Candidate John Hickenlooper timeline
Robin Pringle Hickenlooper
Campaign Manager M.E. Smith
(announced July 1, 2019, succeeding Brad Komar) Campaign manager on Sen. Bob Casey's 2018 re-election. Deputy campaign manager on Sen. Michael Bennet's 2016 re-election. Deputy campaign manager on Gov. Hickenlooper's 2014 re-election. Graduate degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government; undergraduate degree from Tufts University. Originally from Idaho.
Senior Advisor Rick Palacio
(reported by the Denver Post on Mar. 4, 2019) Managing partner at The Majority Institute in Denver from Jan. 2018; founder of Palacio Strategies Group from Mar. 2017. Chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party, Mar. 2011-Mar. 2017. Deputy director of member services for U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 2008-11. Deputy communications director to U.S. Rep. John Salazar, 2006-08. Regional director for the Colorado Democratic Party, 2006. Candidate for the Democratic nomination for Clerk and Recorder in Pueblo in 2006. Assistant to the Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden, 2004-06. Studied at Regis University. 6th generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Pueblo. twitter
Political Assistant Ji Hoon Chang
(Mar. 2019) Field organizer for the
Colorado Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Field organizer on
Polis for Colorado, Feb.-Sept. 2018. J.D. from New York Law
School, 2017; B.A. in American government and politics from Juniata
Senior Communications Advisor Marie Logsden
(Jan. 2019) Chief of strategy and
communications (April 2018-Jan. 2019) and director of strategic
communications (Feb. 2017-April 2018) for Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Worked for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for almost 12
years, starting as health center assistant in April 2005 and finishing
as senior vice president for communications, learning and diversity
(Jan. 2015-Feb. 2017). State director for New Voters Project's
Iowa Campus Project, Jan.-Dec. 2004. Fundraising associate for
Iowa Citizen Action Network, 1999-2002. B.A. in global studies,
global health studies from University of Iowa, 2002.
Senior Advisor and Chief Speechwriter Case
(Jan. 2019) Consultant with Greenbrier from Jan.
Senior advisor and chief speechwriter to Gov. Hickenlooper from Nov.
2016. Speechwriter and advisor at Button Communications, April
2013-Oct. 2016. Speechwriter for Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, Mar. 2009-Mar. 2013. Regional director (Sept. 2008-Mar.
2009), aide for government and community relations (Aug. 2007-Sept.
2008) and special assistant (Sept. 2006-Aug. 2007) for Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton. Assistant to the deputy campaign manager on
Friends of Hillary re-election campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2006. B.A. in
government, business from Skidmore College, 2006. twitter
Communications Director Peter Cunningham
(announced July 13, 2019) Executive director of
Education Post, a
national nonprofit based in Chicago, from June 2014. President of
Cunningham Creative from Dec. 2012. Assistant Secretary for
Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, Jan.
2009-Nov. 2012. President of Cunningham Communications, Jan.
1997-Dec. 2008. Head speechwriter and assistant to Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley, May 1991-Dec. 1996. Head speechwriter for the
Illinois Attorney General's Office, Mar. 1990-May 1991. Staff
writer for the Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council, May
1989-Mar. 1990. Journalist for various publications, June
1982-May 1989. Mastors of Journalis from Columbia University,
1982; B.A. in philosophy from Duke University, 1980. twitter
Press Assistant Hayden Cleverly
(Mar. 2019) Founder of Hayden Cleverly Consults
LLC from Jan.
2019: director of operations at JVL Consulting, LLC from Jan.
2019. Worked as program administrator, executive assistant and
internship program manager in the Office of Gov. Hickenlooper, May
2017-Jan. 2019; started as an intern. Bachelor's degree in
political science and philosophy from University of Vermont, 2016.
Director and Senior Advisor for
Online Communications John Schueler ...through June 2019
Creative Director Danielle Hirshberg
Started on the campaign as deputy digital director,
Jan.-Apr. 2019. Head of brand for Ethan's from May
strategist (Mar. 2016-Jan. 2018) and creative strategist (Mar.
2015-Mar. 2016) for Fearless Unlimited in Boulder. Field
organizer in Vail for the Colorado Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov.
2014. Bachelor's degree in environmental studies and French from
Middlebury College, 2014.
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Policy Director Hilary Steiner
Global director of public policy consulting (from Feb. 2018), director
of public policy consulting (from Jan. 2016), principal of custom
research (from May 2013), senior analyst (Oct. 2010-Apr. 2013) and
product manager (Jan.-Oct. 2010) at The Economist Intelligence
Unit. M.Sc. in international political economy from the London
School of Economics and Political Science; B.A. in political science
from Purdue University.
Senior Policy Advisor Shepard Nevel
Policy Advisor Jeremy Rosner
(Jan. 2019) A managing partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.
Director Dan Sorenson ...through
Deputy Finance Director Brendan Koch ...through June 2019
Western Regional Finance Director Erica Borsack
(Mar. 2019) Finance director on Brindisi for
Congress (NY), Aug.
2017-Mar. 2019. Mid-Atlantic finance assistant at the DCCC and
finance assistant to Nancy Pelosi for Congress and PAC To The Future,
Feb.-Aug. 2017. Finance assistant on Colleen Deacon for Congress
(NY), May-Nov. 2016. B.A. in political science from Colgate
(Mar. 2019) Senior director finance and deputy
on Jena Griswold for Colorado, Jan. 2018-Jan. 2019. B.A. in
political science and government from Colorado College, 2018.
(May 2019) Lobbyist (from Jan. 2019) and field
May 2018) at Montana PIRG. B.A. in political science and
government from University of Montana, 2018.
Ashley Kennedy, Tonya Fulkerson and Sarah Paulos at FK & Co.
SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE
Director of Scheduling Val Nosler-Beck
(Jan. 2019) Director of executive operations for
Hickenlooper, Mar. 2018-Jan. 2019. Engagement and outreach
manager, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Sept. 2017-March
2018. Candidate for City Council in Wheat Ridge, CO, Aug.-Nov.
2017. Communications manager for the Colorado Lottery, June
2016-Sept. 2017. Internal communications manager for the Colorado
Department of Human Services, May 2015-May 2016. Director of
communications for the State of Colorado Recovery Office, Feb.
2014-April 2015. Director of scheduling for Gov. John
Hickenlooper, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2014. Director of scheduling and
advance for the City and County of Denver, Feb. -Dec. 2010.
Special assistant to Sen. Evan Bayh, Jan. 2009-Mar. 2010.
Colorado scheduler on Obama for America, July-Nov. 2008.
Legislative assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen and Thomas, Aug.
2007-July 2008. Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, Jan. 2005-Jan.
2007. Degree in journalism and communications from Colorado State
University, 2004. twitter
Deputy Scheduling Manager Natalie Neubert
(Mar. 2019) Executive assistant to the Governor
of Colorado (Oct.
2018-Jan. 2019) and special advisor to the First Lady (April 2018-Jan.
2019); scheduling assistant in the Governor's Office (Aug. 2017-Apr.
2018) and staff assistant (May-Aug. 2017). B.A. degrees in
international studies and Spanish language from University of Denver,
Special Assistant and Advance Yared Berhane
(Jan. 2019) Scheduling coordinator for Gov. John
Aug. 2018-Jan. 2019; and citizens advocate, May 2018-Jan. 2018.
Executive intern (Jan.-Aug. 2017) in the Office of Gov. Hickenlooper.
Studied political science and government at Metropolitan State
University of Denver.
Chief Operating Officer Pat Meyers
(April 2019 and senior advisor from Jan. 2019)
Chief of staff to
Gov. Hickenlooper, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2019. Owner and CEO (from Jan.
2003) and owner and manager (from 2001) at PEM Enterprises in
Denver. Partner at Smashburger from Jan. 2007. Partner,
managing director and chief legal officer of Consumer Capital Partners,
Jan. 1997-Oct. 2016. A director at Quiznos, Jan. 1997-Jan.
2012. Attorney at Moye, Giles, O'Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell,
Sept. 1991-Jan. 1997. Special Assistant Attorney General, Apr.
1992-Dec. 1994. Judicial law clerk, July 1990-Sept. 1991.
Submarine service in the U.S. Navy, May 1978-May 1984. J.D. from
University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1990;
undergraduate studies at University of Colorado.
Director of Operations and Special Projects Sarah Feldmann
(Dec. 2018) Campaign manager (Nov. 2017-April
2018), deputy campaign manager (Oct. 2017) and campaign coordinator
(July-Sept. 2017) on Lauren Undervood for Congress (IL).
Associate (April 2016-June 2017) and senior analyst (Mar. 2014-Mar.
2016 at Next Street. Project leader and investment analyst in
Nairobi, Kenya, Feb.-Oct. 2013. Consulting associate at Cambridge
Associates, July 2011-Jan. 2013. B.A. in economics modified with
engineering from Dartmouth College, 2011. twitter
Hiring Coordinator Casey McAndrew
(May 2019) Started as operations and special
Mar.-May 2019; and volunteer coordinator for Hickenlooper's Giddy Up
PAC. Bachelor's degree in women and gender studies from
University of Colorado Boulder, 2019; executive intern for Gov.
Hickenlooper, Aug. 2018-Jan. 2019.
Chief Legal Counsel Stephanie F. Donner
(Mar. 2019) Chief legal, people and government
officer/corporate secretary at Galvanize Inc., July 2015-Mar.
2018. Chief legal counsel (Nov. 2014-July 2015), deputy chief of
staff (May-Nov. 2014), general counsel and executive director for flood
recovery (Sept. 2013-April 2014) and senior deputy legal counsel (April
2011-Sept. 2013) to Gov. John Hickenlooper. Associate at Morrison
& Foerster LLP, Aug. 2006-April 2011. J.D. from University of
Houston Law Center, 2003; B.A. from University of Texas at Austin 1999.
(Dec. 2018) A managing partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner GQR.
Digital Consulting Do Big Things
Received $120,000 for digital consulting in Q1.
State Director Sam Roecker
(reported Feb. 7, 2019) Partner at Path to
Victory LLC in Des Moines from Jan. 2018. Director at Link
Strategies LLC, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018; and director at LPCA Public
Strategies, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018. Campaign manager on Patty Judge
for Iowa, March-Nov. 2016. Communications director on Christie
Vilsack for Iowa, March-Nov. 2012. Communications director for
the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2010-March 2012. New media
director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, April 2009-June
2010. Executive producer for Clear Channel Radio/Air America
Radio, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2009. B.A. in journalism-strategic
communications, political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Iowa Caucus Director Ferguson Yacyshyn
(started with the leadership PAC, reported on Feb. 22,
2019) Field director for
Iowa Democratic Party's 2018 Coordinated Campaign; field director on
Fred Hubbell's primary campaign for governor. In 2012 was a
neighborhood team leader on the Obama campaign in Florida.
Studied at the University of South Florida. twitter
Political Director Kimberley Strope-Boggus
(announced April 19, 2019) "An experienced
activist and community
leader, previously worked in nonprofit recruitment and with NextGen
Climate Action in Iowa. Additionally, she has been an active role of
Democratic campaigns and local initiatives across Polk County." twitter
Director Nolan Varee
...through June 2019
Hickenlooper made a major shakeup to his campaign at the end of June 2019.
Campaign Manager Brad Komar
(through June 30, 2019) Directed Hickenlooper's GiddyUp PAC. Campaign manager on Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's campaign for Governor of Virginia, 2017. State lead on Hillary Clinton's campaign in the Mar. 1, 2016 Colorado Democratic caucuses. Campaign manager on Gov. Hickenlooper's successful re-election in 2014. Campaign manager on Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Feb.-Dec. 2013. Campaign manager on Larry Maggi for Congress (Washington, PA), Feb.-Nov. 2012. Campaign manager on NJ Senate/Assembly races, June-Dec 2011. Field director in CD24 (Utica) for the New York State Democratic Committee, May-Nov. 2010. Regional field director on the Obama campaign in Rolla, Missouri, June-Nov. 2008. Field organizer and delegate selection coordinator on Hillary Clinton for President, June 2007-Jan. 2008. Graduate of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, 2011.
Communications Director Lauren Hitt
Digital Director and Senior Advisor for Online Communications John Schueler
(Feb. 2019 through June 2019) Self employed digital strategy consultant, Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019. Digital directro for Climate Action Campaign, Feb. 2013-July 2017. Western digital director on Obama for America, Feb.-Nov. 2012. Senior new media strategist for the U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 2009-Feb. 2012. Missouri new media director (June-Nov. 2008) and field organizer (June 2007-May 2008) on Obama for America. B.A. in politics and government from Loyola University of Chicago. twitter
National Finance Director Dan Sorenson
(through June 2019) Started in Jan. 2019 on
Hickenlooper's GiddyUp PAC. Deputy
national finance director for
Colorado/New Mexico finance director on Hillary for America from April
finance director at the DCCC, Feb.-April 2015.
Finance director on Lara for New Mexico, Sept. 2013-Nov. 2014.
Legislative correspondent (Jan.-Sept. 2013) and field representative
(May 2011-Dec. 2012) for U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (RI); political
director on David Cicilline for Congress, June-Nov. 2012.
Political and fundraising consultant on the Committee to Elect Linda
Finn, Jan.-Nov. 2012. Field organizer on David Cicilline for
Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2010. Deputy finance director on Joe
Fernandez for Attorney General, April-Sept. 2010. B.A. in
political science from Drew University, 2009.
Deputy Finance Director Brendan Koch
(Mar. 6, 2019 campaign press release, through June 2019) Montana finance director and deputy national finance director on Montanans for Tester from Nov. 2017. Associate (Nov. 2017-Nov. 2017) and finance assistant (Jan.-Nov. 2014) at the Chraca Friedman Group. Assistant to the chair at the DSCC, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016. B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2013.
New Hampshire Political Director Nolan
(Apr. 2019), through June 2019 Finance director
on Delgado for
Congress (NY), Aug.
2017-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager for the Stark Society (NH),
Apr.-Aug. 2017. Campaign manager on Garvey for NH Senate,
May-Nov. 2016. B.A. in politics from Saint Anselm College, 2016;
student body president, 2015-16. twitter
Jeff Zeleny, Eric Bradner and Dan Merica. "Hickenlooper shakes up campaign as he fails to gain traction." CNN, July 1, 2019.
Alex Thompson. "Hickenlooper finance director flees to Beto." Politico, July 1, 2019.
Sasha Pezenik. "6 key staffers leaving Hickenlooper campaign in major shakeup." ABC News, July 2, 2019.
Alex Thompson and Nolan D. McCaskill. "Hickenlooper campaign in shambles." Politico, July 2, 2019.