field director on Friends of Bobby Jindal, May 2011-Feb. 2012.  Executive counsel's office in the Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal, Aug. 2009-May 2011.  Deputy field director on Friends of Bobby Jindal, June-Oct. 2007.   B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, leadership development from Louisiana State University, 2012.  twitter

    Field Program (over 100 staff in key states as of July 31, 2015) +

National Field Director for Asian and Pacific Islander Initiatives  Jason Chung

(announced April 9, 2013 as communications director for Asian and Pacific Islander Engagement)  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

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.

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

Deputy Director of Faith Engagement  Michael Clement

Political director for Freedom Path, based in Reno, 2011-12.  Campaign specialist on Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate (CT), 2010.  Campaign manager on Gene Yaw for State Senate (Williamsport, PA), 2008.  Assistant to the political director at the NRSC, 2007.  Consultant at November Inc. May 2004-Dec. 2006.  Political director on Jon Porter for Congress in Las Vegas.  Campaign manager on Molonai Hola for Mayor (UT), 2003.  Airman in the U.S. Air Force, 1995-99.  Studied at University of Utah.

Western Director of Faith Engagement  Bob Crawford

(Jan. 2014 - Chicago)  Political and management consultant (The Crawford Group) in Chicago, Feb. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Director of conservative outreach for the Ohio Republican Party/Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  National field representative (March-April 2012) and Alabama state director (Feb.-March 2012) on Rick Santorum for President.  Volunteer coordinator and faith coalition coordinator on Rick Perry for President in Des Moines, IA and Greenville, SC, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Previously worked in realty.  Graduate of University of Iowa, 1987.

Director of Military and Veterans Outreach  Bob Carey

Retired from the US Navy as a Captain, after 29 years of active and Reserve duty, serving as a both Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Flight Officer. He flew more than 30 combat missions during Desert Storm and was recalled to active duty four times since 9/11.

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 the Republican Leadership Initiative  Elliott Echols

(started at the RNC as national youth director, 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 Political Training  Nicholas Trainer

(April 2015)  RNC statewide field director in Pennsylvania, May 2013-April 2015.  Deputy director of field operations (Jan-April 2013) and deputy Victory director (June-Nov. 2012) for the Pennsylvania Republican Party.  Political director for U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy for Congress (PA-18), Jan.-May 2012.  Political director for Rick Perry for President in New Hampshire; and regional field director for Tim Pawlenty for President in New Hampshire.  Studied political science and history at University of Pittsburgh.  Originally from Mount Penn, Berks County, PA.  twitter

Director of Turnout and Targeting  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.

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.

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"



Chief Strategist and Communications Director  Sean Spicer

(announced as chief strategist Feb. 2, 2015; announced as communications director 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

Press Secretary  Allison Moore 

(announced Feb. 3, 2015)  Most recently served as press secretary for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s successful reelection campaign, Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014 and has worked for Leader McConnell for a number of years, including as broadcast communications advisor and deputy press secretary at the Senate Republican Communications Center.  Experience also includes independent contractor for the NRSC.  Undergraduate degree in political science from University of Kentucky.  Kentucky native. 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

Director of Rapid Response  Michael C. Short

(Jan. 2015)  Previously RNC regional press secretary from 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  Natalie Strom

(March 2015)  Communications associate at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, July 2014-March 2015.  B.A. in political sciene from the University of Southern California, 2014.  twitter

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.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Ali Pardo

(Feb. 2015)  Previously RNC Hispanic media press secretary, announced Oct. 31, 2013.  Press assistant (June 2011-Oct. 2013) and 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  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

Deputy Press Secretary for Conservative Media  James Hewitt

(Jan. 2015; previously deputy director of media affars from June 2014)  Associate at Dezenhall Resources, Sept. 2013-June 2014.  Radio producer at 630 WMAL, June-Nov. 2013.  B.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder., 2013.  He is the son of Hugh Hewitt, and served as an assistant producer and Facebook coordinator for the Hugh Hewitt Show, 2010-13.  twitter

Director of Media Affairs  Anna Sugg

(Feb. 2015)  Booker/guest greeter at Fox News, June 2013--Feb. 2015.  Radio booker and media specialist on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and communication studies from Furman University, 2012.  twitter

Director of Speechwriting/Editorial Director  Mark Isaacson

(started at the RNC in 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.  twitter

Deputy Director of Film and Visual Media  Lauren Hernandez

(from Jan. 2015; started as film and visual media assistant in Dec. 2013)  Creative services manager/production intern for TV10 News in Normal, IL, Jan. 2012-May 2013.  B.S. in mass media-TV production from Illinois State University, 2013.

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Research Director and Deputy Director of Communications  Raj Shah

(announced Feb. 23, 2015)  Previously managing director at America Rising LLC from April 2013.  Deputy research director at the RNC from Jan. 2012-March 2013.  Research/communications consultant, 2010-11.  In the 2010 cycle Shah did research on the Carly for California campaign, very briefly was communications director on the Martinez for Governor campaign in New Mexico, and was communications director on Simmons for Senate in Connecticut.  Senior public policy specialist at Akin Gump.  Senior research analyst at the RNC in 2007-09.  Director of vetting on John McCain 2008 in 2007.  A research assistant at the White House, early 2007.  Junior research analyst at the RNC in 2006.  B.A. in government from Cornell University, 2006.

Deputy Research Director  Jeff Brownlee

(April 2015)  Senior research analyst at the RNC from May 2014.  Communications manager at the Online Lenders Alliance, July 2013-April 2014.  Senior communications associate at the Howard Consulting Group, Oct. 2012-June 2013.  Research director at WWP Stratgies, Jan. 2010-Sept. 2012.  Junior research analyst at the RNC, June-Dec. 2008.   B.A. in public relations from Westminster College  (PA), 2007.


Chief Technology Officer  Azarias Reda

(announced as CTO on Jan. 28, 2015...resigned effective Oct. 16, 2015)  Chief data officer at the RNC in the 2014 cycle, 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.  twitter

Chief Digital Officer  Gerrit Lansing

(announced May 1, 2015) Digital director at the NRCC in the 2012 and 2014 cycles.  Press secretary at the House Budget Committee from June 2011.  New media director to U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, 2010-11.  Blogger at the Heritage Foundation, 2008-10.  B.A. in classical languages from Sewanee-The University of the South, 2007.  twitter

Chief Data Officer  Jesse Kamzol

(announced Jan. 28, 2015) Deputy data director in the 2014 cycle; deputy strategy director from April 2012; 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.

Senior Advisor for Digital  Mindy Finn

(announced as senior advisor on Jan. 28, 2015)  Founder (2015) of MissChief Media and president (from 2013) of Mindy Finn, Inc..  Director of strategic partnerships at Twitter from late 2011.  Joined Patrick Ruffini at the digital consultancy Engage following the 2008 campaign; work while at Engage included consultant on online strategy to McDonnell for Governor and to Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC.    Director of eStrategy on Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign.  Director of new media and technology on Sen. Rick Santorum's 2006 campaign.  Deputy eCampaign director at the RNC starting in early 2005.  Deputy webmaster on Bush-Cheney '04.  Worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), as legislative correspondent and webmaster, and for Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY).  Prior to entering politics, Finn was a congressional correspondent for the Connecticut Republican-American (Waterbury).  M.S. in political management from The George Washington University, 2007; B.A. from Boston University, 2002.  Originally from Houston, Texas. twitter

Senior Advisor to the Chairman on Technology  Andy Barkett

(announced as senior advisor on Jan. 28, 2015)  Chief technology officer at the RNC in the 2014 cycle, 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.  twitter

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." >

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

Social Media Director  Lori (Weberg) Brownlee

(Dec. 2013)  New media director for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, May 2011-Dec. 2013.  Senior account executive at ArX Mobile, Oct. 2009-May 2011.  Deputy press secretary at the NRSC, March-Oct. 2009.  Press assistant at the RNC, Oct. 2007-March 2009.  B.A.  in political science from Luther College, 2007; interned at the RNC, Sept.-Dec. 2006.  twitter

Digital Marketing Coordinator  Kelsey Jarrett

(Jan. 2015)   Digital standards at the NRSC, April-Dec. 2014.  Google+ community partnerships political team, May 2013-April 2014.  B.S. in human organization and development from Vanderbilt University, 2013.

Digital Finance Manager  ?


Email Marketing Director  ?


Email Marketing Administrator  ?


Senior 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

Digital Marketing and Advertising  Cooper Reves

(Feb. 2014)  Digital advertising and marketing analyst at Targeted Victory, Sept. 2012-Feb. 2014.  M.A. in international affairs from American University, 2012; B.A. in international studies from University of Mississippi, 2010.

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.

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. 

Staff Assistant  Alex Sarp

(April 2014)  Special assistant to the president/development coordinator at the Institute for Justice, Feb. 2013-April 2014.  Advance on Romney for President, July-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from Texas State University-San Marcos, 2012.  Working toward a Master's degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University.

GOP Data Trust

(not part of the RNC, but described by NR's Eliana Johnson as "effectively a subsidiary of the RNC"...maintaining the voter file, data sharing)

See also:
Matea Gold.  "Koch network strikes new deal to share voter data with RNC-aligned firm."  The Washington Post, July 29, 2015. +
RNC press release "RNC Announces 2016 Data Agreements."  May 7, 2015.
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.

"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.


Finance Director  Cara Mason

(announced March 2, 2014)  Joined the RNC as regional finance director in 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.

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.

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.

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)


Presidential Trust
Chairman  Rep. Paul Ryan (announced Jan. 13, 2015)

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.


CFO/Director of Administration  Robert Owens, CPA

(Sept. 2014)  Chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administraton at Cassidy & Associates Inc, from June 2001.   Regiononal controller/CFO at Weber Shandwick-CMG, June 2005-June 2007.  Senior vice president of operations and finance at Powell Tate, March 1998-June 2001.  Director of fiinance at Hill & Knowlton, July 1996-March 1998.  Vice president of finance and administratino at Hoffman Morrison & Fitzgerald, 1995-96.  Financial advisor at American Express Financial Advisors, 1994-95.  Director of finance for the National Victims Center, 1993-94.  Audit manager at Hoffman, Dykes & Fitzgerald, 1998-93.  Audit senior at Aronson & Company 1985-88.  B.B.A. from The College of William and Mary 1985.

Chief Accounting Officer  Steve Corder, CPA, CGMA, and MBA

(Aug. 2013)  Senior director of business operations at Citizenlink, May-Aug. 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.

Senior Accountant and Budget Analyst  Charlie Dankert

(Feb. 2015)  B.S. in political science and accounting from Belmont University, 2014.

Director of Human Resources  Tinna Jackson 

(March 2015)  Director of administration at Equal Justice Works, July 2013-Mar. 2015).  Executive administrator for the Entertainment Software Association and Aegis Defense Services, Feb. 2012-July 2013.  Deputy chief of staff (Oct. 2007-July 2011) and director of administration, executive assistnat (Feb. 2001-May 2007) to U.S. Sen. John Ensign.  Assistant to the managing partner and office scheduler at Ball Janik LLP.  B.A. In management from National Louis University.

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


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.

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.


Committee on Arrangements (responsible for planning and managing convention activities)
Chairman  Steve King

(announced Jan. 23, 2015)  RNC National Committeeman from Wisconsin since 2007. Founder (2006) and partner at the King Capital, LLC, a private investment firm located in Janesville.  President of Milton Industrial and Economic Corporation, 1990-2006.  U.S. Senate candidate in 1988.  District 15 supervisor for Walworth County, 1981-85. King has served on several committees for the RNC including on the 2012 convention Housing Committee and as the convention Sergeant of Arms in 2012, and he has been a delegate to six RNC conventions. Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from 1985-88; chair of the 1st CD GOP, 1981-88; chair of the Walworth Country Republican Party, 1979-81 and 1993-96.

Co-Chair  Joanne Davidson

(announced Jan. 23, 2015)  National Committeewoman for Ohio since 2004.  Chairman of the Site Selection Committee, and the Committee on Arrangements for the 2008 National Convention.  RNC Co-Chairman from 2005-09 (with Ken Mehlman and Mike Duncan). Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Valley Regional Campaign Chair.  Member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 20 years, including Speaker of the House from 1995-2000.  As Chairman of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee from 1986-2000, she spearheaded the successful effort to return the Republicans to the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, for the first time in 22 years.  Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee for 25 years.  Chairman of the Taft for Governor campaigns in 1998 and 2002.  Resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. 

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.

2015 Winter Meeting - San Diego, CA (Hotel del Coronado), Jan. 14-16, 2015.  Schedule, releases
2015 Spring Meeting - Scottsdale, AZ (The Phoenician Hotel), May 13-15, 2015.  Priebus remarks
2015 Summer Meeting - Cleveland, OH (Renaissance Cleveland Hotel), Aug. 7-10, 2015.

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

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?


Press Assistant  Cassie Williams press secretary for the Federation for American Immigration Reform

(Jan. 2015 to Nov. 2015)  A regional political director (July-Dec. 2014) and executive assistant (Aug. 2013-July 2014) with the College Republican National Committee.  B.A. in social studies secondary education from Arkansas Tech University, 2013.  twitter

Chief Technology Officer  Azarias Reda   ...focusing on Republic Computer Science, which he founded in Jan. 2015

(announced as CTO on Jan. 28, 2015 to Oct. 16, 2015)  Chief data officer at the RNC in the 2014 cycle, 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.  twitter

Chief Operating Officer  Sara Armstrong  ...announced as vice president of the COA on June 29, 2015

(announced Jan. 29, 2015; also COO in 2014 cycle from April 2013)  Deputy chief of staff at the RNC 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.

Deputy Director of Hispanic Initiatives  Hannah Jane Nunez (Castillo)

(announced June 12, 2014 along with state hires to May 2015)  Hispanic engagement director for the Republican Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  B.A. from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, 2013.  Phoenix native.

War Room Director  Dean Cleary

(May 2013 to April 2015; 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.

Creative Director  Justin LoFranco  ...content director at Scott Walker for America from March 2015

(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

Director of Media Affairs  Ellie Wallace communications director at the RSLC, announced Feb. 13, 2015

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

Director of Political Education  Jonathan Gormley

(April 2013 to March 2015)  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.  twitter

Deputy Research Director  Webber Steinhoff principal at Prospect Strategic Communications

(April 2013 to March 2015)  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

Political Director  Chris McNulty senior vice president at Causeway Solutions

(announced March 4, 2013 to ea. Feb. 2015)  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.

Assistant Controller  Andrew Stewart 

(Dec. 2009 to Feb. 2015)  Administrative assistant at the RNC, June 2007-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science from Wright State University, 2009.

Press Assistant  Anna Epstein Carly Fiorina's Unlocking Potential PAC

(Jan. 2014 to beg. of Feb. 2015)  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.

National Field Director  Matt Mason Scott Walker's Our American Revival, reported Jan. 28, 2015

(from latter part of 2013 to late Jan. 2015)  Started at the RNC as a regional political director in the 2012 cycle, and announced again 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.

Chief of Staff  Mike Shields president of the American Action Network (501(c)4 organization) and the Congressional Leadership Fund
(a related super PAC) from early Feb. 2015

(announced Feb. 26, 2013 to late Jan. 2015)  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 vice president of products at i306 llc. from Feb. 2015

(announced July 29, 2013 to Jan. 2015)  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.

Director of Personnel  Caroline Swann   ...executive director of human resources at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(July 2012 to Jan. 2015)  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.

Deputy Communications Director  Sarah Isgur Flores Carly Fiorina's Unlocking Potential PAC, Jan. 2, 2015 tweet

(March 2013 to end of 2014)  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

Senior Counsel  Ashley Stow  ....general counsel for a non-profit

(started at the RNC in March 2012; initially associate counsel to Dec. 2014)  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.

Asian and Pacific Islander Field Director  Stephen Fong

(announced April 9, 2013 to Dec. 2014)  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.

Email Marketing Administrator  Ian Gray  ...deputy executive director of The New Analytics Company

(Feb. 2014 to Dec. 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.

Email Marketing Director  Sondra Clark director at Heritage Action for America

(2013 to late 2014)  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

Deputy National Field Director  Tom Dickens

(Jan. 2014 to )  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.  Graduate of the University of Maine.  twitter

CFO/Director of Administration  Ben Ottenhoff   ...president of BMO Consulting from July 2013

(July 2013 to Sept. 2014)  Previously at the NRCC 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.

Events Director  Mimi Hayes and alumni coordinator at The Lab School of Washington

(Jan. 2013 to Sept. 2014)  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.

Director of Special Projects-Counsel's Office  Joseph Resta   ...client strategies analyst at Targeted Victory

(Sept. 2013 to July 2014)  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.

Digital Finance Manager  Anne Thomas RSLC

(Sept. 2013; started June 2013 as deputy South finance director to March 2014)  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.

Strategy Division  Sarah Clark Connecticut

(July 2012 to Jan. 2013)  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.

Political  Matt Terrill Reclaim America Leadership PAC

(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.

Director of Political Affairs in Co-Chair's Office  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 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.

Deputy Marketing Director  Eric Anderson

Director of Constituent Services (and intern coordinator)  Nancy Dehlinger

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

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.