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Julián for the Future

(page updated June 4, 2019)

Headquarters: San Antonio, TX
exploratory committee announced Dec. 12, 2018; formal announcement Jan. 12, 2018
  |  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 Moines, 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 Feb. 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 voter protection 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 Attorney 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 director (Sept. 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 from Georgetown University, 2005; B.A. in journalism from The Evergreen State College, 1994.  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 University.  twitter

Deputy National Press Secretary  Sawyer Hackett

Communications director to U.S. Rep. David Price (NC) from July 2017 and deputy campaign manager on Price's 2018 re-election campaign.  Assistant press secretary (Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017) and special 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

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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 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.


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 operations director (April 2015-Jan. 2017) and national field operations director (June 2014-April 2015).  Director of operations 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 Dec. 2014.  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.


Derek Eadon

(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 Wilmington, 2011.



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)