Meet Us

We are Catholics from diverse backgrounds and experiences committed to the re-election of President Obama.

  • Arroyo
    Arroyo

    Phillip Arroyo

    Phillip Arroyo serves as the President of the Puerto Rican Chapter of the Young Democrats of America. He recently served as an economic policy intern at the White House. He currently is pursuing his law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

  • Baca
    Baca

    Polly Baca

    Former Colorado State Senator Polly Baca was the first minority woman elected to the Colorado State Senate (1978). In 1994, Ms. Baca served as special assistant to President Bill Clinton for Consumer Affairs. She served as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee (1981-89) and co-chair of the 1980 and 1984 Democratic National Conventions. Recognition includes being inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Hispanic Hall of Fame, being listed in the World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the West.  She received a B.A. degree in political science from Colorado State University, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Northern Colorado, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

  • Bagley
    Bagley

    The Hon. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

    Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley serves as the Department of State’s first Special Representative for Global Partnerships, a new office positioned at the Secretary’s level to meet the world’s shared, global challenges through a shared, global response from all sectors. She previously served as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from 1997 to 2001, where she established and headed the Office of Media Programming Acquisition for the newly independent Balkan states. She also served as a Senate liaison for NATO Enlargement. Prior to this position at the State Department, Ambassador Bagley served as the United States Ambassador to Portugal from 1994 to 1997.

  • Becerra
    Becerra

    Representative Xavier Becerra

    First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Representative Xavier Becerra serves as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means, and is a ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. He has dedicated himself to promoting issues affecting industries critical to the economic vitality of Southern California such as health care, high technology, entertainment, and free (yet fair) trade. Representative Becerra is the son of working-class parents, and was the first in his family to graduate from college. He is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes and the proud father of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia, and Natalia.

  • Cafardi
    Cafardi

    Nicholas Cafardi

    Cafardi is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy (Doctor of Canon Law). He has served as general counsel for the major Catholic organizations in his hometown of Pittsburgh, and as a canon lawyer has represented dioceses and religious orders across the country. He is the editor and co-author of “Voting and Holiness, Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation.” His articles appear regularly in such publications as America, Commonweal, and the National Catholic Reporter. Cafardi is also a board member of Catholic Democrats.

  • Dahlkemper
    Dahlkemper

    Kathy Dahlkemper

    Kathy Dahlkemper served as a United States Representative for the Third District of Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2011, and was the first woman to hold that office. A lifelong Democrat, she sits on the board of Democrats for Life of America. For the past year, Dahlkemper has been on the faculty of Project 2012, a national effort to get more women to run for office. She is also on the Advisory Committee for The Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics. She is currently active in her family business and teaching at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania.

  • DeLauro
    DeLauro

    Representative Rosa DeLauro

    DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third District that stretches from the Long Island Sound and New Haven to the Naugatuck Valley and Waterbury. Currently in her 11th term, she serves in the Democratic leadership as co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees our country’s investments in education, health, and employment. She also serves on the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety, and is co-chair of the House Baby Caucus.

  • Durbin
    Durbin

    Senator Dick Durbin

    Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is a United States Senator from the State of Illinois. First elected in 1996, Senator Durbin serves as the Assistant Majority Leader and the Majority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Senate. Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Foreign Relations, and Rules Committees. Senator Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington, D.C. and Illinois. He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. Their family consists of three children—Christine (deceased), Paul and Jennifer—as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Ona and Floyd.

  • Foster
    Foster

    Miguel Foster

    Miguel Foster serves as the director of the Civil and Human Rights Department of the United Auto Workers.

  • Groome
    Groome

    Thomas Groome

    Thomas Groome is a senior professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, and chair of the department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He is the author of the bestselling books “Will There Be Faith: A New Strategy for Nurturing Disciples” and “What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life.” He has lectured widely throughout the world on Catholic and religious education.

  • Kaptur
    Kaptur

    Representative Marcy Kaptur

    Marcy Kaptur has been a United States Representative from Ohio since 1983. She is the senior-most woman in the United States House of Representatives. Congresswoman Kaptur, of Polish-American heritage with humble, working class roots, mirrors the bootstrap nature of her district. She serves on the prestigious House Appropriations and Budget Committees. She spearheaded the creation of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Congresswoman Kaptur is a parishioner at Little Flower Roman Catholic Church and a graduate of St. Ursula Academy, where she received the distinguished alumnae award in 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin (1968) and a Master’s in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

  • Kennedy
    Kennedy

    Victoria Reggie Kennedy

    Victoria Kennedy is a lawyer who practiced law in the private sector for nearly two decades, with special emphasis on the federal and state regulation of domestic commercial banks and savings and loan institutions. She has served in key strategic and political roles on issues ranging from health and education to labor, especially as those issues affect women and children, and she advocates for involvement in the political process. Kennedy was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and stood at President Obama’s side at the signing of the bill into law. She is the widow to the late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and is co-founder and president of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate in Boston. The Institute has been established to invigorate public discourse, encourage participatory democracy, and inspire the next generation of citizens and leaders. Vicki also sits on the board of Catholic Democrats.

  • Kovari
    Kovari

    Victoria Kovari

    Victoria Kovari is the former president and national field director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. She has worked as a community organizer and nonprofit housing developer in Michigan for over 30 years. In October 2002, she was one of 20 community leaders in the U.S. awarded the Ford Foundation’s National Leadership for a Changing World Award. She is a member and currently serves on the Parish Council of Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has served on the adjunct faculty of the Schools of Social Work at both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

  • McCarthy
    McCarthy

    John McCarthy

    John McCarthy is the CEO of Future Civic Leaders, a national, non-partisan organization that works to bridge the civic education gap amongst high school students in low-income communities. He is a senior at The Catholic University of America—the only official university of the church in the United States—where he studies politics and theology. He serves as the chairman of their College Democrats chapter, as well as the National Faith Caucus Chairman for the College Democrats of America.

  • Nichols
    Nichols

    Bobby Nichols

    Bobby Nichols is a senior studying theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a leader within the University’s Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice.

  • O’Malley
    O’Malley

    Governor Martin O’Malley

    Martin O’Malley is governor of Maryland. Under his leadership, the people of Maryland have driven student achievement to record highs, while driving violent crime down to 30-year lows. With a balanced approach of modern investments and record cuts to state spending, his policies have helped build America’s number-one-ranked public school system for an unprecedented four consecutive years. Today, Maryland ranks number one for innovation and entrepreneurship, number two for science and technology, and number three for new economy competitiveness by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Milken Institute, and the Kaufman index. Governor O’Malley previously served eight years as mayor of Baltimore and today is serving his second term as chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association. He and his wife, Katie O’Malley, a district court judge, have four children: Grace, Tara, William and Jack. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

  • Oberstar
    Oberstar

    Jim Oberstar

    Jim Oberstar served as a United States representative from Minnesota from 1975 until 2011. During his 36 years in Congress, Representative Oberstar became known as a national leader on transportation and infrastructure issues. While serving as the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Representative Oberstar helped pass over 300 transportation bills through the House, including the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, which enacted several habitat restoration projects for New Orleans and the Florida Everglades. He currently serves as a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety.

  • Padilla
    Padilla

    Jonathan Padilla

    Jonathan Padilla is a Teach for America high school special education teacher in San Jose, California. Jonathan worked in the House Appropriations Committee with Congressman Michael Honda. He also served in White House Communications where he was on the team that handled the Gulf Oil Spill and Justice Kagan’s confirmation proceedings. His most recent endeavors landed him at Google’s public policy team where he was an advocate for clean energy and an overall innovation agenda.

  • Parks
    Parks

    Lawrence Parks

    Lawrence Parks has served as the Senior Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco since 1997. There he opened the first Washington-based office for the Federal Home Loan bank system.  Previously, he served in the Clinton administration as the Director of Strategic Growth and Finance in the Department of Commerce, the director of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • Phelps
    Phelps

    Sister Jamie T. Phelps

    Sister Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., Ph.D. formally served as the Director of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Sr. Phelps has been A member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1959. She is a Catholic theologian who specializes in exploring the identity, life and mission of Jesus and the nature and mission of the Church. In 2010 she was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in religious studies.

  • Rotondaro
    Rotondaro

    Fred Rotondaro

    Fred Rotondaro is the former executive director of the National Italian American Foundation and currently serves as chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. He was also an assistant professor of English at the University of Scranton, president of the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs, and the executive director of the York County, Pennsylvania, Community Progress Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from Creighton University, and a doctorate from New York University. He also was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Wheeling Jesuit University.

  • Ryan
    Ryan

    Representative Tim Ryan

    Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 17th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. Successfully re-elected four times, he is currently serving his fifth term. Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. Ryan is a dynamic leader in the House where he often speaks out on issues of particular concern to Northeast Ohio. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities, and improve the health and well-being of American families and children. Prior to being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate where he spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, to standardize community school data reporting, and bring college students into the debate over higher education funding. Tim Ryan is the younger of two sons, both raised by their mother, Rochelle Ryan, with the help of grandparents, Anna and John Rizzi. He resides in Niles, Ohio.

  • Schneck
    Schneck

    Stephen Schneck

    Schneck is the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. A political philosopher by training, he received his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. Schneck is a governing board member for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a public interest organization that champions Roman Catholic social teachings. He is also a governing board member of Democrats for Life of America. A well-known Washington-area public lecturer, Schneck was born and raised in Iowa and now lives in Maryland with his wife and family.

  • Sweeney
    Sweeney

    John Sweeney

    John Sweeney served as the president of AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009, where he helped make the union movement into a voice for all working Americans. Under his leadership, the AFL-CIO led efforts to strengthen the middle class, create good jobs for all Americans, and fight corporate greed. In 2011, President Obama honored Sweeney with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

  • Tuohey III
    Tuohey III

    Mark Tuohey III

    Attorney Mark Tuohey III is a partner for Brown Rudnick in Washington, D.C. Tuohey has represented clients in a variety of national and international investigations and litigation matters. A former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Mark has served on occasion as special prosecutor appointed by the government to conduct investigations into public policy issues, including policing, anti-terrorism preparedness, official corruption, and rule of law initiatives. He was the Chair of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission from 2004 to 2007, where he oversaw the return of Major League Baseball to Washington, D.C. Tuohey is currently the Vice Chair of Fordham University Board of Trustees and a member of the Catholic University of America Board of Trustees, as well as the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Board of Directors.

  • Zangrilli
    Zangrilli

    Tess Zangrilli

    Tess Zangrilli is a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Villanova University, an Augustinian university in Philadelphia. She also does outreach for Pittsburgh Catholics for Obama. A Byzantine Catholic, she is very active in the Pittsburgh Catholic community.