updated August 12, 2019)
formal announcement Jan. 12, 2019; exploratory committee announced Dec. 12, 2018.
https://julianforthefuture.com | FEC.
staff press releases. also note from Jan. 2019: The campaign is paying interns and supporting unionization [ICYMI].
Candidate Julián Castro timeline
Wife Erica Lira Castro
Campaign Chairman U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro
(announced Jan. 12, 2019) Represents TX 20th CD., Twin brother of Secretary Julián Castro and was born and raised in San Antonio. Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Campaign Manager Maya Rupert
(announced Jan. 12, 2019) Executive director of
Castro's Opportunity First PAC from Aug. 2018. Senior director
for policy and
managing director for
the D.C. office of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Feb. 2007-Aug.
2008. Senior policy advisor (Jan 2016-Jan. 2017) and chief of
staff for the Office of General Counsel (June-Dec. 2015) at HUD.
Policy director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, May 2010-May
2015. Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, 2007-10. Judicial
clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Sept.
2006-Aug. 2007. J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, 2006; B.A.
in political science, philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, 2003. twitter
Deputy Campaign Manager Derek Eadon
(announced Jan. 12, 2019) Regional
director-central for Run for Something from June 2018. Public
affairs and public relations strategist at Bluprint Strategies, Aug.
2013-Dec. 2017. Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Jan.-July
2017. Midwest regional organizing director for Ready for Hillary
from April 2014. Senior account executive at LS2group in Des
Mar.-Aug. 2013. General election director for Organizing for
America-Iowa, Jan.-Dec. 2012. State director of Obama for
America, May 2-11-Jan. 2012. Directed Iowa Democrats' 2010
Coordinated Campaign. Iowa state director for Organizing for
America in 2009. In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first field
organizer hired in Iowa for Obama's campaign, and continued on the
campaign through Nov. 2008. Field organizer for the Iowa
Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in the Cedar Rapids area, June-Nov.
2006. Studied political science at the University of Iowa.
Originally from Elmhurst, Ill. twitter
Political Director Natalie Montelongo
(announced Feb. 25, 2019) Comes to the campaign
from position as
national campaign strategist for immigrant rights at the ACLU, from
2018. National organizing director at Voto Latino, March
2017-Jan. 2018. Colorado political director on Hillary for
America, April-Nov. 2016. Special assistant to the U.S.
Trade Representative, July 2014-July 2015. Associate at Podesta
Group, April 2013-June 2014. Staffer on the U.S. House Committee
on Homeland Security, Jan.-April 2013. Project Coordinator for
the International Chamber of Commerce's Banking Commission, Jan.-Dec.
2011. M.A. in international relations and diplomacy from American
Graduate School in Paris, and M.A. in strategic negotiation from
Universite Paris Sud, 2010; bachelor's degree in political science from
St. Mary's University, 2008. twitter
?Senior Political Advisor Matthew Jones
Longtime Castro aide. San Antonio native.
Director of Voting and Delegate Strategy Mili Gosar
(Mar. 2019, announced April 15, 2019) National
director for the DSCC, Feb.-Dec. 2018. Voter protection director
on Doug Jones for Senate (AL), Nov.-Dec. 2017. Director of the
voter registration department for Harris County, Texas, Jan.-Oct.
2017. Voter protection director for Hillary for Iowa/Iowa
Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2016. Assistant
General in the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney
General, Jan. 2015-July. 2016. Regional political director on the
Wendy Davis for Governor campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Account
executive at Terlingua Group in Houston, Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010.
J.D. from University of Houston Law Center, 2014; undergraduate degree
from American University, 2009. twitter
Organizing Director Lillie Catlin
(announced April 15, 2019) Deputy organizing
2018-April 2019), associate digital organizing director (Apr.-Aug.
2018) and digital organizing strategist (Apr. 2017-Apr. 2018) for the
ACLU. Youth vote director for the North Carolina Democratic Party
Coordinated Campaign, July-Nov. 2016. Regional organizing
director with the Democratic Party of Virginia Coordinated Campaign,
May-June 2016. Regional organizing director (Feb.-April 2016) and
started as an organizer in Iowa City (April 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary
for America. Regional field director in Council Bluffs on the
Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, April-Nov. 2014.
Field organizer on Jennifer Wexton for State Senate (VA) Dec. 2013-Jan.
2014. Campus organizer on Terry McAuliffe for Governor (VA),
Aug.-Nov. 2013. Campus team leader for Organizing for America,
Sept.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in political science, sociology from Bryn
Mawr College, 2013. twitter
State Programs Director Lauren Reyes
(from June 2019; initially NH organizing director,
announced Feb. 25,
2019) Coordinated Campaign
field director (Jan.-Nov. 2018) and a regional field director
(July-Nov. 2017) for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Regional
field director on Jon Ossoff for Congress (GA), March-June 2017.
Field organizer in Greensboro for the North Carolina Coordinated
Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Legal consultant and director of social
marketing for The Quattro Firm in West Palm Beach, June 2015-May
2016. J.D. from Charlotte School of Law, 2014; B.S. degrees in
anthropology and criminal justice from University of North Carolina at
Senior Advisor for Communications and Digital Jennifer Fiore
(announced Jan. 12, 2019) Served the same role
on the Opportunity First PAC. Castro's Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Public Affairs (Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017) and director of
strategic communications (Sept. 2015-Aug. 2016) at the U.S. Department
of Housing and
Urban Development. Vice president for digital strategy at West
End Strategy Team, Nov. 2014-Sept. 2015. Executive director of
Campaign to Unload, Oct. 2013-Sept. 2015. VP for public affairs
at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Jan.-Sept. 2013.
Advisor and editorial director at BlastRoots, Inc., Nov. 2011-Feb.
2013. On hiatus, Mom. Director of content and operations
forr AOL Latin America, Sept. 2000-Sept. 2001; senior programming
manager at AOL, Sept. 1997-Sept. 2000. M.A. in liberal studies
University, 2005; B.A. in journalism from The Evergreen State College,
Deputy Communications Director Alex Sarabia
(announced July 2019) Communications and policy
advisor to San
Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg from July 2018. Fulbright Scholar in
Mexico City, Aug. 2017-July 2018. Fellow with the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus Institute and with the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development, Aug. 2014-May 2015. Intern in the Office of
then-Mayor Castro, MayJuly 2014.M.P.P. from University of Chicago,
2017. B.A. in economics from Boston College, 2014. twitter
Deputy Communications Director Sebastian Kitchen
(announced July 2019) Press secretary/senior
spokesman on Bill
Nelson for Senate/Florida Democratic Party from Mar. 2018.
Communications director on Doug Jones for Senate, Sept.-Dec.
2017. Investigative and government reporter for the Florida Times
Union, May 2015-May 2017. Government reporter for the
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), Dec. 2013-Mar. 2015. Assistant
metro editor/state government for the Montgomery Advertiser, Apr.
2008-Dec. 2013. Capital bureau reporter for the Mobile
Press-Register, Aug. 2006-Apr. 2008. Reporter for the Montgomery
Advertiser, Aug. 2004-Aug. 2006. Reporter for the Lubbock
Avalanche-Journal, Aug. 2000-Aug. 2004. B.A. in mass
communications from Texas Tech University, 2001. twitter
National Press Secretary Sawyer Hackett
(started as deputy national press secretary)
Communications director to U.S. Rep. David Price (NC)
2017 and deputy campaign manager on Price's 2018 re-election
campaign. Assistant press secretary (Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017) and
assistant (Sept. 2014-Aug. 2016) at the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development. National advance team on Hillary
for America, Oct.-Nov. 2016. Associate in Presidential Personnel
Office at The White House, May 2013-Jan. 2014. B.A. in political
science and government from James Madison University, 2014. twitter
Deputy Press Secretary Liza Acevedo
(announced July 2019) Spokesperson and
advisor (from Sept. 2018) and deputy press secretary (from Jan. 2018)
for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. Director of
communications in the New York State Senate, July 2015-Dec. 2017.
Technical sourcing intern on Hillary for America, May-Jjuly 2015.
B.A. in economics from Wheaton College (MA), 2015. twitter
Senior Advisor for Digital Julia Ager
(announced April 15, 2019) Founder (Dec. 2018)
and CEO of
Sapphire Strategies. Chief
digital officer (Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019) and digital director (Mar.
2015-Dec. 2017) at the DCCC. Deputy digital director (May
2013-Mar. 2015) and digital copywriter (May 2012-May 2013) at the
DSCC. Account executive at Salsa Labs, Inc. Feb. 2011-May
2012. Political writer at the Mack | Crounse Group, LLC,
July-Nov. 2010. B.A. in political science from Rice
Digital Director Brielle Insler
(May 2019) Managing partner at Düable Brand
Trust in San
Antonio, Mar. 2011. Owner of Behold Visual, LLC, 2011-13.
Web designer for LexisNexis, July 2008-Mar. 2011. Photographer
assistant at Lindner Studio, Aug. 2007-July 2008. Shadow artist
at Animation Collective, Sept. 2006-Aug. 2007. B.A. in fine art,
photography from Marist College, 2006.
Creative Director Ashley Fairbanks
(July 2019) Anishinaabe artist, organizer, and
strategist. Creative director for the 100% Campaign. In the 2018
cycle Fairbanks served as digital director on Ilhan Omar's
congressional campaign; communications director on Erin Murphy's
campaign for governor (MN). Director of narrative and network
building at Voices For Racial Justice. Policy aide in the
Minneapolis. A founding member and artistic director of AMP: Art
Music | Politics. Graduate of University of Minnesota, studies in
language and political science. Grew up in South
immigration | education | policing | lead exposure | housing | indigenous communities | disarm hate
Legislative assistant in the U.S. House, May 2017-Feb. 2019.
Defense and Aerospace Council of the U.S. India Business Council,
Feb.-Apr. 2017. Political unit of the Office of India Affairs at
the U.S. Department of State, June-Aug. 2016. International
fellow at Podesta Group, Jan.-May 2015. M.A. in international
relations and affairs from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze
SAIS; B.A. in economics, political science from Washington University
in St. Louis. twitter
Director of Scheduling and Advance Shereen Zaid
(announced Feb. 25, 2019) Oversaw scheduling and
advance for the
statewide slate of candidates for the Texas Democratic Party in 2018.
.Director of events at The Hill, April-Nov. 2017. Advance on
Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2016. Convention strategist for
the American Institute of Architects, Jan.-June 2016. Director of
events for Campaigns & Elections, Aug. 2013-March 2015.
Events planner at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Nov.
2012-July 2013. Events associate at the Center for American
Progress, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012. Midwest finance assistant at the
DCCC, May-Oct. 2011. Finance assistant at the Bonner Group, April
2010-May 2011. Organizer with SEIU, June 2009-April 2010.
Event planner for 9/11 Interfaith Unity Walk, May-Oct.
2009. Field organizer on Rice for U.S. Senate, Feb.-Nov.
2008. Studied arts and sciences, religioius studies at the
University of Oklahoma.
Personal Aide to Secretary Castro Billy Czerwinski
(Jan. 2019...previously special assistant at Castro's
PAC, Apr.-Nov. 2018. Bachelor's degree in CLEG from American
University, 2018. twitter
Finance Chairman Scott Atlas
(announced Jan. 12, 2019) Houston-based lawyer and legal consultant. President of Atlas Counsel Search, LLC from May 2012; mediator/arbitrator from Dec. 2011; consultant from Jan. 2011. Finance chairman for Bill White’s Texas gubernatorial campaign, Dec. 2008-Nov. 2010. Partner at Weil Gotshal and Manges, April 2006-Aug. 2009. Partner at Vinson and Elkins, Nov. 1976-March 2006. Chair of the section of litigation for the American Bar Association, Aug. 2002-Aug. 2003. Harris County coordinator for both U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s reelection campaign in 1988, and the Dukakis/Bentsen ticket. J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, 1975; B.A. in math and economics from Yale University, 1971.
Senior Advisor Jeremy S. Gold
(Jan. 2019) Also served as finance director for Castro's Opportunity First PAC. President at The Gold Standard since Dec. 2008. B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. San Antonio native.
National Finance Director Joseph Czajkowski
(announced July 2019) Finance director at the
Party from Mar. 2018. Campaign consultant from Feb. 2015.
Deputy campaign manager on Felecia for Arizona, Dec. 2013-Nov.
2014. Deputy campaign manager on Kate Gallego for Phoenix,
Apr.-Nov. 2013. Field organizer for the Arizona Democratic Party,
July-Nov. 2012. Studied biochemistry, political science at
University of Arizona. twitter
Deputy Finance Director Benjamin Staton
Finance director on DeJear for Iowa (Secretary of
2018. Campaign manager on Friends of Jake Castanza (IL),
Jan.-Apr. 2018. Deputy finance director on Justin Fairfax for Lt.
Governor of Virginia, June-Nov. 2017. Finance director on Sheeley
for Delegate (VA), Mar.-June 2017. Field organizer in Steamboat
Springs for the Colorado Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016.
Finance assistant at Benchmark Strategies, Mar.-Aug. 2016.
Project assistant at the National Democratic Institute, July 2015-Mar.
2016. Intern at Benchmark Strategies, Jan.-Dec. 2014.
Bachelor's degree in history from The George Washington University,
2014. Also, field organizer in Falls Church, VA on Obama for
America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.
Assistant Cassie Baars
Experience includes deputy campaign manager on Friends
Chief Operating Officer Greg Diamond
(announced Feb. 25, 2019) At the DCCC from
June 2014 as deputy COO in the 2018 cycle (from Feb. 2017), state
(April 2015-Jan. 2017)
and national field operations director (June 2014-April 2015).
at Brass Tactics, LLC, June 2013-June 2014.
Operations director at Organizing for America-Iowa, July 2012-Jan.
2013; Midwest regional operations director at Obama for America in
Chicago, Nov. 2011-July 2012. Operations and scheduling/advance
director at Bonamici for Congress in Portland, Aug.-Nov. 2011.
Operations and scheduling director at Kitzhaber 2010, Oct. 2009-Nov.
2010. Field organizer and data tec. at Oregonians for Health
Security, July 2008-March 2009. Language instructor in Japan,
Aug. 2004-April 2008. B.A. in political science from University
of Oregon, 2005. From Western Oregon.
Assistant Treasurer, Exploratory Committee: Christopher Koob
Consultant at Koob Consulting in San Antonio since
Senior advisor to Castro at HUD, Sept.-Nov. 2014; senior advisor to
Mayor Castro, May-July 2014. Principal at Capitol Compliance
Associates, Inc. in Washington, Mar. 2011-May 2014. Director of
compliance at the DSCC, Sept. 2008-Mar. 2011. Director of finance
convention operations for the DNC, April-Sept. 2008. Mid-Atlantic
sales manager at New Media Strategies, July 2007-Mar. 2008. COO
at Securing America's Future Energy, Jan.-July 2007. Finance
chief of staff at the DSCC, Feb. 2005-Jan. 2007. Finance chief of
state on John Kerry for President, Mar. 2004-Feb. 2005. Political
chief of staff on Joe Lieberman for President, Jan. 2003-Mar. 2004;
director of operations of Lieberman's ROCPAC, Aug. 2001-Jan.
2003. National development director at the New Democrat Network,
Jan.-Aug. 2001. Deputy to the senior advisor at the DNC,
Aug.-Dec. 2000. Deputy CT finance director on Lieberman for
Senate, June 1999-Aug. 2000. Studied at University of Connecticut.
Latino Victory Fund
(announced Aug. 1, 2019)
(see above...national deputy campaign manager)
Iowa State Director Cynthia Sebian-Lander
(announced Feb. 23, 2019) Campaign manager on
DeJear for Iowa
(Secretary of State), Jan.-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Sara
Dady for Congress (IL), Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018. Campaign manager on
Tilly for Delegate (VA), Feb.-June 2017. GOTV director in Iowa on
Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Project specialist at the
League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016. Voter education
director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014. Field director on
Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014. ACA deputy canvass
manager for Planned Parenthood, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014. Northern
Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013.
Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013.
Field organizer in Fairfax, VA on Obama for America, April-Nov.
2012. Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeake Climate
Action Network, Feb.-April 2012. Organizer for AFSCME, Nov.
2010-Nov. 2011. Field organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic
Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010. M.S. in environmental advocacy and
organizing from Antioch University
New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington
College, 2007. twitter
Organizing Director Marika Bresler
(announced Feb. 23, 2019) Deputy campaign
manager (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and campaign manager (Jan.-Aug. 2018) on
Colin Allred for Congress (TX). Field director on Ben Hixon for
Delegate (VA), Sept.-Nov. 2017. Deputy Coordinated director
(Sept.-Nov. 2016) and Coordinated organizing director (May-Nov. 2016)
for the Missouri Democratic Party. Contractor (April 2016), Iowa
field director (Oct. 2015-March 2016) and Iowa youth vote director
(April 2015-March 2016) for NextGen Climate. Campus regional
field director/youth organizing director for Battleground Texas,
May-Nov. 2014. Field organizer (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and field
organizing fellow (June-Aug. 2012) on Obama for America in Athens,
Ohio. Bachelor's degree in public relations, advertising, applied
communication from Ohio University, 2014.
announced July 8, 2019...
Rob Barron, Des Moines School Board member and Founder Latino Political Network
Mary Campos, Longtime Activist and Community Leader
Steve Villatoro, Community Leader and Vice Chair of Latino Caucus
Joe Henry, Longtime Leader and Activist in Latino Community
Jose Ibarra, Storm Lake Councilman
Bonnie Brown, Community Leader and SCC Member
Sally (Araceli) Goode, Community Leader and Activist
New Hampshire State Director State Rep. Manny Espitia
(announced Feb. 25, 2019) State Representative in Nashua's Ward 4 (Hillsborough 31), elected Nov. 2018. Executive director fo the Nashua Democratic City Committee in 2018. Legislative director for Free and Fair NH. Constituent services coordinator for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan in Nashua. Assistant to Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, 2016. Organizer on Hillary for America's New Hampshire primary campaign. Worked in Texas for the DCCC. Worked on President Obama's re-election campaign in New Mexico. Graduated from Princeton in 2011. twitter
Director Lauren Reyes
Nevada Chairwoman Allison Stephens
(announced Aug. 2, 2019)
Nevada State Director Kristian Carranza
(initially NV organizing
director from Mar. 2019, announced April
15, 2019) Digital consultant at Do
Big Things in Houston, Feb.-Mar. 2019. Field director on Gina
Ortiz Jones for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2018. Regional coordinator on
Battleground Texas, Feb.-Dec. 2017. Regional field director on
Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016. Affordable Care Act
organizer with Brass Tactics, Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016. Digital
coordinator on Battleground Texas, June-Dec. 2015. Digital fellow
with Organizing for Action, June-Aug. 2015. Campus organizer for
Wendy Davis for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Studied at Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi. twitter
Political Director Michael Cullen
(June 2019)) Associate
attorney at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya,
Ruud & Romo in San Francisco, Mar. 2016-May 2019. Field
organizer in Carson City on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-Feb.
2016. Community manager in Reno for 270 Strategies, Oct.-Nov.
2015. Organizing fellow in Reno on Hillary for America,
June-Sept. 2015. AmeriCorps team leader (June 2010-June 2011) and
member (Aug. 2009-June 2010) in Little Rock, AR. J.D. from
Northeastern University School of Law, 2014; B.A. in politics from St.
Mary's College of California, 2009. twitter
announced July 6, 2019...
West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona
17, 2019 tweet...
Carol Little, former Nye County Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman
announced Aug. 2, 2019...
Allison Stephens, DNC Committeewoman and Secretary of the DNC’s Black Caucus
Assemblyman Edgar Flores, Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus Chair
Benjamin Challinor, Nevada State Democratic Executive Board member and former chief of staff to the Nevada Senate Majority Leader
Manny Becerra: Advisor and board member for Northern Nevada small businesses and non-profit organizations
Maria Elena Pulido: Secretary, Latino Coalition of Northern Nevada
Cory Hernandez: President of the Northern Nevada Latino Alliance, a chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans and Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans
Kenia Leon: Community organizer
Brenda Guigui: Community organizer
Frank Perez: Community leader and former attaché, Assemblyman Edgar Flores
Jose Rivera: former Nevada State Director, MoveOn.org
Jeanette Strong: Member, Churchill County Democratic Central Committee; Columnist, Lahontan Valley News
South Carolina State
Director Christina Cue
(announced April 15,
2019) CEO of OnCue Management Group, LLC from Nov. 2015.
Advance associate at the White House from May 2011. Director of
scheduling (June 2013-Nov. 2015) and scheduling and advance (Aug.
2011-June 2013) at the U.S. Department of Houseing and Urban
Development. Confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of
Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security, Apr. 2010-Aug. 2011.
Field organizer, regional field director and regional political
director on Obama for America, starting June 2007 in SC and then AL, VA
and GA through Nov. 2008. B.A.Sc. in sport and entertainment
management from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2007. twitter
Organizing Director Elizabeth (Lizzie) Noble
(announced July 25,
2019) Account executive at South and West
from May 2019. Digital organizer on Constance Anastopoulo for
Attorney General, Aug-Nov. 2018. Assistant to the campaign
manager on Phil Noble for Governor, Jan.-June 2018. Account
executive at E. Boineau & Company, Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017.
Studied retailing, fashion merchandising at University of South
Carolina-Columbia and apparel studies and fashion merchandising at
University of Delaware. twitter
U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) ...Feb. 19, 2019
U.S. Rep. Vicente
González (TX-15) ...Mar. 11, 2019
30 endorsements including 17 Texas state representatives, two state senators, a Hidalgo County district attorney, three Bexar County officials, six San Antonio City Council members, and former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros. ...announced Mar. 14, 2019...same day as O'Rourke entered the race______________
Opportunity First PAC leadership team (announced Aug. 8, 2018)