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DLCC Hires New Staff Ahead of 2018 Midterms

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February 21, 2018
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
DLCC Hires New Staff Ahead of 2018 Midterms
After flipping 37 seats from red to blue, DLCC expands capacity in preparation for 2018, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Jessica Post announced several new hires and promotions as the organization increases staff to prepare for the 2018 midterm elections and execute on a plan for electing more Democrats ahead of redistricting in 2020.

“Over the past cycle, the DLCC has achieved remarkable growth, harnessing Democrats’ enthusiasm to engage in more states and provide more resources to our caucuses and legislators than ever before,” said Post. “As we continue our work to rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up, we have expanded our team and underscored our organization’s preeminence and unmatched expertise at the state legislative level. We are proud of our work to flip 37 seats from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration, and with the addition of more team members, we look forward to expanding our goals and winning more Democratic seats and legislative majorities nationwide.”

The DLCC recently hired Ellie Collinson who will serve as the new Chief Operating Officer for the organization, starting March 6. Collinson was most recently the Chief Program Officer for United Cerebral Palsy and prior to that served in several roles at The Raben Group, including as Chief Administrative Officer. Collinson earned her graduate degree from the University of Colorado and her bachelor’s degree is from Colorado College.
Three other recent hires include: Rebecca Pearcey as the National Independent Expenditure Director. She most recently served as the campaign manager for Ted Strickland’s senate campaign in Ohio. She also worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as the Northeast Political Director for the 2014 cycle. A campaign veteran, Pearcey worked on Ted Strickland’s campaign for governor of Ohio, John Gregg’s race for governor of Indiana, and two presidential races – for Barack Obama and Dick Gephardt. She is a graduate of Oregon State University.
Amy Friedman is the DLCC’s new Deputy National Field Director. She will work to help campaigns plan and execute strategic field programs in targeted states across the country. Previously, she worked as the campaign manager for Gretchen Driskell for Congress, and was a field director for Jon Ossoff in his campaign for Georgia’s sixth congressional district. She also worked for the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, Hillary for Iowa, and the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign for U.S. Senate in 2014. She graduated from Harvard College.
Kevin Fitzmaurice is the new Research Coordinator for the DLCC. Previously, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as a special adviser to U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz and in the Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. He also worked in the Presidential Personnel Office in the Obama White House. He graduated from Marist College.
The DLCC also promoted Alexandra Weinroth, who is now the Press Secretary in the communications department. Megan Chaplin is now the Digital and Multimedia Coordinator for the digital department, and Caitlin Gerena is now the Major Gifts Coordinator for the finance department.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs, which has led to Democrats flipping 37 seats since Trump’s inauguration. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in KentuckyFlorida, MinnesotaMissouri, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Georgia, and elsewhere, while also leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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