Party Leadership & Staff

We're made up of a State Central Committee, 99 county chairs and thousands of involved Iowans who care deeply about their state.

Derek Eadon

Chair

Derek Eadon was elected Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January of 2017. Derek is originally from Elmhurst, IL and attended York High School and the University of Iowa. While he was a student at UI, Derek started his career in politics as a driver for Art Small’s long shot campaign against Chuck Grassley. In 2006, he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. He worked for all three of President Obama’s successful Iowa campaigns, including serving as Iowa General Election Director in 2012. Derek also served as State Director for Organizing for America in Iowa and as the 2010 Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director. Derek has worked as an advisor on some of the most important causes in the progressive community. Some of the issues he has worked on include: climate change, clean energy, gun control, child poverty, early childhood education, paid leave, pay equity, organized labor, campaign finance reform, fair courts, anti-fraud, and anti-smoking efforts. Derek and his wife Melissa live in West Des Moines with their children Aubrey and Maddox and their bulldog.

 

 

Andrea Phillips

1st Vice Chair

Andrea Phillips was elected 1st Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January of 2017. She was a candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives for District 37 (northern Ankeny) in 2016. Before moving to Iowa in 2009 to raise her family, Andrea lived and worked in China for a decade. She served three terms on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, where she worked to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, including community outreach, environmental stewardship, and employee health and safety. While she was working abroad, Andrea also co-founded Shanghai International Family Magazine. Her professional background is in marketing, market research, and community relations.

 

 

Jordan Pope

2nd Vice Chair

Jordan Pope was elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January of 2017.  At the age of 19, Jordan is the youngest person to serve as a Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. Jordan’s start in politics started at the age of 12, when he was a volunteer on an Iowa House Campaign. From there, Jordan also volunteered with Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Needless to say, if Jordan wasn’t in school, he was getting the vote out for Democrats. Jordan was heavily involved with Monroe County Democrats throughout high school. After graduating, Jordan moved to Leon, IA and in December of 2015, Jordan was elected chair of the Decatur County Democrats, becoming the youngest person to ever be elected chair. Jordan has been the Finance chair of the 2nd District since 2016 and also serves on the State Central Committee. Jordan is currently enrolled at Simpson College where he majors in Political Science and Public Relations. He resides in Leon, IA.

 

 

June Owens

3rd Vice Chair

June Owens was elected 3rd Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January of 2017.  A strong proponent of diversity, June is proud to be the first African American woman to serve as Third Vice Chair for the Iowa Democratic Party. Engaged in various levels of Democratic politics, June has served as a Precinct Captain on several campaigns and also serves as a Precinct Leader.  In February 2016, June was elected to serve as Affirmative Action Chair for the Polk County Democratic Party. In 2016, June had the fortune to utilize her organizing and party building skills to serve in the Iowa Headquarters for Secretary Hillary Clinton as well as staff on the Mowrer for Congress Campaign. A Des Moines resident, June is a member of several organizations including, but not limited to: the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Kevin Geiken
Executive Director, IDP
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Melissa Watson
Chief Financial Officer
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Mike Frosolone
House Caucus Director
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Jacob Becklund
Senate Campaign Director
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Communications Director
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Erika Bartlett
IDP Finance and Operations Director
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Adam Beaves
House Deputy Caucus Director
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Roy Pagans
Deputy Operations Director
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Blair Lawton
Organizing Director
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Seth Cohen
Senate Finance Director
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