LEADERSHIP

Our Team

Matt Liebman

Matt served as campaign manager for Congressman Pete Aguilar’s Frontline re-election campaign in the 2016 cycle. In a nationally targeted race by Republicans, Matt helped guide Aguilar to a decisive double-digit victory. Today, Matt still serves as Congressman Aguilar’s lead political advisor. Matt has managed and overseen campaigns at all levels of office: Congress, State Assembly, County Supervisor and City Council.

In 2018, Matt consulted for James Ramos on a top-targeted race for the Assembly Democrats – helping to flip California’s 40th Assembly District from Red-to-Blue. Ramos became the first California Native American to be elected
to California state office. And in 2012, Matt managed the winning Assembly campaign for Chris Holden in California’s 41st Assembly District.

Kate Lyon

Kate has worked highly competitive local, state, and federal campaigns; Red to Blue and Frontline races; ballot measures; independent expenditure efforts; and with nonprofit and corporate clients. She specializes in field, targeting, and voter contact. Kate has previous experience working on the Hill, for the California State Legislature, and in government relations for nonprofits, focusing on healthcare and women’s reproductive rights.

Doug Greven

Doug has amassed a career’s worth of campaign management experience, including the most hotly contested top-tier Congressional races in California over the last few cycles, and has executed multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns in multiple media markets. Doug got his start working on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as a regional field director in NH, NJ, TX, and PA; his other work includes advising candidates on navigating California’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

Mehran Khodabandeh

Prior to joining VPP, Mehran was the founder or MHK Strategies. A campaign consulting firm that focused on electing candidates in various levels ranging from local, state and federal elections. Mehran prides his career on electing and helping progressive, candidates of color and educating donors as to the importance of a unified approach to candidate investments. 

He earned his start in California’s Bay Area where he contributed to the second half fundraising surge of Progressive Champion, Mike Honda a campaign that helped him understand the need for API involvement and cultivation in the political arena. After that he has focused efforts and strategy have helped campaigns engage and build foundation and community support. Mehran hopes to continue his effort with VPP, by building partnerships with existing organizations and complimenting efforts to protect voter rights and elect Democratic members across the country.

Andrew Janz

Andrew is a deputy district attorney in Fresno County and former candidate for Congress whose insurgent campaign against Republican Devin Nunes received national attention and ignited grassroots activists and small dollar donors from all over the country — resulting in the most money raised of any Democratic challenger in the House.

Raised by immigrant parents, Andrew has lived the American dream and understands the promise that it holds — and has dedicated his life to protecting our rights and ideals. Andrew is a member of VPP’s Board of Directors.

Scott Cooper

Scott was a career Marine, public advocate, and former candidate for Congress in North Carolina. He ran to bridge the growing partisan divide in our country and bring back the sense of common purpose he felt in the Marine Corps. Scott is a member of VPP’s Board of Directors.