Organization  |  P2020  

Friends of John Delaney

(page updated April 4, 2019)

Headquarters: Bethesda, MD.
announced July 28, 2017
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see also:  https://www.johnkdelaney.com  |  FEC.
staff press release  |  March 8, 2019 Memo [PDF]


Co-Chair  Terry Lierman

(announced Sept. 18, 2017)  Treasurer on Martin O'Malley's 2015-16 presidential campaign.  Founder of Summit Global Ventures.  President of Energy One.  Chief of staff to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer May 2007-Dec. 2011.  Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, elected Dec. 2004 and served to May 2007.  National finance co-chair of Dean for America.  Partner of Health Ventures, LLC, 2001-05.  Democratic nominee for Congress against U.S. Rep. Connie Morella in MD-8 in 2000.  Founder and president of Capitol Associates, Inc., 1984-2001.  Staff director of U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and of the Labor Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee.  Started at the National Institutes of Health.  Master's degree from University of Wisconsin; B.A. from Winona State University.  Native of Beloit, WI.



Campaign Manager  John Davis

(announced as senior advisor on Sept. 20, 2017)  Founding partner of the Des Moines based bipartisan polling firm Red America Blue America (RABA) Research.  Des Moines office of New Partners.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), 2009-14.  Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.  Traveling chief of staff on John Edwards for President campaign in 2007.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA)'s 2004 re-election.  Iowa native.  Also served as U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY)’s chief of staff, and as a committee staffer to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA).

Deputy Campaign Manager  Alexander ("Xan") Fishman

Served as chief of staff in Delaney's congressional office, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2019; started in Jan. 2013 as a legislative assistant.  Deputy campaign manager on Friends of John Delaney, Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer on Fairfax Victory 2011, Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Intern to U.S. Rep. Mike Ross (AR), Oct. 2010-May 2011.  English teacher at Tichon Hadash High School, Sept. 2008-June 2010; math and physics teacher at American Hebrew University, Aug. 2005-May 2008.  M.A. in teaching English from Tel Aviv University, 2011; B.A. in astronomy and religion from Swarthmore College, 2005.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager  Tracey K. Friedlander

(Nov. 2017)  Senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, Aug. 2011-Oct. 2017.  Franklin Fellow at U.S. Department of State (Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011) and U.S. Embassy in Croatia (Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012). General counsel, SVP of business development at StarBand Communications Inc., 2000-04.  Associate general counsel, VP for legal and business affairs at Teligent, Inc., 1998-2000.  Senior associate at Arnold & Porter, 1991-98.  J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, 1991; B.A. in political science from Dickinson College, 1988.


COMMUNICATIONS

Communications Director  Will McDonald

Has worked for Delaney since 2011. Ph.D. in English from University of Iowa.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Carrie Healey

(Feb. 2019)  Programming manager for AOL Finance/Verizon Media, Sept. 2017-Mar. 2019; programming manager for news at AOL, Feb. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Associate editor at theGrio.com, Sept. 2014-Jan. 2016.  Associate producer and sports editor at NBCUniversal, Inc., Jan. 2013-Aug. 2014.  Master of communications from Sacred Heart University; Bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  twitter

Communications Strategist  Ann Rakestraw

(Jan. 2019)  Most recently associate general counsel at Verizon; worked there for 17 years.  Associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, 1996-2001.  Law clerk for Hon. Robert R. Beezer, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995-96.  J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, 1995; B.A. in English and religious studies from University of Virginia, 1992.

National Press Secretary  Michael Starr Hopkins

(announced Nov. 15, 2018)  Senior strategist at CateComm from June 2018.  Spokesman/communications director on Sean Shaw for Attorney General (FL), July-Nov. 2018.  Briefly a candidate for U.S. Senate challenging Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ), but ended campaign in Mar. 2018.  Compliance officer from AArrow Sign Spinners, Nov. 2016-Jan. 2018.  Contributing writer for The Hill (from Aug. 2017) and HuffPost (from Oct. 2016).  Attorney at Legal Aid Manhattan, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy state director of voter protection in Colorado for Hillary for America, June-Oct. 2016.  Prosecutor for NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, Feb.-Aug. 2015.  LLM from Cardozo School of Law, 2015 and earlier studiied law at Florida Coastal School of Law; Syracuse University's Maxwell School and Eckerd College. twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Ahmed Elsayed

Communications director for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Mar.-Sept. 2017.  Field organizer in the 5th CD for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Communications intern for NJOHSP, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2016.  B.A. in communication from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 2015.

Press Assistant  Maya Krishna-Rogers

(Dec. 2018)  Interned for Delaney in his congressional office, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  B.A. in political science and international affairs from McGill University, 2018.


POLICY
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Policy Director  Samantha Price

A senior legislative assistant in Delaney's congressional office.



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Deputy Political Director  Anthony (Tony) McComiskey

(Sept. 2017)  Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, Jan.-Sept. 2017.  Field director on Delaney's 2016 re-election campaign, June 2016.  Canvass director on David Trone for Congress, Feb.-April 2016.  Ballot access organizer for Grassroots Solutions, Nov. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Canvass director at the Fund for the Public Interest, July 2014-Aug. 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from Gettysburg College, 2014.

Digital Content Manager  Abigail Roskind

(Nov. 2017)  Copy editor at Snapchat, Inc., Jan.-June 2017.  Editorial assistant at Career Contessa, Oct. 2015-May 2016.  Sales associate at British American Shipping LLC, Nov. 2014-Dec. 2015.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from University of Southern Californai, 2013.

Digital Content Manager  Joe Connelly

(Oct. 2018; started as correspondence manager in Nov. 2017)  Several internships.  Bachelor's degree in government from Colby College, 2017.

Finance Assistant  Benjamin Brosnahan

(Dec. 2017)  Executive assistant to CEO at Nusgart Consulting from June 2017.  Interned for Delaney, March-June 2017.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia from June 2016.  Field organizer on Hillary for America in Annapolis, MD from April 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Tulane University, 2016.

Treasurer  April McClain-Delaney


CONSULTANTS

AL Media
Ann Liston – Media Consultant
Eric Adelstein – Media Consultant
Andy Meyer – Digital Consultant

Hickman Analytics
Harrison Hickman – Pollster

Bergmann Zwerdling Direct
Achim Bergmann – Direct Mail Consultant
Alex Zwerdling – Direct Mail Consultant

Pacific Campaign House
Cheryl Hori – Digital Consultant




IOWA
Offices (8 as of March 31, 2019):
Des Moines:
2415 Ingersoll Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50312
Cedar Rapids: 2706 1st Ave NE; Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Council Bluffs: 219 S. Main Street; Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Davenport: 2720 West Locust St. Unit 2-B, Davenport, IA 52804
Dubuque: 1735 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
Fort Dodge:
14 North 11th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Sioux City: 831 Gordon Drive; Sioux City, IA 51101
Waterloo: 10 West 4th St., Suite 20, Waterloo, IA 50701
Office opening events: Des Moines (Jan. 12), Cedar Rapids (Jan. 12), Council Bluffs (Jan. 30), Sioux City (Jan. 30), Waterloo (Feb. 18), Fort Dodge (Mar. 16), Dubuque (Mar. 31), Davenport (Mar. 31).
Total Iowa Staff of 25 as of Feb. 28, 2019.

Co-Chairs

Connie Klug - (announced Jan. 7, 2019) From Adel, currently works as a business development manager for AT&T Sports and Entertainment.  Served for nine years on the Des Moines General Board of Trustees.
Paula Meyer - (announced Jan. 7, 2019) From St. Ansgar.  Founded Friends of Ngong Road after a business career.  M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business; B.A. from Luther College.

State Director  Monica Biddix

(announced as state director Jan. 7, 2019; announced as Iowa communications director June 22, 2018)  Campaign manager on McGuire for Governor, July 2017-June 2018.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, April 2016-April 2017.  Communications director at Progress Iowa, Dec. 2015-April 2016.  Campaign director for Iowa Pays the Price Caucus Campaign, July-Nov. 2015.  Legislative assistant to state Sen. Chris Brase (IA), Jan.-May 2015.  Campaign manager on Laura Hubka for Iowa House/Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager at Indigo Strategies, Champaign, IL, Aug. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Volunteer coordinator for Vote Yes Linn County, Jan.-Mar. 2013.  Campaign director on Mary Jo Wilhelm for Iowa State Senate/Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2012. Campaign manager on Farrow for Mayor (SC), April-Nov. 2011.  Field organizer on Sangisetty for Congress (LA), Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Call time manager/finance director on Dwight Drake for Governor (SC), Aug. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Passport support associate in Charleston, June 2007-Oct. 2008.  M.A. in history from College of Charleston, 2005; B.A. in political science/history from UNC Chapel Hill.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Mark Galinsky

(announced Jan. 7, 2019; previously Iowa outreach director from Sept. 2017)  Field rep. for U.S. Rep. Delaney in Hagerstown, Aug. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Field organizer on John Delaney for Congress, March-Aug. 2016.  Press intern to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2014.  twitter


Caucus Director  Michelle Bruggenthies

(Dec. 2018, announced Jan. 7, 2019)  Campaign manager on Jackie Smith for Iowa State Senate in 2018.  Worked on Pete D'Alessandro's 2018 primary campaign for Congress in IA-3.  Sioux City regional field director and regional field director in Chicago on Bernie 2016.  Worked on Chuy Garcia’s 2015 bid for mayor of Chicago. Worked on Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign in 2014.   Has also organized in Washington State and New Jersey.  Studied History, English Literature at Loyola University Chicago.  From Chicago.


POLITICAL

Political Director  Marcia Rogers

(announced Jan. 7, 2019)  Managing director at North Shore LLC in Cedar Rapids from April 2016.  Business partner at Political Brinq, April 2013-April 2016.  Studied occupational therapy at College of St. Catherine in the 1970s.

COMMUNICATIONS

Deputy Communications Director  Rachel Potucek

(announced Jan. 7, 2019)  Communications director for the Democratic Party of Orange County (CA) from June 2017 through the 2018 midterms. Director of communications for Smolarcorp from July 2007.  Communications and field represenatitive for the Office of Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, City of Long Beach, CA, June 2006-July 2007.  Constituent services representative for U.S. Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, May 2005-July 2006.  Field organizer for Nancy Boyda for Congress (KS-2), Aug.-Nov. 2004.  News reporter at KJCK 1420 AM Radio in Topeka, Jan. 2001-Aug. 2004.  M.A. in speech communication and rhetoric from Kansas State University.  From Kansas.  twitter

Iowa Press Secretary  Courtney Carstens

(Jan. 2019)  Senior, working toward bachelor's degree in communication, journalism and related programs from Iowa State University.  Brand ambassador for Portobello Road Ames from Aug. 2018.  Owner of RMC Studios in Ames from June 2018. 

DIGITAL

Digital Director  Greg Hauenstein

(announced Oct. 2018)  Lead developer at GPS Impact in Des Moines, Feb. 2012-Oct. 2018.  Legislative assistant to Rep. Tyler Olson in the Iowa House, Jan.-April 2012.  Director of new media for the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2009-Jan. 2012.  Web design and development for oh hey mktg, June 2010-Mar. 2011.  New media producer for Obama for America, Aug. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Studied film and video production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  twitter

Digital and Communications Specialist  Ben Cobley

(Feb. 2019)  Senior digital strategist for GPSIMPACT from June 2017.  Press aide in Des Moines on Hillary for America, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy campaign manager on Rob Hogg for U.S. Senate, Jan.-June 2016; also legislative aide to Sen. Hogg, Jan.-April 2016.  Bachelor's degree in international/global studies from University of Iowa, 2016.  twitter


FIELD

Field Director  Josh Skipworth

(Feb. 2019)  Self employed freelance writer from Jan. 2018.  Deputy political director for United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America in Des Moines, Sept.-Dec. 2018.  Marketing and monetization consultant for The National Memo, Mar.-June 2018.  Iowa state director for The Humane Society of the U.S., Sept. 2015-Feb. 2018.  Field director with Batrice & Associates, Oct. 2014-Sept. 2015.  Regional field director in Des Moines with the League of Conservation Voters, Sept. 2013-Oct. 2014.   Field organizer in Ames on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2012.  Regional field organizer for SW Iowa for Organizing for America, Jan. 2009-May 2012.  B.S. in history from Iowa State University, 2014.  twitter

Regional Field Directors include 
Jeffrey Cardenas

(Nov. 2018)  CA-10 and CA-48 paid canvass program for the California Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign services director for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party from Feb. 2017.  Campaign manager on John Hirokawa for Sheriff, Sept. 2017-July 2018.  Co-campaign manager on Marc Berman for California State Assembly, June-Nov. 2016.  Santa Clara County coordinator for Yes on Measure AA, Feb.-June 2016.  Policy aide at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, May 2014-Aug. 2015.  Senior field representatve in the California State Senate, Dec. 2012-May 2014.  Campaign manager on Jerry Hill for State Senate 2012.  Started on campaigns as an intern, field organizer and rapid response director of the California Democratic Party, March-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science from UC Davis, 2009.

Cedar Falls  Nick Dempsey

(Nov. 2018)  Canvass supervisor for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2012.  Organizer with Working Families Win, Oct.-Nov. 2011.  Assistant canvass manager for Iowa Green Home, May-Aug. 2011.  Field organizer on Leonard Boswell for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2010; canvasser for the Iowa Democratic Party, June-Aug. 2010; volunteer coordinator on Roxanne Conlin for Senate, April-June 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Northern Iowa, 2011.

Field Organizers include
Des Moines area  Anita Aidoo

(Aug. 2018)  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Towson University, 2018.

Davenport  Andy House

(July 2018)  Law clerk at Smirnow Law in Washington, DC, Oct. 2017-April 2018.  Advisor to the Global Solar Council, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2015; B.A. in environmental policy and sciences, religious studies from McDaniel College, 2010.

Cedar Rapids  Kelsey Myers

(started on the campaign in June 2018)  From Minnesota. 

Gregory Christensen
M.S. in international relations from Northeastern University; B.S. in agricultural sciences from Oregon State University, 2015.  Author of Make America Stronger Together and has several books in the works.  twitter

Patrick Brett
Aaron D. Johnson
Victoria Lee


Endorsements (announcements)
Donna Crum, Mills County Democrats Chair
Nancy Camardo, Wayne County Democrats Chair
Twyla Peacock, Van Buren County Democrats Chair
(announced Jan. 29, 2019)

Joan Amos, Lucas County Democratic Party Chair
(announced Feb. 15, 2019)

> On Oct. 17 Iowa Starting Line reported, "The campaign has six full-time field staffers in five different counties."
> On Nov. 16 Politico reported that in Iowa he "plans to have 30 full-time staffers on the ground and up to eight offices opened by January."
> On Jan. 7, 2018 the campaign announced it has 24 staff in Iowa.



NEW HAMPSHIRE

Office: 803 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101   ...office opening Feb. 11, 2019
Total NH Staff of 6 as of Feb. 28, 2019....7 as of Mar. 22, 2019

State Director  Chris MacKenzie

(announced Jan. 8, 2019)  Comes to the position from serving as communications director (since April 2018) and press secretary (Feb. 2017-April 2018) to U.S. Rep. Terry Sewell (AL).  Communications and digital director for U.S. PIRG, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2017.  Communications and legislative aide (March-Aug. 2015), legislative correspondent (July 2013-March 2015) and staff assistant (Jan.-Uuly 2013) to U.S. Rep. John Delaney.  Regional field director (April-Nov. 2012) and field organizer (Jan.-April 2012 on Friends of John Delaney.  Policy issues coordinator for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, July 2011-Jan. 2012.  Degree in political science from American University, 2011.  Internships include in U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's office.  From Hopkinton, NH.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Casey Neal

(announced Jan. 8, 2019) Organizing director for Free & Fair New Hampshire and Colin Van Ostern's bid for Secretary of State.  Finance consultant at Rio Strategies in Albuquerque from April 2017.  Policy and administrative manager for Maryland Clean Energy, April 2016-April 2017.  Studied at University of Maryland Baltimore County.  twitter



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Former

National Digital Director  Makaiah Mohler ...to Feb. 2018, left to serve as deputy campaign manager on Jessica Morse for Congress (CA).

Started with Friends of John Delaney in Feb. 2017.  Field organizer on the Colorado Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2016.  Press assistant on Hillary for America in SF, May-June 2016.  Bachelor's degree in government and women's and gender studies from Georgetown University, 2016.  

NH staff  Chris Garretty ...to approx. Dec. 2018

Regional organizing director (April-Aug. 2016) and deputy organizing director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Organizer for Hillary for America in NH, ME and WI, July 2015-April 2016.  Field director for the Coaltion for an Affordable City-Stop Unfair Beverage Taxes (SF), Dec. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Campaign coordinator for Whitehurst/Mosher Campaign Strategy and Media (SF), Aug. 2012-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in economics from San Francisco State University, 2012.


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