Hillary Clinton presidential campaign key staff and advisors, 2016
2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
- See also: Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2016
The staff and advisors for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign were a mixture of longtime Clinton advisors and newer staffers—like LaDavia Drane and Maya Harris—who came to the campaign after working on social justice issues. Although Clinton officially declared her candidacy on April 12, 2015, she already had a large pool of available staff and advisors from her long career in politics. Many high-profile positions in the campaign were filled with advisors who had worked for former President Bill Clinton (D). Pollster and chief strategist Joel Benenson did similar work in the Clinton administration, while John Podesta was Bill Clinton's chief of staff.
Clinton also pulled from her State Department and Senate staffs for her early campaign hires. Former body person and deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin has been with Clinton since she was first lady, while foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan worked with Clinton in the State Department and on Clinton's 2008 campaign.
Yet for all the staff members with deep ties to Clinton, the 2016 campaign staff was notable for its relative newcomers. In 2007, The Washington Post described her circle of advisors—known as "Hillaryland" since her days as first lady—as a "closely knit Praetorian Guard around Clinton that plots strategy, develops message and clamps down on leaks." The 2016 campaign less comfortably fit the "Hillaryland" mold. The most notable addition was campaign manager Robby Mook, whose campaign approach was to "test everything, question assumptions and let data drive things." The additions of Marlon Marshall and Jim Margolis, both of whom used similar campaigning techniques with Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, added to the newer feel of Clinton's 2016 run.
- See also: Hillary Clinton presidential campaign key staff and advisors experience, 2016
The following tables detail the key staff and advisors Ballotpedia identified for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. These staff tables are divided based on campaign roles. The leftmost column indicates the individual staff member or advisor. The middle column details that individual's relationship to Clinton's 2016 campaign. The final column indicates the individual's experience prior to working on Clinton's presidential run. More detailed profiles of individuals can be found by clicking the links in the leftmost column.
Management and strategy
|Robby Mook||Campaign manager||•Executive director and political director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee|
•Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential
•Jeanne Shaheen 2008 U.S. Senate
McAuliffe 2013 gubernatorial
|Joel Benenson||Chief strategist and pollster||•Bill Clinton 1996 presidential•New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey 2002 gubernatorial|
•Rep. Anthony Weiner 2005 mayoral
•President Barack Obama 2008 and 2012 presidential
•Co-founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group
|Amanda Renteria||Political director||•Legislative aide, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)|
•Chief of staff, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
•Amanda Renteria 2014 U.S. House
|John Podesta||Campaign chairman||•Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee|
•Chief of staff, former President Bill Clinton
•President and founder, Center for American Progress
•Counselor, President Barack Obama•Visiting professor, Georgetown University Law Center
•Chairman, Hillary for America PAC
|Huma Abedin||Vice chair||•Aide, Office of First Lady Hillary Clinton|
•Aide, Office of Sen. Hillary Clinton
•Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential
•Deputy chief of staff, Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Policy and outreach
Other campaign staff members
The following is a list of other staff members who are working on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
- Cheryl Mills: Mills is another longtime Clinton associate. She worked with Bill Clinton in the White House, with Hillary Clinton at the State Department, and on Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign as general counsel. She is a senior advisor to Clinton's 2016 campaign.
- John Anzalone and David Binder: Two pollsters who will assist Joel Benenson in polling. Both men have worked with Barack Obama.
- Tony Carrk: The former vice president of policy and research with the Center for American Progress (CAP) action fund will direct research for the campaign.
- Charlie Baker: A longtime Democratic strategist, Baker will act as chief administrative officer.
- Marc Elias: Elias will act as general counsel, just he did for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He is also chairman of the law firm Perkins Coie and former counsel for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
- Dennis Cheng: The former chief development officer for the Clinton Foundation, Cheng is the campaign's finance director.
- Garry Gensler: Gensler was the Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman in . Gensler is a former Goldman Sachs partner. He is currently Clinton's chief financial officer.
- Mandy Grunwald: Grunwald is a Clinton veteran having worked on Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign. She has worked for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She is Clinton's senior media consultant.
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