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Amy for America

(page updated April 10, 2019)

announced Feb. 10, 2019.
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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


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 Director  Nathan Nye

(Feb. 2019) Digital director on Tammy Baldwin for Senate, April 2017-Nov. 2018.  Deputy 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


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.


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.


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

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.

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


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

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.


Senate Office

Chief of Staff  Elizabeth (Lizzy) Peluso