Obama General Election Campaign Organization, Arizona
revised April 14, 2009  disclaimer

Obama for America 
|  922 N. 6th St.  |  Phoenix (corner of Roosevelt and 6th Street)       ...grand opening Sept. 10, 2008
Satellite office: 452 S. Stone Ave. Tucson
State Director
Kelly Paisley
Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism; Director of Efficiency Review for Gov. Napolitano; Director of Community Relations for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  Paisley moved to Arizona in 2003.  Previously she worked in Washington, DC, where she served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and Senate Majority Leader Mitchell; her career included political appointments in Vice President Gore's Reinventing Government office and the U.S. Agency for International Development.  She also consulted for National Geographic, many philanthropies, and several campaigns during her career in Washington, DC.  B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado, where she served as student body president; M.A. in liberal studies from Georgetown University.

Political Director
Gregory Whitten
Volunteer/youth vote coordinator on the Arizona primary campaign.  University of Arizona.  Former College Republican and helped on George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

Communications Director
Dave Cieslak
Senior manager, public relations at Moses Anshell.  Public information officer for the City of Scottsdale Fire Department, 2005-07.  Reporter for The Arizona Republic, 2003-05.   B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona, 2001.

Field Director
Nathan Gomez
Worked on Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's Sept. 11, 2007 re-election campaign.

Field Organizers
Southern Arizona - Estevan A. Rodríguez
(Aug. 2008) Over 20 years of experience.  Arizona state director for America Votes, June 2006-08.  Lead organizer in Pima County for SEIU Local 5, 2005-06.  Political director for Southern Arizona on the 2004 Arizona Coordinated Campaign.  Political analyst for National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), 2003-04.  Rodríguez worked in Chicago from 1997-99 as lead consultant at the Community Consulting Network and executive director of the Logan Square YMCA and from 1988-92 as director of economic development for Chicago United, director of Y.E.S. Chicago, and a comunity organizer at Pilsen Neighbors.  He started his career as deputy assistant director at the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), appointed by Gov. Bruce Babbitt.  B.A. from University of Arizona, Tucson; M.S. in management of public services from DePaul University, Chicago.

Southern Arizona - Marcus Coleman
(Aug. 2008) After graduating, Coleman worked four months as program coordinator at the Tucson Urban League/Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church Environmental Justice Summer Youth Employment Program.  B.B.A. from Howard University, 2008.  Interned for Congressman Ed Pastor.  A proud Tucson High Badger.

Nikki Hicks

Lindsey Ashmore

Arizona Democratic Party 
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Don Bivens
(elected Aug. 11, 2007)  Partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Phoenix.  Experience on campaigns includes finance chair on Terry Goddard's 1994 gubernatorial campaign and a role on Bruce Babbitt's 1982 gubernatorial campaign.  In the early 1980s, Bivens was president of Young Democrats of Arizona.  J.D. from University of Texas School of Law, 1977.  B.A. in English from Yale University, 1974.

Executive Director
Maria Weeg
(April 2007) Executive director of Idaho Democratic Party starting in Feb. 2004 through March 2007.  Field director on Dave Bieter's election as Mayor of Boise in 2003.  Field director for the Idaho Democratic Party, 2002.  page in the House Minority office in 1988  Has completed coursework for a doctorate in political science.  Master's degree in public administration from Idaho State University; bachelor's degree in political science from Columbus State University.  From Pocatello.

Communications Director
Emily DeRose
(Aug. 2007)  Associate at Policy Development Group, 2006-07.  Reporter for the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, 2002-06.  Graduate of Northwestern University, 2002.

Finance Director
Devin Rankin
Previously deputy finance director.  B.A.S. in biology from Arizona State University West, 2002; A.A.S. in biology from Central Arizona College, 1998.

Field Director
Daniel Graver
A legislative assistant to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Jan. 2006-May 2008.  Legislative assistant to Rep. Raul Grijalva, 2005.

Deputy Political Director
Justin Unga

Deputy Finance Director
Vanessa Barrera

New Media Communications Manager
Jeff Goodman
Worked in public relations at Moses Anshell.  Previously a professional actor.

ADC Coordinator
Sara Ahmad

African American Outreach Director
AJ Miller

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
Avensa Millan

Tribal Outreach Field Organizer
Arista La Russo

Faith Outreach Organizer
Adralyn Wendel

Office Manager
Amanda Jaksich

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