Ready for Hillary
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(page updated April 10, 2015)

Super PAC formed Jan. 25, 2013 and officially launched April 2, 2013; based in No. VA. 

“With three million supporters, Ready for Hillary is encouraging former Secretary of State Clinton to run for president in 2016. Ready for Hillary is assembling a national grassroots army that is ready to help Hillary win in 2016 if she decides to run. We believe Hillary Clinton is the best qualified person to be president in 2016 and that her historic election would build upon the progress of President Obama and continue to lead this country into the future.

Senior Advisors 

Co-Founder/Co-Chair  Allida Black

"Human rights advocate, historian and longtime Hillary supporter."  Research professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University since Jan. 1998.  Ph.D. in American history from The George Washington University, 1993; B.A. in political science from Emory University, 1974.

Co-Founder/Co-Chair/Executive Director  Adam Parkhomenko

Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in 47th District in the June 2009 primary.  From 2008-08, Parkhomenko served as executive aide for Friends of Hillary, HILLPAC, Hillary for Senate 2006, and the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.  In 2003, as a student at Northern Virginia Community College, Parkhomenko founded votehillary.org. In 2009 he graduated from the DC Metropolitan Police Academy, and he serves as a reserve law enforcement offficer.  He is a senior at George Mason University.

Executive Assistant  Eric Jeng
Junior innovation advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Feb.-June 2013.  Degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, after attending National Taiwan University.

Deputy Director  Alissa Ko

(Aug. 2013)  Associate director of public engagement at the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Operation Vote director at OFA-Virginia from Aug. 2012; western regional Operation Vote Director/National AAPI Vote director at Obama for America from March 2012.  Deputy PAC director at Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010-12.  President of California Young Democrats, 2009-11.  Political/community organizer for SEIU Local 100, 2008-Jan. 2010.  PAC/development coordinator at Consumer Attorneys of California, 2005-08.  B.A. in business economics from UCLA.  From Thousand Oaks, CA.


Communications Director  Seth Bringman

(announced Feb. 27, 2013)  Communications director at the Ohio Democratic Party, May 2009.  Worked on the successful recount campaigns of Al Franken (DFL-MN) and Scott Murphy (D-NY-20).  Deputy communications director for Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford.  Sherrod Brown's and Hillary Clinton's winning campaigns in Ohio.  Master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University; undergraduate degree from Miami University.  Native of Sandusky County, Ohio.

Communications Associate  Sean England

(May 2014; started as an intern in Jan. 2014)  B.S. in political science from The George Washington University, 2014; in 2012 interned at the White House.  From Buffalo, NY.


Digital Director  Nickie Gyorfi Titus

(announced March 27, 2013)  Director of digital media at Kaine for Virginia from Sept. 2011.  Business development director at Blue State Digital, Oct. 2009-March 2011.  Director of client services (Feb. 2007-Oct. 2009) and senior account executive (Dec. 2004-Feb. 2007) at O'Brien, McConnell and Pearson.  Marketing manager at the DNC, Aug.-Nov. 2004.  Production coordinator at EMILY's List, April 2003-Aug. 2004.  B.A. in political science from American University, 2003.

Digital Associate  Evan Wessel

(March 2014)  Legislative affairs intern in the Office of the Vice President, June 2012-March 2014.  B.S. in economics from the University of Delaware, 2012; fellow at the University of Delaware's Institute of Public Administration, Feb.-June 2012.

Voter Activation Network Administrator  Jane Miller

Master of public policy degree from the College of William and Mary, 2014.  Undergraduate degree in government and history from the University of Virginia, 2007.

Field/Constituency  270 Strategies (firm founded by Mitch Stewart, Jeremy Bird and Mark Beatty of the Obama campaign)

(announced July 10, 2013 "...manage daily operations for Ready for Hillary’s on-the-ground field, volunteer training and recruitment, and constituency engagement programs.") 


Youth Director and Regional Director  Rachel Schneider

(announced Aug. 13, 2013)  Consultant to the Youth Engagement Fund.  Associate director for youth outreach at the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Youth vote director on Organizing for America-Nevada, Aug.-Nov. 2012; youth vote coordinator at Obama for America in Chicago, Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.S. in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 2011.

LGBTQ Director  LIsa Changadveja

(announced Sept. 23, 2013)  Political fundraiser at SSC in Texas, March-Sept. 2013.  Campaign manager on Ann Johnson for State Representative (Houston, TX), May-Nov. 2012.  Regional field manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, July 2011-May 2012.  Deputy field director with Colorado Democratic Party/coordinated campaigns, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Regional field director on Bennet for Colorado, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Regional field director on Hillary Clinton for President in NV, OH and IN, Aug. 2007-May 2008.  Volunteer coordinator on Kulongoski for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2006.  Legislative/communications assistant to state Sen. Curt Thompson, Oct. 2005-July 2006.  B.A. in political science/history from Brenau Women's College.

Black Americans Director  Quentin James

(announced Oct. 8, 2013)  National director of the Sierra Student Coalition, May 2011-Sept. 2013.  Executive political aide and policy assistant at Green for All, June 2010-Jan. 2011.  Staff assistant/legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Jan.-Dec. 2009.  Deputy Ohio Youth Vote director (July-Nov. 2008) and SC field organizer (May 2007-Jan. 2008) on Obama for America.  B.A. in Africana studies from Howard University, 2011; started at Furman University, 2006-08.

Women's Office Director  Jessica Grounds

(announced Nov. 6, 2013)  Chair of the Board of Directors at the Women Under Forty PAC from Jan. 2010 to present; and founder and principal strategist at Solid Grounds Strategy, Jan. 2010 to present.  Executive director at Running Start, Jan. 2010-Nov. 2013.  Vice president of Stones' Phones, 2004-09.   Training lead at Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Assistant project manager at Aristotle International, 2003-04.  Post-graduate studies at Georgetown University and American University; B.A. in political science from Pepperdine University, 2003.

Women's Office Deputy Director  China Dickerson

(May 2014)  Campaign manager on Brianne Nadeau for DC City Council, 2013-14.  Law clerk at the Executive Office of the President of the United States, 2013-14.  Government relations Intern at the Pedestal Group, 2013.  Law clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency, 2012.  Peace Corps colunteer in El Salvador, 2007-09.  J.D. from Howard University School of Law, 2014; B.A. in legal communications from Howard University, 2007.  Native of Charleston, SC.

Latino Americans Director  Christopher Guerrero

(announced Dec. 9, 2013)  Special assistant to California Speaker John A. Pérez from June 2013. Operations director on Wendy Greuel for Mayor campaign in Los Angeles, March 2012-May 2013.  Field director (Nov. 2010-March 2012), Southern Calif. field director (Vote 2010 campaign) (July-Nov. 2010) and deputy political director (Feb. 2008-July 201) for the California Democratic Party. Worked on Hillary Clinton for President interning in California and as a caucus organizer in Iowa, Nevada and Minnesota.  B.A. in political science from UC Davis, 2007; associates degreee from Citrus College.  Los Angeles native.


Regional Organizing Directors

(all four directors announced April 16, 2014)  "engage supporters in Ready for Hillary's efforts and build an infrastructure of volunteers throughout their respective regions, while overseeing multiple high-priority programs to grow a massive list of Hillary supporters." 

Western  Jessica Mejia

Campaign manager on Anthony Rendon for California State Assembly.  Campaign manager on Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's 2010 re-election campaign.  Field director on Judy Chu for Congress.  Field director for Ricardo Lara for Assembly (CA).  Statewide Get-Out-The-Vote director for the California Democratic Party “Yes We Can! California ’08” campaign.  Deputy director of political affairs for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.  State field director for Hillary Clinton for President in Colorado.  Volunteer coordinator for Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate, 2004.  Midwest deputy regional field director for the DNC, 2004. Attended California Lutheran University.  Los Angeles native.  Experience also includes working as an organizer for SEIU 1928.

Deputy Western  Ian Leviste

Southern  Hans Goff

Senior associate at M Public Affairs; founder (2010) and CEO of Voting Works, LLC.  Rocky Mount/Northeast regional field director for OFA-NC, Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.  Other experience includes work for Gov. Mark Warner, the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office, the non-profit YouthBuild Newark, U.S. Rep. John Olver, Gov. Jon Corzine and Sen. Robert Menendez.  Master of public affairs and politics from Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 2008; double major in government and African-American studies from William and Mary, 2005.  Started out in politics in high school, working as an intern for Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer.  Native of Trenton.  Godson of Pattie LaBelle.

Deputy Southern  Kareem Absolu
B.A. in political science from Rutgers.

Midwest  Derek Eadon

Founder (2013) and president of Bluprint Strategies (>), a consulting firm based in Des Moines.  Iowa general election director on Obama's re-election campaign; earlier, through Jan. 3, 2012, he served as OFA's Iowa caucus director.  Eadon directed Iowa Democrats' 2010 Coordinated Campaign.  Iowa state director for Organizing for America in 2009.  In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first field organizer hired in Iowa for Obama's campaign, and continued on the campaign through Nov. 2008.  In 2006 he was a field organizer for the Iowa Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in the Cedar Rapids area.  Attended the University of Iowa.  Originally from Elmhurst, Ill.

Deputy Midwest  Gracie Brandsgard
Studied economics at Grinnell College.  Served as president of College and Young Democrats of Iowa, 2013-14.

Northeast  Sean Downey

Recently joined Hilltop Public Solutions.  District director in the office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) from Jan. 2013-March 2014.  Political director on Organizing for America - New Hampshire, Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.  Executive director of New Jersey Democratic State Committee from Jan. 2011.  Senior political and field advisor on the John Lynch for Governor 2010 campaign.  Political director on Sen. Chris Dodd's NH primary campaign (reported Feb. 2007).  Northeast political director for Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC in 2006; the PAC paid for Downey to work as finance director for the NH Democratic State Senate Caucus starting roughly May 2006.  Deputy scheduler for Sen. Joe Lieberman in his Washington, DC office.  Worked on Sen. Joe Lieberman's NH primary campaign starting in July 2003, doing advance and driving the Joe car.  Field and political director for Manchester City Democrats during the 2002 elections. Undergraduate degree in political science from Holy Cross College, 2002.  Grew up in Long Valley, NJ.

Deputy Northeast  Sara Moe
(May 2014)  B.A. in political science/social and public policy from New York University, 2014.  Field organizer for Obama campaign in Dover, NH, May-Nov. 2012.


National Finance Director  Matt Felan

(announced March 31, 2013)  Principal at Felan Strategies LLC.  Chief Development Officer for Special Olympics Michigan.  Finance director to Creigh Deeds campaign for Governor of Virginia, 2009.  Deputy national finance director on Hillary Clinton for President.  Lead fundraiser for Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones in 2008.  Executive director of Governor Tim Kaine’s PAC, Moving Virginia Forward, from Feb. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager/finance director for Tim Kaine’s victorious 2005 gubernatorial campaign.  Mid-Atlantic finance director for Joe Lieberman’s 2003 presidential campaign.  Deputy national finance director for Jean Carnahan’s 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.  Finance director of Dianne Byrum’s 2000 congressional campaign in Michigan’s 8th CD.  B.A. in international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College.  Native of Bay City, Michigan.

Deputy Finance Director  Alex Smith

(Sept. 2013)  Grassroots associate at the Dewey Square Group, July 2010-Aug. 2013.  B.S. in architecture from University of Virginia, 2010.

National Finance Council 

(announced May 28, 2013) 
Founding Members:
Susie Tompkins Buell (San Francisco, CA) - co-founded the Esprit clothing company
Steve and Amber Mostyn (Houston, TX) -  lead the Mostyn Law Firm, a nationwide law practice

Co-chairs include:
Cynthia Guerrero  -
Jeff Johnson  -  Chris Kelly  -  Jo Ousterhout  -  Carol Pensky  -  Shelly Porges  -  George Soros  -  Caren Turner
[the National Finance Council held an all-day strategy session at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 21, 2014]


Data Director  Amy Drummond

(announced Jan. 7, 2014)  Lead analyst at the New Organizing Institute for the 2012 cycle.  Director of data and analytics at the League of Conservation Voters for five years.  Program analyst at EMILY’s List during the 2004 and 2006 election cycles.  Worked as an ontological engineer at an artificial intelligence research organization in Austin, TX.  Several years graduate work  in philosophy at the University of Virginia; undergraduate degree in philosophy from Smith College.  Connecticut native.

Grassroots Fundraising Director  Neisha Blandin

(announced Jan. 7, 2014)  Fundraising development at The Cooper Union, 2013.  Associate at Hudson TG, political consulting firm, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012.  Junior fundraiser at The Esler Group, July 2009-Aug. 2010; and campaign finance compliance officer at Gioia for New York, July 2009-Jan. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Montclair State University, 2008.  Originally from Trinidad and Tobago.

Compliance Director  Amy Wills Gray

(from mid-July 2013)  Constituent services representative to Sen. Carl Levin.  Worked for Friends of Hillary from 1999 to 2005.

Operations Manager  Joanne Antoine

(Feb. 2014)  Membership director for the Haitian-American Leadership Council from May 2010.  Field organizer on Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, July-Sept. 2013.  OFA-FL deputy field organizer, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  M.A. in public policy from Monmouth University, 2012; B.A. in journalism from New Jersey City University, 2009.  New Jersey native.

Operations Associate  Iran Campana

(Sept. 2014; started as a Latino constituency intern in May 2014)  Working towards an M.S. in public administration and nonprofit management from University of Central Florida; B.S. in criminal justice from University of Central Florida, 2012.

Operations  Connor Shaw

Working towards a B.A. degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

Counsel  James (Jim) Lamb

Attorney at Sandler Reiff Young and Lamb.  More than 25 years of campaign, government service, and legal experience.  General counsel on Richardson for President, Inc. (Bill Richardson's 2007-08 campaign).  Of counsel at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP.  Minority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's 1997 investigation of illegal or improper activities in connection with the 1996 presidential campaign.  Campaign manager for Michigan Supreme Court candidate Marilyn Kelly in 1996.  Campaign manager and deputy district administrator in Rep. John  Dingell's Dearborn office, 1991-95.  Executive assistant to Michigan Democratic Party chairman F. Thomas Lewand, 1989-91.  Community development specialist for Sen. Donald Riegle’s Detroit regional office, 1987-89.  J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, 1995; undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, 1987.


Craig T. Smith

Strategic outside counsel to Penn Schoen Berland; principal at PSB from Jan. 2006.  Advisory board member and formerly senior vice president at mCapitol Management.  Campaign director and senior advisor on Joe Lieberman for President, Inc..  President of Chief Advantages, a public affairs firm.  Vice president of Democratic Outreach at Voter.com.   Campaign manager for Gore 2000 from Jan. 1999 until it moved to Nashville.  White House political director, Jan. 1997-Dec. 1998.  Co-executive director of 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Deputy campaign manager and political director on the 1996 Clinton/Gore reelection campaign.  Deputy director of the White House Office of Political Affairs.  Deputy director of White House Personnel.  Political director at the DNC, 1993-94.  Field director of the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign.  Finance director of the Clinton for President Exploratory Committee, 1991.  Secretary of Appointments to Boards and Commission in the Office of Gov. Bill Clinton.  Executive director of “Jobs for Arkansas’ Future,” a public-private economic development partnership.  J.D. (1982) and B.S. in public administration (1980) from the University of Arkansas.  Native Arkansan.

Tracy Sefl

"independent communications consultant with particular expertise in elite media messaging and Democratic issue advocacy"  Experience includes senior vice president at Navigators Global; vice president at The Glover Park Group; and vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc..  Among others, Sefl has advised Terry McAuliffe, then Gov. David Paterson (NY), and Hillary Clinton for President.  Directed communications for Wal-Mart Watch.  Worked at the DNC under Terry McAuliffe, 2003-04.  M.A. and Ph.D. studies in sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A. in sociology and music from Cornell College.

Ann Lewis

Senior advisor on Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-08.  Director of communications for Friends of Hillary and HILLPAC, 2005-07.  National chair of the DNC Women’s Vote Center, 2002-04.  Senior advisor to Hillary Clinton's campaign for U.S. Senate in 2000.  Deputy director of communications, director of communications and then Counselor to President Bill Clinton, 1997-2000.  Director of communications and deputy campaign manager for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign, 1995-96.  Vice president for public policy at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1994-95.  National affairs columnist for Ms. magazine, 1988-89.  National director of Americans for Democratic Action, 1985-87.  Political director at the DNC, 1981-85.  Aide to then Rep. Barbara Mikulski (MD).  Sister of former Rep. Barney Frank.

Harold Ickes

Chairman of the board (elected Jan. 2014) at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.; manages the firm's Washington office (rejoined the firm in 1998).   Advisor to the campaign manager on Hillary Clinton for President.  Served as president of Catalist.  In the 2004 cycle Ickes established and headed up The Media Fund, which ran $50 million in media, and then served as chief of staff for ACT.  Senior advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.  Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton, beginning of 1994-Jan. 1997.  A director of Meyer, Suozzi for 14 years, 1980-93.  J.D. from Columbia University Law School.  B.A. in economics from Stanford University, 1964, after one year at the University of Arizona.  Worked on cattle ranches and construction jobs for three or four years in California and Oregon.   Upon finishing at Stanford, Ickes volunteered on the Mississippi Freedom Project in 1964; his first presidential campaign was Gene McCarthy in 1968, and has been involved in every presidential campaign since.

Former Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher

(announced April 10, 2013)  Strategic advisor at Baker Donelson.  Special envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department, Feb.-Aug. 2012.  Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security June 2009-Feb. 2012.  Elected to Congress representing CA-10 (East Bay, Walnut Creek) in 1996 and re-elected six times, resigning to serve in the Obama Administration.  Moved to California in 1989.  Fourteen-year career on Wall Street at Bache Halsey Stuart Shields, Bear Stearns & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert and as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.  B.S. in early childhood education from Seton Hall University, 1974.

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

(see The Hill, May 15, 2013)  Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley.  Elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.  Elected attorney general of Michigan in 1998.  Appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel in 1994.  Federal prosecutor in Detroit starting in 1990.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1987; B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley, 1984.  Originally from Vancouver, BC; family moved to California when she was four.  Co-author of A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin

(announced Sept. 26, 2013)  Chairman of the board and CEO of Purpose Built Communities, and visiting professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  President of Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc., a general management consulting practice, partner in Urban Environmental Solutions (UES), an infrastructure and transportation firm and founder of the political blog, Blogging While Blue.  Two-term mayor of Atlanta; elected in 2001 and served through 2009. Chief Administrative Officer and City Manager under Mayor Andrew Young.  Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Maynard Jackson.  M.A. in sociology from University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in sociology from Howard University.

Irene Bueno

(from March 2014)  Co-founder (2002) and partner of NVG, LLC (Nueva Vista Group).  Special Assistant to the President in the Chief of Staff's Office and the Domestic Policy Council, 1999-Jan. 2001.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation/Congressional Liaison at HHS, 1993-99.  Legislative assistant to Sen. Alan Cranston (CA) and Rep. Edward Roybal (CA).  J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, 1988; B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, 1985.

Michael Trujillo

(reported by L.A. Times' Maeve Reston Aug. 20, 2013)  Los Angeles-based political consultant.  Was a top aide to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  Worked on Hillary Clinton for President as field director in California, Texas and North Carolina.

Mark Alexander

Law professor at Seton Hall; joined the faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor.  Candidate for state Senate in June 2013 primary, losing to incumbent Nia Gill.  Alexander served on Obama's 2007-08 campaign starting as policy director and later as New Jersey state director and senior advisor; he took a leave of absence from Seton Hall starting end of Feb. 2007 to join the campaign.  Took leave to serve as general counsel to Cory Booker’s campaign for Mayor of Newark, 2006.  Issues director for the Bill Bradley for President campaign, Jan. 1999-April 2000.  Litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco.  Clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  Issues director for Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) 1988 re-election campaign.  Legislative assistant to Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, 1986-88.  J.D. from Yale University Law School, 1992.  B.A. in architecture from Yale University, 1986.

Selected RfH press releases:
July 15, 2014 - Ready for Hillary Adds more than 33,000 New Donors in Second Quarter, Raises over $2.5 Million
April 10, 2014 - Ready for Hillary Adds more than 22,000 New Donors in 3 Months, Raises over $1.7 Million
Jan. 7, 2014 - Ready for Hillary Raises Over $4 Million from 33,361 Donors in 2013
July 31, 2013 - More than 10,000 Grassroots Donors Encourage Hillary to Run

See also:
A Visit to Ready for Hillary Headquarters (Dec. 17, 2013)

Examples of blog ads:
Blog ads.

Metrics as reported by Ready for Hillary PAC on April 10, 2015:

4 million Hillary supporters identified

2.4 million+ people who have signed the official pledge to help Hillary win if she runs

2.1 million+ Facebook supporters

1.2 million+ Ready for Hillary bumper stickers shipped

215,000+ contributions

135,000+ donors

55,000+ contributions of exactly $20.16

45,000 miles traveled by the Hillary Bus

1,300+ grassroots organizing and fundraising events in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and with Democrats Abroad in 5 different countries

200+ college campuses with Students for Hillary groups

Nearly 100 campus visits by the Hillary Bus

$15 million raised

98 percent of contributions are $100 or less