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Pete for America

(page updated May 14, 2019)

Headquarters: South Bend, IN.   ...moved in April 1, 2019   FEC
formal announcement Apr. 14, 2019; announced Pete for America Exploratory Committee Jan. 23, 2019. @PeteButtigieg

Candidate  Pete Buttigieg  timeline

Husband  Chasten Buttigieg  twitter
First Dogs  Truman and Buddy  twitter

Campaign Manager  Mike Schmuhl

Senior advisor, 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.


National Political Director  Stephen Brokaw

(Jan. 2019)  Marketing manager for Grow with Google (from Apr. 2017) and metro expansion lead (Jan. 2016-Mar. 2017) at Google.  Principal (May-Dec. 2015) and senior vice president and general counsel (May 2014-May 2015) at 270 Strategies.  Associatae at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, Jan. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Digital project manager at Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Senior political generalist on the Ohio campaign (July-Nov. 2008), delegate tracker for OH, IN, WV and KY (Mar.-July 2008), constituency director on the Nevada caucus campaign (Oct.  2007-Jan. 2008) and assistant to the national field director (Feb.-Oct. 2007).  Bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University, 2006.

National Organizing Director  Greta Carnes

Texting director on the 2017 Virginia Coordinated Campaign. Regional digital lead (May-Nov. 2016) and social media lead on the Iowa caucus campaign (April 2015-Feb. 2016) for HIllary for America.  Deputy digital director on Alison for Kentucky, July-Nov. 2014.  Press assistant at 270 Strategies, June 2013-July 2014.  Field organizer in the Dubuque area on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Degree in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  twitter

National Constituency Director  José Morales

(started May 3, 2019)  Community engagement and projects director (from Jan. 2018) and director of special projects (from Feb. 2017) at the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.  Executive assistant to the executive director at the DCCC from Feb. 2015.  Programs associate (Jan. 2014-Feb. 2015), events fellow (Sept.-Dec. 2013) and election administration fellow (June-Sept. 2013) at the New Organizing Institute.  B.A. in political science and sociology from American University, 2013.  twitter


Communications Director  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

National Press Secretary  Chris Meagher

Communications director on Montanas for Tester, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Senior communications advisor for the Montana Democratic Party, Mar. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Senior communications advisor for the Colorado Democratic Party, April-Nov. 2016.   Communications manager for General Motors, July 2015-Mar. 2016.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (CA), June 2013-July 2015; also press secretary on Capps for Congress, Oct.-Nov. 2014. News reporter for the Santa Barbara Independent, Apr. 2007-June 2013.  News reporter for The Santa Barbara Daily Sound, Mar. 2006-Mar. 2007.  Internships for The Modesto Bee, and The Oakland Press (MI).  General assignment sports reporter for The State News in East Lansing, Jan.-May 2005.  J.D. from Santa Barbara College of Law, 2013; B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University, 2005.   twitter

Rapid Response Director  Rodericka Applewhaite

(Apr. 2019)  Research manager (July 2018-Apr. 2019) and research coordinator (July 2017-June 2018) at EMILY's List.  Research director on John Wisniewski for Governor (NJ), Dec. 2016-June 2017.  Research director on Jim Barksdale for Senate (GA), Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Research associate at Opposition Consulting, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Research intern at Jones Mandel, Apr.-July 2015.  Special assistant to the executive director at Veterans Campaign, Aug. 2014-Apr. 2015.  B.A. in political science and government, Japanese from The George Washington University.  twitter

National Press Assistant  Andrew Mamo

(Mar. 2019)  Founder and lead coordinator at UChicago Votes, July-Nov. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in public policy from University of Chicago, 2018.  twitter


Experience Director  Bridget Halligan

Senior vice president (June 2016-Jan. 2019), director of digital engagement (Dec. 2014-June 2016) and digital project manager (Mar. 2013-Dec. 2014) at 270 Strategies.  Engagement program manager - call tool on Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012.   B.A. in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, philosophy from Villanova University, 2011; student body president, 2010-11.  Halligan worked on Obama's 2008 campaign starting as an Organizing Fellow in June 2008, and served as a field organizer in Sarasota County, FL in the Fall. 

Cinematographer/Photographer  Carina Teoh

Brooklyn based, from Michigan.  twitter  +


National Investment Director  Anthony Mercurio

Finance director for Forward Majority from Feb. 2018.  Fundraising manager for Everytown for Gun Safety, Jan. 2017-Feb. 2018.  National finance team on Hillary for America, April 2015-Jan. 2017.  Development manager for All Out, May 2014-Mar. 2015.  Finance and development associate (April 2013-April 2014) and executive assistant to the founder (Nov. 2012-April 2014) for SumOfUs.  Lead organizer for UNITE HERE Local 2, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Assistant store manager at Philz Coffee, Mar. 2011-Sept. 2012.  B.A. in international relations, Arabic from Boston University, 2011.  twitter

FInance  Sarah Barry

Deputy finance director (from May 2018) and staff assistant (from Apr. 2018) on Mel Hall for Congress (IN).  Technical recruiter for Insight Global, Aug. 2017-Apr. 2018.  Interned in U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna's District Office, Jan.-Aug. 2017.  Bachelor's degreee in political science and environmental studies from Santa Clara University, 2017.

National Investment Assistant  Alexis Gonzaludo

(Mar. 2019)  Finance assistant on Antonio Delgado for Congress (NY), July-Nov. 2018.  Finance fellow on Patrick Ryan for Congress (NY), Mar.-June 2018.  Campus organizing fellow on Chris Hurst for Delegate (VA), Aug.-Nov. 2017.  Bachelor's degree in communications and media studies from Radford University, 2017.  twitter


Director of Campaign Operations  Max Harris

(Jan. 2018)  Campaign manager on Mel Hall for Congress (IN) from Jan. 2018.  Special assistant to U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL), Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Special assistant (June-Nov. 2016) and national finance assistant (June 2015-June 2016) on Tammy for Illinois.  Fellowship/internship with U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, May 2013-May 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from Georgetown University, 2015.  twitter


Legal  Previn Warren

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


Special Assistant to Mayor Pete Buttigieg  Saralena Barry

(Jan. 2019)  Deputy finance director (May-Nov. 2018) and operations (Apr.-Nov. 2018) on Mel Hall for Congress (IN),  Technical recruiter for Insight Global, Aug. 2017-Apr. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies from Santa Clara University, 2017.  twitter

Treasurer  Lily Ross

Design Team  Hyperakt 
Principal and Creative Director  Deroy Peraza

Founding partner (Sept. 2001) of Hyperakt, based in Brooklyn, NY ("We create powerful design experiences to shape a more equitable and creative world.")  Professor at the Parsons School of Design, 2004-May 2008.  B.F.A. in illlustration from Parsons School of Design - The New School, 2001. 
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(press releases/comms)
Five former Ambassadors who served under Obama: Timothy Broas (Netherlands), Bill Eacho (Austria), David Jacobson (Canada), John Phillips (Italy), Tod Sedgwick (Slovakia).   See: Jonathan Easley.  "Five former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg."  The Hill, April 19, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8)  (April 24, 2019)


State Director  Brendan McPhillips

(reported May 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL), Nov. 28, 2017-Aug. 2018.  Senior advisor on Joe Khan for District Attorney (Philadelphia), Jan.-May 2017.  Political director on Pete for DNC, Feb. 2017.  Pennsylvania political director on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on John Fetterman's 2016 primary campaign for U.S. Senate, Oct. 2015-April 2016.  Campaign manager on Helen Gym’s successful campaign for Philadelphia City Council, Feb.-Nov. 2015.  Campaign manager on Kevin Strouse’s 2014 congressional race in PA-8 in Bucks County, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Pennsylvania organizing director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March 2013-Jan. 2014.  Regional field director in Bucks County on the Obama campaign, March-Nov. 2012.  Regional field director/assistant community manager for Draftfcb, March-Oct. 2011.  Special projects director on Hoosiers for Hill, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science, peace studies from University of Notre Dame, 2010; transferred from San Jacinto College.  twitter

Communications Director  Ben Halle

(reported May 6, 2019)  Press secretary at Planned Parenthood Federation of America from Sept. 2015.  Communications director (Oct. 2012-Sept. 2015), policy aide (Mar.-Sept. 2012), staff assistant (Jan. 2011-June 2012) and paid intern (Aug.-Dec. 2010) for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith.  B.A. in history, anthopology from University of Iowa, 2010.  twitter

Outreach Coordinator  Sydney Throop

Iowa regional organizer for Reason to Believe PAC (Deval Patrick) from Sept. 2018.  Field director (May-Sept. 2018) and regional organizer (Jan.-April 2018) for Committee to Elect Josh Zakim (MA).  Organizing director (May 2017-Jan. 2018) and community organizer (June 2016-May 2017) at Fair Shot For All (Boston).  Event organizer for Food Tank, Feb.-April 2017.  B.S. in public relations, communication and media studies from Boston University, 2016.  twitter

Regional People Director (Iowa City)  Sara Goldstein

(reported May 6, 2019)   Regional field director in Iowa City for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Director of beverage and training for Picnik, Aug. 2017-May 2018.  Organzer in Greene County for the Ohio Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2016.  Degree in political economy, social sciences from Antioch College, 2016.  twitter


State Director  Michael Ceraso

(reported May 6, 2019)  Co-founder of Winning Margins, from Apr. 2017.  Candidate for Claremont City Council, July-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Krish Vignarajah for Governor (MD), Nov. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Worked for the SCDP, May-June 2017.  Worked on Jimmy Gomez for Congress special election campaign in Los Angeles, Jan.-May 2017.  Did mail for SG&A Consulting, Inc., Feb.-Apr. 2017.  Policy researcher in the U.S. House, Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Campaign manager on Alan Grayson for Senate (FL), May-Aug. 2016.  California state director (Mar.-May 2016), Northeast director (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and deputy state director on the NH primary campaign (Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016) for Bernie 2016.  Deputy program director at Airbnb, June 2014-Sept. 2015 in the Los Angeles area.  Ceraso has worked on numerous campaigns and organizing efforts since 2008, including as a deputy field director in Manchester, NH on the Obama campaign, May-Nov. 2012 and a field organizer on the Obama campaign in Carlsbad, NM, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  In addition to campaigns he has worked with Greenpeace as a training coordinator in the L.A. area, 2006-11, and city coordinator in the Philadelphia area, March-Aug. 2008.  B.S. in political science and government from Pitzer College, 2014.  twitter

Communications Director  Kevin Donohoe

(reported May 6, 2019)  Senior communications adviser and chief spokesperson (from Mar. 2019) and gubernatorial race spokesman (2018) for the Florida Democratic Party.   Communications director for the Democratic Party of Virginia's 2017 Coordinated Campaign.  From North Hampton, NH.  twitter

Outreach Coordinator  State Rep. Cole Riel

Filmmaker.  Elected state Rep. for Hillsborough District 6 (Goffstown) in Nov. 2018.  Execcutive director of Manchester City Democrats, May-Nov. 2018.  Managed Hassan Essa for Manchester Alderman and Kelly Boyer for Goffstown Select Board campaigns.  Assistant to the executive director of NH Young Democrats, Mar.-May 2018.  Intern at GraniteRoots Public Solutions, Aug. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Campaign assistant and communications on Hassam Essa for Alderman (Manchester), July-Nov. 2017.  B.A. in communication arts, cinema and media arts from UNH, 2017.  twitter

See also:
Kate Ackley.  "K Street gets behind Mayor Pete Buttigieg."  Roll Call, April 22, 2019.
Steve Peoples and Hunter Woodall.  "Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum."  AP, April 22, 2019.
Elena Schneider.  "Buttigieg dashes to catch up with newfound fame."  Politico, April 1, 2019


Andrew Galo
Communications director on Mel Hall for Congress, Dec. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Press intern for U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Sept.-Dec. 2017.  B.A. in political science, peace studies from University of Notre Dame, 2017.  Communications director for College Democrats of Indiana, Aug. 2016-April 2017.  Party coordinator for St. Joseph County Democrats, June-Nov. 2016.  Field organizer and campaign fellow on Durbin for Senate, May-Aug. 2014.

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