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  • Rob Hipskind // Coordinated Campaign Director

    rhipskind@vtdemocrats.org

    Prior to joining the VDP in 2016, Rob organized with groups fighting for a range of issues including Housing Rights, Reproductive Justice, and the Fight for $15. After graduating from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy with honors in 2011, his work in electoral politics began working on a statewide ballot initiative to protect collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

    Since then he has worked on campaigns ranging from the county level to the federal to bring data-driven best practices to all levels of Democratic electoral politics. Rob served as the VDP's Data Director from April 2016 through February 2018, when he became the VDP's Coordinated Campaign Director.

  • Brandon Batham // Political Director

    bbatham@vtdemocrats.org

    Brandon re-joined the Vermont Democratic Party staff team in May 2017 after serving briefly as a general consultant for the Vermont State Senate Democratic Caucus, and previous service on the senior staff teams for the VDP's 2014 and 2016 Coordinated Campaigns. In Vermont, he also helped to run the 2014 campaign for Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, and served for two years as President of Vermont Theatre Company, a non-profit community theater organization based out of Brattleboro.

    A native of Southern California, Brandon initially moved to Vermont to attend Marlboro College, where he studied American Studies and Politics. He has more than a decade of political experience in California and Vermont, working on presidential, congressional, statewide, legislative, and muncipal campaigns for progressive Democratic candidates and causes.

    In addition to serving on staff, Brandon is the Chair of the Barre City Democratic Committee. He also sits on the Barre City Council and Aldrich Public Library Board of Trustees.

  • Grace Blackburn // Organizing Director

  • Jim Dandeneau // House Campaign Director

    jdandeneau@vtdemocrats.org

    Jim joined the VDP as House Campaign Director in January 2017 after a stint as Political Director to the Vermont Coordinated Campaign, and Field Director for Sue Minter’s gubernatorial campaign. Jim graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and in 2016 was awarded a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York. He has nearly 15 years of political experience, working on campaigns in New York for offices from County Legislator to Congress, and between campaigns helped land large grants for the New York City Department of Education and to raise the profile of a large nonprofit after-school provider as Communications Director. He lives in Underhill with his wife and two dogs.