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Ready for Hillary Expands; Names Data Director and Grassroots Fundraising Director

Released January 7, 2014

New Posts Created in Response to Outpouring of Grassroots Support

ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the addition of two staff members: Data Director Amy Drummond and Grassroots Fundraising Director Neisha Blandin. Both positions were added to Ready for Hillary’s staff structure as a result of outpouring grassroots support across the country.

The Data Director position was created to ensure high-quality information about current and prospective supporters who can be activated the moment Hillary makes a decision. With already one-and-a-half million supporters, Ready for Hillary is seeking to maximize how best to grow our grassroots army and successfully engage our supporters in digital and on-the-ground organizing efforts.

A Grassroots Fundraising Director position was created following widespread interest of supporters wishing to host $20.16-per-ticket fundraising events. Already, these events have drawn big crowds in Los Angeles (400 supporters), San Francisco (120 supporters), Tampa (200 supporters) and Washington, DC (450 supporters). Similar events are planned across the country in the coming months.

Amy Drummond comes to Ready for Hillary from the New Organizing Institute (NOI), where she was the Lead Analyst, conducting program evaluation for voter registration and voter contact from the 2012 cycle. Before joining NOI, Amy served for five years as the Director of Data and Analytics at the League of Conservation Voters. A Connecticut native, Drummond started in politics as a Program Analyst for EMILY’s List during the 2004 and 2006 election cycles. She came to Washington by way of Austin, Texas, where she worked in artificial intelligence research. Drummond studied philosophy both as an undergraduate at Smith College and as a graduate student at the University of Virginia.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Neisha Blandin emigrated to New Jersey at the age of 11 and began her career fundraising for The Montel Williams MS Foundation in New York. A former finance consultant, Blandin helped raise funds for the campaigns of Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), New York City Council Member Jimmy van Bramer, New York State Senators Suzi Oppenheimer and Gustavo Rivera, as well as congressional candidate Mark Murphy. Prior to joining Ready for Hillary, Neisha worked as a fundraiser for The Cooper Union. Neisha graduated from Montclair State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science.