Lindsay Kavanaugh, Executive Director

Lindsay Kavanaugh joined the Alaska Democratic Party in 2019 after more than a decade and a half working on Capitol Hill and on various political campaigns. A native of Colorado, Lindsay graduated from Colorado State University with a major in political science and interned with the state Senate president before relocating to Washington, DC. From 2009-2014 she served as a Senior Advisor on National Security and Appropriations for former U.S. Senator Mark Begich (AK), where she successfully fought to keep fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. It was during this time she became determined that Alaska would one day be home.

She most recently served as a subcommittee staff lead on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), where she formulated strategies to promote national security policies consistent with democratic values and was responsible for overseeing HASC subcommittee member hearings, briefings, communications, and drafting policy for the National Defense Authorization Bill. She also conducted rigorous oversight of more than $50 billion in Department of Defense appropriations, including IT, cybersecurity, science and technology, intelligence, counterterrorism, and Special Operations Command programs.

Erin Barker, Data Director/Political Coordinator

Erin grew up in Anchorage, where her interest in politics was piqued at Steller Secondary School. Her career has revolved around research, data analysis, and the management information systems that facilitate data-driven decision making. She worked for public health, education, and business organizations in Boston, San Francisco, and Singapore before returning to Alaska in 2017. She attended the Arena Academy (campaign boot camp) in Texas on the Data Director Track in 2019. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons University. 

Matthew Beck, Communications Director

Matthew Beck joined the party after years of grassroots political blogging as The Blue Alaskan. His hard-hitting, aggressive investigative reporting shed light on the dark side of Anchorage politics, brought about reform, helped push progressive candidates across the finish line, and kept bad actors out of local government.

Several of his stories and social media posts became the subject of reporting by the Washington Post, Alaska Public Media, Alaska Democrats, Book Riot, Business Insider, The Library Journal, The Friendly Atheist, LGBTQ Nation, Los Angeles Blade, The Midnight Sun Blog and the Anchorage Daily News.

He understands how a savvy social media presence can engage communities and cause positive change. He is passionate about affordable health care, homelessness issues, and equality for all Alaskans.

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Starre Haas, Coordinated Campaign Director

Starre brings to her position years of proven leadership experience after having been an Advisory Committee Member of the Arkansas Capitol Zoning District Commission, Student Government Community Liaison for the Clinton School of Public Services and Vice President of the National Organization for Women in Arkansas.

As Coordinated Campaign Director, Starre works directly with ADP’s Data Director Erin Barker to set data-driven goals, develop communication structures to collaborate, share information and track progress with partnering campaigns, local parties and state and national allies.

Starre is a tour de force with an incredibly impressive background in strategic planning, data analysis and program development.