Wesley Clark-Campaign Organization

Clark for President, Inc. 
Headquarters:  Union Station - 1400 Markham St., 4th Fl., Little Rock, Arkansas 
In the States
Clark's late entry, or as one staffer put it "ridiculously late start," presented special challenges in building a campaign organization.  One reason Clark entered late was that he needed to finish his book Winning Modern Wars.  At the time of Clark's announcement on Sept. 17, other campaigns had been building for months; many operatives had long since signed on to work for other candidates.  In contrast, Budget Director Andy Kessler stated, "We didn't have an organization in place when we started."  Comptroller Barry Wagman noted that the time compression "presented extraordinary challenges beyond the normal 'organized chaos' of a presidential campaign environment and reflected itself in almost every area" from accounting to political, finance, field operations, and so forth.  What might take months to accomplish in a business operation Clark's team did in weeks.  The campaign attracted a fair number of Clinton veterans, many talented people who showed up at the Little Rock headquarters on spec., and activists from the draft movement.  Clark's campaign endured an early shock as campaign manager Donnie Fowler made an abrupt exit after only three weeks.  A degree of chaos ensued; one staffer later opined that nobody was in charge for a period of about two months, another said that things settled down by mid-October.  Melding together two different cultures--campaign veterans and draft activists--proved to be a challenge.  Roles evolved; there were "all sorts of titles floating around." The campaign picked up a fair number of talented staffers from the campaign of Sen. Bob Graham after he withdrew on Oct. 6.  Vanessa Weaver, a former Clinton staffer whom Clark dubbed the "ExO," played an important role in holding things together.  Weaver eventually recruited Paul Johnson, Sen. Bob Graham's former campaign manager, to take the helm of Clark's campaign.  Keeping in mind the fact that roles changed and that some people filled multiple roles and cannot be easily pigeon-holed, the listing below presents a sketch of the organization which ultimately comprised about 225 paid staffers...
CHAIR
Chairman Eli Segal
Segal served as assistant to the president in the Clinton-Gore administration from 1993 to 1996, and then as the first CEO of the Corporation for National Service, where he was responsible for the legislation that created AmeriCorps.  He also launched the Welfare-to-Work Partnership, a non-partisan organization of business leaders committed to hiring and retaining former welfare recipients. Segal sits on the board of directors of Hasbro, AC Moore, and Citizens bank, the board of advisors of Stonebridge International, LLC, and several non-profit organizations. 
   Assistant to the Chairman - Christy Kitchens
   Administrative/General Assistant - Sammye Taylor
 
 
Vice Chair Nancy Parrish
(announced Jan. 17, 2004--"policy and strategic guidance to the campaign's finance and political operations") Political veteran of the Carter and Clinton campaigns. She served as chair of the Coordinated Campaign in Florida in 1980, and served as Georgia campaign manager for the Clinton Gore '92. She is a veteran of many Georgia campaigns, including those of former Governor Roy Barnes, Congressman Buddy Darden, and Martin Luther King III. Parrish worked as a consultant for the DNC and the Georgia Democratic Party throughout the 1980's and 1990's. 
 
 
 
CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT
Campaign Manager Paul Johnson
(announced Nov. 24, 2003 start Dec. 1, 2003)  Campaign manager for Sen. Bob Graham's presidential campaign through to its end in Oct. 2003.  In 2002 Johnson served as senior advisor on Mark Pryor's campaign in Arkansas, helping oust Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R).  He has served as executive director of the DSCC.  He managed Ted Muenster's 1990 Senate race against Sen. Larry Pressler in South Dakota, worked for Bob Kerry in 1988, and Tom Daschle in 1986.  In 1984 Johnson worked in several primary states for Walter Mondale's presidential campaign.  He is a Minnesota native residing in Louisiana. 
 
 
President and Treasurer ("ExO") Vanessa Weaver
(Initially Deputy Treasurer; recruited Paul Johnson)  Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, nominated by President Clinton July 1999 and sworn in Nov. 1999.  Served at the White House from 1994 to 1999 as deputy assistant to President Clinton and deputy director of presidential personnel.  From 1983 to 1994 she helped develop Engineering Research Associates, a high tech company in McLean, VA. 
 
Executive Staff/Senior Advisor Carole Corcoran
General Counsel and Director of Special Projects in the New York office of the Crisis Group since its opening in January 2001.  Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sanwa Securities (USA) Co. L.P, 1991 to mid-1999.  Worked at the New York law firm of Seward & Kisser from 1983-1991 representing US and foreign financial institutions and investment banks before federal agencies and developing new products for the capital markets.  JD degree from New York University Law School, 1983 and BA degree from New York University in 1979.

     Executive Staff - Murat Armbruster
     Executive Staff - Michel Zoghby
     Executive Staff - Ben Steinberg (performed a variety of different functions on the campaign including researching special assignments, volunteer support, serving as an assistant to Carole Corcoran, and later compiling the daily briefing book for Gen. Clark).  Prior to joining the campaign spent 10-plus years working in international development, specializing in microfinance; managed microfinance programs in Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Tanzania.  Graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, 1992. 
 
 
Special Assistant to General Clark/Assistant Treasurer Mark Nichols
Clark's top aide at Wesley K. Clark and Associates before he entered the campaign.  Worked on Al Gore's campaign in 2000.
 
 
Director of Administration and Control Janet Abrams
(Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Most recently the Senior Director of the Corporate Executive Board Company.  Adams has also served as a consultant to the Safe Tables Our Priority.  She worked in numerous capacities in the White House from 1994 to 2000. 
   Executive Staff - Mary Wholleb
 
 

COMMUNICATIONS
Director of Communications Matt Bennett
(Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Most recently, Bennett worked as Director of Public Affairs for Americans for Gun Safety.  He served in the White House from 1997-2001, as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, and before that as Trip Director to Vice President Gore.  He served in various capacities on the Clinton/Gore campaigns in 1996 and 1992 and on the Dukakis campaign in 1987-88. 
 
 
Deputy Communications Director and Chief Speechwriter Josh Gottheimer
(started Sept. 2003)  Harvard Law student (class of 2004).  Edited Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches.  Worked as a speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and a senior advisor to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  University of Pennsylvania graduate.
Deputy  Chief Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz
(started late Sept. 2003)  Harvard Law student (class of 2004).  Worked as a speechwriter for Sen. Tom Harkin.  A.B. from Harvard College, 1999.
    Eve Gerber, experience includes work as a Slate editorial assistant.
   Kathy Roche (speechwriting staff director and communications special assistant)  Bachelor's degree in political science from Wellesley College, 2003. 
 
 
Travelling Press Secretary Jamal Simmons
 (Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Simmons most recently served as Press Secretary to Senator Bob Graham's presidential campaign.  He served as the Communications Director for Max Cleland in 2002, and as Deputy Communications Director for Gore/Lieberman in 2000. Mr. Simmons has also worked at the Department of Commerce and as Special Assistant to Mickey Kantor at U.S.T.R. 
 
 
Press Secretary Bill Buck
(named on Dec. 5, 2003; previously New Hampshire Communications Director for the Clark campaign-announced on Oct. 23,  2003).  Buck worked in New Hampshire for Clinton for President in 1992, Clinton/Gore in 1996 and Gore 2000.  Deputy press secretary at the DNC through 2002; spokesperson for the Gore/Lieberman campaign in Florida and continuing through the recount, 2000; spokesperson for Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department, 1999; deputy communications director at the Commerce Department for Sec. Daley; press secretary for Clinton/Gore in Memphis, TN, 1996. 
 

Mary Jacoby-(served initially as traveling press secretary and later as a spokeswoman)  Left position as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times to join the campaign.
 
 
Senior Communications Counselor Chris Lehane
Resigned as Senior Advisor for Communications to the Kerry campaign on Sept. 15, 2003.  After the 2000 campaign Lehane was based in San Francisco, where he worked with Mark Fabiani.  In 2000 (announced Oct. 27, 1999) Lehane served as press secretary for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.  He moved over to that campaign from his position as press secretary for the Office of the Vice President, and previously served as the Vice President's deputy communications director.  Worked as a special counsel for HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in 1997 and as special assistant counsel for the President in 1995-96.  Lehane is a native of Lawrence, Mass. and is a graduate of Amherst College ('90).
Also: Andrea Evans
 
 
Press Secretary and Advisor to  Mrs. Clark Marion Kahn
(Note: Kahn also directed marketing and branding.  For example, she made sure all online appeals, website, and print materials reflected the core branding strategy; she also served as in-house producer with Hollywood producer, Linda Bloodworth, for the Clark biopic, "American Son."  Early on she developed standards and procedures for starting up the communications office.  She selected Union Station as campaign headquarters and negotiated the contract).  Founder and principal of Marion Kahn Communications, Inc., designing strategic communications programs for corporate and non-profit clients since 1990.  Kahn has scripted and directed a number of documentaries and authored many features and business articles.  Director of communications for Heifer International.   Editor for the Land Development Law Reporter.  Worked as a researcher at the National Geographic Society.  Interned for columnist Jack Anderson during the Watergate hearings.  Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
 
 
Associate Director of Communications (booking interviews) Maya Israel
(Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Israel served as a co-director of Locus Media, Inc., an art gallery and performance space in New York City  while also working as an Account Executive in a public relations firm.  She has worked as an actress on stage, television, and film, including appearances at Lincoln Center, and television's "Law & Order" and "Third Watch."  Israel has also organized numerous charity-related events.
 
 
Research Director Ben Holzer
Most recently worked in the office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid.  Was the Research and Policy Director for U.S. Senate candidate Alex Sanders in South Carolina in 2002.  Additionally, he has worked in the research departments for the winning campaigns of both of New York's senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and for the Democratic National Committee.
 
Deputy Research Director Jonathan Steinberg

 More Communications
Administrative-Daily Clips Patrick Buckley
Reid Cherlin
Scheduling Liaison Clayton Parker

Jeff Dailey (press management), Josh Margulies (from DraftWesleyClark.com), Amy Wojcicki (administration)
 
 
 
 

TECHNOLOGY
Director of Technology Josh Lerner
(Creation and maintenance of the campaign's software, hardware and networking infrastructure).
Prior to Clark's entry into the race, Lerner led the effort to create Digital Clark and The Clarksphere.  Co-founder and CEO of Alphanumerica, a Web consulting shop sold to CollabNet in 2000.

More Technology:
Josh Hendler - PHP and Perl coder (took leave from position as Manager of Content Management for MLB.com in NY).
Jordan Higgins - writing HTML; web designer and production associate.
Andrew Hoppin - managing national campaign data (founded and led the largest local grassroots 'Draft Clark' organization in the country, New York for Clark; was working at N Space Labs in NY).
Austin S. Lin-Perl coder
Keith Pike 
Leonard Richardson - worked closely with Cameron Barrett on Clark Community Network (worked at CollabNet; founded Segfault.org, a Linux humor site).
Tony Steidler-Dennison - (open source author, PHP/MySQL developer from Iowa City). 
Courtenay Teska - project manager for IT quality assurance..."Bug Queen for the Tech Team" (from Racine, WI).

also:
Clark TechCorps -- involving volunteers to develop open source software: "provides a framework for involving open source software developers in the Clark campaign. Through the collaborative development of open source code, developers design and implement critical Clark campaign infrastructure while extending the availability of open campaignware/electionware."
 
 

ON-LINE OUTREACH
Director of Online Communications Eric Carbone
(Also referred to Executive Producer of Web Content.  Oversaw all editorial aspects of the site and co-headed the product development team that created such tools as eBlocks, Clark Community Network, Clark Recruiters, and the Clark Event Finder).
Carbone co-founded the Real Fans Sports Network, an interactive sports information and community, in 1995.  America Online acquired the company in 1997 and Carbone continued to work there.
 
 
Online Community/Official Campaign Blogger Cameron Barrett
Pioneered the 'blog' format for Web sites, launching CamWorld on June 11, 1997.  Barrett also founded the cms-list, a mailing list dedicated to the discussion of Content Management Systems.  Freelance and contract work in New York as Cameron Barrett Consulting, starting September 2001.  Senior Information Architect/Design Technologist for CollabNet, Inc. and Alphanumeric, Inc. in New York.  Interactive Designer for Borders.com, Feb. 1998-Feb. 2000 (the site went up in October 1998).  New Media Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, 1997.  Designed his first web site in March 1994.  B.S. in Telecommunications Management from Western Michigan University; A.A.S. in Visual Communications from Northwestern Michigan College
 
 
E-Mail Strategy/On-line Communications Brent Blackaby
Co-founded Draft Clark 2004.  Experience prior to the campaign includes work as an engagement manager for Delphinity, LLC, an online marketing consulting firm; Director of Marketing for Trigo Technologies, Inc., an enterprise software company; Senior Product Marketing Manager at E*TRADE; and consultant in McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office.  Graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics.
 
 
E-Mail Strategy/On-line Communications Larry Huynh
Co-founded Draft Clark 2004.  Senior Product Manager for BestOffer.com; consultant in the San Francisco office of Mercer Management Consulting.  B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard University.
 
Writer Kerri Case

 
Director of Internet Strategy John Hlinko
(Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Co-director of "DraftWesleyClark.com."  Hlinko's career has focused on "guerilla marketing" efforts. He has also worked as an investment banker, campaign manager, dotcom marketing director, and a professional comedy writer.  B.A. from Wesleyan University and M.A. in public policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
 
 
Special Assistant, Technology and Online Communications Suzanne Munson

More On-line Outreach:
Jeremy Kratz, Jason McIntosh
 

Also: Jon Rubin and Thomas Gensemer -direct response marketing/online consulting
 
 
 

POLITICAL
Political Director Lara Bergthold
(Started in travelling/advisory role in early Oct. 2003)  Was a political and public relations consultant--Act III Communications.  Is a co-chair of the Board of People for the American Way; also described as political advisor/aide to Norman Lear.  Served as executive director of the Hollywood Women's Political Committee.  Graduate of U.C. Berkeley.

Bill Burke-(Constituency Outreach)  Director of Special Projects at the Democratic National Committee.  Former labor organizer.

Greg Caplan-(Jewish Outreach)  Served as Assistant Director of the American Jewish Committee's office in Berlin, Germany.  Doctorate in modern European history from Georgetown University; Master of Arts degree in German and European Studies, also from Georgetown.

Kety Esquivel-(Hispanic/Latino Outreach)  Worked for three years with Eastman Kodak Company's United States, Canada and Latin American regional operations, coaching executives on issues of human capital and diversity.  Three years in China working in higher education and management and consulting.  Graduate of Cornell University.  A native of Rochester, New York. 

Hillary Gross-(Environmental/Woman's Outreach)  B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University.  J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Kymara Seals-(African-American Outreach)  Deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor starting in 2003.  Base Vote Director for the Arkansas Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign in 2002.  Arkansas State Director for the NAACP National Voter Fund in 2000.  Graduate of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a B.A. in political science, 1994.  Eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
    Also Carol Willis, a longtime aide to Clinton who served as Director of Community Services at the DNC, helped out, although more in a consulting role.

Mark Seifert-(GLBT Outreach)  Joined the Federal Communications Commission in 1996.  Worked four years in private practice.  J.D. from the University for Virginia.  From Birmingham, AL.

Larry Weatherford-(Veteran's Outreach)  Democratic nominee against Rep. J.C. Watts (OK-4) in Nov. 2000, obtaining 31.2% of the vote.

Jeff Hauser-(American Indians, highlighting Clark's Kosovo experience)  Came to the campaign from two years in the Attorney General's Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, having been hired under Attorney General Janet Reno.  Led a legal research team on the Seminole and Martin County cases during the Florida post-election litigation.  Graduate of N.Y.U. Law School and Harvard College.

Soroush Shehabi-(Left in November)  Prior to the campaign worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment Enforcement Section. Three years as an associate at the Los Angeles firm Christensen, White, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser & Shapiro.  Clerked for a year at DOJ in San Francisco.  J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law, 1994.  Worked for four years on Wall Street.  Graduate of Harvard, 1987. 
 
 
 
Director of Ballot Access and Delegates Shelly Loos

Served as MW regional desk for Gore's Leadership '98 political action committee; field person for Gore campaign in southeastern Iowa for the Iowa caucuses starting Oct./Nov. 1999; then to California; ran the March 21 Illinois primary campaign; convention floor manager at the Democratic National Convention in L.A. (two months working on floor operations); returned to Illinois in late August 2000 as state director for the fall campaign. 
(Jim Carey- Northern Virginia resident.  Headed the DNC's Compliance Assistance Commission, the predecessor to ballot access and delegate selection, under Chairman Paul Kirk).
 
 
Director of Strategic Targeting (lists-negotiating, manipulating, upkeep) Justin Levitt
("managed the development and implementation of a...web-based voter information tool supporting ten states")  Spent two years as a management consultant in the Chicago headquarters office of McKinsey & Company, Inc..  Served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Holds graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a baccalaureate from Harvard College. 
 
 
 
FIELD
National Field Director Craig Varoga
(Started mid-Nov. 2003)  Principal partner of Varoga Rice & Shalott, a Houston-based political consulting firm he co-founded in 1995.  Managed the Texas Truth Squad in 2000 for the Democratic National Committee and the Gore-Lieberman campaign; served as national director of state research in 1996 for the Clinton-Gore re-election.  Varoga has managed campaigns throughout the country for Senate, Congress, lieutenant governor, state treasurer and mayor, and served as communications director for U. S. Senator Harry Reid.  Graduate of Princeton University and native of Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Deputy Field Director (phones and mail) Chai Komanduri
Deputy Field Director (NH desk/all around utility guy) James Johnson

 
Midwest Political Director and Grassroots Mobilization
14 states - IA, OK, ND, MO, MI, WI, MN, OH, TX, KS, IL, IN, NE, SD.
John Oeffinger
[in the closing weeks the grassroots mobilization took high priority because tools like eBlock calls and letters were launched.]  Most recently was co-founder of DraftClark2004 and TexansForClark.  Co-led the Protect The Vote program for Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tony Sanchez and the 2002 Texas Coordinated Campaign.
 
Northeast Political Director Elizabeth Caputo
Worked for Caroline Kennedy at the New York City Department of Education; worked on the 2002 gubernatorial race in New York.  Started her career at Goldman Sachs as a municipal finance analyst, structuring and marketing financial products for city and state governments.  B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College, 1994 and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
 
South/Southeast Political Director Paul Neaville
MPA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, 2002.  Advance staffer for Gore in the 2000 campaign.
 
West Political Director Alexandria ("Lexi") Marcus
Previously served as Western Political Director on Bob Graham's campaign.

More Political/Field:
Susan Altrui-(Political and Field; went to New Hampshire and then Michigan)  Native Arkansan; graduate of Arkansas State University.

Peter Shakow-(Started Sept. 21, 2003.  Shakow was Deputy Political Director in Little Rock; in late December he went to Wisconsin and directed the campaign there)  Before joining the campaign Shakow worked as a lawyer in Los Angeles for four years.  He worked in Political Affairs at the White House, 1993-94, and worked on Clinton/Gore '92 in Texas.  Shakow earned his undergraduate degree in History from Brown in 1992, and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

James Eby, Fatima Khan

Also: Within 24 hours of Rep. Dick Gephardt's withdrawal following the Iowa caucuses, the campaign picked up 39 field organizers who had worked for the Missouri congressman there; Gephardt's Iowa caucus director John Lapp also joined the Clark campaign for the last couple of weeks. 
 

In the States
Field Staff
Volunteer Coordinators
 
 

POLICY

Policy Director Jason Furman
Visiting Lecturer in economics at Yale University and Columbia University.  An economic advisor to the Gore campaign.  Served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in the Clinton Administration.  Also, Senior Economic Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank.  Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. 
 
 
Jason Forrester
Served as research director of the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign in Washington, DC.   Previously a senior researcher in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, 1998-2001). Also worked on the Gore/Lieberman foreign policy team.  Master's from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; bachelor's in political science from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
 
 
Deputy Policy Director Chris Kofinis
Formerly a professor at the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge, and the School of Public Administration, at California State University, Northridge.  He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Public Policy from Claremont, an MA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, and a BA with Honors from Queens University.  Dr. Kofinis is the co-author (with Dr. Stella Theodoulou) of "The Art of the Game," an exploration of the American political and policy process (October 2003).  He did some work for DraftWesleyClark.com.

More Policy
Terrell McSweeny, Peter Stevenson, Gabriel Wildau.
 
 
 

FINANCE
Finance Director Diana Rogalle
(Announced Oct. 10, 2003)  Served as Finance Director for the DSCC, starting in May 2001, after working as DSCC Director of Campaign Services.  Rogalle has also served as finance director for Sen. Byron Dorgan and Tom Strickland. 
 
 
Deputy Finance Director Tom Perron
Worked at the DSCC, on Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, and for Sen. Ted Kennedy.
 

Arkansas and the Deep South - Chris Kell

Florida and Texas - Ben Eley  (Assistant: David Robinson)

California and the West  - Diane Hamwi (lead), Mike Stanifer (deputy)  (Assistant: Rebecca Gilden)

New York - Lenny Carr (lead), Barbara Layton (senior advisor), Dennis Chang (deputy)

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic  - Stephanie Berger and Rachel Hirschberg

Midwest - The Competence Group:  David Rosen and Tony Chang
 
 

More Finance:
Chris Bolyai, Erika Boyd, Stephanie Leifer, Laila Plassey, Rebecca Rios,  and (DC some consulting) Mary Pat Bonner.
 
 
 

SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE
Co-Directors of Scheduling Catherine Grunden
Holly Johnson
Grunden served as Director of Scheduling and Deputy Campaign Manager for Gore 2000.  She served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to Secretary Henry Cisneros at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Director of Scheduling and Advance for Secretary Rodney Slater at the Department of Transportation.  Various capacities on the Clinton/Gore Campaigns in 1996 and 1992 and 1992 presidential transition team.  Most recently, Grunden served as a consultant at Southern Strategy Group in Little Rock.  She is a native of Arkansas and resides in Little Rock.
Johnson was one of General Clark's executive assistants at Stephens Group, Inc. and then his personal assistant and office manager at Wesley K. Clark and Associates.  Johnson is a graduate of John Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in organizational management.

 
Director of Advance Robert McLarty
Most recently Director of Advance for the Graham for President campaign.  Previously Tennessee political director for Al Gore's political action committee, Leadership '02.  Directed Gore's advance efforts during the 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.
 
 
Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance Molly Buford
In 2000 served as an assistant to Gore-Lieberman chairman William Daley.
 
 
Director of Press Advance Sunny Gettinger
Associate Director of Press Advance for Gore 2000.  Graduated from Yale in 1999 with a degree in English.  From Madisonville, Tennessee.
 
 
Director of Surrogate Scheduling Marissa Luzzatto
Served as Deputy Policy Director on Bob Graham's presidential campaign.  Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Advance for the White House (one of two), 2000-01.
 
Scheduling for Mrs. Clark Kevin Weaver

Advance: Dan Mintz, Will Pepik, Sarah Scanlon
More Scheduling and Advance
Ian Alberg, Joe Clark, Keith Griffin, Crystal Hatfield, Mariah Hattah, Jack Katy, Clark Jennings, Connie Larossa, Mary McGurn, Duke McLarty, Melissa Moody, Tom O'Brian, Nelson Peacock, Jon Solomon, Jessie Walker, Rob Walker.
 
 
 

ACCOUNTING
Comptroller Barry E. Wagman, CPA
(started in Little Rock Oct. 27, 2003; directing all financial operations)  Wagman has founded or served as an executive of several companies.  He served as Director of the Office of Enforcement Policy and Planning within the U.S. Department of Energy, as a Special Assistant to the Director General of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, and as consultant to the Director of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 1978-81.  Active in Democratic politics for  more than 30 years.  Author of The Democratic Party Campaign Treasurer's Handbook, the first text ever written on political accounting, endorsed by the DNC in 1975.  Graduate of the University of Southern California. 

Ann Kamps-initially prepared the checks (paid the bills) prior to arrival of Barry Wagman; subsequently prepared data for the payroll and compliance documentation.

Joan Vehik-Deputy Comptroller -started on the campaign in Dec.; accounts payable and bill review.
 
 
Budget Director and Post-Campaign CFO Andrew Kessel
(Kessel "wore many hats during the campaign."  He started out in IT and played a key role early on in developing the infrastructure and getting the campaign up and running; he "had the checkbook."  In October he built a spreadsheet that mapped out a daily budget for the campaign into February 12, and he coordinated with Paul Johnson to see that the campaign kept on track.  After the campaign he oversaw winding down activities). A graduate of the Wharton School, Andy Kessel spent 17 years on Wall Street, with Citibank Capital Markets, Kidder Peabody and Barclay's de Zoete Wedd Securities where he was a managing director in charge of Non-Government Securities trading in the U.S..  In 1998 he moved to Arkansas and began a management consulting business focusing on financial and technology businesses.  Clark for President was his first foray into the political world.

More Accounting
Annette Robinette, Jule Couch CPA
 
 

OPERATIONS
Correspondence Aaron Ament
Experience includes work as a researcher for Stan Greenberg and James Carville at Democracy Corps and for President Clinton in his Harlem, NY office.  Prior to that Ament also worked for Rep. Ron Kind, the American Bar Association, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and the Chicago Tribune as an intern.  He earned bachelors and masters degrees in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
 
Volunteer Management Paul Dodds
(Helped recruit, coordinate and maximize value added by local volunteers; established correspondence department; assisted IT department in defining contact-tracking software needs; established procedures to close down regional offices).  International consultant and policy advisor, including experience managing privatization and economic reform programs in Germany and the former USSR.  Corporate and real estate attorney.  Harvard Law School, 1981; undergraduate degree from Columbia College, 1978.
 
 
organized volunteers for phone answering, phone banking and mailings Shelley Adams
Patti Cogdell
managed the headquarters building Ellen Bruce
More Operations:
Barry Jefferson.
 
 


LEGAL

General Counsel William J. Farah
(Succeeded William Oldaker)  Partner at Oldaker, Biden & Belair, LLP.  Previously an attorney with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he had principal responsibility for that firm’s Political Law practice.  J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1989.

 
Deputy Treasurer (Initially General Counsel and Treasurer) William C. Oldaker
Founding partner of the National Group (Jan. 2002).  Founder and managing partner of Oldaker, Biden & Belair, LLP.  Formerly a partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.  General counsel and treasurer to the Kennedy for President Committee, 1979-80.  Served as General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission, 1975-79.  LL.B. from the University of Iowa in 1966.

More Legal:
Jeff Priebe, Blake Rutherford.
 
 
 

MORE (not in any particular order) 
Chief of Staff to Mrs. Clark Page Atkins

 
Personal Traveling Assistant to Gen. Clark (bodyperson)
 
Amad Jackson
 Prior to joining the campaign Jackson was working as a television, film, and theater actor in Los Angeles.  Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, 1999.
 
 
Trip Director Stacey Rubin

 
Traveling Advisor Gene Caulfield
(from about late October 2003)  Clark's brother-in-law.  Formerly worked for Reuters.  From New Jersey.
 
Traveling Advisor William Halter
(early on, in Sept.-Oct. 2003)  Served in the Clinton administration as Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of Social Security, and earlier, for six years, as Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget.  Selected as a Rhodes Scholar and a Marshall Scholar; Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University, 1986.  A.B. in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, 1983.
 

see also: Partial list of Clark for President staff
 
 

SENIOR ADVISORS
Senior Advisor Mark Fabiani
Fabiani works as a crisis management consultant based in La Jolla, California (put another way he provides "strategic advice and tactical execution to companies and individuals facing complex financial, marketing, communications and legal challenges."  Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications and Strategy for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.  Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton reponsible for scandal damage control.  Served four years as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.  Graduated Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1982 after earning a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Redlands. 

Ron Klain
Chief of Staff to Vice President Gore, November 1995-1999.  Counselor and Chief of Staff to Attorney General Janet Reno.  Associate Counsel to the President, directing judicial selection efforts.  Worked on the Clinton/Gore campaign as Washington Issues Director and helping with debate prep.  Chief Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, July 1989-July 1992.  Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White during the 1987 and 1988 terms.  Much more campaign and Capitol Hill experience.  Graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, 1987, and of Georgetown University, summa cum laude, 1983.
 
 
Senior Foreign Policy Advisor James P. Rubin
(announced Oct. 27, 2003 - unpaid)  Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from January 1997 to May 2000.  From May 1993 until 1996, Rubin served as Senior Adviser and Spokesman for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Madeleine K. Albright.  Prior to joining the Clinton administration, Rubin worked on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1989 to 1993.  He was the research director for the Arms Control Association from 1985 to 1989.  Rubin received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Columbia University in 1982 and a master's degree in international affairs in 1984.
 
 
Senior Economic Advisors (announced Dec. 5, 2003 - unpaid)
Michael Spence - Nobel Prize-winning  former Dean of Stanford Business School.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson - former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors and former Director of the National Economic Council.
 
 
Senior Director for Congressional and Public Liaison Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
(announced Nov. 5, 2003 - unpaid)  Partner at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman.   Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary (liaison between the President and the agencies of the Executive Branch) from 1997 to 2001.  Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Counsel for Vice President Al Gore.  A counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, as well as the Governmental Affairs Committee.  Marshall obtained both his J.D. and his B.A. from University of Virginia.

   Congressional Relations Team
   Peter Goelz of APCO Worldwide 
   Steven Palmer of Van Skoyoc Associates 
   Daniel C. Tate of Capitol Solutions
   Tracey Thornton of Farragut Consulting
 
 

CONSULTANTS
Pollster Geoff Garin
President of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc.
 
 
Media Consultant Joe Slade White & Co.

 
 
 
National Steering Committee
...provides guidance on major policy and strategic issues of the Clark campaign, organizes leaders across the country for Clark and advocates for the campaign. 
Chairman of the Steering Committee Mickey Kantor
Currently a partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP.  Secretary of Commerce, 1996-97.  United States Trade Representative, 1993-96.  Worked on the Clinton transition.  National Chair of Clinton/Gore '92.  Founded the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.  Managed Sen. Alan Cranston's 1974 re-election campaign.  Staff coordinator for R. Sargent Shriver, Democratic vice-presidential candidate, in 1972.  Practiced law for 17 years at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips and Kantor in Los Angeles.  Law degree from Georgetown University Law Center; four years as a naval officer; bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt. 

Co-Chair: Ambassador Andrew Young (announced Dec. 21, 2003)
Co-Chair: Congressman Charles Rangel  (announced Dec. 21, 2003)
Vice Chair (Southeast campaign coordination): Gordon Giffin (announced Jan. 17, 2004)
Former Ambassador to Canada, is a veteran of both Georgia and national politics. He was treasurer for Sam Nunn's Senate campaign and Georgia chair of the Clinton-Gore '92 and '96 campaigns. He also currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Carter Center and the Board of Advisors of the Woodrow Wilson International Center. 
Vice Chair: Johnny Hayes - finance chairman of the Gore campaign in 2000 and as finance chair for Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2002

Congressman Rahm Emanuel (IL)
Lt. Governor Barbara Layton (WI)
Laura Tyson - former Clinton National Economic Advisor
Jim Hodges - former Governor of South Carolina

Also: 
Ted Sorensen - former special counsel and advisor to President Kennedy (announced Dec. 19, 2003).
Dr. Mary Frances Berry - Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania (announced Jan. 4, 2004).
Yolanda Caraway - former Deputy Chair of the DNC under Paul Kirk, senior adviser to the late Ron Brown, Vice-Chair of the 2000 DNC Convention Site Selection Committee and, currently, a member of the Standing Committee on Resolutions (announced Jan. 22, 2004). 

legal policy advisor to the National Steering Committee: 
Bob Butterworth - served as Florida's Attorney General for 16 years (announced January 23, 2004).



former
Chief Operating Officer Ambassador Richard Sklar
(key role in starting up the campaign, return to California in late November 2003)  Sklar has held a wide range of senior positions in government and the private sector.  In April 2001 Gov. Gray Davis appointed him head of "The Governor’s Generation Implementation Taskforce"  He served the Special Representative of the President to promote economic reconstruction and the development of market economies in Southeast Europe, 1999-2001; as Ambassador to the United Nations, 1997; and as the President's Special Representative in Bosnia for Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, 1996-97.  Earlier in his career, he served as president of  O’Brien Kreitzberg, a San Francisco construction management company, eventually sold.   He was General Manager of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission, 1979-83 and Director of Capital Projects for the city, 1976-83.  After graduating  from Cornell with a degree in mechanical engineering Sklar founded a manufacturing firm and served as president and CEO until it was sold in 1973.
 
 
National Press Secretary Kym Spell
(September 18, 2003, returned to New York November 2003 where she helped as a liaison to the entertainment industry)  Spell served as New Hampshire Communications Director for John Kerry's campaign for one month, Aug. 18-Sept. 18, 2003 before leaving to join the Clark campaign.  She has run her own public relations firm, Spell Communications, LLC, in New York for the past three years.  Spell served as deputy national communications director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000; communications director for John Edwards 1998 Senate campaign; communications director for Congressman David Price (D-NC) from 1997-98; and assistant press secretary for Gov. James Hunt (D-NC) from 1994-96.
 

Donnie Fowler
Served as campaign manager from the inception of Clark's campaign but left abruptly after about three weeks.
 
 

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