VERMONT DEMOCRATS

VDP Staff

Jim Dandeneau

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Jim Dandeneau returns to the VDP as Executive Director after stints as the Party’s House Campaign Director and Political Director. As House Campaign Director, Jim oversaw a program that recruited, trained, and supported more than 120 candidates around Vermont and raised over $200,000 to support them. The Democratic team won 12 additional seats that year, garnering a supermajority coalition that helped override vetoes to provide a minimum wage increase and critical climate change protections to Vermonters. Prior to that, he worked as the Field Director for Sue Minter’s campaign for Governor. Before relocating to Vermont with his wife, Jim spent 15 years in New York City politics, working on campaigns for City Council, state Assembly and Senate, and County Legislature. Jim is excited to draw on his long campaign and political experience to build a stable, professional VDP as a foundation for all Vermont Democratic campaign work for years to come.

 

Shelden Goodwin

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Shelden returned to the Vermont Democratic Party in July 2022. She comes with a strong background in fundraising, campaign finance and political organizing and has built a statewide network in her years working in Vermont. Most recently, she was the Political Outreach Director for Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) and had worked for VCV since 2019. Previously, Shelden worked for the Vermont Democratic Party as the highly effective Field Organizer for Chittenden/Grand Isle/Franklin Counties for the 2018 campaign. She graduated with a masters degree in Public Policy with a focus on municipal policy from Simmons University in Boston, MA. She lives in Burlington and when not working can be found trying out local coffee shops around town. Shelden is passionate about building a financially secure and professional Vermont Democratic Party. 

Emily Bowers

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Emily joined the Vermont Democratic Party in August 2022 as the Communications Director. Emily brings expertise in communications strategy across all platforms, campaign management, and event planning. A new Vermonter, she moved here from Florida at the start of the summer to work as Deputy Campaign Manager for AG Democratic Candidate Charity Clark. Previously, she worked as a Field Organizer for Joe Biden and the Florida Democratic Party in 2020. Emily looks forward to expanding the VDP brand and working closely with candidates in the general election and beyond.

 
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Kate Lapp

DATA DIRECTOR

Kate joined the VDP team in July 2022 as Data Director. A lifelong Vermonter, she has spent over a decade in the #VTPoli landscape, getting her start in the 2010 Coordinated Campaign’s Rutland office, as a high school intern. Kate has since managed several campaigns at the municipal, county, and statewide levels - most recently, Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale’s Congressional Primary. Her skills also include political fundraising, field directing, campaign budgeting, data management, and issue-based advocacy in campaign finance and government reform. She double-majored in political science and economics at the University of Vermont, and currently resides in Burlington with her partner, Annie and dog, Ira. Kate is passionate about data-driven power building, and protecting our democracy and fundamental rights at a time when they are under unprecedented attack. 

 

Elliot Kauffman

COORDINATED CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

Elliot joined the Vermont Democratic Party in April 2022 as the Coordinated Campaign Director. He comes with a decade of political experience in field operations,  fundraising, data/targeting, campaign management, training, and voter protection. In the 2020 campaign cycle, Elliot worked as a Campaign Coordinator and then Regional Director in the hard-fought state of Georgia. He has worked in races in multiple levels from county commissioner to statewide races. Elliot has a passion for supporting all Democrats no matter where their race is on the ballot and looks forward to bringing his decade of professional campaign experience to ensure candidates win up and down the ballot in this crucial election.

 

Miles McGuriman

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

Miles joined the VDP team in July 2022 as our Organizing Director. Born and raised in Vermont, he returned to the state earlier this year to work on Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale’s Congressional Primary. He comes from an organizing background, having worked as the Distributed Organizing Director for the Maine Democratic Party in 2020 as well as on Stacey Abrams’ Gubernatorial race in 2018, and on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s congressional race in 2016. His skills also include data management, political fundraising, and non-profit issue advocacy. Based in Bolton Valley, he spends his free time hiking or skiing in the Green Mountains depending on the season. Miles is looking forward to building a grassroots, people-powered organizing program in this critical election year for our state.

 
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Sally Short

SENATE CAUCUS DIRECTOR

Sally joined the Vermont Democratic Party in January of 2022. She brings both political and communications experience having previously worked on local, state, and federal campaigns and organizing efforts in Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania over the last 5 years. She attended the University of Vermont with a degree in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Sally is excited to keep and grow our strong majority in the Senate.

Cameron McClimans

HOUSE CAUCUS DIRECTOR

Cameron returned to the Vermont Democratic Party as House Campaign Director in April 2022. The VDP is delighted to welcome him back after his success as the VDP's Deputy Organizing Director for the 2020 Coordinated Campaign. He comes from an organizing background and has spent the last five years working on campaigns in Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. Cameron has experience working for Democratic candidates running for a broad spectrum of elected positions and looks forward to growing the Democratic House majority in 2022!