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

Obama for America  
Political Director/State Director Jarel LaPan
(succeeded Rob Hill)  During the primaries LaPan served as Oregon political director, Massachusetts state director, and started out working on the NH primary campaign doing health care, environment, disabilities, sportsmen in the political department.  Worked in state government in Montana.  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.
Communications Director Sahar Wali
(July 2008)  On leave from position as public relations account executive at Origin Design.  Communications director for Congressman Al Green (TX-9).  Worked for Houston investment bank, Sanders Morris Harris, performing client service in institutional sales.  Degree in political science from the University of Houston.

New Media Director John Griswold
Customer service representative at Evergreen Investments, 2007.  B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, 2006.

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General Election Director Jonathan (Jack) Shapiro
Field director on Obama's Oregon primary campaign; started as Manchester regional field director on Obama's NH primary campaign.  A regional field director on Jon Tester’s 2006 U.S. Senate race in Montana.  A field organizer in Gresham (Multnomah County East) on Carry Oregon, the 2004 Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Raised in Seattle; originally from Massachusetts.

Field Director Jesse Bontecou
(A deputy political director for the Obama campaign in Oregon during the primary)  Deputy field director at the Democratic Party of Oregon and worked for the DNC in 2006-08 as one of the 50-state partnership staff; started working at the DPO in Feb. 2004 and served as volunteer coordinator on Carry Oregon (Coordinated Campaign) in Fall 2004.  Worked as a car salesman for a year.  Started political activity with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2000.  Studied cultural anthropology at Reed College.  Grew up in Rhinebeck, NY and Massachusetts.

Regional Field Director Jordan Burke
Regional field director in Salem on the primary campaign; started as a field organizer on the NH primary campaign (Nashua office).

Regional Field Director Julia Fox
Regional field director in Corvallis on the primary campaign; started as a field organizer on the NH primary campaign (Nashua office).  Graduate of Wesleyan University, 2006.

Field Organizers: Alex, Hoekstra, Caleb Hayes, Jonathan Manton, Eric Litmer, Diana Aguilar, Amanda Gibson, James Richards, Oren Frey, Erin Devaney, Patrick New, Adrian Rosolie, Daniel Tawfik, Sheeba Suhaskumar, Francis Choi, Madeline Blount, Ty Schwoffermann, Caryn Pipinich, Stuart Dotson, Joss Whittaker, Curtis Haley, Maxwell Brown, Noah Dorson, Steven Coatsworth, Sean Mann, Nicholas Fenster, Seth Moore, Andrew Gorry, Dan Phipps.

N/NE Portland -
1516 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211  

Beaverton - 14025 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton, OR 97005  

Bend - 117 Northwest Oregon Ave., Bend, OR 97701 

Corvallis - 223 NW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330  

Eugene - 150 West Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401  

Florence - 494 HWY 101, Florence, OR 97439

Gresham - Hood Center, 1665 NE Division St,  Gresham, OR 97030  

McMinnville - 448 NE 3rd St., McMinnville, OR 97128
Medford - 105 E. Main St., Medford, OR 97051

Oregon City - 611 Main Street, Oregon City, OR 97045   

Pendleton - 21 SW Frazer Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801

Salem - 210 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97301

(Bend, Eugene, N/NE Portland, and Oregon City offices opened July 24, 2008)

Deputy Communications Director
Tony Marks
(Aug. 2008)  Senior communications associate at the Raben Group, 2007-08.  Assistant to the legislative director in the Office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Nov. 2004-Jan. 2007; staff assistant on Committee on the Judiciary, 2003-04.  Reporter for the Collierville Herald, 2000-02.  B.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis, 1999.

Press Assistant
Kevin Glenn

Deputy Political Director
Autumn Wilburn
(July 2008)  Oregon field director/DNC State Partnership Program, Feb. 2006-July 2008.  Long range planner II for the Oregon Department of Transportation, 2005-06. Worked on various legislative, statewide and congressional races in Idaho begining in 1996.  M.P.A. from Idaho State University, 2005.

Youth Vote Director/Deputy Political Director
Cyreena Boston
Candidate for State Rep. in the May 2008 primary.  Constituency director at the Democratic Party of Oregon, 2006-07.  Worked in Multnomah County SUN Schools; worked for Self Enhancement, Inc..  B.A. in American and European history from Spelman College.  Grew up in Gresham and the Parkrose area of Northeast Portland.

Voter File Manager
Donald Fisher

Operations Manager
Matthew Oxenford

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Meredith Wood Smith
Has served as a Party county chairperson, chair of several Party committees, worked full time on a congressional campaign and volunteered on many congressional, gubernatorial, legislative, city and county campaigns; has served as precinct committee person for over 20 years.

Executive Director
Trent Lutz
(started May 15, 2007)  Before joining the DPO, Lutz was deputy legislative director for Gov. Kulongoski.  In 2006 he headed Gov. Kulongoski's fundraising.  In 2004 he headed Congressman David Wu's fundraising.  Deputy field director for the DPO’s Coordinated Campaign, 2002.  Field organizer for the DPO in Clatsop County, 2000.  Graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in 2000.  Grew up in rural Ponca City, OK.

Communications Director
Marc Siegel

IT Director
John Springer
In 2001 he began assisting the DPO on a volunteer basis; in 2002 he managed the voter file for the coordinated campaign, and in 2003 he came to work full time for the party.  Worked for biotechnology firm.  Worked with Advanced Micro Devices for 13 years and Integrated Device Technology for five years, holding the position of corporate marketing manager.  Worked in the marketing department of Fairchild Semiconductor.

Development Director
Elizabeth (Beth) Smith
(March 2008)  Previously worked nine years in sales and event planning.  Has also worked as a disc jockey, chef and circus performer.  Originally from Wenatchee, WA.

Compliance Director
Cindy Moody
Came to the Democratic Party of Oregon in 1996 after a career in banking and many years as the Treasurer for nonprofit organizations.

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also note
Rob Hill served as Obama for America's initial State Director
(announced June 25, 2008 through Aug. 2008)  Served as Obama's state director for the Oregon primary and earlier as Vermont state director for the March 4 primary, Maine state director for the Feb. 10 caucuses, and state field director on the Jan. 8 NH primary campaign.  Directed Montana Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign.  Field director for Carry Oregon (2004 Oregon Democratic Coordinated Campaign); field organizer in Waterloo on Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign.  Field organizer and then field director on Sen. Max Baucus' 2002 re-election campaign.  Worked as an environmental organizer with the PIRGs, first in Georgia and then in New Jersey.  Graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in history.

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