updated June 4, 2019)
exploratory committee announced Dec. 12, 2018; formal announcement Jan. 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
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,
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 University. twitter
Deputy National Press Secretary Sawyer Hackett
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
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.
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
Opportunity First PAC. President at The Gold Standard since Dec.
2008. B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. San
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.
(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.
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
Organizing Director Lauren Reyes
(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
Nevada Organizing Director Kristian Carranza
(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
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
Endorsements (press releases)
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)