2005-06 Edition --through
Nov. 2006 this page last revised Jan. 9, 2007
For a good article about
the DNC under Howard Dean's leadership see: Matt Bai. "The Inside
Agitator." New York Times Magazine. October 1, 2006.
Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol St., S.E., Washington, DC
||447 Members of the DNC
includes 75 at-large members
who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.
64 members; oversees affairs
of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times
-Rules and Bylaws
NINE ELECTED OFFICERS
Elected Chairman Feb. 12, 2005.
Founded Democracy for America, a political action committee "dedicated
to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates."
Candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president; established
Dean for America, a presidential campaign committee, on May 30, 2002.
Governor of Vermont from Aug. 14, 1991 to Jan. 9, 2003. Dean assumed
office upon the death of then-Gov. Richard Snelling, was elected five times,
and opted not to seek re-election in 2002. Elected
lieutenant governor in 1986. Elected to the
Vermont House of Representatives in 1982 and served through 1986; elected
assistant majority leader in 1985. Opened
an internal medicine practice with his wife in Shelburne, Vermont in 1981.
degree from Yale University, 1971. MD from Albert Einstein College
of Medicine (New York City), 1978. Residency at Medical Center Hospital
Caucus -- Chair: Ray Buckley (NH)
Midwest Caucus -- Tom Hynes
Southern Caucus -- Susan
Western Caucus -- Aleita
|Women's Caucus -- Chair:
Mame Reilly (VA)
Hispanic Caucus -- Chair:
Alvaro Cifuentes (MD)
Black Caucus -- Chair: Virgie
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Caucus -- Chair: Rick Stafford (MN)
Asian Pacific Islander American
Caucus -- Chair: Belkis Leong-Hong (MD)
||Director of the
||Director of Delegate Operations
for Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential
nomination (announced Feb. 2003). Vice President of Operations for
Kwame Building Group, Inc. In 2000, he served as Deputy Chief Operating
Officer for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
From 1998-2000, Nugen was the Deputy Director and then the Director for
the Office of the Secretary at the DNC. He spent time as a regional
field director for the '98 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign and as the
field director for the 2000 South Carolina tracking operation.
||Aide to Howard Dean
- (re-elected Feb. 2005) Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO,
elected at the federation's 1995 convention and re-elected in 2001; served
as an AFSCME international vice president, 1988-96.
Susan Turnbull - (elected
Feb. 2005) Appointed DNC Deputy Chair in fall of 2003. Has
served on the DNC Executive Committee since 1997 and has been on the leadership
team of the DNC Women's Leadership Forum for close to ten years.
Has served on the Maryland Democratic Executive Committee since 1990.
- appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Directors of the Overseas
Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), 1993; first woman elected Mayor
of Little Rock, 1987.
Mike Honda - (elected
Feb. 2005) Member of Congress, represents California's 15th CD (Silicon
Valley); elected in 2000.
Mark Brewer - elected
Chair of the ASDC in June 2003. Elected Chair of the Michigan Democratic
Party in Feb. 1995, re-elected in Feb. 1997, Feb. 1999, and Feb. 2001;
elected Executive Chair in Feb. 2003.
||Director, Office of the
||Most recently executive director of
Democrats Abroad. Has worked for California State Treasurer Phil
Angelides. Worked a year in the Kerry headquarters in Washington,
DC including as an online organizer, constituency outreach, then spent
the last month of the 2004 campaign in Florida. Worked in the Clinton
White House. A former Republican, worked for Gov. Pete Wilson on
environmental issues. BA from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UC
Author of many books including
three national best-sellers (Fire and Ice: the Charles Revson/Revlon
Story; The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need; Money
Angles; Getting By On $100,000 a Year (And Other Sad Tales);
Invisible Bankers: Everything the Insurance Industry Never Wanted You to
Know; My Vast Fortune; The Funny Money Game; The Best
Little Boy in the World). His Managing Your Money software
was the market leader. Graduate of Harvard Business School.
While studying Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard he ran the publishing
business Let's Go: The Student Guide to Europe. www.andrewtobias.com
Has served the Democratic party
for over 40 years. Director of Party and Government Affairs and Site
Selection at the DNC, 1992-95. Held senior positions in the campaigns
of Jerry Brown, Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis and was California Political
Director for Clinton/Gore in 1992. She has participated in every
National Convention since the 1974 mid-term Charter Convention.
||Alice Travis Germond
||Director of the
||Erica De Vos
||(Supervises the day-to-day
operations of the Secretary's Office, including oversight of communications
with DNC Members, planning for all DNC and Executive Committee Meetings,
tracking and distribution of information on delegates to the Democratic
National Convention, and planning for Convention floor and voting operations).
Director of the office since 2002, and has been through three Conventions
with the Office of the Secretary. B.A. from Middlebury College and
M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Native of Brookline,
(nomination announced May 15,
2006;elected by the full DNC in a vote-by-mail ballot) Murphy worked
for more than twenty years at Goldman Sachs where he most recently was
a senior director of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; he also served on the
Goldman Sachs Management Committee from 1999-2003. Other positions
he held include head of the German region, president of Goldman Sachs Asia
(through mid-1999) and global co-head of the Investment Management Division
(2001-03). Graduate of Harvard College and The Wharton School.
|National Finance Chair
||Philip D. Murphy
(announced March 25, 2005)
Executive Director of Democracy for America. Deputy campaign manager
on Dean for America (announced May 22, 2003). Worked in the Clinton
Administration from 1993-99, serving as associate deputy director in Vice
President Gore's scheduling and advance office, as a public affairs specialist
at the Department of Defense, and as White House liaison at the United
States Information Agency. McMahon was involved in the Gore campaign
in 2000, the Clinton campaign in 1996, and was a regional field director
in Missouri for Clinton/Gore in 1992. Law degree from the University
of Iowa; bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in international
relations from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Chief of Staff at the DNC under
Terry McAuliffe. Previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary
for Administration and Management at the United States Department of Labor;
Executive Director of Man to Man/Sister to Sister; Clinton-Gore 1992 Transition
team; Director of Convention Management for the 1992 Democratic National
Convention; Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns.
Daughtry is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C.
Graduate of Dartmouth College and native of Brooklyn, NY.
|Chief of Staff
CFO at the DNC since 1992.
Previously he worked for a decade as a CPA in Lexington, KY, 1982-92.
Financial Vice President and Controller for Melco Construction in London,
KY, 1980-82. Senior Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Lexington,
1978-80. Staff Accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Lexington,
1976-78. Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Morehead State University
in Morehead, KY.
New Mexico state director for
the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Southwest Political Advisor/New Mexico
and Arizona for Gephardt's primary campaign. Deputy chief of staff
to Gephardt when he was House Democratic Leader; worked for Gephardt for
six years. Worked on Gene Green's (TX-29) campaign, then served as
his chief of staff starting in 1993. Assistant state attorney.
Graduate of University of Texas and South Texas College of Law in Houston.
of Intergovernmental Affairs
P O L I T I C A L
appointed in June 2005, but started working at the DNC on the state partnership
project in March 2005). Previously the Director of Campaigns and
Elections at the Democratic Governors' Association, where she worked for
six years. Secretary of State in Virginia under Gov. Doug Wilder.
Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
|Director of Operations,
|State Partnership Project:
"The Democratic National
Committee State Partnership Project was established to foster a stronger
relationship with, and bolster the operations of, all Democratic State
Parties by providing additional staff paid for by the DNC, but working
with and for the local State Party. The DNC is committed to strengthening
the State Party infrastructure to elect Democrats at all levels of government.
Through this coordinated approach, a bolstered grassroots organization
will successfully elect Democrats at all levels - from the precinct to
the White House."
Work on the State Partnership
Project started in March 2005 with visits to states. State parties
put in requests outlining the positions they needed to fill. The
DNC negotiated directly with individual state parties. By July 2006
there were 176 people in the field. Taking Wisconsin as an example,
on Aug. 1, 2006 the state party website showed 13 staff including 4 DNC
field staff (NW-Nathan Franklin,SC and SW-Bob Meyer, SE-Andrea Nair, and
NE-Hope Winship). [Post-election note]
|Deputy Political Director,
the Party's "State Partnership Project") Political Director for the
2004 Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Oregon (Carry Oregon). Legislative
& Targeting Director for AFSCME in Oregon prior to the General Election.
Directed the DNC's Hispanic Outreach Program in Oregon in 2002. District
Aide to U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley (OR-5). Also, in 2001 Oregon Gov.
John Kitzhaber appointed León as a Commissioner on the state's Commission
on Hispanic Affairs; Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo
appointed him to her statewide k-12 education advisory team on student
retention and achievement. Native of Portland, OR.
State Partnership Project
to joining the DNC Hegarty served briefly as Assistant Deputy Director
for Community Development in the Arizona Department of Commerce.
He was executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party in the 2004 cycle
and political director of the Arizona Democratic Party in the 2002 cycle.
Hegarty worked with the U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and
Closing Commission, and with the Office of Vice President Al Gore.
He earned a B.A. degree from George Washington University. Hegarty
is an Arizona native and a graduate of Brophy College Preparatory.
|Deputy Political Director,
State Party Services
2005) Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic Governors' Association.
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1990s.
Regional Political Directors
Arkansas State Director
for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign (announced June 21, 2004, arrived in
state later that week) Before joining the campaign Shelton worked
in Washington, DC for America Coming Together. In fall 2000 he served
as North Carolina State Director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign and in
1996 he was an assistant Southern regional director for Clinton's re-election
campaign. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation,
the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Democratic National Committee.
He attended both the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Philander
Smith College in Little Rock.
Served as Kerry campaign
coordinator for Western Pennsylvania. In the Clinton Administration
DeCoursey worked at OSHA as small business ombudsman. From Massachusetts.
2005) Came to the DNC after serving as executive director of the Montana
Democratic Party starting in 1993. Previously worked with the PIRGs.
National campaign coordinator of Americans for Social Security's Latinos
for a Secure Retirement. Chief of Staff for Texas State Rep.Roberto
R. Alonzo, 2003. Legislative Director for Texas State Rep. Arthur
Political Director for America Votes in 2004. Deputy Political Director
for Governor Howard Deanís presidential campaign. Deputy Field Director
for former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirkís 2002 U.S. Senate campaign. Previously,
served in both the Clinton and Bush White Houses as Liaison to the Presidentís
Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as speechwriter
to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. B.A. in Plan
II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Public Affairs
from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
|Deputy Training Director
wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Worked in the Clinton administration.
Law degree from Georgetown University.
|Executive, Director, College
Political Science and African American Studies at Georgia State University.
Native of Chicago.
CDA Jeremy Bernton
|Deputy Political Director,
Voting Rights Institute
is founder, president and CEO of GTM Consulting Services, a political consulting
firm. He served as senior vice president for government relations
at TriCom Associates. Executive director of the NAACP National Voter
Fund, appointed in October 2001. Served five years as chief of staff
to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Deputy Political Director at the DNC,
1994-97. Executive director of the Citizenship Education Fund, the
civic educational arm of the National Rainbow Coalition, 1987-92.
B.S. degree from the College of Communications, Ohio University.
| Director, DNC National
A M E R I C AN M A J O R
I T Y P A R T N E R S H I P
American Majority Partnership
is a change introduced by Chairman Dean designed to replace the various
outreach desks with a more integrated approach
|Director, American Majority
approx. July 1, 2005) Public Policy Director at the AFL-CIO for the
previous four years and worked at the AFL-CIO for eight years prior to
joining the DNC.
Executive Director of Democratic
GAIN in 2004. Executive Director of Young Democrats of America starting
in June 2002. Worked with Mercer & Associates in Washington,
DC. Finance Assistant at the DNC; Special Assistant at the White
House. American University. B.A. from Oklahoma City University.
|Executive Director, Gay
& Lesbian Leadership Council
May 3, 2006) Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
from 1997 to 2003. DNC director of LGBT outreach in 1996.
|Executive Director, Womens
of the Maryland Senate for one term, Jan. 8, 2003-Jan. 2007. Member
of the Maryland House of Delegates for two terms, Jan. 11, 1995 to Jan.
8, 2003. J.D. from Antioch School of Law, 1985. B.A. in sociology
from New York University 1979 and M.A. in sociology, 1981.
|Executive Director, Womens'
in this position in the 2004 cycle) Program director for State and
Local Affairs at the American Institute of Architects. Secretary
of the Young Democrats of America and national Democratic committeewoman.
Worked Elaine Marshall's 1996 campaign for North Carolina Secretary of
State. Graduate of North Carolina State with a B.A. in political
science, 1994; at NC State she was president of the College Democrats.
Native of Salisbury, NC.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
(March 2005) Briefly deputy
chief of staff for communications to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
Communications director for Elizabeth Edwards on the Kerry-Edwards campaign
(announced Aug. 31, 2004). Press secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton's
2000 Senate campaign. Director of business development at Scholastic
Books in New York City. Deputy director of presidential scheduling
in the Clinton White House into 1998. Served as one of two deputy
press secretaries to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the first four
years of the Clinton Administration. Member of the national advance
team on Clinton's 1992 campaign. California Scheduler/Field Representative
to Sen. Alan Cranston. Worked as a teaching assistant at the Crittendon
Center for Young Women and Infants in Los Angeles.
|Director of Communications
(started late April/early May
2006) Came to the DNC from position as press secretary to Sen. Chris
Dodd (D-CT). In Fall 2004 served as Kerry-Edwards Minnesota communications
director (announced June 10, 2004). Sen. Joe Lieberman's South Carolina
press secretary for the Feb. 3, 2004 primary campaign. CNN senior
publicist, where she managed publicity for the network's anchors, correspondents
and programs including Crossfire, Wolf Blitzer Reports and Inside Politics.
Press secretary to U.S. Representative Lois Capps on Capps' campaign and
in her congressional office.
Formerly worked in the research
department at the DNC in 2003-04. Paustenbach holds graduate degrees
from the London School of Economics and the Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism and graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in government.
|Deputy Press Secretary
Prior to joining the DNC, Hunter
worked for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and for the Small Business Administration.
A graduate of the George Washington University with a degree in political
communication, she is currently pursuing her Masters in political management
at GW's Graduate School of Political Management.
|Assistant Press Secretary
Prior to joining the DNC, Miranda
served as a spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, working with national
and specialty media around the country. He first joined Sen. Kerry's
presidential campaign early in the primary season, starting the campaign's
internet operations and developing the campaign's on-line communications
strategy. Miranda has also worked on campaigns at the local
and state level, is a veteran of the 2000 presidential campaign and Florida
recount, and worked with organized labor at the Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) in Florida.
|Director of Regional and
Previously worked for Maryland
Congressman Albert Wynn.
|Deputy Press Secretary/Regional
and Specialty Media
||Amaya J. Smith
Worked at the American Bar Association
in the Division for Media Relations and Communications Services.
|Deputy Press Secretary/Regional
and Specialty Media
Deputy press secretary on the
Kerry-Edwards campaign. Deputy national spokesman for the Gore-Lieberman
campaign. Office Manager, Office of the Press Secretary at the White
|Radio and TV Director
Petty worked for CNN, and later
at NBC for 13 years as an editor. He has spent many years as a freelancer,
working for Discovery Communications, BBC America and Guggenheim Productions.
He spent his first year in the Washington, DC-area as a house husband and
has lived in the region for 24 years.
|Media Center Director
I N T E R N E T
May 2006) Previously at EMILY's List. Graduate of American
R E S E A R C H
or Oct. 2005) Promoted from deputy research director under Mike Gehrke.
At the DSCC in 2004. Policy director for Ron Kirkís 2002 U.S. Senate
race. Special Assistant in the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader
Tom Daschle. Has also worked for Nancy Pelosi. Associate Director
for Health Policy (Domestic Policy Council) in the Clinton Administration.
Experience includes work for
Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign. (Daly gained a bit of
media attention in Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 when several news accounts described
her freedom of information requests to state agencies seeking records on
Republican presidential prospects Romney and Huckabee among others).
|Deputy Research Director
T E C H N O L O G Y
|Director of Technology
2005) With other key members of Howard Deanís web team, Self co-founded
Blue State Digital, an internet strategy, communications, and technology
consulting firm. Chief data architect for the Dean for America campaign;
extensive experience in data analysis, data warehousing, database architecture
and administration, system design, and system development. Prior
to the Dean campaign, Self worked for several information technology consulting
firms where he managed teams focused on the design, development, and testing
of many large-scale information technology systems in a variety of industries.
A bachelor's and a master's degree in Computer Science from MIT.
|Demzilla (fundraising and
M A R K E T I N G
2005) Deputy director of marketing and membership at EMILYís List.
Marketing director on the Edwards for President campaign.
F I N A N C E
(announced Jan. 17, 2006; start Feb. 1,
2006) Chidlow comes to the DNC after serving as Finance Director
for Grassroots Democrats. Previously he ran his own consulting
practice. He served as Deputy Finance Director on John Kerry for
President until resigning Nov. 9, 2003. During the 2002 cycle, Chidlow
was Finance Director for Sen. Max Clelandís re-election campaign.
In 2000 he served as National Finance Director for Gov. Mel Carnahan's
campaign for U.S. Senate. In the 1998 cycle, he worked at the DSCC
on labor outreach and on PAC and national fundraising projects. From
1991 to 1994, he worked in various capacities as a fundraiser for several
Democratic House members including, Vic Fazio (CA), Sander Levin (MI) and
Dale Kildee (MI). He also worked as a consultant for Association
of Trial Lawyers of America in the 1996 cycle and as a director of development
for a regional non-profit health care charity. (succeeds Lindsey
Lewis, who resigned late-Sept. 2005).
|Deputy Finance Director
|Director of Grassroots
|West (OK, TX, CO, NM,
AZ, UT, WY, MT, ID, NV, OR, WA, AK)
|Midwest (OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN,
IA, ND, SD, NE, KS, MO)
|Mid-Atlantic/New England (ME, NH,
VT, MA, RI, PA, DE, MD, WV, VA, DC)
|California (plus HI)
|New York (plus NJ and CT)
|Northeast (NY, NJ,
|Mid-Atlantic (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI,
PA, DE, MD, WV, VA, DC)
|Midwest (OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN,
IA, ND, SD, NE, KS, MO)
|South (AL, AK, GA, KY, LA, MS,
NC, SC, TN)
|California (plus HI)
Leadership Council Directors
|African American Leadership
||S. Malik Husser
|Democratic Business Council
|Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council
||Brian Bond, Tom Petrillo
|Labor Council and NAB
|Women's Leadership Forum
|Call Time Coordinator
|| Stephanie Cherkezian
|Director of Events
note: Several members
of the finance team worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign including
T.K. Cenis, Jen Gonçalves, Addy Gross, Julie Tagen, and Andrew Wright.
O F F I C E O F
P A R T Y A F F A I R S A N D D E L E G A T E
S E L E C T I O N
Started as an Assistant in May
1998; promoted to Deputy Director in February 1999 and Director in April
2002. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts -- Amherst in
1997, with a double-major in political science and journalism.
|Director of Party Affairs
and Delegate Selection
|Director of Constituency
M O R E
|Director of Human Resources
2001) Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Department
of Education, 1998-2000. Special Assistant to the Campaign Manager
(Peter Knight) during the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign.
Worked for Peter Knight from the beginning of the Clinton Administration.
Legal assistant background.
Has worked on the 1996, 2000,
and 2004 conventions (in the 2004 cycle she was involved in site selection
from the beginning--wrote the RFP--and went on to serve as Senior Advisor
for Operations for the DNCC). Garmendia was also Event Coordinator
for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration, the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the
2002 Winter Olympics.
C O U N S E L ' S
O F F I C E
||Joseph E. Sandler
at Sandler, Reiff & Young, P.C. General counsel to the DNC, on
staff, Feb. 1993-May 1998. Partner at Arent Fox, 1989-93. Staff
counsel for the Democratic National Committee, 1986-89. Associate
at Arent Fox Kintner Ploktin & Kahn in Washington, D.C., 1978-86.
Graduated of Harvard College summa cum laude in 1975 and of Harvard Law
School with honors in 1978.
Has worked for the Secretary
of State in Annapolis and for the Maryland Attorney General in Baltimore.
Graduate of Boston University, 1993 and American University's Washington
College of Law, 1997.
Research & Strategies
(announced May 5, 2005) "an
ongoing organization of volunteer lawyers and law students who will work
with the Party at the national, state and local levels on a broad range
of issues." Director: Anna Martinez.
DNC's National Lawyers
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney
General Eric Holder
Disability rights attorney
Voting rights attorney and
former general counsel of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Former Vice Chair of the
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Paul Igasaki
National Steering Committee
Democratic National Veterans and Military
(announced April 5, 2006) "...will
seek ways to support a strong national defense, help Democratic veterans
running for office, and serve America's veterans and military families.
The Council will also help mobilize veterans in communities across the
country to help elect strong Democratic leaders at all levels of government."
Donald Fowler - A
former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Fowler is a retired
Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Having served as Commander of
the 360th U.S. Army Civil Affairs Brigade in Columbia and the 1189th United
States Army Transportation Terminal Unit in Charleston, Fowler was awarded
the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy:
The first and only woman to serve as a three-star general in the United
States Army, General Kennedy served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Intelligence
Joe Rios (AZ); Gen Joseph Hoar (CA); Mick Bilney (CO); Mike Evans (DC);
Gregory Baldwin (FL); Lanon Baccam (IA); Major General George Buskirk (IN);
Jim Buterbaugh (KS); Michael Nolan (KY); Bill Dooling (MA); Jack Devine
(MI); Ed Tinsley (MT); Gerry Finnegan (NE); Steve Shurtleff (NH); Brigadier
General Preston Taylor (NJ); Mike Aupperle (NV); John Boccieri (OH); Ron
Wasson (OK); John Calhoun (OR) and Jim Rassman (OR); Hal Donahue (PA);
Maura Satchell (TN); Larry Romo (TX); Larry Daniel (UT); Dick Klass (VA);
Karen Dahl (WI); Bruce Drummond (WY); Chris Shannon (Dems Abroad, Japan).
(week of March 25, 2005)
Hoc Committee on Budget and Finance. Co-chaired
by Bonnie Watson Coleman, Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Party
and Allan Katz, DNC Member from Florida. The other committee members are
Linda Chavez Thompson, DNC Vice Chair; Patsy Arceneaux, DNC Member from
Louisiana; Bel Leong-Hong, DNC At-Large Member from Maryland; Jim Pedersen,
Chair of the Arizona State Democratic Party; Ben Johnson, DNC At-Large
Member from the District of Columbia; Joe Moore, Chair of the Democratic
Municipal Officials; and Andy Tobias, DNC Treasurer.
On Feb. 14, 2005, Gov. Dean announced
his transition team:
Tina Flournoy Ė Head of Transition
Tina Flournoy has been actively involved
in Democratic Party politics for nearly 20 years. She is Assistant to the
President of the American Federation of Teachers, focusing on public policy.
Flournoy was the finance director for the Gore for President Campaign,
political director for Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, and deputy
campaign manager for the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign. She was
counsel to the DNC and general counsel for the 1992 Democratic National
Convention. Flournoy has also served as staff director and co-chair of
the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, and now serves as a member of the Committee.
She has been a DNC member since 1996.
Born in Mexico City, Gallardo-Rooker
became an American citizen in 1990. As a member of the Communications Workers
of America, Local #9400, Gallardo-Rooker first became involved in the labor
movement, devoting her life fighting for the rights of workers everywhere.
She was elected First Vice-Chair for the California Democratic Party in
2001, and is currently a DNC member.
Jeffers served as the Chairman of
the Louisiana Democratic Party from 1997 through 2003. During his tenure
as Chair, Louisiana re-elected both of their Democratic U.S. senators and
replaced a Republican governor with current Democratic Governor Kathleen
Babineaux Blanco. Jeffers is a former member of the DNC and has served
as Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus.
A political veteran, in 1988 Johnson
served as deputy campaign manager for both Rev. Jesse Jacksonís Presidential
campaign and later Michael Dukakisí. From 1987 to 1992, Johnson served
as executive director of the Rainbow PUSH coalition, while also working
on Douglas Wilderís successful election as Virginiaís first African American
governor. Johnson most recently served as senior advisor to Virginia Governor
Mark Warner and today runs his own political consulting firm.
Keefe served as a senior advisor to
the DNC during the 2004 election cycle and was responsible for the largest
surrogate program in the history of the DNC. Keefe has previously worked
with Dean as a senior advisor during his 2004 presidential campaign. From
1993-2000, Keefe served as press secretary and chief of staff to United
States Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
Prior to his appointment at the DNC
as the new finance director, Lewis served as Finance Director for Deanís
grassroots organization, Democracy for America, after working in the fundraising
department at Dean for America. A member of the finance team for Chris
Van Hollen's successful 2002 congressional campaign, Lewis was a fundraiser
for Democratic Leader Representative Richard Gephardt from 1992 to 1999.
Steve McMahon is a media consultant
and strategic advisor to Democratic candidates for federal and statewide
office and is a founding partner of McMahon, Squier, & Associates.
McMahon worked as a political strategist and media consultant and has worked
on Presidential, Senate, Gubernatorial and Mayoral campaigns across the
country, and was a principle strategist for Deanís 2004 presidential campaign
as well as his race for DNC Chair.
Tom McMahon has worked in Democratic
politics and government for almost 15 years and most recently served as
executive director for Democracy for America. Prior to joining Democracy
for America, he served as a deputy campaign manager for Gov. Howard Dean's
presidential campaign. President Bill Clinton appointed McMahon as the
White House liaison at the United States Information Agency and as a public
affairs officer at the Department of Defense.
A former partner at the media firm
Squier, Knapp, Ochs, who managed Deanís campaign for DNC Chair, Ochs currently
works with Steve McMahon and Mark Squier at McMahon, Squier & Associates.
He has worked at every level of political campaigns - from advance to campaign
manager Ėand has consulted on various campaigns, including those of Senators
Bob Graham and Evan Bayh and Governor Ann Richards. In 2000, Ochs served
as senior advisor to DNC Chair Joe Andrew and consultant to the 2000 Democratic
National Convention. He has also served as political director for the New
A native of California, Pasquil most
recently served on the senior staff for the Kerry Edwards presidential
campaign as director of community outreach. A longtime leader in the Asian
Pacific Islander American community, Pasquil previously served as political
director for Governor Gray Davis, California political director for Gore/Lieberman
2000, deputy CEO for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, western political
director in the Clinton White House, western political desk and director
of Asian Pacific affairs at the DNC. She is a current DNC member.
Reiley serves as director of Virginia
Governor Mark Warner's political action committee, One Virginia, and is
current chair of the DNCís Womenís Caucus. She has also worked as a grassroots
activist as a part of several social justice movements, including civil
rights, rights for migrant farm workers, and voting registration initiatives.
Reiley has served as a member of the DNC and the Women's Caucus for the
past 11 years.
Amanda Anderson (?dept;
went on to the DCCC), Emily Barson (Office of the Executive Director; went
on to Busansky for Congress), Miti Sathe (Finance), Brooks Banton (Finance)
Rospars serve as Director of Internet through the first part of 2006.
With other key members of
Howard Deanís web team, Rospars co-founded Blue State Digital, an internet
strategy, communications, and technology consulting firm. During
the Dean campaign he wrote and edited the campaign's web site and emails;
he also worked on message development, online brand building, and grassroots
organizing. Prior to the campaign Rospars taught English in Stockholm,
Sweden and wrote for NotGeniuses.com, a political blog. He earned
a bachelor's degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.
served as Senior Strategist, Internet through early 2006.
Director of internet communications
for Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (Senate Democratic Communications Center,
announced Jan. 2004). Deputy director of internet communications
for John Kerry's campaign. Executive director of Click Back America,
a project of the MoveOn.org Voter Fund. Worked at Penn Schoen and
Berland and in Representative Ted Strickland's (OH-6) office.
Craig Kirby served
as Director, Office of the Vice Chairs.
Campaign manager on Rep. Peter Deutsch's
unsuccessful campaign for the 2004 Democratic Senate nomination in Florida
(started in the latter part of March 2004). Deputy campaign manager,
constituency outreach on Sen. John Edwards' campaign for the 2004 Democratic
presidential nomination. Southern political director at the DNC.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest
left approximately late April 2006 to serve as Communications Director
on Rep. Jim Davis' gubernatorial campaign in Florida.
Prior to starting as Press
Secretary, Earnest was Regional Media Director for the DNC in the 2004
cycle; directed Operation Area Code -- "the DNC's effort to amplify the
Democratic message in 'Battleground States' by coordinating with State
Parties to reach out to local media outlets." Before joining the
DNC Earnest served as Communications Director for Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR);
he was Berry's Deputy Campaign Manager during his successful 2002 re-election
campaign. Previously Earnest worked at the media consulting firm
of Squier/Knapp/Dunn, where he formulated media strategy for the firm's
corporate and political clients. Before moving to Washington, DC,
Earnest worked in the Houston office of Varoga & Rice (now known as
Varoga, Rice & Shalett) as an Account Executive for the political consulting
firm's local, state and national clients, including Gore-Lieberman 2000.
National Finance Chair Maureen
White (successor announced May 15, 2006)
Serves as a US Government
Representative to UNICEF and as the Chairman of the Leadership Council
on Children Affected by Armed Conflict. Sits on the Boards of Human
Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Prior to beginning
her career in human rights work, White worked as an international investment
strategist as a partner at Clay-Finlay. She is the wife of Steve
Rattner, co-founder and managing principal at Quadrangle Group, LLC, a
private investment firm.
Deputy Director of Party
Affairs and Delegate Selection Marc Schloss left the DNC in February
2006 to work for Sen. Bayh. Schloss had started at the DNC in May
Finance Director Lindsey
Lewis resigned late September 2005.
(February 2005) Lewis served
as Finance Director for Deanís grassroots organization, Democracy for America,
after working in the fundraising department at Dean for America.
A member of the finance team for Chris Van Hollen's successful 2002 congressional
campaign, Lewis was a fundraiser for Democratic Leader Representative Richard
Gephardt from 1992 to 1999.
Mike Gehrke served
as Research Director from March to September 2005.
Worked at the DSCC, 2001-2003.
Research Director in the Clinton White House, 1999 to Jan. 2001.
Worked with AFL-CIO Political Department/Labor '98 program, 1997-99. Research
Director for Citizen Action, 1995-97.
Jesse Berne served
as Deputy Director of Internet for much of 2005.
Nancy Eiring resigned
as Marketing Director in June 2005. Dave Dogan filled in for a time
in summer 2005.
Eiring started at the DNC
in July 2004 as national director of grassroots fundraising after joining
Kerry for President in March 2004. Deputy development direct at EMILYís
List, 2002-04. Senior analyst at OíBrien, McConnell and Pearson (OMP),
a leading fundraising agency for progressive non-profit and Democratic
organizations, 2000-02; senior account executive at OMP from 1998 to 2000;
managed the development and production of all direct mail and telemarketing
campaigns for the Oxfam America, Earthjustice and Environmental Defense.
Directed Hillary Rodham Clinton's direct marketing campaign in her 2000
senatorial bid. Production director at Lautman & Co., a
fundraising agency. Graduate of Catholic University, with a B.A.
in English literature.
Laura Gross served
as Deputy Director of Communications during the transition.
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