Elizabeth Walters, Executive Director
In January 2014, Liz Walters became the Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party. Liz joined the Ohio Democratic Party as Political Director in November of 2011 after 6 years of legislative and political work in Northeast Ohio. Prior to joining ODP, she served as the Deputy Field Director for Northeast Ohio for the We Are Ohio campaign that defeated Senate Bill 5 – Issue 2 – by a more than twenty percent margin. A native of Summit County, Liz is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and earned a BA in History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Liz completed her Masters in Public Administration at Cleveland State University.
After years of volunteering on political campaigns, Liz joined Obama’s Campaign for Change in Ohio as a field organizer. Following the 2008 cycle, she went to work for her hometown Congresswoman, Betty Sutton, eventually serving as District Director for the 13th Congressional District. She took a break from the Congresswoman’s office during the 2010 cycle, serving as a regional GOTV Lead for the Ohio Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.
Lauren Harmon, Coordinated Campaign Director
Lauren Harmon returned to the Ohio Democratic Party as Coordinated Campaign Director in January 2014. She brings with her years of campaign and fundraising experience, managing races from city council to Attorney General as well as organizations such as the Arizona Building Trades Political Action Committee. After working with the ODP in 2011-2012 as the Women’s Caucus Director and Deputy Political Director, Lauren served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia for the historic 2013 campaign cycle in which Democrats elected Terry McAuliffe to the governor’s mansion, sweeping all three statewide offices for the first time in 24 years.
Meredith Tucker, Communications Director
Meredith Tucker returns to the Ohio Democratic Party after strategic communications consulting at Precision New Media with statewide candidates, campaigns, and non-profit organizations. In 2012, Tucker served as Deputy Communications Director at the Ohio Democratic Party, where she worked to re-elect U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and President Barack Obama. But Meredith’s passion for politics began where she grew up in Cuyahoga County, where she worked on constituent affairs and community initiatives. From 2007 to 2008, she served as the ‘Get Out The Vote’ Coordinator in Athens, Ohio for the historic Obama for America campaign.
Throughout her time at Ohio University, Meredith worked for various other campaigns, working to promote progressive issues and candidates at the local, statewide and national levels. In 2010, she began working at the Ohio Statehouse for State Representative Debbie Phillips as her legislative aide, working on policy and legislative affairs and constituent services to best serve the needs of people throughout Southeast Ohio. Throughout 2011, Meredith served as a Regional Communications Director for the We Are Ohio campaign, resulting in the overwhelming defeat of Senate Bill 5.
Meredith is a native of Lakewood, Ohio; and a proud alumna of Ohio University where she studied political science with a specialization in American Politics.
Erik Greathouse, Finance Director
For the last five years, Erik has served as a fundraising and political advisor to Governor Ted Strickland and the Ohio Democratic Party. In 2000, Erik led Mike Ross for Congress to victory against a five-term incumbent Republican. After the victory, Erik went to Washington with the Congressman and served as his Chief-of-Staff. Erik also was New Hampshire Campaign Director for Dick Gephardt for President and in 2004 was campaign manager for Claire McCaskill for Governor in Missouri, where the campaign handily defeated the incumbent governor in the primary.
In the 2006 campaign cycle, Erik helped build the campaign and fundraising operation of Claire McCaskill’s campaign for Senate in Missouri. In addition, working on behalf of the Democratic Governors Association, Erik led fundraising teams on behalf of three gubernatorial campaigns, Ted Strickland of Ohio, Mike Beebe of Arkansas, and incumbent Governor John Baldacci of Maine.
Before managing campaigns across America, Erik worked for one the nation’s premier polling firms and a national fundraising firm from 1996 to 1999. As a campaign finance director on over fourteen different campaigns during this time, Erik oversaw the creation of the fundraising infrastructure, drafted finance plans, scheduled and organized fundraising trips across the country, developed and implemented PAC fundraising plans and managed finance staff.
Darren Kregger, Data Director
Darren Kregger joined the Ohio Democratic Party as Data and Targeting Director in January 2014. A veteran of the National Education Association, Obama for America – Nevada, and We are Ohio, the historic campaign to repeal Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, Kregger has been instrumental in building data-driven programs to keep Democrats on the leading edge of political technology developments. A native of Michigan, Kregger graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2009.
Steve Sisneros, Field Director
Steve is a veteran in Democratic politics having worked on Presidential, Senatorial, State Legislative, and Issue Advocacy Campaigns over the last five years.
Steve comes to Columbus from Chicago where he worked as the Deputy National Regional Director at Organizing for Action – overseeing 9 states including Ohio. Prior to his time at OFA in Chicago, Steve served as the Nevada Deputy Field Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and as a Regional Field Director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election campaign in 2010. Steve also comes well equipped with knowledge of state government having worked at the Nevada State Legislature for 2 biennial legislative sessions in 2009 and 2013.
Steve graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a BA in Criminal Justice and Communications and grew up in New Mexico.
Nelson Devezin, Political Director
Nelson joined the Ohio Democratic Party as Political Director in March of 2014 with an extensive political background cultivated in Northeast Ohio. He has been active in every Ohio election cycle since 2010. He has served as Regional Field Director for President Obama’s campaign, worked for important issue based organizations such as The Action and Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, and he ran Planned Parenthood’s ACA field program in Cleveland, Ohio. He has supported national progressive movements, working on Sandy Pasch’s recall election in Milwaukee in 2011 and most recently Alex Sink’s 13th District special election in Pinellas County, Florida. Nelson also managed the successful Cleveland Public Library levy renewal campaign and is a former ODP field organizer. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Nelson attended West Virginia University. He was raised in a political family and brings with him the strong progressive values he learned growing up.
Jennah Craig, Women’s Caucus Director
Jennah is a native Ohioan who proudly hails from Sandusky County. She is a veteran campaigner who returns to the ODP team for her third statewide election cycle after working on the 2006 Attorney General’s race and the 2010 Secretary of State’s race. Most recently, Jennah was in San Francisco where she worked for the American Jewish Committee, an international human rights non-profit. Prior to AJC, Jennah spent time working in Ohio state government and in the Israeli Parliament. Jennah has her BA from Ohio University in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies and her MA in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev located in Be’er Sheva, Israel.