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Office of the Chairwoman

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.

Voter Protection

Ja’Scotta Jefferson, Voter Protection Coordinator

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.


Elise Vess, Chief Operations Officer

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 wife, Jennifer Glass.


Shyam Raman, Political Director

Shyam joined the DPVA in June 2015. Shyam’s political career has taken him from Iowa to Nebraska to his new home here in 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 girlfriend Julie at the dog park. The dogs take all the credit for their meeting.

Khalid Naji, Deputy Political & Party Services Director

Khalid joined the DPVA in August 2019 and has been working in politics since graduating from VCU in 2017. He got his start in politics by joining a Congressional Primary race in Virginia as a Field Organizer and then went to work during the 2018 midterms in Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Khalid can be found reading about history, playing with his dog Snow, and watching Liverpool Football Club.


Grant Fox, Communications Director

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.

Carson Brown, Press Secretary

Carson Leigh Brown was most recently the Marketing & Partnerships Manager at The New Republic. She moved over to this position from the editorial team, where she had first been a fact-checker and then the assistant managing editor. Her words appear in Pacific Standard and, where she was an editorial intern before graduating from Medill at Northwestern University. She grew up in Richmond, Va., lived for a few years in Brooklyn, and is happy to be home.


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.


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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