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(page updated June 10, 2015)

“If Warren runs, it will be because she believes that entering the presidential field is the best way to pursue her mission: giving America’s middle-class families a fighting chance. Only a serious candidacy would meet that test. By demonstrating the massive grassroots energy just waiting to be unleashed, we aim to show Senator Warren that the time has come—and inspire her just as she has inspired us.” Political Action launched Run Warren Run on Dec. 10, 2014 following a vote of its members (81.3% of voting members supported); it pledged to invest more than $1 million in the effort. Democracy for America joined Run Warren Run on Dec. 18 following a vote of its members (87.6% of voting members supported); it pledged a further $250,000.

Dec. 9, 2014 - "MoveOn Kicks Off Member Vote on Campaign to Encourage Elizabeth Warren to Run for President"
Dec. 10, 2014 - "‘Run Warren Run’: MoveOn Members Overwhelmingly Vote to Encourage Elizabeth Warren to Run for President"
Dec. 17, 2014 - "MoveOn Ramps Up ‘Run Warren Run’ Effort With Iowa Kick-Off"
Jan. 17, 2015 - "Democracy for America, MoveOn kick off New Hampshire ‘Run Warren Run’ effort in Manchester"
Jan. 15, 2015 - "Run Warren Run Effort Announces New Iowa Field Team, Opening of Des Moines Campaign Office"
Jan. 29, 2015 - "THIS WEEKEND: Hundreds of Run Warren Run House Parties to Encourage Elizabeth Warren to Run for President"
Feb. 4, 2015 - "Run Warren Run campaign announces New Hampshire staff, opening Manchester Campaign Office"
Mar. 18, 2015 - "27 current, former New Hampshire State Legislators urge Elizabeth Warren to enter 2016 race"
Mar. 18, 2015 - "16 Iowa Political and Business Leaders Sign Letter Urging Elizabeth Warren to Enter Presidential Race"
April 7, 2015 - "End of Q1 Strategy Update – Run Warren Run Momentum Building"
June 2, 2015 - "Democracy for America and to Suspend Run Warren Run Campaign, Deliver 365,000 Signatures to Sen. Warren"

Executive Director, Political Action  Ilya Sheyman

(June 2013)  Also campaigns director for Civic Action from May 2012.  Candidate for Congress in IL-10, losing the Democratic primary to Brad Schneider, April 2011-Marcch 2012.  Mobilization director for, June 2009-Feb. 2011.  Senior account executive for Watershed Company, Jan.-May 2009.  Online organizing manager for, March 2008-Jan. 2009.  Field director at Democracy for America, June 2007-March 2008.  Regional field organizer for A+ Illinois, Feb.-June 2007.  Experience also includes constituent services intern in the office of Sen. Barack Obama, May-Aug. 2005.  B.A. in political science and history from McGill University, 2006.

Executive Director, Democracy for America  Charles Chamberlain

(Aug. 2013)  Also executive director of Progressive Congress since Jan. 2012.  Political director of Democracy for America July 2006-Dec. 2011.  Realtor, Jan. 2004-June 2006.  Field and operations director at Democracy Resources of Oregon, June 2000-Oct. 2002.  Field organizer at EDH and Associates, 1999-2001.  Statewide director, campaign manager and regional coordinator at Progressive Campaigns, Inc., 1995-99.

Senior Advisors 
Tom Swan

Executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group.  Managed Ned Lamont’s successful campaign to beat Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut.

Adam Ruben

Principal at Bigify LLC Consulting.  Political and field director for, Jan. 2004-Dec. 2012; ran MoveOn's field campaigns to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.  National field director for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, 1999-2002.  Organizing director for Green Corps, 1995-99.  Grizzly bear field organizer for the Sierra Club in Montana, 1993-95.  Field organizer for Green Corps in Seattle, 1992-93.  B.A. in government from Harvard College, 1992.

Digital Strategy, Video and Design Support  Revolution Messaging

Communications  FitzGibbon Media

Creative  Art Not War

"will organize artists, produce cultural events, and create video content."


- Iowa kick off Dec. 17, 2014 >
- Headquarters and Iowa team announced Jan. 15, 2015 >
- 16 Iowa political and business leaders sign letter Mar. 18, 2015 >
: 419 SW 8th Street, Des Moines officially opened Jan. 29, 2015
Cedar Rapids area: 764 N. Center Point Road, Hiawatha opened Feb. 16, 2015

Iowa Field Director  Blair Lawton

Get-out-the-vote director for the Alaska Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Minnesota state coordinator at Organizing for Action, April 2013-April 2014.  Statewide organizer at Progress Iowa, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Regional field director for Organizing for America in Waterloo, Jan.-Nov. 2012; field organizer for Organizing for America in Sioux City, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Assistant manager at Hollister Co., Dec. 2008-March 2011.  B.A. in political science and government from Morningside College in Sioux City, 2008.  Native of Western Iowa.  twitter

Regional Field Directors

Central  Matt Keating

(March 2015)  Consultant on Aelea Christofferson's general election campaign for Congress in OR-2, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Kevin Matthews' primary campaign for East Lane County Commissioner, Jan.-June 2014.  District director on the CREDO Super PAC's field campaign to defeat U.S. Rep. Allen West in Florida, July-Nov. 2012.  Regional field director in the Milwaukee area on We Are Wisconsin, April-June 2012.  Consultant on Ilya Sheyman for Congress in IL-10, 2011-March 2012.  DFA field manager in SD10, River Falls, WI, July-Aug. 2011.  Consultant/sales associate at, Jan.-June 2011.  Campaign manager on Committee to Elect Pat Riggs-Henson in Lane Co., OR.  Field organizer in Lane County and Southern Oregon on Bradbury for Governor, Jan.-May 2010.  Keating has also worked as an actor and a radio announcer and on-air personality.  twitter

Western  Susana Cervantes - has worked for the White House, Organizing for America, the United Farm Workers, and the Nevada Coordinated Campaign.

Southeast  Beth Ann Farvour - recently organized with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the Mary Burke for Governor campaign.  twitter

Northeast  Margaret Jarosz - Field organizer on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Sara Geenen for Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Aug. 2014.  Volunteered with the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (March-June 2012) and with President Obama’s re-election campaign (Sept.-Nov. 2012).  Milwaukee native.  Attended Loyola University Chicago.

three campus organizers
University of Iowa  Saba Hafeez
Iowa State University  Michael Plantenberg
University of Northern Iowa  Eric Boisen

Regional Field Director  Adam Beaves
- an Ankeny, Iowa native who recently worked on the Pat Murphy for Congress campaign and has worked in the Iowa House of Representatives and for the campaign of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and President Obama’s re-election.


- NH kick off Jan. 17, 2015 >
- Headquarters and NH team announced Feb. 4, 2015 >
- 27 current and former legislators sign letter Mar. 18, 2015 >
Headquarters: 530 Chestnut Street, Manchester
there were plans to open an office in Portsmouth but that did not happen

NH Field Director  Kurt Ehrenberg

Most recently was political and legislative director of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.  Served over seven years as the Sierra Club’s representative in New Hampshire and throughout New England.  Resident of Rye; has lived in NH for over 35 years. Bernie 2016 eff. May 20

Regional Field Directors

Jake Belanger - Lifelong Granite Stater from Epsom and University of New Hampshire graduate who recently worked with the New Hampshire Democratic Party on the campaign to re-elect Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Annie Kuster.

Diego Hernandez - Helped recruit, train and organize more than 200 volunteers to help elect Congressman Pete Aguilar win one of the tightest races of the 2014 cycle.

Jennica Simms - Spent the 2014 election cycle organizing voters on Elizabeth Esty’s successful reelection campaign for Congress after working on races in New Jersey.

                                                                                                                                                                                              photo courtesy Run Warren Run
June 8, 2015 - Sen. Warren "personally accepted the petition and said she is not running for president—but that she is looking forward to working with Democracy for America and MoveOn members in the fights ahead."  Iowa MoveOn member Saba Hafeez (University of Iowa campus organizer) and New Hampshire Democracy for America member August Tucker (an 18-year-old HS senior from Portsmouth, NH who drove an hour each way to volunteer for the campaign office in Manchester three times a week) delivered the petition.