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Candidate  Kirsten Gillibrand  timeline
Husband  Jonathan Gillibrand

Campaign Manager  Jess Fassler

(reported by Politico on Jan. 11, 2019)  Chief of staff to Gillibrand since she started in the U.S. House in 2007.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX), 2005-07.  Press assistant and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Martin Frost (TX), 2003-05.  Policy assistant and special projects coordinator in the U.S. House, 2000-03.  Legilsative aide in the New York State Assembly, 1999-2000.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2001; bachelor's degree in political science and government from SUNY at Albany, 1999.  Originally from Buffalo, NY.

Senior Advisor/Campaign Director  Dan McNally

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Most recently at Shorr Johnson Magnus.  Political director at the DSCC, Feb.-Oct. 2017.  Campaign manager on Sen. Michael Bennet's 2016 re-election.  DSCC regional political director in the 2014 cycle.  Campaign manager on Mark Pocan's successful 2012 campaign for Congress in WI-2.  Assistant director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of Syracuse, NY, Jan.-Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei's unsucessful re-election bid in 2010.  Campaign manager on Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse in 2009.   Field operations manager on Dan Maffei’s successful 2008 campaign for Congress.  Worked on the Jon Power's primary campaign in NY-26 in 2008.  Also worked on U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter's campaign.  Undergraduate degree in political science from SUNY at Geneseo, 2008.


National Political Director  Semedrian Smith

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Deputy campaign manager on Friends of Sherrod Brown, March-Nov. 2018.  Political on Ralph Northam for Governor, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2018.  One of two political directors for the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2016.  Worked in Hampton Roads in 2015.  Also worked in Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas.  Studied creative writing and political science at Edgewood College.  Born in rural Wisconsin.

Deputy National Political Director  Gregory Smiley

(from Feb. 2019; announced Jan. 22)  Campaign manager on Gillibrand's re-election campaign from April 2018.  Director of intergovernmental affairs in the office of Sen. Gillibrand, Jan. 2014-Mar. 2018.  Regional representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2014.  Development coordinator in the Office of University Relations (July 2009-Feb. 2011) and legislative aide in the Office of State Relations (July 2007-June 2009) at City University of New York.  Committee clerk in the New York State Assembly, Jan.-June 2007.  M.P.A. in urban affairs and public private partnerships and B.A. in black studies and political science from CUNY City College.  Grew up in East New York; born in Jamaica, West Indies.


Communications Director  Meredith Kelly

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Communications director for the 2018 cycle and national press secretary for the 2016 cycle at the DCCC.  New York press secretary for Sen. Charles Schumer.  Graduate of Boston College.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director–Digital  Emmy Bengston

(see below)

National Press Secretary  Evan Lukaske

(announced Jan. 22, 2019)  A regional press secretary at the DCCC in the 2018 cycle from Feb. 2017.  Press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Communications director for Friends of Madeline Singas (Mineola, NY), April-Nov. 2015.  Communications director on Bishop for Congress, July-Nov. 2014.  Press assistant (Jan.-July 2014) and staff assistant (June-Dec. 2013) for U.S. Rep. Steve Israel.  Financial performance analyst (June 2012-May 2013) and HR analyst (June 2011-May 2012) for BP in the Chicago area.  Bachelor's degree in communications from University of Michigan, 2011.  twitter

Traveling Press Secretary  Alex Phillips

(announced Jan. 22, 2019)  Moving to the campaign from her position as press secretary in the Senate office, started there in June 2017.  Director of surrogates and media affairs for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.  National booking manager (Aug. 2015-Nov. 2016) and press assistant (April 2015-Nov. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State, Sept. 2014-2015.  Assistant in the president's office at The Rockefeller Foundation, June 2012-Sept. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in international/global studies from Spellman College, 2012.  Missouri native.  twitter


Research Director  Alexandra Sanchez

(announced Jan. 22, 2019) has served as Sen/ Gillibrand's research director and advisor since Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate in 2009. Worked in senior research roles for former Gov. Bill Richardson's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, and for Tom Udall's U.S. Senate campaign. Originally from Albuquerque, NM.

Deputy Research Director  Alexandra Wilcox

(Feb. 2019)  Deputy research director for the DCCC I.E., Mar.-Dec. 2018.  Deputy research director/senior researcher (Dec. 2013-Mar. 2018) and research analyst (July 2011-Dec. 2013) at VR Research.  B.A. in English from UC Berkley; earlier attended Santa Barbara City College.


Deputy Communications Director–Digital  Emmy Bengston

(reported Jan. 11, 2019)  Digital director on Gavin Newsom's campaign for Governor of California from Jan. 2018.  Senior strategist at M+R in the San Francisco Bay area, Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Deputy social media director (from Dec. 2015) and senior social media strategist (May-Dec. 2015) on Hillary for America.  Digital state campaigns manager (Feb.-May 2015) and digital content specialist (May 2013-Feb. 2015) at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Digital consultant for Vital Voices Global Partnership, March-May 2013.  Colorado deputy digital director at Obama for America, June-Nov. 2012.  Communications manager for the Hispanic National Bar Association, June 2011-Sept. 2012.  B.A. in Romance languages from Dartmouth College, 2010.  twitter

Digital Finance Director  Gavrie Kullman

(reported by WSJ's Ken Thomas on Jan. 11, 2019; announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Digital director at the Democratic Governors Association from July 2014; senior digital advisor to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Jan. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Director of online development for United Service Organizations, Oct. 2011-July 2014.  Senior account executive at Anne Lewis Strategies, LLC, June 2007-Oct. 2011.  Deputy director of marketing, online (Dec. 2006-June 2007) and direct marketing coordinator (April 2005-Dec. 2006) at the DSCC.  Field organizer on Tom Daschle for Senate (SD), March-Dec. 2004.  Field coordinator in Nashua, NH on John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Nov. 2003-Feb. 2004. B.A. in political science from UC Riverside, 2003.

Digital  Alexis Magnan-Callaway

(reported by the Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2019)  Digital director for the Arizona Democratic Party, 2018.  Digital organizing lead in Arlington for the Democratic Party of Virginia from July 2017.  Brand partnerships for ATTN: from Jan. 2017.  Organizer in Luzerne County for Hillary for America in Pennsylvania, July-Nov. 2016.  Account executive with iHeartMedia, July 2014-July 2016.  Senior account executive at BlueLink Marketing LLC, 2012-14.  Studied at New College of Florida.  twitter

Digital Coalitions Director  Justin Jenkins

(reported by the Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2019)  Deputy digital director on McCaskill for Missouri, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Digital assistant on Ralph Northam for Governor, Feb-Nov. 2017.  Shift supervisor, barista trainer and coffe master at Starbucks in Tucson, Oct. 2011-May 2017.  Communications strategist at Dewey Square Group, May-Nov. 2016.  Master's degree in political communication from American University, 2017; bachelor's degree in political science and communications from University of Arizona, 2015; associate's degree from Pima Community College, 2012.  twitter


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National Finance Director  Stefanie Conahan

Senior national finance advisor to Gillibrand since 2009.  Self employed political fundraiser and development consultant since 2008.  Finance consultant to Hillary Clinton for President, Jan. 2007-June 2008.  Deputy national finance director on Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC, Mar. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Associate at ICF International, 2001-05.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2005; B.S. in policy studies and public relations from Syracuse University, 2001.  From Marblehead, Mass..

Deputy Finance Director  Erica Bordador

With Gillibrand since 2010 including as Mid-Atlantic finance director for Gillibrand for Senate and Off the Sidelines PAC from Jan. 2015; senior sepcial advisor in the Office of Sen. Gillibrand, Jan. 2015-March 2017; deputy finance director on Gillibrand for Senate, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2014.  Scheduler and executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11), Jan. 2009-Aug. 2010.  Finance director on the campaign to re-elect U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (IN), Mar. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Studied at Indiana University Bloomington.

Tri-State Finance Director  Laura Rokoff

Deputy finance director on Gillibrand for Senate, May 2017-Jan. 2019.  Interim director of development (Jan.-May 2017) and senior advisor and project manager (Feb.-Dec. 2016) on the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.  Finance director on Calone for Congress, Apr.-Nov. 2015.  Finance director Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014) and chief organizing officer (May-Nov. 2013) on Friends of Gina Raimondo (RI).  Research assistant at Demos, June 2010-June 2011.  Deputy chief of staff on Eric Dinallo for Attorney General, Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010.  Research analyst at MultiState Associates, Inc., Jan. 2007-May 2008.  Assistant at Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Oct.-Dec. 2006.  B.A. in political science from Lehigh University.  twitter

Southern California Finance Director  Adam J. Schiff

(Jan. 2019)  Self-employed political and philanthropic consultant from April 2017.  Director of Western regional operations for J Street, Oct. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Senior vice president-Southern California for Strategies 360, July 2016-Mar. 2017.  Senior director of government and philanthropic affairs at Legendary Entertainment, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Vice president of Noah Mamet & Associates, Feb. 2004-Dec. 2014.  Regional finance director on Gephardt for President, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2004.  Finance assistant at the DCCC, April-Dec. 2002.  Videotape archivist for NBC Olympics, Jan.-Mar. 2002.  Desk assistant for PBS NewsHour, July 2001-Jan. 2002.  B.A. in political science, communications from University of Pennsylvania, 2001.

Finance Associate  Blanca Andrei


Chief Operating Officer  Danielle Duffy

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Director of operations for the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, Feb. 2017-Feb. 2019; also consultant to Human Rights Port, April 2017-Aug. 2018.  Human resources and operations director at Rising Tide Interactive, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Director of finance and business operations for the DC Primary Care Association, Feb. 2014-Dec. 2015.  Finance and operations manager at the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, Dec. 2009-Jan. 2014.  Administrative assistant at PoliTemps, Inc. June-Dec. 2009.  Temp. scheduler for U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Jan.-April 2009.  Director of operations for DCCC I.E., April-Dec. 2008.  Executive assistant and membership recruitment coordinator for the League of Women Voters, April 2005-April 2008.  M.A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2006; B.S. in telecommunications from University of Florida, 2004.


Iowa State Director  Lara Henderson

(announced Jan. 28, 2019)  Finance director on Fred Hubbell's 2018 campaign for governor from May 2017.  Associate at Link Strategies, LLC to May 2017.  Iowa finance director on Patty Judge's campaign for U.S. Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Midwest corn lawsuit project manager at Link Strategies, LLC, Dec. 2014-Mar. 2016. Campaign manager on Brad Anderson's 2014 campaign for Secretary of State.  Field director (July-Nov. 2013) and political researcher (Feb.-July 2013) at Link Strategies, LLC.  Field organizer (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and summer organizing fellow (June-Aug. Cedar Rapids for Organizing for America.  B.A. in rhetoric and communication from Drake University, 2014.  From Cedar Rapids.  twitter

Iowa Caucus Director  Casey Clemmons

(Mar. 2019; reported by the Des Moines Register on Feb. 20, 2019)  GOTV director for the Iowa Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Field director on Gwen Graham for Governor (FL), May-Aug. 2018.  Cook County organizing director on JB Pritzker for Governor, May 2017-Apr. 2018.  Deputy organizing director for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Delegate protection coordinator in Des Moines (Mar.-May 2016), deputy organizing director for the Illinois primary (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and organizer in Ankeny (July 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Deputy field director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 2014-April 2015.  Regional field director on Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate, May-Nov. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science from DePaul University, 2014; served a president of the Student Government Association, 2013-14. twitter

Iowa Political Director  Haley Barbour

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Feb. 20, 2019)  Deputy finance director on Hubbell for Governor, May 2017-Nov. 2018.  Organizer in NW Des Moines on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in political science from Drake University, 2017; a team member on the Harkin Institute's Iowa Caucus Project, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Originally from Kansas City, MO.

Iowa Communications Director/Early States Communications Advisor  Rachel Irwin

(announced Jan. 28, 2019)  Midwest press secretary at the DCCC in the 2018 cycle from April 2017.  Senior associate at AL Media in Chicago, Jan. 2016-March 2017.  Communications director at the Maine Democratic Party, Jan. 2014-Jan. 2016.  Marketing and events manager for Portland's Downtown District, 2013-14.  Account manager at Limelight Public Relations, Inc. in San Diego, 2010-12.  Senior account executive at Allison+Partners in San Diego, 2008-10.  Communications director in the U.S. House, 2007-08.  B.A. in journalism from University of Maine.  twitter

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New Hampshire State Director  Pat Devney

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)   Campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (WV)'s re-election, Oct. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Colin Van Ostern's run for governor of New Hampshire, April-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Chris Bell's run for Mayor of Houston in 2015.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster's re-election in 2014.  Special projects director for U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI), 2012-13.  Campaign manager on Nathan Granger for State Senate (LA), Feb. 2011.  Worked in Louisiana in late 2009-mid-2010 and in Virginia in the 2009 cycle.  "...a veteran of multiple senate races and brings significant experience managing successful campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels."

New Hampshire Political Director  Shannon McLeod

(announced Feb. 13, 2019)  Campaign manager on Free & Fair New Hampshire/Colin Van Ostern for Secretary of State, Mar.-Dec. 2018.  Finance director on Joyce Craig for Manchester, Jan.-Nov. 2017.  Call time and events manager on Van Ostern for New Hampshire, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Administrative director for the National Women's Political Caucus, Aug.-Nov. 2015.  Assistant canvass director for Grassroots Campaigns, June-Aug. 2015.  Bachelor's degree in political science, history from The George Washington University, 2015.  twitter

New Hampshire Communications Director  Sarah Guggenheimer

(April 2019)  Director of communications (Nov. 2018-Apr. 2019), deputy communications director (Mar.-Nov. 2018) and communications associate (Apr. 2017-Mar. 2018).  Pittsburgh lead on Organizing for Action, Feb.-Mar. 2017.  Regional organizing director on PA Victory 2016, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Lancaster, PA (Sept. 2015-Apr. 2016) and fellow in Manchester, NH (June-Aug. 2015) on Hillary for America.  B.A. in history and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, 2015.  twitter

Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee
Jan. 15-Mar. 17, 2019

See also:
Elena Schneider.  "Gillibrand hires 3 senior staffers ahead of Iowa visit."  Politico, Jan. 11, 2019.
Alexander Burns.  "Gillibrand Hires New Aides, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent."  New York Times, Jan. 11, 2019.

Senate Office

Chief of Staff   Joi Chaney

(reported Jan. 4, 2019; start end of Jan. 2019)  Senior counsel at Equal Rights Advocates from Aug. 2017 and project director and campaign director at Equal Pay Today (project of the Tides Foundation) from Dec. 2015.  Founder of J.O.I. Strategies, April 2015.  Special assistant in the Office of the Chair at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Aug. 2010-April 2015.  Director of government relations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Jan.-June 2010.  Policy director and counsel for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, June 2006-Dec. 2009.  Associate director of student chapters for the american Constitution Society, June 2004-June 2006.  Associate at Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC, Sept. 2003-June 2004.  Staff in the Office of the Secretary at the DNC, Aug. 1999-Sept. 2000.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 2003; B.A. in political science from Howard University, 2000.  twitter