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

Obama for America   
State Director Carol Albert
Campaign director for Sen. Patty Murray's 2004 re-election campaign.

Deputy State Director Chris McCullough
(July 2008)  Political director for Fuse, an online progressive advocacy group based in Washington, July 2007-08.  Campaign manager on Inslee for Congress, 2003-07.  Campaign manager on the Yes on 937 renewable energy initiative, Fall 2006.  Undergraduate degree from Trinity College-Hartford, 1998.

Political Director Amanda Brothers
Has done fundraising for Sen. Patty Murray and on Rep. Jay Inslee's 2002 campaign.

Communications Director Josh Field
Formerly a public defender in Snohomish County.  Press coordinator on Howard Dean's campaign in Washington.

New Media Director
Eddie Lee
Harvard student on leave of absence to work on the campaign; started as a summer intern on Obama's NH primary campaign in summer 2007 and stayed on as a staffer (new media/videographer).  Native of Overland Park, Kansas.

Campaign for Change

General Election Director Rory Steele
Started on the Obama campaign as Southwest regional field director for the Iowa caucuses.  GOTV director of the Washington Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign.  Has worked for congressman Jay Inslee.  Worked on Sen. Patty Murray's 2004 re-election campaign.  Worked on several statewide initiatives.  Campaign manager on State Rep. Geoff Simpson's re-election campaign.  Interned at the Washington State Labor Council.  Steele has also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a trucker in Seattle, and on a crab fishing boat in Alaska.  Born and raised in Edmonds.

Field Director
Chelsea Waliser
Started on the Obama campaign as Polk County regional field director for the Iowa caucuses.  Worked on the communications staff of the Washington Senate Democratic Caucus during the 2007 legislative session.  Political director for U.S. Rep .Adam Smith during the 2006 election cycle, during which she ran south Puget Sound GOTV for the 2006 Washington state Coordinated Campaign.  Field organizer on U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's 2004 re-election campaign.  Graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.  From East Wenatchee.

Voter File Manager
Bill Baugh
Started in April 2008 as technology director on Washington State Democrats' Coordinated Campaign.  Voter file manager on Hillary Clinton for President's South Carolina primary campaign.  B.A., double major, in statistics and political science from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2007.

Operations Director
Joe Woods

GOTV Director
Jim Nam
Started as a field organizer in Obama's Council Bluffs office during the Iowa caucus campaign, and later served as Multnomah County regional field director on the Oregon campaign.  Outreach coordinator on Kulongoski for Governor in 2006.  Field organizer on Carry Oregon (2004 Democratic Coordinated Campaign).  Graduate of the University of Oregon, 2000.

Voter Protection Director
Kramer Phillips
B.A. in politics from Whitman College, 2008.  Interned on John Edwards' campaign.

Auburn, Bellingham, Bellevue, Everett, Gig Harbor, Graham, Mt. Vernon, Olympia, Richland (Tri-Cities), Seattle (in both South Lake Union and Capitol Hill), Silverdale, Shoreline, Spokane, Stanwood, Tacoma, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima.

NW Region   Brooke Brod

1220 Bay Street, Bellingham 98225
(360) 734-1739

2812 Lombard Avenue, Suite 104 Everett 98201
(425) 258-1200

Mt. Vernon
300A South First Street, Mt. Vernon, 98273
(360) 336-1555

8808 271st NW, Stanwood, WA 98292

King County   Grant Lahmann

1310 Mercer St., Seattle, 98101
(206) 903-0172

12443 Bel-Red Road Suite 380, Bellevue, 98005
(425) 453-5561

240 Auburn Way South, Suite 1-A, Auburn, 98002
(253) 333-0490

15005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

Capitol Hill
1123 E. John, Unit #6, Seattle, WA 98102

SW Region   Dustin Lambro

711 St. Helens Ave, 98402
(253) 627-1357

2120 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia 98506
(360) 753-1371

10621 NE Coxley Dr. Vancouver 98662
(360) 896-7387

3100 Bucklin Hill Rd, Silverdale 98388

Gig Harbor
5800 Soundview Dr, Gig Harbor 98335
Main Phone - 253 853-5677

21711 Meridian Ave E, Graham 98338
(253) 262-1571

Eastern Washington  
Erik Horeis

1009 North Washington, Suite B Spokane WA 99201
(509) 838-0839

1315 George Washington Way, Richland, WA
(509) 378-5416

5 South Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 662-5100

1101B West Yakima Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
(509) 469-9268

(Note: Because of the competitive governor's race, the Coordinated Campaign was well established in Washington before Campaign for Change arrived.  The vast majority of the Coordinated staff rolled over into the Campaign for Change, but some work continued to be run out of the Coordinated, primarily work on the governor's race).
Coordinated Campaign
Michael King
(started Jan. 2008)  Communications director for the Washington State Democratic Party, 2007.  Field director on Washington Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign.  Did transportation lobbying and worked on an issue campaign in Washington, DC.  Southwest Washington regional field director on Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign in the latter part of 2004.  Field organizer on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign starting with the Iowa Caucuses.  Deputy scheduler on the Tolman for Governor campaign in Massachusetts, 2002.  An intern on Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign in late 1999, leading up to the 2000 New Hampshire primary.  Graduate of Emerson College, 2003.  Originally from Connecticut.

Washington Democratic Party  |   Broderick Building  |  615 2nd Avenue, Suite 580  |  Seattle, WA 98104   (206) 583-0664   >
Dwight Pelz
(elected in Jan. 2006 and re-elected in Jan. 2007)  Appointed to the King County Council in 1996, elected in 1997 and re-elected for a second term in 2001.  Elected to the State Senate in 1990 and represented the 37th District for six years.  Worked as a community organizer for a variety of grassroots groups for 15 years.  Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974.  Fifth generation Washingtonian.

Executive Director
Jaxon Ravens
(has been working for the Washington State Democrats since 2004)  Executive director for the King County Democrats for a couple of years around 2000.  Spent the 1990s traveling overseas.  Bachelors degree in politics and economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.  Grew up in Missoula, MT.

Communications Director
Kelly Steele
Communications director for the Democratic Party of Oregon, 2005.  Worked on the Bill Bradbury for US Senate campaign, 2002.  Grew up on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Online Communications Director
Misty Shock
Started a full-time volunteer in 2004 and later was hired on as staff.   Technical editor at Microsoft.  Attended the University of Washington.  Grew up in Port Orchard.

Grassroots Mobilization Manager
Patrick Mead
Graduate of Washington State University.

Technology Director
Wes Beal
Beal has done political consulting (Beal Political Consulting) since 2002, and started as technology director in March 2006.  Local policy manager at Health Education Inc., 2003-04.  Grassroots coordinator at KSKI, Inc. 2001-03.  Grassroots coordinator at the Kansas Democratic Party, 2000-01.  Attended Southwestern College, then earned B.A. in English, cultural studies from Kansas State University, 1997.

Development Director
Shawna Ousse
Previously operations director at HDCC.  B.A. in government and history from Eastern Washington University, 2002.

Greg Parry
"worked many years in public accounting before becoming interested in politics after the 2000 presidential election."

Office Manager Bertha McDaniel

Financial Manager - Kim Cobuzzi
Financial Coordinator - Nancy Hunn

Neighborhood Challenge Field Coordinator - Monica Chang

Office Coordinator - Angela Henry

Greg Haffner

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