Alana Mounce, Executive Director
Alana joined the Nevada State Democratic Party as Executive Director in July 2017. She has extensive experience working on competitive campaigns in battleground states, including Nevada, and a strong background in field organizing. Alana most recently worked as the Deputy National Political Director for former Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s successful campaign for DNC Chair. During the 2016 general election, Alana was the Organizing Director for the Democratic coordinated campaign effort in Colorado. Before that, Alana was the Deputy Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Nevada, overseeing Washoe County through the First in the West caucus. Alana has also worked at the White House during the Obama Administration and on statewide campaigns for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former Alaska Sen. Mark Begich. She got her start in politics as a Field Organizer in Las Vegas for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Helen Kalla, Communications Director
Helen is working to keep another Republican out of the governor’s mansion and to support Nevada Democrats up and down the ticket in 2018. During the 2016 cycle, Helen served as a regional press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Florida. Immediately prior to joining the NV Dems, Helen helped build the communications shop as the press manager for the Indivisible Project, a nonpartisan congressional advocacy and citizen engagement nonprofit. As chief media relations manager and spokesperson, Helen garnered Indivisible national media attention. Helen began her career in politics on Capitol Hill, getting her start in the office of Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, and serving most recently as the communications director for Florida Rep. Lois Frankel. Helen is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.
Sarah Abel, Press Secretary
Sarah’s primary focus at the Nevada State Democratic Party is holding Republican Sen. Dean Heller accountable and reminding Nevadans how he has betrayed their trust in Washington. Sarah most recently served as the communications director for the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus during the 2017 legislative session. During the 2016 election cycle, Abel served as press secretary on Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s high-profile campaign for Senate and as the communications and digital director for the Nebraska Democratic Party. Sarah Abel got her start in politics interning for the Democratic National Committee and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Ernest Bailey, Research Director
Ernest re-joined the Nevada State Democratic Party in 2017 after previously working with the party as an organizer during the 2012 presidential caucus. After his first stint with the NV Dems, Ernest continued organizing in Las Vegas for President Obama’s re-election campaign. In 2013, Ernest worked in opposition research with the Colorado Democratic Party and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s 2014 re-election campaign. Ernest went on to conduct corporate research for Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and policy research with American Bridge 21st Century, focusing first on the political operations of the Koch Brothers’ network and then the launch of the Trump War Room after the 2016 election. Ernest, a graduate of CSN’s College High School and UNLV, is eager to make his hometown a better place by working to elect Democrats to represent us at every level of government.
Peter Mellinger, Coordinated Campaign Director
Peter manages the party’s 2018 operation to turn out Democratic voters in every district and elect Democrats at every level, from local office to governor and U.S. Senate. Peter mostly recently managed Susan Platt’s campaign for lieutenant governor in Virginia, and before that served as organizing director for Hillary for America in New Hampshire and directed the state coordinated campaign’s successful field and voter targeting efforts that elected the first all-woman, all-Democratic Congressional delegation in American history. He also worked for Secretary Clinton in the New Hampshire, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wyoming primaries. In 2014, he served in field leadership on Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ U.S. Senate campaign. Prior to that, Peter worked on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign and as an organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election in Iowa.
Sabrina Maki, Party Operations Manager
Sabrina manages the daily operations for the Nevada State Democratic Party and provides critical support for our staff. Prior to joining the NV Dems, she worked as a Graduate Researcher for the Center of Migration, Demography, and Population Studies and the Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sabrina has also worked as the Community and Medical Outreach Coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, and as the Volunteer Coordinator for Get Outdoors Nevada. As a native Nevadan, Sabrina got her start in politics as a fellow for the NV Dems and as a congressional intern for Rep. Dina Titus. Sabrina is currently a graduate student at UNLV studying American politics, with an emphasis on the Nevada Legislature.