Barack Obama is assembling his staff as he begins his campaign for president. According to a posting on his website, www.barackobama.com, these are the current staff members.
Campaign Manager: David Plouffe
(Joined AKP Message & Media in winter 2000 and became a named partner in Feb. 2004. Senior political advisor on Dick Gephardt's 2004 presidential campaign. Executive director of the DCCC, 1999-2000. Gephardt's deputy chief of staff, 1997-98. Managed Bob Torricelli's 1996 campaign for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
Founded, in 1985, and is a principal of the Chicago-based campaign media firm now known as AKP Message & Media (formerly Axelrod & Associates); has worked on over 150 campaigns at the local, state and national levels. Did the message and media campaign for Obama's 2004 primary campaign. Served as media consultant on Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign.
Early States: Steve Hildebrand
(South Dakota based principal of Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Inc.. Managed Sen. Tom Daschle's 2004 re-election campaign, a narrow loss to John Thune. Managed Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election campaign, a narrow win over Rep. John Thune. Ran the Women Vote! Program for EMILY's List in 2000. Ran the Iowa caucuses for Vice President Al Gore in 1999-2000.
Communications: Robert Gibbs
Joined Obama shortly after he won the March 16, 2004 U.S. Senate primary. Press secretary for John Kerry for President for the first 10-plus months; resigned Nov. 2003. Press secretary for the DSCC, 2001-02. Communications director for Debbie Stabenow's U.S. Senate campaign, 1999-2000
National Press Secretary: Bill Burton
Communications director at the DCCC for the 2006 cycle). Came to the DCCC from the office of Sen. Richard Durbin (IL). Served as a Regional Communications Director on John Kerry's presidential campaign. Press Secretary for Rep. Dick Gephardt's Iowa caucus campaign.
Policy Development: Cassandra Q. Butts
Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at The Center for American Progress. A senior advisor to Rep. Richard A. Gephardt; worked for Gephardt for seven years during his tenure as House Democratic Leader and volunteered as the policy director on his 2004 presidential campaign. An Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
Research Director: Devorah Adler
Research director at the DNC in the 2006). Previously deputy research director at the DNC under Mike Gehrke. At the DSCC in 2004. Policy director for Ron Kirk’s 2002 U.S. Senate race. Special Assistant in the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Has also worked for Nancy Pelosi.
Scheduling and Advance: Alyssa Mastromonaco
Political Director at Obama's HOPEFUND. Deputy scheduling director on John Kerry for President, Inc. Press secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) in his congressional office in Washington. Worked in Kerry's Senate office in Boston
Finance Director: Julianna Smoot
Finance director at the DSCC in the 2006 cycle. Veteran Democratic fundraiser; experience includes work for then Sen. Tom Daschle's DASH PAC, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Sen. John Edwards.
National Finance Chair: Penny Pritzker
Member of one of America's richest families, founders of Hyatt Hotels. Founder, chairman and CEO of Classic Residence by Hyatt, a unit that does luxury retirement communities; and chairman of the Board of TransUnion Corporation, a credit data and information management business. Chairman of Superior Bank, 1989-94.
Pollster: Paul Harstad
CEO of Harstad Strategic Research, based in Boulder, CO. 33 years of experience in government, public affairs, polling, and campaign strategy. During the 1990s he directed public affairs polling for Talmey-Drake Research & Strategy in Boulder. During the 1980s he was senior vice president at Peter Hart Research and Garin-Hart Research in Washington, DC
Iowa State Director: Paul Tewes
Campaign manager of Americans United to Protect Social Security in 2005. Formed Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Inc. with Steve Hildebrand in early 2005. Political director of the DSCC in the 2004 cycle. Field director on Vice President Al Gore's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign starting in June 1999.
New Hampshire: Matt Rodriguez
Deputy Political Director on Dick Gephardt's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination and previously at Gephardt's leadership PAC, the Effective Government Committee. Deputy campaign manager for Sen. Bill Bradley 2000 NH primary campaign.
As far as our leading edge Website that seems to be the work of a well established Democratic Party oriented communications company in Washington, DC, named Blue State Digital also responsible for Party Builder on the DNC Website.
As the campaign continues, the staff roster is expected to grow.
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