MO Dems announce new exec director and director of campaigns

I am excited to be working with these women!


JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple today announced the appointment of Crystal Brinkley as the new executive director and Kristen Self as director of campaigns. Both will take over their new positions effective April 28.

“We are pleased to announce Crystal Brinkley as the Party’s new executive director and Kristen Self as the new director of campaigns,” Chairman Temple said. “I am thrilled to be building our team’s capacity with two talented professionals who are committed to the Democratic Party’s mission of improving the lives of Missouri families.”

Brinkley brings a unique skill set to the executive director position. She previously served as volunteer coordinator on Congressman Dick Gephardt’s Presidential Campaign, traveled to various states on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, and managed then State Representative Rachel Storch’s reelection campaign, demonstrating knowledge and experience in both statewide and local grassroots activities. Brinkley also served in Governor Nixon’s administration. Most recently, she was the finance director at the Missouri Democratic Party.

“Crystal has shown a tireless work ethic and strong leadership skills both as finance director at the Party and in previous positions,” Chairman Temple said. “She’ll continue to advance our Party’s priorities on all levels.”

Kristen Self comes to the Party with deep campaign experience. Self served as finance director for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus for eight years where she was responsible for all fundraising activities for the Caucus, the Speaker of the House, Democratic Leadership, and many Democratic members and candidates for the Indiana House of Representatives. In August of 2009, she was promoted to campaign director where she managed the day-to-day campaign operations for Democratic candidates for state representative, developed strategy and messaging for campaigns across the state and provided strategic guidance to candidates from the launch of their campaigns through Election Day.

“Kristen’s talents and experience are exactly what our Party needs to execute a successful 2014 election cycle and beyond,” Chairman Temple said. “She will bring strong leadership and guidance to our joint legislative operations, and we are thrilled she is joining the team.”

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