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Chris Bolling, Executive Director

Chris served as DPVA’s deputy executive director in 2016, and has spent the last decade working on major Democratic campaigns, including those of Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He most recently served as the political director for Ralph Northam’s primary campaign.  A native Virginian, Bolling is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.


Thomas Buneo, Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer

Tom joined the DPVA in February 2014. A New York native, Tom completed his Masters of Public Policy at George Mason University in 2013 and spent two years working at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Tom is an Arlington, VA resident who likes to go running and travel.


Danny Carroll, Finance Director

Danny joined the DPVA in February 2017. After growing up in Kansas City, Danny moved to Arizona in 2012 and got his start in politics by working on Dr. Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate campaign. He enjoyed working as a democrat in Arizona and shortly thereafter worked as the Finance Director for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and most recently served as the Finance Director for Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s U.S. Senate campaign. Danny attended the University of Kansas where he studied political science. Outside of work you can find Danny nervously watching a Kansas basketball game as well as playing golf or any other recreational sport.


Shyam Raman, Political Director

Shyam joined the DPVA in June 2015 after graduating from the University of Nebraska. Shyam began his political career as an Intern on a Senate campaign in Iowa. Later, in the fall of 2014, Shyam was a Field Organizer for the Iowa Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Des Moines. Following the election, Shyam returned to Nebraska to finish his last semester and intern for the Nebraska Democratic Party. Shyam is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys cooking, watching soccer, playing golf, and playing with his puppy Artoo.



Katie Baker, Communications Director

After serving as communications director for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus for the 2017 legislative session, Katie joined DPVA in March 2017. She has worked for campaigns and political organizations in seven states and the District of Columbia, and most recently returned to Virginia after serving as communications director for the Maine Democratic Party during the 2016 cycle. An Ohio native, Katie holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School. She loves dogs, the outdoors, country music, and Zumba.


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.


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Trent Armitage, Executive Director, House Democratic Caucus

Trevor Southerland, Deputy Executive Director and Finance Director, House Democratic Caucus

Kiana Ham, Finance Assistant, House Democratic Caucus

Katie Baker, Communications Director, House Democratic Caucus

Olivia Jennings, Press and Research Assistant, House Democratic Caucus

Jessica David, Field Director, House Democratic Caucus

Kristina Hagen, Executive Director, Senate Democratic Caucus

Micah Morris, Finance Director, Senate Democratic Caucus

Jamie Nolan, Director, Joint Democratic Caucus

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