updated April 4, 2019)
Co-Chair Terry Lierman
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,
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
Deputy Campaign Manager Alexander ("Xan") Fishman
Served as chief of staff in Delaney's congressional
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 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
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
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
Aug.-Nov. 2018. B.A. in political science and international
affairs from McGill University, 2018.
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Policy Director Samantha Price
A senior legislative assistant in Delaney's
Deputy Political Director Anthony (Tony)
(Sept. 2017) Legislative correspondent in
U.S. House, Jan.-Sept. 2017. Field director on Delaney's 2016
re-election campaign, June 2016. Canvass director on David Trone
Congress, Feb.-April 2016. Ballot access organizer for Grassroots
Solutions, Nov. 2015-Jan. 2016. Canvass director at the Fund for
Public Interest, July 2014-Aug. 2015. B.A. in political science
government from Gettysburg College, 2014.
Digital Content Manager Abigail Roskind
(Nov. 2017) Copy editor at Snapchat, Inc.,
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
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
Ann Liston – Media Consultant
Eric Adelstein – Media Consultant
Andy Meyer – Digital Consultant
Harrison Hickman – Pollster
Bergmann Zwerdling Direct
Achim Bergmann – Direct Mail Consultant
Alex Zwerdling – Direct Mail Consultant
Pacific Campaign House
Cheryl Hori – Digital Consultant
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.
Connie Klug -
(announced Jan. 7, 2019) From Adel, currently works as a business
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 Director Marcia Rogers
(announced Jan. 7, 2019) Managing director at
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.
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
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 Director Greg Hauenstein
(announced Oct. 2018) Lead developer at GPS
Impact in Des
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 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
(Nov. 2018) CA-10 and CA-48 paid canvass program
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
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,
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
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
Aaron D. Johnson
Donna Crum, Mills County Democrats Chair
Nancy Camardo, Wayne County Democrats Chair
Twyla Peacock, Van Buren County Democrats Chair
(announced Jan. 29, 2019)
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.
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
National Digital Director Makaiah
...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.
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.