Three new people join Libertarian Party Headquarters team

Three new people join Libertarian Party Headquarters team

I’d like to publicly recognize and thank Arthur DiBianca for his ten years of work for the Libertarian Party. He has managed our database, helped assemble fundraising letters, edited nearly everything I have ever written, and recruited and supported many candidates. Recently, Mr. DiBianca left staff to pursue other projects. He will be greatly missed. Many thanks to him for all that he has done for our Party and cause over the years.

As Executive Director, I seek to recruit the best talent available to help our party grow and prosper. Today, I’m very pleased to announce three new members of the Libertarian Party Headquarters team: Elizabeth Brierly, Lauren Daugherty, and Andy Burns.

Elizabeth Brierly is a long-time Libertarian Party of California activist where she served five years on the executive committee. She ran for State Board of Equalization in 2002 and managed the campaign of Libertarian Terry Savage for Assembly, which raised $50,000 in a three-way race. She has edited and designed several libertarian books. Ms. Brierly served as president of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association and helped to defeat a 2006 sales tax. She was part of a research team that published a study on the true cost of taxation, which was presented to the Congressional House Ways & Means Committee in 2000. She has done public relations work for the Independent Institute and holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA.

Ms. Brierly will be working with Political Director Carla Howell to serve as Assistant Editor for LP News and Liberty Pledge.

Lauren Daugherty served as the executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, LP Texas raised over $145,000, put 132 candidates on ballots across the state, and established branding standards. Prior to that Ms. Daugherty worked at FreedomWorks in Washington, DC, where she executed a rapid expansion of their direct-mail program, and the Leadership Institute, in Arlington, VA, where she oversaw campus outreach at northeastern schools, managed four field staff, and spoke regularly at training seminars across the country. She holds a BA from Emory University where she served as Chair of the College Republicans (don’t worry–she’s a real Libertarian now) and MAs from Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of World Politics.

Ms. Daugherty will help us with fundraising and membership growth.

Andy Burns joins us from Minnesota, where he has served as executive director of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. He raised the state party’s annual revenues from $5,800 to over $45,000 and managed a 2014 statewide petitioning effort which collected 13,000 signatures for 5 candidates in just 14 days. During Mr. Burns’ leadership, LP Minnesota also increased their nonpartisan elected officials from zero to five and established branding standards for the organization. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Mr. Burns will serve as our State Affiliate Development Specialist.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Brierly, Lauren Daugherty, and Andy Burns to the team.

Right now, we are raising funds to prepare for 2016 — what may be the most important year in our party’s history.

Building our team at Headquarters with highly qualified people is imperative to our future success. I am grateful for a generous contribution of $20,000 which was given recently for this.

If you too would like to invest in our Headquarters staff and our ability to serve you, please help by donating here.

On behalf of all of us here at Headquarters, it is an honor to serve you every day. Thank you.

Yours in Liberty,

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