FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2024
AMERICAN PROMISE ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR STRATEGIC HIRES AHEAD OF GROWTH PLANS IN 2024
Director of Congressional Affairs, Pennsylvania State Manager, and Arizona State Manager Join American Promise’s Growing Team
Boston, Massachusetts – American Promise is pleased to announce the hire of three new senior staff as the organization prepares to ramp up efforts in Washington, D.C. and around the country in support of the For Our Freedom Amendment in 2024. Jim Dornan, Director of Congressional Affairs, Timothy Castro, Arizona State Manager, and Matthew Powell, Pennsylvania State Manager, join the organization as seasoned, cross-partisan political professionals.
“I am thrilled to welcome Jim, Tim, and Matt — three extremely talented individuals — to our growing organization,” said Jeff Clements, co-founder and CEO of American Promise. “We have an ambitious vision for the next five years as we look ahead toward ratifying the For Our Freedom Amendment. A critical component of our plan is ensuring that we have top talent, from all sides of the political spectrum, representing our efforts, and the voices of the overwhelming majority of Americans, in the halls of Congress and on the ground in critical states like Arizona and Pennsylvania. As we enter 2024, I look forward to working with our new hires, and the rest of our staff and supporters, on achieving our mission.”
“I’m looking forward to my work at American Promise and fighting the scourge of dark money in our political system,” said Jim Dornan. “We need permanent, meaningful reform in order to bring our democracy back to being for the people, by the people.”
Jim Dornan comes to American Promise after nearly 23 years of managing and consulting on a variety of campaigns such as JC Watts’ first race for Congress, along with Ellen Saurbrey’s and Kelly Schultz’s gubernatorial races in Maryland. He spent 15 years working on Capitol Hill, eventually ending up as a Chief of Staff for Congressmen Richard Burr (NC) and George Nethercutt (WA). Dornan also brings with him a wide variety of experiences from public affairs and advocacy firms where he advocated for added appropriations, tax and retirement policy, and other regulatory concerns while engaging in grasstops and grassroots engagement, earned and owned media efforts, issues management, and more.
Timothy Castro is a respected community leader and political strategist, a true native of Arizona with over 25 years of economic development, business and community organizing. As part of Arizona’s COVID-19 response, Castro worked with Prestamos CDFI and Local First Arizona to help bring over $250 million to local businesses. Timothy also worked with Independent Voters to help bring awareness about Open Primaries, and was recently part of the team to help elect Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes. Castro continues to follow his passion to build a more prosperous, and inclusive ecosystem. “Being part of American Promise is an amazing opportunity to bring a just and fair system to our election process,” said Castro.
Matthew Powell began his career as a Staff Assistant on Capitol Hill for former Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman Tom Marino (R), and continued to grow until he became the Senior Legislative Assistant. He managed a portfolio of Homeland Security, Healthcare, Budget, Science, Environment, Agriculture, Small Business, Education, Labor, Housing, and Government Oversight for the Congressman. He comes to American Promise after more recently serving as the Vice President of Government and External Affairs for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania.
About American Promise
American Promise is a cross-partisan organization committed to a singular vision: ratifying the For Our Freedom Amendment to empower the states and Congress to set reasonable limits on political spending, ensuring every American voice counts. Our mission has drawn support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. Leaders from business, politics, academia, the military, and nonprofits are among our ranks, including former members of Congress and Supreme Court justices.