Democratic Party of Illinois Announces New Hires amid Party Building Directive

New staff members will support DPI’s ongoing efforts to expand and modernize the state party




Allison Janowski
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Chicago, IL – Today, the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) announced recent additions to its staff as part of Chair Lisa Hernandez’s Party Building Directive. DPI continues to build its staff to effectively implement the vision of Chair Hernandez and the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC), expanding and strengthening the Party’s presence throughout the state and serving as a resource for all Democrats.

Madeline Doctor will head the Party’s fundraising efforts as DPI Finance Director, expanding grassroots donor engagement and managing high level donor relationships. She previously served as Illinois Finance Director for Senator Tammy Duckworth and as Finance Director at Betsy Dirksen Londrigan for Congress.

Jarae Hines will lead electoral strategy as DPI Field Director, working with DPI’s Regional Political Organizers to expand year-round voter engagement. He comes to DPI from Brandon Johnson’s mayoral campaign, where he was a field consultant and Operations Director on the transition team. He was previously Organizing Director for Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.

Randall Webster is DPI Data Director. He will drive the strategic use of data for Democratic campaigns at all levels in Illinois and work to modernize the party’s data infrastructure. He previously worked as the New Hampshire Data Director in the Independent Expenditure for America Votes.

Jessica Genova is now DPI Deputy Political Director. She came to DPI as a Regional Political Organizer after previously serving as Chief of Staff for State Representative Lindsey LaPointe.

Allison Janowski is DPI Press Secretary. She was previously the Deputy Director for Protect Illinois Communities and a Communications Associate on Governor JB Pritzker’s reelection campaign.

Alex Lineberry will serve as DPI Voter File Manager. She was previously a Data Associate at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and a Field Organizer at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor-Party.

“I am thrilled to welcome talented new team members to the DPI staff. I am wholly committed to building a state party that functions as a strong and present resource for all Democrats across the state. Our growing team will work diligently to ensure we can execute new programs, build new infrastructure, and set us up for more electoral success in 2024 and beyond,” said DPI Chair Lisa Hernandez. 

To further its mission to mobilize voters and unify Democrats, DPI is investing in its people and its infrastructure to provide year-round support to Democrats through grassroots organizing and continuous voter engagement. Chair Hernandez and the DSCC are committed to realizing its vision of an inclusive, fully-operational state party that remains active year round and leads to the election of more Democrats across the state for years to come.


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