Barack Obama-Organization, Rhode Island
revised March 11, 2008

Headquarters: 235 Westminster, Providence, RI  401 277 2008
State Director Mike Dorsey
Dorsey previously served as the Obama's Missouri state director and earlier as Midwest political director in Chicago.  Directed the Rhode Island Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2006.  Worked on Patty Wetterling's U.S. Senate campaign in Minnesota (she withdrew in Jan. 2006). Deputy research director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2004 cycle.  Graduate of the University of Kansas.  Minnesota native.
Political Director Jarel LaPan
LaPan previously served as Obama's Massachusetts state director and earlier in the political department on the NH Primary campaign doing health care, environment, disabilities and sportsmen.  Moved to NH from Montana, where she worked on health policy and legislative matters for the Governor's office.  In Fall 2004 LaPan was early vote/vote by mail deputy at the DNC.  Worked on Howard Dean's 2003-04 NH primary campaign first as a Seacoast area organizer then as the 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.
Field Director Tim Fraser
Fraser previously served as Obama's Arkansas state director and earlier as a regional director on his NH primary campaign.
Deputy Field Director Julia Fox
Previously worked on the campaign in Massachusetts.
Field Organizer/Latino Outreach Chris Torres
Previously served as Obama’s New Mexico field director.  Worked on the 2006 Democratic coordinated campaign in Rhode Island.

Communications Director
Caleb Weaver
Previously communications director on Obama's Missouri primary campaign; currently in his final semester at Harvard Law School where he headed Harvard Law Students for Obama.  Experience includes staff of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, 2004 Holden for Governor campaign in Missouri, staff of Gov. Bob Holden, and the 2002 Carnahan for Senate campaign.  Undergraduate degree from Yale, 2001.  St. Louis native.

Deputy Press Secretary Erin Fitzgerald


Congressman Patrick Kennedy  (Jan. 28, 2008)

Attorney General Patrick Lynch  (Feb. 9, 2008)

Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee  (Feb. 14, 2008)
Left the Republican party in 2007 and is now an Independent.  Appointed to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in Nov. 1999, elected in 2000, defeated in 2006 re-election bid.   Mayor of Warwick 1992-99; previously served on the Warwick City Council.

Brown University basketball coach Craig Robinson is Obama's brother-in-law

Joe Fernandez

Finance Co-Chair Jeffrey M. Padwa
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