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  • Josh Massey // Executive Director

    Josh Massey, before joining the Vermont Democratic Party as Executive Director, worked for the Vermont State Employees’ Association for two years as a labor organizer union Rep. and another two election cycles for the Vermont Democratic Party one as the Washington County field organizer in 2012 and then as the Coordinated Campaign Director in 2014, pushing out the vote to help deliver the 2,300 vote difference that won the executive branch a third term for the VDP. He also served the VDP as the Chair of Washington County in 2013.

    After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a B.A. in History, Massey worked shortly in the field of real estate, but, a few years after starting, America’s housing market went bust and Josh and his family were left in economic crisis.

    Massey, a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan, is married and has three children. He enjoys snowboarding, boating and attending his children’s basketball and gymnastics. He resides in Winooski.

  • Rob Hipskind // Coordinated Campaign Director

    Prior to joining the VDP in 2016, Rob organized with groups fighting for a range of issues including Housing Rights, Reproductive Justice, and the Fight for $15. After graduating from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy with honors in 2011, his work in electoral politics began working on a statewide ballot initiative to protect collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

    Since then he has worked on campaigns ranging from the county level to the federal to bring data-driven best practices to all levels of Democratic electoral politics. Rob served as the VDP's Data Director from April 2016 through February 2018, when he became the VDP's Coordinated Campaign Director.

  • Brandon Batham // Director of Party Operations

    Brandon re-joined the Vermont Democratic Party staff team in May 2017 after serving briefly as a general consultant for the Vermont State Senate Democratic Caucus, and previous service on the senior staff teams for the VDP's 2014 and 2016 Coordinated Campaigns. In Vermont, he also helped to run the 2014 campaign for Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, and served for two years as President of Vermont Theatre Company, a non-profit community theater organization based out of Brattleboro.

    A native of Southern California, Brandon initially moved to Vermont to attend Marlboro College, where he studied American Studies and Politics. He has more than a decade of political experience in California and Vermont, working on presidential, congressional, statewide, legislative, and muncipal campaigns for progressive Democratic candidates and causes.

    In addition to serving on staff, Brandon is the Chair of the Barre City Democratic Committee. He also sits on the Barre City Council and Aldrich Public Library Board of Trustees.

  • Maggie Lenz // Finance Director

    Maggie re-joined the Vermont Democratic Party in July 2018 as the Finance Director. She attended college in Denver for journalism, while working as an event planner and promoter. She volunteered on various Colorado Democratic congressional races, and spent the winter of 2004 working on Howard Dean’s Presidential race in New Hampshire. She owned and managed a restaurant in Maine before selling the business in 2008 and moving back to her childhood home-state of Vermont. She worked as a Field Organizer for the Vermont Democratic Party in 2016, and then as a Government Affairs Specialist in Montpelier from 2016-2018. In her free time she writes and performs stand-up comedy and overdoses on political podcasts. She lives in Montpelier with her cat Vladimir.

  • Grace Blackburn // Organizing Director

    Grace re-joined the Vermont Democratic Party’s as the Organizing Director in June 2018. Grace began her career working on campaigns in 2016 as a Field Organizer on the VDP’s Coordinated Campaign. In 2017 she worked as the Field Director on a House of Delegates Race in Virginia and spent a short time working on a Congressional Race in Virginia in 2018. Grace graduated in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Political Science. Grace is originally from Richmond, VA, but currently lives in Montpelier with her dog Lucy.

  • R. Christopher Di Mezzo // Communications Director

    Christopher joined the Vermont Democratic Party as communications director in July of 2018. In addition to Communications Director, he serves as Press Secretary, and Chief Spokesperson for the Vermont Democratic Party. He was no stranger to the Vermont area, having most recently served as communications director for a neighboring NY-21 congressional campaign. His background is in social and digital media, branding, and strategic communications.

    Originally from Rome, New York, he attended St. Lawrence University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Government with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

    Christopher resides in Northfield with the hopes of soon welcoming a puppy.

    Twitter: @rcdimezzo

  • Jim Dandeneau // House Campaign Director

    Jim joined the VDP as House Campaign Director in January 2017 after a stint as Political Director to the Vermont Coordinated Campaign, and Field Director for Sue Minter’s gubernatorial campaign. Jim graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and in 2016 was awarded a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York. He has nearly 15 years of political experience, working on campaigns in New York for offices from County Legislator to Congress, and between campaigns helped land large grants for the New York City Department of Education and to raise the profile of a large nonprofit after-school provider as Communications Director. He lives in Underhill with his wife and two dogs.