Leaders for Sensible Priorities - Organization
Headquarters: 191 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT 05401
A 501(c)(3) incorporated in 1998. "Our mission is to change US
budget priorities to reflect a national commitment to education, healthcare,
energy independence, job training and deficit reduction -- at no additional
taxpayer expense -- by eliminating funding for unneeded Cold War era weapons
systems." (Note: There is a bill in Congress that would implement
this vision -- H.R.1702 in the 110th Congress).
founded in 2002, as a grassroots arm for non-business members of the public
who want to help the group's efforts, is now part of USAction].
updated November 17, 2007
Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
Homemade Inc (the firm was sold in 2000). With Jerry Greenfield opened
the first Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont
in May 1978. Craft teacher at the Highland Community School in the
Adirondack Mountain region of New York State for about three years.
Attended Skidmore College, studying pottery and jewelry making and Colgate
University and held various jobs. Grew up in Merrick, Long Island.
Chairman: R. Warren Langley,
Managing Principal of the GuruWizard Fund and former President of the Pacific
Board Members: Fletcher H.
"Flash" Wiley, CEO of Diversicon Ventures, LLC; ; Liz Letzler, former Vice
President of Citibank and founder of CHOPS; Roger Mumford, YellowBrook
Property Company and co-founded the Matzel & Mumford Organization;
and Guy T. Saperstein, trial attorney and founder of the nation's largest
civil rights law firm.
Joined Cohen as "Chief of Stuff"
in 1996. Worked on Tom Hayden's campaigns for State Senate and served
as chief of staff to Hayden. Press Secretary for both the Van de
Kamp For Governor campaign and the Big Green Initiative (Proposition 128),
1990. Press Secretary to the California Attorney General John Van
de Kamp for seven years. Research director for the Tom Bradley for
Governor campaign, 1982. Regional organizer for the Kennedy presidential
campaign, 1980. Foreign and defense policy analyst for the Paul Tsongas
for U.S. Senate campaign, 1978. Graduate of Dartmouth College with
a degree in government, 1978. Originally from the Los Angeles area.
|Public Relations Consultant
FOR SENSIBLE PRIORITIES
Previously director of issue
advocacy at State Public Policy Group. Executive director of the
Chrysalis Foundation, through Nov. 2003. Directed Iowans for Sensible
Priorities in 1999-2000. Cochairwoman of the Polk County Democrats
from 1998-2000. Ran her own consulting business, Nonprofit Resources.
Development director at The Des Moines Playhouse, 1993-94. Executive
director of the Iowa Hospice Organization, 1988-91. Reporter for
the Associated Press and Des Moines Tribune. Journalism degree
from Drake University.
Headquarters: 1620 Pleasant St. #218, Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 244-1207 www.sensibleiowans.org
Graduate of Iowa State University
with a degree in political science, 2004; he was a member of Cyclones for
Dean. From Crystal Lake, Illinois.
|Director of Grassroots
Interned with the Feminist Majority
Foundation’s Get Out Her Vote Campaign in 2004. Degree in sociology
from the University of Northern Iowa. Des Moines native.
"10 years of operations and
strategic planning experience" including director of operations and business
development at Simonson & Associates Architects. Graduate of
Drake University. Illinois native.
almost 20 local partner organizations
CAUCUS FOR PRIORITIES
1620 Pleasant St. #218, Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 244-1207
(501(c)(4) - Set a goal of 8,000 pledgers, which it has exceeded.
Pledgers "promise to attend your local caucus and support a candidate who
has endorsed the idea of providing more money for education, health care,
renewable energy research, and other social needs by cutting Pentagon waste."
**The Caucus for Priorities Campaign endorsed former Sen. John Edwards
for President on November 9th, 2007.
Committee made the endorsement based on the following criteria:
- Publicly stated support for Sensible Priorities;
- Demonstrated willingness to campaign on Priorities;
- Viability to emerge from Iowa with the standing to campaign throughout
- Likely influence the Caucus Pledgers will have in propelling them from
- Preference of the Caucus Pledgers.
Amanda Huppert (515) 664-7149
Des Moines Metro area; Polk, Dallas, Madison,
Warren, Marion, Poweshiek Counties
Chris Schwartz (319) 230-5677
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metro area; Black
Hawk, Benton, Tama, Grundy, Butler, Bremer, Chickasaw, Howard, Mitchell,
Natasha Newcomb (515) 664-7148
Des Moines Metro area, Sioux City Metro
area, and Western Iowa; Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Monona, Crawford, Carroll,
Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Mills,
Montgomery, Adams, Union, Clarke, Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur
Susan Junis (319) 541-1684
Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Metro area; Johnson,
Linn, Iowa, Jones, and Cedar Counties
Brian Kramer (563) 271-2013
Quad Cities Metro area; Clinton and Scott
Jessica Border (319) 331-5564
Southeastern Iowa including Ottumwa, Fairfield,
and Mount Pleasant; Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Muscatine, Louisa, Lucas,
Monroe, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Lee, Van Buren, Davis, Appanoose,
and Wayne Counties
John Day (515) 231-2780
Ames Metro area and Northwestern Iowa;
Story, Marshall, Boone, Greene, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Franklin,
Wright, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Plymouth, Sioux, O'Brien,
Clay, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Worth, Winnebago, Emmet,
Dickinson, Osceola, and Lyon Counties
NEW HAMPSHIRE interview
Public policy director of the
Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, 2001-05. Varnum worked as a
journalist for 25 years; he was a feature writer and editor at the Concord
Monitor (NH), 1989-2001. Previously he was a feature writer and
magazine editor at the New Bedford Standard Times (MA) and sports
writer and city editor for The News (Southbridge, MA.).
Headquarters: 194 North Main St., Suite 3, Concord, NH
03301 (603) 224-3800 www.prioritiesnh.org
Concord, N.H. native.
Previously worked at League of Conservation Voters Education Fund New England
regional office and Clean Water Action in NH. Graduated with degree
in environmental science from the University of New Hampshire.
Worked for Americans Coming
Together in 2004. Board member of Save Our Groundwater since 2000.
Graduated with degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire
and a Master's in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire
more than 20 local partner
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