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Tom Steyer staffs up

Hires draw from NextGen America staff, boast presidential campaign experience.

Tom Steyer filled several critical senior staff positions this week for his 2020 presidential campaign staff. The list includes early state political directors and leaders for his campaign headquarters in San Francisco.

“We are thrilled about the political talent and experience our staff brings to Tom’s campaign,” said Heather Hargreaves, who came on campaign manager.

“Our senior staff members are experts in their fields, winning several races across the country and bringing decades of campaign experience with them. Their ability to effectively lead their teams and apply their expertise will be invaluable as we work together to ensure Tom is the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.”

Hargreaves previously served as executive director at NextGen America, a Steyer backed operation that spent more than $75 million for progressive candidates in 2018. That included investing millions in races in Florida. Hargreaves also worked for both of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaigns.

Martha Patzer, digital director for Need to Impeach, came on as deputy campaign manager and will oversee digital efforts. She also served as deputy email director for Obama for America in 2012.

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Abdul Henderson, former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, joined the campaign as deputy campaign manager for the Battleground States.

Doug Rubin, a founding partner at Northwind Strategies, came on as a senior adviser for the campaign. Notably, Rubin previously worked for Elizabeth Warren’s successful Senate campaign in 2012; Warren is now also seeking the Democratic nomination for President.

Jenna Narayanan, the senior adviser on finance, also hails from NextGen America, where she served as vice president. She previously worked former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards’ presidential campaign and was the development director at Democracia.

Arnie Sowell will take leave as executive director of the NextGen Policy Center to serve as Steyer’s senior adviser on policy.

Alberto Lammers will serve as Steyer’s press secretary. He previously worked as deputy director of communications at Need to Impeach.

Malik Hubbard, political director for the campaign, led Obama’s state efforts in swing-state Ohio and also headed African American outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Samantha Couch, director of strategic planning and advance, previously served as deputy director of strategic initiatives at NextGen America.

Chief Operating Officer Chris Fadeff worked as chief financial officer and vice president of legal for NextGen America and Need to Impeach.

The campaign also tapped experienced field directors as state directors in primary battleground states: Michael Edwards in Iowa, Jonathan Metcalf in South Carolina, Michael Morrill in New Hampshire and Jocelyn Sida in Nevada.

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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