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Alise Roderer, Political Operative

Alise RodererAlise Roderer is a professional campaign operative who has worked on political campaigns in seven states over the past six years. Starting in field, Alise has served in many capacities on campaigns from communications to fundraising to managing. She most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Linda Greenstein’s successful bid for State Senate in New Jersey where she managed both the field and communication programs. Senator Greenstein’s victory marked the first Democrat to hold the seat in over 25 years and made New Jersey one of only six Democratic Legislative chambers in the country to pick up a seat in the 2010 cycle. Previously, Alise managed Assemblywomen Joan Voss and Connie Wagner’s successful reelection bid in the 38th District of New Jersey. She got her start in Democratic politics by working as a field organizer in Virginia for DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s successful 2005 Gubernatorial bid and then in Missouri for Senator Claire McCaskill in 2006. Alise graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Political Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is a native of Dayton, Ohio.

Tyla Housman, Political Consultant

I am currently looking for a position on a political campaign or in a government office. Most recently I completed my position as the Political Director on the Greenstein for Senate campaign in New Jersey’s 14th Legislative District. Prior to that I was the Executive Director of the Mercer County Democratic Committee. In 2009 I served as an aide to Governor Corzine in the office of intergovernmental affairs, and as the field director in the 14th Legislative District on his reelection campaign. In 2008 I began my professional career as a field coordinator with the Democratic State Committee, and ran a field office on the Linda Stender for Congress campaign in the 7th Congressional District. In 2007 I received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I was born in Oakland, New Jersey. As a teenager I moved around the country, living in both Florida and California. I returned to my home state of New Jersey for my senior year of high school. Moving afforded me the opportunity to meet many different types of people and greatly shaped who I am today.

Jeffrey Brown, Regional Field Director, Organizing for America

Jeffrey BrownJeff Brown is currently a Regional Field Director for Organizing America in New Jersey. He also serves as the state's Data and New Media lead. Jeff began working in politics in 2009 as a Field Organizer for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's Victory 2009 coordinated campaign. Shortly after that campaign ended, Jeff was hired by Congressman Joe Sestak to serve as his Field Director during the 2010 Pennsylvania Democratic Primary. Managing the field program across the state, Jeff and the rest of the Sestak team defeated Arlen Specter, the longest sitting Senator in Pennsylvania's history. Before entering the political spectrum, Jeff attended both Mercer County Community College and Rutgers University. He was graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers in May 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English and a minor in History. He also successfully completed the Rutgers School or Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and was the first student in that program to write an interdisciplinary honors thesis in Creative Writing. For the project, Jeff wrote a surrealist novella called, "The Weather Report." Jeff was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and now resides in Highland Park.