Dr. Woody Myers For Governor Expands Campaign Staff

Dr. Woody Myers For Governor Expands Campaign Staff

Indianapolis, IND – Indiana Candidate for Governor Dr. Woody Myers (D) is expanding his campaign staff by hiring one of the best fundraisers in the country and adding senior staff members. 

The Myers campaign hired one of the top fundraising consultants in the country, Scott Gale with Fundraising Management Group (FMG). Gale most recently helped propel Democrat Andy Beshear to victory in the Kentucky governor’s race.

Myers’ new Campaign Manager, Zakiya Thomas, is battle-tested, helping to elect Democrats statewide in red-to-blue states. Thomas most recently worked on Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign as the Deputy National Political Director. Thomas is the former Executive Director of the National Woman’s Party and teaches a course on campaigning for public office at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Indianapolis-native Aaron Schaler is taking on the role of Deputy Campaign Manager. Schaler is the former president of Hoosiers for Justice and of Indiana Stonewall Democrats, where he helped bring awareness to LGBTQ issues.  He has a long history of campaign experience beginning with Dr. Myers’ 2008 Congressional campaign. Other stints have included managing Pam Hickman’s 2011 successful bid for an At-Large seat on the Indianapolis City-County Council and Hickman’s 2016 State Senate race. Schaler also brings fundraising experience to the table having served as the in-state fundraising lead for President Obama’s 2012 re-election effort. He also served as the Development Manager for The Damien Center, promoting the center’s work as the state’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization.  

Mary Klinkose is coordinating fundraising for the campaign. Klinkose’s long resume shows she began her career with Governor Evan Bayh and has worked as a fundraiser for the Marion County Democratic Party and raised money for former Congressman Baron Hill’s U.S. Senate campaign and other Democratic statewide campaigns. Klinkose brings a wealth of institutional knowledge about the state’s political players and landscape to the Myers team.

Aaren Myers, an Indianapolis native, recently moved back to support the campaign. Aaren brings fundraising and project management experience to the team from her work in charitable giving for a nonprofit in Chicago. 

Jack Metcalfe rounds out the finance team. Metcalfe most recently worked at a boutique consultancy in Los Angeles, where he managed open-source research investigations. Prior to that, he held internships in finance and consulting with firms in the Los Angeles area. His experience in research and finance has helped him hit the ground running.

Communications veteran Kate Shepherd remains in charge of media relations and communications strategy. Shepherd has nearly 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism and public relations and is president of Kate Shepherd Communications.

“We’ve assembled a dynamic and experienced team that’s ready to win this race,” said Dr. Myers. “We’re looking ahead to rolling out our vision for Indiana.” 

The campaign will soon announce the opening of its new office space in Indianapolis.

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