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

Obama for America  
State Director
Steven Schale
(reported June 15, 2008)  Florida Democrats' House Victory political director since 2005 (appointed by Democratic Leader Dan Gelber).  Communications director/press secretary for the Florida Democrats in the State House (House Democratic Leader Doug Wiles).  Legislative assistant in the Florida House.  B.A. in history and political science from Sewanee-The University of the South, 1996, and M.A. in communications from Florida State University, 2008.  From St. Augustine.

Deputy State Director
Ashley Walker
(reported June 15, 2008)  Earlier served as deputy to political director Matt Nugen in Chicago (hired by the campaign in Aug. 2007).  Walker managed Jeremy Ring's (D-Margate) successful 2006 campaign for State Senate.

Communications Director
Mark Bubriski
(announced July 9, 2008)  Moved over from position as communications director at the Florida Democratic Party, where he started in early 2006.  An account executive with the Caraway Group; he advised political organizations and major corporations on diversity efforts.  In 2004, Bubriski worked in communications and advance for the John Kerry for President campaign and in the press office of the Democratic National Convention in Boston and as advance director on New Hampshire Democrats' 2004 Coordinated Campaign.  Undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, 2002; graduate degree from Harvard University.

Deputy Communications Director
Adrianne Marsh
Communications director to Sen. Claire McCaskill since Jan. 2007; spokesperson on McCaskill's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign.  Press secretary to Rep. Bart Stupak (MI), 2005-06.  Press secretary for the 2004 Michigan Coordinated Campaign; communications director for the Michigan Democratic Party.  Public Relations Coordinator for the Oakland-Livingston Human Services Agency, 2001-03.  Staffer on Congresswoman Lynn Rivers 2000 re-election campaign and worked with Michigan Victory 2000.  B.S. in political science from Eastern Michigan University, where she was student body president.  Originally from Linden.

see OFA regional communications directors and press secretaries in regional organization.

Political Director
Stephanie Owens (Royster)
(announced July 9, 2008)  A longtime Floridian, Owens serves as a lead advance consultant for Obama for America. She has served in leadership roles for six presidential campaigns.  Director community relations at the 2009 Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee and in 2001.  Vice president at the American Cancer Society, 2001-05.  Senior Advisor to the HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and Director of Federal Interagency Task Force, 1996-98 following civil unrest in St. Petersburg.  Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1993-96.  Graduate of University of Southern California.

New Media Director
Kristen Psaki
Started on the campaign in the New Hampshire primary.  Graduate of Davidson College, 2007.

"big guns" came into the state in October:

OFA deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand oversaw the Miami-Dade County operation from Miami Beach.
Tom Shea, Florida state director for Kerry-Edwards '04, oversaw Broward County from Fort Lauderdale.
Paul Tewes, chief general election strategist at the DNC, directed GOTV from state headquarters in Tampa.

Campaign for Change 
|  1771 E 9th Avenue  |  Tampa, FL 33605  
General Election Director
Jackie Lee
(announced July 9, 2008)  Lee returns to the Sunshine State for her third election cycle, having served as statewide field director twice before: for the Florida Democratic Party in 2006 and for former Sen. John Edwards’ campaign during the 2004 presidential primary. In 2007-2008, Lee served as the Iowa field director for the John Edwards for President campaign.  Delaware State Director for the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities and for Americans United to Protect Social Security.  Field Director for the Oklahoma Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  North Central Iowa regional field director for the Edwards for President campaign in 2003-04, and then the campaign's field director in Virginia and Florida.  Worked for the Louisiana Democratic Party during Sen. Mary Landrieu's 2002 run-off campaign.  Managed a field office for the South Dakota Democratic Party during Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election campaign.  B.A. in international relations from University of Delaware. When she is not campaigning, Lee splits her time between Delaware and Central Florida.

Field Director
Angela Botticella
(announced July 9, 2008)  Botticella has contributed to the Obama campaign’s voter contact efforts in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oregon.  Deputy field director for the 2006 Rhode Island Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.  Deputy field director on Francine Busby's campaign for Congress in the June 2006 special election in CA-50.  Worked in the field department of the Alliance for a Better California 2005 campaign.

Regional Organization
(57 offices around the state plus state headquarters)

Constituency Director
Gustavo Rivera
(announced July 9, 2008)  Rivera, a progressive political organizer born and raised in Puerto Rico, has worked for 10 years in New York City.  He was part of the political team that cut the Republican majority in the New York State Senate from seven to three seats.  Most recently, Rivera worked with the Service Employees International Union in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Puerto Rico, helping Sen. Obama become the Democratic nominee.

Policy Director
Ian Bassin
Law Clerk to Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  J.D. from Yale Law School, 2006.  Publisher of Shout! magazine in New York City.  Worked for Scholastic.  Undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, 1998.

Scheduling Director
Gillian Rosenberg
(announced July 9, 2008)  Rosenberg has worked for the Obama campaign since February 2007, serving as Iowa director of political operations and the director of Women for Obama in the caucus campaign, then continuing with the campaign in Chicago headquarters in various capacities throughout the primaries.  Deputy political director at the Iowa Democratic Party, 2005-06.  Worked for John Kerry in Iowa in both the primary and general election, 2003-04.  Rosenberg attended the University of Iowa.

Operations Director
Shannon Valley
(announced July 9, 2008)  Valley has served the Obama campaign in the field in Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas and in operations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She also led campaign outreach to the African-American faith community in West Virginia.  Degree in political science and international studies from Northwestern University and spent a year studying abroad and interning at the UN’s International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives locally with her family in Brandon, FL.

Information Technology Director
Phillip Perry
(July 2008)  IT director at the FDP from Sept. 2006-July 2008; Perry also does consulting through his firm Philter Media, Inc., which he started in Feb. 2004.  Assistant director at Floridian Partners, LLC, Nov. 2005-Sept. 2006.  Account manager at Emergin, Inc., 2004-05.  Customer service supervisor at EMS Computing, Inc.  Graduate of University of Florida, 2004.

Early Vote Director
Brendan Beattie
Beattie started out as a field organizer on the Iowa caucus campaign and also served as a field organizer in western Kentucky.  Native of Treynor, Iowa.

Senior Advisor
Nicholas Baldick
President and founder of Hilltop Public SolutionsKey advisor to former Sen. John Edwards' One America Committee in 2006.  Prior to starting Hilltop, Baldick served for five years as a principal at the Dewey Square Group.  National campaign manager for Senator John Edwards’ presidential campaign starting in Jan. 2003.  New Hampshire primary state director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.  Directed and managed Gore's political action committee, Leadership ‘98.  Eastern Political Director in the White House Office of Political Affairs, 1997.  Director, Florida Democratic coordinated campaign, fall 1996; state director in New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Jersey, 1996 primary campaign.  Campaign director of the 1994 Rhode Island coordinated campaign.  Northeast political director at the DNC, 1993.  A field director in the 1992 Clinton primary campaign.  B.S. from Georgetown University; J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Voter Protection Coordinator
David Sullivan
Served as voter protection director in Ohio in Fall of 2004 while on leave from his position as election counsel for the Massachusetts secretary of state. [more]

Florida Democratic Party 
|  214 South Bronough Street  |  Tallahassee, FL 32301    850-222-3411     >
Karen Thurman
(elected chair in May 2005)  Represented Florida's 5th CD in Congress from 1993-2003 (defeated in 2002 by Ginney Waite Browne).  Elected to the Florida State Senate in 1982.  Elected to the Dunnellon City Council and served seven years on the Council, including two terms as mayor.  Math teacher at Dunnellon Middle School.  B.A. from the University of Florida, 1973.

First Vice Chair Diane Glasser      Vice Chair Mayor Clarence Anthony      Vice Chair Former Congresswoman Carrie Meek         Vice Chair Rep. Luis Garcia        Secretary Janee Murphy      Treasurer Rudolph Parker      Chair Emeritus Charles Whitehead

DNC Members: Jon Ausman,  Terrie Brady, Mitch Ceasar, Representative Joyce Cusack, Diane Glasser, Commissioner Allan Katz, Mayor Raul Martinez, Chuck Mohlke, Janee Murphy, Rudolph Parker

Executive Director
Leonard Joseph
(announced Jan. 2007)  Ran the FDP's Orlando-based political operation in 2006.  Deputy campaign manager for Fernando Ferrer for New York mayoral campaign.  Worked on John Kerry's presidential campaign starting in January 2003 in the political department; a regional political director and served as Delaware state director in the primary; regional political director (OH, MI, PA, WV) in the fall campaign.  Director of financial services at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in American history/politicial science, 1996.  Native of Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Political Coordinator
Melissa Lamkay

Regional Director
B.J. Chiszar

Regional Director
Nate Jenkins

Voter File Director
Ben King

Communications Director Eric Jotkoff
(announced July 9, 2008)  Most recently an advance staffer on Clinton for President.  Communications director and legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney (FL-16). In 2006 worked on Mahoney's campaign as press secretary and research director, and earlier on Sen. Rod Smith's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.  Worked on John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

Press Secretary

Finance Director
Christina Boltin

Deputy Finance Director
Alexis Searfoss

Central Florida Finance Director Kirk Sander

 South Florida Finance Director Kyle Schulberg

Anne Morgan

Deputy Comptroller
Elliott McCurry

Director of Party Affairs
Mildred "Milli" Smith

Director of Cabinet Affairs
Justin Day

Director of the Chair's Office
Sandra Lyon

Jeff Ryan, House Victory Finance Director
Nina Earle, House Victory Deputy Finance Director

John Laurance Reid, Senate Victory Political Director
Jens Ruiz, Senate Victory Events Coordinator
Nancy Texeira, Senate Victory Finance Director
Tawana Thompson, Senate Victory Legislative Liason

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