Campaign Director for George Leventhal for Montgomery County
Jessica has known George for 20 years and has served as his campaign manager for the 2010 and 2014 elections. She has also worked as the correspondence manager in his office since 2007. Prior to working at the County Council, Jessica was a program analyst for Head Start and Child Care programs in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and three daughters. For media inquiries or to reach Jessica, email Jessica@GeorgeLeventhal.com.
Outreach and Engagement Director of George Leventhal for Montgomery County
Prior to joining Team Leventhal, Karen served as Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Chief Legislative Correspondent and Digital Outreach Manager, and has worked as the Communications and Outreach Director for an environmental nonprofit. Ms. Murphy also worked with the digital team of Correct the Record, and led online organizing efforts and served as Co-Chair of MoCo4Hillary as a volunteer with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns. Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Development from Michigan State University, and lives in Kensington with her husband and two children. Karen can be reached at Karen@GeorgeLeventhal.com.
Jeffrey O. Thames, Sr.
Chief Strategic Officer of George Leventhal for Montgomery County
Jeffrey has proven to be a game changer in the world of politics and community activism. His “grass roots” approach to tackling complex issues, in the simplest way, has made him a go-to guy for many elected officials, and business owners, across the country. As a United States Marine, he learned the meaning of demanding work, and dedication, and it’s those values that he continues to employ daily. As Chief Strategic Officer, he will be responsible for ensuring that George’s vision is reaching all residents of Montgomery County, and working with individuals that feel they are not being heard. Mr. Thames, has served as a member of the prestigious Ronald V. Dellums Commission, Montgomery County Precinct Official, Former District 5 County Council Candidate (2014), Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee for the NAACP Montgomery County Branch, PTA President for Cresthaven and Roscoe Nix elementary schools, President of Hope Restored, Inc., and associate minister at Norbeck Community Church. Mr. Thames, often referred to as a “Maven Networker,” will be an asset to our campaign, as we strive to see George become the next County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland. Mr. Thames, lives in Silver Spring with his wife Chandra, and their five children. Jeffrey can be reached at Jeffrey@GeorgeLeventhal.com.