Indiana Democratic Party Staff

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Lauren Ganapini, Executive Director

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Lauren Ganapini serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Democratic Party since the spring of 2019.  Previously, Lauren served as Director of Finance and Operations of Congressman André Carson’s reelection campaign in Indiana’s 7th Congressional District through three election cycles. After a brief stint on the east coast fundraising for the civil rights nonprofit Muslim Advocates, Lauren returned to Indianapolis to join the Indiana Democratic Party.  Before her position with Congressman Carson, Lauren got her start in politics and public service working for United States Senator Debbie Stabenow in the role of constituent services for five years.

Lauren currently sits on the Board of the Association of Democratic Executive Directors (ASDED) and the board of the Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC)  as the Representative of Midwest Executive Directors.  She also sits on the ASDC Finance Committee charged with making financial and budgetary decisions for the association.

Megan McCullough, Data and Organizing Director

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Megan McCullough serves as Data Director and Organizing director for the Indiana Democratic Party. She got her professional political start in 2018 as a state party intern. Since then, she has organized for the 2018 IN Coordinated Campaign and Planned Parenthood of Illinois. When she’s not working, Megan enjoys baking, knitting, and spending time with her family.

Drew Anderson, Communications Director

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Drew Anderson comes to the Indiana Democratic Party with over a decades-worth of experience in political campaigns, advocacy efforts, and Democratic politics. This is Drew’s second stint as communications director with the INDems with his prior tenure occurring between 2015-2016 for the Indiana gubernatorial and state elections that cycle. Further, Drew received national experience serving as a press flack for the Arizona Democratic Party during the 2018 U.S. Senate elections, the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election, and the 2012 Obama for America presidential campaign. Drew also gained advocacy experience working as a representative for GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization during the Trump Administration. Indiana is a place Drew proudly calls home (he has a tattoo of the state to prove it) where he had the pleasure of serving as an aide for former U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. He also received his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University and originally hails from Tipton.

Daniela Contreras Cuervo, Fundraising Coordinator

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Daniela Contreras Cuervo serves as Fundraising Coordinator for the Indiana Democratic Party. She started her career in politics as Congressional Intern for Congressman André Carson in 2018. She has recently worked as Finance Assistant for the André Carson for Congress Campaign, as well as Finance Director for the Bechtold for Indiana Campaign. Before joining IDP, she was a Legislative Intern for Market Street Group, Inc.

Neil Koglin, Voter File Administrator

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Neil Koglin serves as Voter File Administrator for the Indiana Democratic Party. He got his start in politics as a fellow with Christina Hale for Congress in 2020. Neil has served as an IDP Data intern and fellow before joining the staff at the state party. When not navigating the voter file for IDP, Neil serves in the leadership of the Hamilton County Young Democrats and the Westfield Democrats, his hometown’s Democratic club.

Blake Hesch, War Room Director

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Blake Hesch serves as War Room Director for the Indiana Democratic Party. Previously, Blake served as Special Assistant to Mayor Joe Hogsett at the City of Indianapolis. Before his position with the Mayor’s Office, Blake was the campaign manager for State Representative Mitch Gore during the 2020 election cycle. Additionally, Blake serves as Communications Director for Indiana Young Democrats.

Remell Bryant, Regional Organizing Director

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Remell serves as Regional Organizing Director for District 1. Although she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, her interest in politics stems from 12 years of dedicated union, community and political activism. Prior to joining the state party, Remell was a steelworker for 15 years. She also was a member and sat on the board of The A. Philip Randolph Institute. She has been a key organizer of “Black Labor Week” which is now nationally recognized amongst Steelworkers across the country for the past 9 years. Remell is currently the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Region 6 Women’s Committee Chair.

Maliha Zafar, Regional Organizing Director

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Maliha works with the Indiana Democratic Party as the Central Regional Organizer for Central Indiana. She comes from a background of working with Women4Change Indiana where she discovered her passion for reproductive rights and working with minority communities. She was inspired by working alongside strong and powerful women who care  deeply about Hoosiers’ future. Maliha comes to the State Party with a passion for public service. Maliha graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with degrees in International Studies as well as History. In her free time, Maliha loves to spend time with her cat, dog, friends and family. She loves the outdoors, hiking, running, and camping during the fall, reading mystery novels. Her family comes from Pakistan and her favorite comfort food is Nihari made by her aunt.

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