Democratic Committees-Organization
2004 Election Cycle
After Sen. John Kerry gained standing as the party's all but certain presidential nominee in March he put his stamp on the DNC with a number of appointments to key positions.  More people were added as the year progressed.  In the last month and closing weeks many people went out to work in battleground states.  This listing is compiled from many sources and conversations and is intended as a detailed sketch of the DNC organization as of Oct. 2004.

Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol St., S.E., Washington, DC
last updated March 26, 2006
447 Members of the DNC
includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.
Executive Committee
64 members; oversees affairs of the party in between meetings of the full committee and meets four times a year.
Standing Committees
-Rules and Bylaws - James Roosevelt, Jr. (MA) and Carol Khare (SC)
-Credentials - Marianne Spraggins (GA) and Keith Umemoto (CA)
-Resolutions - Maria Echaveste (CA) 
Hispanic Caucus -- Chair: Alvaro Cifuentes
Black Caucus -- Chair: Yvonne Atkinson Gates
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus  -- Chair: Jeff Soref
Asian Pacific Islander American Caucus -- Chair: Keith Umemoto
Chairman Terry McAuliffe
Elected Chairman in February 2001.  McAuliffe has served as Finance Director of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; National Finance Chairman and then National Co-Chairman of the Clinton-Gore re-election committee; Chairman of the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee; and chair of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  He went to work on the Carter-Mondale reelection campaign after earning his undergraduate degree from Catholic University.  In 1984 he earned a J.D. from Georgetown Law Center.  McAuliffe grew up in Syracuse, New York.
Vice Chairs:
Linda Chavez-Thompson - 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.
Gloria Molina - one of five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, elected Feb. 1991; previously served on the Los Angeles City Council and in the State Assembly.
Lottie Shackelford - 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. 
Wellington Webb - served three terms as Mayor of Denver; first elected in 1991.
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.

Treasurer Andrew Tobias
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); The 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.
Secretary Alice Travis Germond
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.
National Finance Chair Maureen White
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 Chairs (nominated by the Chairman)
Congressman Mike Honda
Ben Johnson
Susan Turnbull
(named by Kerry)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)(April 15, 2004)
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) (April 15, 2004)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) (May 25, 2004)
(Serve as liaisons for both the campaign and the DNC to the Senate and the House and aid the party in raising the necessary resources to compete against Bush.)
National Finance Co-Chair Peter Maroney
(announced March 13, 2004)  Moved to DNC from position as Finance Director of Kerry for President, Inc.  Maroney served as Finance Director from the start of the campaign and has been Kerry's Finance Director since September 1997.  Previously, Maroney served as Finance Director for Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) from 1992-97.  Maroney started out under the current Democratic Party Chairman, Terry McAuliffe, working for former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt as Deputy Finance Director in 1991.  He is  a 1990 graduate of Rollins College with a B.A. in History and is originally from Philadelphia.
Kerry Greeley
Moved to DNC at the same time as Maroney, from position as Director of Grassroots Fundraising of Kerry for President, Inc.


C H A I R M A N ' S   O F F I C E
Executive Assistant to Terry McAuliffe Justin Paschal
Native of Arkansas.
Chairman's Press Secretary Elizabeth Alexander
Previously communications director to Congressman Adam Schiff, with a brief break in January 2004 to serve as press secretary on Rep. Dick Gephardt's South Carolina primary campaign.  For the 2002 election cycle, she served as the press secretary for Dario Herrera's congressional campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Alexander is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Senior Advisor Peter O'Keefe
Headed up fundraising for the DNC's new headquarters and technology infrastructure upgrade.  Fundraiser for the Clinton Presidential Library and Archives.  Worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, focusing on business outreach, for two years following the 1996 campaign.  Worked on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign starting Nov. 1991 in New Hampshire and continuing through later primaries, the convention and the general election in Kentucky.  Graduate of Marist College with a degree in political science, 1991; Master's in international political economy from the London School of Economics, 1999.
Chief Operating Officer Josh Wachs
Previously Chief of Staff to Chairman McAuliffe and before that, from 1999-2000, Deputy Executive Director of the DNC.  He joined the DNC in 1997 as Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern Political Director.  Prior to joining the DNC, Wachs spent a number of years managing campaigns around the country.
Chief of Staff/Director of Administrative Services Leah Daughtry
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 Financial Officer Brad Marshall
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.
General Election Manager Michael Whouley
(named by Kerry)  Boston native.  Partner in the Dewey Square Group, which he founded.  Chief political strategist at the DNC during the 2000 general election.  Oversaw strategy and field operations in Iowa and NH for Gore 2000.  National campaign manager for Vice President Gore in the 1996 re-election campaign.  National field director for Clinton/Gore '92, then worked on the transition.
Whouley took over from John Sasso in September.  (Sasso switched to traveling with Kerry.  He had been announced as General Election Manager on April 2, 2004-"to represent John Kerry at the DNC and work with Mary Beth Cahill, Chairman Terry McAuliffe, and his team to manager general election activities and coordinate the DNC's efforts with the Kerry campaign."  Sasso is President of Advanced Strategies, a business consulting firm specializing in government affairs and communications.  Helped manage Gov. Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign; served as Dukakis' chief of staff, 1983-87.  Sasso's deputy was John Giesser).
See also Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.
Director of Political Strategy Teresa Vilmain
(announced as "General Election Strategist" in February 2003)  Gore-Lieberman State Director in the 2000 General Election campaign.  General consultant to Tom Vilsack's gubernatorial campaign in Iowa in 1998.  Wisconsin state director for Clinton/Gore 96.  Consultant for the Human Rights Campaign's OutVote 96 project.  Political director of Emily's List.  Campaign manager for Geraldine Ferraro's 1992 U.S. Senate race.  Worked on the Iowa caucuses for Gary Hart in 1987 and Michael Dukakis in 1988.  First presidential campaign worked on was Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1980.  Native of Cedar Falls, Iowa. month of the campaign as in Wisconsin as Chief Wisconsin Strategist
Political Director Amy Pritchard
(started at the DNC in November 2003; served as a consultant for all of 2003)  Partner at Mammen, Pritchard & Associates a Democratic persuasion mail consulting firm in Washington, DC.  Founder of Democratic GAIN, an organization that trains and places staff on Democratic and progressive campaigns, incorp. in 2003.  Served as Northeast/Midwest Campaign Director for the DCCC, 1997-98.  B.A. in political science from American University in Washington, DC.  Raised in Boston.
Political Department Manager Jennifer Waldman
(liason with non-targeted states; liason for deployment of DNC Capitol Hill staffers out into the field in the last month)  Field director on the 2003 Kentucky Coordinated Campaign.
Political Analyst Sam Arora
(Writes political briefings and tracks polling for the Chairman and senior staff).  Joined the DNC in August 2003 as a Political Operations Coordinator.  Previously, he was an intern for John Kerry for President and the Office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.  He graduated from from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science. Wisconsin for the last five weeks of the campaign, first doing GOTV, then a student coordinator.

B A S E   V O T E

Director of Base Vote Cheryl Benton
(started after the Democratic National Convention)  President and founder of CA. Benton Associates, a Washington, DC political and public affairs consulting firm.  In the 2000 cycle, Benton served as the Mid-Atlantic political director for the DNC, overseeing the coordinated campaigns for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and the District of Columbia.  Benton has managed and advised Democratic candidates and officeholders in their campaigns for office at the local and state levels.  In 1994, she managed Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.'s successful re-election effort.  In 1995, she managed the campaign for Mayor of the City of Baltimore.  She managed Ray Schoenke's gubernatorial campaign until he left the race.  In 1996, Benton worked as Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) national political director and liaison to the Senate Democratic Leadership.  Benton holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston and has completed all coursework for a Masters in Public Administration.
Director of Hispanic Outreach and Senior Advisor Nelson Reyneri
(September 2003)  Served in various senior political appointment positions in the Clinton administration.  Chief of staff for the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC); previously served as special assistant to the deputy chief of staff in the White House; and during the first term worked on reinvention at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; undergraduate degree from Boston University.
Hispanic Voter Contact Consultant Marie Therese Dominguez
Worked as a management consultant serving as Director of Human Capital and Performance for Resource Consultants, Inc.  Worked eight years in the Clinton Administration including at the White House as Special Assistant for Personnel, at the Department of Transportation as Deputy Chief of Staff to the FAA Administrator, and at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.  In 2000 was Regional Field Director for Central Florida for the Gore/Lieberman campaign and the recount effort.  Worked on Mark Warner's 2001 gubernatorial campaign in Virginia and on the Clinton/Gore campaigns in 1996 and 1992.  J.D. from Villanova Law School; undergraduate degree from Smith College.
Senior Director, African-American Affairs Kevin Parker
(announced September 16, 2003)  Parker has worked on Democratic campaigns in Connecticut, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Maryland.  He spent nearly 10 years as a Legislative Assistant for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  His private sector experience includes serving as Managing Director and Founding Member of Westin Rinehart, a Washington, DC-based lobbying firm with a Fortune 1000 client base, President and Founder of Capitol Consulting Group, LLC, where he focused on minority business development, and Director of Community Affairs and Youth Development for the New Orleans Sports Foundation.
Director, Seniors Outreach Office Becky Ogle
(on June 4, 2004 announced as the Kerry campaign's senior advisor on disability issues)  Director of the DNC's Disability Outreach Initiative, announced in June 2002.  Executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, announced on June 26, 1998.  Director of Disability Outreach in the Office of Public Liaison for the 1996 Clinton/Gore General Election Committee. Co-founder and moderator of Justice For All.  Director of Governmental Affairs and Advocacy for the Spina Bifida Association of America, 1990. Native of Tennessee.
-National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council
Director, Office of GLBT Outreach Eric J. Stern
(started July 14, 2003)  Prior to joining the DNC, Stern was Dorot Law Fellow at the Alliance for Justice (AFJ) in Washington, D.C.; he worked on AFJ's Judicial Selection Project. Stern earned his law degree from Northeastern School of Law, 2002.  While in law school he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division; the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.; the Children's Law Center, Inc.; and Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  Stern led the Marietta College (Ohio) Young Democrats, and volunteered on the 1994 and 1996 campaigns Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH) and the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign.  He also interned for Project Vote.
Office of Asian Pacific Islander American Outreach Denise Lee
(announced May 3, 2004)  For the past three years, Lee has served as Legislative Aide and Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31), an Executive Committee Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus (CAPAC).  Among other duties, Lee advised Rep. Becerra on issues pertinent to the APIA community and staffed the Congressman during his Ad Hoc Committee Chairmanship to Revise the Bylaws for CAPAC.  Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Director of Youth Outreach Dan Geldon
Executive Director of College Democrats of America.  From Bethesda, Maryland.  Graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts.  He served as president of the Amherst College Democrats, an officer on the College Democrats of Massachusetts, National Communications Director of CDA and National Vice President of CDA.  In 1999 he interned for Rep. Bill Luther (MN-6) and in the Gore 2000 national headquarters.  In 1998 he organized students through his high school's Young Democrats and served as a GOTV Coordinator for congressional candidate Ralph Neas (MD-08).
Director of Religious Outreach Alexia Kelley
Came to the DNC from position as Director of Program Development at Environmental Resources Trust, Inc. an organization "implementing economic ideas that address today’s environmental challenges." "She has served with nonprofit organizations committed to poverty reduction, the environment, and social justice." She worked at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and launched its development program.  Master's degree in theological studies from Harvard University.

ad-hoc Native American outreach cooordinator Anna Sorrell
Director of Native American outreach for the Kerry/Edwards campaign.  On four and a half month leave of absence from position as director of support services for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes (Northern Montana); ran the tribal substance and alcohol abuse program for about eight years.  Taught at the Two Eagle River School for three years.

Note that a number of outreach staff, while physically based at the Kerry campaign, were on the DNC payroll.
Senior Advisor African American Outreach Janice Griffin
(named by Kerry; announced April 16, 2004) Serves on the Board of the CBC Political Action Committee.  Headed Vice President Gore's leadership PAC, Leadership '02, after serving as Secretary of Gore/Lieberman 2000 and as Director of African American Outreach.  At the DNC she served as chair of the Women's Leadership Forum and helped to found the Women's Vote Center.
Deputy Field Director Matt Nugen
(liaison field, political and other departments)  Director of delegate operations for Sen. Joe Lieberman's 2004 presidential primary campaign, announced Feb. 10, 2003.  Served as Vice President of Operations for Kwame Building Group, Inc.  In 2000, he was 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.


C O O R D I N A T E D   C A M P A I G N S in the states >
Coordinated Campaign consultants hired through the DNC for each state

Field Director Karen Hicks
(announced by Kerry for President, Inc. on April 16, 2004 as Deputy National Field Director)  Previously served as New Hampshire State Director for the Dean campaign. Political director for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2002 bid for the U.S. Senate.  Political director for Shaheen’s 2000 race for Governor.  Prior to that, Hicks served as Shaheen’s Health Policy Advisor.  From 1993-97, she served as executive director of New Hampshire Citizen Action.

Assistant: John Hagner

NV, OR, WA, WV C.R. Wooters
Worked for Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000 in four states including Florida, where he managed daily field operations for the general election and recount; during the 2000 New Hampshire primary campaign he worked as a field organizer for Gore in Nashua.  Native of Silver Spring, MD.
Deputy Desk: Michelle Mayorga
IA, MN, WI Erin O'Neill
Managed Vince Orza's campaign for the Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Aug. 27 2002 primary/Sept. 17 runoff.  Worked as an AFL-CIO organizer in Washington, D.C.  Northeast regional director for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
Deputy Desk: Jessica Mejia
AR, LA, VA Jocelyn Woodards
Chicago political strategist/community organizer.  Served briefly as national field director on Carol Mosely Braun for President, March-May 2003.  In 2000 was deputy director of the Florida Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Deputy director of the Office of Voter Participation at the DNC, 1995-97.
Deputy Desk: Ashley Ettienne
ME, NH, PA, MI Brian Hardwick
Deputy campaign manager on Joe Lieberman for President.  National political director for Senator Tom Daschle, the Democratic Leader in the Senate, directing DASHPAC and overseeing his activity at the DSCC.  Campaign manager and chief spokesman for Tom Strickland's 2002 US Senate race in Colorado.  In 2000 he served as national finance director for the DNC, raising over $185 million.  Earlier in the 2000 cycle he worked for Vice President Gore's leadership PAC and on Gore's 2000 primary campaign.  He has also worked for the DSCC, Sen. Bob Kerry, Sen.. Carl Levin and on many other campaigns.
Deputy Desk: Eileen Donohue
MO, OH, FL George Rakis
Director of Elections at the DNC in the 2002 cycle.  Directed the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2000.
Deputy Desk: Alicia Kolar-Prevost
AZ, NM, CO Cynthia Jasso Rotunno
On Joe Lieberman for President, Inc. served as Deputy Campaign Director for Constituency Outreach and Chief of Staff for Hadassah Lieberman; started on the campaign in February 2003.  Southwestern States Campaign Director and co-developer of the Hispanic Outreach Strategies Project at the DNC in the 2002 cycle.  (She has also served the DNC in the Chairman's Office, the Campaign Division as Deputy Director of Latino Outreach & Base Vote, and as the Deputy Southern Political Director in the '94 Coordinated Campaign).  Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Political Affairs during Clinton's second term.  Deputy Director for Government, Business and Community Affairs on the 53rd Presidential Inaugural, and Deputy Public Liaison Director on the '96 Clinton/Gore campaign.  Scheduler for Congressman Bob Filner (CA-51), 1993-94.  National Operations Director for LULAC National Educational Service Centers.  Investigator/Legal Assistant at the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.  Texas native.
Deputy Desk: Adam Wilczewski
Deputy Field Director for Reporting and Programs Robby Mook
(Mook started in mid-July 2004; he closed out the campaign as GOTV Director in Wisconsin).  Served as deputy field director on Howard Dean's NH primary campaign, starting April 20, 2003 through the primary.  Previously worked for NYC councilwoman Eva Markowitz.  Field director for the Vermont Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in 2002.  B.A. in classics from Columbia University, 2002.  Worked for the Vermont Democratic House caucus in 2000 and the Vermont Democratic Party as a canvasser in 1998.
Deputy Field Director for Training and GOTV Jeremy Bird
(started late July 2004 right before the Convention)  Training director for Democratic GAIN.  Howard Dean’s Congressional District Director during the New Hampshire presidential primary.  Earned his Bachelor's degree at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and his Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School.  Grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri.
Deputy Field Trainer Corrine Tapia
Previously worked with the DNC Finance Committee managing and coordinating logistics operations for donors attending the Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Assistant to the Chief-of-Staff and Deputy Scheduler for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).  Bachelor's degree in American Studies from Georgetown University.
GOTV Director Laurie Moskowitz
Founding partner of FieldWorks, a political consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing and field strategies.  Directed the DNC's 2000 Coordinated Campaign.  Director of Delegates for Gore 2000.  Special Adviser and Director of Operations at HUD under Andrew Cuomo, 1999.  A Deputy Political Director at the DNC and its Voter Contact Director during the 1998 election cycle.  In 1995-96 Moskowitz and a co-worker overhauled the DNC training program.   Worked for the PIRGs as a NJ staffer and as Campus Programs Director.  Graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.  Grew up in San Rafael, Calif.
Early Vote (focused on FL, PA, NH and ME) Charlie Baker
Partner at Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in Boston.  Senior advisor to the Gore/Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Senior advisor for the national field strategy for the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign and the DNC in 1992 and 1996.  Chief campaign consultant for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1994 re-election campaign.  Assistant secretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance in Massachusetts, 1989-90.  National field director for Dukakis/Bentsen presidential campaign.  Deputy secretary of the Executive Office of Communities and Development in Massachusetts, 1986-87.  Chief Secretary of the Office of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, 1983-85.  J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1984.   B.A., Harvard University, 1980.
Early Vote/Vote by Mail Deputy Jarel LaPan
Worked on Howard Dean's New Hampshire primary campaign first as Seacoast area organizer, then as regional director in the Concord office.  Graduate of the George Washington University with a degree in political science, May 2003.  From Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Chris Lavery
Served as Deputy Political Director on Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign, 2003-04.  Worked on Al Gore's presidential campaign and in the Clinton White House.  Lavery's father served as a Connecticut State Senator at the same time as Sen. Lieberman.

V O T E R   C O N T A C T
Demzilla - internal transactional database, includes donors, activists, party leaders; used for managing voter registration, organizing and donor prospecting efforts (built by Plus Three LP)
DataMart - Web-based, open source database

Voter Contact Director Lina (Petty) Brunton
Graduate of Cornell University with a degree in history, 1996.  From Maryland.
Deputy Voter Contact Director Tanya Brown
Graduate of Elon University's School of Communications in Elon, North Carolina.
Voter File Manager Alan Julson

Director of Targeted Communications (Mail and Phones) Sujata Tejwani
(started after the Democratic National Convention)  Training Director for Democratic GAIN at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston (over 200 speakers and 4,200 trained during the week).  National communications director for America Coming Together (ACT) and the Partnership for America's Families, as well as national field director for Cover the Uninsured Week, 2003.  Deputy campaign manager and political director on Sen. Max Cleland's (D-GA) 2002 re-election campaign.  Communications director in VA 4th CD special election in 2001.  In 2000 managed Maryanne Connelly's congressional campaign in NJ's 7th CD, gaining an upset win in the primary, but losing in the general against Mike Ferguson.  First campaign job was deputy research director for Sen. Paul Wellstone's (D-MN) 1996 re-election campaign.  B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College.

Mail: The Strategy Group, Ambrosino Muir & Hansen, Ewing Tapper (Pat Ewing), Mammen Pritchard, Message and Media, MSCH Partners, Inc.

Phil Giarrizzo
(a late national mail program)  Started Phil Giarrizzo Campaign Consulting in 1991.  (Earlier in the 2004 cycle did direct mail for Wesley Clark's presidential campaign for a number of states including OK, ND, and TN; for Craig Varoga).  Worked for Willie Brown in the California State Assembly.  Spent 15 years in the labor movement, including being the head of SEIU Local 660, a 40,000 member local in Los Angeles, and served on the SEIU International Executive Board.
Director of Online Organizing for the Voter Contact Dep't Nita Chaudhary
Before joining the DNC, Chaudhury worked for People for the American Way.  She held several positions during her years there, including Media Research Analyst, Web Content Manager and Online Organizer.  Graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT  with a degree in Political Science and Women's Studies, 2002.  Born and raised in New York City.
Increasing the DNC's online activism and communications.  Worked with the political and field departments to use technology to increase civic participation.  Ran the DNC's meetups, online political and base-vote campaigns and Organizing Toolkit (which was a site that allowed all field offices to customize canvass and outreach literature and order it through a union printer in their area for delivery or pick-up).  Active in the media, fundraising and blogging side of the party's  internet work.  Worked regularly with state parties to help them increase their online presence.


Women's Vote Center

National Chair Ann F. Lewis
Executive Director Christy Agner

Voting Rights Institute
Chair Donna Brazile
On Oct. 5, 2004 the Kerry campaign and the DNC announced members of their Election Protection Advisory Task Force.

Staff of 34 organized into 8 sections (national team, regional, specialty, radio, speechwriting, Media Center Director, media surrogates, Nader).

Communications Director Jano Cabrera
(announced as National Spokesman on March 15, 2004; succeeded Debra DeShong as Communications Director in June 2004)  Cabrera most recently served as spokesperson for Sen. Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign. He was former Vice-President Al Gore's spokesperson from 1998 to 2002, working both at the White House and on Gore's presidential campaign. Cabrera also served as Communications Director for the Recording Industry Association of America. Originally from California, he is a graduate of Pomona College.
Press Secretary Tony Welch
[also point of contact for specialty press]  Welch joined the DNC after serving as the Director of Communications for the Florida Education Association.  He is a former journalist and worked for four years as Communications Director of the Florida Democratic Party.  He also worked as Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Health under the Lawton Chiles administration.  Welch is a native of Washington, D.C and a graduate of the University of West Florida.
Deputy Press Secretary Claire Gannon
[Wrote most of the press releases]  Gannon served as press secretary for Howard Dean's Iowa caucus campaign.  Graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications.  Iowa native.
Assistant Press Secretary Parag Chokshi
(joined the DNC in July 2004)  Previously a communications intern for the Glover Park Group and before that for Senator Biden.  Worked on Congressman Jim Maloney's re-election campaign in 2002.  Graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Political Economy.
Assistant Press Secretary Melissa Habedank
(started mid-August 2004)  Graduate of Augustus Adolophus College.   ...deployed to Nevada for the close of the campaign.

Regional Media Director Josh Earnest
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.  [As Regional Media Director Earnest directs 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."]

Regional Press Desks
Midwest Daniella Gibbs Leger
Gibbs previously served as Deputy Press Secretary, as the Communications Director for the Women's Vote Center and as Deputy Communications Director.  Before coming to the DNC, she served as the Marketing Associate for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, where she oversaw advertising placement and schedules for over 220 African American newspapers and served as the organization's political liaison.  Graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelors Degree in Government.
West Nick Shapiro
...deployed to Nevada for the close of the campaign.
Northeast Chris Mather
South Bridget Lowell
(took leave of absence to work at the DNC)  Communications director for Congressman David Price (D-NC) since 2001, and has also managed the communications operations for his reelection campaigns.  Prior to that, Lowell worked for five years as an on-air television news reporter at stations in New York and North Carolina.  She is a graduate of Cornell University.
-succeeded Christina Saunders, who went to Florida to work on the campaign there
Opportunity (Non-Battleground) press desk for over 25 states Erika Soto
(Soto served as an on-the-record and bilingual spokeswoman, cultivated relationships with reporters at DC bureaus of targeted regional outlets, and tailored national message with state communications staff to resonate with voters locally).  Before joining the DNC, Soto was a Press Aide for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and prior to that served as a Press Secretary to California State Controller Steve Westly.  Soto is a 2002 graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. the final weeks of the campaign, Soto was deployed to Las Cruces, New Mexico and served as the Southern New Mexico Press Secretary.

Press Assistant, Regional: Crystal Davis

Director of Hispanic Media Melisa Diaz
(announced June 22, 2004) Prior to joining the DNC, Diaz was the D.C. Correspondent for the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero. She previously has served as Communications Director for Congressman Jose Serrano (NY-16), as Hispanic Media Coordinator for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and as Deputy Communications Director for the House Democratic Caucus.  Diaz is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Director of African American Media William Marshall, Jr.
(announced June 29, 2004) Previously served as Director of Communications to Rep. Bobby Rush (IL) and as Press Secretary to Rep. Gus Savage (IL). He is a former Manager and Spokesperson for Space Science at NASA and served on the Presidential Commission on the Shuttle Challenger Accident.  Bachelors and Masters degrees from Howard University.  Marshall has produced commercials and films for groups as diverse as the Congressional Black Caucus, the Pentagon, Miss America, Clairol, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and the Montel Williams Show.  His 1999 film "Journey: The Black Astronaut", aired on PBS, earned him the Program of the Year Award from the American Association of University Women.
Director of Specialty Press (Gay & Lesbian, Women, Young, APIA...) Brian Richardson
(announced July 15, 2004) Richardson first joined the DNC in October 2003 and served as Radio Booker and later as Communications Coordinator.  After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2001, he joined Teach For America, the national service corps of teachers.  Richardson spent two years as a high school social studies teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was named Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Press Assistant, Specialty: Jennifer Brown

Director of Speechwriting Bob Lehrman
Served as lead speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore; speechwriter for Rep. David Bonior; worked for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.
Rapid Response Coordinator Alex Perkins
Worked as a policy coordinator on Howard Dean's campaign after leaving his job as an associate at the Seattle firm of Keller Rohrback.

Press Assistant: Sibhan Oates-Judge

Radio Director Kandy Stroud
Extensive career in journalism; started with Mademoiselle and then Vogue; also including features editor for a newspaper in Aspen, CO; Washington correspondent for Women's Wear Daily; chief diplomatic correspondent for CNN.  Author of How Jimmy Won. (William Morrow & Co., 1977). Graduate of Boston College.
Deputy Radio Director William Hart
More Radio: Gary Meltz, James McPhillips, George Goodno

Note: Hoffman and Slutsky were on the DNC payroll for most of the general election but worked directly for the communications team at Kerry-Edwards headquarters (for Stephanie Cutter) and were based there for most of the campaign.
Senior Advisor for Surrogate Communications Gail Hoffman
Joined the Kerry campaign in November 2003 and served as Director of Surrogates out of the war room, reporting to Communications Director Stephanie Cutter; later worked on surrogates for the Democratic National Convention, for response activities at the Republican National Convention, and during the debates.  President of The Hoffman Group, a full service public affairs firm she founded in 1995.  For the Clinton Administration starting in January 1993, Hoffman served as Advisor to the Deputy White House Chief of Staff, and then in the White House Counsel's office as a member of the Attorney General-Designate's Confirmation Team.  At Department of Justice under Janet Reno she served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, and then as the Director of the Justice Department's Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Legislative Director for Handgun Control, Inc., from 1987-92.
Assistant to the Senior Advisor Matt Slutsky
Field staffer on Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign starting in Aug. 2003 (initially responsible for a fifth of Polk County; as more people were added focused on Urbandale, Ankeny and Johnston).  After Iowa proceeded to contests in NH, SC, VA, WI, MN, TX and LA.  Started on surrogate communications in May 2004.  Graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a degree in political science.  Interned on Kerry's 2002 re-election campaign.
Media Center Director Reed Petty

Nader Coordinator Perry Plumart
keeping track of Nader's activities (for last month-plus of the campaign)  Press Secretary/Senior Policy Advisor and then Director of Government Relations for the National Audubon Society.  Director of Communications for Americans for a Sustainable Economy.  Served as a legislative assistant and press secretary for two California representatives, Pete Stark and Nancy Pelosi, over a period of 14 years, ending in 1996.  B.S. in Political Science from South Dakota State University.
Special Projects Bill Burke
Former union organizer.

Senior Advisors
  Leslie Dach
  Doug Sosnik
  Howard Wolfson



Surrogates Director Maura Keefe
(Kerry addition announced April 16, 2004-"charged with designing and managing the DNC's surrogate operation")  Former advisor to the Dean campaign.  Former chief of Staff to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
Deputy Surrogates Directors Charles Halloran
Ben LaBolt
Justin Burkhardt

Surrogate Schedulers: Heather Mead, Clarinda Landeros, Hilary Klein, Carlos Jackson, Patrick Fn-Piere
Senior Advisor-debate response Peter Kadzik
(Fall 2004)  Served as Senior Advisor to the Kerry campaign, overseeing its scheduling and advance operation, announced April 16, 2004 and continued through to the Convention.  Partner at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Kadzik is a veteran of presidential campaigns and Democratic conventions since 1980.  He did advance for Kennedy in 1980, was Ferraro's scheduler in 1984, was an advisor to the field operation and for the debates for Dukakis/Bensten in 1988, was an advisor to the DNC on surrogates at the debates in 1992, ran surrogates for the Clinton/Gore re-elect in 1996, and was an advisor to the DNC in 2000.  He has also served as an Advisor to the White House.  Worked as an Assistant United States Attorney, 1978-80.  Judicial law clerk.  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1977.  B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974.


T E C H N O L O G Y  A N D   I N F R A S T R U C T U R E

Director of Technology and Infrastructure Doug Kelly
Kelly served as Research Director in the 2000 cycle.
Director of Internet Operations Eric Folley
Previously served as Deputy Director of Internet Operations under Linda Sinoway.  Worked on the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Connecticut, 1996.  In Spring of 1995, while working for a law firm in South Carolina, Folley produced a website for the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Web Content Developer [Kicking Ass blog] Jesse Berney
Previously worked as an editor for several technology-related publications in San Francisco, most recently  Graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis.

Staff of about 16-20 people.

Research Director Jason Miner
Research director since 2001; started at the DNC research department in 1997.  Did research for Harvey Gantt's 1996 U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina.  Worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Interned for Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT).  From Connecticut.
Deputy Research Director Tracy Sefl
Started in Washington, DC as research director for the Feminist Majority Foundation.  Was a doctoral candidate in sociology (The Center for Research on Women and Gender) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


I N D E P E N D E N T   E X P E N D I T U R E S
"placement of more than $100 million in presidential advertising and directed television, radio, mail, and phoning efforts in 20 states"
FEC summary shows independent expenditures totalling $120,449,777.

Director Independent Expenditures Ellen Moran
(April 2004)  On leave of absence from the AFL-CIO, where she worked as Voter Contact Coordinator starting in 2001.  Directed the DCCC’s $50 million issue advocacy campaign in 2000.  Has managed various congressional and Senate campaigns, including Dottie Lamm's U.S. Senate race in Colorado in 1998.  At EMILY’s List designed and directed staff training program.  Worked on the national campaign staff of Sen. Tom Harkin’s 1992 presidential campaign.  Degrees in political science and English literature from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass..  Native of Amherst, Mass..


national staff of 120 and a major donor base of about 2,000; raised over $100 million

National Finance Director Jackson "Jay" Dunn
(started Aug. 2001)  Dunn served as Associate Director for Public Liaison in the Clinton White House.  During the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign, he served as Regional Finance Director and later operated the southern political desk.  He has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MSC from the London School of Economics.
Assistant to the National Finance Director Patrick Hallahan

Finance Chief of Staff Victoria Yang
Two years as Special Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).  Two years with Counterpart International, Inc., an international non-profit working on microenterprise programs in the former Soviet Union, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe.  B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College.
Events Director Ellen Thrower

Regional Finance Directors
Western Jim Green
Midwest Greg Mecher
Southern Leigh Garland
Mid-Atlantic Lori Kreloff
Florida Dan Turrentine
New York Bridget Siegel
New England Meredith Jones Dewitt

Young Professional Outreach Sara Jones
Women's Leadership Forum Annie Wuerth
African American Leadership Council Malik Husser

Note: There were additional councils (Democratic Business Council, Jefferson Trust, Hispanic Leadership Council, Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council); the councils have more importance in non-election years, when they provide something to organize around, but with the presidential campaign setting the theme much of these efforts were folded into the regional structure.
National Operations Manager for Finance Jonathan Zucker
Prior to the DNC, Zucker worked with a number of progressive and Democratic organizations as a fundraiser, legal counsel, and field organizer.  Experience includes national field organizer for The Interfaith Alliance (1999), executive director of And Justice for All (AJA), an organization dedicated to involving heterosexuals in the bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender rights movement (1996-97), field intern at the Human Rights Campaign and coordinator of HRC's Pacific Northwest Equality Tour, and development assistant at the Democratic Leadership Council.  B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
overseeing technology, legal, compliance, vetting, and data-management for the DNC's major-donor program.

Raised $228,000,000 in 2004 through direct response techniques:
Mail and Telemarketing $140 million (of that Telemarketing about $35 million), Internet - $65 million, and Canvassing - $23 million.
According to Hal Malchow, in 2004 the DNC sent out 62 million pieces of prospecting mail ("huge" compared to 2000) and achieved a net on that of $13 million.  Malchow said the DNC "mailed every Democrat in America that we could identify over the age of 45, twice."
Direct Mail Consultant: OMP (Frank O'Brien, Scott McConnell, Anita Pearson)
Direct Mail/Online Advertising: MSHC Partners, Inc. (Hal Malchow)
Street Canvassing Program: Grassroots Campaigns Inc.
Marketing Director Dave Dogan
(at the DNC since 2000)  Previously served as a senior consultant with O'Brien, McConnell, Pearson (OMP), 1999-2000; Director of Development for the National Environmental Trust, 1997-99; Deputy Director of Development for Membership at the Human Rights Campaign, 1994-1997; worked for the direct mail firm of Malchow and Company, 1992-94.  Field organizer in Nashua, NH on Sen. Bob Kerrey's presidential campaign in 1991-92.  B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Elon College in North Carolina, 1989.
Deputy Marketing Director Rosalind Chatman

Marketing Manager (Fundraising Canvass Operation) Jennifer Johnson
Took on management of the national canvassing campaign in 2004; joined the DNC in 2002, originally hired to write follow-up letters to constituent mail and acknowledgements for gifts.  Prior to joining the DNC, Johnson worked a stint at Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) as a membership and database manager, and on several D.C. campaigns.  Graduate of American University with B.A. in International Relations, 1996.
Note: The canvassing program was a success not only in terms of generating millions of dollars, but also new prospects for fundraising and information for state party voter files.
Director of State Party Fundraising Bob Zanlungo
(joined the DNC in 2001).  Worked at the Clinton White House as associate director of the Gift Office (responsible for receiving and acknowledging gifts sent to the First Family).  Graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia with a B.A. in History, 1999.  As a student volunteered for President Clinton’s re-election campaign in 1996, and later interned at the White House in the Office of the Social Secretary.  Originally from Connecticut.
Director of Internet Marketing Morra Aarons
(Kerry addition; replaced Christine Kenngott mid-2004)  Deputy Fundraising Director for John Kerry for President, overseeing Internet fundraising and online marketing.  Before joining the campaign in Aug. 2003, Aarons was Head of Marketing and Public Relations for, Europe's number one travel Web site and Senior Marketing Manager at iVillage UK.  During the 2000 cycle she served as New York based iVillage's Public Relations and Public Affairs manager and worked on its "Election 2000" program.  Aarons holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.
Director of Telemarketing Deb Burger
(started at the DNC in 2002)  Previously worked for five years as Director of Telemarketing at Adams, Hussey and Associates.  Burger has thirty years experience in telemarketing.  Her first campaign was leafleting for Adlai Stevenson in Dupage County, Illinois at age 5.
Note: The DNC used seven different call centers.
House Party Manager Nicole Gyorfi
(Kerry addition)  Previously served as the Production Coordinator for EMILY's List.  Graduate of American University.

Assistants: Doreatha Leonard, Hilda Perez, Thomas Tutt, Larry Strongin, Cathy Setzer, Monisha Saran
National Director of Grassroots Fundraising Nancy Eiring
(Kerry addition; joined the DNC in July 2004)  Joined Kerry for President in March 2004.  Deputy development direct at EMILY’s List, 2002-04.  Senior analyst at O’Brien, 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.

According to the FEC from Jan. 1, 2003 to Nov. 22, 2004 the DNC raised $391.2 million.  That marks the first time since the FEC began reporting these figures in 1976 that the DNC has raised more than the RNC ($384.31 million).


Director of Compliance Megan Hedman
Deputy Director of Compliance-FEC Claudette Chidi
Deputy Director of Compliance-Research Chelsea Cook

More Compliance Staff: Estella Valarta, Monique Richardson


A D M I N I S T R A T I V E   S E R V I C E S  Leah Daughtry - Chief of Staff/Director
Deputy Director of Administrative Services Jacqueline Dymally Williams

Director of Human Resources Jewelle R. Hazel
(since 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.

C H I E F   F I N A N CI A L   O F F I C E R  Brad Marshall
Chief Accountant Maria Galdo


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

Director of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection Phil McNamara
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.
Deputy Director of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection Marc Schloss
(started May 2003)
Deputy Director of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection Alicia Kolar Prevost
(started May 2003)  On the staff of the Michigan Coordinated Campaign in 2000.  In the Clinton Administration, she served as a special assistant to Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo.  Worked on Rep. John Dingell's (D-MI) 1996 re-election campaign.  Graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard with a M.P.P. in 2003, and of the University of Michigan.  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Both Schloss and Kolar Prevost started at the DNC in May of 2003 and oversaw the 56 Delegate Selection Plans for the 2004 Convention.

C O U N S E L ' S   O F F I C E

General Counsel Joseph E. Sandler 
Partner 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 DNC, 1986-89.  Associate at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn in Washington, DC, 1978-86.  Graduate of Harvard College, 1975; and of Harvard Law School, 1978.
Chief Counsel Sabine Romero
(in house)  Worked as Legislative Director and Counsel to the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in Austin, Texas.  J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, 2002.  B.A. from Scripps College, 1995.
"...provided ongoing counsel to DNC staff, state party officials, and attorneys on the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) and its applications to a variety of political activities, including: contributions and expenditures, event planning, marketing, advertising, written materials, and party conventions."

On July 23, 2004 the DNC announced appointment of Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson as its Senior Advisor for Religious Outreach; however she resigned Aug. 4, 2004 amid controversy.  Peterson had signed on an amicus curiae brief favoring removal of the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance in a recent U.S. Supreme Court case.
Senior Advisor for Religious Outreach Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson
(announced July 23, 2004)  An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and most recently served as Executive Director of the Clergy Leadership Network, a coalition of clergy of all faiths.  Peterson holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown College, a small Baptist liberal arts school in Georgetown, KY, a Masters in Communications from the University of Kentucky, and a Masters of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary.  Prior to serving in ministry, she was a professional speaker affiliated with the National Speakers Association.

S O M E  M A J O R   K E R R Y   A D D I T I O N S
Co-Chairs Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (April 15, 2004)
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) (April 15, 2004)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) (May 25, 2004)
(Serve as liaisons for both the campaign and the DNC to the Senate and the House and aid the party in raising the necessary resources to compete against Bush.")
General Election Manager Michael Whouley
Boston native.  Partner in the Dewey Square Group, which he founded.  Chief political strategist at the DNC during the 2000 general election.  Oversaw strategy and field operations in Iowa and NH for Gore 2000.  National campaign manager for Vice President Gore in the 1996 re-election campaign.  National field director for Clinton/Gore '92, then worked on the transition.
Took over from John Sasso in September.  (Sasso switched to traveling with Kerry.  He had been announced as General Election Manager on April 2, 2004-"to represent John Kerry at the DNC and work with Mary Beth Cahill, Chairman Terry McAuliffe, and his team to manager general election activities and coordinate the DNC's efforts with the Kerry campaign."  Sasso is President of Advanced Strategies, a business consulting firm specializing in government affairs and communications.  Helped manage Gov. Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign; served as Dukakis' chief of staff, 1983-87).
Doug Sosnik
Howard Wolfson
National Finance Co-Chair Peter Maroney
(announced March 13, 2004)  Moved to DNC from position as Finance Director of Kerry for President, Inc.  Maroney served as Finance Director from the start of the campaign and has been Kerry's Finance Director since September 1997.  Previously, Maroney served as Finance Director for Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) from 1992-97.  Maroney started out under the current Democratic Party Chairman, Terry McAuliffe, working for former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt as Deputy Finance Director in 1991.  He is  a 1990 graduate of Rollins College with a B.A. in History and is originally from Philadelphia.
Kerry Greeley
Moved to DNC at the same time as Maroney, from position as Director of Grassroots Fundraising of Kerry for President, Inc.
Field Director Karen Hicks
(announced by Kerry for President, Inc. on April 16, 2004 as Deputy National Field Director) Previously served as New Hampshire State Director for the Dean campaign. Political director for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2002 bid for the U.S. Senate.  Political director for Shaheen’s 2000 race for Governor.  Prior to that, Hicks served as Shaheen’s Health Policy Advisor.  From 1993-97, she served as executive director of New Hampshire Citizen Action.
Surrogates Director Maura Keefe
(announced April 16, 2004-"charged with designing and managing the DNC's surrogate operation")  Former advisor to the Dean campaign.  Former chief of Staff to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
Senior Advisor African American Outreach Janice Griffin
(announced April 16, 2004)  Serves on the Board of the CBC Political Action Committee.  Headed Vice President Gore's leadership PAC, Leadership '02, after serving as
Secretary of Gore/Lieberman 2000 and as Director of African American Outreach.  At the DNC she served as chair of the Women's Leadership Forum and helped to found
the Women's Vote Center.

How did the party determine who would be the key coordinated campaign staff in the various states?  It was rather more difficult and drawn out than the selection of the Kerry-Edwards state directors, which was largely done by Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Elmendorf, National Field Director John Norris and Senior Political Advisor Paul Rivera.  At the DNC there were frequent slotting meetings beginning in late March or April and continuing well into the summer.  These sometimes involved 15 or 20 people, including, from the DNC, General Election Manager Michael Whouley, Field Director Karen Hicks, Director of Political Strategy Teresa Vilmain, Political Director Amy Pritchard; and from the Kerry campaign Elmendorf, Norris, Rivera, Deputy Campaign Manager Marcus Jadotte, Senior Strategist Jill Alper, and Director of Community Outreach Mona Pasquil.  They gathered and set out all the states and all the open positions.  In some cases there was an obvious choice and in others it was not so obvious.  The meetings could be a bit painful as participants drew upon their Roledexes and tried to recall who was the field director in one race or the political director in another.  Then the person had to be contacted; in some cases lobbying was required and in others the individual declined.

How could the Democratic organization have been improved?  The resounding answer at the national level and in the states is "start earlier."  In a sense the DNC operates under the premise cannot name people or put organization in place until the nominee is selected.  Meanwhile on the ground out in the states Republicans started organizing months earlier and this gave them a very significant advantage.

The integration of the presidential campaign staff into the DNC operation also posed a significant challenge.  A relatively junior staffer said that from her view "it was as if we'd been invaded by, if not a hostile force, then a moderately friendly opaque force."  The staffer said it would have been helpful to have "had spent a little extra time mapping that out least had an honest conversation about the coming changes."  She explained:

"The problem really is how the Party (either party) can't relate to the candidates until there is only one candidate -- the nominee. You are taking two completely separate pieces of election machinery and attempting to jam them together on an accelerated schedule.  You go from having a chairman in his square and a campaign manager in his square to having a general election manager and the chairman taking a backseat.  The shift of loyalties -- at least professionally if not personally -- has to be instantaneous."
Some important elements fell by the wayside or did not gain attention until quite late.  For example, the director of targeted communications (persuasion mail and phones) only started after the Democratic National Convention.  A plan for radio never did develop, while the RNC used the medium to considerable effect.

2004 marked the first time DNC undertook a national field program.  A top staffer suggested a far more decentralized approach, more respectful to the key people on the ground, would have been helpful.

Copyright © 2004, 2005  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action