DNC Chief of Staff Joins the Andrew Gillum Campaign
Brandon Davis is the newly named Campaign Manager for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Davis fills the vacancy created by the firing of Brendan McPhillips, who was let go shortly after Gillum’s upset primary victory. Davis is a decorated Democratic strategist, having served nearly a decade in leadership positions at Service Employees International Union, and in 2016, he was the Chief of Staff at the DNC. He currently serves as the Managing Director of GPS IMPACT -- a creative and media buying agency. Over the past decade, Davis has served progressive causes in a variety of arenas, serving on the boards of America Votes, the Black and Latino Civic Engagement Funds (Democracy Alliance), Priorities USA, and State Voices. Prior to that, Davis worked extensively on electoral campaigns. Among other races, he helped lead the 2006 campaign for Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to victory as Political Director and Deputy Campaign Director. “The enthusiasm and activism of so many Floridians over the last two weeks has been inspiring, and this campaign isn’t letting up for a moment — we are going to take our message to every corner of the state,” Davis said in announcing the slate of new hires. Millie Raphael also joins the campaign as a consultant to advise on statewide Hispanic outreach. Doug Thornell, a Principal at SKDKnickerbocker, joins the team to assist with communications work as former Communications Director Geoff Burgan is now working with CATECOMM, the communications and consulting firm that’s long been favored by Gillum. Meet additional campaign staff here.