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Amy Klobuchar 2020 presidential campaign

Candidates bow to pressure on AIPAC


Succumbing to grassroots pressure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg both announced Wednesday that they would not attend the Israel lobby's meeting this year, making them the latest two Democratic presidential candidates to decline an invitation to address the conference.

Jewish-led group IfNotNow credited its #SkipAIPAC campaign—which it's leading with MoveOn, Indivisible, and the Working Families Party—as well as years of public pressure from defenders of Palestinians' human rights—with convincing Buttigieg and Klobuchar to skip the conference.

"This is a watershed moment and a major victory against the bigotry that AIPAC has legitimized for decades," said IfNotNow co-founder Dani Moscovitch. "Even moderates in the Democratic Party are now refusing to attend a conference by a right-wing lobby that allies with bigots just to shield the Israeli government from any consequences for denying the Palestinian people freedom and dignity."

"Because of grassroots pressure, the tide is turning," IfNotNow tweeted.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said the shift away from AIPAC solidifies its status as "a fringe, right-wing, radioactive rogue organization."

"It always was that, but its mask has finally fallen and it's now widely recognized as such," Greenwald tweeted.

Democrats as well as Republicans have for decades attended the annual policy conference led by AIPAC, which supports the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first Democratic presidential candidate this year to announce she would skip the conference, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) earlier this week.

"Even moderates in the Democratic Party are now refusing to attend a conference by a right-wing lobby that allies with bigots just to shield the Israeli government from any consequences for denying the Palestinian people freedom and dignity."

Dani Moscovitch, IfNotNow

Tuesday, seven IfNotNow members were arrested at former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign headquarters in Philadelphia for holding a public action there. Biden and businessman Tom Steyer have not committed to skipping the AIPAC conference, and IfNotNow called former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is set to speak at the meeting, a "lost cause."

MoveOn said it was encouraged by the commitments of the four Democratic candidates.

"MoveOn members are excited that Democratic candidates are listening to the grassroots majority that supports peace and diplomacy over disastrous wars of choice," said senior political advisor Dan Kalik. "Thank you Senators Warren, Sanders, and Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete for standing by your values and choosing to #SkipAIPAC. No candidates should be pandering to AIPAC, which spent millions in an attempt to defeat the Iran Nuclear Deal and continues to give a platform to Islamophobes and bigots."

With a growing number of major political figures refusing to align with the anti-Palestinian rights lobby, IfNotNow is also focused on ending the U.S. government's support for the Israeli military's occupation.

"It is time to end the blank check and for our tax dollars to stop funding the Israeli occupation," said Moscovitch.[1]

Personnel and endorsements

  • Campaign Manager Justin Buoen (Feb. 2019) Partner at New Partners from Jan. 2013. Campaign manager and deputy campaign manager on Klobuchar's 2012 re-election, Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012 and first worked on her 2006 campaign. Worked on Mark Dayton's 2014 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns, John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's re-election. Field organizer in Blaine for the Kerry/DFL campaign. B.S. in political science from University of St. Thomas.
  • Deputy Campaign Manager Julia S. Kennedy (Feb. 2019) Most recently worked on Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI)'s 2018 re-election campaign, Previous experience at the DSCC and DCCC and has worked on campaigns in her native state of Ohio, as well as Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
  • Senior Advisor Brigit Helgen (Feb. 2019) Chief of staff in Klobuchar's Senate office, Aug. 2017-Feb. 2019. Head of communications at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017. Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Apr. 2015-Aug. 2016. Deputy chief of staff, communications director, press secretary to Sen. Klobuchar, 2011-15. Senior advisor on Mark Dayton for Minnesota, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Deputy press secretary for regional media for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, Jan.-June. 2011. Deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, 2009-11. Press secretary on U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson's (SD) re-election campaign, June-Nov. 2008. Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, 2008.
  • Special Advisor Sam Clark (Feb. 2019) Attorney at Greene Espel PLLP from Feb. 2019. A candidate for Minnesota Attorney General but withdrew before the Aug. 2018 primary. St. Paul city attorney from mid-April 2015. Minnesota state director and counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Sen. Klobuchar. Joined the law firm of Green Espel in 2009. Clerked for Hon. Michael J. Davis, who at the time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2008; undergraduate degree from Harvard College, 2005.
  • Special Advisor Jeff Blodgett (Feb. 2019) Co-founder (2003) and executive director for seven years of Wellstone Action, a 501(c)(4). Minnesota state director on Obama's 2012 and 2008 campaigns. Senior advisor to Amy Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2006. Oversaw get-out-the-vote efforts in Minnesota for Kerry/Edwards in 2004. Thirteen years as a senior aide, advisor, and campaign manager to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone; ran all three of Wellstone’s Senate races. Began his career as a community organizer working with family farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980s. M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; B.A. from Carleton College, 1983.


  • Political Director Lucinda Ware (announced Apr. 22, 2019) Vice president/partner at the Democratic media firm SWAY from May 2017. Director of outreach on Pete Buttigieg's campaign for DNC chair, Feb.-Apr. 2017. Political director on Van Hollen for Senate (MD), Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016. Director of civic engagement for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Office of Neighborhoods, Jan.-Apr. 2015. Regional field director for Baltimore City on Anthony Brown for Governor, Mar.-Nov. 2014. Special assistant (July 2013-Mar. 2014) and intergovernmental affairs assistant (Apr. 2011-July 2013) in the Office of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. M.P.A. in crisis/emergency/disaster management from University of Baltimore; B.A. in urban studies/public policy from Dillard University.
  • Political Organizer (including LGBTQ and AAPI outreach) Khalil Lee (July 2019) Assistant at United Talent Agency from 2018. Master's degree in communication from Wake Forest University, 2018; undergraduate degree from University of Vermont.
  • National Ballot Access Director Kieran McCarney Saint Paul-based political consultant. Campaign manager on John Stalnaker for Legislature and Greg Hosch for Legislature (NE), July-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Brad Ashford for Congress, Feb.-May 2014. Canvass director for NSEA/Fieldworks, May-Nov. 2014. Communications director for the Nebraska State AFL-CIO, Jan. 2013-Feb. 2014. Field director on John Ewing for Congress, June-Nov. 2012. Executive director of the Douglas County Democratic Party, May 2011-June 2012.


  • Field Director Mike McLaughlin (announced Apr. 22, 2019) Campaign manager on Harley Rouda for Congress (Orange County, CA), Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018. Account executive at Mack-Sumner Communications, July-Nov. 2016. Campaign manager on Pat Murphy for Congress (IA-01), Jan.-June 2016. Associate at Crossroads Campaigns, June 2013-Dec. 2015. Political project advisor for Lillie Schechter Consulting and PinPoint Public Affair, May 2012-Apr. 2013. Camapign manager on Donna O'Connor for State Rep. (OH), Jan.-Mar. 2012. Campaign manager on Babur Lateef for Chair (VA), Dec. 2010-Nov. 2011. Campaign manager on Walt Waite for State Rep., Aug.-Nov. 2010. Regional field director for Minnesota DFL, Mar.-Aug. 2010. Deputy finance director on Ken Lewis for U.S. Senate (NC), Jan.-Mar. 2010. Deputy campaign manager and director of field operations on Jeanette Rishell for Delegate, June-Nov. 2009. Bachelor's degree in political science and diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.
  • Early States Director John Davis Campaign manager on Friends of John Delaney (to Aug. 2019); started as senior advisor (announcedon Sept. 20, 2017). Founding partner of the Des Moines based bipartisan polling firm Red America Blue America (RABA) Research. Des Moines office of New Partners. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), 2009-14. Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2009. Traveling chief of staff on John Edwards for President campaign in 2007. Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA)'s 2004 re-election. Iowa native. Also served as U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY)’s chief of staff, and as a committee staffer to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA).
  • Field and Political Enid Swaggert Outreach director/political director on Tim Walz for Governor from Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Ryan Winkler for Attorney General, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018. Field director on Jacob Frey for Minneapolis, Apr.-Nov. 2017. Political director on Nolan for Congress, Dec. 2016-Apr. 2017. Field and constituent service representative, grants coordinator for U.S. Rep. Nolan, Dec. 2014-Dec. 2016. Financial assistant on Nolan for Congress, May-Nov. 2014. Studied at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • VAN Administrator Hannah Slovut (Apr. 2019) Deputy field director (Aug.-Nov. 2018) and organizing/training director (Jan.-Aug. 2018) on Angie Craig for Congress/Minnesota DFL. Campaign manager on Phillip Cunningham for Minneapolis, Aug.-Dec. 2017. B.A. in political science from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2019.


  • Communications Director Tim Hogan (announced Apr. 22, 2019) National press secretary for The Hub Project from Mar. 2017. Rapid response spokesman on Hillary for America (from June 2016); earlier communications director for the Arizona and Kentucky primaries, and started as communications director on the Nevada caucus campaign in April 2015. Communications advisor to U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Jan-Apr. 2015. Deputy chief of staff and communications director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015; also press secretary on Horsford for Congress in 2012 and 2014. Director of social media for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Sept. 2011-March 2012. Press secretary on Kate Marshall for Congress in NV-02 special election. Senate Democrats caucus communications director, Dec. 2010-July 2011. Campaign manager for Nevada Senate Democrats, April-Dec. 2010. Press assistant and outreach coordinator for the Earth Day Network, Jan.-April 2010. Press assistant/intern to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010. Degree in political science, international relations and affairs from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008.
  • Deputy Communications Director Will McDonald Communications director on Friends of John Delaney to Sept 2019 (Jewish Insider's Ben Jacobs reported on Oct. 1 he had cut ties w/ the campaign); started working for Delaney in 2011. Ph.D. in English from University of Iowa.
  • National Press Secretary Carlie Waibel (Feb. 2019) Senior spokesperson on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL). Communications director on Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, April-Sept. 2018. Press secretary in the Office of Sen. Bill Nelson, Aug. 2017-March 2018. Public affairs-New England for Uber Technologies, Jul. 2015-Aug. 2017. Deputy communications director on Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov. 2014. Government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Jan. 2013-July 2014. Deputy communications director for the Minnesota DFL, July 2011-Feb. 2012. Field organizer on Jim Meffert for Congress, June-Nov. 2010. Undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas, 2011. From Minnesota.
  • Director of Rapid Response Max Steele (May 2019) Communications director on Bob Casey for Senate (PA), Apr.-Nov. 2018. Senior communications advisor to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018. Communications director (July 2015-Mar. 2017) and press secretary (May 2013-July 2015) at the Florida Democratic Party. Press secretary on Alex Sink for Congress (FL), Jan.-Mar. 2014. Press assistant at the Florida Democratic Party, Feb. -May 2013; research assistant FDP/Bill Nelson for Senate, May-Nov. 2012; research assistant on a U.S. House race, Mar.-May 2012. B.S. in political science and history from Florida State University, 2012.


  • Digital Director Nathan Nye (Feb. 2019) Digital director on Tammy Baldwin for Senate, April 2017-Nov. 2018. Deputy digital director on Maggie for NH, Jan.-Nov. 2016. Account executive at Fenton, May 2015-Jan. 2016. Field organizer in Davenport for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug.Nov. 2014. Postgraduate fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, July 2013-June 2014. B.A. in English, women's studies from Duke University, 2013.


  • Research Director Anjan Mukherjee (announced Apr. 22, 2019) Comes to the campaign from position as research director to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). Previously research director at the League of Conservation Voters from April 2015. Research director on Chris Coons for Delaware, April 2014-Feb. 2015. Research assistant to Sen. Chris Coons, 2013-April 2014. Research associate at the DSCC, Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012. Research assistant at New Partners Consulting, Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011. Intern to U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010. B.A. in music from Davidson College, 2009.


  • Policy Director Rosa Po (Feb. 2019) Deputy chief of staff to Klobuchar from Dec. 2016. A regional policy director on Hillary for America, 2014-Nov. 2016. Policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2011-Sept. 2013. Legislative research director to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, July 2009-March 20011. Senior research on Hillary Clinton for President, May 2007-Sept. 2008. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2016; MA and BA from Yale University.
  • Deputy Poliicy Director Tommy Walker (Apr. 2019) Deputy chief of staff (Jan.-Apr. 2019) and legislative director (May 2017-Jan. 2019) to U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO). Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Oct. 2015-May 2017. Legislative assistant (Mar. 2012-Oct. 2015), legislative aide (Apr. 2011-Mar. 2012), legislative correspondent (May 2010-Apr. 2011) and staff assistant (Oct. 2009-May 2010) for U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette. M.S. in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University, 2013; B.A. in political science from Carleton College, 2008.


  • Director of Analytics and Data Ed Coleman (May 2019) Owner and principal of Prism Consulting, LLC in Washington, DC from Mar. 2017. National analytics and data director at Enroll America, May 2015-Nov. 2016. Deputy national director for data and targeting at State Voices, June 2013-May 2015. National regional data manager for Midwest region on Obama for America, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012. Director for state services at ISSI, Aug. 2007-Aug. 2011. State political technology director for America Votes, Mar. 2006-Aug. 2007. Call center manager for Clean Water Action, 2005-06. Technology director for america Coming Together, Mar.-Dec. 2004. Assistant technology manager and systems administrator at the University of Vermont, Jan. 1999-Oct. 2003. B.S. in business administration from University of Vermont, 2001.


  • National Finance Director Michael Schultz (Feb. 2019) Finance director on U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)'s 2018 re-election campaign. Maryland and Delaware finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015. Southwest finance director at the DSCC, Jan.-April 2015. Finance director at Friends of Anthony Brown, April 2013-Dec. 2014. Development director at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, Nov. 2011-April 2013. Finance director at Jeff Anderson for Congress, June-Nov. 2011. LGBT outreach director and deputy scheduler at Citizens for Lisa Madigan, July 2010-Feb. 2011. Constituent services for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Aug. 2009-July 2010. Degree from DePaul University.
  • Deputy National Finance Director Elise Convy (Feb. 2019) Finance director on Klobuchar for Minnesota, July 2017-Feb. 2019. Consultant at New Partners, March 2015-July 2017. Deputy finance director for the Minnesota DFL, March 2012-March 2015. Finance consultant at The Southpaw Group, July 2011-March 2012. Finance assistant on Jim Meffert for Congress (Edina, MN), Jan.-Nov. 2010. Degree in international affairs from University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Deputy National Finance Consultant Tina Stoll (Feb. 2019) President of Campaign Finance Consultants from 1991. Senior advisor to Engage Cuba, 2015-16. National finance director to Michelle Nunn, 2013-14. Senior advisor and Mid-Atlantic and Southeast finance director to Forward Together FAC, 2006-08. Finance director to Sen. Carl Levin, Feb. 1989-Dec. 1990. Campaign manager on Pooler for Congress, Oct. 1987-Nov. 1988. Political assistant and national fundraiser on Leahy for Senate, June 1985-June 1987. Junior analyst/tabling supervisor at Peter Hart Research, July 1983-July 1985. B.A. in history and political science from Binghampton University, 1980.
  • Midwest Finance Director Eli Wald (Apr. 2019) Financial advisor at HLM Capital Management Group, Dec. 2017-Apr. 2019. Regional director-leadership and advocacy for AJC Global, June-Dec. 2017. Chicago director (Aug. 2013-June 2017) and Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas director (Sept. 20111-Aug. 2013) for AIPAC. Federal lobbyist and assistant legislative director for AJC Global, Sept. 2008-Sept. 2011. Degree in Middle East politics and languages (individual plan of study) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Finance Chief of Staff Mike Schmandt (Mar. 2019) Fellow at No Labels, May 2018-Mar. 2019. B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University, 2018.


  • Director of Scheduling Asal Sayas Most recently director of government affairs at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Worked as Sen. Klobuchar's director of scheduling for three years.
  • Deputy Scheduler Grace Waltz Special assistant on Tina Smith for Minnesota, July-Nov. 2018. Deputy director for external relations to Gov. Mark Dayton, Jan.-June 2018. Senior aide (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and scheduler (June 2016-Jan. 2017) to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. Bachelor's degree in political science and government, English from University of St. Thomas, 2016.


  • Director of Operations Heidi Kraus Kaplan Senior client services manager at Minneapolis-based Synergetic Endeavors from Jan. 2017. Operations director (from Jan. 2016) and events and conventions director (Jan. 2014-June 2015) at the Minnesota DFL. Leadership assistant to Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, Jan. 2010-Jan. 2011. Campaign manager on Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota, Jan.-July 2009. Political director to Mark Dayton, Apr. 2007-Jan. 2009. A director on Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign. Director of communications and special project to Sen. Mark Dayton, 2005-07. Surrogate director on Kerry-Edwards (July-Nov. 2004) and field/political on John Kerry for President (2003-04). Deputy field director at the New Hampshire Democratic Party, 2001-02. Bachelor's degree in history, political science from Glenville State College, 2000.
  • Deputy Operations Director Rosa Colman (Mar. 2019) Operations director for the Minnesota DFL Coordinated Campaign, July-Dec. 2018. Deputy campaign manager and operations director (Sept. 2017-June 2018) and scheduling and advance director (Jan.-Aug. 2017) on Rebecca Otto for Governor (MN). Deputy finance director on Terry Bonoff for Congress (MN), May-Nov. 2016. Bachelor's degree in political science, educational studies from Macalester College, 2016.


  • Reearch Advisor Fred Yang (announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at Hart Research Associates and founding principal of its political division—Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.
  • Senior Advisor Pete Giangreco (announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at The Strategy Group's Chicago office. Longtime political advisor to Sen. Klobuchar., including her 2006 race.


  • Special Assistant Hannah Grace McDonald (Feb. 2019) Executive assistant to the president at Grunwald Communications, Aug. 2017-Dec. 2018. Phone canvasser for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Jan.-Oct. 2018. Deputy organizer on Danica Roem for Delegate, July-Nov. 2017. B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen, 2016.


  • Chair Dr. Andy McGuire (per Klobuchar Feb. 21, 2019 event, reported by NBC's Vaughn Hillyard) Candidate for the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor, finishing fourth with 5.3% in the June primary. Iowa Democratic Party chair, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017. President of Meridian of Iowa, a managed care company, 2012-15. Mike Blouin's running mate on his 2006 primary campaign for governor (Blouin finished second to Culver). M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University, 2001; M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine, Undergraduate degree in chemistry from Creighton University, 1978. Born in Waterloo, Iowa.
  • State Director Lauren Dillon (Feb. 2019) Deputy director at the DSCC in 2018. Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009. Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09. English teacher at Hebei Normal University 2005-06. B.A. degrees in politics and psychology from Drake University, 2005. Originally from Brooklyn, Iowa.
  • Deputy State Director Jordan Hagert Campaign manager on Radinovich for Congress (MN-8), May-Dec. 2018. Policy fellow in the Office of Mayor Jacob Frey, Jan.-May 2018. Campaign manager on Barb Johnson for Minneapolis City Council, Jan.-Dec. 2017. Political director for MN DFL-Rick Nolan campaign, May-Nov. 2016. Legal assistant for Bridge Law Group, Ltd., May-Aug. 2015. Field organizer in Brainerd for the DFL Coordinated Campiagn, May-Nov. 2014. J.D. from University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2018; B.A. in political science and economics from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, 2014.
  • Iowa Caucus Director Andrew Nelson (reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019, initially organizing director) Canvass director on Iowa Democrats' 2018 coordinated campaign and field director for the Iowa House Truman Fund in 2016. Deputy field director on Anthony Brown for Governor, Apr. 2013-Nov. 2014. IN-2 field director for the Indiana Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2012. Field organizer on John Delaney for Congress, Mar.-Apr. 2012. Field organizer on Tom Henry for Mayor (Fort Wayne, IN), Aug.-Dec. 2011. IA-03 field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2010.
  • Iowa Caucus Advisor Norm Sterzenbach (announced Dec. 4, 2019) Most recently state director on Beto for America, Mar.-Nov. 2019. Consultant to the IDP on the 2020 caucuses to early March 2019. Sterzenbach is taking leave from his position a principal at GPS Impact, where he started Feb. 2013. Executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party to Jan. 2013; started as political and caucus director for IDP for the 2008 Caucuses from Dec. 2006. Deputy campaign manager on Chet Culver's campaign for governor, Nov. 2005-Dec. 2006. Campaign manager on Bekki Cook for Lt. Governor, May-Nov. 2004. Caucus director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP), 2004. Field director on Jim Humphries for Congress, 2002. Eastern Iowa Field Director on Bill Bradley’s campaign. B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 1998. Cedar Rapids native.


  • Political Director Jamie Woods (announced April 19, 2019) Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party's Black Caucus and is on the board of directors for Emerge Iowa. Helped to elect Rep. Phyllis Thede and Rep. Ako Abdul Samad to the Iowa House. African-American outreach coordinator in the Davenport office for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Candidate for Davenport 8th Ward in Nov. 2013. Worked on Obama's presidential campaigns. From Davenport.


  • Organizing Director Jackson Sump GOTV director for the Minnesota DFL, July-Dec. 2018. Field director/deputy campaign manager on Rebecca Otter's campaign for governor, Jan.-June 2018. Deputy field director on Schneider for Congress (IL), Feb.-Nov. 2016. Field organizer in Iowa on O'Malley for President, Jan.-Feb. 2016. Iowa regional field director on Draft Biden, Sept.-Nov. 2015. Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Kansas, 2015.
  • Deputy Organizing Director Seth Barnes (initially regional organizing director for Davenport from May 2019) Constituency organizer (political/field on Xochitl for New Mexico/New Mexico Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2018. Program assistant for nonproliferation/science engagement at CRDF Global, July 2010-Aug. 2013. International M.B.A. from University of Denver-Daniels College of Business, 2015; B.A. in internationsl studies from Michigan State University, 2005.

Regional Organizing Directors include

  • Emma Weinert (June 2019) Bachelor's degree in political science from The Johns Hopkins University, 2019. Internships include legislative intern to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Jan.-May 2018.
  • Sioux City Katie Rose Epstein (May 2019) Bachelor of political science, bachelor of women's gender and sexuality studies from Penn State University, 2019; president of Penn State College Democrats, 2018-19.


  • Press Secretary Austin Cook (late Sept./ea. Oct. 2019...succeeding Courtney Rice) Senior associate (Mar.-Sept. 2019) and associate, strategic communications (Dec. 2017-Mar. 2019) at The Glover Park Group. Public relations associate (Oct. 2016-Dec. 2017) and public relations fellow (Aug.-Oct. 2016) at Podesta Group. B.A. in politics and international affairs, journalism from Wake Forest University, 2016.
  • Digital Media Manager Alli Peters (announced April 19, 2019) Photographer and designer at Alli Peters LLC in Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 2016; did photography on Erin Murphy for Governor and Dean Phillips for Congress campaigns in Minnesota, 2018. Project coordinator (Oct.-Dec. 2016), graphic production coordinator (June-Dec. 2016) and editorial intern (Jan.-May 2016) at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul. B.S. in business and marketing education and B.A. in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.

Field Organizers include:

Endorsements (press releases)...June 6, 2019

June 9, 2019

July 11, 2019

  • Bill Witt – former Iowa State Representative from Black Hawk County. Bill is known for his environmental and long-term care reform advocacy.
  • Shirley McAdon – Adel City Council member.
  • Jackie Wellman – community activist, super volunteer. Jackie is a former Precinct Captain for both the Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns.
  • Ruth Thompson – community activist, The Caucus Couple.
  • Scott Thompson – community activist, The Caucus Couple.
  • Melissa Fath – community activist, cancer researcher.

Aug. 12, 2019

Aug. 16, 2019

...Sept. 9, 2019

Sept. 29, 2019

  • Mary Anne Kuhr - former Pottawattamie County Vice Chair and rural Democratic activist
  • Matthea Little Smith - social justice community activist, NAMI mental health trainer, and NAACP member
  • John Harlan, Des Moines - combat veteran, Democratic activist
  • Ashley Foster, Polk City - Independent activist
  • Gloria Starns, Ames - educator
  • Arnold Daniels, Cedar Rapids - Iowa Democratic Black Caucus member, NAACP member, community activist

Oct. 18, 2019

  • State Sen. Liz Mathis (District 34-Robins) - Linn Co.; an Assistant Leader
  • State Rep. Andy McKean (District 58-Anamosa) - announced switch from R to D on Apr. 24, 2019
  • Former State Sen. David Johnson - from Ocheyedan, represented District 1 from Jan. 2003-Jan. 2019; switched from R

Oct. 30, 2019

  • Brett Copeland, Chair of the Dickinson County Democrats
  • Doug Bailey, a Hamilton County Supervisor
  • Jeff Shudak, the Iowa State Political Advisor for Plumbers Local 16, based in Council Bluffs
  • Karim Jawda, an Iraqi immigrant community leader in Des Moines
  • Mary Benton, former County Attorney of Guthrie County
  • Kay Hale, Ely - Ely City Council Member, 2019 Linn County Democrats Hall of Fame inductee
  • Jake Oeth, Des Moines - Former staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. Bruce Braley
  • Tim Benton, Guthrie Center - Former Assistant Guthrie County Attorney, Democratic activist
  • Connie McKean, Anamosa - Legislative assistant and campaign manager of State Rep. Andy McKean
  • Tyler Mills, Keokuk - Lee County Democrats Executive Committee member
  • Karl Nolin, Spencer - Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
  • Carol Nolin, Spencer - Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
  • Bev Clark, Baxter - Jasper County, Democratic activist, retired social worker
  • Jenny Pryke, Newton - Jasper County Democratic activist
  • Carrie Tedore, Dubuque - Dubuque County Democratic activist
  • Greg Davis, Johnston - Polk County Democratic activist, retired pastor
  • Shanda Carstens, Panora - 2018 Polk County Volunteer of the Year and Guthrie County activist
  • Abdi Salan Hassan, Des Moines - Community activist
  • Fatuma Hirsi, Des Moines - Community activist
  • Dhoal Larijin, Des Moines - Community activist

Oct. 31, 2019

  • Roxanne Conlin - attorney in Des Moines; Democratic nominee for governor in 1982 and for U.S. Senate in 2010

Nov. 15, 2019

Dec. 3, 2019

  • State Rep. Bruce Bearinger (District 64-Fayette Co.) ...had supported Bullock until he withdrew

Dec. 7, 2019

Dec. 13, 2019

  • State Sen. Kevin Kinney (District 39-Oxford) parts of Johnson and Washington Cos. and Keokuk Co.
  • State Rep. Sharon Steckman (District 53-Mason City) an Assistant Leader in the House

Dec. 31, 2019


  • State Director Scott Merrick (announced Apr. 10, 2019) Vice president of business development for Athenium Analytics, a technology company based in Dover, NH, Aug. 2016-Nov. 2018. Deputy state director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2016. State representative from Coos County, including assistant majority floor leader, Dec. 2004-Oct. 2009. B.A. in political science and government from Tufts University, 2008. New Hampshire native.
  • Deputy State Director Sondra Milkie (announced Apr. 10, 2019) Senior associate at The Strategy Group, June-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Aruna Miller for Congress (MD), Nov. 2017-May 2018. Email marketing coordinator for Rising Tide Interactive, May-Oct. 2017. Training director for Wisconsin Progress, June 2012-Feb. 2017. Campaign manager on Melissa Sargent for State Assembly (WI), Apr.-Aug. 2012. Campaign coordinator on Citizens for Dane County's Future, Nov. 2011-April 2012. Field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.A. in history and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.


  • Political Director Ben Ernst (announced Apr. 10, 2019) Moves to the campaign from position as political director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, started Jan. 2019. Campaigns director for the New Hampshire State Senate Democratic Caucus, Feb.-Nov. 2018. Legislative director to Del. David Reid (VA), Jan.-Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Laurie Cumbo's campaign in Brooklyn, June-Sept. 2017. Deputy campaign manager on Kathy Tran for Delegate (VA), Apr.-June 2017. Legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates, Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017. Regional organizing director (June-Nov. 2016) and organizer (May-June 2016) for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Delegate protection organizer in Des Moines (Feb.-May 2016), organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. 2016) and deputy organizer in Mason City, IA (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on HIllary for America. Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, June-Nov. 2015. Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, 2015.


  • Organizing Director Nicholas Maines Regional organizer and distributed director on the Tennessee Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2018. Field director on Dan Helmer for Congress (VA), Mar.-June 2018. Campaign manager on Ann Messenger for Congress (NY), Jan.-Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Pam Keith for Congress, July 2017-Jan. 2018. Field director on Colleen Deacon for Congress (NY), May-Nov. 2016. Political organizer (delegates) in Nevada on Hillary for America, Apr.-June 2016. Director of advocacy for the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Apr.-Oct. 2015. Regional manager in Kansas City, MO for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015. Field director in Florida CD-18, Apr.-Nov. 2014. ACA outreach for National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, 2014. Campaign manager on Evandra Thompson for House Delegate (VA), May-July 2013. Political and legislative coordinator in Missouri for AFSCME, Feb. 2012-Mar. 2013. Relational voter program director for We Are Wisconsin, Feb.-June 2012. Organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Nov. 2011-Feb. 2012. Organizer in Ironton for We Are Ohio, Sept.-Nov. 2011. Field organizer on Jaime Ariezaga Sot for State Senate (VA), June-Sept. 2011. Regional field director in Sioux City for the Iowa Democratic Party, Oct. 2009-Nov. 2010. Lead organizer in Indianapolis for Change That Works, June-Oct. 2009. Organizer for the Minnesota DFL, June-Nov. 2006. Assistant political director on Rosalind Kurita for Senate (TN), Dec. 2005-Feb. 2006. Opposition research director for the Oakland County (MI) Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2005. Campaign manager on Ramzi Dalloo for City Council (Troy, MI), July-Nov. 2005. Team lead in Portsmouth, OH for SEIU HERO, June-Nov. 2004. B.A. in history from Berea College, 2005.
  • Deputy Organizing Director Nick Paul (May 2019) Campaign manager on Jon Morgan for State Senate (Brentwood, NH), Mar.-Nov. 2018. Grassroots organizer for Protect the Granite State, Apr. 2017-Mar. 2018. Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov. 2017. Contractor for RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, Dec. 2016-Apr. 2017. Field organizer in Green Bay for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Senior election and advocacy fellow for RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, July 2015-July 2016. Canvasser for NextGen Climate, Sept.-Nov. 2014.
  • Regional Organizing Director Josh Troop (July 2019) Consultant on Landon Lemoin for Boston City Council, Mar.-June 2019. Regional field director on the Committee to Elect Jay Gonzalez (MA), Jan.-Nov. 2018. Field organizer on Stephanie Hirsch for Alderman at Large (Somerville, MA), Sept.-Nov. 2017. B.A. in government and mathematics from Hamilton College, 2017.
  • Leah A. Garrett Regional field director for the Democratic Party of Virginia Coordinated Campaign from Feb. 2018. Field organizer for the DPV coordinated Campaign, July-Nov. 2017. Senior field organiizer for the Florida Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Field organizer in Arkansas on Hillary for America, June-July 2016. CEO and president of Olive Loom, Apr. 2011-June 2016. Master's degree in political management from The George Washington University, 2017; M.A. in political science and government (2010) and B.A. in political science from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


  • Communications Director Kelsi Browning (announced Apr. 22, 2019) National communications director on Paul Davis congressional campaign in KS-2, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Communications director on Farley for Arizona, Mar.-Sept. 2018. Senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, Feb. 2017-Mar. 2018. Central PA regional press secretary on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Sept. 2015-May 2016. Press fellow to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, Dec. 2014-Sept. 2015. Assistant to the executive director at the DSCC, Feb. 2013-March 2014. Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, May 2012-Feb. 2013. B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2012.

Field Organizers include:

Endorsements (press releases) July 11, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019


  • State Director Marina Negroponte (reported Nov. 22, 2019) Previously Nevada state director on Beto for America (announced July 22, 2019 to Nov. 1) Vice president of strategy and external affairs for We Are All Human, Nov. 2018-May 2019. New markets analyst (Nov. 2017-Oct. 2018) and philanthropic partnerships officer (Nov. 2016-Oct. 2017) for Vulcan Inc. Government relations officer (June-Nov. 2016) and deputy head of programme (Jan. 2014-June 2016) and country coordinator (Purchase for Progress) (Jan. 2012-Jan. 2014) in Tanzania, and programme officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (Aug. 2009-Dec. 2011) for the World Food Programme. Consultant to the Division of Instructional and Information Technology at the NYC Department of Education, Jan.-June 2009. Programme officer (Food for Education) in India (Aug. 2005-Dec. 2006) and new graduate in the policy, strategy and programme support division (July 2004-Aug. 2005) at World Food Programme. M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, 2009; B.A. in interational relations from University of Pennsylvania, 2004.
  • Political Director Cameron Miller (reported Nov. 22, 2019) Previously Nevada state director on Beto for America (announced July 22, 2019 to Nov. 1) Independent entertainment consultant and executive producer since 2000. "Has worked closely in all three re-election campaigns of Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson." Operations manager/program director/executive producer for Studio 11 Films, Jan. 2012-July 2016. B.A. in ministry leadership from Northwest University, 2019. Nevada native, born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley.


  • State Director Angela Kouters Founder of Hard Count Strategies in Charleston, July 2018. Political advisor to EMILY's list, Feb.-July 2018. Chief of staff/fixer to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, May-Nov. 2017. Director of legislative affaris (Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017) and deputy director of legislative affairs, NPPD (Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016) at the Department of Homeland Security. Director of congressional, legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Apr. 2014-July 2015. President and CEO of Hard Count Strategies, Mar. 2013-Mar. 2014. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, May 2011-Nov. 2012. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009. Political desk at the DCCC, May-Dec. 2006. Political director for veterans and millitary families on John Kerry for President, Apr.-Dec. 2004. Legislative aide on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Oct. 2001-Apr. 2004. B.A. in political science and goernment from College of Charleston, 2000.


Endorsements (press releases)

Oct. 10, 2019 more than 70 federal, state and local officials led by:

Dec. 17, 2019

Former Staff

  • Iowa Press Secretary Courtney Rice ...moved to position as spokesperson at the DCCC (reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019) Deputy press secretary at the DSCC from Feb. 2017. Press assistant at Priorities USA, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016. M.P.A. in campaign management, state and local management from American University, 2016; B.A. in history from Allegheny College. From Ohio.
  • Iowa Deputy Organizing Director Andrew Larabee (announced April 19, 2019) Records archivist and deputy city clerk in Bloomington, IN, Mar. 2014-Dec. 2015. Bloomington regional lead organizer for Freedom Indiana, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014. Field organizer at Joe McNamara for Mayor (Toledo), Aug.-Sept. 2013. Assistant recruitment director at Fund for the Public Interest, Feb.-May 2013. Field organizer in Wood County, Ohio for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in English-creative writing from Ohio University, 2012.

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