We've got your back! The NDTC offers free, in-person trainings for Democratic candidates, volunteers, and local party members around the country. Our team of national trainers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our in-person trainings. Meet our trainers below!
Joanne Antoine is a Haitian American organizer and progressive strategist based out of the Washington DC Metro Area. She currently serves as Manager of State Outreach & Engagement for a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working for open, honest, and accountable government in Maryland and also serves as the Liaison to Caribbean Communities for Montgomery County Government, where she works to ensure the community voice is heard in county government. Ms. Antoine is the Director of Campaigns for Young Democrats of Maryland and works with At The Forefront to help build winning campaigns for women candidates in the Caribbean region and Democratic women candidates of Caribbean descent here in the US. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in English and in her spare time, loves to try new recipes and watch reality tv.
Beth Becker is the founder of Becker Digital Strategies, a boutique political digital consulting firm specializing in top-level digital strategy, social media strategy, and digital training. Well known for developing and leading NOI style digital boot camp trainings and mentoring the next generation of digital campaigners.
Beth blends strategy with hands-on expertise in the use of social media to organize grassroots movements and energize campaigns.
Kersha Deibel is a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She has over seven years of experience working with Planned Parenthood where she began her work as a patient in Cincinnati. She then became a Patient Educator in St. Louis, MO, helping people who were seeking abortion services while providing options counseling. Now, as the Director of Constituency Organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington, DC, Kersha works to maximize Planned Parenthood’s engagement with young people and people of color. Her experience is enhanced by her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health with a concentration in Women’s Health and Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, she teaches Social Work Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College, and loves curvy girl yoga!
Sarah has spent the last decade organizing and training for candidates across the country. She is currently the Political Director at Run for Something, a PAC dedicated to helping the next generation of Democrats run for local and state office. Prior to Run for Something, she worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign as a Deputy Organizing Director in Virginia and was also a member of the Iowa Caucus team. She previously worked in San Francisco as a consultant for BMWL & Partners. Sarah currently lives in Chicago with her 12 house plants and dreams of owning a dog. She loves to ski, travel, and dye her hair neon colors.
Since traveling to New Hampshire to intern for then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007, Eric has worked in over a dozen states and for national organizations such as the Democratic National Committee and MoveOn.org. Having worked on the Field team of multiple campaigns and as an Online Organizer for national progressive organizations, Eric has gained a wealth of experience with staff management, leadership development, and organizing. Eric is currently based in Washington, D.C.
Liz is a campaign professional who has spent the last 6 years organizing for progressive candidates across the country. She is currently the Campaigns Director at MobilizeAmerica, a digital organizing tool that connects thousands of volunteers to action. She started her career as an organizer for the Obama campaign in Colorado and has worked in several states since. Liz was a Deputy Organizing Director in North Carolina for Hillary Clinton and began working on the campaign during the Iowa caucuses. Liz currently lives in DC and when she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and cooking whenever she gets a chance.
Sandra is currently a Vice President at BerlinRosen where she manages messaging, field and coordinated engagement with campaigns across the country. A veteran organizer, she’s worked for several progressive Candidates including President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Wendy Davis and Cory Booker as well as organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America and FWD.us. She is experienced in areas of issue advocacy and electoral organizing, strategic communications and campaign management.
When Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Aura Vasquez to the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in 2017, she became the youngest Commissioner in the City. It was another remarkable milestone in a story that began in Colombia, where Aura was born.
As a Latina immigrant to the U.S., and a woman of color, Aura brings a closeness to the Earth and a belief in the power of multiculturalism to her mission to make the LADWP more equitable, inclusive and sustainable. Her career has been intertwined with her calling to respect the environment and give a voice to people who have been, historically, unheard.
As a community organizer, Aura championed state and federal immigrant rights with the PICO Network. As a protector of the environment, she spearheaded the ban on single-use plastic bags in Los Angeles. She was a prominent player in the Sierra Club’s ‘Beyond Coal’ Campaign, which secured a commitment by the City of Los Angeles to go coal-free by 2025. Her leadership has been instrumental in passing legislation that requires public utilities to produce 50% of their electricity from clean energy sources by 2030 and to reduce greenhouse gas levels to 40% below 1990 levels in the City of Los Angeles.
By partnering with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, Vasquez was instrumental in the development of the Feed-in Tariffs Program in Los Angeles, the largest rooftop solar program for businesses in the U.S. To date, the program has supplied 150 MW of solar power for businesses in the City of L.A.
As a Commissioner of the LADWP, Aura guides the largest publicly owned utility in the U.S., with 9.000 employees who serve 647,000 water customers and 1.4 million electricity ratepayers.
As a principal of Vasquez Solutions LLC and a board member of the League of Conservation Voters, Aura has more than ten years of experience in New York, Washington D.C, and California, creating narratives with the power to transform communities, and offer hopeful visions of the future for their citizens.
Danielle Winterhalter specializes in political messaging, policy development, campaign management, and both traditional and emerging media communication tools.
Currently, Danielle serves as the Managing Director of SpeakEasy Political – a political communications firm aimed at leveraging tech tools to cut costs in campaign advertising for down-ballot races and progressive organizations.
Prior to her current role, Danielle worked as a Campaign Manager, Policy Director, and political consultant where she’s scripted speeches, developed bipartisan policy initiatives, managed campaigns, and executed comprehensive, multichannel communication strategies for Democratic candidates, progressive causes and labor organizations.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Danielle is obsessed with her family, reading the NYT in print, running the National Mall, and crafting cocktails.
Mary Barrett has a background in politics and fundraising. She has been in the field for over 30 years and brings a unique twist to raising money – approaching it with humor and a can-do attitude. Mary has served as the DNC Women’s Outreach Director, has worked in four presidential campaigns, and raised funds for over 50 campaigns. She will get you to a place where you can find the money, ask for the money, and most importantly get the money to win. She has also run for office herself two times, one win one loss. Mary currently resides in Nebraska, after returning from DC. Mary enjoys time with family and friends. Mary also has with her family two bars and a reception hall in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dorien Paul Blythers is a DC-based millennial scoring winning results for campaigns seeking to connect with diverse and communities. His passion to eliminate the gap between underrepresented communities and mainstream social movements has propelled Dorien forward as an emerging leader on national issues. Dorien first cut his teeth in electoral politics as an Obama for America field organizer in 2012, where he managed community field operations in Palm Beach County, FL. Since then he has continued to build at the intersections of politics, social good and strategic outreach landing him opportunities with Transportation for America, Kamala Harris for Senate, the Democratic National Convention, Hillary for America – Florida, and most recently, Climate Action Campaign. Dorien is co-founder of The Black Coffee Group, a boutique campaign strategy group. He makes regular appearances on television and radio programs, addressing topics of politics and activism. Dorien Paul is an emerging and fresh voice tirelessly organizing at the intersection of electoral politics and social good.
Chuck Cook is the former Political Director of the Maryland Democratic Party. He’s a veteran of numerous campaigns at every level of government, and was the Field Director for the Maryland Democratic Party for President Obama’s re-election in 2012. Originally a software developer, he left his former career in 2008, and has worked on Congressional campaigns, Gubernatorial campaigns, County Council campaigns, and Mayoral campaigns. Most recently, he ran the coordinated field program in the City of Annapolis, Maryland for the November 2017 Election. His passion in electoral politics is in messaging and field for Progressive Democratic candidates who support Unions and working families. Chuck lives in Crofton, Maryland with his wife Jessica – a Special Educator at Old Mill High School – and their three children.
Andrea Johnson’s first campaign staff job was in 1999, with Sen. Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. Since then she’s worked on campaigns big and small, from presidential to state house, and has worked in almost all regions of the country. Andrea has worked on 4 of the last 5 presidential campaigns cycles. Most of her experience is in digital, in particular, online fundraising and organizing, but she’s also worked in the field, fundraising, communications, message development, and has managed campaigns. Outside of campaigns, Andrea has worked with Moveon.org and the Kaiser Family Foundation. She currently focuses primarily on getting Democrats elected in Kansas, her home state — and she was Hillary Clinton’s Kansas State Director. Andrea has an undergraduate degree from Rice University and a graduate degree from Harvard.
Specializing in fundraising, campaign management, and media, Valerie Martin has spent eight election cycles working on competitive campaigns across the country. For the last eight years, Valerie worked on national campaigns to create television advertising, provide media trainings for candidates, develop campaign plans, and offer strategic advice. Previously, Valerie managed two U.S. Senate races, and spent the 2010 cycle managing the open-seat U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire. Valerie raised money for a governor’s race in Georgia, and Claire McCaskill’s 2006 upset victory in Missouri. McCaskill was one of six new Democrats who tipped the balance of the Senate toward Democratic control in the 2006 elections. In 2004, after serving as Finance Director for several Congressional races, Valerie led Allyson Schwartz’s finance team in her successful open-seat bid in PA-13, raising more than $4.6 million in that hotly-contested race. A native of San Diego, California and a graduate of the University of Dayton in Ohio, Valerie currently resides in Chicago.
Tanya’s initial experience working on campaigns was as an excited, optimistic intern on the 2008 presidential race in Denver. Her first job out of college was as a field organizer on a top targeted national race in Colorado’s 6th congressional district, and she truly believes that the heart of campaigns belongs to those out knocking doors. Tanya served as the Regional Field Director for the Western Slope of Colorado on the 2014 Coordinated Campaign. In 2015, Tanya joined Hillary for America as the State Field Lead for Colorado, remained as the Delegate Director of Colorado for Secretary Clinton through the caucus process, and continued as the Training Director through the November 2016 general election.
Tanya has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Denver. She currently resides in Denver and works on programming and fundraising for a local nonprofit. When she’s not training Democrats, Tanya likes to spend her weekends hiking in the Rockies, going on brewery tours, and playing trivia.
Eli is the Political Director for Planned Parenthood of New York City, where he is responsible for developing and implementing PPNYC’s electoral strategy, field plans, and associated compliance, as well as overseeing PPNYC’s superstar political volunteers and activists. Prior to his work with Planned Parenthood, Eli spent several years working on the government and campaign sides for party, municipal and state elected officials. In a former life, he was a high school social studies teacher in New York City’s public schools. Eli is a fourth generation New Yorker married to an eighth generation Appalachian southerner, which has dramatically improved his communication skills.
A proud Colorado native, Jennifer comes to the NDTC having worked on 25 campaigns and counting at every level of government. Since Jennifer found her love of community organizing volunteering on the 2012 Obama campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado, she can’t stop and won’t stop organizing. Jennifer is currently serving her second term as the Vice Chair of the Larimer County Democratic Party. In that role, she trains their local candidates to run for office and manages the county’s field program. Larimer County is the only county party in Colorado that pays young people to knock on doors and make phone calls to help elect Democrats in their swing county. Jennifer thrives in training the next generation of community organizers. She is especially passionate about electing more women and people of color to office. When Jennifer isn’t knocking on doors to remind people to vote, she enjoys unwinding with a Colorado craft beer while watching any show with a woman serving as President dreaming of the day that becomes a reality.
Kate Wolfe works as an independent political consultant and as a legislative aide in the Nebraska Legislature. A Nebraska native and lifelong Democrat, Kate entered politics in late 2007 as a volunteer for the Obama for America campaign and the first Nebraska Caucus. As a result of her volunteer efforts, Kate moved on to work for the county and state democratic parties. Following that, she has worked consecutively for three state senators in the country’s only unicameral legislature. Kate founded her consulting business, PolitiKate, Inc., in 2010, and has consulted on campaigns for legislature, mayor, state auditor, public defender, ballot initiatives, city council, natural resource districts, and governor. Her campaign consulting experience includes fundraising, candidate recruitment, messaging, campaign management, media relations, compliance, targeting, and more. Kate has four children: Bailey (24), Cody (20), Drew (19), Peyton (11); and an amazing partner in love and life, Mike.
Brittny Baxter is a Political Organizer currently residing in Maryland. She is the Progressive Pipeline Coordinator for Maryland Working Families. In her current role, she is responsible for coordinating statewide trainings in partnership with Wellstone Action to prepare progressive Democrats, their campaign managers and grassroots organizers to run and win effective campaigns. Brittny is from Buffalo NY, where she cut her teeth on local and state legislative races. She formerly worked for New York Working Families as the Upstate Legislative Organizer, mobilizing and uniting labor, EJ, racial justice and community groups across the state on various bills. She has worked on many issue campaigns, from environmental justice and safe staffing to the Fight for $15 and reproductive rights.
A strong supporter of labor and a former AFT organizer for NYSUT, she is committed to the fight for equity for all. “I stand with the poor, people of color, LGBTQ folks, immigrants and organized labor, because our liberation is bound together.”
Colin Curtis is a Democratic political consultant who has been working on campaigns, in legislatures, and with labor unions for over a decade. Colin got his start in politics knocking on doors for local candidates in his hometown of Kansas City, KS. He has since worked on campaigns across the country. His work in politics has earned him recognition by Campaign and Elections Magazine calling him “a formidable lobbyist and campaign advisor” and naming him one of their “Influencers 500.”
Devon Hawkins-Anderson is a social impact professional with 8 years of cross-sector experience in programming and multi-channel engagement. After earning a master’s in public administration through National Urban Fellows at Baruch College in 2016, Devon went to work as an organizer for Maryland League of Conservation Voters. Together with organizers from Fair Elections Maryland partner organizations, Devon helped finalize public campaign finance programs in two Maryland counties last spring. He is eager to work with NDTC and assist new and emerging Democratic candidates achieve their goal of winning elected office in 2018 and beyond. His areas of expertise include digital engagement, social innovation, career development, and campaign strategy.
Jessica is a Vice President and Midwest Director with 50+1 Strategies. Since joining 50+1 in 2013, Jessica has worked on an wide array of campaigns and projects with a focus on developing community engagement programs and advancing candidates and causes at the ballot box. Most recently, she served as the Campaign Manager for Judge Rebecca Dallet in her race for Wisconsin Supreme Court leading the campaign to a historic victory in both the primary and general elections. As the former Training Director with Hillary for Wisconsin, Jessica designed and managed the training program for campaign staff and volunteers. She also oversaw statewide fellowship program, which recruited, trained, and managed more than 200 fellows. Jessica fell in love with community organizing during her time working on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Florida. Since then, she has gained valuable experience in nearly every aspect of campaigns from fundraising to political outreach, strategic communications, and digital organizing. As the first in her family to attend college, she credits her education as the force that changed her life and sparked her interest in politics as a vehicle for change. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. When she’s not working, you can find Jessica hiking, scuba diving, or cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen. She loves hot yoga, coffee, and podcasts. She currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.
Micah Morris is a political and nonprofit professional with over 10 year’s experience raising money, coaching teams, and running programs to create a tangible difference in people’s lives. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Micah focused on social change work and community organizing while attending college in rural Appalachia. After three transformational years at Planned Parenthood Federation of America on their Political & Advocacy teams, Micah struck out on the campaign trail and has worked in fundraising, operations, and field under Democratic standard bearers such as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Hillary for America campaign manager Robby Mook, and California US Senator Kamala Harris. Micah currently works remotely in Richmond, Virginia as an Account Executive for NGP VAN / EveryAction, a software platform for progressive nonprofits and Democratic campaigns. When not working, you can find her drinking IPAs, boxing, or hiking in the Shenandoahs with her husband and dog.
Sarah Scanlon began her political activism as a child growing up in Arkansas. She has worked as a national Wellstone Action trainer and was Deputy Director for the Wellstone Labor Program. In 2016, she was the National LGBTQ Outreach Director and Arkansas State Director for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Today she is the principal of Southern Strategies, a political consulting firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Chuck Tyler is a US Army combat veteran and veteran campaign professional from Charlottesville, VA. After his honorable discharge in 2003, Chuck has worked on issue and candidate campaigns across the country. From President Obama’s campaigns in ’08 and ’12 to #HealthcareVoter and #VetsAgainstHate actions, he is proficient in building capacity, moving targets, and growing leaders. He currently resides in Los Angeles because, food trucks.
Anne Wilseck is the Program Director at The Majority Institute, a subscription-based research firm built to provide Democrats and allies a comprehensive set of tools and products that turn research into action. Prior to joining TMI, Anne served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Democratic Party for three years. Anne has worked on all levels of campaigns from local municipal and school boards to federal races in targeted states in a variety of positions. She especially enjoys working with new candidates and campaign teams.