June 13th, 2017 | News

Announcing New CDP Staff

CDP

Fellow Democrat,

We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the senior staff we have brought in to manage the daily operations of the California Democratic Party.

We have chosen a team that will excel at helping take the California Democratic Party to the next level. Each of these individuals has been a longtime activist in our Party, and has worked in some of the most progressive and effective institutions in California politics and state government.

We’d also like to announce that, with the impending departure of longtime veteran senior staff member Chris Masami Myers, we have made changes to our overall staffing structure. Instead of the Executive Director model that has been used in the past, we have flattened out the organizational structure and adopted a model where Party operations are carried out in four separate divisions: Compliance & Accounting, Communications, Operations, and Political.

Each division will have a Director who reports to the Chair and Statewide Officers. We will also be retaining the position of Senior Advisor, as well as creating the position of Senior Strategist. Both of these individuals will also report to the Chair and Statewide Officers.

We believe this management structure will complement and amplify the shared governance model of decision making that we have adopted.

As always, we welcome any feedback and suggestions on how the officers of the CDP can better serve our Party.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
Alex Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair
Jenny Bach, Secretary
Dan Weitzman, Controller

Compliance & Accounting Director — Chacha Guerra
The Compliance and Accounting Director will be responsible for and oversee the CDP’s campaign finance reporting and accounting operations. Chacha Guerra has been a CDP staff member for 25 years, and has been successful leading the highly regarded compliance team.

Communications Director — John Vigna
The Communications Director oversees a wide range of communication services, including press relations, digital communications, and online strategy. John Vigna is a former Communications Director for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, and Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. PĂ©rez. John Vigna has served as President of the California Young Democrats, Founding Co-Chair of the CYD LGBT Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Shasta County Democratic Party.

Operations Director — Tina McKinnor
The Operations Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities at the California Democratic Party Sacramento headquarters, working with the information technology team, and assisting the Chair and Statewide Officers in fundraising. Tina McKinnor has served as an Assembly Chief of Staff and District Director and worked as a compliance specialist at the Kaufman Legal Group. She is also the Principal of the McKinnor Group, a campaign treasury firm based in Southern California she founded in 2007.

Political Director — Clark Lee
The Political Director will oversee the planning and execution of the CDP’s grassroots organizing, political and campaign efforts, as well as overseeing the member services team. Most recently, Clark Lee was the New Hampshire State Director for NextGen Climate and served as Director of Party Leader Outreach for the Democratic National Convention. Previously, he was the Director of Political Affairs and Communication for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. He has served as Chair of the CDP Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, a CDP Regional Director, and a board member of the California Young Democrats and the California College Democrats. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

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