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Amy for America

(page updated June 11, 2019)

Headquarters: Banks Building, Suite 125 — 615 NE 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413  |  FEC
announced Feb. 10, 2019
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https://www.amyklobuchar.com
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press releases on staff

Candidate  Amy Klobuchar  timeline

Husband  John Bessler



Campaign Manager  Justin Buoen  

(Feb. 2019)  Partner at New Partners from Jan. 2013.  Campaign manager and deputy campaign manager on Klobuchar's 2012 re-election, Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012 and first worked on her 2006 campaign.  Worked on Mark Dayton's 2014 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns, John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's re-election.  Field organizer in Blaine for the Kerry/DFL campaign.  B.S. in political science from University of St. Thomas.  twitter

Deputy Campaign Manager  Julia S. Kennedy 

(Feb. 2019)  Most recently worked on Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI)'s 2018 re-election campaign,  Previous experience at the DSCC and DCCC and has worked on campaigns in her native state of Ohio, as well as Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.  twitter


Senior Advisor  Brigit Helgen

(Feb. 2019)  Chief of staff in Klobuchar's Senate office, Aug. 2017-Feb. 2019.  Head of communications at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017.  Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Apr. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Deputy chief of staff, communications director, press secretary to Sen. Klobuchar, 2011-15.  Senior advisor on Mark Dayton for Minnesota, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Deputy press secretary for regional media for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, Jan.-June. 2011.  Deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, 2009-11.  Press secretary on U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson's (SD) re-election campaign, June-Nov. 2008.  Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, 2008.

Special Advisor  Sam Clark

(Feb. 2019) Attorney at Greene Espel PLLP from Feb. 2019.  A candidate for Minnesota Attorney General but withdrew before the Aug. 2018 primary.  St. Paul city attorney from mid-April 2015.  Minnesota state director and counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Sen. Klobuchar.  Joined the law firm of Green Espel in 2009.  Clerked for Hon. Michael J. Davis, who at the time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2008; undergraduate degree from Harvard College, 2005. 

Special Advisor  Jeff Blodgett

(Feb. 2019)  Co-founder (2003) and executive director for seven years of Wellstone Action, a 501(c)(4).  Minnesota state director on Obama's 2012 and 2008 campaigns.  Senior advisor to Amy Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2006.  Oversaw get-out-the-vote efforts in Minnesota for Kerry/Edwards in 2004.  Thirteen years as a senior aide, advisor, and campaign manager to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone; ran all three of Wellstone’s Senate races.  Began his career as a community organizer working with family farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980s.  M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; B.A. from Carleton College, 1983.  twitter


POLITICAL

Political Director  Lucinda Ware

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Vice president/partner at the Democratic media firm (SWAY) from May 2017.  Director of outreach on Pete Buttigieg's campaign for DNC chair, Feb.-Apr. 2017.  Political director on Van Hollen for Senate (MD), Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Director of civic engagement for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Office of Neighborhoods, Jan.-Apr. 2015.  Regional field director for Baltimore City on Anthony Brown for Governor, Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Special assistant (July 2013-Mar. 2014) and intergovernmental affairs assistant (Apr. 2011-July 2013) in the Office of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.  M.P.A. in crisis/emergency/disaster management from University of Baltimore; B.A. in urban studies/public policy from Dillard University.



FIELD

Field Director  Mike McLaughlin

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Campaign manager on Harley Rouda for Congress (Orange County, CA), Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Account executive at Mack-Sumner Communications, July-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Pat Murphy for Congress (IA-01), Jan.-June 2016.  Associate at Crossroads Campaigns, June 2013-Dec. 2015.   Political project advisor for Lillie Schechter Consulting and PinPoint Public Affair, May 2012-Apr. 2013.  Camapign manager on Donna O'Connor for State Rep. (OH), Jan.-Mar. 2012.  Campaign manager on Babur Lateef for Chair (VA), Dec. 2010-Nov. 2011.  Campaign manager on Walt Waite for State Rep., Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Regional field director for Minnesota DFL, Mar.-Aug. 2010.  Deputy finance director on Ken Lewis for U.S. Senate (NC), Jan.-Mar. 2010.  Deputy campaign manager and director of field operations on Jeanette Rishell for Delegate, June-Nov. 2009.  Bachelor's degree in political science and diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.

Field and Political  Enid Swaggert

Outreach director/political director on Tim Walz for Governor from Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Ryan Winkler for Attorney General, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Field director on Jacob Frey for Minneapolis, Apr.-Nov. 2017.  Political director on Nolan for Congress, Dec. 2016-Apr. 2017.  Field and constituent service representative, grants coordinator for U.S. Rep. Nolan, Dec. 2014-Dec. 2016.  Financial assistant on Nolan for Congress, May-Nov. 2014.  Studied at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

VAN Coordinator  Hannah Slovut

(Apr. 2019)  Deputy field director (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and organizing/training director (Jan.-Aug. 2018) on Angie Craig for Congress/Minnesota DFL. Campaign manager on Phillip Cunningham for Minneapolis, Aug.-Dec. 2017.  B.A. in political science from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2019.


COMMUNICATIONS

Communications Director  Tim Hogan

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  National press secretary for The Hub Project from Mar. 2017.  Rapid response spokesman on Hillary for America (from June 2016)  ; earlier communications director for the Arizona and Kentucky primaries, and started as communications director on the Nevada caucus campaign in April 2015.  Communications advisor to U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Jan-Apr. 2015.  Deputy chief of staff and communications director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015; also press secretary on Horsford for Congress in 2012 and 2014.  Director of social media for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Sept. 2011-March 2012.  Press secretary on Kate Marshall for Congress in NV-02 special election.  Senate Democrats caucus communications director, Dec. 2010-July 2011.  Campaign manager for Nevada Senate Democrats, April-Dec. 2010.  Press assistant and outreach coordinator for the Earth Day Network, Jan.-April 2010.  Press assistant/intern to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Degree in political science, international relations and affairs from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008.  twitter

National Press Secretary  Carlie Waibel

(Feb. 2019)  Senior spokesperson on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL).  Communications director on Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, April-Sept. 2018.  Press secretary in the Office of Sen. Bill Nelson, Aug. 2017-March 2018.  Public affairs-New England for Uber Technologies, Jul. 2015-Aug. 2017.  Deputy communications director on Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov. 2014.  Government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Jan. 2013-July 2014.  Deputy communications director for the Minnesota DFL, July 2011-Feb. 2012.  Field organizer on Jim Meffert for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  Undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas, 2011.  From Minnesota. twitter



DIGITAL

Digital Director  Nathan Nye

(Feb. 2019) Digital director on Tammy Baldwin for Senate, April 2017-Nov. 2018.  DFreeputy digital director on Maggie for NH, Jan.-Nov. 2016.  Account executive at Fenton, May 2015-Jan. 2016.  Field organizer in Davenport for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug.Nov. 2014.  Postgraduate fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, July 2013-June 2014.  B.A. in English, women's studies from Duke University, 2013.  twitter



RESEARCH

Research Director  Anjan Mukherjee

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Comes to the campaign from position as research director to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). Previously research director at the League of Conservation Voters from April 2015.  Research director on Chris Coons for Delaware, April 2014-Feb. 2015.  Research assistant to Sen. Chris Coons, 2013-April 2014.  Research associate at the DSCC, Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Research assistant at New Partners Consulting, Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011.  Intern to U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010.  B.A. in music from Davidson College, 2009.


POLICY
infrastructure  |  mental health
  |  supporting farmers

Policy Director  Rosa Po

(Feb. 2019)  Deputy chief of staff to Klobuchar from Dec. 2016.  A regional policy director on Hillary for America, 2014-Nov. 2016.  Policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2011-Sept. 2013.  Legislative research director to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, July 2009-March 20011.  Senior research on Hillary Clinton for President, May 2007-Sept. 2008.  J.D. from Yale Law School, 2016; MA and BA from Yale University.

Deputy Poliicy Director  Tommy Walker

(Apr. 2019)  Deputy chief of staff (Jan.-Apr. 2019) and legislative director (May 2017-Jan. 2019) to U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO).  Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Oct. 2015-May 2017.  Legislative assistant (Mar. 2012-Oct. 2015), legislative aide (Apr. 2011-Mar. 2012), legislative correspondent (May 2010-Apr. 2011) and staff assistant (Oct. 2009-May 2010) for U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette.  M.S. in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University, 2013; B.A. in political science from Carleton College, 2008.


FINANCE

National Finance Director  Michael Schultz

(Feb. 2019)  Finance director on U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)'s 2018 re-election campaign.  Maryland and Delaware finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015.  Southwest finance director at the DSCC, Jan.-April 2015.  Finance director at Friends of Anthony Brown, April 2013-Dec. 2014.  Development director at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, Nov. 2011-April 2013.  Finance director at Jeff Anderson for Congress, June-Nov. 2011.  LGBT outreach director and deputy scheduler at Citizens for Lisa Madigan, July 2010-Feb. 2011.  Constituent services for U.S. Rep. Jan. Schakowsky, Aug. 2009-July 2010.   Degree from DePaul University.

Deputy National Finance Director  Elise Convy

(Feb. 2019)  Finance director on Klobuchar for Minnesota, July 2017-Feb. 2019.  Consultant at New Partners, March 2015-July 2017.  Deputy finance director for the Minnesota DFL, March 2012-March 2015.  Finance consultant at The Southpaw Group, July 2011-March 2012.  Finance assistant on Jim Meffert for Congress (Edina, MN), Jan.-Nov. 2010.  Degree in international affairs from University of Colorado at Boulder.   twitter

Deputy National Finance Consultant  Tina Stoll

(Feb. 2019)  President of Campaign Finance Consultants from 1991.  Senior advisor to Engage Cuba, 2015-16.  National finance director to Michelle Nunn, 2013-14.  Senior advisor and Mid-Atlantic and Southeast finance director to Forward Together FAC, 2006-08.  Finance director to Sen. Carl Levin, Feb. 1989-Dec. 1990.  Campaign manager on Pooler for Congress, Oct. 1987-Nov. 1988.  Political assistant and national fundraiser on Leahy for Senate, June 1985-June 1987.  Junior analyst/tabling supervisor at Peter Hart Research, July 1983-July 1985.  B.A. in history and political science from Binghampton University, 1980.


SCHEDULING

Deputy Scheduler  Grace Waltz

Special assistant on Tina Smith for Minnesota, July-Nov. 2018.  Deputy director for external relations to Gov. Mark Dayton, Jan.-June 2018.  Senior aide (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and scheduler (June 2016-Jan. 2017) to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government, English from University of St. Thomas, 2016.


OPERATIONS

Deputy Operations Director  Rosa Colman

(Mar. 2019)  Operations director for the Minnesota DFL Coordinated Campaign, July-Dec. 2018.  Deputy campaign manager and operations director (Sept. 2017-June 2018) and scheduling and advance director (Jan.-Aug. 2017) on Rebecca Otto for Governor (MN).  Deputy finance director on Terry Bonoff for Congress (MN), May-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science, educational studies from Macalester College, 2016.


POLLING, MEDIA AND MAIL

Reearch Advisor  Fred Yang

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Partner at Hart Research Associates and founding principal of its political division—Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.

Media Advisors  Roy Temple, Jay Howser and Andi Johnson, GPS Media

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Principals at GPS Media.

Senior Advisor  Pete Giangreco

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  Partner at The Strategy Group's Chicago office.  Longtime political advisor to Sen. Klobuchar., including her 2006 race.


Others from Q1 2019 report include:

Rising Tide Interactive
Biggest expenditure in Q1 2019 was a bit more than $625,000 to this firm for list acquisition.

Kieran McCarney - Saint Paul-based political consultant. 
Heidi Kraus Kaplan - Senior client services manager at Minneapolis-based Synergetic Endeavors.
Hannah Hankins - Vice President at Civic Advisors LLC.


IOWA

Chair  Dr. Andy McGuire

(per Klobuchar Feb. 21, 2019 event, reported by NBC's Vaugh Hillyard)  Candidate for the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor, finishing fourth with 5.3% in the June primary. Iowa Democratic Party chair, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017.  President of Meridian of Iowa, a managed care company, 2012-15.  Mike Blouin's running mate on his 2006 primary campaign for governor (Blouin finished second to Culver).  M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University, 2001; M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine, Undergraduate degree in chemistry from Creighton University, 1978.  Born in Waterloo, Iowa.  twitter

State Director  Lauren Dillon

(Feb. 2019)  Deputy director at the DSCC in 2018.  Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.  Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09.  English teacher at Hebei Normal University 2005-06.  B.A. degrees in politics and psychology from Drake University, 2005.  Originally from Brooklyn, Iowa.  twitter

Political Director  Jamie Woods

(announced April 19, 2019)  Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party's Black Caucus and is on the board of directors for Emerge Iowa.  Helped to elect Rep. Phyllis Thede and Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad to the Iowa House.  African-American outreach coordinator in the Davenport office for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.  Candidate for Davenport 8th Ward in Nov. 2013. Worked on Obama's presidential campaigns.  From Davenport.

Organizing Director  Andrew Nelson

(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019)  Experience includes canvass director on Iowa Democrats' 2018 coordinated campaign and field director for the Iowa House Truman Fund in 2016.

Deputy Organizing Director  Andrew Larabee

(announced April 19, 2019)  Records archivist and deputy city clerk in Bloomington, IN, Mar. 2014-Dec. 2015.  Bloomington regional lead organizer for Freedom indiana, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Field organizer at Joe McNamara for Mayor (Toledo), Aug.-Sept. 2013.  Assistant recruitment director at Fund for the Public Interest, Feb.-May 2013.  Field organizer in Wood County, Ohio for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in English-creative writing from Ohio University, 2012.

Press Secretary  Courtney Rice

(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019)  Deputy press secretary at the DSCC from Feb. 2017.  Press assistant at Priorities USA, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  M.P.A. in campaign management, state and local management from American University, 2016; B.A. in history from Allegheny College.  From Ohio.  twitter

Digital Media Manager  Alli Peters

(announced April 19, 2019)  Photographer and designer at Alli Peters LLC in Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 2016; did photography on Erin Murphy for Governor and Dean Phillips for Congress campaigns in Minnesota, 2018.  Project coordinator (Oct.-Dec. 2016), graphic production coordinator (June-Dec. 2016) and editorial intern (Jan.-May 2016) at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  B.S. in business and marketing education and B.A. in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.

Endorsements (press releases)

State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines (District 32-Des Moines) ...June 6, 2019
State Rep. Marti Anderson (District 36-Des Moines) ...June 9, 2019



NEW HAMPSHIRE

State Director  Scott Merrick

(announced Apr. 10, 2019)   Vice president of business development for Athenium Analytics, a technology company based in Dover, NH, Aug. 2016-Nov. 2018.  Deputy state director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2016.  State representative from Coos County, including assistant majority floor leader, Dec. 2004-Oct. 2009.  B.A. in political science and government from Tufts University, 2008.  New Hampshire native. 

Deputy State Director  Sondra Milkie

(announced Apr. 10, 2019)  Senior associate at The Strategy Group, June-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Aruna Miller for Congress (MD), Nov. 2017-May 2018.  Email marketing coordinator for Rising Tide Interactive, May-Oct. 2017.  Training director for Wisconsin Progress, June 2012-Feb. 2017.  Campaign manager on Melissa Sargent for State Assembly (WI), Apr.-Aug. 2012.  Campaign coordinator on Citizens for Dane County's Future, Nov. 2011-April 2012.  Field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in history and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.  twitter

Political Director  Ben Ernst

(announced Apr. 10, 2019)  Moves to the campaign from position as political director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, started Jan. 2019.  Campaigns director for the New Hampshire State Senate Democratic Caucus, Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Legislative director to Del. David Reid (VA), Jan.-Feb. 2018.  Campaign manager on Laurie Cumbo's campaign in Brooklyn, June-Sept. 2017.   Deputy campaign manager on Kathy Tran for Delegate (VA), Apr.-June 2017.  Legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates, Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Regional organizing director (June-Nov. 2016) and organizer (May-June 2016) for the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Delegate protection organizer in Des Moines (Feb.-May 2016), organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. 2016) and deputy organizer in Mason City, IA (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on HIllary for America.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, June-Nov. 2015.  Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, 2015.  twitter

Communications Director  Kelsi Browning

(announced Apr. 22, 2019)  National communications director on Paul Davis congressional campaign in KS-2, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Communications director on Farley for Arizona, Mar.-Sept. 2018.  Senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, Feb. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Central PA regional press secretary on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.   Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Sept. 2015-May 2016.  Press fellow to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, Dec. 2014-Sept. 2015.  Assistant to the executive director at the DSCC, Feb. 2013-March 2014.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, May 2012-Feb. 2013.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2012.  twitter


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Senate Office

Chief of Staff  Elizabeth (Lizzy) Peluso



Note: Klobuchar's "Minnesota nice" image sustained damage shortly before her announcement when HuffPost reported she had abused staff.  See: Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel.  "Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Mistreatment Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid,"  HuffPost, Feb. 6, 2019; Molly Hensley-Clancy.  "Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Toward Her Aides." HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019; and Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel.  "Harry Reid Rebuked Amy Klobuchar For Mistreatment of Staff," HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019.  The story did not go away.  Several weeks later there was this:  Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember.  "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff." New York Times, Feb. 22, 2019.



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