Democratic Committees-Organization
2005 Edition --last updated July 28, 2005

Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol St., S.E., Washington, DC
447 Members of the DNC
includes 75 at-large members who are nominated by the Chairman and approved by the full DNC.
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
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 Howard Dean
Elected Chairman Feb. 12, 2005.  Founded Democracy for America, a political action committee "dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates."  Candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president; established Dean for America, a presidential campaign committee, on May 30, 2002.  Governor of Vermont from Aug. 14, 1991 to Jan. 9, 2003.  Dean assumed office upon the death of then-Gov. Richard Snelling, was elected five times, and opted not to seek re-election in 2002.  Elected lieutenant governor in 1986. Elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1982 and served through 1986; elected assistant majority leader in 1985. Opened an internal medicine practice with his wife in Shelburne, Vermont in 1981. Bachelor's degree from Yale University, 1971.  MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York City), 1978.  Residency at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont.
Director of the Chairman's Office Matt Nugen
Director of Delegate Operations for Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination (announced Feb. 2003).  Vice President of Operations for Kwame Building Group, Inc.  In 2000, he served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  From 1998-2000, Nugen was the Deputy Director and then the Director for the Office of the Secretary at the DNC.  He spent time as a regional field director for the '98 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign and as the field director for the 2000 South Carolina tracking operation.

Vice Chairs:
Linda Chavez-Thompson - (re-elected Feb. 2005)  Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, elected at the federation's 1995 convention and re-elected in 2001; served as an AFSCME international vice president, 1988-96.
Susan Turnbull - (elected Feb. 2005)  Appointed DNC Deputy Chair in fall of 2003.  Has served on the DNC Executive Committee since 1997 and has been on the leadership team of the DNC Women's Leadership Forum for close to ten years.  Has served on the Maryland Democratic Executive Committee since 1990.
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. 
Mike Honda - (elected Feb. 2005)  Member of Congress, represents California's 15th CD (Silicon Valley); elected in 2000.
Mark Brewer - elected Chair of the ASDC in June 2003.  Elected Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party in Feb. 1995, re-elected in Feb. 1997, Feb. 1999, and Feb. 2001; elected Executive Chair in Feb. 2003.
Director, Office of the Vice Chairs Craig Kirby
Campaign manager on Rep. Peter Deutsch's unsuccessful campaign for the 2004 Democratic Senate nomination in Florida (started in the latter part of March 2004).  Deputy campaign manager, constituency outreach on Sen. John Edwards' campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.  Southern political director at the DNC.

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.
Director of the Secretary's Office Erica De Vos
(Supervises the day-to-day operations of the Secretary's Office, including oversight of communications with DNC Members, planning for all DNC and Executive Committee Meetings, tracking and distribution of information on delegates to the Democratic National Convention, and planning for Convention floor and voting operations).  Director of the office since 2002, and has been through three Conventions with the Office of the Secretary.  BA from Middlebury College and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  Native of Brookline, Massachusetts.

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.

Executive Director Tom McMahon
(announced March 25, 2005)  Executive Director of Democracy for America.  Deputy campaign manager on Dean for America (announced May 22, 2003).  Worked in the Clinton Administration from 1993-99, serving as associate deputy director in Vice President Gore's scheduling and advance office, as a public affairs specialist at the Department of Defense, and as White House liaison at the United States Information Agency.  McMahon was involved in the Gore campaign in 2000, the Clinton campaign in 1996, and was a regional field director in Missouri for Clinton/Gore in 1992.  Law degree from the University of Iowa; bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Chief of Staff Leah Daughtry
Chief of Staff at the DNC under Terry McAuliffe.  Previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the United States Department of Labor; Executive Director of Man to Man/Sister to Sister; Clinton-Gore 1992 Transition team; Director of Convention Management for the 1992 Democratic National Convention; Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns.  Daughtry is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C.  Graduate of Dartmouth College and native of Brooklyn, NY.
CFO/Administrative Services Brad Marshall
Chief Financial Officer/Administrative Services at the DNC under Terry McAuliffe.


Political Director Pam Womack
(Officially appointed in June 2005, but started working at the DNC on the state partnership project in March 2005).  Previously the Director of Campaigns and Elections at the Democratic Governors' Association.
Deputy Political Director, Grassroots Jason Leon
Political coordinator for Oregon AFSCME.  Directed the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic outreach program in Oregon in 2002.
Regional Political Directors
Southern-Rodney E. Shelton
Arkansas State Director for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign (announced June 21, 2004, arrived in state later that week)  Before joining the campaign Shelton worked in Washington, DC for America Coming Together.  In fall 2000 he served as North Carolina State Director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign and in 1996 he was an assistant Southern regional director for Clinton's re-election campaign.  He has worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Democratic National Committee.  He attended both the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

Northeast-Art DeCoursey
Served as Kerry campaign coordinator for Western Pennsylvania.  In the Clinton Administration DeCoursey worked at OSHA as small business ombudsman.  From Massachusetts.

Northwest-Brad Martin

(July 2005) Came to the DNC after serving as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.
(state partnership project) Paul Hegarty
Prior to joining the DNC Hegarty served briefly as Assistant Deputy Director for Community Development in the Arizona Department of Commerce.  He was executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party in the 2004 cycle and political director of the Arizona Democratic Party in the 2002 cycle.  Hegarty worked with the U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closing Commission, and with the Office of Vice President Al Gore.  He earned a B.A. degree from George Washington University.  Hegarty is an Arizona native and a graduate of Brophy College Preparatory.
Training Director Parag Mehta
Deputy Political Director for America Votes in 2004.  Deputy Political Director for Governor Howard Deanís presidential campaign.  Deputy Field Director for former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirkís 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.  Previously, served in both the Clinton and Bush White Houses as Liaison to the Presidentís Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  B.A. in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Public Affairs from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Deputy Training Director Sandra Jackson

Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Moses Mercado
New Mexico state director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Southwest Political Advisor/New Mexico and Arizona for Gephardt's primary campaign.  Deputy chief of staff to Gephardt when he was House Democratic Leader; worked for Gephardt for six years.  Worked on Gene Green's (TX-29) campaign, then served as his chief of staff starting in 1993.  Assistant state attorney.  Graduate of University of Texas and South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Director, American Majority Project Chris Owens
(started approx. July 1, 2005)  Public Policy Director at the AFL-CIO for the past four years and has worked at the AFL-CIO for the past eight years.

Executive Director, Womens' Vote Center Christy R. Agner
(served in this position in the 2004 cycle)  Program director for State and Local Affairs at the American Institute of Architects.  Secretary of the Young Democrats of America and national Democratic committeewoman.  Worked Elaine Marshall's 1996 campaign for North Carolina Secretary of State.  Graduate of North Carolina State with a B.A. in political science, 1994; at NC State she was president of the College Democrats.  Native of Salisbury, NC.

Executive Director, Voting Rights Institute Vincent Fry



Director of Communications Karen Finney
(March 2005)  Briefly deputy chief of staff for communications to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).  Communications director for Elizabeth Edwards on the Kerry-Edwards campaign (announced Aug. 31, 2004).  Press secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign.  Director of business development at Scholastic Books in New York City.  Deputy director of presidential scheduling in the Clinton White House into 1998.  Served as one of two deputy press secretaries to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the first four years of the Clinton Administration.  Member of the national advance team on Clinton's 1992 campaign.  California Scheduler/Field Representative to Sen. Alan Cranston.  Worked as a teaching assistant at the Crittendon Center for Young Women and Infants in Los Angeles.
Deputy Director of Communications Laura Gross
Previously communications director of Democracy for America.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest
Regional Media Director for the DNC in the 2004 cycle; directed Operation Area Code -- "the DNC's effort to amplify the Democratic message in 'Battleground States' by coordinating with State Parties to reach out to local media outlets."  Before joining the DNC Earnest served as Communications Director for Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR); he was Berry's Deputy Campaign Manager during his successful 2002 re-election campaign.  Previously Earnest worked at the media consulting firm of Squier/Knapp/Dunn, where he formulated media strategy for the firm's corporate and political clients.  Before moving to Washington, DC, Earnest worked in the Houston office of Varoga & Rice (now known as Varoga, Rice & Shalett) as an Account Executive for the political consulting firm's local, state and national clients, including Gore-Lieberman 2000.
Deputy Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach 
Formerly worked in the research department at the DNC in 2003-04.  Paustenbach holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in government.
Director of Regional and Specialty Media Luis Miranda
Prior to joining the DNC, Miranda served as a spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, working with national and specialty media around the country.  He first joined Sen. Kerry's presidential campaign early in the primary season, starting the campaign's internet operations and developing the campaign's on-line communications strategy.   Miranda has also worked on campaigns at the local and state level, is a veteran of the 2000 presidential campaign and Florida recount, and worked with organized labor at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Florida.
Radio and TV Dag Vega

Media Center Director Reed Petty
Petty worked for CNN, and later at NBC for 13 years as an editor.  He has spent many years as a freelancer, working for Discovery Communications, BBC America and Guggenheim Productions.  He spent his first year in the Washington, DC-area as a house husband and has lived in the region for 24 years.


Director of Internet Joe Rospars
With other key members of Howard Deanís web team, Rospars co-founded Blue State Digital, an internet strategy, communications, and technology consulting firm.  During the Dean campaign he wrote and edited the campaign's web site and emails; he also worked on message development, online brand building, and grassroots organizing.  Prior to the campaign Rospars taught English in Stockholm, Sweden and wrote for, a political blog.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.
Deputy Director of Internet Jesse Berne
Josh McOnaha


Research Director Mike Gehrke
(March 2005)  Worked at the DSCC, 2001-2003.  Research Director in the Clinton White House, 1999 to Jan. 2001.  Worked with AFL-CIO Political Department/Labor '98 program, 1997-99. Research Director for Citizen Action, 1995-97.
Deputy Research Director Devorah Adler

Director of Technology Ben Self
With other key members of Howard Deanís web team, Self co-founded Blue State Digital, an internet strategy, communications, and technology consulting firm.  Chief data architect for the Dean for America campaign; extensive experience in data analysis, data warehousing, database architecture and administration, system design, and system development.  Prior to the Dean campaign, Self worked for several information technology consulting firms where he managed teams focused on the design, development, and testing of many large-scale information technology systems in a variety of industries.  A bachelor's and a master's degree in Computer Science from MIT.


Marketing Director Dave Dogan
Nancy Eiring resigned from this position in June 2005.


Finance Director Lindsey Lewis
(February 2005)  Lewis served as Finance Director for Deanís grassroots organization, Democracy for America, after working in the fundraising department at Dean for America.  A member of the finance team for Chris Van Hollen's successful 2002 congressional campaign, Lewis was a fundraiser for Democratic Leader Representative Richard Gephardt from 1992 to 1999.

Mid-Atlantic Finance Director - Andrew Wright

Leadership Councils
Jefferson Trust

Democratic Business Council

African American Leadership Council
Executive Director:  S. Malik Husser

Asian Pacific Islander American Leadership Council
Executive Director:  Dian R. Herrman

Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council
Director:  Lila G. Gracey

Hispanic American Leadership Council

Indo American Leadership Council
Executive Director:  Ro Khanna

South Asian American Leadership Council

Women's Leadership Forum


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


Compliance Director Megan Hedman
Director of Human Resources Jewelle Hazel

Director of Constituent Services Allison Sharpe


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 Democratic National Committee, 1986-89.  Associate at Arent Fox Kintner Ploktin & Kahn in Washington, D.C., 1978-86.  Graduated of Harvard College summa cum laude in 1975 and of Harvard Law School with honors in 1978.

DNC's National Lawyers Committee
(announced May 5, 2005) "an ongoing organization of volunteer lawyers and law students who will work with the Party at the national, state and local levels on a broad range of issues."   Director: Anna Martinez.
National Co-Chairs:
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder
Disability rights attorney Arlene Mayerson
Voting rights attorney and former general counsel of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project Rolando Rios
Former Vice Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Paul Igasaki
National Steering Committee

(week of March 25, 2005) Ad Hoc Committee on Budget and Finance. Co-chaired by Bonnie Watson Coleman, Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Party and Allan Katz, DNC Member from Florida. The other committee members are Linda Chavez Thompson, DNC Vice Chair; Patsy Arceneaux, DNC Member from Louisiana; Bel Leong-Hong, DNC At-Large Member from Maryland; Jim Pedersen, Chair of the Arizona State Democratic Party; Ben Johnson, DNC At-Large Member from the District of Columbia; Joe Moore, Chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials; and Andy Tobias, DNC Treasurer.

On Feb. 14, 2005, Gov. Dean announced his transition team:
Tina Flournoy Ė Head of Transition
Tina Flournoy has been actively involved in Democratic Party politics for nearly 20 years. She is Assistant to the President of the American Federation of Teachers, focusing on public policy. Flournoy was the finance director for the Gore for President Campaign, political director for Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, and deputy campaign manager for the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign. She was counsel to the DNC and general counsel for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Flournoy has also served as staff director and co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, and now serves as a member of the Committee. She has been a DNC member since 1996.

Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker
Born in Mexico City, Gallardo-Rooker became an American citizen in 1990. As a member of the Communications Workers of America, Local #9400, Gallardo-Rooker first became involved in the labor movement, devoting her life fighting for the rights of workers everywhere. She was elected First Vice-Chair for the California Democratic Party in 2001, and is currently a DNC member.

Ben Jeffers
Jeffers served as the Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party from 1997 through 2003. During his tenure as Chair, Louisiana re-elected both of their Democratic U.S. senators and replaced a Republican governor with current Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Jeffers is a former member of the DNC and has served as Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus.

Joe Johnson
A political veteran, in 1988 Johnson served as deputy campaign manager for both Rev. Jesse Jacksonís Presidential campaign and later Michael Dukakisí. From 1987 to 1992, Johnson served as executive director of the Rainbow PUSH coalition, while also working on Douglas Wilderís successful election as Virginiaís first African American governor. Johnson most recently served as senior advisor to Virginia Governor Mark Warner and today runs his own political consulting firm.

Maura Keefe
Keefe served as a senior advisor to the DNC during the 2004 election cycle and was responsible for the largest surrogate program in the history of the DNC. Keefe has previously worked with Dean as a senior advisor during his 2004 presidential campaign. From 1993-2000, Keefe served as press secretary and chief of staff to United States Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

Lindsay Lewis
Prior to his appointment at the DNC as the new finance director, Lewis served as Finance Director for Deanís grassroots organization, Democracy for America, after working in the fundraising department at Dean for America. A member of the finance team for Chris Van Hollen's successful 2002 congressional campaign, Lewis was a fundraiser for Democratic Leader Representative Richard Gephardt from 1992 to 1999.

Steve McMahon
Steve McMahon is a media consultant and strategic advisor to Democratic candidates for federal and statewide office and is a founding partner of McMahon, Squier, & Associates. McMahon worked as a political strategist and media consultant and has worked on Presidential, Senate, Gubernatorial and Mayoral campaigns across the country, and was a principle strategist for Deanís 2004 presidential campaign as well as his race for DNC Chair.

Tom McMahon
Tom McMahon has worked in Democratic politics and government for almost 15 years and most recently served as executive director for Democracy for America. Prior to joining Democracy for America, he served as a deputy campaign manager for Gov. Howard Dean's presidential campaign. President Bill Clinton appointed McMahon as the White House liaison at the United States Information Agency and as a public affairs officer at the Department of Defense.

Tom Ochs
A former partner at the media firm Squier, Knapp, Ochs, who managed Deanís campaign for DNC Chair, Ochs currently works with Steve McMahon and Mark Squier at McMahon, Squier & Associates. He has worked at every level of political campaigns - from advance to campaign manager Ėand has consulted on various campaigns, including those of Senators Bob Graham and Evan Bayh and Governor Ann Richards. In 2000, Ochs served as senior advisor to DNC Chair Joe Andrew and consultant to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He has also served as political director for the New Democrat Network.

Mona Pasquil
A native of California, Pasquil most recently served on the senior staff for the Kerry Edwards presidential campaign as director of community outreach. A longtime leader in the Asian Pacific Islander American community, Pasquil previously served as political director for Governor Gray Davis, California political director for Gore/Lieberman 2000, deputy CEO for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, western political director in the Clinton White House, western political desk and director of Asian Pacific affairs at the DNC. She is a current DNC member.

Mame Reiley
Reiley serves as director of Virginia Governor Mark Warner's political action committee, One Virginia, and is current chair of the DNCís Womenís Caucus. She has also worked as a grassroots activist as a part of several social justice movements, including civil rights, rights for migrant farm workers, and voting registration initiatives. Reiley has served as a member of the DNC and the Women's Caucus for the past 11 years.

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