Organization  |  P2020  

Beto for America
Headquarters: El Paso, TX
announced March 14, 2019

(page updated April 18, 2019)  |  @betoorourke

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


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

no other staff information available as of yet
people who might well play a role on the campaign include...

David M. Wysong

Longtime chief of staff to O'Rourke  twitter

Becky Bond

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

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

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

(cabinet secretaries exec. order)

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).


Norm Sterzenbach

(March 2019)  Consultant to the IDP on the 2020 caucuses to early March 2019.  Sterzenbach has worked as principal at GPS Impact from 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




(press releases)

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

On O'Rourke campaign organization see:
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