Republican National Convention--Organization
See Also: New York City Host Committee
RNC Committee on Arrangements
Plans and manages the Convention
Officers announced on Jan. 31, 2003 at the RNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC:
Vice Chairman
David Norcross (New Jersey)
[Ellen Williams (KY)  resigned-govt. position.]
Mike Retzer (Mississippi)
Linda Shaw (North Carolina)
Deputy to the Chairman of the COA (announced Feb. 27, 2004) Mark Acton
Acton has been involved in Republican Party politics for nearly two decades. He will assist Norcross in planning for and managing the Convention. 
COA Executive Committee: Ed Gillespie, RNC Chairman  -  Ann Wagner, RNC Co-Chairman  -  Sara Gear Boyd, RNC Secretary  -  Bob Kjellander, RNC Rules Chairman  -  Blake Hall RNC Contests Chairman  -  David A. Norcross, COA Chairman  -  Linda Shaw, COA Secretary  -  Mike Retzer, COA Treasurer  -  Mike Duncan, COA General Counsel

COA Subcommittee Chairmen:
Special Events
Tickets and Badges
News Media
Family and Youth
Charlie Glazer
Alan Novak
Duane Acklie
Sandy Treadwell
Julie Finley
Rosie Tripp
Blake Hall
Martha Moore
Ann Wagner
Carolyn Meadows
Jack Meeks
Mary Jean Jensen
Travis Thompson
Jo McKenzie

Convention Manager and CEO Bill Harris
(announced Jan. 31, 2003)  Vice Chairman of Global USA and president of William D. Harris and Associates.  Involved in the planning and management of RNC conventions since 1984, when he served as Sergeant at Arms.  First convention attended was in 1972.
Deputy to the CEO Karen Keller
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Prior to joining the Convention staff, Keller served as Special Assistant to the White House Budget Director.  Before joining the Bush Administration, she was a Senior Associate at Burson-Marsteller public relations/public affairs firm. 
Chief Operating Officer Hector F. Irastorza, Jr.
(announced Feb. 12, 2003)  Leaving position as Deputy Assistant to the President for Management and Administration at the White House.  Served as a member of President-elect Bush's transition team.  Previously, Irastorza was president and CEO of Icon Solutions Incorporated.  Vice president for corporate wide programs and planning at Philip Morris Companies, Inc., 1992-97.  Served in the Reagan and Bush administrations.
Director for the Office of the COO Cathy Alix
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Before joining the Convention, Alix served as Special Assistant to the President for Management and Administration at the White House. 
Director of Special Projects Harold Blakely
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Previously, Blakely served as a member of the Mississippi Bush-Cheney Finance Committee for the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. He also was the Director of Pharmacy for Delta Regional Medical Center for over 10 years. 

Director of Operations Mike Miller
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Miller has worked on eleven straight Conventions. He served as a staff member for the last nine Republican Conventions, and covered the two Conventions prior as a journalist.  Miller also operated Elkmont Productions, a public affairs consulting firm. 
 P R O D U C T I O N
Executive Producer David Nash
David J. Nash and Associates

Entertainment Director Frank Breeden
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Breeden most recently served as the executive producer of the 33rd annual Dove Awards. He also has produced numerous White House celebrations and record albums.
D E L E G A T E   S E R V I C E S
Director of Delegate Services Denise Dick
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Dick was Director of Housing for the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. 
Director of Delegate and Caucus Brian Noyes
(announced July 1, 2004)  Since 2002 Noyes has served as a regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta.  Previously he worked as a consultant specializing in public relations, earned media and direct voter programs in Kennesaw, GA.  Deputy political director for campaign operations at the Republican National Committee in  Washington, DC, April 2001 to March 2002.  Worked as a government and public policy consultant at the DCI Group in Columbus, Ohio from February 1999 to March 2001.  Southeastern regional political director for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Austin, TX, overseeing campaign operations and programs in eight Southern states.  Noyes has also worked as a Victory '98 coordinator at the RNC; as executive director and political director of the Georgia Republican Party; and as regional director for Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA) in 40 Georgia counties, where he was later promoted to serve as the liaison between the Senate office and statewide political organization. 
 M E D I A   O P E R A T I O N S
Director of Media Operations Chuck Fuqua
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  This is Fuqua's fourth Republican National Convention.  Prior to joining the 2004 Convention staff, he worked at the Department of Commerce in the Public Affairs Department. 
E X T E R N A L   R E L A T I O N S
Director of External Relations Alicia Davis
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Davis served as Associate Director of Political Affairs in the White House and on the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.  Before joining the campaign, Davis worked for Governors Weld and Cellucci in Massachusetts.
 C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
Communications Director Mark Pfeifle
(announced March 17, 2004)   Immediately prior to joining the 2004 Convention, Pfeifle was Acting Communications Director and Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior.  He served as Deputy Communications Director and Principal Deputy Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.  Pfeifle worked as a stringer for the Associated Press and managed KDRQ Radio in North Dakota. 
Deputy Director for Communications Natalie Rule
(announced June 4, 2004)  Rule most recently served in the Office of the Vice President as Mrs. Cheney's Press Secretary.  She was Press Secretary for the 54th Presidential Inaugural Committee and during the 2000 presidential campaign worked at the Republican National Committee on the Victory 2000 communications team. 
Press Secretary Leonardo Alcivar
(announced June 4, 2004)  A native New Yorker and former press aide to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Alcivar previously served under the Bush Administration as Deputy Communications Director for the Department of Transportation.
Director of Media Affairs Jennifer Foley
(announced June 4, 2004)  Prior to joining the Communications team Foley was a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of State.  From 2001-03 Foley served in several positions in the White House including the Office of Presidential Personnel, the Coalition Information Center and the Office of Global Communications.
Associate Director of Regional and Caucus Nicol Andrews
(announced June 4, 2004)  Most recently, Andrews served as Press Secretary for the House Resources Committee.  Before Capitol Hill, she worked in the Communications office at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Senior Writer Shannon Burkhart
(announced June 4, 2004)  For the past year, Burkhart worked as Associate Director of Communications for Policy at the Bush-Cheney '04 headquarters in Arlington, VA. Prior to joining the re-election campaign, she served as Associate Director of Communications at the White House
Spokesperson Rori Patrise Smith
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Smith was the Press Secretary and Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Katherine Harris' campaign. Smith also worked as a television weather anchor and television host for Delta Air Lines. 
Deputy Press Secretary and Director for Specialty Media Judy Pino
(announced June 4, 2004)  Originally from Miami, FL where she was a journalist for a Spanish-language station, Pino moved to Washington, DC in 2002 to serve as a political appointee for the Bush Administration at EPA as a Public Affairs Specialist and Hispanic Spokesperson. 
Radio Liaison Gregory Chapin
(announced June 4, 2004)  For the past six years Chapin produced news and talk radio for several hosts, most notably Michael Savage in San Francisco.  Chapin also worked as a news and traffic anchor for Metro Networks. 
Deputy Press Secretary of Specialty Projects Alyssa J. McClenning
(announced June 4, 2004)  McClenning most recently served as Deputy Press Secretary for Congressman John E. Sweeney and as a Press Assistant for Sweeney's re-election campaign. 
Media and Special Projects Coordinator Alison Kogut
(announced June 4, 2004)  Prior to being a part of the Convention staff, Kogut served as a legislative assistant to Senator Pat Roberts. 
Media and Special Projects Coordinator Ryan Connolly
(announced June 4, 2004)  Before joining the Convention team, Connolly completed graduate work at Stanford University and volunteered as a Site Advance Representative for White House and the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign.
Assistant to the Director for Communications Lee Roupas
(announced June 4, 2004)  Prior to joining the Convention team, Roupas worked in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior, the Office of the Co-Chair at the RNC, and the Office of the Speaker with the Honorable Dennis Hastert. 

Max Everett, Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


 A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

Director of Administration Wes Foster
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Foster recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. Foster also served as Deputy Director of Treasury for the Bush-Cheney 2000 Campaign. 
Chief Financial Officer Jim Deleuterio

Director of Financial Services Heather Coquis
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Coquis recently was Director of Strategic Scheduling at the Environmental Protection Agency. She also served as Deputy Controller to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's re-election campaign and his Political Action Committee.
Counsel Elizabeth Apisson
(announced Feb. 27, 2004)  Previously, Apisson served as General Counsel of a New York City post production company, a law clerk for the Department of Justice, and a Judicial Clerk for a D.C. Superior Court Judge. She also served as Deputy Director for three major donor programs at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, prior to becoming an attorney. 


On July 9, 2003, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced designation of the Republican National Convention in New York as a National Special Security Event.  According to a DHS press release this means that "the Secret Service assumes its mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan and Federal resources are deployed to maintain the level of security needed for the event and the area."  Past NSSEs have included the 2000 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.

Old Info
Communications Director James R. Wilkinson
(announced Aug. 19, 2003)  Wilkinson came to the position from working as Director of Strategic Communications at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.  During 2001-02 he worked at the White House as Deputy Director of Communications for Planning.  In 2000 Wilkinson served as Director of Communications at the NRCC.  Prior to joining the NRCC, Wilkinson spent several years working in Congress for former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), serving in several roles, including Press Secretary and Political Director.
Deputy Communications Director Leslie Shockley Beyer
(annonced Feb. 27, 2004)  Beyer served as Lead Press Advance Representative at the White House and on the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.  She also served as a staff member for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. 


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