DNCC names four more executives to its Philadelphia team

Mayor Kenney, right, speaks to the media as Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, left, listens. With about six months to go, the Democratic National Convention says planning is on time and on budget.

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced four new executives to join their team, including one who is related to Rev. Leah Daughtry, the committee’s CEO.

Danielle Cooper Daughtry, who is married to Daughtry’s brother, was named Chief Counsel for the DNCC. A spokeswoman for the committee said Cooper Daughtry was selected by the Democratic National Committee at the recommendation of their general counsel firm Perkins-Coie and that Leah Daughtry was not involved in the decision. Most recently, Cooper Daughtry served as in-house counsel at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Prior to that, she worked as an associate at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Cooper Daughtry has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Andrew Ballard, who was transportation manager for the Papal visit, will be the DNC’s director of transportation. The 2016 DNC will be the sixth time Ballard works for the DNC Committee. He was director of transportation for the 2008 Convention in Denver. He was also director of transportation for the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations, according to the DNCC news release.

Amy Chiou, a political strategist, will be staff director for the Convention Complex. “Amy is a self-proclaimed political nerd and the founder of Ballot, an app that will make voting easier by matching voters with candidates that share their political values and community priorities,” the DNC news release said. Chiou had worked on local, state and federal political campaigns. She has a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Monica Ortiz, a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur, will be working as the director of hall management, coordinating convention activities as they relate specifically to Wells Fargo Center. Ortiz previously served as the regional coordinator at the U.S. Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council, where she promoted public-private partnerships in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and South Central Asia, according to the DNC release. She began her career at the U.S. Department of State in 2005 as an analyst with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

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