Jim Crounse is recognized as one of the top Democratic mail consultants in the country. In 2008 and again in 2012, Jim captained the team that did direct mail for President Barack Obama. Jim’s mail was used all across the country and specifically helped the President win the tough states of Virginia and Florida. After the 2008 election, Jim was called upon by the Obama transition team to head the confirmation team of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Jim has also produced direct mail for President Bill Clinton, and scores of high profile statewide races including U.S. Senators Evan Bayh, Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan, and Jack Reed. Read More.
Bill Vaughan is currently a consultant in the health sector for Consumers Union, the non-profit, independent publisher of Consumer Reports. Starting in 1965 he worked for various Members of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, and retired in 2001 as Health Subcommittee Staff Director for the Minority. Between 2003 and May 2005 he was Director of Government Relations for Families USA, a national health advocacy organization.
Nicholas R. Smith – Treasurer
Nicholas R. Smith is a co-founder and Principal of DSC Partners LLC. Prior to forming DSC, Mr. Smith was a co-founder of First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO) and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 1997 until 2015. He led First Potomac’s growth from four properties totaling 800,000 square feet in 1997, through its IPO and listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2003, to become one of the largest and fastest-growing real estate companies in the Greater Washington region with a portfolio valued in excess of $2 billion.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and serves on the Council of Advisors for the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Graduate Programs in Real Estate. He is also a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Catholic University of America.
Tim Leach has over 30 years of investment and wealth management expertise. He is the current Chief Investment Officer at U.S. Bank Wealth Management Group. Tim has held senior investment management positions at Qualivest Capital Management (formerly the investment management arm of one of U.S. Bancorp’s predecessor companies), ABN Amro Asset Management, Wells Fargo Private Client Services and U.S. Trust Company. Leach earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Terry O’Neill is an attorney, law professor and activist for social justice, and was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees.