Biographies of DFA's Chief Spokespeople
Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.
As Democracy for America’s Chair, Jim Dean is committed to carrying on the legacy of his brother and DFA’s founder, Governor Howard Dean. In particular, Jim works to bring DFA’s mission to all 50 States -- meeting each year with candidates, organizers, party leaders, and grassroots activists across the country and inspiring everyone to get involved in the fight for progressive change. Jim has worked with DFA since it’s founding in 2004 and was elevated to his current role when Gov. Dean left to become chairperson of the Democratic National Committee in 2005. Prior to his tenure at DFA, Jim worked in marketing, business development, and sales at Yankelovich Partners and Greenfield Online.
Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Charles Chamberlain returned to Democracy for America as Executive Director in 2013 and leads the strategic direction of the DFA team. Previously, Charles worked on progressive campaigns across the country and served as DFA’s Political Director from 2006 to 2011, when he led campaigns for the public option and against telecom immunity for spying on Americans as well as endorsements of controversial primary candidates against Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Rep. Al Wynn. Immediately prior to his return to DFA, Charles was the Executive Director of Progressive Congress, the political action committee of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Neil Sroka, Communications Director
Neil Sroka joined DFA in 2013 and serves as the organization’s Communications Director and primary spokesperson. Prior to joining DFA, Neil was the Press Secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Communications Director for Ann McLane Kuster's 2010 campaign in New Hampshire's Second Congressional District. He also served in the Obama administration as the Director of New Media at the U.S. Department of Commerce, ran social media projects for MoveOn.org, and managed new media for Barack Obama's primary campaigns in South Carolina & Ohio. Neil graduated from George Washington University and studied politics and philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford