Howard Dean-Campaign Organization, Iowa
Dean for America  
On May 30, 2002, Dean mailed the FEC papers establishing Dean for America, a presidential campaign committee.  Dean for America is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.  Joe Trippi is the national campaign director.  The campaign moved into its Iowa campaign headquarters, in a storefront location at 1408 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines, on March 9, 2003.

Dean for America Iowa Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 1408 Locust St., Des Moines

State Director Jeani Murray
(announced Dec. 18, 2002)  In 2002 Murray managed John Norris' unsuccessful campaign for the Iowa 4th CD seat held by Rep. Tom Latham (R).  Murray served as executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party from May 2000 to January 2002.  Previously she worked for Rep. Leonard Boswell for over four years, including as his chief of staff.  She is a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, and attended graduate school in journalism at the University of Iowa.
Deputy State Director Matt Paul
An Iowa native, formerly worked in Governor Tom Vilsack's office.
Perfect Storm Coordinator Ken Sanguin
(announced May 15, 2003 as Field Director and continued in that role until taking charge of the Iowa Perfect Storm)  Has worked on campaigns across the country, most recently in Minnesota on Sen. Wellstone’s re-election campaign and for the Service Employees International Union.
Perfect Storm Press Secretary Christy Setzer
Storm Offices
GOTV Director Jonathan Rosen
Field Director Tim Connolly
(took over from Ken Sanguin)  "an ex-Army captain, a veteran of Desert Storm and a former Pentagon official in the Clinton administration"--Washington Post
Deputy Field Director Christina Lien
Assistant Field Director Molly Richardson

Regional Field Directors

  • Region 1 (Dubuque and Davenport): Ryan Howell
Davenport -- 303 W. 3rd St.
Regional Director -- Ryan Howell
(started with the campaign February 2003)
Scott County -- Alexander E. Mongiat
(started with the campaign June 1, 2003) Prior to the campaign Mongiat practiced securities and antitrust litigation at Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo in Boston; he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar and became associated with the firm in 2001.  Mongiat graduated from the University of Iowa in 1990 with a dual B.A. degree in English and History.  In 1999, he received his J.D. from the College of Law at the University of Iowa.
Katie Mears

Dubuque -- 1086 Main St.
Jason Springer
J.D. Berry

Clinton -- 723 S. 2nd St.
Ben Nuckels

  • Region 2 (Iowa City and Cedar Rapids): Rodd McLeod
Cedar Rapids -- Corner of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street, SE
Linn County -- Luke Quandt
Emily Thorson
Chris Warshaw

Iowa City --  2nd Floor Old Capitol Town Center
Deputy Field Director -- Rodd C. McLeod
Johnson County -- Keith Bell
Jamaal Craig
Caitlin Shaheen

Burlington -- 213 Jefferson Street
Josh Spaulding
Karen Klipowicz

Ottumwa -- 203B E. 2nd Street
Evan S. Peterson

  • Region 3 (Polk County): David Imbody
Des Moines Organizers:
Buffy Wicks - Beaverdale area
Courtney Thompson - Southside
Jamal Anderson - Westside
John Falcicchio - Eastside
Steve Louthan - Northside

Polk County Organizers:
Aaron Sugarman - West Des Moines
Joe Huser - Clive, Urbandale, Windsor Heights
Kristi Knaack - Ankeny, Grimes, Johnston
Mike McGeary - Altoona, Pleasant Hill

  • Region 4 (Fort Dodge and Mason City): Malea Stenzel
Fort Dodge -- 12 N. 7th Street
Malea Stenzel

Mason City -- 111 1st St. SE
Andrew Kain

  • Region 5 (Sioux City and Council Bluffs): Nate Willems
Council Bluffs -- 622 4th Street
Regional Director -- Nate Willems
Pottawattamie County -- Matt Hurm

Sioux City -- 705 Douglas Street, Suite 440
Nikki Enfield, Jeff Horwitz

  • Region 6 (Ames, Jasper, Poweshiek, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, etc): Nader Halawa
Jasper County Organizer:
Amber Tischer

Poweshiek County Organizer:
Brian Miller

Marion & Mahaska County Organizer:
Stuart Thompson

Lucas, Monroe & Wayne County Organizer:
Paul Heffron

Carroll County Organizer
Jeff Happe

 Boone & Greene County Organizer
Adam Hunt

Ames -- 118 Kellogg Street, Suite 3
Maureen G. Meyer

  • Region 7 (Waterloo): Kathryn "Katie" Malague
Waterloo -- 501 Sycamore Street, Suite 631
Roxey Nelson
Dana Rasch

Constituency Director David Leshtz
Worked at Center for Disabilities and Development Training and Project Services at Iowa University Hospital School. 
AFSCME Liaison Brian Weeks

Faith-Based Outreach Mara Vanderslice
(Dec. 2003)  Has organized in religious communities for more than six years, most recently working for the Jubilee 2000 movement for debt relief for impoverished countries and advocating for a strong U.S. response to the global AIDS crisis.
Events Coordinator Frannie Starkey

Advance Director Justin Schall

Logistics Director Allie Moen

Communications Director Sarah Leonard
(announced May 15, 2003)  Press secretary for Sen. Tom Harkin’s campaign.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party.  Worked on the Gore 2000 caucus campaign.
Press Secretary Claire Gannon

Website Lead Programmer Aaron Welch
From Seattle, WA
Office Manager Tanner Brooks

Jen Shykula served as a consultant on house meetings.
Davide Steinberg and Scott Tift came from New Hampshire and served as house meeting coordinators.

Key Supporters

"Medicine Cabinet"
On September 12, 2003 the campaign released names of the statewide leadership team -- dubbed the "Medicine Cabinet." 
Chair-Dick Myers - former Democratic leader in the Iowa House (2001-2003).  After winning a special election in 1994, he served in the State House representing Iowa City until his retirement July 1, 2003. (endorsement announced September 1, 2003)
Chair-Margi Weiss - former member of the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee.  Director of the Iowa Historical Foundation.
Tom Gillespie - president, Iowa Building & Construction Trades. 
Dr. Deborah Turner - former Iowa Democratic Party vice chair.
Sandy Opstvedt - president, IBEW Iowa State Conference.  Story City.
Marcia Rogers - businessperson.  Serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Department of Economic Development.  Cedar Rapids.
Elaine Baxter - former Secretary of State (1987-1994).  Burlington.
Mike Tramontina - executive director of the Iowa Finance Authority (appointed June 2000).  Former Clinton administration official--served three years in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Secretary's Representative for the Great Plains Region. 
Joe Shannahan - "veteran Iowa Democratic activist" (Press secretary for the Vilsack-Pederson administration Sept. 1999-May 2002.  Communications Director for the Iowa Democratic Party from 1989 to 1993).
Dee Brandt - Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee.  Oelwein (Bremer County).
Ann James - president, Sioux City School Board.
Berkeley Bedell - former member of the United States Congress (1975-87).  Founder and chairman of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine.  Spirit Lake.
Mary Rose Brown - leading Iowa senior activist (was active in AARP).  Worked as a school teacher.  Iowa Falls. 
Matt Osterhaus - president-elect, Iowa Pharmacists Association.
Karen Fitzsimmons - Scott County Auditor; longest current serving Democratic elected official in Scott County.
Linda Nelson - ISEA executive board member.  Former state Representative.  Council Bluffs.
Johnie Hammond - former state Senator.  Ames.
Jonathan Wilson - attorney, former Des Moines School Board member.
Megan Scott - MeetUp and Dean Corps representative.  Iowa City.

Dean County Contacts

On January 9, 2004, the campaign announced the support of Sen. Tom Harkin.

On November 15, 2003, the campaign announced the support of nearly 100 key Iowa Democrats. >

On October 30, 2003, the campaign announced the support of over 140 members of the small business community. >

In September 2003, Iowans for Dean announced the support of 225 Iowans who have not caucused before or not in the last 15 years. >

On September 17, 2003, Iowans for Dean announced the support of nearly 300 Iowa teachers and education officials. >

On August 28, 2003, the campaign held a press conference to announce support of 136 labor activists (to emphasize the support the campaign ran an ad in the Des Moines Register on Labor Day, September 1, 2003). 

On August 22, 2003, the campaign announced that Dean has gained the support of more than 100 rural Iowa leaders including elected officials and small business owners.

On August 5, 2003, the campaign announced 20 labor endorsements.

Jennifer Hengstenberg-Political Director
(announced May 15, 2003)  Former finance director for the Iowa Democratic Party.  Political director for Gov. Tom Vilsack’s campaign.  Served in several capacities within the political department for the Gore 2000 caucus campaign including events coordinator.

Matt Hartwig-Special Operations
(March-July 23, 2003) Hartwig worked on communications/research for John Norris' congressional campaign from March-Nov. 2002.  A native Iowan, Hartwig hails from Thornton and is a graduate of Iowa State University.  He left in July 2003 to join the Protocol Group, a consulting firm.

Nancy Biery
(April-June, 2003) Biery was a partner at Biery/Besserman Associates, a political consulting firm in Washington State, and had extensive experience in Washington politics including service as chair of the Jefferson County Democrats during the 2002 election cycle (elected May 8, 2001).  In April 2003 she went to Iowa to work for the Dean campaign, but in June she returned to Washington to serve as director of external affairs to Gov. Gary Locke. >


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