The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today announced several key staff hires for the 2018 election cycle.
“Senate Democrats are the last line of defense for American values and the middle class, and our elected leaders will work around the clock to grow the economy, protect access to affordable health care and keep America safe,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the DSCC. “The outstanding team we’ve put in place will make sure our campaigns reflect the strength of our candidates and the constituents they tirelessly represent.”
“We’ve brought together a team of talented and experienced campaign hands who will lead Democrats to victory in 2018,” said Mindy Myers, DSCC Executive Director. “Our candidates are among the best public servants in the country and known for putting their states first, which is exactly what we need in Congress. We’re excited to get to work on their behalf and to best position Democrats this election.”
Tracey Lewis will serve as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. A leading Democratic strategist, Tracey has worked on multiple presidential and Senate campaigns, most recently serving as Primary States Director and Senior Adviser for Georgia on Hillary for America. Prior to that, Tracey worked for Senator Elizabeth Warren as the Deputy Campaign Manager for her historic election in 2012 and served as Chief Operating Officer for Michelle Nunn’s Georgia Senate race. Tracey’s experience in grassroots organizing and building Get-Out-The-Vote programs spans the country from Massachusetts to Wisconsin to Florida to New Hampshire.
Dan McNally will serve as Political Director. Dan returns to the DSCC after managing Senator Michael Bennet’s successful re-election campaign. During the 2014 cycle, Dan served as a DSCC Regional Political Director, overseeing campaigns in seven targeted states. Prior to that, Dan served as the DCCC Advisor to Mark Takano for Congress and as campaign manager for Mark Pocan for Congress and Dan Maffei for Congress.
Missayr Boker will serve as Campaign Director. Missayr joins the DSCC from NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA, where she served as Assistant Political Director and PAC Director since 2013, overseeing the organization’s federal PAC and managing issue advocacy campaigns and electoral strategy. Missayr began with NARAL in 2011 as PAC Manager, and prior to that, worked at an advocacy organization focused on improving the maternal mortality rate in Liberia, West Africa.
Catherine Algeri will serve as Director of Integrated Marketing overseeing the digital, direct mail and telemarketing programs. Last cycle, Catherine was the DSCC Marketing Director. She served as Digital Director for Senate campaigns for Senators Richard Blumenthal and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Michelle Nunn. Prior to that, Catherine worked for six years as a direct mail consultant for a broad range of non-profit clients.
Stephanie Nielsen will serve as Research Director. Last cycle, Stephanie was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Deputy Research Director for Rapid Response. Stephanie worked for Senator Mark Begich’s re-election as Research Director in 2014, was a research lead for 12 states, including six battle grounds, as a DSCC Research Associate in 2012, and was the Deputy Research Director for Senator Michael Bennet in 2010.
Lauren Passalacqua will serve as Communications Director. Lauren was the DSCC National Press Secretary last cycle when Democratic gains made the Senate more diverse than ever before. Prior to that, Lauren served as Communications Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, worked on Senate campaigns in Colorado and Montana, and on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial election in 2010. Lauren also worked in the press offices of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Ben Ray will serve as Senior Advisor for Communications. In the 2016 cycle, Ben was Communications Director first at American Bridge, then on Evan Bayh’s Senate campaign. Prior to that he worked on Senator Kay Hagan’s 2014 re-election effort, Senator Joe Donnelly’s 2012 victory, and campaigns in Kentucky and South Carolina.