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Beto for America

(page updated June 12, 2019)

Headquarters: El Paso, TX  |  FEC
announced March 14, 2019  |  @betoorourke
press releases

Candidate  Beto O'Rourke  timeline

Wife  Amy Sanders O'Rourke

Campaign Manager  Jennifer O'Malley Dillon

(reported Mar. 25, 2019)  Co-founder/partner at Precision Strategies from May 2013.  Co-chair of the DNC's Unity Reform Commission, 2017-18.  Deputy campaign manager on Obama's 2012 campaign, 2011-12.  Executive director of the Democratic National Committee from Jan. 2009 through 2010.  Battleground states director on the Obama campaign, starting in April 2008.  Deputy campaign manager on John Edwards for President after serving as state director on his Iowa caucus campaign.  Campaign manager on Rep. Jim Davis' 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Florida.  Deputy campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle's 2004 re-election campaign in South Dakota.  Field director on Sen. Edwards' 2003-04 Iowa caucus campaign.  In 2002 O'Malley served as field director for the South Dakota Democratic Coordinated Campaign, then as field director for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign.  In 2001 she was campaign manager for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.  In 1999-2000 O'Malley was volunteer coordinator for Gore in the NH primary, then worked as a field organizer in New York and Pennsylvania, and in the general election, she was regional field director for the Missouri Coordinated Campaign in the St. Louis Metro area.  O'Malley is a 1998 graduate of Tufts University and hails from Jamaica Plains, MA.  twitter

Title?  David M. Wysong

Longtime chief of staff to O'Rourke  twitter


National Organizing Director  Lauren Brainerd

(reported by Politico on May 19, 2019)  Field director for the DSCC, Apr.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign director for the Virginia Democratic Party, 2017.  Director of the Florida Democratic Party Coodinated Campaign through Sept. 2016; during the primaries served as the Hillary for America's Idaho director, Kansas director, and as regional field director in Davenport, Iowa in the caucus campaign from April 2015.  Regional field director in Florida in Tampa/Polk counties on Obama's 2012 campaign.  Field director on Mark Herring for State Senate, 2011.  Regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Party, March-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change, Sept.-Nov. 2008; earlier out of state volunteer coordinator in South Dakota and student organizer at Lehigh University.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Lehigh University, Jan. 2010.  Originally from Oklahoma.   twitter

Deputy Organizing Director  tbd

Per Politico: "O’Rourke has hired seven staffers for the national organizing arm of his campaign, all of whom worked on O’Rourke’s Senate race."


States Director  Lise Clavel

(reported by Politico on May 19, 2019)  Senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from May 2015.  Senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Aug. 2014-Apr. 2015.  Special Assistant to the President, director of public engagement in the Office of the Vice President, June 2013-Aug. 2014.  Virginia state director on Obama for America, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Deputy director of the FOX campaign at Media Matters, Feb.-Aug. 2011.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (VA-5), Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011, and campaign manager of the Perriello for Congress campaigns in 2008 and 2010.  Producer at Scholastic, June 2006-Jan. 2008.  B.A. in English from Yale University, 2002.  twitter


Communications Director  Chris Evans  

Communications director on Beto for Texas from Sept. 2017.  Senior writer at Human Rights Campaign, Feb.-Sept. 2017.  Writer fro the DSCC, June 2016-Feb. 2017.  Speechwriting and research at West Wing Writers, Jan.-June 2016.  Bachelors degree in political communications from The George Washington University.  Worked on federal policy in the DC office of Gov. Jay Inslee, Jan.-June 2014 and the DC office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Aug. 2013-Jan. 2014.  twitter

Communications  Micah Barton

Beto for Texas staff.  Public works environmental education coordinator for the City of McKinney, TX, Feb. 2010-Dec. 2014.  Contract reporter and television host for City of McKinney, Sept. 2005-Dec. 2014.  Contract public relations account executive for SPM Communications, Nov. 2005-May 2006.  Public relations account executive with The Richards Group, May 2002-April 2005.  General assignment report at KLTV, May 2000-Mar. 2002. State government relations coordinatore with firm in Austin, May 1999-May 2000.  Legislative aide to state Rep. Tommy Merritt, Jan.-May 1999.   Executive assistant at CBS Radio in Austin, May 1998-Jan. 1999.   B.S. degrees in television and radio and politics from Ithaca College, 1998.

Senior Advisor  Rob Friedlander

Started as senior advisor to Beto for Texas.  Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 2015-Jan. 2017.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN), Jan. 2014-July 2015.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (NH), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2014; communications director on Kuster for Congress, July-Nov. 2012.  Press assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget, June 2011-July 2012.  Confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2010-June 2011.  Field organizer on Obama for America in ME, NC and MI to Nov. 2008; started as an intern in NH in Dec. 2007.  Studied at Bates College.  twitter

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Digital Director  Rob Flaherty

(reported by Politico on May 7, 2019)  creative director at the progressive super PAC Priorities USA.  Deputy digital communications director on Hillary for America from June 2015.  Director of digital media (Feb.-June 2015) and video producer/youth media coordinator (Nov. 2013-Feb. 2015) at the DNC.  Digital and press assistant at Terry McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013.  Communications coordinator for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sept. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Communictions director on Myrick for Ithaca, March-Sept. 2011.  B.A./B.S. in politics/television from Ithaca College, 2013.  twitter

Video Editor  Stephanie Parajon

(Mar. 2019)  Video editor on Beto for Texas from July 2018.  Marketing staff at ZeeMee from Mar. 2018.  Owner of Artemisia Media in Redlands, CA from Feb. 2018.  Actor with Core Talent from Mar. 2016.


Senior Advisor for Delegate Strategy  Jeff Berman

(announced May 9, 2019)  Founder of Berman Strategies LLC.  Consultant on delegate operations for Hillary for America.  Lobbyist, worked in the public policy and governmental affairs group of Bryan Cave LLP, Feb. 2009 to Spring 2015.  National director of delegate operations on Obama's 2008 campaign.  Berman fulfilled a similar role on both of Rep. Dick Gephardt's presidential campaigns and on Sen. John Glenn's presidential campaign.  Attorney.  Graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.  Author of The Magic Number: Inside Obama's Chase for the Presidential Nomination (2012) (+)  Member of the DNC's Unity Reform Commission, 2017-18 and Democratic Change Commission, 2009.


Road Manager  Cynthia Cano

Deputy campaign manager/events and logistics director on Beto for Texas from April 2018.  District director to O'Rourke in Congress from Jan. 2013.  twitter


Digital Advertising  Middle Seat

Accounted for $1.28 million of the $2.51 million in total disbursements from Mar. 14 to Mar. 31, 2019.

From FEC Q1:
It is unclear if these people are still on the campaign.  There were a number of launch team organizers who worked April-May

Stephanie M. Acosta  -  Maryam Amjadi  -  Katelyn Coghlan  -  Max J. Cummings  - Christopher Corey - Chu De Leon  -  Jin Ding  -  Kimberly Duffy   -  John Matrix Elson  -  Shana Anne Shapiro Gallagher  -  Zoe Alanna Goldblum   -  Bryce Montrell Lacy  -  Sarah Jaudon Mathey  -  Ademali G. Sengal  -  Harriet Showman  -  Mariah Williams-Roberts 
Distributed Organizing:  Cassandra A. Henry, Anna Price Naim, Alexandria Sousa, Katrien Taborda; Organizing:  Monique Wike; Launch Team Organizer: Obet Montalvo, Jr. 

Jody Casey - Campaign manager on Beto for Texas starting in Sept. 2017.  Eighteen-year career in the private sector; with GE from 1999, mostly in the energy industry.  B.S. in management from Georgia Institute of Technology.  twitter

four endorsements on day of announcement, March 14, 2019:
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) 

(See for example: Abby Livingston.  "4 members of Congress endorse Beto O'Rourke within hours of his campaign launch."  The Texas Tribune, Mar. 14, 2019).

Sioux City  ...soft opening
417 3rd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids  ...opening June 9
as of May 31, 2019 the campaign reports 37 organizing staff, and 44 Iowa staff overall.

State Director  Norm Sterzenbach

(March 2019)  Consultant to the IDP on the 2020 caucuses to early March 2019.  Sterzenbach is taking leave from his position a principal at GPS Impact, where he started Feb. 2013.  Executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party to Jan. 2013; started as political and caucus director for IDP for the 2008 Caucuses from Dec. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Chet Culver's  campaign for governor, Nov. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Campaign manager on Bekki Cook for Lt. Governor, May-Nov. 2004.  Caucus director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP), 2004.  Field director on Jim Humphries for Congress, 2002.  Eastern Iowa Field Director on Bill Bradley’s campaign.  B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 1998.  Cedar Rapids native. twitter

Caucus Director  Margaret Jarosz

(reported by DMR April 24, 2019)  Senior trip advisor to Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), when he was considering a run.  Chief organizational officer on Fred Hubbell for Governor from June 2018.  Campaign manager on Pete for Iowa, Jan.-July 2018.  Field manager for 270 Strategies, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Distributed organizing director on Tom Periello for Governor, Feb.-July 2017.  Field director in Manchester, NH for NextGen Climate, Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Regional director for Dubuque on Bernie 2016, then to Nebraska, Wisconsin, and cocluded as deputy field director in So. Calif..  Northeast regional field director on Run Warren Run.  Field organizer on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in Texas, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Sara Geenen for Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Aug. 2014.  Volunteered with the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (March-June 2012) and with President Obama’s re-election campaign (Sept.-Nov. 2012).  Milwaukee native.  Attended Loyola University Chicago.  twitter

Deputy Caucus Director  Caroline Grey

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Co-founder, vice president of Civis Analytics in Chicago, Nov. 2012-Nov. 2015.  Director of analytics operations on Obama for America, July 2011-Nov. 2012.  Targeting operations director at the DNC/Organizing for America from 2009-11.  Worked on the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign starting as a field organizer in Iowa in Feb. 2007 and concluding as an RFD in Virginia in Fall 2008.  Graduate of Johns Hopkins University.  Originally from Berkeley.


Political Director  Rep. Chris Hall

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Represents District 13 Sioux City in the State House, first elected in 2010.  Grants coordinator at Western Iowa Tech Community College since Nov. 2011.  Policy director on Fred Hubbell's 2018 gubernatorial campaign.  Deputy finance director on an Iowa gubernatorial campaign, June 2009-Mar. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Grinnell College, 2007.  Born and raised in Sioux City.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Alex Freedman

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Campaign manager on Tim Gannon’s 2018 campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Worked on Hillary Clinton's campaign. Regional field director in Waterloo on Martin O’Malley's presidential campaign from June 2015. Campaign manager on Rostom Sakissian for L.A. City Council, Jan.-March 2015.  Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Research analyst/tracker at Friends of Chris Murphy, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from Syracuse University, 2013.


Organizing Director  Cyrus Shick

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Coordinated Campaign director for the Missouri Democratic Party, 2018.  Virginia field director for Let America Vote, May-Nov. 2017.  Field director for the Missouri Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Statewide deputy field director on Koster for Missour, Mar.-Sept. 2016.  Regional GOTV director in Portsmouth, NH on Hillary for America, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016.  GOTV director for Tennesse Democrati Party in the Nashville mayoral runoff, Aug-Sept. 2015.  Field director on Freeman for Mayor (of Nashville), Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Regional field director for the Michigan Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Regional field director on Quinn for New York, May-Sept. 2013.  Field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer on Eric Stewart for Congress (TN), May-Sept. 2012.  Degree in political communication from The George Washington University.  twitter

Regional Organizing Directors
Sioux City  Zachary Amos

(Apr. 2019)  Deputy field director for West (incl. Memphis) on the Tennessee Coordinated Campaign, Mar.-Nov. 2018.  Content coordinator for the Illig Family Enterprise Company in Leawood, KS, Feb. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Regional field director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) and field organizer (May-Aug. 2016) on Chris Koster's gubernatorial campaign.  Degree in journalism, international strategic communications from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Aaron Fagley

(Apr. 2019)  Deputy field director for Middle Tennessee on Bredesen for U.S. Senate/Tennessee Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Regional field director for Lift Up Houston PAC (ballot initiatives supported by Mayor Sylvester Turner), June-Nov. 2017.  Assistant canvass director for Environment Washington, Feb.-May 2017.  Field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Executive recruiter (Mar. 2015-Apr. 2016) and operations center staff (Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015) for United Recruiters in Murfreesboro, TN.  Project coordinator at XM Solutions, May 2013-Nov. 2014.  B.S. in criminal justice administration (pre-law) from Middle Tennessee University, 2014.

Emily Frost

(Apr. 2019)  Regional field director in Tucson for the Arizona Democratic Party, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Regional field director for Palm Beach County on Philip Levine for Governor of Florida, May-Aug. 2018.  Field organizer on Kriseman fo rMayor of St. Petersburg, Aug.-Nov. 2017.  Studied communication and political science at Eckerd College.  twitter

Michael Johnakin

(Apr. 2019)  Field director in the 6th CD for the Kentucky Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2018.  Field director on Amy McGrath for Congress (KY), April-May 2018.  Major sales for Costco Wholesale, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Distributed regional organizer on Tom Perriello for Virginia, Mar.-June 2017.  Regional field director for the Montana Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Field organizer on Bernie 2016, starting in Muscatine, IA in Oct. 2015, and subsequently in Richmond, VA to Feb. 2016.  Deputy canvass director in Saint Lucie, FL for FieldWorks.  Field organizer and petition organizer on Chopra for Virginia, Feb.-June 2013.  Field organizer on Miami Dolphins stadium refereendum, April-May 2013.  Field organizer (Mar.-Nov. 2012) and summer organizer (June-Aug. 2011) in Richmond, VA on Obama for America.  Studied political science at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  twitter

Emiliano Martinez

(Apr. 2019)  Regional field director in Phoenix for the Arizona Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2018.  Degree in history and political science from University of Iowa, 2018 president of University of Iowa's Dream Iowa chapter.  Field consultant on Zach Wahls for Iowa Senate District 37, Feb.-Mar. 2018.  Campaign manager on Ryan Hall for City Council in Iowa City, June-Oct. 2017.  Field organizer in Iowa City for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign fellow in Iowa City on Hillary for America, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016.  twitter

Kelly Zimmerman

(Apr. 2019)  Most recently field director on Andy Kim for Congress (NJ).  twitter


Communications Director  Geoff Burgan

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Senior communications advisor (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and communications director on Andrew Gillum for Governor.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Apr. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications director for the Louisiana Democratic Party, Nov. 2015.  Communications research manager in the Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Nov. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Account executive at Powell Tate, June 2012-Nov. 2013.  Call time manager and personal aid on Rob Garagiola for Congress, Dec. 2011-Apr. 2012.  B.A. in journalism, government and politics from University of Maryland College Park, 2011.  twitter

Press Secretary  Frances Swanson

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Iowa state media manager (Apr. 2018-Jan. 2019) and communications intern (Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018) for NextGen America.  B.A. in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College, 2017.  twitter

Press Assistant  Danya Rafiqi

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Campaign communications manager (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and campaign manager (May-Sept. 2018) for the Iowa Senate Majority Fund.  B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California, 2018. Internships include SKDKnickerbocker, Smoot Tewes Group and Devine Mulvey Longabaugh.  twitter


Operations Director  Jennifer (Komos) Fiihr

(reported by DMR Apr. 24, 2019)  Owner of Jennifer Fiihr Consulting LLC in Des Moines from Feb. 2015; clients have included Iowa Conservation Voters, Stacy Walker for Supervisor, Cindy Axne for Congress, Finkenauer for Congress and Leann Jacobsen for Congress.  Election cycle human resources director for the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2006-Dec. 2018  Compliance officer on Olson for Iowa, Aug. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Budget assistant on Obama for America, Sept. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Office of the Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Aug. 2003-Dec. 2006.  Office manager on Citizens for Harkin, Jan.-Dec. 2002.  Legislative liaison/administrative rules coordinator for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Oct. 1999-Dec. 2001.  Logistics coordinator for the Iowa 2010 Strategic Planning Council, Mar.-Oct. 1999.  Assistant to the chief of staff/office manager for Sen. Tom Harkin, Aug. 1997-Mar. 1999. District field coordinator for Polk County Democrats, Aug.-Nov. 1998.  Assistant to the executive director of the DCCC, May-Aug. 1997.  Assistant to the campaign manager/office manager/finance assistant on Citizens for Harkin, Mar. 1995-May 1997.  B.A. in political science and history from Drake University, 1995. 

Field Organizers
Dubuque  Thomas Auge  fb

Endorsements (press releases)
Polk County Soil and Water Commissioner Lou McDonald (announced May 24, 2019)
former state Rep. Nate Willems (Mount Vernon) (announced June 7, 2019)
Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson (announced June 7, 2019)


(press releases)

State Director  Mike Ollen

(announced May 22, 2019)  Previously state director (May 2017-May 2019) and deputy state director (Jan.-May 2017) to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.  Political director on Maggie Hassan for New Hampshire, Mar.-Dec. 2016.  Deputy political director on Hillary Clinton's NH primary campaign, Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Associate at Hilltop Public Solutions,Jan-Apr. 2015.  Deputy political director on Shaheen for Senate, April-Dec. 2014.  Constituent services coordinator/veterans and military families liaison for U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, Jan. 2013-April 2014.  Regional field director in Strafford County for Obama for America, July-Nov. 2012; field organizer for Organizing for America-NH in Nashua, Feb.-July 2012.  Inventory manager for Boston City Properties, March 2011-Feb. 2012.  Speech writing assistant in the Office of Gov. Deval Patrick, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012.  B.A. in communications, public advocacy and rhetoric from Northeastern University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Soham Pandit

(announced May 22, 2019)  Political director on Chris Pappas' 2018 congressional campaign; managed Pappas' 2016 Executive Council re-election campaign.  Other campaigns worked on include Bao Nguyen for Congress (CA), Aug. 2015-June 2016; Van Ostern for New Hampshire, Jan.-Aug. 2015; the New Hampshire Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Mar.-Nov. 2014; Alex Sink for Congress, Jan.-Mar. 2014; Cory Booker for Senate, July-Oct. 2013; the League of Conservation Voters, Apr. 2012-2013; Patrick Murphy for Attorney General (PA), 2011-12; and Patirick Murphy for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  twitter


Organizing Director  Sydney Watnick

(announced May 22, 2019)  Field director for the North Carolina Democratic Party from May 2018.  Outreach consultant for WomenCount, from Feb. 2018.  Regional field director in Charlottesville area on Ralph Northam for Governor, July-Nov. 2017.  Coordinator for arts and entertainment engagement for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Jan.-June 2017.  Regional organizing director in Wilkes Barre, PA (May-Nov. 2016) and organizer in Charleston, SC (Aug. 2015-Apr. 2016 on Hillary for America.  Regional organizing director in Ames, IA for NextGen Climate, Apr.-Aug. 2015.  Field assistant for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014.  twitter

Regional Organizing Director  Katherine Fischer

(announced May 22, 2019)  Senior field manager (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and field organizing manager (May-Aug. 2018) on O'Rourke's Senate campaign.  B.A. in philosophy from University of Houston, 2016.


Scheduling Director  Valerie Oreliana

(announced May 22, 2019)  Health Professions program coordinator (from Jan. 2016) and an assessment coordinator for the Office of Residential Life (from Sept. 2017) at Dartmouth College.  B.A. in neuroscience from Dartmouth College, 2015.


Operations Director  Anya Lehr

(announced May 22, 2019)  Director of business operations for VICE Asia Pacific (Jan. 2018-Mar. 2019) and operations manager (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and executive assistant and coordinator (Dec. 2014-Jan. 2017) at VICE.  Administrative and marketing assistant, booker at The Bowery Electric, Sept.-Dec. 2014; media and development manager at Intersection Research (May-Dec. 2014) B.A. in cinematic arts from University of Southern California, 2014; served as general manager of KXSC Radio.  New York native.





State Director  Lauren Harper

(reported by McClatchy on Apr. 22, 2019)  CEO of CityBright, LLC from Oct. 2018.  Advisor for policy and communications to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, July 2016-Apr. 2019.  Social media coordinator for then Rep. Mia McLeod, Jan. 2014-July 2016.  B.A. in public relations from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2016.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Tyler M. Jones
(reported by McClatchy on Apr. 22, 2019)  President and CEO of SPEAK Strategic from Jan. 2016.  Consultant to Joe Cunningham for Congress, 2017-18.  South Carolina state director on O'Malley for President, Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Senior advisor and spokesman (Jan. 2009-Jan. 2017) and executive director (2008-09) for the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus.  Lowcountry field director on John Edwards for President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008.  B.A. in political science from Charleston Southern University, 2007.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Sean Butler

(reported by Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Deputy field director for the Indiana Democratic Party from May 2018.  Communications director with the New York City Council, Sept. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Regional organizing director in Keene for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Maquoketa, Iowa on Hillary for America, Aug. 2015-Apr. 2016.  B.A. in English, political science from Furman University, 2015.  twitter


Political Director  Brian Butler

(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Associate/lobbyist for The Campbell Consulting Group from Nov. 2017.  IT coordinator for Morris Funeral Home, LLC from 2011.  Vice president of operations for McLeod Butler Communications, 2016-17.  Assistant campaign manager on Mia for Senate campaign/Water-Spider, LLC, Jan.-Dec. 2016.  Deputy campaign manager for state Sen. Mia McLeod, 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political scienc and government from Presbyterian College, 2016.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Devon Owens

Executive director of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, started as a special assistant.  B.A. in political science and government from Benedict College, 2017.


Organizing Director  Austin Lyle

(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Organizing director for the Montana Democratic Party, Mar.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager for the Senate Democratic Majority in New Jersey, May-Nov. 2017.  Deputy organizing director for the Florida Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016.   Organizing director in Wyoming (Mar.-Apr. 2016) and Kansas (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and organizer in Clinton, Iowa (Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hilary for America.  Regional field director on Kay Hagen for Senate (NC), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager (Jan.-Feb. 2014), regional field director (Nov. 2013-Jan. 2014) and field organizer (Apr.-Nov. 2013 for the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Deputy finance director/candidate services director for the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Apr.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in polical science, history from Carroll College, 2011; president of the College Democrats of Montana, 2009-11.  twitter


Communications Director  Robyn Patterson

(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan.-May 2019.  Senior communications advisor to the Ohio Democratic Party, Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Communications manager for The Hub Project, Nov. 2016-Feb. 2018.  Deputy press secretary and spokesperson on Hillary for America, Sept.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 2015-Sept. 2016.  Account coordinator at Cerrell Associates, Jan.-June 2015.   B.A. in political science and journalism from University of Southern California.  twitter


Director of Scheduling and Advance  John Moffett

(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Vice president of political affairs at SPEAK Strategic in Charleston from Mar. 2019.  Executive director of the People's House Project (a $750,000 PAC focused on income diversity in the U.S. House), Oct. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Grassroots associate at Dewey Square Group, Aug. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Senior associate at Clyde Group, Nov. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Campaign manager on Friends of Mike Hein (Kingston, NY),, Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Finance director and political director on Friends of Don Beyer (VA-8), Jan.-Aug. 2014.   Finance director on Jennifer Garrison for congress (OH), Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Advance staff for the White House/Obama for America, Feb. 2012-June 2013.  twitter


Operations Director  Phil Dudley

(reported by Jamie Lovegrove on May 20, 2019)  Campaign manager on Mary Geren's campaign for Congress in SC-3, Mar. 2017-Nov. 2018.  President of Young Democrats of Anderson County, Apr. 2016-Dec. 2017.  Compliance data analyst for Regional Management Corp. in Greenville, Jan. 2016-June 2017.  Conversion consultant (Dec. 2013-Jan. 2016) and conversion data analyst/associate/specials (Nov. 2011-Dec. 2013) for Charles Schwab.  Financial service representative for United Heritage Credit Union, Feb. 2010-Nov. 2011.  B.S. in economics from George Mason University, 2009.  twitter

Endorsements (press releases)
State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis (Dist. 113-No. Charleston)  ...announced April 13, 2019

On O'Rourke campaign organization see:
David Sider and Alex Thompson.  "O'Rourke stock campaign with Obama and Clinton alums."  Politico, May 19, 2019.
Alex Thompson and David Siders.  "Beto hires digital guru amid staff scramble."  Politico, May 7, 2019.
Ryan Grim.  "Beto O'Rourke was threatening to run a new kind of campaign.  Not anymore."  The Intercept, Apr. 23, 2019.
Ruby Cramer and Molly Hensley-Clancy.  "A Top Adviser To Beto O'Rourke Has Left His Presidential Campaign."  Buzzfeed, Apr. 20, 2019.
Eric Bradner and Jeff Zeleny.  "Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager."  CNN, Mar. 17, 2019.
Paul Hentz.  "The Ex-Bernie Staffers Behind Beto's Campaign."  Seven Days, Mar. 14, 2019.
Sasha Issenberg.  "Here's What Beto O'Rourke Could Unleash on Trump."  
Politico Magazine, Feb. 22, 2019.
David Siders.  "Beto skips town while his brain trust sketches 2020 plans."  Politico, Jan. 16, 2019.
Daniel Marans.  "The Real Reason Why Some Bernie Sanders Fans Have It In For Beto O'Rourke."  Huffington Post, Dec. 29, 2018.
Brian Schwartz.  "Beto O'Rourke's team has been talking to Obama political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire as 2020 momentum builds."  CNBC, Dec. 6, 2018.

Also see press releases:
Apr. 15, 2019 - Beto O’Rourke’s Grassroots Campaign Completes Historic First Month on the Road
Apr. 14, 2019 - Beto O’Rourke’s Grassroots Campaign Launches National Voter Contact Program With 623 Canvasses Scheduled and Counting


For the first month of the campaign; Buzzfeed reported on April 20 they have left:
Becky Bond

Worked on Beto for Texas.  Co-founder (Mar. 2018)  of The Social Practice, "an ideologically driven political consultancy."  Co-founder (Feb. 2017) of The Real Justice PAC.  Organizer on Beto for Texas, Oct. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Senior advisor for distributed organizing on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-May 2016.  Senior fellow and advisor to the CEO (from March 2016) and vice president and political director (April 1999-Oct. 2015) at CREDO Mobile (Working Assets).  Online editor at SF Weekly, April 1998-April 1999.  B.A. in political science from Williams College, 1992.  Co-author of "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything."  twitter

Zack Malitz

Field director on Beto for Texas, 2018.  National campus program director for NexGen Climate, May-Nov. 2016.  Deputy director of distributed organizing (Feb. -May 2016) and Texas digital director (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  Campaign manager at Credo Mobile from July 2012.  Online organizer at Water Defense, Jan.-July 2012.  B.A. in political science from CUNY-Hunter College, 2012.  twitter

Emily Guzman Sufrin ...served as national scheduling director, Mar.-Apr. 2019

Deputy distributed organizing director (July-Nov. 2018), distributed organizing manager (May-July 2018) and distributed organizer (Feb.-May 2018) and field organizer (Feb. 2018) on Beto for Texas.  Curatorial assistant (Aug. 2014-July 2017) and curatorial project assistant (Dec. 2013-Aug 2014) and intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  B.A. in art history from Vassar College, 2013.