Republican Tim Pawlenty's exploratory committee has announced the key players who will make up Pawlenty's national finance team. The announcement comes as Pawlenty's team gears up for a major-donor fundraising effort. "We only raised a little seed money in March; the fundraising effort will begin in earnest in April," one Pawlenty advisor said.
Pawlenty's new finance consulting team includes 13 women, two men and one financial consultant group, all with impressive fundraising credentials. Several on the list have experience working with Presidential campaigns including 2008 GOP Presidential candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
At the top of the list is National Finance Director, Brian Haley, who most recently served as the National Finance Director for Pawlenty's PAC, Freedom First. Haley also helped develop the national finance strategy for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008.
Serving as Pawlenty's Deputy National Finance Director is Katie McBreen, who worked for Senator Jerry Moran and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Heading up fundraising in Pawlenty's home state of Minnesota is Trisha Hamm, who worked as the finance coordinator and political director of Pawlenty's campaign for Minnesota Governor and later was the finance director for his PAC.
The names listed below round out the rest of Pawlenty's fundraising team.
Chrissy Schere, Associate Finance Director
Andrea Evans, Finance Consultant, Arizona
Paige Lance Hahn, Senior Finance Consultant, Mid-Altanta region
Ann Herberger, Senior Finance Consultant, National Outreach
Pam Kinsey, Senior Finance Consultant, Midwest Region
Paige Marriott, Senior Financial Consultant, National Fundraising
Alison McIntosh, Senior Finance Consultant, Texas
Rick Nelson, Finance Consultant, Minnesota and National Outreach
Gretchen Picotte, Senior Finance Consultant, Florida
The Starboard Group, Finance Consultants, Colorado
Cassandra Vandenberg, Senior Finance Consultant, California
Shanna Woodbury, Finance Consultant, Minnesota and National Outreach
Sue Walden, Finance Consultant, Texas