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

Obama for America 
|  816 Congress Ave, Suite 550  |  Austin, TX  78701
State Director Juan Sepúlveda
(announced and started July 28, 2008)  Taking leave from his position as president and founder of The Common Enterprise (TCE), whose mission is to help nonprofit groups, philanthropic organizations and businesses help build stronger communities.  Sepúlveda is a member of Obama's National Latino Leadership Council.  He served as a senior advisor for Bill Bradley's 2000 presidential campaign.  He also worked closely with Willie Velasquez, founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.   Law degree from Stanford Law School, 1993.  Rhodes scholar; degree in politics, philosophy and economics at The Queen's College, Oxford University.  B.A. in government from Harvard.  Grew up in Topeka, KS.  San Antonio resident.
Field Director Jonathon "J.D." Gins
Started as a volunteer for the campaign, then was a stipend worker and a full time staffer.  After graduating, Gins took up community organizing as a full time job, working with national organizations such as Clean Water Action.  Earned degrees in government and history from the University of Texas at Austin.  Grew up in Albuquerque, NM.

Operations Director Sheila White
Worked on the primary campaign in Texas.  From Los Angeles.

Communications Director Joshua Taylor
On leave from position as communications director to Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-17).

Field Organizers
Ryan Duran (San Antonio, TX)
Michelle "Chella" Cardona (Houston, TX)
Amber Goodwin (Houston, TX)
Diedre Rasheed (Houston, TX)
John Padalino (El Paso, TX and Southern NM)
John Kearney (Austin, TX)  ...Field Organizer and Out-of-State Coordinator
Starshine Nolan (Austin, TX)
Eric Rodriguez (Rio Grande Valley, TX)
Rene Flores (Corpus Christi, TX)
Matt Tranchin (Dallas-Fort Worth area, TX)  ...Regional Field Organizer
Elizabeth Cleveland (Fort Worth, TX)
Nathaniel Troy (East TX--Texarkana, TX)

Students for Obama Organizer

Fred Tawil
(San Antonio, TX)

DNC Field Organizer 
Ken Flippin (Houston, TX)

Key Full-Time Volunteers
Assistant to the State Director - Michael Montano
Out-of-State - Gretchen Lewis
Out-of-State - Imogen Walford
Out-of-State - Abby Phenix
Out-of-State - Katherine Haenschen

Camp Obama Offices
Volunteer Headquarters
- 1107 I-35, Austin, TX  78702

Dallas - 1409 S. Lamar St., Office # 1016, Dallas, TX 75215
El Paso - 1020 Montana, El Paso TX 79902
San Antonio - 301 Broadway, Ste. 101, San Antonio TX 78205

Texas Democratic Party
  |  505 West 12th Street, Suite 200  |  Austin, TX 78701  (512) 478-9800     >
Boyd Richie
(elected April 22, 2006)  Lawyer in private practice for over 35 years, currently serving his third term as County Attorney for Young County.  Elected District Attorney for the 90th Judicial District in 1976.  J.D. from Texas Tech Law School.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Midwestern State University, 1966.  Texas native.

Special Assistant to the Chairman Abigail Joffrain

Executive Director Ruben Hernandez
(started Oct. 1, 2005)  Experience includes staffer to Congressman Martin Frost and Congressman Nick Lampson.

Political Director Sondra Haltom
Events coordinator for Lone Star Strategies, organizing fundraising events for federal and local candidates in Texas; has worked in Texas politics since 1998.  Arizona state director for the Gephardt campaign, 2003.  During the 2002 election cycle, she served as deputy campaign manager for Martin Frost's re-election campaign; she also has served as field director, campaign representative and office manager during previous Frost campaigns.  Texas native.

Deputy Convention Director/Director of Constituent Outreach Natomi Austin
Deputy finance director at the party through Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008.  Graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, 2005.

Voter File Coordinator Greg Fitch

Communications Director
Hector Nieto
Previously deputy communications director.  Legislative director for Texas Representative Rafael Anchia.  Field representative to Congressman Martin Frost for three years.  Graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, TX.
Deputy Communications Director Kirsten Gray

Finance Director
Aimee Boone
(Jan. 2007)  Managing partner of The Brooks Group, LLC, a sole proprietorship focusing on fundraising for Democratic candidates in Texas, 2005-06.  Legislative director to State Rep. Richard Raymond (Laredo), Jan.-June 2005.  Campus organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation, 2001-03.  B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Virginia, 2001.

Deputy Finance Director Stephanie Leavitt

Finance Assistant
Allison Mansfield

Shelley Smith

Deputy Comptroller
Sarah Joyner

DeAnna Mack

Jim Boynton served as the party's primary director.

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