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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.

Christina Shepard, Office Manager

Christina recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in political science. During her time at VCU, she worked for NextGen Virginia for two campaign cycles, helping to register thousands of students to vote. Christina first started at the DPVA as a finance intern, and then later returned as the DPVA office manager. In her free time she enjoys watching the Washington Nationals with her dog, Gio, and playing mario kart with her roommates.

Voter Protection

Alyssa Pooler, Voter Protection Director

Alyssa joined DPVA in October 2019 after graduating from law school in May. She decided to work on the voter protection side of election law when the Supreme Court decided the Ohio voter purge case and Justice Kennedy retired while she was interning at Demos during the summer of 2018. Alyssa interned in the Civic Engagement and Voter Protection Department at the DNC during the 2018 Midterm Elections and spent her last semester in law school as a law clerk in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Originally from Philadelphia, Alyssa is a Philadelphia Eagles fan and goes to indoor cycling and boxing classes to take out her frustration caused by voter suppression.


Elise Vess, Operations Director

Elise joined the DPVA in December 2017.   A native Virginian, Elise began her political career as an Intern for Obama’s reelection campaign on the William and Mary campus.  After she graduated in 2013, Elise was a Field Organizer for Terry McAuliffe in her hometown of Chesapeake.  She continued to work for progressive candidates, but most recently served as an EMT.  Outside of work Elise can be found at the public library, playing with her dog Miss Liddy, or enjoying a friendly game of Scrabble with her fiance, Jennifer Glass.


Justin Jones, Finance Director

Justin joined the DPVA after serving as the Communications Director for the Abigail Spanberger for Congress campaign which flipped a seat that no Democrat had won in 50 years. A California native, Justin began his political career working on state and local races in San Francisco. He is a former Legislative Staffer to a San Francisco Supervisor and founder of the United Democratic Club, one of the largest Democratic clubs in San Francisco. Beyond politics, he is a huge history buff and has an avowed green thumb. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Henrico and are hoping to get a furry pup this year!

Nick Scott, Deputy Finance Director

Originally from Milwaukee, Nick got his start in politics taking a semester off of college so he could work as an Organizer on the 2016 Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign. He moved to the Commonwealth in late 2017 and started as an Intern at the DVPA in January 2018 before joining the staff full-time as the Finance Assistant in May 2018. Nick spends his time cheering for the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, Arsenal Football Club, and playing with his dog, Macaroni.


Shyam Raman, Political Director

Shyam joined the DPVA in June 2015. 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. 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.

Liddy Gallagher, Deputy Political Director

Liddy joined the DPVA as a Coordinated Campaign intern in May 2017, and continued as a Political and Data intern in the Fall of 2017. A Virginia native, Liddy graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. In her free time Liddy enjoys playing with her cat Stitch and her dog Lilo, cooking, singing, and traveling.


Jake Rubenstein, Communications Director

Jake previously served as Aide to Governor Terry McAuliffe. Prior to his appointment to the McAuliffe Administration, Jake served as Confidential Assistant and Executive Aide to the Attorney General Mark Herring. Before that, he managed the successful re-election campaign of Penny Gross to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and has worked on multiple other campaigns, including the election of Governor McAuliffe in 2013. A die hard Steelers fan, Jake’s family has had season tickets for the last 80 years. In his free time, Jake enjoys playing with his puppy Perkins and preparing for his next career as an NBA referee.

Grant Fox, Press Secretary

Grant previously worked as the Communications Director on Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s campaign, flipping a Congressional district that voted for Trump by over 15 points. Most recently, he worked on the highly competitive Queens District Attorney’s race in New York City. Grant graduated from Tufts University and got his start on the Virginia Coordinated Campaign in 2017, working as a field organizer in Prince William County. A Maryland native, he spends his free time biking and honing his skills in the kitchen to one day work at Bon Appetit.

Stacy Mitchell, Digital Director

Stacy joined the DPVA in June 2018, after serving as Deputy Director of Virginia’s Executive Mansion.  Stacy was appointed to this position under the McAuliffe Administration and was reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam. Recognizing her love for public service and politics, Stacy pursued her Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech, which she completed in May 2017. A Virginia native, Stacy enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and traveling with her husband and spending time with their rescue dogs, Libbie and Murray. 


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.

Katie O’Grady, Deputy 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.

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Ivana Hall, Deputy Director

Entering her sixth campaign cycle, Ivana has worked with the DPVA on past Coordinated Campaigns in 2017 and in 2018 as a Regional Director for Senator Tim Kaine in South Hampton Roads. Ivana’s other campaign experience includes work in New Hampshire and Dallas, Texas, where she was born and raised. Prior to her work as a political operative, Ivana interned and worked with HIV/AIDS non-profits in North Texas that provide funds to organizations providing services to those living with the disease, a cause that has been very near and dear to her for over 10 years.

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