Meet Charlie Crist's new campaign team
Democrat Charlie Crist is ready to announce his new campaign team, a mix of new and old names (it doesn't include everyone in advisory or consulting positions).
“We are building a grassroots, people-focused team that represents Florida’s diversity. That’s how we will defeat Rick Scott and put Florida’s middle class back in charge," campaign manager Omar Khan said in a written statement.
Here's the email:
Katie Bohnett, Director of Scheduling
Katie Bohnett attended Florida State University and majored in political science. She began working on political campaigns on Charlie Crist's 2006 successful run for Governor. After serving in the administration as Governor Crist's Director of Scheduling - as well on his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate - Katie has worked as the Finance Director for Linda McMahon's Senate campaign. Most recently she worked at the Department of Children and Families' policy and research team, focusing on the Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS) Program.
Jessica Clark, Deputy Campaign Manager/Finance Director
Jessica has more than eight years of experience in Democratic political fundraising in Florida and got her start on U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's re-election campaign in 2006. She worked for President Obama (on both of his campaigns and at the Democratic National Committee) from 2007-2012 and served as Florida Finance Director for his re-election campaign. In 2013, Jessica merged her passion for politics and the environment as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the NRDC Action Fund before returning to her native Florida in late 2013 to join Governor's Crist's campaign.
Cesar Fernandez, Political Director
Cesar Fernandez is a native Floridian, born in Miami. Fernandez managed the winning campaigns of State Senator Jeff Clemens and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. He also worked as a legislative aide in the Florida Senate and in the political operation of the Florida Justice Association. Fernandez is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Brendan Gilfillan, Communications Director
Brendan has nearly a decade of experience in political communications. He served for four years in the Obama Administration, first at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then as Communications Director for the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Prior to that Brendan was a Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee and held communications positions in multiple states for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Greg Goddard, Florida Finance Director
Greg has been involved in Florida political fundraising since 2006. Preceding his role as Florida Finance Director for Charlie Crist for Governor, Greg spent five years working on and off for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, most recently as North Florida Finance Director for his 2012 re-election campaign. Greg was also a fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party and Mayor Alvin Brown. He is a native of Boca Raton, FL.
Victoria Kirby, Deputy Field Director
Victoria Diane Kirby is the Deputy Field Director for North and Central Florida. Before joining the Crist campaign, Victoria served as the State Coordinator for Organizing for Action (OFA) Florida and as a Regional Field Director for President Obama’s Florida re-election efforts in the Tampa Bay area. She served as the first openly LGBT elected member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Communication & Culture and a Master’s in Public Administration.
Amanda Litman, Digital Director
Amanda came to Florida from Chicago, where she worked as the deputy email director at Organizing for Action, helping support grassroots organizing around President Obama's second term agenda. Prior to that she worked as an email writer for Obama for America. Amanda is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Jake Mathai, Director of Special Projects
Jake has years of experience working in research, polling, direct mail, and finance for local, state, national, and international campaigns. Jake also worked on the 2012 Obama campaign in Chicago. Mathai attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach and Florida International University.
Rick Minor, Policy Director
A native Floridian, Rick has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining the Crist for Governor campaign, Rick served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Tallahassee, managing both the Mayor’s office and the City’s involvement in various projects. In addition to his experience developing public policy for state and local governments Rick spent a decade in the private sector as a business and information technology consultant.
Jared Mueller, Director of Budget and Operations
Jared previously served as a policy adviser to Administrator Karen Mills at the U.S. Small Business Administration, after heading up sourcing on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee and managing the field budget on President Obama's re-election campaign. Before joining the Obama campaign in 2011, Jared was an associate at The Boston Consulting Group.
Cedric McMinn, Outreach Director
Cedric McMinn served as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was the Deputy Political and African-American Outreach Director for the Obama/Biden Campaign in 2008. Cedric has worked for the state legislative offices of State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford and Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. He also served as the Past President of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats and is the current President of Young Professionals Network (YPN) Miami.
Jacob Smith, Deputy Field Director
Jacob Smith is a South Florida native proud to be organizing in his home turf. As a volunteer for Barack Obama's first campaign in 2008, he learned first hand the kind of difference one person can make in a community. In 2012, he joined the President's campaign in Southwest Florida, leading a team of organizers to build the largest grassroots operation Sarasota County had ever seen. He was the field director for Rick Kriseman's mayoral campaign and historic victory in St. Petersburg.