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RPT Staff

James Wesolek

Communications Director

Primary point of contact for media inquiries. Develops and maintains relationships with members of the media and their staff. Coordinates press releases. Works to develop messaging for the Republican Party of Texas. Creates and executes strategy to communicate Chairman Rinaldi’s voice and the RPT vision and brand on social media Oversees the RPT website and all metrics related to digital … Read more

John Beckmeyer

Executive Director

Serves as a trusted advisor to the Chairman, working on special projects and daily tasks designated by the Chairman. Coordinates with key personnel, business, and civic leaders around the state on strategic initiatives and high-profile projects. Reviews internal and external communication plans for opportunities for the Chairman and RPT to pursue, thereby, further developing and protecting the brand and safeguarding … Read more

Madison McDonald

Deputy Organization Director

Assistant Primary Administrator Staff liaison for the county website program Assists Organization Director in providing tools, information, and resources for Precinct and County/SD Conventions Assists with collecting Convention Records from County/SD Conventions for State Convention Assists with the quarterly SREC meetings, and activities Assists Organization Director and other duties as assigned

Data Director

Data Director

The Data Department is a resource for State and/or Regional entities including county parties, field staff, campaigns and other similar groups. Responsibilities include voter file/database management, daily tracking of metrics, training of staff and state leaders, and data collection including Absentee/Early Vote data and vote history. Additionally, the Data Director must familiarize themselves with state voting laws and historic election … Read more

Rosalba Martinez

Bexar County Regional Director

Builds a base of active, impact-driven volunteers in their respective regions. Trains volunteers to participate in region/state field efforts. Develops and maintains close relationships with volunteers in order to build up the base of the state party as a whole Maintains an up to date database of volunteer information, availability, and skills. Group facilitation including guiding large groups of volunteers … Read more

Detrese Harkey

East Texas Regional Director

Builds a base of active, impact-driven volunteers in their respective regions. Trains volunteers to participate in region/state field efforts. Develops and maintains close relationships with volunteers in order to build up the base of the state party as a whole. Maintains an up-to-date database of volunteer information, availability, and skills. Group facilitation including guiding large groups of volunteers through strategic … Read more

Troy B. Jackson, Ph.D.

North Texas Regional Director

Directly manages, coaches, and trains a team of field organizers and Patriot Advocates (volunteers) in the designated region. Organizes at the “grassroots” level, building political leads and early Neighborhood Team prospects. Implements and executes a robust engagement plan and data-driven field plan encompassing voter contact, volunteer recruitment, grassroots development, and local candidate recruitment, organizes events for strategic purposes. In cooperation … Read more

Elizabeth Heckman

Political Assistant

Works with the Staff Assistant to execute her duties. Assists the political staff at the Austin Headquarters. Answers and responds to telephone inquiries to the political department. Responds to any correspondence that the Political Department receives.

Laura King

Deputy Political Director

Communicates organization goals and operational plans of the political department. Assists with strategic planning and coordination of programs, projects, and policy positions. Ensures the alignment of strategy, planning, and management of the organization, including the implementation of the work plan in accordance with project missions. Monitors the overall performance management and quality assurance across the project. Provides regular input and … Read more

Angela Williams

Political Director

Works with Party leadership to develop the political strategy for the Party to help elect Republicans up and down the ballot. Primary responsibility for drafting the political budget. Increasing the overall visibility of the organization. Establishing and maintaining relationships with party auxiliaries, elected officials and campaign consultants. Overseeing approval of staff reimbursements. Assist with directing administrative staff in Austin.

Jen Hall

Organization Director

Works with all Republican County Chairs throughout the state to ensure they have the tools, resources, and support to conduct elections across the state and to help organize their Executive Committees. Administers the Primary with the help of the Assistant Primary Administrator(s), other volunteers, staff, interns, and Party & Primary Counsel. Assists County Chairs, Convention Chairs with planning, information, and … Read more

Brandon Moore

Chief Operating Officer

Works with the Chairman to organize and supervise the exceptional staff of the RPT. Charged with developing a budget. Ensures that there are processes in place to execute the mission of the Republican Party of Texas. Monitors expenses and revenue and tracks budget goals. Manages the relationships with the party’s outside consultants and plans for the State Convention. Manages the … Read more

Katarina Schaefer

Finance Director

Katarina oversees all components of the finance operations. Primary point of contact for the Grassroots Club Program. Assists in the management of fundraising consultants and programs. Organizes major donor fundraising efforts. Plans and executes fundraising events.

Nicole Tarpley

Scheduling

Primary point of contact for scheduling inquiries and scheduling for for the Chairman and Vice-Chair.

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James Wesolek

Position: Communications Director
Email: jwesolek@texasgop.org
Categories: Communications
  • Primary point of contact for media inquiries.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with members of the media and their staff.
  • Coordinates press releases.
  • Works to develop messaging for the Republican Party of Texas.
  • Creates and executes strategy to communicate Chairman Rinaldi’s voice and the RPT vision and brand on social media
  • Oversees the RPT website and all metrics related to digital communications and their growth.
  • Acts as a liaison between digital and traditional media, ensuring media hits are communicated on the appropriate social media platforms.
  • Liaison between digital consultants and Party leadership to ensure fundraising emails, Facebook advertisements, and email acquisition campaigns are expedited through the approval process and published in a timely manner.
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John Beckmeyer

Position: Executive Director
Email: jbeckmeyer@texasgop.org
Categories: Administration
  • Serves as a trusted advisor to the Chairman, working on special projects and daily tasks designated by the Chairman.
  • Coordinates with key personnel, business, and civic leaders around the state on strategic initiatives and high-profile projects.
  • Reviews internal and external communication plans for opportunities for the Chairman and RPT to pursue, thereby, further developing and protecting the brand and safeguarding relationships throughout the state.
  • Works closely with COO, Political Director, fundraising personnel, state, and federal elected officials.
  • Acts as a liaison between the Chairman and consultants/political operatives.
  • Maintains open communication with staff and party leaders on mediating disputes, solving problems, and facilitates feedback to Chairman on all current and potential issues.
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Madison McDonald

Position: Deputy Organization Director
Email: mmcdonald@texasgop.org
Categories: Party Organization
Madison McDonald:
  • Assistant Primary Administrator
  • Staff liaison for the county website program
  • Assists Organization Director in providing tools, information, and resources for Precinct and County/SD Conventions
  • Assists with collecting Convention Records from County/SD Conventions for State Convention
  • Assists with the quarterly SREC meetings, and activities
  • Assists Organization Director and other duties as assigned
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Data Director

Position: Data Director
Email: awilliams@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  1. The Data Department is a resource for State and/or Regional entities including county parties, field staff, campaigns and other similar groups.
  2. Responsibilities include voter file/database management, daily tracking of metrics, training of staff and state leaders, and data collection including Absentee/Early Vote data and vote history.
  3. Additionally, the Data Director must familiarize themselves with state voting laws and historic election results and trends – which includes early/absentee and Election Day turnout and voter registration.
  4. The Data Director must also manage the daily volunteer/staff voter contact universes and surveys, including door-to-door and phone banking.
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Rosalba Martinez

Position: Bexar County Regional Director
Email: rmartinez@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Builds a base of active, impact-driven volunteers in their respective regions.
  • Trains volunteers to participate in region/state field efforts.
  • Develops and maintains close relationships with volunteers in order to build up the base of the state party as a whole
  • Maintains an up to date database of volunteer information, availability, and skills.
  • Group facilitation including guiding large groups of volunteers through strategic planning processes.
  • Responsible for writing weekly reports sent to senior staff.
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Detrese Harkey

Position: East Texas Regional Director
Email: dharkey@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Builds a base of active, impact-driven volunteers in their respective regions.
  • Trains volunteers to participate in region/state field efforts.
  • Develops and maintains close relationships with volunteers in order to build up the base of the state party as a whole.
  • Maintains an up-to-date database of volunteer information, availability, and skills.
  • Group facilitation including guiding large groups of volunteers through strategic planning processes,
  • Responsible for writing weekly reports sent to senior staff.
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Troy B. Jackson, Ph.D.

Position: North Texas Regional Director
Email: tjackson@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Directly manages, coaches, and trains a team of field organizers and Patriot Advocates (volunteers) in the designated region.
  • Organizes at the “grassroots” level, building political leads and early Neighborhood Team prospects.
  • Implements and executes a robust engagement plan and data-driven field plan encompassing voter contact, volunteer recruitment, grassroots development, and local candidate recruitment, organizes events for strategic purposes.
  • In cooperation with the Data and Political Director, utilizes rigorous standards for data collection and use in the Data Center.
  • Promotes leadership at every level of the campaign, with an eye towards building sustainable and permanent grassroots activism.
  • Helps create a professional staff culture that is upbeat and empowering, with a mind towards greater inclusion, a customer-service attitude, and a willingness to solve problems creatively.
  • Grows our network of supporters and volunteers through various tactics, including 1:1 meetings, phone calls, emails, teams, and texting.
  • Develops and maintains strong, trusting relationships with local Party leaders and activist groups.
  • Coaches, trains, and mentors Regional Field Organizers and new Regional Field Directors on effective staff management, effective campaign strategies including, but not limited to, recruitment, door-to-door canvassing, and other necessary field tactics.
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Elizabeth Heckman

Position: Political Assistant
Email: eheckman@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Works with the Staff Assistant to execute her duties.
  • Assists the political staff at the Austin Headquarters.
  • Answers and responds to telephone inquiries to the political department.
  • Responds to any correspondence that the Political Department receives.
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Laura King

Position: Deputy Political Director
Email: lking@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Communicates organization goals and operational plans of the political department.
  • Assists with strategic planning and coordination of programs, projects, and policy positions.
  • Ensures the alignment of strategy, planning, and management of the organization, including the implementation of the work plan in accordance with project missions.
  • Monitors the overall performance management and quality assurance across the project.
  • Provides regular input and recommendations to ensure effective implementation and continuous improvement of political plans.
  • Ensures effective collaboration and strategic partnership with auxiliaries/state campaigns across Texas.
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Angela Williams

Position: Political Director
Email: awilliams@texasgop.org
Categories: Political
  • Works with Party leadership to develop the political strategy for the Party to help elect Republicans up and down the ballot.
  • Primary responsibility for drafting the political budget.
  • Increasing the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with party auxiliaries, elected officials and campaign consultants.
  • Overseeing approval of staff reimbursements.
  • Assist with directing administrative staff in Austin.
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Jen Hall

Position: Organization Director
Email: jhall@texasgop.org
Categories: Party Organization
  • Works with all Republican County Chairs throughout the state to ensure they have the tools, resources, and support to conduct elections across the state and to help organize their Executive Committees.
  • Administers the Primary with the help of the Assistant Primary Administrator(s), other volunteers, staff, interns, and Party & Primary Counsel.
  • Assists County Chairs, Convention Chairs with planning, information, and resources for Precinct and County/SD Conventions.
  • Collects Convention Records from County/SD Conventions for State Convention.
  • Organizes the quarterly SREC meetings & activities with the help of the Organization Deputy and Assistant(s).
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Brandon Moore

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Email: bmoore@texasgop.org
Categories: Administration
  • Works with the Chairman to organize and supervise the exceptional staff of the RPT.
  • Charged with developing a budget.
  • Ensures that there are processes in place to execute the mission of the Republican Party of Texas.
  • Monitors expenses and revenue and tracks budget goals.
  • Manages the relationships with the party’s outside consultants and plans for the State Convention.
  • Manages the operations and maintenance of the Austin Headquarters.
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Katarina Schaefer

Position: Finance Director
Email: rwilson@texasgop.org
Categories: Finance
  • Katarina oversees all components of the finance operations.
  • Primary point of contact for the Grassroots Club Program.
  • Assists in the management of fundraising consultants and programs.
  • Organizes major donor fundraising efforts.
  • Plans and executes fundraising events.
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Nicole Tarpley

Position: Scheduling
Email: ntarpley@texasgop.org
Categories: Administration
  • Primary point of contact for scheduling inquiries and scheduling for for the Chairman and Vice-Chair.
 

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