DeRosa to Organize for America

Melissa DeRosa, who worked on Carl Andrews' unsuccessful Congressional campaign in Brooklyn in 2006 and in the press office of Nydia Velazquez, has been hired as the New York State director of Organizing for America, which is affiliated with the Democratic National Committee and Barack Obama.

Here's the announcement:


Washington, DC – Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the  Democratic National Committee committed to building on and strengthening the historic grassroots network created during the Obama campaign and helping advance the President's agenda, today announced the following staff hires: Melissa DeRosa, New York State Director; Moira Kelley, Regional Field Director; and Geoff Berman, Regional Field Director.

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President Obama announced OFA in January and the group has continually been active around important legislative initiatives. OFA first organized thousands of meetings in support of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Later the group organized a nationwide pledge drive and encouraged Americans to call their Members of Congress to encourage support for President Obama's budget priorities. Volunteers and supporters are continuing to have conversations and educate their neighbors and members of their community about the President's plan to reform Health Care.  In recent weeks, OFA held thousands of Health Care Kick-Off events in New York and in communities across the country.  On Saturday June 27th, OFA participated in a Health Care Day of Service where supporters and volunteers volunteered for a health care cause in their community.

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OFA in New York recently be based out of Albany and recently opened a New York City office. OFA’s operation in New York will continue to expand in the coming months.

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“The work we’re doing at Organizing for America is unprecedented. I’m grateful to be working with such a group of talented and dedicated staffers and volunteers in this effort to maintain and build upon the historic grassroots network of support that brought us victory in November. OFA has quickly become a way for people in communities across the country to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and delivering on the President’s promise to change the way Washington works,” said DeRosa, New York State Director for OFA. “With over 45 million Americans without health care coverage it’s clear that the time to act and pass health care reform is now. This week OFA volunteers and supporters will participate in a series of events across the state to demonstrate support of President Obama’s plan to pass health care reform this year.”

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Information on new staff is below:

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Melissa DeRosa, New York State Director

Melissa DeRosa is a New York native, having spent time growing up in Rochester, Saratoga Springs and Albany before attending Cornell University, where she received an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and Masters in Public Administration. DeRosa is an experienced New York political operative, having most recently served as Director of Communications and Legislation for Cordo & Co., LLC. During the 2008 election, DeRosa served as Campaign Manager for the Tracey Brooks for Congress Campaign.  Prior to the Brooks Campaign, DeRosa Melissa served as Deputy Press Secretary to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Communications Director for “People for Carl Andrews” and Deputy Press Secretary for the successful NY State Transportation Bond Act Campaign “Vote Yes” in 2005.  Melissa has also worked for Bolton-St. Johns, providing communications and political consulting services to clients, and has interned for HILLPAC and the New York State AFL-CIO.  In addition, DeRosa serves on the Executive Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum Network of the Democratic National Committee.

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Moira Kelley, Regional Field Director

Moira L. Kelley is a Regional Field Director for Organizing for America.  Prior to her hire there, Kelley worked as the Site / Event Coordinator for Union Station with the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  During the 2008 general election, she served as a Field Organizer for the Obama for America campaign in the Hudson Valley and Westchester, NY.  In previous years, she has also worked in new business at Bates Worldwide Advertising and as the Manager for Affiliate Sales at the YES Network. Kelley is graduate of Trinity College. She has lived in New York City for the last 9 years, and she currently resides in Brooklyn.

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Geoff Berman, Regional Field Director

Geoff Berman is a Regional Field Director for Organizing for America.  During the 2008 general election, Berman served as a Field Organizer for the Obama for America campaign in Missouri, and prior to that, did work for the campaign in New York and Pennsylvania. Before the campaign, Berman worked to reform the New York public school system primarily through his job as an attorney at the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where his legal work focused on pro bono advocacy for alternative public high schools.  Berman also served as Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company's acting school for five years. Berman is a graduate of UCLA, where he earned an undergraduate degree in History and Politics, and the University of Virginia Law School, where he earned Master's and Juris Doctor degrees.