NRCC Announces Senior Staff for 2024 Election Cycle

January 11, 2023

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced its senior staff for the 2024 election cycle as the Committee begins its work to grow the Republican House majority. 

“These battle-hardened professionals are ready to hit the ground running to grow our majority in 2024. I am thrilled to have this talented team on board as House Republicans get to work delivering on our Commitment to America.” -NRCC Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC)

Chris Winkelman will be Executive Director. A DC native, Winkelman comes to the NRCC from political law firm Holtzman Vogel, where he served as a Partner. Winkelman previously served as General Counsel to the NRCC for three election cycles. Winkelman has counseled campaigns and officeholders for the last decade in his roles at Holtzman Vogel and the NRCC. 

Micah Yousefi will be Deputy Executive Director. A Maryland native, Micah was the Deputy Director for the NRSC Independent Expenditure Unit for the 2022 cycle. Prior to that, Micah served as Policy and Political Director at Winning for Women. Previously, Micah served as Campaign Manager for Rep. Karen Handel, Women’s Engagement Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and as a legislative aide to Rep. Bill Shuster (PA). 

Mike Thom will be Political Director. An Iowa native, Thom returns as Political Director after leading the political team that took back the majority with the most diverse class of House Republicans ever. Thom previously served the NRCC as Deputy Political Director and Regional Political Director. Prior to the NRCC, Thom managed Brian Fitzpatrick’s (PA) first congressional race, was an RNC state director, and a veteran of three presidential campaigns.

Leigh Ann Gillis will be Finance Director. A Georgia native, Gillis returns to the NRCC for a second cycle after leading record breaking NRCC fundraising efforts during the 2022 cycle. Prior to the NRCC, Gillis served as Finance Director for America First, and as a member of the team involved in electing Governor Sonny Perdue and Senator David Perdue.

Jack Pandol will be Communications Director. A native of Bakersfield, California, Pandol previously served as the Communications Director for the Senate Leadership Fund. Prior to that, Pandol worked as the Western Regional Press Secretary for the NRCC and as the top communications staffer for three different Members of the House of Representatives: Charles Boustany (LA), Bradley Byrne (AL), and Rick Crawford (AR).

Taylor Black will be Grassroots Director. A native of Newport Beach, California, Black is returning to the NRCC after serving as the Digital Fundraising Director for the 2022 cycle. Prior to joining the NRCC, Taylor worked at Targeted Victory where she oversaw the online fundraising efforts for House candidates and national committees. Previously, Black worked as a legislative staffer for Rep. Tom McClintock (CA). 

Erin Clark will be General Counsel. A Kentucky native, Erin is returning to the NRCC for her fourth cycle in the NRCC Legal Department. Erin previously worked as an associate attorney at political law firm Holtzman Vogel and on the Mitch McConnell for Senate campaign.

Katy Williams will be Chief Operating Officer & CFO. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Williams is returning for her second cycle after previously working at the Senate Leadership Fund and as Deputy CFO of the NRCC.