People-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
updated August 31, 2009 disclaimer
OBAMA FOR AMERICA General
organization to Sept. 2007
Headquarters: 233 N. Michigan Ave., 11th Floor, Chicago,
(reported by Lynn Sweet on
11, 2007) Joined AKP
Message & Media in winter 2000 and became a named partner in
2004. Senior political advisor on Dick Gephardt's 2004
campaign. Executive director of the DCCC, 1999-2000.
deputy chief of staff, 1997-98. Managed Bob Torricelli's 1996
for U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Campaign director at the DSCC in
Managed Attorney General Charlie Oberly's unsuccessful U.S. Senate race
against Sen. Bill Roth in Delaware in 1994. Managed Rep. John
(D-MA) 1992 re-election campaign. Served as a state field
for Sen. Tom Harkin's 1992 presidential campaign, after serving as
field director in Harkin's 1990 U.S. Senate race. Attended University of
Delaware from fall 1985 through fall 1988 as a political science major.
- (Jan. 2007) Special assistant to Rep. Rahm Emanuel at the DCCC
for two years. Field organizer on Stephanie Herseth's
campaign for Congress in the June 1, 2004 special election in in South
as a paralegal in New York. Bachelor's degree in political
science from Wellesley, 2003. Grew up in Bethesda, MD.
Founded, in 1985, and is a
of the Chicago-based campaign media firm now known as AKP
Message & Media (formerly Axelrod & Associates); has worked
on over 150 campaigns at the local, state and national levels.
the message and media campaign for Obama's 2004 primary campaign.
Served as media consultant on Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential
Managed Paul Simon's 1984 U.S. Senate race where he upset Sen. Charles
Percy. Eight years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune,
covering national, state and local politics. Graduate of the University
of Chicago. Native of New York City.
- (July 2008) Law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Breyer. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2006. Worked for Senate
candidate and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as her press secretary
and later as communications director and a senior adviser. Aide
to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey. Bachelor's degree from Brown University.
communications aide from the start of the campaign; additional
strategic responsibilities announced July 15, 2008) Joined Obama
won the March 16, 2004 U.S. Senate primary. Press secretary for
Kerry for President for the first 10-plus months; resigned Nov.
Press secretary for the DSCC, 2001-02. Communications director
Debbie Stabenow's U.S. Senate campaign, 1999-2000. Press
to Sen. Max Cleland, 1999. Communications director for Fritz
1998 re-election campaign.
Graduate of North Carolina State University.
|Senior Strategist for
Communications and Message
Friend to Michelle and Barack Obama
and served as finance chair for Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign
. CEO of The Habitat Co., a real estate development and
management company; she joined the firm in 1995. Eight years
working for the City of Chicago, first as Deputy Corporation Counsel
for Finance and Development, then as deputy chief of staff to Mayor
Richard M. Daley in 1991, and as Commissioner of the Department of
Planning and Development from 1992-95.
Overseeing political and
operations; focused on early states through Sept. 2007 (Hildebrand
with Obama when he made his first Iowa visit for the Harkin Steak Fry
Sept. 2006) South Dakota based principal of Hildebrand
Tewes Consulting, Inc.. Managed Sen. Tom Daschle's 2004
campaign, a narrow loss to John Thune. Managed Sen. Tim Johnson's
2002 re-election campaign, a narrow win over Rep. John Thune. Ran
the Women Vote! Program for EMILY's List in 2000. Ran the Iowa
for Vice President Al Gore in 1999-2000. Political director at
DSCC in 1997-98. Midwest Political Director at the DNC in
Executive director of the Minnesota DFL from mid-August 1995 to
1996. Finance director for Minnesota Attorney General Hubert
III's unsuccessful 1988 Senate campaign.
(June 2008) Comes to the
campaign from his
position as chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT). Chief of
staff to U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), 2003-05. Campaign manager
on Baucus' 2002 campaign. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-NY), 1999-2001. Campaign manager on Baucus' 1996
campaign. Chief of staff to state Sen. Mike Halligan, 1995.
Worked on Daniel Kemmis' campaign for mayor of Missoula in 1993.
B.A. from the University of Montana, 1993. Grew up in Boise, ID.
Initially served as deputy COO/chief
of staff. Founder (2001) and
of Way Forward Strategies, a sole proprietorship which supports
pro-working family candidates and organizations. Communications
Workers of America. B.A. in
science from U.C. Santa Barbara, 1984; M.P.A. from the Kennedy
of Government at Harvard University, 2001.
The campaign's initial
chief operating officer (announced by KSG on Feb.
2007 but started transitioning to the position on Jan. 19, 2007).
at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as executive director of the
Center for Public Leadership and earlier as director of alumni programs
and external relations at the Kennedy School. Senior official in
the Clinton Administration: served two years with the U.S. Small
Business Administration as Associate Deputy Administrator for
Development; launched and directed the first White House Office
Women's Initiatives and Outreach, serving as Deputy Assistant to the
and Director of Women's Initiatives, 1995-97; director at the
of Women's Business Ownership at the SBA.
for six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services based in
Los Angeles. MPA from the Kennedy
2000. Sister of Dee Dee Myers, Clinton's first press secretary.
(started as a consultant in March
2007 and on staff starting in April 2007) Field consultant for
the Ohio AFL-CIO 2006. Program leader with City Year Chicago
2005-06. B.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago, 2005.
Resources and Hdqtrs Management
Sought the Democratic nomination for Congress in Illinois' 5th CD in March 2002
(finished with less than 5% of the vote; seat
won by Rahm Emanuel). Worked in the White House Office of
Personnel aiding the transition to the incoming Bush
Special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney
Director of operations and chief of staff on Clinton/Gore '96.
at the DNC. Worked on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in
Rock starting in 1991. Worked construction. Degree in
science and history from the University of Illinois at Chicago,
Worked at Dominick's Finer Foods. Grew up in the north side
of Chicago and in Skokie.
Operations ("Operations West")
Worked in Obama's
Senate office, Jan. 2005-March 2007, starting as a staff assistant and
then as a legislative correspondent. J.D. from The George
Washington University Law School, 2004. B.A. in international
relations from Claremont McKenna College, 2001. (Amy Lee
Boonstra through June 2007).
...individual and office technology
(laptops, blackberry devices, printers) and procurement and support
thereof. Also internal application development (for example the
Sharepoint sites for Policy and Legal, the delegate tracking system for
the DNCC, the Financial Operations system used by the entire campaign
as a BPM [business process management] to track purchasing
(Started volunteering at
headquarters in April 2007; continued to help in a series of states
during the primaries starting in Iowa, and started on staff in April
2008) Senior systems engineer at the MIS Department, Inc., a
Chicago-based IT consulting firm he founded in 1999. Previously
worked as a freelancer for about two years. Systems analyst for
the Andrew Corp.
(March 2007 ...Link also led internal application
development in QuickBase) Server
engineer and abuse department coordinator at FastServers.net,
President and CEO of IntraHost Communications, Inc., a webhosting and
design business; started in 1999 and sold in Oct. 2007. B.S. in
business computer systems from Bradley University, 2005.
|IT Support Manager
(May 2007) Started on the
campaign as the IT director for the NH primary, and later traveled the
country working on
IT operations. Did technical consulting and served as IT
manager at Tony Knowles for US Senate, 2004. Started studies at
College in Waterville, ME in 2006 but took leave. Native of
(April 2008) Director of
professional services at InStranet, Inc., 2007-08. Sales manager,
business analyst at Meridio, 2005-07. Technologist for Wisconsin
Victory 2004. Senior project manager at Kanisa, 2003-04.
Senior project manager at Ask Jeeves, 2000-03. Senior manager of
implementation at Brigade, 2000. Implementation manager at
Logistix, 1996-2000. Technical support specialist at Apple,
1992-96. B.A. in political science, business administration from
University of Texas at Austin, 1992.
|Regional IT /
Client technical services-technology
group intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2006-07.
Attended University of Illinois.
|Help Desk Manager
Help Desk Team: Fernando
Galvan, Shane Hable, Drew Hulburt
(Also purchasing manager during
primaries)Project coordinator at CrossCom
National LLC. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Arthur Jordan (also did some Help Desk), Matt Schaub
Program management coordinator at
Pearson Government Solutions. Graduate of the University of
operations consultant for Syngenta, Inc., 2000-02. Previously
treasury and risk manager for Express Scripts, Inc. for two years.
"Markowitz has an extensive history as a treasury and risk analyst for
Midwestern based companies." M.B.A. from DePaul University; B.S.
in business administration from the University of Missouri.
(assumed this position in May 2008;
previously the campaign's director of financial strategy starting in
Aug. 2007) M.B.A. from Stanford University, 2007. Business
analyst at McKinsey & Company, 2003-05. Undergraduate degree
from Georgetown University, 2003.
(started first part of 2008)
financial consultant, 1997-2001. CFO at IFX Corp, Sept.
Auditor at Arthur Andersen, 1981-92. A.B. and Master's in
accountancy science from University of Illinois at
Vice president of global leveraged
finance at Merrill Lynch. Summer associate at Latham &
Watkins. J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Undergraduate degree from New York University Leonard N. Stern School
(started Feb. 2007) Operations
manager at MetroPro Corporation, 2002-06. Senior portfolio
accounting analyst at Northern Trust, 1999-2002. From Gurnee,
(Sept. 2007 "HR generalist and
payroll specialist with significant experience moving massive numbers
of staff on short notice and with frequency.") B.A. in English
writing, theater (communications) from DePauw University, 2007.
Reconciliation Specialist - Nick Morgan
Assistant controller at the DCCC,
2003-07. Accounting manager at EMILY's List, 1999-2003.
Bachelor's degree in accounting from Clark Atlanta University, 1998.
June 18, 2008) Prior to joining the campaign, Gaspard was
executive vice president of politics and legislation for Local 1199
SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. In 2006 he served as
acting political director for SEIU international. National field
director for America Coming Together, 2004. Acting field director
on Howard Dean's South Carolina primary campaign. 1199 SEIU
director. Chief of staff to New York City Council member
Margarita Lopez. Worked on David Dinkins' 1989 campaign for
Mayor of New York City, then worked for four years for Mayor Dinkins in
advance and political, and on Dinkins' unsucessful 1993 re-election
on Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign. Studied at
Columbia University School of General Studies, 1994-97. Born in
Regional Political Directors
Executive director of the
DNC's Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council. Executive director of
the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund from 1997 to 2003. DNC director
of LGBT outreach in 1996. Native of Missouri.
The campaign's national
director during the primaries (from Feb. 2007). Assistant
political director at AFSCME; Figueroa oversaw the union's independent
expenditure program during the 2006 elections. Administrator of
Council 18, New Mexico. Directed the Coordinated
Campaign in New Mexico in 2000. Director of policy and
communications for the League of United Latin American Citizens
eight years for U.S. Rep. George Brown (CA). Degree in history
from UCLA; started out at Riverside Community College. From
|Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Figueroa
Taking leave from her position as press
secretary to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar (CO). Worked in the
Office of the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair doing
press and Hispanic outreach and as press secretary to U.S. Rep. John
Larson (CT). Press secretary for U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA),
2005-06. Graduate of Boston College, 2004. Grew up in Las
for the Latino Vote Program
Odio was active in NYC4Obama and
Brooklyn for Barack, served as deputy Latino outreach coordinator
during the Iowa caucuses and also worked on the campaign in
Colorado. Communications manager at
AlleyCorp, 2006-07. Communications consultant at Leadership
director of marketing and public relations at GALA Hispanic Theatre,
2004-05. Graduate of American University.
for the Latino Vote Program
Attorney at Akin Gump in Washington,
DC. Special assistant to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Legislative counsel in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Sen. Ken
Salazar. Director of technology and economic opportunity policy
for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. Legislative counsel
to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. Special projects coordinator for U.S.
Rep. Xavier Becerra. Worked in the law office of Masry and
Vititoe focusing on environmental litigation. Law degree and
master's degree in communication management from the University of
bachelor's degree in American studies from Stanford University. From Santa Fe, NM.
(announced as a senior advisor
on May 24,
Vice president of business development for Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Democratic nominee for
Secretary of State in 2002, obtaining about 44 percent of the
Senior associate at Fowler Communications. State director of the
S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (announced by Gov.
in Jan. 1999, served through May 2002). Other experience includes
senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company in New
analyst for the S.C. House Ways & Means Committee, executive
to the president of University of South Carolina and chief of staff for
former Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore. MPA from the Kennedy School of
1997. B.S. from the University of South Carolina. Native of
(July 2007) Associate at Patton
Boggs. Senior legislative assistant to then Rep. Peter Deutsch
Director/Advisor on Mideast Policy
(official staff role announced
Aug. 19, 2008; started advising the campaign in 2007 on Middle East
policy and Jewish community issues) Vice president at Timmons and
Company. Legislative director, then deputy chief of staff to Sen.
Bill Nelson (D-FL), 2001-07. Director for Legislative Affairs
at the National Security Council, 1999-2001. Aide to Sen. Dianne
Feinstein (D-CA), 1995-99. Aide to former Chairman of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee Lee Hamilton (D-IN). Master's degree in Middle
Eastern politics from Harvard University, 1993. Undergraduate
degree from Brandeis University, 1991. Born and raised in
Advisor/Jewish Outreach Coordinator
State director for the New
Mexico Blue Team. Strategist for
Guam delegate Robert Underwood, 2005-06. Policy adviser for Speaker Nancy Pelosi from 2003-05. Filipina.
and Pacific Islander Vote Director
over to the campaign from the DNC American Majority Project (started
in 2005). Counselor to the Administrator of
the U.S. Small Business Administration during the Clinton
administration (political appointee). Practiced bankruptcy law at
firms in Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ, 1993-96. J.D.
from the University of Arizona College of Law, and B.A. from Pomona
from Honolulu, HI.
|Deputy AAPI Vote
(Native American outreach
coordinator since Sept. 2007) Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud
Sioux). Has incorporated the He Sapa Leadership Academy, a Native
American preparatory school. Law degree from University of
Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, 2008. Graduate
of Yale University with a degree in American studies, 2003.
Nez Perce Yakima Cayuse Oglala
Lakota. J.D. from Columbia University, 2008. B.A. in
History from Yale, 2005.
Vote Deputy Director
(started July 2008) Previously an
associate at Arnold & Porter LLP; started in Nov. 2006. Burd
served as national coordinator of Young Lawyers for Obama starting in
Feb. 2007. Briefly on the staff of Congressman Eliot Engel in
2003; field staffer on McCall for Governor in 2002. J.D. from
Harvard Law School, 2006. B.A. in political science from the
University of Pennsylvania and B.S. in management from the University
of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, 2002.
Director of public
policy and government affairs at the National Gay & Lesbian Task
director of Stonewall Democrats in the 2004 cycle. Native of Rhode Island.
|LGBT Vote Director
(effective July 14, 2008; announced July
21; earlier served as a volunteer on the Disability Policy and the Arts
Policy Committees for the campaign) Founder and chief executive
officer of The Dale Law Group (DLG) in Chicago. Bachelor's degree
in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; law
degree and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
1999. Native Chicagoan. Partially blind.
Started on the campaign as a regional
field director in Nevada, then worked in Colorado, Nebraska, Texas and
Oregon. Worked on Jon Tester's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in
Montana. B.A. in philosophy and religion from Buena Vista
University. From Sac City, Iowa.
Agriculture legislative assistant to Sen.
Dick Durbin (IL); started working for Durbin as a legislative
correspondent in 2005. Began on Capitol Hill as a paid intern for
Rep. Brian Baird. Graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Illinois native.
Leaders Endorse Barack Obama for President (Sept. 18, 2008)
Associate in McKenna Long & Aldridge's
New York City Served as an officer in the U.S. Army, including
nine years of active and reserve service with military police and civil
affairs units; Iraq veteran. J.D. from UCLA School of Law, 2004;
B.A. from UCLA, 1997.
(May 2008) Officer in the U.S.
Army, 2004-08, including service in Iraq. At Harvard, 2002-04
including nine months as a teaching fellow. Internet marketing
director at Cross Media Marketing, 2000-02. Director of
partnerships and marketing alliances at USA Global Link,
1997-2000. B.A. in political science and communication studies
from the University of Michigan, 1997.
Next Generation Veterans for Obama
(announced Aug. 18)
(started Oct. 2007)
to the campaign from position as deputy chief of staff to Gov.
started working for Blagojevich in early 2003. Worked on Rahm
successful campaign for Congress in 2002. Spokesperson for the
Illinois Democratic Coordinated campaign. Spokesperson for
Department of Planning and Development. Press secretary on
lawyer John Schmidt's 1998 gubernatorial primary campaign. Public
relations director for the Chicago Department of Housing.
communications director of the Mayor Daley's 1995 re-election
Undergraduate degree in political science and communications from
University Chicago, 1994. Native of Chicago.
Chair, Women for Obama -
Betsy Myers, Obama for America COO
Policy Advisor - Judy Gold, Partner at Perkins,
Coie; former chair, Illinois Commission on the Status of Women.
National director of ballot access
and delegate selection on Bill Richardson's presidential
campaign. J.D. from New York University School of Law, 1996;
undergraduate degree from Harvard University, 1992.
(announced July 11, 2008)
Director of Women’s Outreach for the
Hillary Clinton for President. Staff
director of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee
chaired by Sen. Clinton, started in 2004. Deputy political
director for Gov. Howard Dean’s
campaign. Served in the Clinton White House and at the Department
of Commerce. Florida deputy state director in 1996; field staffer
on Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign in Vermont. [PDF]
Obama's Senate office from 2005-07. MPA from Princeton, 2005.
Undergraduate degree from Boston
Previously at a law
firm in Washington, DC.
late March/beginning of April 2008 focusing on Pennsylvania) Aide to Obama in his Senate
office. Previously worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
Associate professor of Christian
ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. B.A.
from Abilene Christian University; M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School;
M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government; Th.D.
from Harvard Divinity School.
(succeeded Mazen Asbahi, the
Chicago-based attorney who initially held the position but
resigned) International development consultant with UNICEF in
Banda Aceh, Indonesia and earlier project coordinator for tsunami
reconstruction efforts with Gemma9 in Banda Aceh. Healthcare e-commerce supply chain analyst with Neoforma,
Inc.. Masters in health and public administration from the
University of Southern California; undergraduate degree in political
science from UC Irvine.
| Minha Husaini
Started as a college
organizer based in Keene on the NH primary campaign; later worked on
the Oregon primary campaign. Worked on state legislative races in
Vermont. Graduate of Middlebury College. Native of upstate
and Voter registration - Jason Green
/ Special projects -
Mike Moffo (see Field)
On September 16, 2007
campaign announced its National Advisory Outreach Team ("work
Senator Obama and his campaign team to ensure that the campaign
is inclusive of the ideas of all groups.")
Preeta Bansal, AAPI
Assemblywoman Karen Bass,
African American Outreach
Rep. Gwen Moore, African
Jim Zogby, Arab American
Reverend Willie Barrow,
Reverend Joseph Lowery,
Rep. Robert Wexler,
Rep. Luis Gutierrez,
Majority Leader Gloria
Stampp Corbin, LGBT
Tobias Wolff, LGBT
Wizipan Garriott, Native
General Scott Gration,
John Hurley, Veteran
Nov. 12, 2007 the campaign announced
its National Veterans Advisory Committee.
On Nov. 15, 2007 the campaign announced
endorsements of technology leaders.
On Dec. 4, 2007 the campaign announced
its African American Religious Leadership Committee.
also note: Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago
lawyer, served v. briefly as Arab-American and Muslim-American
coordinator, a volunteer position, July 26-Aug. 4, 2008
Previously Voter Contact
Director (reported by Lynn
"Obama shakes up his campaign staff." Chicago Sun-Times.
October 11, 2007) Initially Illinois State Director (reported by
Lynn Sweet. "Obama's Illinois operation. Campaign to launch
Obama'" Chicago Sun-Times. May 3, 2007)
Tammy Duckworth's 2006 general election campaign in Illinois' 6th
Served in the Peace Corps. Worked for South Carolina Democrats in
the 2002 cycle, helping to target African-American voters.
of the Wisconsin Senate Democratic Caucus from Feb. to Aug. 2001.
A regional field organizer on Al Gore's 2000 Iowa caucus
Worked on Russ Feingold's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign. Graduate of
the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in civil
From La Crosse, WI.
|National Field Director
Earlier in the cycle, Braun, based in Chicago, did some
consulting for Chris Dodd's presidential campaign. He headed up
John Kerry's Dubuque office during the 2003-04 Iowa caucus campaign and
served as field director on the Michigan Coordinated Campaign in the
Fall. Worked on local campaigns in Dubuque in 2002. From
|Deputy National Field Director
Field director on
the Jan. 19 Nevada caucus campaign; field director on the Feb. 5 New
Mexico campaign; regional field director in San Antonio for the March 4
Texas primary/precinct conventions and statewide co-field director for
the March 29 county conventions; early vote director for the North
Carolina primary; after the primaries Moffo was part of the team that
worked to retool the field organization for the general election.
Moffo served as
consultant for the DCCC, and briefly as field director on Tom Suozzi's
2006 campaign for governor in New York. Strategic planning role
organizing and targeting for field and paid voter contact) on Jon
2005 campaign for governor in New Jersey. In the 2003-04 cycle,
was a field staffer on Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign in the Sioux City
then field director on the Feb. 3 Delaware primary campaign, for the
14 Washington, DC caucuses, and for the March 9 Louisiana primary; in
general election he was field director for the Arizona Democratic
Campaign; and finally he served as a field consultant on the Christine
Gregoire for Governor re-count team. Graduate of Boston
National Field Director/National
Director of Special Projects
Formerly Obama for America political
and field staff, including Northwest regional field director in Nevada
and Charlotte regional field director in North Carolina. Third-year law student at
Yale. In 2006 Green served as religious outreach director in
Prince George's County, MD on Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign;
he also worked on the Kerry campaign in 2004. Undergraduate
degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Son of a minister.
Voter Registration Director
(started April 2008)
Deputy campaign manager on John Edwards for President after serving as
state director on his Iowa caucus campaign. Campaign manager on Rep. Jim
Davis' 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Florida. Deputy campaign
manager for Sen. Tom Daschle's 2004 Senate re-election campaign in
South Dakota. Field director on Sen. Edwards' 2003-04 Iowa caucus
campaign. In 2002 O'Malley served as field director for the South
Dakota Democratic Coordinated Campaign, then as field director for Sen.
Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign. In 2001 she was campaign manager
for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. In 1999-2000 O'Malley was
volunteer coordinator for Gore in the NH primary, then worked as a
field organizer in New York and Pennsylvania, and in the general
election, she was regional field director for the Missouri Coordinated
Campaign in the St. Louis Metro area. O'Malley is a 1998 graduate
of Tufts University and hails from Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts.
|Jennifer O'Malley Dillon
position as national development director of the Democratic Governors'
Association to join the campaign. Executive
vice president/acting CEO of the ONE Campaign, 2005-July 2007.
National field director for DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa),
2003-05. Dioguardi has
on three presidential campaigns and numerous other national, state and
local political and issue based campaigns. Field director on the 2002 Ohio
Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Chief of staff/special
assistant, congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S.
Department of Labor, 1999-2001. Massachusetts state director on
Gore 2000. M.P.A. from
Harvard University, 2002; B.A. in political science
from Boston College, 1992.
Campaign manager on Jeanne
Shaheen's U.S. Senate campaign in New Hampshire from Nov. 2007-July
2008. State director on former Sen. John
Edwards' Nevada caucus campaign. Campaign manager on Michael Nutter for
Mayor May 2007 Democratic primary campaign in Philadelphia. Campaign
manager for Kristen
Gillibrand’s successful 2006 congressional campaign in New York’s 20th
district, defeating the incumbent Republican congressman. In Fall
Hyers worked as the Coordinated Campaign Director in Alaska.
Central Iowa regional field director on Edwards' 2003-04 Iowa
caucus campaign. State field director for the Judi Dutcher for
primary campaign and then regional director for the Minnesota State
DFL Caucus in the 2002 cycle. Worked on a number of local
in Duluth and Minneapolis starting in 2001. Before entering
the political field, Hyers served in the U.S. Army, 1993-98; as a
soldier; he was stationed in Bosnia during Operation Joint
B.A. in political science from St. Cloud State University in
Gilkey started as the
campaign's deputy political director in
Chicago and later served as Georgia state director and North Carolina
political director. National training director for EMILY's List
during the 2006
cycle. Deputy political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America
the 2004 election cycle. PAC coordinator at the AFL-CIO during
2002 election cycle. Message and polling coordinator at the
Gilkey has worked on several campaigns, including Diane E. Watson for
(CA-32) and Ron Kirk for U.S. Senate in Texas. First job out of
was political assistant at EMILY's List. Graduate of Howard
Texas native. [Note. As national training director for
List, Gilkey collaborated with Obama's Leadership PAC, Hopefund, to
"Yes We Can" -- a training program for young African American and
State director on Obama's
NH primary campaign. In 2006 Rodriguez ran Kevin
de León's successful campaign for Assembly in California's 45th
District (Los Angeles). District director for Rep. Marty Meehan
Lowell, Mass. Campaign manager for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)'s 2004
re-election campaign. Deputy political director on Dick
campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination and previously
at Gephardt's leadership PAC, the Effective Government Committee.
A year as a volunteer teacher in Roxbury, Mass. Ran the 2nd CD
Sen. Bill Bradley's 2000 NH primary campaign. Volunteer teacher
the Jesuit Corps in Roxbury, Mass. for three years. Graduate of
Cross University with a degree in Spanish.
Deputy director of floor
operations in the office of House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn starting in
Jan. 2007. Worked for Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for about nine
years, including field director on her campaign in 1997-98, legislative
assistant, legislative director, and deputy chief of
staff/communications director. B.A. from Michigan State University,
Organizing director for
ACLU of Northern California starting in 2006. Vice president of
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, 2003-06. Graduate of
the University of Michigan.
Ken Strasma, Strategic Telemetry
Director (Consultant): Dan Langer,
Consulting (Evansville, WI)
(The campaign's "Last Call for
Change" focused on phone banks in non-targeted states calling
into battleground states) Earlier in the
served as a new media field representative; started on the campaign in July 2007 as the
volunteer coordinator for the South Carolina primary. Special education teacher in
Philadelphia through June
2007. B.A. from University of Chicago, 2005.
("overseeing the campaign’s
communications, research, and policy departments") Principal at Squier Knapp
Dunn; joined the firm in 1993
working for Sen. Bill Bradley. Media consultant to Sen. Evan
All America PAC in 2006 and developed strategy and produced the media
Bayh's 2004 re-election campaign. Senior political advisor
to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, 2001-02. Took leave from
the firm in 1999 to serve as communications director and chief
for Sen. Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. Communications and
political director and then chief of staff to Sen. Bill Bradley.
Communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign
(DSCC) for the 1988 and 1990 election cycles. Cmmunications
for U.S. Rep. Bob Edgar’s 1984 congressional and 1986 senatorial
Press assistant on Sen. John Glenn’s 1984 campaign. Began her
in politics working for White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan
President Jimmy Carter.
communications director announced July 15, 2008) Initially
secretary, then deputy communications director. Communications
Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC (started Sept. 2006); came to the PAC
from Bayh's Senate office, where he started in 2005. Deputy
manager on Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's unsuccessful
campaign in 2004. Worked on Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-SD) successful
2002 re-election campaign. Communications director at the
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.
(from Jan. 2007)
director at the DCCC for the 2006 cycle (started March 2005).
to the DCCC from the office of Sen. Richard Durbin (IL). Served as a
Communications Director on John Kerry's presidential campaign.
Secretary for Rep. Dick Gephardt's Iowa caucus campaign. Press
to Sen. Tom Harkin, 2001-03. Earlier worked for U.S. Rep. Bill
Originally from Buffalo, NY.
Secretary / Spokesman
(managing the candidate’s national
interview requests) Most recently at Hildebrand Tewes
Consulting for three years. Researcher and program coordinator at
Campaign for America's Future. Graduate of The George Washington
University. Native of Albany, NY.
Communications director on the
Oregon primary campaign, spokesman on the campaign
in Texas, also did press on the California primary campaign. In
Fall 2004 regional press desk at the DNC, then
to Nevada for the close of the campaign. Worked at Deveney
Graduate of Tulane University.
Joined the campaign in Aug. 2007.
Press secretary in Obama's Senate office starting in Feb. 2007.
Spokesman on U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 U.S. Senate
campaign. Aide to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. Regional
director in Portsmouth on Howard Dean's 2004-04 New Hampshire primary
campaign. 2003 graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in
political science. President of College Democrats at Middlebury,
2001-03. Native of LaGrange, Illinois.
(late May 2008)
Thirty-five years working as a journalist. Douglass left her
position as a contributing editor at National
Journal to join the campaign. 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.
|Senior Advisor /
Initially deputy press
secretary. Spokeswoman at the DCCC in the
2006 cycle. Communications director to Rep. Joseph Crowley
In Fall 2004 worked on the Kerry campaign doing press for the
children. Deputy communications director and earlier assistant to
the state director on Sen. John Kerry's 2003-04 Iowa caucus
Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign in
2002. Graduate of the College of William and Mary; studied
and sociology. From Stamford, CT.
Communications Directors >
(announced July 21,
2008) Comes to the
campaign from position as deputy chief of staff and communications
director for Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama. Ealons served as
a regional political director for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. In 2002
he managed Davis' successful congressional campaign, defeating
incumbent Earl Hilliard. Started in politics during the 2000
election cycle as a member of Sen. Bill Bradley's advance team.
Worked as an associate with Ketchum Communications, an international
public relations firm with its Southeast headquarters in Atlanta.
Graduate of the University of Alabama, with a bachelor's degree in
Public Relations. Prior to university Ealons served in the U.S.
Army with the 3rd United States Infantry, the Presidential Honor Guard
in Washington, DC; he served as a photojournalist and public affairs
specialist from 1992-96.
Director for African American Media
(announced late Aug. 2008; started
Sept. 8, 2008) Comes to the campaign from position as spokesman
for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and has seven years experience on
Capitol Hill. Worked as a press assistant, then press advisor in the
House Office of the Minority Leader. Staff assistant to Rep.
Eliot Engel (D-NY). Started out in the office of Puerto Rico
resident commissioner Anibal Acevedo Vila. Graduate of American
University. Born in Puerto Rico.
Director for Hispanic Media
|Federico A. de
Associate director of budget and
finance at the Democratic National Convention Committee in summer
2008. Graduate studies in public policy at Harvard University's
Kennedy School of Government. Worked on City Year in Los
Angeles. CHCI fellow in the office of Congressman Xavier
Becerra. From Chino, CA.
Director for Hispanic Media
Previously an organizer for A+
Illinois, an effort to reform the quality and funding of public
(communications officer for a variety of
campaign constituency groups, including: LGBT, AAPI, First Americans,
Veterans and Military Families, Youth, Seniors, Faith, Jewish, Rural
& Sportsmen, Americans with Disabilities, and Ethnic) Before
the campaign, Inouye was communications director for Congressman
Jerrold Nadler (NY-8). Prior to that, he was the senior
legislative communications associate at the Washington Legislative
Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Degree in political
science from the Johns Hopkins University.
With the campaign since 2007.
"Worked with the press staff at the DCCC." Native of Long Island,
Press Secretary of Constituency Outreach
(announced July 15,
2008; supervised the TV booking operation and managed the media
outreach for elected officials and policy experts speaking on behalf of
the campaign) Moves over from position as radio and TV director
DNC. Deputy press secretary on
Kerry-Edwards campaign. Deputy national spokesman for the
campaign. Office manager, Office of the Press Secretary at the
(announced July 15, 2008) Previously surrogate press
secretary on the campaign. 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. A
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..
Director of Surrogate Press
(announced July 15, 2008) Joins the campaign
from Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s staff where she served as communications
director starting in the latter part of 2002.
During the presidential primaries,
Lyons was New Hampshire deputy communications director and spokesperson
in a number of other states. Before joining the campaign, Lyons
coordinated communications and grassroots strategies for Dewey Square
Group in California. B.A. in political science from the
University of California, Berkeley. Native of Sacramento,
Research director and
senior advisor for communications on former Sen. Edwards' 2008
presidential campaign. Research director at the DCCC
in the 2006 cycle. Communications director for Sen. Tom Daschle's
2004 reelection campaign. Research director on Sen. Edwards' 2004
presidential campaign (from Jan. 2003). Research director for
Tim Johnson's (D-SD) 2002 re-election campaign. Deputy research
at the DNC. Graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill with a degree in
|Director of Rapid
(started April 8,
2008 as senior spokesman)
Communications director on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign
as deputy communications director in March 2007, then succeeded Beneva
Schulte starting in May). Communications director on the
gubernatorial campaign in Maryland starting in Feb. 2006. Policy
director for Tim Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign. Deputy
director for Dan Hynes’ 2004 U.S. Senate primary campaign in Illinois,
then deputy campaign manager for Dr. Daniel Mongiardo's U.S. Senate
in Kentucky. Practiced securities law in Chicago for two
J.D. from Northwestern School of Law. Two years as an
school teacher in the Washington Heights community of New York as part
of Teach for America. Graduate of the University of Illinois,
he studied political science and finance.
secretary on Obama's Iowa caucus campaign, then a deputy press
secretary in Chicago. Previously served as Obama's Senate press
secretary starting in January
2005. Deputy press secretary on Obama's 2004 Senate race.
on John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign in the communications
in Raleigh. Graduate of Kenyon College.
Worked in Obama's Senate
Deputy director of speechwriting on the Kerry-Edwards campaign; started
on John Kerry for President early on as national press assistant.
Graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.,
with a degree in political science; class valedictorian. Worked
a press intern for Kerry in Spring 2001. From North Reading, Mass.
Research assistant to
Sorensen and completed a fellowship with the Office of
at the State Department. Speechwriter and led the speechwriting
team on the Kerry campaign (took leave from graduate studies at the
School of Economics to join the campaign) >.
Graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, 2003; he was president of the College Democrats,
program director of Head Start, columnist for the Daily Princetonian,
and a founder of the campus chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign.
Special Assistant to
Lee H. Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
starting in June 2002, and also a freelance speechwriter based in
DC. Author, with Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, of Without
The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (Knopf, 2006).
he taught and worked in local politics in New York City.
Speechwriting intern in summer 2007.
M.P.P. from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government,
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.
Longtime aide to Sen. John
(D-MA); announced as his legislative director in Feb. 2006.
national policy director on Kerry's presidential campaign, where she
the development of all domestic policies for the primary and general
Deputy legislative director in Kerry’s Washington Senate office,
M.P.P. from the George Washington University School of Public
Undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.
(July 2008) Policy
director on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Senior
vice president for
affairs at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joing the
she was legislative director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
senior vice president for domestic policy for the Center for American
Issues director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Senior policy advisor to the Chancellor of the New York City Schools,
Levy. Deputy campaign manager and policy director for Clinton's
Senate campaign in 2000. Senior policy advisor to the First Lady
and associate director in the Domestic Policy Council during the
Administration. Law degree from Yale Law School; undergraduate
Special assistant for
and communications in Obama's Senate office. Legislative
in Sen. Ken Salazar's Senate office. Spokesman on Erskine Bowles'
2004 U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina. Worked on Sen. John
Edwards' presidential campaign after serving as deputy press secretary
in his Senate office.
[including response to
questionnaires] Leave of absence from
as litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &
Clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer October term
Worked on the policy staff of Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.
Clerked for Judge Merrick Garland. J.D. from Harvard Law School,
2003. Undergraduate degree from Duke University. Originally
from Long Island.
(June 10, 2008) Taking leave of absence
from position as senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and
resigned from position as director of The Hamilton Project at
Brookings; joined Brookings in Jan. 2007 after serving as a senior
fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Visiting
scholar at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public
Service. Director of economic policy for the
Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004 and earlier policy director on the Clark
campaign. Visiting lecturer in economics at Yale University and
Columbia University. Senior economic advisor on Gore-Lieberman
campaign. Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
in the Clinton Administration. Senior economic adviser to the
Chief Economist of the World Bank. Staff
economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Ph.D. in
economics from Harvard University; also M.A. and B.A. from Harvard and
M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
Law degree from Yale Law
School, 2008. Senior policy analyst at the Center
for American Progress. Research assistant at the Center
for Global Development. Junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace.
of Economic Policy
("oversaw two dozen domestic policy
committees and was responsible for technology and telecommunications
issues") Prior to joining the campaign Strickling was chief
regulatory and chief compliance officer at Broadwing Communications for
three years. Senior vice president at Allegiance Telecom.
Executive vice president and general counsel at CoreExpress.
Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau at the FCC, 1998-2000.
Associate general counsel and chief of the FCC's Competition
Division. Vice president, public policy at Ameritech.
Litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. J.D. from
Harvard Law School. Undergraduate degree in economic from the
University of Maryland.
Leave of absence from Mayer, Brown,
Rowe and Maw in Washington, DC. M.P.P. and J.D. from the
Chicago (Harris School and Law School), 2005. Deputy policy
for Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign.
assistant in the office of Sen. Carl Levin. Undergraduate degree
history from the University of Michigan.
|Senior Policy Associate
(July 2007) Senior
and senior advisor to Tom Daschle at the Center for American
Legislative director for Sen. Ken Salazar. Foreign policy advisor
to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, July 2000-Dec. 2004.
with the Robert Bosch Foundation of Stuttgart, Germany.
staff of the House International Relations Committee, 1996-99.
degree from Georgetown University, 1996; undergraduate degree from St.
John's University in Collegeville, MN, 1992.
(on the campaign in Fall
2008) Senior foreign policy advisor to Obama in the Senate
starting in mid-2005. A Navy reservist, Lippert was activated in
June 2007; after three months of training he served in Iraq as
an intelligence officer in the Navy SEALs and returned Obama's Senate
office for June-July 2008. Professional staff on the Senate
Appropriations Committee, 2001 to May 2005. Research assistant to
Sen. Patrick Leahy, 2000-01. Democratic Policy Committee staffer
for two years. Aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein; interned for Sen.
Tom Daschle. Undergraduate degree in political science, 1996 and
M.A. in international policy studies, 1997 from Stanford
University. Originally from Cincinnati.
Senior Working Group on National
Security (June 18, 2008)
Advisors (Nov. 2007)
See: Elisabeth Bumiller. "A
Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy." New York Times. July 18,
describes "a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy" that
is "divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues."
CONTENT AND ISSUES
(May 2008) Candidate for chair
of the Oregon Democratic Party in 2007. Co-founder of Green
Harvest Technologies, June 2005. A founder of the Apollo
Alliance, 2001. Founding partner of CTSG (Carol/Trevelyan
Strategy Group), a progressive consulting firm based in Washington, DC,
and Eugene, OR, Feb. 1993-May 2005. Formed Ollie-PAC (Operation
Last Laugh Independent Expenditure) to oppose Oliver North's 1994 bid
for U.S. Senate in Virginia. Research director at the DNC, July
1989-Jan. 1993. Presidential management fellow, 1983-85.
Master's in regional planning from UNC Chapel Hill, 1983. B.A.
from the University of Michigan, 1980.
Previously worked as a research and
communications strategist at CNBC and as vice president at IMS, Inc., a
research consulting firm. Jarvis-Shean studied at the University
of Cape Town and was the fifth generation of her family to attend the
University of California, Berkeley, from which she graduated with a
degree in political science. Native of Sacramento, California.
|Deputy Director of Content
(reported by Lynn Sweet on
11, 2007; started on the campaign on Jan. 24) Research director
the DNC in the 2006 cycle (starting Sept. or Oct. 2005 through Jan.
Previously deputy research director at the DNC under Mike Gehrke.
At the DSCC in 2004. Policy director for Ron Kirk’s 2002 U.S.
race. Special Assistant in the Office of the Senate Democratic
Tom Daschle. Has also worked for Nancy Pelosi. Associate
for Health Policy (Domestic Policy Council) in the Clinton
Graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
(reported by Lynn Sweet on
11, 2007) Deputy research director at the DNC in the 2006
director on Gifford Miller for Mayor, 2005. Research director on Betty
Castor for U.S. Senate, 2004. Researcher on John Edwards
presidential campaign, 2003-04. Researcher on Tim Johnson for
U.S. Senate, 2002. Bachelor's degree from Smith College, 2001.
Lauren Lowenstein, Rafael
Viturro, Nick Hackworth, Pat Hart, David Wade, Jay Millikan, John Burton, Will Burns, Margaret Olmos, Katharine Murtha, Rebecca Parks, Nick Bauer, John Zwier.
On leave from Blue State
where he is a founding partner. Part of Gov. Howard Dean's
campaign Internet team, where he wrote and edited emails and also
on message development, online brand building, and grassroots
Prior to the campaign, he taught English in Stockholm, Sweden and wrote
for NotGeniuses.com, a political blog. Bachelor's degree in
science from The George Washington University. Originally from
|New Media Director
(managing the day to day
operations of the campaign's online program) As director of Blue State Digital's
Strategy Practice, Phillips developed online programs for clients such
as Sen. Ted Kennedy, the DNC and Wal-Mart Watch, including email
narrative development, outreach and promotion, online advertising
strategy, and website structure and content development. Prior to
joining Blue State, he developed information management networks for
various Vermont-based businesses. A.B. in sociology from Duke
University. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama.
|Deputy New Media
2007...my.BarackObama.com) Hughes left Facebook, which he
co-founded with classmates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz in
2004, to join the campaign. He graduated from Harvard with a
2006, before moving to Palo Alto to work at Facebook. Originally
("develops all of the social
networking platforms and mobile programs for Obama for America")
Formed Catalyst Campaigns (sole proprietorship) in 1995 and has worked
on numerous campaigns ranging from Punk Voter to Operation
Ceasefire. B.A. and an M.P.A. from The American University School
of Public Affairs.
2008, on leave from NOI - coordinating field and new media)
Co-founder and director of the New Organizing Institute. Senior
strategist at the AFL-CIO, where she also co-founded the Analyst
Institute. Director of information technology for Working America
at the AFL-CIO. An online organizer on the Kerry campaign in
2004. Network engineer and systems programmer for the Network
Security Center at the University of Chicago for five years.
(traveling around the country to
train staff and volunteers on new media technology) Degree in
political science from the University of Portland.
Amy Hamblin - (June
Graduate of Northwestern University, 2007.
Nikki Sutton - Recent
graduate of Middlebury College.
Keith Goodman -
Nicole Aro - Finished
the campaign as nataional phonebank coordinator >
James Hupp - (July 2008) eCampaigns associate at M+R
Strategic Services, 2007-08. Account executive at the Hawthorn
Group, 2005-06. B.A. in philosophy and political science from
Northwestern University, 2004 (interned for a couple of months on the
Emily Murphy - Graduate
of Middlebury College with a degree in Mandarin Chinese.
Martha Schneider - (Aug.
2007) Intern in the office of Sen. Obama 2006-07. A.B. in
public policy from the University of Chicago, 1999.
Haley van Dyck
New Media Directors >
Writer for The Nation magazine, 2004-07.
Degree in social studies from Harvard University, 2004. Grew up
Blogging and Blog Outreach
Hass - (deputy content lead)
Amanda Scott - (Feb.
2008) Communications specialist at the American Red Cross,
2006-08. Graduate of Anderson University, 2007.
Laurin Manning - Started as director of
political operations on the South Carolina primary campaign (put USC
law school studies on hold for the campaign). Ran the LaurinLine
blog from July 2002 to Jan. 2007 and also created the South Carolina
'08 site, a community site devoted to presidential politics in the
Palmetto State. Served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Fritz
Hollings. Graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg.
Molly Claflin -
(June 2008) Law degree from Stanford University, 2008; B.A. in
from the University of Southern California, 2004.
(oversaw efforts to integrate new
media and communications, including managing websites such as
FighttheSmears.com and UndertheRadar.com) Before joining the
campaign, Croft built the tracking and media monitoring program at
Progressive Accountability, a rapid-response communications advocacy
campaign that provided video of Republican Presidential candidates for
the mass public. Croft also worked as the rapid response mobilization
director for Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, where she led their
new media efforts. B.A. in political science and communication
from the University of Washington in Seattle.
|New Media Rapid
(May 2007) Manager of online
advocacy at the Center for American Progress, 2005-07. Director
of online operations at the Children's Defense Fund, 2002-05.
Webmaster for the College of Arts and Sciences at American University,
2001-02. Studied English and computer science at
Polytechnic Institute and electrical engineering at Cornell University.
|Director of Email
Will Bunnett -
(March 2008) Web content producer for the Rockridge Institute
(cognitive linguistics) and for Woolsey for Congress. A.M. in
political behavior from the University of Chicago, 2007; B.S.F.S in
Culture & Politics, 2003.
Sam Drzymala -
Research assistant at the Glover Park Group through June 2007.
Graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.
Marie Ewald -
(July 2008 - point person on national e-mail/fundraising) Vice
president at M+R Strategic Services,
Graduate of Stanford University, 2001.
Tim Fullerton - (Aug. 2008 -
state/regional e-mail manager) Public policy and information
associate at the Electric Drive Transportation Association,
2001-05. Degree in political science from Dickinson College, 2001.
Nathaniel Lubin -
Junior at Harvard; headed the Harvard for Obama group.
Dan McSwain - (March
2008) Music director at AccuRadio.com, Aug. 2005-Feb. 2008.
Graduate of the University of Notre Dame, 2005.
Shant Mesrobian - Political writer for the
AFL-CIO. Member of the Research Department at Media Matters for
writer at Congressional Quarterly. Graduate of the University of
Michael Moats - (Aug.
2008) Speechwriter in the office of Mass. Gov. Deval
Communications assistant on the Deval Patrick gubernatorial campaign,
2006. M.F.A. coursework completed in creative writing from
Emerson College, 2006. B.A. in English from Christopher Newport
David Rochelson - Writer
for ABC News Nightline, 2005-08. Graduate of Harvard University,
Udai Rohatgi - With
the Obama campaign since mid-2007; started the '08 cycle working on
Internet for Tom Vilsack's Heartland PAC.
Elijah Zarlin - (March
2008) Online technologies specialist for the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources, 2007-08. Online organizer for Strickland for
Governor, Fall 2006. Managed Alden for Assembly campaign through
June 2006. M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, 2004; B.A.
in political science from UC San Diego, 2002.
VIDEO Animators, Editors, Shooters, Post, Road, State
(April 2007) Albright-Hanna joined
the campaign from her
position as a CNN producer; she started at Turner Broadcasting in 1999
and at CNN in 2000. Undergraduate degree from Georgetown
of Video Production
documentary film and television in New York City and Los Angeles,
including commercials, broadcast series, and short films. Made
his directorial debut with "Dear Francis" in 2006. Master's
degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Bachelors degree
(June 2008) Owner/designer at
Steveo Creative (sole prop.) in Oakland since 1999. Graduate of
California College of the Arts, 2000.
|Motion Graphics Direction/Design
Group creative supervisor for motion
graphics at DraftCB Healthcare (NY), 2007-08. Creative director
for Adspace Mall Network (NY), 2006-07. Freelance designer and
animator, 1998-2005. M.F.A. from the USC School of Cinematic
Arts, 2005. B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, 2001.
|Motion Design Director
Filmmaker, animator and visual
artist. First film was Bicycle
Messengers, 2005. Worked on animation and visual effects,
mostly for TV commercials for about four years. Grew up in the
Hell's Kitchen section of New York City.
M.F.A. from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. B.A. from the University of Richmond, 2003.
|Deputy Director of Online Video
(started on the campaign in May
2008) Graduate of The Dodge College of Film and Media at Chapman
|Editor/Post/Director of Rapid
(July 2008) Extensive
freelance production experience. Master's degree in documentary
film and video from Stanford University, 2000. Associate producer
and researcher for VH-1's "Behind the Music" series, 1997-98.
Lead assignment photographer at Wally Kempe Photography in Eugene, OR,
1996-97. Associate director at Movement Research, Inc., in New
York, 1995-96. Co-founder and director of Arena Interplay, Inc, a
performance space and an interactive theater company in San Francisco,
1993-95. Bachelor's degree in history and French from UC
Berkeley, 1991. Grew up in Pacific Palisades, CA.
|Hope E. Hall
(April 2008) Owner and
creative director at Adaptive Media Productions, a boutique media
production studio focusing on commercial and EFP Production, Jan.
2006-April 2008. Chicago-based freelance filmmaker Jan. 1998-Oct.
2007. Columbia College in Chicago.
Helping Jason Djang as editor/producers were Max Harper and Dan
Max Harper (flew
in from Latin America to start in July 2008) - Formed Third Point
video production company, in
2005 and worked on
professional video production and social impact media strategy
consulting as a video consultant for the Energy Action Coalition, 2007;
grant writer and program developer for Pikes Peak Community Foundation
- Venetucci Farm, 2005-06; and researcher for Rocky Mountain Farmers
Union, 2005. Degree in environmental
science from Colorado College, 2004. >
Dan Beckmann - Television news cameraman, ENG
crew, editor, soundman, writer and producer for
two decades. Most recently a creative executive for the
cable network Current TV. Worked
for over four years at ABC News, including producing coverage of the
2004 election campaign. Working towards a Ph.D. in media
philosophy from the European Graduate School; master's degree in
broadcast journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism;
bachelor's degree in political science and American culture from
Washington University in St. Louis. Native of Toledo, OH.
(started July 2007; ultimately
oversaw a team of six--four who traveled with Obama and two with
Biden) Part of the NYU Graduate Film Department faculty for five
years. M.F.A. in filmmaking from New York University and B.A. in
film theory from
Cornell University, 1997.
|New Media Road Director (Director of Video
M.F.A. in film from New York
University, 2008. B.A. in Latin American studies, Spanish from
the University of Texas at Austin.
|Deputy New Media Road Director
|Director of Photography - Producer/Editor
|Director of Photography -
David Katz served as a
still photographer. While at the University of Michigan he
worked as a staff photographer for the Michigan Daily.
(July 2008) Web designer
at Big Communications. Web manager for the National Gallery of
Art, April-Aug. 2007. Lead designer at Blue State Digital, Nov.
2006-April 2007. Lead designer at the Democratic National
Committee, 2005-06. Web design specialist in the Office of the
Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, 2001-05. B.A. in English,
communications from Boston College, 1999.
Chicago. Worked at Entertainment Direct
as a creative director. Co-founded celsiusDesign. Studied
design at RIT. From Buffalo, New York. >
(Sept. 2007) AKA
A co-founder of The Post
Family design collective. >
|Design (design director)
(June 2008 "architected and
implemented the deployment mechanisms and technologies for the
campaign's various web properties, including, but not limited to,
barackobama.com and voteforchange.com. Other work involved building
applications to improve some processes, automate others, and facilitate
in-state/headquarters communications for some of the departments within
the campaign. Miscellaneous duties included general maintenance, day to
day content administration, feature planning and development of
technologies to bring the myBO social network closer to the main site’s
content and navigation. I also worked on the wireframes for the
neighbor to neighbor application and several of the other web
properties.") Lead strategic developer at Visicswire LLC,
2005-08. Technician in the photography department at Columbia
College Chicago, 2003-06. Technology associate at Apogee
Strategies, LLC, 2001-03. B.A. in interactive multimedia from
Columbia College Chicago, 2005 after a year at Southern Illinois
University Carbondale. Work towards a Master's in information
architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
(July 2008 "produced and launched
high profile, quick-turnaround campaign projects including Fight The
Smears.com, Keatingeconomics.com, The Obama-Biden Tax Calculator, The
OFA Record, and many others.") Design director for Fenton
Communications. Principle designer in the New York studio of
frogdesign, 2004-07. Senior designer for Travelocity until
1999. Worked as a concert and events photographer in San
Francisco in the mid-1990s. Graduate of the Design Studies
program, Architecture School at SUNY Buffalo. Born in New York City;
grew up in Brooklyn.
(Sept. 2008) Also from
frogdesign. Senior web designer at Royall & Company, 2004-06.
(May 2008) Art director at
Strive for College.
(April 2008 - "Responsible for
maintaining campaign branding and art direction for all print
collateral. Developed print collateral systems for general
(posters, flyers, brochures & beyond). Art directed a team of
seven designers, contractors & interns to ensure work adhered to
style standards. Designed campaign signage & media backdrops
achieve visual consistency across all major events. Continually
advocated & created clear, simple & consistent
Production manager at Screenlife, 2005-April 2008. Account
SuperGraphics, 2000-02. A.A. in graphic design from Seattle
Community College, 2004. B.A. in communication studies from
Kori Schulman - (May 2008) B.A. in American
Civilization from Brown University, 2008.
Ryan Myers - (Aug.
2008) Designer at Big Communications, 2006-08. B.F.A. in
graphic design from Eastern Michigan University, 2005 ; general studies
at Washtenaw Community College.
Carla Pearlman - (July 2008) B.F.A. from The School of The
Art Institute of Chicago, 2007. Freelance artist since 2003.
Jess Weida - Senior graphic designer at Kym Abrams
Design. Fellow at The Institute for the Study of Women &
Gender in the Arts & Media. Art director at Euro RSCG
Chicago. Freelance Designer. Attended Alfred University in
B.A. in history from Presbyterian
College, 2007. Deputy finance director on Kalyn Free for Congress
campaign in Oklahoma. Staff specialist at Dean for America,
2003-04. From Alabama.
Prior to joining the Obama campaign,
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.
Jeff Lane - (July
2008 - search engine
marketing/landing page optimization) Interactive marketing
associate (starting June 2006) and manager (starting March 2008) at
Healthline Networks, Inc. Production assistant / coordinator on
various film and TV productions, 2004-06. B.A. in film and digital
media from UC Santa Cruz, 2003.
- (Jan. 2008)
Research assistant at MIT. M.S. in technology and policy from
MIT, 2007. B.S. in electrical engineering from University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
Deepa Garg - (Aug. 2008) Account manager for
online advertising at ValueClick Media, Feb. 2007-July 2008.
Client services manager at FastWeb, 2005-07. Manager of
production and campaign insights at Resolution Media, 2004-05.
B.S.C. in marketing from DePaul University, 2004.
Emily Williams - Leave of absence from MSHC Partners;
she joined the firm in 2005. B.A. in urban studies from Columbia
University. Native of Jamaica Plain, MA.
Teller - (June
2008) B.A. from Harvard University, 2008. Extensive intern
experience including in the office of Sen. Clinton, John Kerry for
President, Huffington Post, the Vineyard Gazette, the Colbert Report,
Credit Suisse and Google.
as the campaign's first director of internet advertising. He has
marketing career and is an
marketing expert. Author of internetadvocacy.com/The Internet
Book. Executive director of Charity Guide, a 501(c)(3).
Mosaic Data Solutions, an Internet and database marketing company, in
Worked with Accenture for nine years, including as vice president of
for Accenture Procurment Solutions. Co-founded College Financial
Aid Service. Started his marketing career at Ogilvy & Mather
Advertising doing television and print ads. >
(July 2008 >
"Led a team of software
engineers and analysts to maximize voter contact, sign-ups, and
manager at Google, Sept. 2006-July
2008. Founder of Sentiment Solutions, a financial services
company, Oct. 2005-Sept. 2006. B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2006) in
computer science from Stanford University.
McCormmach - started as a web development contractor in
Brian Sze - Senior
analyst in investment banking with RBC Capital Markets. B.A. in
economics from Stanford University.
Eric Siroker -
Jim Pugh - Ph.D. in computer science (robotics) from Ecole
Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 2008; B.S. in electrical and
computer engineering from Cal Tech, 2003.
Sisolak - Experience includes associate at
Mayfield Strategy group, web developer on the Kerry-Edwards campaign.
Danny Tarlow, Rohan Seth.
(started on the campaign in July
2007) Founded ZapBoom Consulting ("digital politics from a global
perspective") in 2006; also co-founder of DigiActive, an all-volunteer
organization dedicated to helping grassroots activists around the world
use digital tools to increase their impact. Teaching assistant at
AMIDEAST, 2005-6. Graduate of Vassar College, 2004. Started
as a masters student at Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government in 2007; took leave to work on the
Much has been written about the Obama
Media effort. See for example:
Ellen McGirt. "How
Chris Hughes Helped Launch
Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign." Fast Company. March 17,
"Welcome to the New Media Campaign Tools of 2012. Mother Jones. March 2009.
Vargas. "Obama's Wide Web." Washington
Post. Aug. 20, 2008.
"campaign-wide technology systems (like the
systems and architecture for the website, server architecture and
security), overall data acquisition and integration, web and software
development, and for targeting and modeling at the regional and
deputy new media director. Deputy campaign manager on
Daley's re-election campaign for Alderman in Chicago, 2007.
Worked for Sen. Dick Durbin in Chicago starting in 2005. Worked
for several multimedia design and web application and platform
development startup companies. Production
manager at The Strategy Group. Degree in English from Brown
(June 2008) Data architect
on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Previously senior
data architect for InfoUSA.
(started on the campaign
in Aug. 2007) Previously a programmer at Eaton Vance. B.S.
in physics, mathematics and history from Carnegie Mellon University,
(March 2007) Network engineer
Switchworks, 2006-07. Started his own business, Reform Networks,
2004-06. Engineer at Orbitz, 2000-04.
(May 2007) Director of
networks at WMS Gaming, 1999-2007. IT consultant for Ameritech
New Media, 1998-99. IT lead at Kemper Lesnik Communications,
1995-98. B.A. in computer science from Oberlin College, 1994.
Loeb has worked in online
politics since 1992. Prior to joining the campaign he worked as
system programmer at Solutions for Progress for about five
months. Founder and executive director of Good Works PAC, a
Pennsylvania-based PAC that sought to recruit and assist Democratic
candidates who use public service in their campaigns, 2005-07, also
technology director on the Fattah for Mayor campaign. Chief
internet architect at the Democratic National Committee, 2001-03.
Software engineer for the Gore campaign in 2000. Co-founder and
chief technology officer at Net.Capitol Inc, 1996-99. Ph.D.
cognitive neuroscience at MIT, 1995. Loeb co-founded the
Information Infrastructure Project at the MIT Artificial Intelligence
Lab; in Oct. 1992 he started the Presidential Campaign Information
Service to post electronic texts from the campaigns. M.S. in
electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley,
1987. B.S. in mathematics from University of Illinois, 1984.
and Modeling Lead
Targeting Desks >
Graduate student in economics at UC
Berkeley. Undergraduate degree from Dartmouth. Originally
from Fort Collins CO.
More: Mike Conlow
Eight years of GIS experience.
GIS coordinator and developer for New York City Department of City
Planning, 2004-08. B.S. in forestry from the University of
(June 2008) Lead Flash
developer/programmer at Category 4, 2006-08. Flash game
programming subcontractor at thisispop; assistant web developmer at
Started as a field organizer (Sioux City) on the Iowa caucus
campaign. Graduate of Williams College, 2006.
Political Director at
HOPEFUND. Deputy scheduling director on John Kerry for President,
Inc. Press secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) in his
office in Washington. Worked in Kerry's Senate office in
Worked in New York City for a number of years. Graduated from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. Grew up in Rhinebeck, NY.
Associate director of
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
|Deputy Director of Scheduling and
[Oversaw the execution of the
Obama's day-to-day schedule and was responsible for managing a wide
range of complicated planning including his foreign trip in July, the
coordination of the schedules of all four principals, and the
management of state scheduling operations.] Executive assistant to Paul Begala for a
year. A staff
assistant and later deputy
scheduler for Sen. Maria Cantwell, 2004-06. B.A. in sociology
from Hampton University, 2003. Grew up in
(May 2007) Candidate
aide/fundraiser on the Klobuchar for Senate campaign, 2005-06.
Graduate of University of Minnesota, 2004.
Associate at the Podesta Group,
Office manager and scheduler for Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA),
2002-04. Staff assistant, then scheduler in the office of
Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN). B.A. from Rhodes College (Memphis), 2000.
Attorney at Patton Boggs,
LLP. Staffer on Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. J.D. from Georgetown
University Law Center, 2004. Staffer on Vice President Al
Gore's presidential campaign. Undergraduate degree
from Colby College, 1999. Son of Severin Beliveau, a prominent
Senior aide to Al Gore at Leadership
'02. Graduate of Colby College, 2000.
...roughly 70 full time advance staff.
Staff assistant in Obama's Senate
office. Tried out with the Dallas Cowboys football team but
released in Sept. 2005; also tried out with the Green Bay Packers in
2004. Degree in political science and public policy from Duke
University in 2005, where he played football and basketball. From
University of Michigan
graduate. Made an unsuccessful run for Ann Arbor City Council in
2005, while a student. From Ann Arbor.
(started in Feb. 2007)
Personal assistant/trip director to Sen. John Kerry; traveling
assistant ("body guy" on Kerry's 2003-04 presidential campaign;
personal assistant to Kerry, started as an
in Kerry's Senate office in 2000. Moved to Massachusetts from
in 1998 (holds dual citizenship). Graduate of the University of
Did advance during the NH
primary. Graduate of Harvard, 2007. Native of Queens, NY.
the campaign as a member of the scheduling and advance team in Feb.
2007. Deputy press secretary for Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s
gubernatorial campaign in 2006. Legal assistant at Williams &
Connolly LLP in Washington, DC from 2001-04. B.A. in history from
Haverford College, 2001; Master’s degree in governmental administration
from the University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
for Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; did advance on Kerry's 2004
Communications director on
Kerry-Edwards 2004 and John Kerry for President (announced Nov. 11,
Communications director for the 2004 Democratic National
Convention (also participated
in the press operation of the Los Angeles, Chicago
and New York conventions). Communications director
for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Cutter worked for President
as the deputy communications director at the White House and as the
Administrator for Communications at the U.S. EPA. Originally from
Raynham, Massachusetts, Cutter is a graduate
of Georgetown University Law Center and Smith College in Northampton,
and Chief of Staff
A deputy communications
on John Kerry for President. Associate at The Harbour Group,
Graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 with a B.A. in psychology
and English; two years as a White House intern in the Office of former
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
||Katie McCormick Lelyveld
Michelle Obama's first hire on
the Obama presidential campaign, Winter spent 22 months in Chicago
working for her serving in several different capacities. 18 years
experience on Capitol Hill. She worked as scheduler/executive
assistant to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT) through Feb.
2007. Winter was also Sen. Lieberman's director of scheduling on
his 2003-04 presidential race and traveling aide on Lieberman's 2000
vice presidential campaign. Prior to joining Lieberman's staff
she worked for Congressman Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA) for seven years as
his staff assistant and then executive assistant. Graduate of
Skidmore College. Born in Chicago, but her family later moved to
La Jolla, California.
Prior to joining the Obama campaign,
Goodman worked for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) for more than five years,
serving as scheduler in his Senate office and trip director and
director of scheduling on his 2007 presidential campaign. She has
also worked on the media team for the public relations firm Hill and
Knowlton. She began her career with the 2002 U.S. Senate campaign
of Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. B.A. in international affairs from The
George Washington University. Native of New Hampshire.
Previously a press lead on the
campaign's national advance team. State scheduler for the
Obamas/surrogate scheduler on the Nevada caucus campaign. Special
assistant to the chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to Obama in
the U.S. Senate from 2004-07. Worked on the leadership staff of
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Graduate of Spelman College.
director of Rep. Jerrold Nadler's PAC. Project Coordinator at
SEIU Local 1199. Deputy communications director in Missouri for
America Coming Together. Degree in communications from
Northwestern University, 2002.
|Erinn ("Ebs") Burnough
(Convention and Fall 2008)
Associate at West Wing Writers for about five
years. Writer for the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
From Staten Island, NY. Graduate of Brown University.
Note: Key people
on the VP team were in place
before Obama announced Biden; many were first reported by the
Washington Post on Aug. 18.
(announced June 16, 2008) Campaign manager on Hillary
Clinton for President from the start of the campaign until her
Feb. 10, 2008 (then moved to "senior advisory" role). Worked with
Clinton since 1991. Executive director of Friends of Hillary and
HILLPAC. Chief of staff on her campaign for U.S. Senate in
During the Clinton Administration served as special assistant to the
and director of scheduling for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Formerly an aide to the Chicago city treasurer. Graduate of
University. From Chicago.
Chief of Staff
|Patty Solis Doyle
Chief of staff on John Edwards'
2008 presidential campaign. Director of special affairs at
Kenneth Cole Productions. Director of Scheduling for Elizabeth
Edwards on the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Director of the CEO's
office for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Aug. 2003-Aug.
2004. Graduate of Merrimack College, 2001.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Was already doing advance
work for the Obama campaign. Deputy secretary of commerce and
trade in the administration of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine; earlier was
director of operations for the Kaine's transition, and director of
advance and trip director on Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign.
Served on the national advance staff of the Kerry campaign.
Senior principal at TSD
Communications; joined the firm in 2000. Deputy Associate
Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Fellow at the
Institute of Politics, a program of Harvard University's Kennedy School
of Government. Executive director of Rock the Vote for three
years. Deputy communications director, counselor to the chief of
staff, and director of scheduling and advance for the President during
the first term of the Clinton Administration. Headed the 1992
Clinton-Gore campaign's "war room." B.A. from Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio; J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in
(leave of absence starting
Aug. 1, 2008) Communications director in Kerry's Senate
office. National traveling press secretary on Kerry-Edwards, and
earlier deputy communications director on John Kerry for
President. Served as national president of College Democrats of
America (and addressed the 1996 Democratic National Convention in
Chicago). Graduate of Brown University, 1997.
Traveling Press Secretary
Prior to starting in this
role Nussbaum is co-directing the speechwriting operation for the 2008
Democratic National Convention in Denver. He also served as on-site
writer, editor, and presentation coach in the 2000 and 2004 conventions. Nussbaum is a principal
at West Wing Writers. Co-author and collaborator with James
Carville on the 2003 bestseller “Had Enough?”
and collaborated with Sen. Bob Graham on his book “Intelligence
Matters.” Deputy communications director and speechwriter to
Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. A speechwriter for Vice
President Al Gore, and later served as a senior speechwriter for
Gore-Lieberman 2000. Graduate of Brown University.
Worked with the media
covering Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's primary campaign after serving
as Trip Director on John Edwards' 2007-08 primary campaign.
Director of Advance for Sen.
Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign and Trip Director for Edwards in
general election. Director of Press Advance for the Gore campaign
(he started doing some advance work part time in Jan. 2000, went
full time from late June 2000, and was on the plane shepherding the
pool from after the convention on). Senior vice president of
relations for Shandwick International. Worked for three
as regional ombudsman for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Six years as associate director of presidential advance at the
House starting in March 1993; senior advanceman for Clinton/Gore '92
in June 1992. From 1980-June 1992 worked as a manufacturer's
Started doing advance work as a part time consultant for the Carter
House in Missouri in 1978.
|Press Logistics Liaison aboard Biden's Campaign Plane
||Sam Myers, Sr.
Deputy director of scheduling on
Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign. Scheduling desk for
Kerry-Edwards 2004; started as a scheduler in May 2004 and did advance
for Kerry starting in Aug. 2003. Advance staff for Gore/Lieberman in
2000. When not working in politics, Hire has worked at the John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on a variety of projects
including the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Festival of China, the
Millennium Stage, and in its nationally recognized Education
Department. Hire is a classically trained ballet dancer and has
performed with BalletMet Columbus. A.B. in English from Kenyon
College. Native of Bexley, Ohio.
Director of Scheduling for Joe
Prior to joining the Obama-Biden
campaign, Selfridge served as the city director in Los Angeles for the
Clinton Foundation's Climate Initiative. In 2004 he was an
associate advanceperson for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign. From
1994-97 Selfridge worked in Washington, DC, in the office of
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as well as in the scheduling office of
President Bill Clinton at the White House. Graduate of the
University of Iowa. Native of Minnetonka, MN.
Advance for Joe Biden
A long-time advisor to Dr.
Biden and advocate for the prevention of violence against women, both
at home and abroad. Previously, she has been a senior
advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international
women’s issues. In the Clinton Administration, she served as
Associate Deputy Attorney General. On Capitol Hill, she was staff
director of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also served as a senior
counsel to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT). J.D. from The George
Washington University. B.A. from Boston College.
Chief of Staff
(Cathy) M. Russell
Communications director on
Obama's NH primary campaign. Prior to joining the campaign,
Miller led the Dewey
Square Group's California practice in San Francisco. Producer for
NBC News in Washington, DC; covered the 1996 and 1998 elections,
and the Clinton impeachment hearings.
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.
| Traveling Press
Bernal came to the campaign
after working in the office of the CEO at the The Critical Path
Institute. He served as chief of staff at the ALS Therapy Development
Foundation, a Cambridge-based non-profit biotechnology company.
Bernal was Director of Financial Administration of the Democratic
National Convention Committee, Inc. in 2004. He worked at AARP,
and earlier worked in Coca-Cola Company’s office of international
affairs in Washington, DC. Served both President Bill Clinton and
Vice-President Al Gore in their respective offices of scheduling and
advance at the White House and did scheduling and advance for both
Clinton campaigns. Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy
from the University of Texas at El Paso; also studied at Carleton
College in Northfield, MN. Native of Tucson, Arizona.
Director of Scheduling
Finance director at the
in the 2006 cycle. Veteran Democratic fundraiser; experience
work for then Sen. Tom Daschle's DASH PAC, the Association of Trial
of America, and Sen. John Edwards. Graduate of Smith College,
Finance director on Sen.
Bill Nelson (D-FL)'s
re-election campaign. Deputy national finance director on Sen.
Tom Daschle's 2004 re-election campaign. Midwest regional finance
director at the DSCC, 2003. Started in fundraising on Sen. Tom
Harkin's 2002 re-election campaign. Copeland lived abroad and
obtained the rank of Master Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces; he
has also worked as an investment banker and business journalist in
Europe. B.A. in international relations from Bard College, 2001.
Director (and Senior Finance Advisor to the DNC)
- Graduate of Connecticut College,
Crown, president of Henry Crown and Co. and John Rogers, founder and
of Ariel Capital Management Inc.
Northern California - Tammy
to the California Majority Report, Paster "has raised funds for many
statewide campaigns including Senator Barbara Boxer, former Controller
Steve Westly, and most recently Steve Bing’s Yes on 87 ballot measure."
B.F.A. from Washington University
in St. Louis, 1998.
Southern California and Southwest
- Julie Fitzgerald
Florida - Teddy Johnston
- First reported as Florida
finance director by the St.
Petersburg Times on Jan. 29, 2007. According to The Ledger (Lakeland), Johnston
was "the only paid Obama campaign staffer in the state for more than a
year." Left law school to work on the
degree from Indiana University School of Public & Envronmental
Affairs. Experience includes office of Indiana Gov. Frank
O'Bannon, the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, and Sen. John Kerry's
presidential campaign. Undergraduate degree from Emory
Chair: Kirk Wagar,
attorney with Wagar Murray & Feit
Mid-Atlantic - Shomik
Dutta - Worked
on Martin O'Malley's successful 2006 gubernatorial campaign in
Maryland. Graduate, double major in economics and government,
Williams College, 2005. and Joanna Martin
Midwest - Michael O'Neil?Ari
New York - Jenny Yeager
- Deputy national finance director on Obama's Senate campaign starting
in April 2004. Advance and fundraising on Sen. John Edwards
presidential campaign, 2003-04. Worked with the Close Up
Foundation. Degree in business administration from University of
North Carolina. From Fayetteville, NC.
Senior New York Finance
Consultant: Hildy Kuryk
Northeast - Nate Turnbull
Northwest - Melissa Schwartz - Washington State finance director for
Cantwell 2006. In the 2004 cycle, Schwartz served as a regional
finance director (NJ, PA & OH) at John Kerry for President for most
of 2003, then finance director at Metzl for Congress through Aug. 2004,
and in Fall 2004 as finance director at McCaskill for Governor.
Fundraiser Mel Carnahan for Senate, 1999-2000. Deputy finance director at Jean Carnahan
for U.S. Senate, 2001-02. Director of scheduling for Sen. Jean
Carnahan, 2001. B.A. in political science from Saint Louis University, 1998.
Southern - Jenny Cizner
Texas and Oklahoma - Adrienne
- experience includes SW
finance director at the DNC.
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.
(March 2007) 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
Deputy Southern finance director at
the DSCC. Helped on former Dougherty District Attorney Ken
Hodges' 2004 campaign, then on the Kerry-Edwards campaign in
Iowa. Degree in political science from Vanderbilt University,
2004. Albany, GA native.
|Finance Chief of
(announced by the
committee Jan. 31, 2007) Member of one of America's richest
founders of Hyatt Hotels. Founder, chairman and CEO of Classic
by Hyatt, a unit that does luxury retirement communities; and chairman
of the Board of TransUnion Corporation, a credit data and information
business. Chairman of Superior Bank, 1989-94. Bachelor's
in economics from Harvard University, 1981; J.D. and M.B.A. degrees
Stanford University, 1984.
Leadership Council (announced Mar. 27, 2008)
Assistant to the National Finance
- Natalie Bookey
Graduate of The George Washington University, 2006.
(responsible for all legal
affairs of the campaign, including voter protection) Chair of the
Law Group of Perkins
Coie LLP. Thirty years of law practice. Counsel for
many years to the DSCC and DCCC. J.D. from the University of
Virginia School of Law, 1976. B.A. from Harvard University, 1973.
Associate in the Political Law Group
at Perkins Coie. J.D. from The George Washington University Law
School, 2001. B.A. in economics and government from the College
of William and Mary, 1997.
(the in-house attorney) Associate at Latham
& Watkins. Graduate of the
University of Chicago Law School, 2004. Undergraduate degree in government and legal
|Chief Staff Counsel
Nicole Buffa - Attorney
at Latham & Watkins. J.D. from UCLA, 2006. Worked at
the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX. B.S. in
conservation and resource studies from UC Berkeley,1999.
Mala Adiga - Associate
at Kirkland & Ellis. J.D. from University of Chicago,
2002. M.P.H. from University of Minnesota, 1997; undergraduate
degree from Grinnell College, 1993.
Senior Legal Advisers - a substantial team
State Counsel - answered primarily for voter protection
in their states, working with the national legal team and the vote
Director of Paid Media and
Larry Grisolano - started Jan. 2007; created,
supervised and directed the opinion research program and managed the paid
advertising campaign (television, radio, internet, direct mail and
other print advertising) Partner in The
Strategy Group. Managed
Gov. Gray Davis' 2002 re-election campaign and Californians Against the
Costly Recall, the Davis' campaign to defeat the 2003 recall. In
1991-92 worked on the Clinton for President primary campaign including
stints in Little Rock, running the Florida State Convention straw
ballot operation, and in the Illinois primary; in the fall oversaw the
Clinton-Gore coordinated campaign in California. Worked in press
research for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s 1991 re-election.
1988 managed Iowa field operations for Sen. Joe Biden and, later, for
Sen. Paul Simon. Organizer for Tom Harkin’s upset victory for the
Senate in 1984. B.A. in political science from the University of
Iowa. Also studied business management at Northwestern
Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Obama Media Team
David Axelrod - AKP
Message & Media (see above)
and John Del Cecato,
also at AKP
Production: Sarah Hegeman
Jim Margolis and Jason Ralston
- (announced April 28,
and placement of media and serving as senior strategists) Senior
and partner, repectively at GMMB.
reported by Chris Cilizza "The Fix" June 2008
David Dixon and Rich Davis
- Dixon-Davis Media
Steve Murphy and Mark Putnam
- Murphy Putnam Media
Bill Knapp - Squier Knapp Dunn
Saul Shorr - Shorr
Johnson Magnus (Philadelphia, PA)
reported by "The Fix" on July 9, 2008
- Blue Engine Media
Freddy Balsera - Balsera Communications Group (Coral Gables, FL) >
communications firm located in New York; helping the campaign with
ideas and new ways to reach the younger voting population. The
is being headed up by Rob Shepardson, founding partner of the firm.
FUSE - St.
focusing on African American voters. Clifford Franklin, president
Message and Audience Presentation
- based in Austin, TX; focusing on Hispanic voters. James Aldrete,
president and creative manager.
Associate in the Dewey Square
Group's Sacramento office starting in 2003. Paige has also worked
on local, state and national campaigns including the Kerry/Edwards
campaign in Nevada in 2004. Served as a Fellow in Gov. Gray Davis’ Office of
Communications as part of the Center for California Studies’ Executive
Fellowship Program. Degree in political economy and city and
regional planning from UC Berkeley. Native Californian.
|Paid Media Coordinator
Paul Harstad - CEO of Harstad
Strategic Research, based in Boulder, CO. 33 years of
in government, public affairs, polling, and campaign
During the 1990s he directed public affairs polling for Talmey-Drake
& Strategy in Boulder. During the 1980s he was senior vice
at Peter Hart Research and Garin-Hart Research in Washington, DC.
During the 1970s he worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S.
in Washington, D.C.. (more)
- President, Brilliant-Corners,
Research & Strategies. Belcher is also DNC pollster.
Joel Benenson - Founding partner of the Benenson
Strategy Group (BSG).
David Binder - Principal
at David Binder Research
Anna Bennett - Principal at Bennett, Petts &
Normington. Over 20 years experience in
public opinion research and strategic consulting.
reported by Chris Cilizza "The Fix" June 2008
John Anzalone - Anzalone
Targeting (also referred to
as Modelling or Data Analytics)
Ken Strasma - President, Strategic Telemetry.
the firm in 2003 to provide strategic advice and voter targeting
services for progressive organizations and campaigns. Strasma and
Strategic Telemetry served as the targeting director for the Kerry for
President campaign in 2003-04. Research director at the National
Committee for an Effective Congress, 1997-2003. Has managed
numerous statewide, local and legislative campaigns. director of
the Minnesota House Democratic Caucus in 1996. Director of the
Wisconsin Senate Democratic Caucus. Campaign finance analyst for
the Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Caucus. Lead statistician for
the Wisconsin Assembly Democratic redistricting team in 1991.
Started with Obama in Dec. 2004,
served as chief of staff in his Senate
office, and was instrumental in mapping out the run for
president. Rouse had been splitting between the campaign and the
he eventually moved over to the campaign full-time. More than 30
experience working on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Obama, he
for Sen. Tom Daschle starting in 1985. Chief of staff to then
Dick Durbin (D-IL), 1984-85. Chief of staff to Lt. Gov Terry
Miller of Alaska, 1979-83. Legislative assistant to Sen. Jim
1971-75. B.A. from Colby College, M.A. from the London School of
Economics, and M.P.A. from the Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
Liaison Team (announced
July 7, 2008) "the primary
contact for the individual Senators and House members and will ensure
that the member of Congress' counsel is considered in overall message
strategy, campaign planning and execution."
Phil Schiliro; Michael Strautmanis; Karen Richardson; Michael
bio for Michael Strautmanis...
Chief counsel and deputy chief of staff to Obama in his
Senate office. Lobbyist with the Association of Trial Lawyers of
America. Legislative director and counsel to then Rep. Rod
staff to the General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for
International Development during the Clinton administration.
Practiced law. J.D. from the University of Illinois College of
Jeff Berman-Berman fulfilled a similar
on both of Dick Gephardt's presidential campaigns.
Eric Holder, Caroline
Kennedy; Jim Johnson (left
his role on June 11, 2008 due to controversy over a special loan)
Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)
Transition planning proceeded very quietly
for some months before Election Day. In one
of the few news reports on the subject from the campaign period, The
Associated Press' David
Espo reported on Oct. 17, 2008 that, "Obama's
transition team recently held a large organizational meeting" under the
direction of John Podesta, and that Cassandra Butts was focusing on
personnel. The campaign noted in its Nov. 5, 2008
press release announcing
transition leadership, "For the past several months, a board
of advisors has been informally planning for a
possible presidential transition."
IN THE STATES
Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune reported on Oct. 24, 2008 that the
campaign has 770 field offices.
See also: Brian C. Mooney. "Obama's paid staff dwarfing
McCain's," Boston Globe.
July 20, 2008. >
(started in this role at
Sept. 2008; previously Pete Rouse had split between chief of staff and
senior advisor to the campaign) Previously legislative director in Obama's Senate
office. Deputy chief counsel for the Democratic
staff of the House Government Reform Committee (Rep. Henry Waxman),
1997-2005. Special advisor for communications to
Kerry-Edwards '04. Worked as a litigator at a D.C. law firm and a
law clerk to a federal court of appeals judge. Graduate of
Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he was a classmate
(started at the
beginning of Obama's Senate term; took leave for several months in 2008
to serve as principal drafter of the Democratic platform) Joined
the New America Foundation as a fellow and founded its Work and Family
Program. Deputy chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Robert
Rubin. Joined the FCC in Nov. 1994 as senior policy advisor in
the Office of Plans and Policy and continued there in several
positions, finishing as deputy chief of the Mass Media Bureau through
Oct. 1998. Worked for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on Commerce
Committee and telecommunications Subcommittee issues. Management
consultant at Telesis. Economist at Alan Greenspan's economic
forecasting firm, Townsend-Greenspan & Co. M.P.P. from the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; B.A. in
economics and English from Bryn Mawr College.
2008, 2009 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action