2009 Presidential Inaugural Committees
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Inaugural Committee 2009
updated April 28,
...according to the PIC Media Guide there were 432 PIC 2009
staff. Below are shown the directors and deputy directors of the
various departments and some of the other individuals who worked for
the PIC (several hundred other staffers plus thousands of volunteers
who helped make it happen not shown).
Nov. 25, 2008)
William Daley - head
of JPMorgan Chase's
Office of Corporate Social Responsibility as well as the firm's Vice
Chairman, Chairman of the Midwest and Chairman of the JP Morgan Chase
foundation. He is the Chair of the Economic Club of Chicago and is on
the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council
on Global Affairs. He served as U.S.
Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton from
1997 to 2000.
He also serves as member of the advisory board to
President-elect Barack Obama's transition committee.
Penny Pritzker - a
business executive and
entrepreneur for more than twenty years, is chairman of the board of
four companies: TransUnion, Classic Residence by
Hyatt, The Parking Spot and Pritzker Realty. Ms.
Pritzker also served as Finance Chair of the President-elect’s campaign
committee. As a civic leader, she's focused on
improving the health and education of young people through enterprising
initiatives, such as Chicago Run and the Chicago Public Education Fund.
John W. Rogers, Jr. -
founder, chairman and
chief executive officer of Ariel Investments and serves on the boards
of three public companies: Aon Corporation, Exelon Corporation and
McDonald's Corporation. He also is a director of the Chicago Urban
League, a trustee of the University of Chicago as well as a member of
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Patrick Ryan - a
Republican, is Chairman and
Chief Executive of Chicago 2016 and oversees all aspects of Chicago's
bid for the 2016 Olympics. He is the Founding
Chairman of Aon Corporation. Ryan is Chairman of
the board of trustees of Northwestern University and serves as a life
trustee of Rush University Medical Center. He is also an owner/director
of the Chicago Bears Football Club.
Julianna Smoot - served
Obama's national finance director during his presidential campaign. She
previously worked for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,
Senator Thomas Daschle, and Senator John Edwards.
Honorary Co-Chairs (announced
Dec. 22, 2008)
President Jimmy Carter, President George H. W. Bush, President William
J. Clinton, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Dick
Lugar, Senator Claire McCaskill, Representative Tammy Baldwin,
Representative Artur Davis, Representative Ray Lahood, Representative
Linda Sánchez, General Colin Powell, Hunter and Kathleen Biden,
Craig Robinson, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng
Director of Advance on Obama for America. Attorney
at Patton Boggs,
J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Undergraduate degree
from Colby College, 1999. Son of Severin Beliveau, a prominent
Assistant: Katie Hinterlong
to the Obama campaign. Partner at Blue Engine Message &
Media. Worked at Westhill Partners public affairs practice,
joined the firm effective January 7, 2005. President of the Media
Fund, managing a $60 million national Democratic issue advertising
campaign. From 2001 through early 2004 Smith served as senior
communications advisor to Rep. Dick Gephardt in both the House
Democratic Leader's office and his 2004 presidential campaign.
Communications director for the DCCC and press secretary to the House
More Creative: Fiona Conroy, Jim Gilio, Eric Lesser, Kevin Varney
Did surrogate scheduling at Obama
for America. President of Corner 4 Solutions starting May
2008. Senior vice president at Lynch Associates Inc,
2007-May 2008. Chief of staff to Attorney General Tom Reilly,
2003-07. Chief of staff at Boston 2004, Inc. (the host committee
for the 2004 Democratic National Convention), Jan.-Aug. 2004.
Worked for Sen. Edward Kennedy from 1989-2003 including as director of
scheduling and advance and later as political director. Graduate
of the University of Maryland, College Park, 1993.
|Chief of Staff
COO at the DSCC in the
2006 cycle. CEO of the Kerry campaign (announced April 22,
2004). Deputy campaign manager on the Gephardt campaign starting
April 2003. Chief of staff for Gore 2000. In early 1998
Hancox worked on Lewinsky damage control at the DNC. From March
1995-Jan. 1997 she served as deputy political director at the White
House under Doug Sosnik; she started in the Clinton administration in
January 1993 in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Hancox handled
congresssional relations on Clinton/Gore 1992.
Brian Foucart - A
deputy CFO on the Kerry campaign. CFO and
assistant treasurer on the Joe Lieberman for President campaign.
CFO for Gore 2000, Inc. when it was headquartered in Washington, DC
during much of 1999. Deputy chief operating officer for
Clinton/Gore '96 under Ted Carter. Foucart worked at the DNC for
over 10 years through November 1992.
|Janica Kyriacopoulos and
- A deputy CFO on the Kerry
campaign. CFO on Gephardt for President, Inc.. Experience
also includes Treasurer at Steny Hoyer's AmeriPAC; Treasurer at the
Joined the campaign in May 2007;
served as regional IT director, traveling the country and working on
state IT operations, then IT special projects manager in Chicago
headquarters. Did technical consulting and served as IT manager
on Tony Knowles for US Senate, 2004. Started studies at Colby
College in Waterville, ME in 2006 but took leave. Native of
Partner at Hogan &
Hartson. served as a judge on the UN Administrative Tribunal,
1995-99, appointed by President Clinton. Prior to law school
Ashford served as special assistant to the director, Office
for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health, Education and
Welfare; assistant to the commissioner, U.S. Office of
Education; and assistant to the director of the Women Studies
Program at the University of Alabama. J.D. from Yale Law
School, 1981; M.A. from the University of Alabama, 1974; B.A. from the
University of Alabama, 1972.
|Deborah T. Ashford
EVENTS AND CEREMONIES (70)
Senior aide to Al Gore at Leadership
'02. Graduate of
Colby College, 2000.
Events and Ceremonies
A senior advance lead on the
campaign. Director of programming and communications and for a
time associate interim director of the Dole Institute of Politics at
the University of Kansas. Senior advance consultant for Sen. John
Kerry. Served in the Clinton and Carter administrations on the
White House staff and at the State and Commerce Departments.
Experience on campaigns beginning withe Jimmy Carter's in 1976.
Helped out on the campaign starting
in 2007 and joined the campaign full-time in mid-2008 after he
"completed his articles at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto.
L.L.B., M.B.A. from University of Western Ontario, 2006. a
special assistant (communications) to Canadian Prime Minister Paul
Martin in the latter half of 2005; also worked on Ken Dryden's campaign
for the Liberal leadership. Associate advance staff on John Kerry's
presidential campaign. Graduate of Colby College, 1996.
An advance lead on the
campaign. Assistant director of government relations and
community affairs at Northeastern University. Degree in political
science from Northeastern, 2001.
A national advance lead on the
campaign. Director of events at Adaptive Path, 2005-07.
Lead advance for Teresa Heinz Kerry on the Kerry-Edwards
campaign. Worlked in press operation for the Salt Lake Organizing
Committee, 2001-02. VP at IMG, TWI Interactive, 1999-2000.
Senior director of marketing services at Sybase, 1996-99. Manager
of event marketing at Powersoft, 1993-96. B.A. in journalism from
Marquette University, 1985.
With the campaign since early 2007
including planning Obama's announcement in Springfield and the Invesco
Field site for Obama's acceptance speech. Field coordinator
Energy Future Coalition/United Nations Foundation. Advance staff
on Tim Kaine's
campaign for governor of Virginia in 2005. On John Kerry's
national advance team in 2004. Research analyst at the World
Resources Institute, 2003-04. Bachelor's degree in environmental
science and public policy from Harvard University, 2001.
AFIC (Parade Director)
Pepsi Center manager for the
campaign at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Deputy
director of grassroots organizing at the DNC. Served briefly as Assistant
Deputy Director for Community Development in the Arizona Department of
Commerce. Executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party in
the 2004 cycle; political director of the Arizona Democratic Party in
the 2002 cycle. Hegarty worked with the U.S. Department of
Defense Base Realignment and Closing Commission, and as deputy director
of advance the Office of Vice President Al Gore. B.A. in
political science from The George Washington University, 2000.
NATIONAL SERVICE (RENEWING AMERICA) (12)
Wicks started as the campaign's
Western region field director in Chicago, served as field director in
California, was deputy field director in Texas, directed the campaign's
national volunteer program ("Obama Organizing Fellows"), and in the
general election served as Missouri state director. Political
director for Wake Up Wal-Mart. Organizer in the 'Anti-War in
Iraq' campaign in San Francisco, CA. Co-founded Hoi-Polloi, "a
people’s organization created by a small group of conscientious
thinkers striving for world peace." Campaign manager on Jay
Fetcher's 2004 state Senate campaign in Colorado. Des Moines
organizer on Howard Dean's Iowa caucus campaign. Graduate of the
University of Washington, 1998.
of Renewing America Together
Political field director for Change
to Win. Communications director to New York Attorney General
Andrew Cuomo, April 2007-April 2008. Worked at Dan Klores
Communications. Florida Deputy State Director for America Votes,
2004. In 2002, he oversaw a joint Sierra Club and the Service
Employees International Union national, school-based get-out-the-vote
Lobbyist with the Podesta
Group. Office manager and scheduler for Congressman Brian Baird
(D-WA), 2002-04. Staff assistant, then scheduler in the office of
Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN).
|(Ashley) Teal Baker
Surrogate scheduler on the campaign
in Virginia in the fall; coordinated Women for Obama in the South
Carolina primary campaign; worked for Obama's Hopefund.
Deputy communications director at
Obama for America; communications director on Obama's
Iowa caucus campaign.
director on Tom Vilsack's
campaign (Dec. 2006-Feb. 2007). Communications director for Jim
Davis' 2006 campaign for governor in Florida. In 2003-05, Earnest
worked in the communications department at the DNC serving as regional
media director in the 2004 cycle and as press secretary in 2005 and
2006. Communications director for Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR); he
Berry's deputy campaign manager during his successful 2002 re-election
campaign. Media assistant at Squier-Knapp-Dunn. Before
to Washington, DC, Earnest worked in the Houston office of Varoga &
(now known as Varoga, Rice & Shalett) as an account
of Rice University, 1997.
spokeswoman on the campaign, started late May 2008.
Douglass left her
position as a contributing editor at National
Journal to join the campaign; she has thirty-five years experience
working as a journalist. Capitol Hill correspondent
for ABC News through 2006; started as congressional correspondent in
Feb. 1998 and was named chief Capitol Hill correspondent in Dec.
2000. ABC News Justice Department correspondent starting in Jan.
1997. Joined CBS News in 1993 as a Washington-based
correspondent; covered politics and general assignment stories.
Political reporter for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Political editor
at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, 1983-85. L os Angeles based correspondent
for CBS News, 1981-83. Political editor at KCBS, 1975-80.
Started as a researcher on the assignment desk at KCBS in 1973.
B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California.
Communications director on
the Obama for America general election campaign in Michigan, then spent
the final three weeks in Virginia. Spokesman on U.S. Sen. Debbie
Stabenow's 2006 re-election
campaign. Research director on
Howard Dean's presidential campaign, 2003-04. Worked at the DCCC. A regional political
director for the Democratic Leadership Council. Graduate of the
College of William and Mary, 1998.
Communications director on
the Obama for America general election campaign in Virginia;
for the Jan. 26 South Carolina primary campaign and for the primary
campaigns in Virginia, Mississippi, Indiana, and South Dakota.
as communications director for Democratic nominee Jim Pederson in
2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Directed communications for Virginia's
Democratic coordinated campaign during Tim Kaine's successful
run in 2005. Directed communications for the Democratic
of Virginia. Nevada communications director for America Coming
in 2004. Political reporter for Atlanta's independent newsweekly,
Creative Loafing, 2000-03. B.A. in political science from Beloit
College in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Lewis attended Obama's Hopefund Yes
We Can training in Jan. 2006.
African American Media
Director of Hall Management for the
2008 Democratic National Convention Committee. M.P.P. from the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, 2007. Worked on
John Kerry's presidential campaign as part of the advance staff during
the NH primary and on the travelling staff during the general
election. Degree in political science and French from Wellesley
Senior legislative communications
associate at the
ACLU Washington Legislative Office. B.A. in political
science from the Johns Hopkins University, 2001.
Press secretary for the
2008 Democratic National Convention Committee. Spokeswoman for
the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Worked for the LRA at Ketchum
Public Affairs. Manning, Selvage & Lee, a PR
firm in Washington, DC. Graduate of the University of Southern
Started on Obama for America in
2007. Senior strategic communications specialist at AFSCME,
2003-07. Reporter/senior producer at Pacifica Network News (and
KPFK), 2000-02. Senior editor at Rubin Postaer and Associates,
1997-2000. Graduate of UCLA, 1996.
Started out as deputy
press secretary on Obama's NH primary campaign; later spokeswoman on
his Tennessee primary campaign. Finance assistant at Angelides
2006 gubernatorial campaign in California. Policy assistant at
Dewey Square Group. Graduate of UC Berkeley, 2005.
Traveling press secretary for
Jill Biden during the fall campaign. Political director at Change
to Win (announced May 29, 2007). A vice president at the American
Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of
America. Midwest press secretary for the Democratic National
Committee. Managed several campaigns in Illinois and New
Deputy political director for NARAL in the 2000 election. Helped
develop a national network of activists for the American Nurses
Association. B.A. in political science and German from the
of Michigan, 1991.
During the fall campaign
served as communications director for Obama for America in
Missouri. Communications director on Obama's California primary
campaign, on leave from her position as communications director for San
Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Public relations
manager at Telocity, provider of residential broadband services,
starting in late 2000. California press assistant and Northern
California field representative for Senator Feinstein. Worked for
Solem & Associates, a San Francisco public relations agency.
Media relations manager for the Atlanta City Council. Public
information officerr for Mayor Bob Knight in Wichita, Kansas.
communications director for the South on Obama for America. Press
secretary and spokesperson for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee under
Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). Communications director and earlier
staff assistant for U.S. Rep.
William Jefferson (D-LA), April 2002-Feb. 2007. Native of New
Communications director for
the Virginia Campaign for Change in Fall 2008. Started on the
campaign doing rapid response on Obama's NH primary campaign and served
as press secretary for the Kentucky primary campaign. Account executive and
then online services director at Fenton Communications, July 2005-Aug.
2007. Also co-director of the Campaign to Defend the
Constitution, Sept. 2005-Aug. 2007. Media officer at Greenpeace
USA, April 2004-June 2005. Policy and research assistant at
Dean for America. Graduate of Colby College, 2003.
Deputy director of surrogate press
on the campaign (announced July 15, 2008); earlier surrogate press
secretary. An associate in the
Dewey Square Group’s Sacramento office since 2005. Prior to
joining DSG, Terry worked as an analyst with the Corporate Executive
Board. In 2004, Terry worked in the
regional press office for the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign,
helping to execute rapid response press outreach for the Western
Region; she also worked on the campaign’s national advance team.
legislative assistant to California State Assembly Member Reyes.
Did research and analysis for the California State Assembly Committee
on Jobs, Economic Development, and International Trade. Degree in
political science/international relations from UC San Diego.
Native of Sacramento, Calif..
Deputy speechwriter on the
campaign starting in June 2008. Speechwriting intern in summer
2007. M.P.P. from Harvard University Kennedy School of
Government, 2008. Worked in the U.S. Senate from Sept.
2003-July 2006, starting as a staff assistant in the Office of Senator
Edward M. Kennedy, then moving over to the HELP Committee. B.A.
in political science from Northwestern University, 2002.
Press aide on the campaign.
Producer/booker for National Journal On-Air at the National Journal
Group. Desk assistant at ABC News. Graduate of Wellesley
Marti Adams, Adam Elkington, Tim Skoczek
MEDIA LOGISTICS (63)
Senior advisor for scheduling and
advance on John Edwards for President, 2007-08. Co-founder of
Myers Strategies, 2005-06. Director of VP special projects on
Kerry-Edwards '04. Event planning manager and associate director
of programs at Envision EMI, 2001-03. National advance staff on
Gore-Lieberman 2000. Schedule C appointee in the Department of
Defense, 1997-98. National advance staff on Clinton-Gore
'96. B.A. in public relations/political communication from George
of Media Logistics
|Samuel Myers, Jr.
Senior press advance on the national
advance staff at Obama for America, started in June 2007. Chief
of Staff to the First Lady in Gov. Jim Doyle's Office, 2006-07.
Worked on Doyle's campaign, 1996. B.A. in philosophy, political
science from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005.
Director of media operations for the
Democratic National Convention Committee [particular focus on
Previously communications director at Western Progress; started in
August 2007. Associate director of press relations at the Center
American Progress in
Washington, DC. Deputy director for media affairs at the Clinton
Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 2006. A permanent press lead
national advance staffs of Clark for President and Kerry-Edwards
Has also worked for A&E Television, HBO, NBC News and
Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering
and Applied Science.
Did press advance in Iowa
during the caucus campaign. Graduate of Kansas University, 2004.
Did advance on the campaign.
NEW MEDIA (5)
As a deputy director of new media
for the transition, Bleeker helped build the change.gov site.
of Internet advertising for Obama for America. Prior to joining
Bleeker held a similar position on the Hillary Clinton for President
campaign. Previously worked for two online marketing firms.
Worked on the Tim Kaine campaign in 2005 and the Kerry campaign in 2004.
Bednarz served as online
organizer for the NH primary campaign; his involvement with the Obama
effort began with his role as state director of Draft Obama in New
Jersey and NJ for Obama. Master's degree from Seton Hall's
Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, May
2007. Traveled to Poland as a Fulbright scholar in 2004
("Coalition-Building in Post-Communist Poland: The SLD and
Beyond"). Undergraduate degree in political science from Marist
College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
state director in the general election campaign; political director on
the Iowa caucus campaign. Managed Iowa Senate Democrats'
political operation during the 2004 and 2006 elections (Democrats
picked up a net gain of nine seats and took control of the Iowa Senate
for the first time since 1996). A regional field director (NW) on
Rep. Dick Gephardt's 2004 Iowa caucus campaign. Worked on Sen.
Tom Harkin's 2002 re-election campaign. Worked on Al Gore's Iowa
caucus campaign. Native Iowan; grew up in Mount Pleasant.
|Emily Parcell Lowe
LGBT vote director on
the campaign. Director of public policy and government affairs at
the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Executive director of Stonewall Democrats in
the 2004 cycle. Native of
|Senior Deputy Director
OFFICE OF THE
Deputy director of
scheduling and advance on Obama for America. Associate director
national events for AIPAC, Oct. 2005-May 2007. Joined the
Kerry campaign in May 2004 as a scheduler for Sen. Kerry; moved over to
advance and served as a deputy director of advance from July 2004 to
the end of the campaign. Scheduled
for Congressman Kendrick Meek, late 2002 to May 2004. Scheduled
Gore after he left office, first at his transition office then at his
Leadership 02, until Nov. 2002. Joined the Gore campaign in Nov
worked as a field organizer for 5 months in Sioux City, IA and Broward
County, FL, did advance for 3 months, then
moved to Nashville in June to be the advance desk for Vice President
teams until Nov. 2000. National field director of College
of America, from Spring 1998 to Fall 1999. B.A. degrees in
political science and Jewish studies from Indiana
|Director, Office of the President-Elect
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT (8)
|Director, Office of the Vice
A deputy director of scheduling for
the campaign. Candidate aide/fundraiser on the Klobuchar for
campaign, 2005-06. Graduate of University of Minnesota, 2004.
AND CREDENTIALS (43)
Executive director of
Protect Colorado’s Future, the campaign against Amendments 47, 49 and
54 on the Nov. 2008 ballot. Deputy national political director on
John Edwards for President, 2007-08. Knox has
more than a decade of experience working at every ballot level in
Maine. Coordinated Campaign director for Maine in 2006.
Field director for the winning civil rights referendum in Maine in
2005. Special assistant to the Speaker of the Maine House of
Representatives in spring 2005 and 2006. Coordinated Campaign
field director in West Virginia, 2004. Coordinated Campaign field
director for Maine in 2000; worked for Vice President Gore's NH primary
campaign in 1999-2000. J.D. from the University of Maine
School of Law, 2004. B.A. in politics and government from Ohio
Wesleyan University, 1998.
of Ticketing and Credentials
political director on John Edwards for President campaign,
2007-08. Concord area regional field coordinator then volunteer
coordinator on Edwards NH primary campaign, 2003-04. A regional
field director for New Hampshire Democrats' 2002 Coordinated Campaign,
then worked on the Landrieu runoff in Louisiana.
for Credential/Overlay Management
Deputy campaign manager on Protect
Colorado's Future. National trip director for Elizabeth Edwards
on John Edwards for President, Dec. 2006-Feb. 2008. National lead
advance on Kerry-Edwards '04. Graduate of Texas Tech University.
for Ticket Management
Director of hall operations for the Democratic National
Convention Committee in Denver. Attorney at
Greenberg Traurig. George Mason University School of Law.
Iowa field director
Obama's Campaign for Change; started
on the Obama campaign on March 3, 2007, working in Davenport, IA for
the caucuses, and later served as a regional field director in Nevada,
Ohio, and as deputy field director in North Carolina. Graduate of
the University of Richmond.
A regional field director in Central
Iowa duringthe General Election; during the primaries worked in
Louisville, KY; Youngstown, OH; Las Cruces, NM; and Marshalltown,
IA. Sports writer for The Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette for three
years, and has worked as a writer for the Marketing Department at
Portland (OR) Community College.
Director of transportation for the
2008 Democratic National Convention and worked on the previous three
Democratic National Conventions and on the 1997 and 1993 presidential
inaugurations in Washington, DC. Experience managing
transportation logistics on numerous large-scale events including the
2007 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Atlanta, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt
Lake, Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, the 1997 Summit of the Eight, the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
advance on Obama for America. National advance on Hillary Clinton
for President through June 2008.
A co-founder of The
Funding Partners LLC, a consulting firm. Co-finance
director for Sen; John Edwards' 2003-04 presidential campaign.
Also served as finance director of Edwards' New American
Optimists. Northeast finance director at the DCCC.
Started in fundraising as a deputy finance director at the DSCC.
B.A. in economics from Tulane University. Native of Bozeman, MT.
Finance surrogate director at
the DNC in Fall 2008.
|Finance Chief of
...much of the campaign finance team moved over to the PIC.
GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING (7)
Director of direct
marketing for the camapign.
Director of marketing
and online services at the DCCC in the 2006 cycle
(started there in Jan. 2005). Previously worked at the DSCC and
B.A. in government from Georgetown University, 1998.
Grassroots finance director on the
campaign. Legislative aide in the office of Congressman Henry
Waxman, June 2002-Feb. 2007; caseworker and field deputy in the office
of Congressman Waxman, May 1998-June 2002. Compliance officer at
Carry Oregon-Democratic Party of Oregon, July-Nov. 2004. B.A. in
political science from U.S.C., 1997.
Producer for all PIC TV events
in charge of production for all PIC TV events
Inc. (announced Dec. 29, 2008) "...design,
fabricate, and install the décor and manage all Technical
Services (lighting, sound, and video) for ten official Inaugural Balls,
and other official Inaugural events. The company will also
provide floats for the Inaugural Parade and directional signage related
to many of the inaugural events."
Event Architects (Jan. 13, 2009 press release)
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