As prospective candidates names continue to roll in, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention continues to draw closer, the Democratic National Committee has announced the senior management team.
This list of staff was first reported by Thomas Fitzgerald of the Inquirer.
Matthew Butler, Chief of Staff
Butler has shown his expertise working in political consulting and presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, including John Kerry and Chris Dodd. He has also served as the former chief executive of a liberal watchdog group, Media Matters for America, an organization dedicated to correcting “conservative misinformation” in news coverage. Butler was also an attorney in Santa Monica with Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP.
Butler holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Zoe Garmendia, Deputy CEO for Logistics
Garmendia is not new to the work of the Democratic conventions. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with the DNC in operations and presidential inaugurals. For the 2016 convention, Garmendia was also the director of site selection. She also served as chief of operations for the Office of Administration in the White House from 2009-2011.
Travis Dredd, Deputy CEO for Convention-Complex Management
Not only is Dredd a Marine Corps veteran, but he was also special assistant to the secretary of energy in the Obama administration. He has also served as chief of staff of the 2012 Democratic convention in North Carolina. Dredd held leadership positions in the Executive Office of the President.
April Mellody, Deputy CEO for Communications
Mellody is someone who we can connect with in Pennsylvania, as she is currently the deputy chief of staff for Senator Bob Casey and a Scranton native. She has also worked closely with the Clinton administration as a member of the “war room” of rapid response on the 1992 Clinton campaign and as a spokesperson in Clinton’s White House. Her experience in communications also extends to the corporate side.
Mellody graduated from the University of Scranton.
Brian Bond, Deputy CEO for Public Engagement
Bond has close connections with the Obama administration, as he has been working for Obama since his 2008 campaign where he was the national constituency director. After that, he graduated to deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement during Obama’s first term in office. He also has ties with the LGBTQ+ community, as he has served as the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that focuses on recruiting, training, and electing candidates from the LGBTQ+ community.
Bond has a degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University.
Andrew Binns, Deputy CEO for Innovation
Finally, Binns has worked with the past three Democratic conventions in the technology field and was the chief information officer for the 2012 gathering. His event management skills have been put to the test as he has managed technology for Super Bowl halftime shows and the Tony Awards. He was also an IT Technician for John Kerry in his campaign for president.
He is a graduate of Boston University.
The Rev. Leigh Daughtry was previously announced as CEO of the 2016 convention.