Obama General Election Campaign Organization, Colorado
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Obama for America 
|  1325 S. Colorado  |  Denver CO 80222
State Director
Ray Rivera
State director on Obama's Feb. 5 Colorado caucuses campaign (reported by the Rocky Mountain News on Sept. 7, 2007), and earlier served as the campaign's Northeast regional field director in Chicago.  In 2006 he was executive director of Colorado Senate Majority, a 527 organization that worked to build Democrats' majority in the state Senate.  Worked several years for AFSCME, starting as an organizer, then Nevada political director and finally Colorado political director.  Field director on state Sen. Richard Romero's 2002 congressional campaign against Rep. Heather Wilson in NM's 1st CD.  Youth coordinator on the Gore-Lieberman campaign in New Mexico in Fall of 2000.  Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Mexico, 2001.  From New Mexico.

Political Director Paul Schnaitter
(announced July 8, 2008)  Deputy finance director at the Democratic Governors Association through June 2008.  A regional finance director on Bill Richardson's presidential campaign, April 2007-Jan. 2008.  Campaign manager for Angie Paccione in Colorado's CD 4 in 2006.  Executive director of the Colorado Democratic State House Caucus in 2005.  Also stints as finance director on Heath Shuler for Congress in 2006 and Ed Perlmutter for Congress in 2007.  Graduate of Colorado State University, 2004.

Communications Director Stephanie Mueller
(announced July 8, 2008)  Mueller comes to the Obama campaign from the Service Employees International Union, where she headed political communications for the organization since the 2006 election.  In 2004, she directed communications for SEIU's Americans for Health Care campaign. She managed a congressional campaign in Kansas in 2002, and prior to that spent six years managing communications for the National Abortion Federation.

New Media Director Jenn Prosser

Campaign for Change

General Election Director Anne Filipic
(announced July 8, 2008)  Filipic has been with Obama's campaign since early 2007.  She was the Iowa field director for his caucus victory, Utah state director for the February 5 primary, and then on the national field desk in his Chicago headquarters, helping oversee eight additional primary contests.  Came to the campaign from Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Inc.  Has worked on Tom Daschle for South Dakota and Americans United to Protect Social Security.

Field Director Kevin Puleo
(announced July 8, 2008)  Started on the campaign as a regional field director in Charleston, SC, then served as a regional field director in Birmingham, AL and in Dallas, TX.  Background in urban affairs and community development.

Deputy Field Director Gillian Bergeron
Started on the campaign as the Lowcountry regional volunteer coordinator on the South Carolina primary campaign, then continued on to Alabama, Texas and Pennsylvania (northeast, Scranton area).  Graduate of the University of South Carolina, 2006.  Native of Hilton Head Island.

Regional Organization

Constituency Director Artie Blanco
(announced July 8, 2008)  Blanco joins the campaign through the DNC where she served as the Southwest & Pacific political director for the last three years.  In 2003, she returned to Washington, DC to be the deputy national field director for the DCCC.  Previously, she worked for the Texas Democratic Party and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, (NALEO) as assistant director of constituency services and policy analyst.

    Colorado Latino Advisory Council (announced Sept. 6, 2008)

Youth Vote Director Jacqui Barry
Started on the campaign as a field organizer in the South Carolina primary, and also worked as a field organizer on the Pennsylvania primary.

Border State Director
Adam Delehanty
During the primaries worked on the campaign in Alabama, Texas, Indiana and Pennsylvania.  Graduate of Brown University, 2007.

Policy Director Joy Silvern
(announced July 8, 2008)  Most recently Silvern was the field director for the Obama campaign in Puerto Rico.  Previously, she was the outreach director for Udall for Colorado.  Worked on the Colorado Coordinated Campaign as the GOTV Director in 2006 and as an organizer in 2004.  Prior to her work on campaigns, she taught in Denver public schools and was a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DCShe has also worked as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Los Angeles.  Colorado native.

Deputy Policy Director Colin Walsh
Regional field director for the 5th CD during the Colorado caucus; regional director of operations in south Texas during that primary; regional field director for north central and northeastern Montana during the MT primary.   B.A. in political science from Colorado College, 2007.

Voter File Manager
Noma Thayer
Started as a field organizer (Boulder City) on the Nevada caucus campaign.
Deputies: Andrew Gall, Mo Maraqa

GOTV Director Ben Rohrbaugh
Field director on Sen. Chris Dodd's Iowa caucus campaign.  Field director on Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle's successful Feb. 27, 2007 campaign.  Worked on the Christine Jennings recount in Florida.  Ran the volunteer field program for Congresswoman Melissa Bean's successful 2006 re-election campaign in the Illinois 6th CD.  John Kerry campaign in Northern Michigan.

Operations Director Katherine Orr
B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University, 2004.

Voter Protection Coordinator
Tim Karpoff
Attorney at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.  J.D. from the University of Chicago, 2005.  Undergraduate degree from Williams College, 2001.

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Forward Colorado
"the federal campaign arm of the Colorado Democratic Party on behalf of Colorado's federal candidates (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives)"
Brendan McGuire
Legislative aide to Sen. Ken Salazar, Jan. 2005-May 2008.  Political director and deputy campaign manager on Salazar's 2004 campaign for Senate.  Director of operations at EIS Solutions, a consulting firm focused on natural resource and energy projects, 2003 to Feb. 2004.  A regional field director on the 2002 Colorado Coordinated Campaign.  B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame, 1997.

Communications Director
Matt Farrauto
Executive director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico from 2005 until late 2007, after serving as communications director for New Mexico's Democratic Coordinated Campaign and the state party in 2004.  Communications director for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), 2001-04, and worked on Joe Courtney's congressional campaign in Connecticut in 2002.  In the 2000 cycle, Farrauto worked in the communications department of Bill Bradley's presidential campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and Missouri, on a U.S. Senate campaign in Vermont, and on a statewide judicial race in Ohio.  Press assistant and legislative correspondent for Sen. Russ Feingold.  Degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Originally from Westchester County, NY.
Adams 10190 Bannock St. Suite 212 Northglenn, CO 80260 Joe Kabourek
Alamosa 623 Main St., Alamosa CO 81101 Jesus Altamirano
Arapahoe 12835 E. Arapahoe Rd. Suite 350 Centennial, CO 80112 Rachel Kruer
Boulder 1904 Pearl St., Boulder CO 80302 Anthony Kusich
Castle Rock 727 Wilcox St., Castle Rock CO 80104 Mike Cassesso
Cortez 8 Main St., Cortez, CO 81321 Bryan Baier
Denver - Bannock 999 Bannock St., Denver CO 80204 Jon Patillo
Denver - Colorado 1355 S. Colorado Boulevard, Building C Suite C-720 (7th Floor), Denver CO 80222 Henry Burton
Denver - Highlands 3798 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211 Brenda Galvan
Denver - 5 Points 2736 Welton Street, Suite 204, Denver CO 80205 Kendra Jackson
Durango 1021 Main Ave., Durango CO 81301 Mike Kenney
Fort Collins 419 Canyon Ave Suite 200, Fort Collins CO 80521 Kate Enos
Grand Junction 729 North Ave., Grand Junction CO 81501 Danielle Glover
JeffCo 441 Wadsworth Blvd. Suite 105, Lakewood CO 80226 Jake Martin
Greeley 800 8th Ave, Suite 147, Greeley CO Lindsey Weaver
Littleton 1500 W Littleton Blvd Suite 124 Littleton CO 80120 Brandy Bailey
Longmont 372 Main St., Longmont CO 80501 Jacob Taylor
Montrose 718 E Main St, Montrose CO 81401 Jacob Taylor
Pueblo 315 W. 8th St., Pueblo CO 81004 Siobhan O'Keefe
Springs 24 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs CO 80903-1302 Erin Janulis
Trinidad 130 E Main, Trinidad CO 81082 James McGraw

Colorado Democratic Party 
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Patricia Waak
(first elected on March, 5, 2005)  Waak has worked on presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representative and gubernatorial campaigns, including serving as deputy campaign manager for Sargent Shriver's 1976 presidential campaign.  Appointed by President Carter to the U.S. Agency for International Development during his administration.  Worked for 17 years at the National Audubon Society where she headed the Population and Habitat campaign.  Management experience includes several years as assistant director for the Center for Population and Family Health at Columbia University.  She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil.

First Vice-Chair Dan Slater        Second Vice-Chair Margaret Atencio         Secretary Carolyn Boller         Treasurer Elmer Hicks

Executive Director
Sherry Jackson
(announced April 2005; started in May)  Administrative director on the Salazar for Colorado campaign, 2004.  Special projects director under Mayor John Hickenlooper in the first part of 2004.  Denver County Clerk and Recorder, 2002-03.  Director of Boards and Commissions for Mayor Wellington Webb, 1997-2002.  Minority community relations director, and Deputy Director of Boards and Commissions for Gov. Roy Romer, 1990-97.  Personnel coordinator in the City of Fort Worth Personnel Department, 1987-89.  Personnel coordinator in the City of Dallas Personnel Department, 1985-87.  Bachelor of Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Political Director
Bill Compton
(from April 17, 2006)  Previously State Director of Elections in the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, 2000-06.  Executive Director of the Denver Election Commission, 1999-2000.  State Director of Elections in the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, 1997-98.  Has served as the Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder in Jefferson County, Colorado.  B.A. in political science from Auburn University, 1981; Masters in environmental law and policy and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.

Field Director
Maria Handley
Campaign manager on Rollie Heath's campaign for state Senate.  Outreach director for ProgressNow.org.  Field director on Ken Salazar's U.S. Senate campaign, 2004.  Worked on Gov. Howard Dean's presidential campaign starting in Feb. 2003.  Political director on Rollie Heath's 2002 campaign for governor of Colorado.  Worked on Paul Schell's mayoral campaign in Seattle, WA, 2001.  Worked on Bill Bradley's presidential campaign.  Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999.

Fundraising and Events
Christine Pokrandt
Previously worked at Qwest Communications in Denver.

Technology Director
Mike Weissman
Voter file director on Colorado Victory 2004.  Director of  e-communications and organizing on Howard Dean's New Hampshire primary campaign; started in June 2003.  A chief organizer of the MassforDean volunteer organization.  Deputy technology director for Robert Reich's 2002 primary gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts.  IT staffer for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's 2000 re-election campaign.

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