Julián Castro Staffs Up
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro is staffing up by naming people of color to key positions for his 2020 presidential bid. Natalie Montelongo has been named Political Director. She was most recently the National Organizing Director at Voto Latino, where she developed and implemented the organization's electoral strategy aimed at registering and mobilizing Latinx millennials. Montelong previously served as the Political Director for the Hillary for Colorado campaign and was part of the Hillary for Nevada team in the primary. Prior to that, she served as a Presidential Appointee at the Executive Office of the President under the Barack Obama administration. In New Hampshire, Castro has brought on board Manny Espitia as State Director and Lauren Reyes as Organizing Director. Espitia was elected as a Granite State Representative in 2018. The Princeton grad most recently served as the Executive Director of the Nashua Democratic City Committee. Espitia previously served as the Legislative Director for the progressive grassroots group, Free and Fair NH, and worked for NH Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. Reyes was most recently the Field Director for VA Democratic Senator Tim Kaine's re-election bid in 2018, as well as the Field Director for the state party's coordinated campaign. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington graduate, who holds a law degree from the Charlotte School of Law, was previously a Regional Field Director for the VA Democratic Party; Regional Field Director for Jon Ossoff for Congress; and Field Organizer for North Carolina’s Coordinated Campaign. Castro also named Shereen Zaid as his Director of Scheduling and Advance. The University of Oklahoma graduate was most recently Director of Events for The Hill. The veteran planner previously worked for the Texas Democratic Party, Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, the Center for American Progress, and the DCCC, among other organizations. More here.