Barack Obama-Organization, Nevada
revised March 15, 2008

Headquarters: 3041 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste. A, Las Vegas, NV 89121
...Campaign manager David Plouffe opened on April 19, 2007.

In a conference call on Oct. 10, 2007, national campaign manager David Plouffe announced that the campaign has more than 50 field staff in the state.
State Director David Cohen
(reported by AP on Feb. 15, 2007)  Campaign manager for Jill Derby's 2006 race against Dean Heller (R) in Nevada's 2nd CD.  Earlier in the 2006 cycle, Cohen served as director of operations on Deval Patrick's gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts.  In the 2004 cycle, he worked in New Hampshire and Tennessee on General Wes Clark's presidential campaign, and later on Tom Daschle's senatorial race in South Dakota.  Cohen is a former educator, having taught at the high school and college levels.  He is also an entrepreneur, having founded two companies and a non-profit organization – the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program – where he still serves as an ex-officio board member.

Assistant to the State Director - Daryl Sprague
Political Director Alison Schwartz
(reported by AP on Feb. 15, 2007)  Executive director of the Nevada Democratic Party starting in early 2005.  Nevada Democratic Party statewide field director in the 2004 cycle.  Director of the Coalition to Protect Education & Health Care in 2003.  Deputy statewide field director for the Missouri Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Fall 2002.  Director of American Family Voices, 2002.  A regional field director on Virginia’s Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2001.

Political Assistant - Amanda Brown
Constituency Director Stephen Brokaw

Youth Vote Director Justo Robles

Field Director Mike Moffo
In 2006 Moffo served as field/GOTV consultant for the DCCC, and briefly as field director on Tom Suozzi's 2006 campaign for governor in New York.  Strategic planning role (online organizing and targeting for field and paid voter contact) on Jon Corzine's 2005 campaign for governor in New Jersey.  In the 2003-04 cycle, Moffo was a field staffer on Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign in the Sioux City office, then field director on the Feb. 3 Delaware primary campaign, for the Feb. 14 Washington, DC caucuses, and for the March 9 Louisiana primary; in the general election he was field director for the Arizona Democratic Coordinated Campaign; and finally he served as a field consultant on the Christine Gregoire for Governor re-count team.  Graduate of Boston University.

Special Assistant - Mark Beatty
Deputy Field Director Matt Kasdan
Field director/deputy director on the 2006 Maryland Coordinated Campaign.  Deputy field director on Corzine for Governor in New Jersey in 2005.  Graduate of Bucknell University.
Voter File Manager Ethan Roeder

Voter Targeting Director Doug Taylor
Experience includes CFO at Dancing Robot Studios, analyst for the Congressional Budget Office, director of operations for Blue Shift, Inc. (an independent video game developer), IT/business consultant for Keane, Inc., database-driven web application programmer for Enabled Sites, and investment manager for Citrus Grove Apartments, LLC.  Graduate of Pomona College.

Southeast Justin Hatmaker

Southwest Andalynn Burgess
In 2006 worked on Tony Trupiano for Congress in Michigan's 11th CD.
Northeast Oliva Lopez

Northwest Jason Green
Third-year law student at Yale.  In 2006 Green served as religious outreach director in Prince George's County, MD on Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign; he also worked on the Kerry campaign in 2004.  Undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  Son of a minister.

Northern Rachel Sigman
Experience includes deputy executive director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute.  Studied ecoregional environmental management in Madagascar as a Fulbright scholar.  B.A. from Wesleyan University, 2001.

Southern Hallie Montoya Tansey
Served as national program director for the League of Young Voters (aka the League of Pissed Off Voters). Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.
Border States Director Krish Subrahmanian
Teach for America Corps in South Dakota.  Graduate of Harvard University, 2003.

Field Organizers...Jennifer Cannistra, John Gilbert, Edgar Gonzalez, Luke Hayes, Luis Hernandez, Alex Iftimie, Adrienne Lever, Scott Melamed, Jenny Montoya-Tansey, Julie Niemi, Brenna Norton, Katharine Nowak, Bryan Pacheco, Blake Roberts, Marquita Sanders, Christine Schellack, Graves Spindler, Max Stahl, Cheryl Taruc, Noma Thayer, Beatina Theopold, Natasha Marsh...Kathryn Bassier, Roger Low...Tristan Brown, Roger Horowitz, Nicholas Kowalski, John La Rue, Matthew McKnight, Anna Scott, Frances Sharpe, Daniel Shih, Dayu Zhao

Field Offices   [PHOTOS]
Boulder City: 508 Nevada Way, Suite 3, Boulder City, NV 89005
Dec. 2007

Carson City: 172 West Winnie Lane, Carson City, NV 89703
Grand opening: Oct. 13, 2007

Elko: 423 5th Street, Elko, NV 89801

Henderson: 153 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, NV 89015
Dec. 2007

Incline Village: 923 Tahoe Blvd, Suite 210, Incline Village, NV 89451
Grand opening: Jan. 3, 2008

North Las Vegas: 4080 Martin L. King Blvd, Suite 101 B (also Suite 101A), Las Vegas, NV 89032
Grand opening: Oct. 13, 2007

Pahrump: 3250 South Highway 160, Suite 9B, Pahrump, NV 89048
Grand opening: Nov. 17, 2007

Reno: 141 East Pueblo Street, Suite B, Reno, NV 89502

Southwest Las Vegas: 9640 West Tropicana Avenue, Suite 111, Las Vegas, NV 89147
Grand opening: Oct. 20 or 21, 2007 with former Denver Mayor and Secretary of Energy and Transportation Federico Peña

Winnemucca: 508 Winnemucca Blvd., Suite C, Henderson, NV 89445

At-Large District Director Nathaniel Snyder
(started July 2007)  Experience includes organizing the Jim River Valley for Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) during his highly contested re-election campaign in 2002. 

At-Large Precinct Coordinator Magrette Thompson

At-Large Union Outreach Esther Morales


Southeast Luke Blocher
Student at Columbia Law School.  Field director on Cranley for Congress in Ohio's 1st CD in 2006; worked on the Cincinnati City Council, and at the Hamilton County Office of the Public Defender.  Graduate of Amherst College.
Southwest Daniel Suvor
Third year law student at The George Washington University Law School.  Previously worked for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Phoenix canvass director for Moving America Forward and was paid canvass director in 2004 for the New Mexico Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Graduate of the University of Southern California
Northeast Nate Snyder

Northwest Matt Simon

Communications Director Shannon Gilson
Gilson served as the senior strategic communicator on legislative and organizing campaigns for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from 2003-07.  She previously worked as a public radio producer and reporter in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
Nevada Press Assistant Jen Stutsman

New Media Co-Director Zach Scott Edwards
Joined the Obama campaign in early 2007 as an intern organizing North-West Las Vegas, and started of the Nevada New Media team in Sept. 2007.
New Media Co-Director Michael Pipe

Scheduler Kristen Jarvis
Worked as a special assistant in Obama's Senate office.  Previously worked for the Senate Minority Conference and as a staff assistant for Sen. Tom Daschle.
Director of Operations Taylor Fiscus
Experience includes work on John Cranley's 2006 congressional campaign in Cincinnati through the Human Rights Campaign.

Dina Hadziselimovic - Graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in political science.  Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Nevada Steering Committee Leadership
 (as of Sept. 4, 2007; Horsford, Leslie, McKinney-James, Vassiliadis and Wynn announced July 12, 2007)

Senator Steven Horsford – First elected Nov. 2004, represents Clark County District 4; youngest member in the Nevada State Senate.  President and chief executive officer, Nevada Partners.  Executive director of the Culinary Training Academy starting in 2001.  Government and public affairs director, R&R Partners, 1996-2001.  B.A. in political science and communications from the University of Nevada, Reno, 1996.  Horsford is a leading member of the Nevada NAACP, the Caucus of African American Nevadans (CAAN), 100 Black Men of Las Vegas and a member of several local Chambers of Commerce.  He is also a member of the Democratic National Committee and was instrumental in helping to secure the Presidential Caucus in Nevada.

Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie – Five-term Assemblywoman representing the 27th Assembly District in Washoe County.  Leslie participates actively in a number of community organizations, and is a founding member of Join Together Northern Nevada.  Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University and Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Rose McKinney-James – Small business owner with a consulting practice focusing on advocacy related to renewable energy, education and environmental policy (Energy Works Consulting and McKinney-James & Associates in Las Vegas).  Previously president of Brown & Partners and president of Governmental Affairs for Faiss Foley Merica.  A former Utility Commissioner, chief of staff for the City of Las Vegas and director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.  McKinney-James was the first African American to win a statewide primary in Nevada as a candidate for Lt. Governor of Nevada in 1998.  Graduate of Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC.  Undergraduate degree from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.

Billy Vassiliadis – Billy Vassiliadis has served as a close advisor to former Governor Bob Miller, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, former Speaker of the Assembly Richard Perkins, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and Secretary of State Ross Miller.  Vassiliadis is CEO and Principal of R&R Partners, the firm responsible for managing the second most recognizable brand in the world, Las Vegas, creating the famous "What Happens Here, Stays Here" slogan.

Elaine Wynn – Elaine Wynn currently serves as a Director of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.  As a long time community activist and advocate for children, Wynn has served as Co-Chairperson of the Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars since 1996 and is the Founding Chairperson of Communities-in-Schools.  She is currently on the State Council to Establish Academic Standards in Nevada.

Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson – Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson was first elected to represent Assembly District 17 in 2002, but has been working to help his community since he first started in local government over 15 years ago.  His desire to improve educational opportunities for his daughter and all Nevada's children led him to initially run for the state legislature, and in the years since, he has made educational reform one of his top priorities.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee and the Committee for Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining.  Atkinson is also an active participant in the Caucus of African Americans of Nevada, the National Council of State Legislators, and the African American Leadership Council Executive Committee.

Helen Foley– Helen Foley is a life-long Las Vegan and has been a key player in Nevada politics for over 30 years.  She has served in both houses of the state legislature and became the youngest state senator in Nevada history when she was first elected in 1983.  Following her time in office, Foley has worked to advance a large number of community programs and local causes, including the Clean Indoor Air Alliance and increasing women's participation in elected politics.  She is now the co-owner of a local public relations agency.

Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick– As a lifelong resident of Assembly District 1, Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick had been involved in community and political events throughout Clark County for years before being elected to the state Assembly in 2004.  Since being elected in 2004, Kirkpatrick has quickly risen through the legislative ranks, and currently serves as Chairwoman of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.  Her experience and commitment running grassroots, person-to-person campaigns in North Las Vegas will be critical in motivating her constituents and other voters across Nevada to caucus for Senator Obama.  Kirkpatrick brings a wealth of political and grassroots experience in Nevada that will help propel the Obama campaign towards a January 19th victory.

Assemblyman Harvey Munford - Assemblyman Harvey Munford was first elected to represent Assembly District 6 in 2004, and now serves as a member of the Education, Government Affairs, and Elections Procedures and Ethics/Constitutional Amendments Committees.  As a retired schoolteacher, Munford understands the need for major investments in education and continues to work to ensure that children in Nevada and across the country receive the schooling they deserve.  Munford is also a leading member of the African American Leadership Council Executive Committee, and is dedicated to increasing voter turnout among African Americans in the upcoming election.

On Jan. 9, 2008 Culinary Workers Union Local 226 endorsed Sen. Obama for president.
The Culinary Workers Union is the largest and most politically active union in Nevada.

On Nov. 12, 2007 the campaign announced several Nevadans as members of its National Veterans Advisory Committee:
1st Sgt. Frank Barbee (Ret.), U.S. Army, Las Vegas, NV
Sgt. Allen Dohra, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Henderson, NV
Cpl. Bert Cooper, U.S. Army (Ret.), Ely, NV
Sfc. Rick Hull, U.S. Army and International Air Guard, Winnemucca, NV
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