- formal announcement Mar. 17, 2019
- announced Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee Jan. 15, 2019.
updated April 13, 2019)
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.
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
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
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
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
(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
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,
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.
Finance director on the campaign to re-elect U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (IN),
Mar. 2007-Nov. 2008. Studied at Indiana University Bloomington.
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.
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
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
(June-Aug. 2012.in Cedar
Rapids for Organizing for America. B.A. in rhetoric and
communication from Drake University, 2014. From Cedar
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
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
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
Kyla Paterson, chair of the Stonewall Caucus of the Iowa Democratic Party ...Jan. 19, 2019 >
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
(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.
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
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.
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