Executive Director Sarah Locke is a political veteran who most recently served as Campaign Manager for Rosa DeLauro’s re-election to Congress from Connecticut’s third district. In 2018, she managed Jorge Cabrera’s campaign for Connecticut state senate and was a field organizer for Chris Mattei’s statewide run for Attorney General. She is also co-chair of the New Haven DTC.
Active with many Connecticut community organizations, Locke is on the advisory board of Equality CT and has volunteered for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Integrated Immigrant and Refugee Services (IRIS), New Haven Rising / UNITE HERE, and others. Locke was born and raised in Connecticut and lives in New Haven.
Director of Party Affairs 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.
Digital Director David Kostek was born and raised in Connecticut. He got his start in campaigning as a volunteer working to re-elect Rep. Jim Himes. David continued to work as a communications staffer for the congressman and joined his local Democratic Town Committee. In 2018, he served as New Media Director for Ned Lamont’s successful gubernatorial campaign. David is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.
Data Director Desiré Searles is originally from Hartford and now resides in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. She began working on campaigns in 2017 and has managed data for several municipal campaigns as well as State Representative Kara Rochelle’s victorious race in 2018. She is a member of her local Democratic Town Committee, and a former member of the Naugatuck Valley Young Democrats.
Organizing Director Chris Pitts has worked in Connecticut politics since his return to Connecticut in 2003. Chris was raised in Wilton, went to college in NC, NY and Italy, and then spent a decade on the West Coast. Many of you may know him through the Quiet Corner Democrats – a Democratic service organization he helped found for the Northeastern part of the state. He was worked on many municipal and state races over the years, but is most proud of helping Pat Wilson Pheanious take back Nancy Wyman’s house seat in 2018. Most recently, he has been helping the state party as your Interim Data Director in late 2019 and early 2020.