Who’s who in N.C. GOP shop

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Republican Party and the Republican National Committee announced shift changes and new hires today. Here is rundown of their bios according to the state party:

Carrie Brown, State Director for North Carolina

Carrie Brown served as the RNC’s Deputy State Director in North Carolina during the successful 2014 election cycle that saw now-Sen. Thom Tillis defeat incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan. Before making North Carolina her home, Carrie worked on targeted congressional and statewide races in Idaho and Pennsylvania, and provided strategic consulting services to campaigns of all levels.

Bronwyn Haltom, Deputy State Director for North Carolina

Bronwyn Haltom is an experienced political operative with a strong background in grassroots organizing and direct voter contact programs. She was a part of the successful Republican Party of Kentucky efforts to re-elect U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, and has worked for targeted senate and gubernatorial campaigns, along with a stint at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Edgar Agosto, Deputy State Director and Director of Hispanic Initiatives for North Carolina

Last cycle, Edgar was the RNC’s Hispanic initiative state director in North Carolina, where he was a part of the successful team that elected Thom Tillis to the U.S. Senate. Prior to that he worked on campaigns in both Puerto Rico and Florida, accumulating decades of political experience.

Ryan Bonifay, Data Director for North Carolina

In 2014, Ryan Bonifay most recently served as Deputy Political Director and Data Director for David Perdue’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia. Raised in Winston-Salem, he has also worked on state level and congressional campaigns in Alabama and Mississippi.

Kristen Laster, NCGOP Finance Director

A North Carolina native, Kristen opened Southern Strategy Group of North Carolina as Managing Partner in July 2012. Kristen’s vast array of experience includes regulatory reform, campaign finance compliance, state budget issues, energy, post-secondary education, health care and real estate. Kristen began her career in Tallahassee, Florida, effectively representing a number of clients before the legislative and executive branches of Florida government and numerous local governments. After moving back home to North Carolina, she spent time coordinating local and statewide campaigns, fundraising and working in government affairs.

Katie Sullivan, NCGOP Political Director

Katie Sullivan, of Wilmington, NC, is returning to the North Carolina Republican Party as senior political director. In the summer of 2010 she started work with the Victory program as the director of field operations. After a successful 2010 election, which saw Republicans take control of the North Carolina legislature, Katie went to work for then Speaker Thom Tillis until moving to Tampa, FL, to work on the 2012 Republican National Convention. Katie then returned to Raleigh, where she began work at the Stewart Group, a North Carolina-based firm specializing in political consulting and public affairs. In January 2014 Katie took on the role of political director at the NCGOP. She then served in Senator Tillis’ Raleigh office as a constituent advocate.