Executive Director Jacqueline Kozin served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Ned Lamont’s successful 2018 election for Governor. Prior to Lamont, she served as Legislative Liaison and Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs for State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, whose first two races she managed. She is a seasoned political veteran who has lost only one campaign of the dozen she has led as manager over the past ten years.
A recognized national leader on women’s rights, Kozin serves on the board of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and is also the founder of Ella’s List, a PAC dedicated to building a pipeline of progressive women municipal candidates. Jacqueline founded the Connecticut Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus and was recognized by the Connecticut Democratic Party for her volunteer work on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She has a M.I.A. degree from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Albertus Magnus College. Kozin grew up in New Haven and currently lives in Hartford.
Data Director Simone Thibodeau is a resident of Southington, CT where she lives with her partner and her adorable dog. Since 2014, she has worked for and managed campaigns and voter registration efforts across the nation, including Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, South Carolina, Nevada, California, and even Paris, France.
Her dual expertise in organizing and data management includes the administration of VAN, MiniVAN, Nationbuilder, Hubdialer, Hustle, Grassroots Unwired, and other organizing systems. Her main goal in joining CTDems as a staff member is to provide training and support for every DTC in Connecticut, ensuring that our state’s campaigns are run effectively and with the best available technology.
Digital Director Trip Holtgrewe got his start in politics in Seattle, interning as an organizer on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s congressional race in WA-07. Before being named digital director, Trip Holtgrewe served as a CTDems candidate coach and organizer focusing on red-to-blue races in the 2018 election. Working in hard-to-flip districts taught Trip the value of building the party across the state. During that same campaign, he began transitioning to communications, developing his belief that organic, grassroots social media can be a powerful tool in both motivation and persuasion. Trip lives in Naugatuck with his fiancee.
Operations Director Tenaiya Baker was born in New Haven, CT. She started her political work at age 15 with Organizing Beyond Barriers as the youngest field organizer to help get minimum wage raised and as a campaign manager in New Haven’s local Aldermanic races. She’s worked as an organizer on several campaigns. Organizing is where she found her passion for youth advocacy and women’s rights. Tenaiya graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BA in Criminal Justice and a double concentration in legal and women’s studies. She also worked on Governor Ned Lamont’s campaign as the supervisor of resourced callers and canvassers. She is currently a new mom and hopes to one day become a criminal lawyer.
Gunnar Abrahamsson serves as Special Assistant to the Chairwoman. Originally from Old Lyme, Gunnar attended the University of New Haven where he earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in law enforcement administration. After graduating college he took an internship in Governor Malloy’s administration, and was later hired as a full-time staffer to assist with appointments to boards and commissions under the guidance of Douglas Dalena, Gov. Malloy’s General Counsel. In addition to his duties with CTDems, Gunnar is currently working towards a masters certificate in business at UNH.