updated April 18, 2019)
Washington, DC and Burlington, VT.
announced Feb. 19, 2019.
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,
Note: In a Mar. 11, 2019 conference call with reporters campaign manager Faiz Shakir stated that the campaign has "70 people on national payroll."
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, March 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
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
(reported by The Atlantic on Feb. 19,
2019) Per The Atlantic,
Deputy Political Director Sarah Badawi
(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 Michigan. Co-founded the hybrid PAC We Will Replace You in 2017. Director of distributed organizing on Bernie 2016. Co-founder and executive director of Water Defense. Co-founder of Frack Action. twitter
National Distributed Organizers
(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
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
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
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
Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter David Sirota
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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, 2019) Campaign 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.
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
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
(announced Mar. 12, 2019) Candidate for Congress in Iowa's 3rd CD, finishing third with 15.6% in the June 5, 2018 primary. Iowa campaign coordinator on Bernie 2016 (he led in putting the 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
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
and legislative director of the New
Hampshire AFL-CIO. Served over seven years as the Sierra Club’s
representative in New Hampshire and throughout New England.
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
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
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, 2010.
Natalie Gontcharova. "Exclusive: Bernie Sanders Campaign Announces 10 New Women Hires." Refinery29, Mar. 19, 2019.
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