Pacheco Assembles Democratic Staff

When former Democratic Party chairman Bill Lynch left his post to run for Congress, it was but one in a series of departures that left the party with little infrastructure heading into one of the hottest political seasons in decades. New chairman Ed Pacheco has now named a new team for the party. Seems to have a progressive tilt. From his release:

Pawtucket, RI - Edwin R. Pacheco, chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, today
announced three hires to the state party staff.

Stephanie DeSilva has been named executive director. A native of Cranston, DeSilva was
senior account executive at True North Communications, a Providence-based public relations
firm, where she focused on public relations strategy, media relations, and social media
networking for corporate, nonprofit, and political clients. Prior to True North, she was an
account executive at Vision Strategies, and served as press secretary for RI General Treasurer
Paul J. Tavares. DeSilva volunteered locally for Obama for America and canvassed in western
Montana during the get-out-the-vote week preceding Election Day 2008. She holds a bachelor’s
degree from Rhode Island College where she majored in communications and political science.

Peter Asen will serve as the party’s campaign coordinator. A well-known community organizer
and political activist, Asen is the departing director of Ocean State Action, a coalition of
community and professional organizations advocating for social and economic justice. He
returned to his native state of Maine to manage a congressional campaign in 2008 and has
worked on a number of local political campaigns including the 2008 campaigns of Reps. Deb
Ruggiero, Amy Rice, and Michael Rice. Asen is a graduate of Brown University and is currently
pursuing a master’s degree from the Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Christina Morra has been serving as field coordinator and associate director for the party since
June 1. Morra, a Providence native, has worked at the grassroots level, from campaign
fundraising to mobilizing volunteers for local officials including Providence Councilmen Seth
Yurdin and Michael Solomon. She is an ardent environmental advocate with a background in
sustainable building and alternative energy. Morra studied political science at Rhode Island
College, and is working towards a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in
environmental policy from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

“I am thrilled to welcome Stephanie, Peter, and Christina - they bring different strengths and skill
sets to their respective positions. There is a great deal of work to do through this midterm
election cycle, and we are ready to hit the ground running. Beyond the general, we are looking
forward to building a cohesive and energized Democratic Party in the State of Rhode Island, and
this is the team to get the job done,” said Pacheco.

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