Democratic Committees-Organization
2006 Edition

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
updated Dec. 19, 2006
Chairman Sen. Charles E. Schumer (NY)
Re-elected to a second term in 2004; elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998.  Elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at age 29; served nine terms.  Elected to the New York State Assembly in 1974 at age 23, served six years.  Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Born on Nov. 23, 1950.
Executive Director J.B. Poersch

Ohio State Director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign (announced May 24, 2004).  Ran Sen. Jack Reedís (D-RI) Washington, DC office for fourteen years starting after his election to the U.S. House in 1990 and continuing with him to the Senate.  Directed Ohio Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 2000.  Campaign manager on Scotty Baeslerís 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky (narrowly lost to Jim Bunning).  Regional political director at the DCCC in the 1990 cycle.  Worked for the National Association of Letter Carriers.  In 1987 he joined the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Al Gore; he co-managed the campaign in Wyoming during the primaries.  Started his career in the Washington office of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).  Graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.

Chief Operating Officer Karen Hancox
CEO of the Kerry campaign (announced April 22, 2004).  Deputy campaign manager on the Gephardt campaign starting April 2003.  Chief of staff for Gore 2000.  In early 1998 Hancox worked on Lewinsky damage control at the DNC.  From March 1995-Jan. 1997 she served as deputy political director at the White House under Doug Sosnik; she started in the Clinton administration in January 1993 in the Office of Legislative Affairs.  Hancox handled Congresssion Relations on Clinton/Gore 1992.

Political Director Guy Cecil
Joined the Dewey Square Group in March 2003 and is a Principal in the firm's grassroots campaign practice.  Directed the Arkansas Democratic Coordinated Campaign in the 2002 cycle.  National Field Director for the Children's Defense Fund and its Campaign to Leave No Child Behind, 2001.  Field Director for the 2000 Missouri Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Worked on Vice President Gore's campaign staff in New Hampshire and was the State Director for the primary campaign in Vermont.  Program coordinator for Boston Partners in Education.  Former high school teacher and speech and debate coach.  Graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political Science.  Originally from Miami.
Finance Director Julianna Smoot
Veteran Democratic fundraiser; experience includes work for then Sen. Tom Daschle's DASH PAC, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Sen. John Edwards.  Graduate of Smith College, 1989.
Mid-Atlantic Consultant Mid West Finance Director Southern Finance Director Western Finance Director
Tonya Fulkerson Erica Price Jill McCarthy Jessica Strauss

Finance Chief of Staff Chris Koob
Worked in the finance department of the Kerry campaign overseeing day to day operations.  Worked at Sen. Joe Lieberman's ROCPAC.  Deputy national development director at the New Democrat Network.
Deputy Finance Director Melinda Maxfield
Worked in the private sector as manager of General Electric's PAC and doing some lobbying for Comcast Corp..  Finance director for A Lot of People Supporting Tom Daschle, Daschle's 2004 re-election campaign, through mid-2003 and earlier worked for DASH PAC.
Direct Marketing Director Robin Brunstrum
Graduate of James Madison University, 1997.
Senior Consultant-Marketing Anne Lewis

Director of Independent Expenditures Mike Henry
Campaign manager for Tim Kaine's successful 2005 gubernatorial campaign in Virginia (started in July 2004).  Manager Mark Shriver's 2002 primary campaign in Maryland's 8th CD.  Directed the 2001 Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Managed Bill Nelson's successful 2000 U.S. Senate race in Florida.  Worked for Virginia General Assembly Democrats in 1999, 1995 and 1993.  Graduate of Old Dominion University.  New Jersey native.
Communications Director Phil Singer
Spokesperson for the Kerry campaign (announced April 16, 2004).  Singer worked for the previous four years as Communications Director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  Before that he worked for Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) and for Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ).
Deputy Communications Director Deirdre Murphy

Director of Online Communications Mike Liddell
Director of Internet Strategy for Joe Lieberman for President (started July 2003).  Founder of Campaign Momentum, an online communications firm based in Austin, TX, where he worked with a number of Democratic candidates including Tony Sanchez, Governor and John Sharp for Lt. Governor, and current Austin Mayor Will Wynn.  Before that he worked at Public Strategies, Inc. where he helped develop their Internet shop.
Research John Dervin
Political director of Youth Vote 2000.  Worked on John Edwards' campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998.  Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; president, North Carolina Student Association Chapel Hill, 1996-97.
Director of Information Systems Jude Meche

Comptroller Darlene Setter

Legal Counsel Marc Elias
Partner at Perkins Coie LLP.  In 2004 served as general counsel to the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  M.A. in political science from Duke University and J.D. from Duke University School of Law, 1993. B.A. in government from Hamilton College, 1990.

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Karl Frisch served briefly as Press Secretary, starting March 2006.  Communications Director on the Paul Hackett for U.S. Senate, Nov. 2005-Feb. 2006.  Press Secretary for the House Committee on Rules Democratic staff, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) ranking member, Jan.-Nov. 2005.  Multimedia Communications Director, Howard Dean for President, June 2003-Feb. 2004.   Deputy Communications Director for the California Democratic Party, June 2002-June 2003.
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