Our Team – Meet the Leadership – Republican National Convention

Ronna McDaniel

Chairwoman, Republican National Committee

Ronna McDaniel is the second woman ever elected Chair of the RNC. During the 2016 election, Ronna McDaniel helped deliver Michigan for Donald Trump and the GOP for the first time in decades. She was elected as the State Chairman from Michigan in February of 2015.

Ronna served as a Trump delegate and chaired the Michigan Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District.

In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.

In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.


Marcia Lee Kelly

President and CEO

Marcia Lee Kelly is the President and CEO of the 2020 Republican National Convention. Most recently, Kelly was the Assistant to the President, Director of White House Management and Administration and Director of the Office of Administration, which provides operational support for the President.

In that capacity, she oversaw 390 personnel supporting the White House, Office of Administration and the Executive Residence. She was also an official member of the USA Presidential Delegation to the Olympics in South Korea.

Over the course of her almost 30-year career, she has worked on two presidential transition teams and three Republican National Conventions in Minneapolis, Tampa and Cleveland. As Director of Operations for the 2016 Convention, she managed overall logistics, including build-outs of convention venues.

A first generation Korean-American, Kelly started her career in the New York City Mayor’s Office, produced the Yankees ticker-tape parade and directed the two-year long NYC Millennium celebration that included 26-hours of non-stop live broadcasting to a global audience. Among a list of large-scale commemorations organized by Kelly: the Princess Diana Memorial, World Cup Host Committee, Inauguration of Mayor Giuliani and a Sting Concert in Central Park.

Kelly was nominated for a daytime Emmy award for the “Prayer for America” which was the first memorial for the victims of 9/11. She and her work have been featured in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

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Toni Anne Dashiell

Chairwoman, Republican National Convention

Toni Anne Dashiell is the Chairwoman for the RNC Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Convention, and continues to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman for Texas.

Dashiell has been active in politics, grassroots advocacy and leadership training for more than 40 years. She is a leader among leaders, who was awarded the 2009 Ronald Reagan Leadership Award by the National Federation of Republican Women for her distinctive performance as the President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW).

She has traveled to Bosnia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Burma on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network to train women and men seeking public office. She co-authored with Rachel Woods “Leading for Freedom: Leadership Skills for Republicans” and conducts workshops across the nation on the topics addressed in the book.

Dashiell’s service as a volunteer grassroots leader dates back to 1968, when she first worked on a presidential campaign as a member of Teenage Republicans. Since that time, she has been a consistent leader in numerous Republican campaigns and organizations both in Texas and across the nation. Dashiell was proud to serve as Kendall County Chair from 2010 to 2013 and as a Vice Chair of the Texas for Trump Coalition in 2016. She has served on the RNC since 2013, and was re-elected to the Budget Committee in January 2019.

Together, she and her husband, Tom, are small business owners in Boerne, Texas, working in both real estate and insurance.

Stephen “Max” Everett

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Max Everett is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the 2020 Republican National Convention. This is Everett’s sixth convention, having previously served as the Chief Information Officer for the 2004 and 2016 conventions. In these roles, he is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of major convention programs, while overseeing the convention’s IT infrastructure and operations.

Everett brings over two decades of experience in providing innovative solutions and managing risk for both public and private sector organizations. Everett was most recently the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio, serving as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary and leading various functions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Everett received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Houston.



Whitney Andersen –Chief of Program

Luke Bullock – Deputy Director of Buildout

Christina “CC” Cobaugh – Chief of Staff and Director of Ticketing

Kelly Eaton – Deputy Director of Operations

Blair Ellis – Director of Communications

Tatum Gibson – National Press Secretary

Kelsey Gorman – Director of Signature Events Coordination

Susan Haney – Deputy Director of External Affairs

Dustin Hendrix – Director of Transportation

Doug Hochberg – Digital Director

Jinger Kelley – Deputy Director of Finance

Andy King – Deputy Director of Logistics Flow & Signage

Thomas Krol – Deputy Director of Transportation

Edith “Dee Dee” Lancaster – Director of Logistics Flow & Signage

Joy Lee – Counsel

Christine “Chris” Lesko – Chief of Infrastructure

Diandra Lopez – Director of Delegate Experience

Thomas Maxwell – Chief Financial Officer

Dan McCarthy – Chief Public Affairs Officer

Mallory McGough – Director of Administration

Robert “Bob” O’Donnell – Director of Security

Jonathan “Jonny” Oringdulph – Chief Logistics Officer

Yandrick Paraison – Director of Special Projects

Russell Peck – Director of Community Affairs

Max Poux – Deputy Director of Security

Christopher Reese – Director of Executive Operations

James Sample – Director of Operations

Megan Schenewerk – Deputy Director of Administration

Lisa Shoemaker – Director of Media Operations

Rebecca Wasserstein – Director of Hotels and Venues