updated June 12, 2019)
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www.berniesanders.com | @berniesanders
staff press releases. also note from Mar. 15, 2019: The campaign is unionized (UFCW Local 400) (+).
Candidate Bernie Sanders timeline
Jane O'Meara Sanders twitter
Our Revolution President and former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)
San Juan Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz
Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen
(announced Feb. 21,
Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir
(reported by Daily Beast on Feb. 19, 2019)
director at the ACLU, Jan. 2017-Feb. 2019. Senior advisor to U.S.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Mar. 2013-Jan. 2017. New media
director ant senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi,
Jan. 2012-March 2013. Vice President at Center for American
Progress, 2005-May 2012. Researcher on Kerry-Edwards campaign,
2003-04. B.A. in government from Harvard University, 2002. twitter
(Mar. 2019) Special assistant to the national political advocacy department (May 2018-Mar. 2019) and assistant to the national political director (Mar. 2017-May 2018) at the ACLU. Public affairs associate at Teach for All, June 2014-Nov. 2016. Community economic development advisor for the Peace Corps in Guinea, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2014. Account associate at Wellons Communications in Orlando, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010. B.S. in public relations from University of Florida, 2011.
Deputy Campaign Manager René Spellman
(announced Mar. 19, 2019) An
executive with the CAA Foundation from 2017. Campaign manager on
Jim Barksdale's run for U.Senate in Georgia, Sept.-Nov 2016.
Press advance director/director
of medial logistics and earlier national press wrangler and director of
press on Bernie 2016. Independent consultant. International
includes GOTV consultant for the prime minister race in Trinidad &
Tobago, 2015; and general consultant for presidential campaigns in
Ghana in 2008 and 2012. Campaign manager for Michael Blake for NY
State Assembly, 2014. Vice president for local marketing at
Mtheory, a music management and marketing firm, 2014. Vice
president for corporate communications, youth marketing, and
entertainment PR at MWW Public Relations, 2012-14. Senior advisor
for Florida on Obama's 2012 campaign. Deputy to the Director of
the White House Council for Community Solutions, 2010-12. Special
assistant to the Office of the CEO and liaison to the White House at
the Corporation for National and Community Service, 2009-10.
Confidential assistant to the White House Liaison and Advance to the
Secretary of Education, 2009-10. Youth vote director for ten
states on Obama's 2008 campaign. Studied political science,
Stanford University. Pennsylvania native.
Chief of Staff Ari Rabin-Havt
(announced Mar. 19, 2019) Moving over from position as deputy chief of staff (from Sept. 2018) and senior advisor (from Feb. 2017) in Sanders' Senate office. Host of The Agenda on Sirius XM Radio, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2017. Senior fellow (May-Dec. 2013), executive vice presient (Jan. 2011-May 2013) and vice president for research and communications, Oct. 2009-Dec. 2010 at Media Matters for America. CEO of American Independent, Jan. 2012-March 2013. Managing director of Media Matters Action Network, Jan.-Oct. 2009. Senior vice president at OMP, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009. Deputy campaign manager at Progressive Accountability, Feb.-Nov. 2008. Director of online communications for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Dec. 2004Jan. 2007. Deputy director of online communications on John Kerry for President, April-Nov. 2004. Analyst at Penn Schoen Berland, Feb.-Dec. 2003. Legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland (OH), Sept. 2001-Feb. 2003. M..A. in political management from The George Washington University, 2006; B.A. in politics and peace studies from Brandeis University, 2001. Author of three books: The Fox Effect, The Benghazi Hoax, and Lies, Incorporated. twitter
Senior Advisor Jeff Weaver
President of Our Revolution, Aug. 2016-June
manager on Bernie 2016 from May 2015. Ran Victory Comics in Falls
Church, VA from 2009. Worked for Sanders over a period of 30
years; started a driver on Sanders' 1986 independent campaign for
governor; staffer on Sanders' 1990 congressional campaign; worked as a
legislative assistant to Sanders in his House
office while attending law school, served as
Sanders' House chief of staff in the early 2000s, as his 2006
campaign manager, and as his Senate chief of staff from Jan. 2007-July
2009. Weaver ran for mayor of St. Albans in 1990 and for Ward 4
alderman in St. Albans in 1987. J.D. from Georgetown University
School of Law, 1996;
undergraduate degree from University of Vermont, 1990. Author of How
Senior Advisor Chuck Rocha
(Feb. 2019) Rocha also served as an advisor to
President and owner of Solidarity Strategies since Jan. 2010.
Political director for the Blue-Green Alliance, July 2009-Jan.
2010. National political director for United Steelworkers, Dec.
1998-July 2009. Started as a worker at the Kelly-Springfield Tire
Company and member of United Rubber Workers Local 746. Texas
Executive Assistant to Senior
Advisors Amanda A. Arias
(Mar. 2019) Co-founder (Dec. 2018) and CEO of Fight4EARTH. Executive office coordinator/associate/fellowship supervisor at Solidarity Strategies, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2019; also membership and online engagement director for the National Association of Diverse Consultants, Nov. 2017-Mar. 2019. Bachelor's degree in political science, communications from Towson University, 2017.
(reported by The Atlantic on Feb. 19,
2019) Per The Atlantic,
Deputy Political Director Sarah Badawi
Director of Ballot Access and Delegates Matthew J. Berg
(Mar. 2019) Campaigns director at The Fairness Project, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2019. Advisor on Tom Perez for DNC Chair, Jan.-Feb. 2017. Minnesota voter protection director on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Ballot access director and legal advisor on Bernie 2016, July 2015-July 2016. Counsel to FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, April 2014-July 2015. Deputy director of state affairs and policy counsel at Justice at Stake, Sept. 2010-April 2014. J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, 2010; B.A. in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006. twitter
(announced Mar. 19,
2019) Worked for Ady Barkan's organization Be A Hero.
Deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed in his 2018 primary
gubernatorial run in
in 2017. Director of distributed organizing on Bernie 2016.
Co-founder and executive director of Water Defense. Co-founder of
Frack Action. twitter
Field Director Becca Rast
(reported by Politico
on Apr. 3, 2019) Campaign manager on Jess
King for Congress (PA), July 2017-Nov. 2018. Co-founder and
leadership team of Lancaster Stands Up, Nov. 2016-June 2017.
Youth engagement coordinator at 350.org, Jan. 2014-June 2017.
Bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Brown University,
Deputy National Field Director Hannah Fertig
(reported by Politico
on Apr. 3, 2019) Distributed organizing
director on Abdul El Sayed's campaign for governor in Michigan,
Jan.-Aug. 2018. Digital strategist at Middle Seat, Dec. 2016-July
2017. Digital (distributed) organizer for NextGen Climate,
June-Nov. 2016. Regional distributed organizing director for
Bernie 2016, Jan.-June 2016. B.A. in history from University of
Colorado Boulder, 2017. twitter
Distributed Organzing Director Cole Edwards
(reported by Politico
on Apr. 3, 2019) A digital organizer on Bernie 2016.
National Distributed Organizer Jack Califano
(Feb. 2019) Distributed organizing manager on
Bernie (in Denver), Dec. 2018-Feb. 2019. Regional organizing
director in Harrisburg for NextGen America, July-Nov. 2018. Rocky
Mountain organizing coordinator for Young Invincibles, Nov. 2017-June
2018. Organizer for SEIU in Harrisburg, April-June 2017.
Campus organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov.
2016. Bachelor's degree in political science from Sarah Lawrence
College, 2016. twitter
Policy Training Manager Hannah Bauman
(Mar. 2019) Deputy policy director for the Green
New Deal project
at The New Consensus, Sept.-Dec. 2018. Deputy policy director on
Abdul El-Sayed for Governor (MI), Oct. 2017-Aug. 2018. Secondary
English teacher in Montgomery (AL) Public Schools for Teach for
America, May 2013-May 2016. M.P.P. in public policy analysis from
University of Micihgan, 2018; B.A. in history, French from Grinnell
Constituency Organizing Director Yong Jung Cho
(reported by Politico on Apr. 3, 2019) Campaign manager on Kaniela Ing's campaign for Congress in HI-1, Aug. 11, 2018 Democratic primary. Co-founder of #AllofUs, Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017. Campaign coordinator and earlier Southwest fossil fuel divestment organizer at 350.org. Field organizer with Green Corps, Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013. B.A. in political science, pre-medicine from Bryn Mawr College, 2012. twitter
Communications director at
Friends of Bernie Sanders, July 2018-Feb. 2019. Senior vice
president of PR
at Revolution Messaging from July 2016. Deputy communications
director on Bernie 2016, June 2015-July 2016. Segment producer
(Aug. 2012-June 2015) and booking producer (March 2011-April 2013) at
MSNBC. B.A. in English, history from University of Vermont. twitter
Deputy Communications Director Sarah Ford
Communications advisor to Friends of Bernie Sanders
2019. Communications director on Cynthia Nixon for New York,
April-Oct. 2018. Account supervisor at BerlinRosen, Aug.
2016-March 2018. Deputy national press secretary on Bernie 2016,
Nov. 2015-July 2016. National press secretary on Draft Biden
2016, April-Nov. 2015. B.A. in public relations and political
science from DePaul University, 2015. twitter
National Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray
(announced Mar. 19, 2019) Columnist and senior
at The Intercept from May 2018. Associate
at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP (2014-May 2018) and at Stroock &
Stroock & Lavan LLP (Mar. 2013-Aug. 2014) in New York City.
J.D. from Harvard
Law School, 2011; B.A. in history of science/history of art from
Harvard College, 2007. twitter
Deputy Latino Press Secretary Maria Belén Sisa
(reported by the Washington
on Feb. 28, 2019) Worked on Bernie 2016. twitter Note: Belén
by the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation which notes she is an "Argentinian
West Press Secretary Joe Calvello
Land, air and water communications manager (May
communications associate (Mar. 2016-Apr. 2017) and communications
assistant (May 2014-Feb. 2016) at STG (Smoot Tewes). Deputy
communications director on Keith Ellison for Attorney General,
June-Nov. 2018. Communications advisor in North Carolina for
Hillary for America, Oct.-Nov. 2016. Bachelor's degree in
political science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
Midwest Press Secretary Bill Neidhardt
(late Mar. 2019) Spokesman on U.S. Sen. Tammy
Baldwin (WI)'s 2018
re-election and previously press secretary in her Senate office. twitter
Surrogate Communications Coordinator Angelo Greco
Experience on Andrew Gillum, Hillary for America and
Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter David Sirota
Digital Communications Director Josh Miller-Lewis
Moved to the campaign from position as
communications director in Sanders' Senate office (from July 2017)
where he started as a press assistant (May-Sept. 2015). B.A. in
political science and religion from Williams College, 2014. twitter
Senior Social Media Strategist Georgia Parke
(announced Mar. 19, 2019) Digital director
(Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019), deputy digital director (Dec. 2016-Jan. 2018)
and press intern (June-Nov. 2016) in Sanders' Senate office. B.A.
in political science, policy journalism and media studies, English from
Duke University, 2016. twitter
Senior Media Producer Armand Aviram
Moved over from the Senate office. Formerly a
producer at Now
This News. twitter
Video Director Mia Fermindoza
(Apr. 2019) Supervising physical producer (Mar.
live producer (Apr. 2016-May 2017), producer and editor (Jan.-Apr.
2016) for NowThis. Media operations for The Huffington Post, Nov.
2014-Jan. 2016. Postgraduate fellow for Now This, July 2014-Jan.
2015. B.A. in media studies from Vassar College, 2014. twitter
Digital Media Coordinator Tyler Evans
(Mar. 2019) Digital communications coordinator
Revolution, Apr. 2018-Mar. 2019. Senior digital strategist and
designer for American Bridge 21st Century, May 2015-Apr. 2018.
Branding and design consultant to Sittenfeld for Senate, Dec. 2014-May
2015. Principal designer and brand manager for Battleground Texas,
May-Nov. 2014. Designer/owner at Tyler Evans Design, Mar.
2007-May 2014. NOC technician for CONEXIS, Sept. 2013-Jan.
2014. Catalog production artist for Mouser Electronics, Feb.
2011-Aug. 2013. B.F.A. in advertising design from The Art
Institutes, 2008. twitter
Mar. 2019; reported
by New York magazine's
Gabriel Debenedetti on Mar. 20 >)
University in the City of New York,
Director Josh Orton
(announced Mar. 19,
2019) Most recently senior advisor in Sanders' Senate
office. Senior legal advisor to
NARAL Pro-Choice America, focused on judicial nominations including
Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. Longtime senior advisor and
policy director to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (WI). press secretary
outreach director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, serving when
Democrats regained Senate control in 2006. J.D. and B.A. from the
of Wisconsin-Madison. From Madison, WI. twitter
Deputy Policy Director Billy (William) Gendell
A policy adviser on Bernie 2016. Gendell held various positions in the U.S. Senate starting as a legislative intern in Jan. 2013. B.S. in history from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012.
Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Heather Gautney
(announced Mar. 19, 2019) Associate professor of
sociology at Fordham
University. Executive director of Our Revolution from Fall
2018. a senior policy advisor on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee
(Sanders the ranking member). A senior researcher for Bernie
2016. Legislative fellow in Sanders' Senate office,
Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Author of Crashing the Party (Verso). twitter
Chief Technology Officer Chris Mabry
(Mar. 2019) Technology director for Our Revolution, Aug. 2016-Mar. 2019. Frontend developer on Bernie 2016, Apr.-June 2016. Freelance web developer at Chris Mabry Design in Nashville, May 2015-Apr. 2016. Co-founder and CTO at Arrister, May 2014-May 2015. Studied computer science at Tennessee Technological University. twitter
SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE
Director of Scheduling and Advance Jean Michel Picher
Principal at Marathon Enterprises from 2006; served as
a consultant to
Bernie 2016 from May 2015-July 2016. Advance associate for The
White House, 2009-16. Vice president of business development at
Solar Ship, 2009-10. National advance lead on Obama for America,
2007-08. Special assistant in the Office of the Prime Minister,
2005-06. National advance staff on John Kerry for President,
2003-04. Assistant/research director at Shrum Devine Donilon,
1997-98. M.B.A. from Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006;
L.L.B. from University of Western Ontario Law School, 2006; B.A. in
political science and government from Colby College.
Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance Carl Ober
National advance desk on Bernie 2016. Fulbright Scholar in Denmark, 2014-15. Interned for Sen. Sanders in Burlington and Washington, DC. Graduate of Villanova University, 2013.team includes
(Mar. 2019) Administrative coordinator at
Revolution, 2018-19. Systems administrator/administrative
assistant (2011-2018) and administrative assistant/accounts payable
clerk (Aug. 2010-Nov. 2011) at the Center for Climate and Energy
Solutions. B.A. in political science and government from American
National Advance Staff Joe Magee
(Apr. 2019) Organizer on Friends of Bernie Sanders re-elect campaign from May 2018. Deputy campaign manager on Carina Driscoll for Mayor of Burlington, VT, Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018. Press assistant on Mike Kelley for Boston City Council, June-Nov. 2017. Ground logistics coordinator (Feb.-Aug. 2016) and lead intern (Sept. 2015-Jan. 2016) on Bernie 2016. Bachelor's degreee in marketing/marketing management from University of Vermont Grossman School of Business, 2018. twitter
Chief of Staff to Jane Sanders Nicola Dones
(Mar. 2019) Consultant to The Sanders Institute, Oct.-Dec. 2018. Director of operations and administration (Jan. 2014-May 2018) and assistant to the executive director at California Nurses Assocation/NNU (Aug. 2006-Jan. 2014). B.A. in legal studies, general from UC Berkeley.
Press Secretary Shana Frahm
(Apr. 2019) Founder (Mar. 2014) of Shana Frahm
Associates. Media director for The Sanders Institute, Jan.-Apr.
2019. Worked on the Arts and Culture team for Bernie 2016,
Jan.-May 2016. Global head of public relations for Icebreaker
Merino, Apr. 2014-July 2015. Global marketing and communications
advisor for Quiksilver, Aug. 2009-Apr. 2013. Global public
relations director for Burton Snowboards, Jan. 2006-July 2009.
Marketing manager for Vans Shoes, Feb. 2001-Mar. 2003. Account
supervisor at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, 2000-01. Director of
public relations and promotions for MGM Grand, 1999-2001.
National manager for marketing communications and experiential for Hard
Rock International, 1988-1997.
Chief of People and State Operations Rikimah Glymph
Business consultant since Sept. 2006. Global director of People Operations for Dimagi, Feb. 2017-Mar. 2019. Global human resources director for 350.org, May 2014-Feb. 2017. Chief administrative officer for Equality California, Apr. 2013-Apr. 2014. Director of operations and administration at ColorOfChange.org in Oakland, CA, June 2012-Apr. 2013. Director of finance and operations for the New Organizing Institute Education Fund, June 2010-June 2012. M.P.M. in project managment (2009) and M.B.A. in marketing and advertising (2008) from Keller Graduate School of Management; B.A. in history from UCLA, 2006.
Senior Advisor Tim Tagaris
CEO/Owner of Aisle 518 Strategies from Jan 2018. Partner at Revolution Messaging, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2018; served as the digital fundraising director on Bernie 2016. Advisor to Ustream, Inc. June 2007-Feb. 2016. Digital director on Chris Murphy's campaign for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, 2011-Dec. 2012. New media director for SEIU, June 2008-Nov. 2011. Director of media technologies on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008. Internet director on Ned Lamont's U.S. Senate campaign in Connecticut, March-Nov. 2006. Internet outreach coordinator at the DNC starting in Oct. 2005-March 2006. Internet communications director for Sherrod Brown; built/primary author of GrowOhio.org. Worked on Paul Hackett's campaign in the Aug. 2005 special election in Ohio's 2nd CD. Communications director on Jeff Seeman's congressional campaign Ohio's 16th CD (Canton) in 2004. Blogged at Swing State Project and occasionally at MyDD. Served in the Marines. Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in television production. twitter
Digital Fundraising Director Robin Curran
Vice president of digital strategy for Aisle 518 Strategies from Jan. 2019. Email director at the DNC, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2019. Digital strategist (Dec. 2016-Nov. 2017) and production associate (May 2015-Dec. 2016) at Revolution Messaging; served as digital production director on Bernie 2016. Communications fellow at the Center for Community Change, June 2014-May 2015. B.A. in sociology and Italian from Dominican University, 2014. twitter
Pollster Ben Tulchin
Also served as pollster for Bernie 2016. Founder
Research in San Francisco. Previously started and directed
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research’s California
office, worked for the California-based polling firm of Fairbank,
Maslin, Maullin & Associates, as well as the Washington, DC-based
polling firms of Garin-Hart-Yang, and Lake-Snell-Perry.
Bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College.
...not sure where these folks fit in:
Direct Messaging Analyst Trainer/Help Desk Shawna Knipper
(Mar. 2019; started Feb. 2019 and QA data
analyst) Executive director of Women's March Pennsylvania from
Nov. 2016. Field operations specialist for Democracy Partners
from Nov. 2018. Field director (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and deputy field
director (July-Aug. 2018) on Cartwright for Congress (PA). 20
years in the private sector, mostly in insurance and
communications. A.A. in business administration and management
from Lehigh Carbon Community College, 2002.
Title? Kyle Machado
Director of organizing at Our Revolution.
National deputy digital
calling program director (from Mar. 2016) and national digital calling
program associate (Dec. 2015-Mar. 2016) on Bernie 2016. Team
leader at the mechanical repair facility for American Auto Brokers,
Nov. 2012-Nov. 2014. Studied welding technology at Orange Coast
College and automotive technology at Golden West College. twitter
Title? Dulce Anaya Saenz
Realtor in Denver since Feb. 2017. Driving Active Latino Electorate campaign director for Servicios de La Raza in Denver, June-Nov. 2016. Regional field director and earlier state director for Colorado caucus campaign and the Washington caucus campaign on Bernie 2016, Dec. 2015-Apr. 2016. Latino organizing program director at Conservation Colorado from Feb. 2014. Latino outreach director at Colorado Commits to Kids, Aug.-Nov. 2013. Southwest Denver organizer at State for Children, Sept. 2011-May 2013. B.A. in political science from University of Denver, 2011. Grew up in the town of Hudson on the northeastern Colorado plains.
Title? Whittney Wernsing
Chief operations officer at Our Revolution from Aug.
National operations director and initially South Carolina operations
director on Bernie 2016, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016. Public
Title? Emily Isaac
Field director on Kulkarni for Congress, July-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Mary Street Wilson for Congress (TX), Mar.-May 2018. Field director on Derrick Crowe for Congress (TX), Dec. 2017-Mar. 2018. Legislative and political assistant at National Nurses United, Aug. 2016-Dec. 2017. Field organizer in Oakland, CA on Bernie 2016, Feb.-June 2016. Research assistant at ITS at UC Davis, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016. Bachelor's degree in community and regional development from UC Davis, 2015. twitter
Kohlee M. Kennedy
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) ...reported Feb. 19
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (VT) ...reported Feb. 19
U.S. Rep. Rho Khanna (CA-17) ...announced as a national co-chair on Feb. 21, 2019
State Director Misty Rebik
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Event and stewardship
One Iowa, Aug. 2018-Mar. 2019. Campaign manager on Cathy Glasson
for Governor, July 2017-June 2018. Regional director of strategic
partnerships and development for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland,
Mar. 2016-July 2017. Executive director of the Center for Worker
Justice of Eastern Iowa, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2016. Graduate research
assistant at the University of Iowa Labor Center, Aug. 2012-June
2014. Community organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community
Improvement, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012. Iowa Immigration Education
Coalition for AmeriCorps VISTA, June-Aug. 2010. M.S. in
city/urban, community and regional planning (2014) and B.A. (2009) in
international/global studies, Spanish from University of Iowa. twitter
Caucus Director Evan Burger
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Senior organizer
political work) with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. Iowa
(announced June 13, 2015).
Deputy Caucus Director Tony Anthony
(reported by Iowa Starting Line on Mar. 21,
manager on Racine for Attorney General (DC), July-Nov. 2018.
Campaign manager on Paul Pelletier for Congress (VA), Jan.-June
2018. State director (Oct.-Nov. 2016) and deputy director
(July-Oct. 2016) in Florida for GRSG Company. DC state director
(Apr.-June 2016), New York statewide field director (Mar.-Apr. 2016),
Missouri state director (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and deputy Iowa caucus
director (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016. Consultant
(organizing director-Caribbean) for 270 Strategies, Oct. 2014-Sept.
2015. Project manager for Grassroots Solutions, June 2013-Mar.
2014. Regional director for Voting for America (Project Vote),
Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012. Director of political and media affairs at A
Solutions, Jan. 2010-Dec. 2011. Project manager for Independent
Strategies, Mar. 2008-Nov. 2010. Political director on For
Maryland for Our Future, Mar.-Nov. 2008. Project manager at The
Saint Group, Mar. 2006-Nov. 2007. Media and political strategist
at Concepts & Strategies, April 2004-Sept. 2007. Campaign
manager for Voting is Power, Mar. 2004-July 2005. Deputy
political director at the DNC, 2003-04. Media and political
strategist at The Rendon Group, Dec. 2001-Mar. 2003. Deputy
executive director for the Georgia Democratic Party, June 2000-Nov.
2001. Director of intergovernmental relations in the Office of
the County Executive, Hudson County, NJ, Jan. 1998-Dec. 2000.
Worked on multiple campaigns, 1995-2000. Administrative
assistant/assistant field director on U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman's
re-election campaign, June-Nov. 1994. B.A. in political science
from the University of New Mexico, 1994.
Political Director Jess Mazour
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Community organizer (farm and environment team) with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, April 2012-Mar. 2019. Customer service coordinator at ITAGroup, Oct. 2010-Feb. 2012. Wealth high value servicer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, May 2009-Oct. 2010. B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University, 2009. twitter
Field Director Michael Fasullo
(reported by Iowa Starting Line on Mar. 21,
on Cathy Glasson for Governor campaign. Organizer
at SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana. Graduate of
Loyola University Chicago; served as president of student government
from Spring 2015-Jan. 2016, when he resigned. twitter
Deputy Field Director Kevin Lata
(Apr. 2019) Field director for the Iowa House
May-Nov. 2018. Legislative aide in the Florida House of
Representatives, Feb.-Apr. 2018. Campaign manager on Margaret
Good for State House special election, Nov. 2017-Feb. 2018.
Campaign manager/field director on Brian Cunningham for City Council
(NY), July-Nov. 2017. Regional field director on Tom Perriello
for Governor, Mar.-June 2017. Regional organizing director in
Strafford County for the NHDP Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov.
2016. National advance staff (Apr.-June 2016), regional field
director in Pittsburgh (Mar.-Apr. 2016), deputy field director in Ohio
(Feb.-Mar. 2016) and field organizer in Littleton, NH (Dec. 2015-Feb.
2016) on Bernie 2016. B.A. in political science from Virginia
Commonwealth University. twitter
Deputy Field Director Brooke Adams
(Apr. 2019) Student action organizing director
for the People's
Action Institute in Seattle, May 2017-Apr. 2019. Field organizer
in Illinois and NH on Bernie 2016, Jan.-Apr. 2016. Degree in
mathematics and history, philosopy and social sciences of science and
medicine (HIPS) from The University of Chicago, 2017.
Regional Field Director Alex Lio
Experience on Jumaane Williams for NYC Public Advocate
in Feb. 2019, and Stacey Abrams for Governor (GA), Cynthia Nixon for
Governor (NY) in 2018.
Communications Director Roger Ouellette
(April 4, 2019 tweet) Most recently
director at Tell That Story Creative Campaigns. Communications
director on Cathy Glasson for Iowa, Oct. 2017-June 2018. Campaign
director at Tell That Story Creative Campaigns from Oct. 2016.
Arts and entertainment coordinator at The Public Interest Network,
July-Sept. 2016. Regional GOTV director in Central in Northern
Calif. (May-June 2016) and regional field director in the Des Moines
area (Oct. 2015-May 2016) on Bernie 2016. Production for Gracie
Films, Dec. 2013-Oct. 2015. Production assistant for "The X
Factor," Mar.-Dec. 2013. B.A. in creative writing from Emerson
College, 2012. twitter
Operations Coordinator Joe Fahey
Finance assistant and call time manager for the Iowa Democratic Party from June 2018. Deputy finance director on Pete for Iowa (IA-3), Apr.-June 2018. Finance assistant on Greenfield for Congress (IA-3), July 2017-Apr. 2018. Degree in public relations and communications from Drake University, 2017.
team together) then
served as Oklahoma state director, senior adviser in Nebraska, Indiana
state director, director of Northern California and the national
convention delegate director. Founder (2001) and CEO of PAD
Consulting in Des Moines. Political director for Gov. Chet
Culver, 2007-11. Political director of Bill Bradley's 1999-2000
Iowa caucus campaign. Field director on Tom Vilsack's 1998
campaign for governor. Worked on Leonard Boswell's 1996 campaign
for Congress. Worked in social service positions with
underrepresented communities. Graduate of Illinois State University,
1986. Berwyn native (suburb of Chicago). twitter
Serior Advisor Jessica Vanden Berg
note: worked for Gabbard on Capitol Hill, managed Klobuchar's 2006 Senate campaign, and was courted by Biden (+)
Endorsements (press release)
announced June 6, 2019
Jonathan Green, Mayor of Lone Tree
Beverly Hannon, State Senator (ret.)
Kate Larson, Dubuque City Councilmember
Patrick Morrissey, Waterloo City Councilmember
Chris Morse, Polk County Democrats Membership Committee Chair
Jason Roudabush, Poweshiek County Supervisor
Nick Salazar, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director
Emma Schmit, Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee Member
Kelly Scott, Fairfield School Board Member
State Director Joe Caiazzo
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Campaign manager on
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)'s 2018 re-election. Principal at
Knox Cannon Strategies, LLC from Jan. 2012. Rhode
Island state director on Hillary for America from June 2016.
Rhode Island communications and political director (March-April 2016)
and Massachusetts communications and political director (Dec.
2015-March 2016) on Bernie 2016. Has worked on many campaigns in
Mass. including political advisor to Seth Moulton for Congress,
Sept.-Nov. 2014; campaign manager on Mike Lake for lieutenant governor,
June-Sept. 2014; and political director on Don Berwick for governor,
April 2013-May 2014. B.A. in history and theology from Barry
University, 2009. twitter
Deputy State Director and Communications
Director Carli Stevenson
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Campaigner at Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund, focusing on the issue areas of money in politics and net neutrality. New Hampshire deputy communications director on Bernie 2016, then worked on the campaign in Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana. Strategic communications for AFSCME in Indiana from May 2014. Communications specialist at UNITE HERE in Chicago area, June 2012-May 2014. Field organizer at Every Child Matters, Sept. 2011-May 2012. Communications assistant/researcher for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Dec. 2010-April 2011. Campaign manager on Jackie Cilley for State Senate, NH District 6, Aug.-Nov. 2010. Campaign coordinator on Denise Garlick for State Representative, May-Aug. 2010. Organizer in training with AFSCME, Dec. 2008-July 2009. B.A. in history and women's studies, sociology from UNH, 2008. Native of Hampton, NH.
Senior Advisor Kurt Ehrenberg
Political Director Will Bateson
(announced May 30, 2019) Constituent services coordinator for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan from July 2017; also director of communications for the Nashua Democratic City Committee from May 2017. Assistant to the Mayor of Nashua, Nov. 2016-July 2017. Campaign manager on Dan Weeks for Executive Council, May-Nov. 2016. Campaign manager on Jim Ireton for Congress (MD), Jan.-Apr. 2016. Political director on Hugh Hill for Senate (MD), Apr.-June 2014; campaign manager on Murray for Delegate (MD), Jan.-June 2014. Deputy director of communications on Andy Schmookler for Congress, July-Nov. 2012. A.A. from Piedmont Virginia Community College, 2017. Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Reserves from Feb. 2010.
Political Outreach Coordinator Mo Baxley
(announced May 30, 2019) Recently a Second Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Assistant director of Pittsfield Listens! Executive director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry for almost six years to Nov. 2011. Served in the NH House of Representatives. twitter
Political Outreach Coordinator Suraj Budathoki
(announced May 30,
2019) Executive director of Building Community
in NH, Mar.-Aug. 2018. Executive director of the International
Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan, Aug. 2012-Mar. 2018. M.A. in
international relations from Norwich University (Northfield, VT), 2018;
B.A. in political science from Southern New Hampshire University,
2015. Refugee from Bhutan, lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for
19 year, before coming to the U.S. in 2009. twitter
America, Apr. 2017-Nov. 2018. Deputy organizing director
for the Nevada State Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2016. Deputy
field director in the greater Philadelphia area, and regional field
director for North Country/Littleton, NH, Oct. 2015-Apr. 2016.
Lead organizer and communications director for the Albuquerque Teachers
Federation, Dec. 2013-Aug. 2015. Campaign manager on John Wallace
for New Mexico, Jan.-Nov. 2014. Marketing and customer service
for car2go N.A., LLC, Sept. 2012-Aug. 2013. Master's degree in
political management from The George Washington University, 2013;
bachelor's degree in political science from University of New Mexico,
Deputy Field Director Caty Wagner
(announced May 30,
2019) A regional organizing director for
NextGen America the
Central Valley of California. Former social
worker, she previously worked in Haiti, Uganda and Colombia on issues
of poverty, trafficking and human
rights. Native New Englander. twitter
Deputy Field Director Michael Ortiz
(announced May 30,
2019) Most recently consulted on state Sen.
Cristina Castro (IL). Campaign manager on Joan Padilla for state
rep., July-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Jake Castanza for state
House (IL, District 68), Apr.-July 2018. Field director on Sara
Dady for Congress, Jan.-Apr. 2018. Northern Illinois
political-field director on Kennedy for Illinois, June 2017-Jan.
2018. Executive director for Winnebago County Democrats, Feb.-May
2017. Campaign manager for Illinois Senate Democrats, July-Nov.
2016. A regional field director in Illinois and a field organizer
in Iowa on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-June 2016. Union rep. fro SEIU
Healthcare WI, July-Sept. 2015. Field organizer on Fight for 15,
Aug. 2014-June 2015. Organizer for SEIU HCII, Feb. 2013-Aug.
2014. Field organizer on John Sullivan for State Senate (IL),
June-Nov. 2012. Field director on Mike Boland for State Senate
(IL), Aug. 2011-Mar. 2012. General studies at Sauk Valley
Endorsements (press release)
announced May 15, 2019
Alderman at-Large Brandon Laws, City of Nashua
Rep. Josh Adjutant, (Ashland) Grafton - District 17
Rep. Mark King, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 33
Rep. Skip Cleaver, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 35
Rep. Tim Smith, (Manchester) Hillsborough - District 17
Rep. Catherine Sofikitis, (Nashua) Hillsborough - District 34
Rep. Ellen Read, (Newmarket) Rockingham - District 17
Rep. Art Ellison, (Concord) Merrimack - District 27
Rep. Cam Kenney, (Durham) Strafford - District 6
State Director Sarah Michelsen
The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019) Executive
director of Arizona Wins (America Votes) since Sept. 2013.
Political and organizing consultant in Phoenix, Aug. 2012-Sept.
2013. Arizona state fellow for the Center for Progressive
Leadership, Jan.-Sept. 2012. M.P.P. from Arizona State
University, 2016; B.A. in women's and gender studies from American
University, 2009. twitter
Communications Director Bianca Recto
(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019) Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. Press assistant for the Democratic Policy and Communications Center in the U.S. Senate, July 2014-Nov. 2015. B.A. in communications studies from UNLV, 2014. twitter
Senior Advisor Peter Koltak
(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019) Campaign manager on Coalition to Defeat Question 3, the energy choice initiative on the Nevada ballot in Nov. 2018. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen from Aug. 2017. Executive director of the Nevada Senate Democratic caucus to July 2017. Communications director on David Pepper's 2014 campaign for Ohio Attorney General. twitter
State Director Kwadjo Campbell
Endorsements (press release)
announced April 18, 2019
Reverend and State Rep. Terry Alexander (District 59 - Florence)
State Rep. Justin Bamberg (District 90 - Bamberg), Minority Whip
State Rep. Wendell Gilliard (District 111 - Charleston)
State Rep. Cezar McKnight (District 101 - Lake City), Chief Minority Whp
State Rep. Krystle Simmons (District 117 - Ladson)
Reverend and State Rep. Ivory Thigpen (District 79 - Columbia)
State Rep. Sheldron Williams (District 122 - Hampton)
Donna DwWitt, South Carolina AFL-CIO President Emeritus
State Coordinator Shelli Jackson
Member consultant for the Speakers Office of Member Services from Mar. 2015. Sideline reporter for Verizon Fios 1 Sports, Mar. 2010-Nov. 2014. Freeland sports reporter for ABC News, and producer/talent for CNN iReport, 2008. On-air talent for YES Network, 2007. Production assistant for ABC News, 2001-06. B.A. in communications from Cal Stat University of Bakersfield. twitter
Political Director Susie Shannon
Homeless and anti-poverty activist; executive director at Poverty Matters in Los Angeles. Has worked as a senior advisor, campaign director and labor consultant for over 14 years on statewide and local campaigns in California. An elected member of the DNC from California since 2016, has led efforts to establish a DNC Poverty Council (+). Member of the executive board of the California Democratic Party since 2007. twitter
Grassroots Director Melissa Byrne
A leader in strategic direct actions to hold President Trump accountable; has worked extensively with Ultraviolet, MoveOn, and CredoAction. NH digital director on Bernie 2016, Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016. Founder (2015) of Project Springboard, which seeks to organize defaulted student loan borrowers and parents of future college students to fight for loan forgiveness and free college. Has worked as a consultant since 2012. Digital director for OurDC, May-Dec. 2011. Digital director, acting field director on the Campaign to Strengthen Social Security/Social Security Works, May 2010-May 2011; national climate rally field director for Earth Day Network, Feb. 2010-May 2011. Senior field on Citizens for Alan Khazei, Sept.-Dec. 2009. Political desk at SEIU, Aug.-Nov. 2008. Organizer on Obama for America, Feb.-Aug. 2008. Coalition manager for Win Without War, April 2007-Feb. 2008. Political coordinator at the AFL-CIO, May-Nov. 2006. Field mobilization organizer for the SEIU, 2005-06. Field organizer for America Coming Together, 2005. Canvasser on Dean for America. Riverside County native. twitter
Policy Advisor Sand Brim
Experience includes director of strategic campaigns, senior advisor, and speech writer for both the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. Prior to that Brim was an attorney specializing in child abuse cases. twitter
Los Angeles Daniel Andalon
Principal at Andalon & Associates from July
2013. District representative and labor liaison in the state
Senate from Dec. 2018. Campaign manager on Bob Archuleta for
state Senate (Montibello) from Feb. 2018. Deputy campaign manager
on Jimmy Gomez for Congress (Los Angeles special election), Jan.-June
2017. Campaign consultant on Tim Sandoval for Mayor of Pomona,
Aug.-Nov. 2016. Campaign manager on Nestor Valencia for Bell City
Council, Jan-Mar. 2015. Campaign manager on Lucille Roybal-Allard
for Congress, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Hilda Solis
for L.A. County Supervisor, Mar.-June 2014. Field deputy for L.A.
City Councilman E. P Reyes (May 2012-July 2013) and LA. City Councilman
Jose Huizar, 2010-12. East area representatvie for L.A. Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, 2008-10. Community liaison for L.A. Care
Health Plan, 2000-06. Studied at Cal State University
San Diego Robert Dempsey
Campaign manager on Doug Applegate’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa in CA-49 in 2016. Bernie 2016 state director in Minnesota Wisconsin and New Jersey. Executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, May 2013-Feb. 2014. Campaign manager on Scott Peters for Congress (CA), Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012. Staffer in the U.S. Senate, May-Oct. 2011. Executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, May 2009-March 2011. Midwest candidate service director at the DCCC, June 2007-Dec. 2008. Director of Ohio Senate Democrats, June 2005-May 2007. Regional representative for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Dec. 2002-June 2005; campaign manager on Kaptur's 2004 re-election. Field director on Jacobs for Congress, July-Nov. 2002. Regional director for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, Dec. 2001-June 2002. Campaign manager on Kalamazoo Against Discrimination, July-Nov. 2001. Legislative assistant in the PA House of Representatives. Campaign manager for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, April-Nov. 2000. Campaign coordinator on Coleman for Mayor in Columbus, OH, Fall 1999. B.A. in English from Unversity at Buffalo, SUNY, 1999.
Bay Area Jane Kim
Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in 2018,
finishing third with 24.03% of the vote. Served two terms on the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 6 from
2011-19, elected in 2010. Member and President of San Francisco
Board of Election; elected in 2006. President of the San
Francisco People's Organization (SFPO), 2005. Oganizer for the
Chinatown Community Development Center. J.D. from UC Berkley
School of Law; bachelor's degree in political science and Asian
American studies from Stanford University. Daughter of South
Korean immigrants. twitter
Inland Empire and Orange County Samuel Sukaton
Associate director at Inland Empire United, Apr.
2018-Mar. 2019. Regional political organizer at SEIU UHW, May
2017-Apr. 2018. Inland regional organizer for the Golden State
Opportunity Foundation, Jan.-May 2017. GOTV director on Eloise
Gomez Reyes for Assembly, Oct. -Nov. 2016; Sierra Club San Gorgonio
chapter political coordinator, Sept.-Nov. 2016. Associate
organizing representative for the Sierra Club, May 2014-Aug.
2016. Administrator and projects coordinator/executive director
at Labor United for University Healthcare, Jan.-Sept. 2013. PCCC
organizing fellow, June-Sept. 2012. Community organizer with
SEACA-LA, Dec. 2011-June 2012; communications consultant on SEIU ULTCW,
Nov. 2011-Jan. 2012. B.A. in history from UCLA, 2011. twitter
Bernie 2020 is shaping up to be a significantly different campaign than Bernie 2016. There were allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination on Sanders' 2016 campaign (+), and in a Feb. 22 interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Sanders directly stated that the '16 campaign had been "too white, too male-oriented" (>). Bernie 2020 has gone all in to ensure a diversity and a positive work environment, ranging from the selection of campaign manager to the national co-chairs to the Mar. 15 announcement that the campaign has unionized. Writing at Refinery29, Natalie Gontcharova states, "The campaign says that now, every single one of its teams — management, political, policy, organizing, communications, advance, digital, and fundraising — has women, and predominantly women of color, in leadership positions. Overall, the national leadership team is around 70% women."
Nina Golgowski. "Bernie Sanders Vows More Diverse Campaign, Protocols To Thwart Sexual Harassment." HuffPost, Mar. 4, 2019.
Natalie Gontcharova. "Exclusive: Bernie Sanders Campaign Announces 10 New Women Hires." Refinery29, Mar. 19, 2019.
Also on Organization:
Holly Otterbein. "Sanders launches mega volunteer program." Politico, Apr. 3, 2019.
Gabriel Debenedetti. "Bernie Sanders Is Quietly Building a Digital Media Empire." New York, Apr. 22, 2018.
In a Mar. 11, 2019 conference call with reporters campaign manager Faiz Shakir stated that the campaign has "70 people on national payroll."
On Feb. 26, 2019 several
outliets reported that Tad Devine,
Julian Mulvey, and Mark Longabaugh were splitting
from the campaign over creative differences. The three, who
are partners at Devine
Mulvey Longabaugh, served as senior advisors on Sanders' 2016
presidential campaign and helped with the 2020 launch.
Chief of Staff Caryn Compton
(Sept. 2018) Previously legislative director to
Sen. Sanders from June 2013. Legislative director to U.S. Rep.
Eddie Bernice Johnson. Legislative counsel to Sen. Robert C. Byrd
and Senate committees. Also worked in the Legislative Resource
Division at the Office of Management and Budget. J.D. from The
Catholic University, 2004; M.A. in classical philology from University
of Arizona, 2001; B.A. in ancient Greek and philosophy from Marshall
University, 1998. twitter