People-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
updated November 8, 2010 disclaimer
OBAMA FOR AMERICA General
Election Edition -- Page 2
PODS "six of everything" in theory...but not always and in
the closing weeks of the campaign some folks were deployed out into
various positions in the field.
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Communications Directors (announced July 15, 2008)
Great Lakes and Ohio
Valley - Dan
Started on the
campaign as communications
for the Wisconsin primary and later served as communications director
for the North Carolina primary campaign. Communications director
John Edwards 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign. Communications
to Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) starting in 2004, and also worked on Doyle's
re-election campaign; joined Doyle's staff in Feb. 2003 as press
Communications director for Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan’s 2002
Deputy communications director for Carnahan's Senate office in
D.C., 2001. Communications director for the Washington State
Campaign in 2000. Chief speechwriter to Washington, D.C. Mayor
A. Williams from Feb. 1999 to June 2000. He also served in the
of Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell and Hawaii Congressman Neil
1998 graduate of Georgetown University.
Midwest - Amy Brundage
Previously a deputy press
secretary. Came to the campaign after
serving as press secretary in Obama's Senate office in the latter part
of 2007. Press secretary for Sen. John Kerry.
Communications director at Kerry's Keeping America's Promise.
Started in Kerry's
Senate office in 2005 as assistant press secretary and then deputy
press secretary. Worked in scheduling and advance on Kerry's 2004
in both English and political science from the College of the Holy
Cross. Native of Rockport, Mass..
Northeast - Gannett Tseggai
Started as the campaign's
deputy press secretary for the Iowa caucuses. Previously Sen. Ted
Kennedy’s deputy press secretary in Washington,
During the 2004 campaign, she worked as a press assistant on Missouri
Bob Holden's re-election campaign, then as a press assistant on
Victory 2004, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, and finally was
to Ohio. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia; double
majored in political science and communications.
West - Nayyera Haq
Press secretary at the Children's
Defense Fund. Communications director to U.S. Rep. John Salazar
(CO-3), 2005-06. Press advisor to House Democratic Leader Nancy
Pelosi. Worked on specialty media for the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee. Master's of Studies in Law from
the Georgetown University Law Center. Bachelor's degree in
history from the University of Michigan. Native of New York.
South - Melanie Roussell
Most recently press
secretary/spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee.
Communications director and earlier staff assistant for U.S. Rep.
William Jefferson (LA-2), April 2002-Feb. 2007.
Southwest - Shannon Gilson
Served as communications
director on Obama's Nevada caucus campaign. Senior strategic
communications specialist at AFSCME, 2003-07. Reporter/senior
producer at Pacifica Network News (and KPFK). Senior editor at
Rubin Postaer and Associates. Graduate of UCLA.
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley - Luke
From June-Nov. 2008, Peterson served as the campaign's Great Lakes and
Ohio Valley region data director (IN, MI, OH, PA); he started as data
manager in April 2007. Worked in organizing and field services
for the American Federation of Teachers, 2003-07. Targeting
director for the Maryland Democratic Party, Fall 2002.
Redistricting consultant for Tucker Gibson, LLC, 2001-02.
Assistant voter file manager for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, Fall
2000. B.A. in political science from Trinity University,
2002. Peterson "has been hacking together databases since 2000
with various organizations in three fourths of the lower 48 states as
voter file manager, redistricting consultant, and union
organizer." (Politics Online Conference 2008)
*Midwest - Ethan Roeder
Started as voter file manager on Obama's Nevada caucus
Northeast - Brian Alseth and National Voter
Protection Data Director
Associate at Kutak Rock,
LLP in Omaha, 2005-06. Law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Pratt
of the United States District Court for the Southern District of
Iowa. J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, 2002.
West - Warren Flood
South - Matthew Loveless
Southwest - Doug Taylor
Great Lakes and Ohio
Valley - Nate Snyder
Snyder started with the Obama
July 2007 as the at-large organizing
Las Vegas, NV
and also served as Northeast GOTC director for the Nevada campaign,
then went on to other states including deputy state director in
Connecticut and targeting director in Wisconsin. Monadnock regional coordinator
on Sen. John Kerry's New Hampshire primary campaign. Worked for
SEIU in upstate NY as a political and labor organizer. Field
organizer in the James River Valley and the Yankton Sioux Resrvation
for the 2002 South Dakota Democratic Coordinated Campaign (Sen. Tim
Johnson re-election campaign). 2001 graduate of Syracuse
Midwest - Lauren
regional field director for South Central Iowa on Obama's Iowa caucus
campaign. Regional field director for the 4th CD with the
Minnesota Coordinated Campaign in 2006. Worked in Senator Obama's
DC Senate office from January 2005-June 2006 mainly as a legislative
correspondent. Regional director for NW Illinois on Obama's 2004
general election campaign for U.S. Senate; field staffer in Central
Illinois on Obama's primary campaign for U.S. Senate. Graduate of
the University of Illinois with a degree in political science and
speech communications, 2004; president of the University's College
Northeast - Megan Wilbur ...GOTV
delegate to 2008 Democratic National Convention from Ferndale,
Michigan. Consultant for
the Dewey Square Group. Graduate of the University of Michigan,
West - Ben Rohrbaugh
...GOTV Director in Colorado
director on Sen. Chris Dodd's Iowa caucus campaign. Field
director on Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle's successful Feb. 27,
2007 campaign. Worked on the Christine Jennings recount in
Florida. Ran the volunteer
field program for Congresswoman Melissa Bean's successful 2006
re-election campaign in the Illinois 6th CD. John Kerry campaign
in Northern Michigan.
South - Trista
started as the campaign's Southern regional field director in Chicago,
was briefly field director in Georgia and then state director for the
Alabama primary. Spokesperson for the Dallas County District
Attorney, 2007. Political director on Chris Bell for Governor,
2006. Executive director of the Women's Health Caucus of the
Texas House of Representatives, 2004-05. A field organizer for
Kerry/Edwards on the closing push in New Mexico, 2004. Membership
director for the Texas Council on Family Violence, 2001-02.
Comptroller for the Texas Democratic Party, 1999-2001. Graduate
of Texas Wesleyan University, 1998.
training director for EMILY's List; started there in May 2001
as deputy training director. Field staffer on Bill Bradley's
West and South -
(March 2007) Server
engineer and abuse department coordinator at FastServers.net,
President and CEO of IntraHost Communications, Inc., a webhosting and
design business; started in 1999 and sold in Oct. 2007. B.S. in
business computer systems from Bradley University, 2005.
Northeast and Great Lakes - Robert
(July 2008) President and
founder of Bay Breeze Technology Center, Inc. in Nassawadox, VA since
Oct. 1999 Vice president of technology and information at
Personic Software, Inc. 1998-2001. Previously worked in
management positions at CDI Corporation, Keystone Natural Water,
Peoples Bank, N.A., Unifund Leasing, Inc. and Telerx Marketing,
Inc. B.A. in organizational management from Eastern College
evening division, 1994; A.S. business administration/comuter science
from Arcadia College evening division, 1992. ...note: during last month in Ohio working on
Boiler Room operations.
Midwest and Southwest - Jason Hoekstra
(Aug. 2008) Lead
developer for Quintiles Transnational, 2007-08. Owner of Solex,
Inc., 2001-07. Senior developer for NTi, 2001-06; senior
application developer for Allstate, 2002-05; senior engineer at
Intellisuite, Inc, 2004-05. Web developer at HighTower Inc.,
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley - Mike
Earlier served as head of the Western Caucus States
delegate team in Chicago.
*Great Lakes and Ohio
Valley - Teddy Goff
During the primaries
Goff served on the campaign's mass email team, writing and editing
fundraising, recruitment, and messaging emails and developing
communications and segmentation plans. Degree in English and
political science from Yale University.
(started in Chicago in summer 2007) Bachelor's degree in
political science from the University of Southern California, 2007.
on Obama's NH primary campaign (started May 2007).
Bednarz' involvement with the Obama effort began with his role as state
director of Draft Obama in New Jersey and NJ for Obama. Master's
degree from Seton Hall's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and
International Relations, May 2007. Traveled to Poland as a
Fulbright scholar in 2004 ("Coalition-Building in Post-Communist
Poland: The SLD and Beyond"). Undergraduate degree in political
science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Obama's NH primary campaign. As a volunteer, Negron served as
the deputy election protection coordinator for the Harold Ford, Jr.
campaign in 2006. He has interned at the Center for American
Progress and for Sen. Dick Durbin’s Judiciary Committee staff. In
2004 he addressed the Democratic National Convention as winner of MTV's
"Speak Out for the Future" essay contest. J.D. from Harvard Law
School, where he was co-founder of the Harvard Law & Policy
Review.. M.A. from the University of Memphis. Served as
an officer in the United States Navy. B.S. from Georgetown
University. Native of Chicago.
A field organizer on the Nevada caucus campaign.
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley -
Started in Des Moines as
a volunteer on the Iowa caucus campaign, then on staff, and continued
on to South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio before arriving in
Chicago. Graduate of Creighton University with a degree in
journalism. Omaha native.
Mid-Atlantic regional account manager
for World of Good. Master's degrees in international peace and
conflict studies from American University and in theological studies
from Wesley Theological Seminary. Bachelor's degree in sociology
from Greenville College in Illinois.
(started July 2008)
Working towards an M.B.A. in marketing from Loyola University in
Chicago. B.A. in entrepreneurship from Florida State University.
West - Beth
South - Brett Prather
Started as office manager/volunteer coordinator on the Iowa caucus
campaign. Case worker in Sen. Patty Murray's office in Seattle,
WA. B.A. from Chapman University in Anaheim, CA.
(June 2007) Started
campaign as operations director in Nevada, and later did operations
in Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina, Montana, and Colorado. Search
Slingshot, 2006-07. Volunteer coordinator at Cranley for
Congress, Human Rights Campaign, Fall 2006. B.S. in
advertising/public relations from Texas Christian University, 2006.
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley -
the political department on Obama's NH primary campaign, overseeing
veterans, seniors and labor, then served as Delaware state
director. Came to the campaign from Washington, DC where he was
associate at Baker & Daniels LLP. Campaign experience
includes Dorothy Brown for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court,
2000; Bill Bradley for President, 1999–2000; and Glenn Poshard for
Governor of Illinois, 1998. J.D. from Georgetown University Law
Center, 2004. B.A. from University of Illinois at
Midwest - Myesha Ward
the campaign as deputy director of delegate operations. Deputy political director for Sen.
John Kerry's PAC Keeping America's Promise. In 2004 Ward worked
as deputy GOTV director - Milwaukee on the Kerry-Edwards campaign, as
deputy political director for Southern and Northeastern States on
Kerry-Edwards, in the boiler room during the Democratic National
Convention in Boston, and as a delegate tracker for Southern states at
Kerry headquarters in Washington, DC.
the University of Maryland; bachelor's degree from Howard
University. From Olney, MD.
West - Toni Morales
Earlier deputy Western political director.
Experience includes political director at the Arizona Democratic Party
from March 2006-Oct. 2007. Attended Arizona State University.
South - Karine Jean-Pierre
(July 2008) Came to the
after serving for four months as press secretary to Congressman Anthony
Weiner. Southeast regional political director on John Edwards for
President, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. State and local outreach
at Wal-Mart Watch, 2006-07. Deputy chief of staff at the New York
Council, 2004-06. Master's degree in public policy from Columbia
University's School of International and Public Affairs, 2003.
Southwest - Raul Alvillar
Served as Western regional politcal director during the early campaign,
then state director for the Arizona primary. Worked for Sen. John
Keeping America's Promise PAC. In 2004 Alvillar served as
director on the New Mexico Democratic Coordinated Campaign, and earlier
worked in the boiler room during the Democratic National Convention in
Boston, worked as a delegate tracker at Kerry headquarters in DC, and
as 1st CD regional field director on Kerry's NM caucus campaign,
3, 2004. Worked for the ATR Institute at the University of New
Deputy field organizer on Richard Romero for Congress, 2002.
scheduler for Congressman Tom Udall, 2000-02. Volunteer
on the 2000 NM Coordinated Campaign. Started off in politics
for the Democratic Party of New Mexico as originator of the party's
newsletter. Studied political science at the University of New
Born and raised in New Mexico.
Southwest - Danielle Cendejas
(June 2008) Southwest delegate
tracker, March-June 2008; started out in June 2007 as a field organizer
(Derry) on the NH primary campaign, then worked as a field organizer in
New Jersey and Dallas, TX; Field representative for Senate
Majority Leader Gloria Romero, 2005-07. Field coordinator on Don
Barbieri for Congress, 2004. Bachelor's degree in political
science and applied communications from Gonzaga University, 2004.
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley /
Midwest - Kristen Birdsall
Research associate at Hillary Clinton for President, Nov. 2007-June
2008. Research associate at Raymond Research, 2006-07. B.A.
in English from UC Davis, 2006.
Northeast / West / South
/ Southwest - Will Ragland
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley - Dan
Midwest - Mark Beatty
Started on the campaign as a special assistant to Nevada
field director Mike Moffo during the caucus campaign.
West - Mike Garcia
Southwest - Michael
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