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Pete for America Exploratory Committee

(page updated Jan. 23, 2019)

announced Jan. 23, 2019.

Senior Advisor  Mike Schmuhl

Treasurer of Buttigieg's Hitting Home PAC; consultant to Mel Hall's 2018 campaign against U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) in IN-2.  Chief of staff to Mayor Buttigieg through June 12, 2013 after managing his 2011 campaign.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly's 2010 re-election campaign, a narrow win over state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R).  "Radio and television producer for The Washington Post for three years."  Journalist in Minneapolis.  Studied at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, 2013-15; undergraduate degree in history from the University of Notre Dame, 2005. 
See: Nov. 17, 2011 article in The Observer.

Communications  Lis Smith

Co-founder of 50 State Communications, July 2016.  Deputy campaign manager on O'Malley for President, May 2015-Feb. 2016; senior communications advisor to O'Malley's O'PAC, Jan. 2013-May 2015.  Also in the 2014 cycle served as a consultant to the Democratic Governors Association; and communications consultant to Adriano Espaillat's challenge to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel in the June 2014 primary.  Spokeswoman on Bill de Blasio's campaign for Mayor of New York City, Sept.-Dec. 2013.  Spokeswoman for Eliot Spitzer's campaign for city comptroller in the Sept. 10, 2013 Democratic primary.  Director of rapid response on Obama's re-election campaign from Jan. 2012.  Communications director for the Democratic Governors Association under O'Malley (announced Jan. 2011).  Communications director on Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's 2010 campaign, and in 2009 worked for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.  Worked on Dan Seals' congressional campaign in Illinois.  Campaign manager on Sen. Chris Koster's campaign for Attorney General in Missouri, 2007.  Press secretary on Sen. Claire McCaskill's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign.  Graduate of Dartmouth College, 2005.  twitter

Political  Matthew Cruz

Political director of Hitting Home PAC from Aug. 2017; campaign director on Pete for South Bend from July 2017.  Executive assistant and director of special projects in the City of South Bend Office of the Mayor, Dec. 2016-July 2017.  Deputy finance director on Shelli Yoder for Indiana, Jan.-Nov. 2016.  Finance director (June-Dec. 2015) and field director (March-May 2015) on Pete for South Bend.  B.A. in political science and government from Indiana University Bloomington, 2013.  twitter

Legal  Previn Warren

Attorney at Jenner & Block LLP in New York.  Classmate of Buttigieg's at Harvard.