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Susan Swecker, Chairwoman


Executive Department

Andrew Whitley, Executive Director

Andrew has worked on political campaigns all across the Commonwealth, from Blacksburg and Fairfax to Virginia Beach and Richmond. Most recently he led Virginia’s successful coordinated campaign in 2019, Take The Majority, which resulted in flipping both the House and Senate for the first time in nearly two decades, and managed successful campaigns for Delegate Chris Hurst, the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, but before that worked across the country for Hillary Clinton, beginning in the Iowa caucuses and ending in Philadelphia. A proud graduate of Virginia Tech, born and raised in Southwest Virginia, he started his career working for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2011. awhitley@vademocrats.org


Communications

Gianni Snidle, Press Secretary

Born and raised in Virginia, Gianni graduated from James Madison University and got his start in politics interning on Senator Mark Warner’s 2014 re-election campaign. From then on he’s worked to elect Democrats across the country. Most recently he served as Kathleen Williams’ communications staffer for her bid for Montana’s at-large district. In his free time, Gianni enjoys finding the best local breweries and restaurants. gianni@vademocrats.org


Data

Brenner Tobe, Deputy Executive Director, CTO

Brenner has been working to help elect Democrats for the past 20 years.  Having served as the State IT Advisor for the DNC, Brenner came to Virginia in 2001 to implement one of the first statewide online voter files in the country for Mark Warner’s campaign. Since then, he has continued to bring new, innovative and technological tools to help our candidates meet the changing demands of today’s campaigns.   Brenner lives in Richmond with his wife Kelly, and daughters Caroline, Isabelle, and Annika. brenner@vademocrats.org


Katie O’Grady, Data Director

Katie O’Grady grew up in Wisconsin and was drawn into politics during the 2011 attempted recall of Governor Walker. As Quality Control Director for a political consulting firm, she worked on ballot initiatives, voter registration drives, and getting out the vote for Democrats across the country. After moving to Virginia in 2015, she managed a Virginia Senate campaign and went on to work as a legislative aide in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. katie@vademocrats.org


Digital

Nick Scott, Digital Director

Originally from Milwaukee, Nick got his start in politics taking a semester off of college so he could work as an Organizer for Hillary Clinton in 2016. He moved to the Commonwealth in late 2017 and started as an Intern at the DPVA in January 2018 before joining the staff full-time as a member of the Finance team during the 2018 and 2019 cycles. Nick spends his time cheering for the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, Arsenal Football Club, and playing FIFA. nick@vademocrats.org


Finance

Randy Sprinkle, Finance Director

Randy is originally from North Carolina and was most recently the Deputy Finance Director at the DPVA. Previously, he was a Regional Political Director for the Jennifer McClellan for Governor campaign, he worked for State Senator Jennifer Boysko during the 2020 Session and on the 2019 Virginia Coordinated Campaign. Outside of work, Randy balances his love for cooking shows, reality television, and an ever-growing reading list. randy@vademocrats.org


Local Candidates Program

Tierra Ward, Local Elections Director

A leader in her own right, Tierra Ward is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, with a passion for politics. Ms. Ward has spent several years working on various projects in Virginia and has most recently been tackling all things redistricting for the DPVA. Ms. Ward has contributed to victories and close races with Joe Biden for America, Fair Districts PAC, Greg Robinson for Tulsa Mayor, 2019 DPVA Coordinated Campaign,  JB Pritzker for Governor, Virginia Gubernatorial Coordinated Campaign 17, Hillary for America, and more. tierra@vademocrats.org


Operations

Kristi Glass, Chief Operating Officer

Kristi lives in Chesterfield County, where she was born and raised. She most recently served as Finance Director on the Betsy Carr for Delegate and Elizabeth Guzman for Lt. Governor campaigns. She got her start in politics as Political Director on the Larry Barnett for Delegate campaign after serving for many years in Operations at Capital One. Outside of work, Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband (Jon), two children (Evan and Lila), two giant dogs (Elsa and Gryffin), and her cat (Hermione). She also enjoys traveling and plans to do a lot more of it if this pandemic ever ends. kristi@vademocrats.org


Political

Shyam Raman, Political Director

Shyam joined the DPVA in June 2015. Shyam’s political career has taken him from Iowa to Nebraska to what is now his home here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He’s a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals and Tottenham Hotspur fan and enjoys cooking, watching soccer, playing golf, and playing with his dogs Charlotte and Artoo. Fun fact, he met Charlotte and his fiancée Julie at the dog park. The dogs take all the credit for their meeting. shyam@vademocrats.org


Training

Kiana Ham, Training Director

Kiana is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and got her start in politics as an intern for the DPVA in 2017. She served as a finance assistant in the historic 2017 VA House of Delegates races where she was part of the team that gained 15 Democratic seats in one campaign cycle. Previously, she served as the Operations and PAC Director for the House Democratic Caucus where she was part of the team that won a Democratic majority in the House for the first time in almost 20 years. Kiana also serves on the Richmond City Democratic Committee Executive Board.  Outside of work, Kiana likes attending dance workshops with local Richmond dance groups, playing video games, and taking care of her plants. kiana@vademocrats.org


Voter Protection

Ja’Scotta Jefferson, Voter Protection Director

Ja’Scotta Jefferson is a May graduate from Virginia State University. She began her political career as an intern for Congressman A. Donald McEachin of the 4th District. Most recently, she was as a Field Organizer for Take the majority 2019; more specifically she helped get out the votes for Delegate Danica Roem’s re-election and Delegate John Bell for State Senate who flipped the seat. Ja’Scotta truly takes pleasure giving back to the community and helping others. During her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing Bachata, working out, and learning new languages. jascotta@vademocrats.org


The DPVA is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DPVA is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DPVA will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.