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Staff Profile: Tom Wolf’s Campaign Team

Meet the staffers who are working to elect Tom Wolf as Governor of the state of Pennsylvania.

Mary Isenhour, Senior Political Strategist

Isenhour joined the Wolf campaign in May 2013 as a senior advisor. She served as Executive Director of the PA Democratic Party under Chairman TJ Rooney during Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration. She was PA State Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Primary campaign and directed the PA Democratic Party’s successful 2006 Coordinated Campaign for Gov Rendell and Senator Casey. A native Kansan, Isenhour came to Pennsylvania in 1999 via Washington DC. She is a partner with Isenhour Rooney Strategies.

Obie Kernodle, Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director

Obra “Obie” Kernodle worked this past fall to re-elect President Obama as Southeastern Political Director in Pennsylvania. He has also worked in the administration and campaign of Mayor Michael Nutter and the campaigns of District Attorney Seth Williams and Dan Onorato for Governor. Obie attended Florida A&M and graduated in 2001.

Reid Walsh, Director of Operations

A native of York, Reid attended the University of Delaware. She graduated with a degree in Communications. After college, she served a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps running a youth drop-in center in downtown Phoenix. Reid spent 13 plus years in the DC area where she worked at PBS, most recently as a Senior Director in the Business Affairs/Program Management Department. Reid moved back to Pennsylvania with her husband to raise her children (Sadie 2, James 1) and quickly began work on the Wolf campaign as Director of Operations.

Rachel Weiser, Finance Director

Rachel started out in Texas politics working on Ron Kirk’s bid for the U.S. senate in 2002. Most recently, Rachel worked as the Midwest Finance Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and previously as the Northeast Deputy Finance Director with some time in between with Senator Franken of Minnesota.

Other political stints include National Political Outreach & Development for the American Association for Justice in DC spearheading numerous fundraising campaigns and time at Yost Gold Consulting working with various clients that included the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Motion Picture Association of America, Cablevision, South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, ActBlue and Share Our Strength.

Rachel is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government, Minor in English and Bridging Discipline in Environment.

Sarah Galbally, Policy Director

A Pennsylvania native, Sarah has experience in both the government and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor, Sarah was finishing up graduate school and working at the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. Sarah has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from Villanova University.

Ryan Alexander, Digital Director

Originally from California, Ryan has been working on political campaigns for several years at the national and statewide level. Prior to joining Tom Wolf for Governor in July of 2013, Ryan worked for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Chicago as an email writer on the Digital team. He previously led the digital operations for Tom Barrett for Wisconsin, the Recall Scott Walker campaign, and served as the Deputy Communications Director for the Wisconsin Assembly Democrats. In addition to his political work, Ryan was previously a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where he advised the Department of Defense and U.S. Army on social media and communications. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University.

Joe Shafer, Campaign Manager

Shafer comes from Bradford County and was named campaign manager of the Wolf campaign back in April 2013. He ran the successful 2011 special election and 2012 general election for West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Shafer has also worked for the DCCC and was Executive Director of the PA House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) in 2008.

Mark Nicastre, Communications Director

Mark joined up with the Wolf campaign last year. He previously served as Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in 2010 and 2012. After the 2012 elections, he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of the PA Dems.

Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary

Jeff Sheridan joined the Wolf Campaign in January 2014 and has a comprehensive background in communications. Before joining the Wolf Campaign, Jeff worked in public relations at HealthNow New York. Jeff began his career in politics working nearly 6 years for Representative Louise Slaughter and then as a District Director for Representative Kathleen Hochul. Jeff is from Morrisville, New York and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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  1. school taxes…I think seniors over 70 should not pay school tax we paid for 50 yrs now cant keep our home because retirement no enough to pay 3000 in taxes

  2. Eric Hagerty was promoted to Oompa Loompa Outreach Coordinator for Venango County.
    Maybe he didn’t get mentioned because Wolf knows the rumors that Rich Fitzgerald is being investigated by the US Attorney aren’t just rumors? I notice how uncomfortable Wolf has been anytime DickieFitz is around him in public.

  3. Ryan Bizarro came out and posted this on his facebook page. He loudly and proudly called out his grrl Mary Isenhour, that barnacle on the ass of the Democratic Party. Everyone needs to stop sucking up to her on Facebook. You’re not getting a job with Wolf just because you like her status. She’s nothing but Rendell’s fluffer.

  4. Young Mr. Kernodle is the son of legendary Philadelphia power broker Obra S. Kernodle III.

    Obie has clearly picked up the mantle. Im sure his father would be proud.

    Best of luck to Obie.

  5. Correction for you. Marc Nicastre was not the deputy executive director of the state party.

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