When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for president, he had a small batch of campaign staffers running his operation. Now, as the GOP front-runner gears up for a potential contested Republican National Convention, he has shaken things up.
New hires have been brought on, some current campaign aides are shifting roles, and a few have left Trump’s orbit entirely. Stuart Jolly, the man in charge of hiring volunteers and building ground operations ahead of state primaries for Trump’s campaign, announced earlier this week he would be “voluntarily leaving” his position.
With Jolly out and several new names in, here are seven members of Team Trump to know:
Formerly employed by the conservative Koch brothers-backed group, Americans for Prosperity, Lewandowski has been with Trump since Day One of his presidential campaign. The once little-known campaign manager was thrown into the spotlight recently when he was charged with battery in an incident with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
He also played a key role in Trump’s first primary win in New Hampshire. Despite the ongoing controversy, Trump acknowledged Lewandowski’s contribution during his victory speech.
Manafort is the newbie who now appears to be calling the shots on Team Trump. Though he is new to the campaign, he is not new to politics. Trump brought Manafort aboard to lead the team’s effort to secure delegates for Trump, since it seems Republicans are headed toward a contested convention. Manafort advised the likes of Ronald Reagan, John McCain, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
“We understand how to do it,” Manafort said on “This Week” Sunday. “People are coming on board the Trump campaign now who have experience in this process. We’re building our networks out.”
Along with Manafort, Wiley, a well-known Republican strategist, joined the Trump campaign as a national political director, earlier this month.
The former political director of the Republican National Committee is no stranger to presidential campaigns, most recently having served as the campaign manager for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s failed White House bid.
Unlike some of Trump’s recent hires, Hicks had no political experience prior to joining the team as the campaign’s communications director.
Hicks, 27, started her career in 2012, when she joined the public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies. While at Hiltzik, the Connecticut native started working with the Trump organization.
Then in 2014, Hicks handled PR for Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, for her fashion line, according to New York magazine. She has been with the campaign since the start.
Scavino, longtime advisor of the real-estate-mogul-turned-presidential-candidate, was appointed as the social media director back in February.
However, before Scavino worked on a social strategy for Trump’s White House effort, he started as the real estate mogul’s golf caddie and worked his way up to being executive vice president and general manager at the Trump Organization for nearly a decade.
Scavino has helped Trump push his campaign on social media, especially on Twitter, where he has 7.6 million followers.
Glassner, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, has a lengthy political resume. He was former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s right hand man, managing her 2008 vice presidential campaign and serving as her chief of staff in 2012. For 15 years, the Kansas native worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, managing and advising the senator’s bid for president in 1996. Glasser initially signed onto the Trump campaign as national political director.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Before Huckabee Sanders took on the role as Trump’s senior adviser, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee served as the campaign manager for her father’s 2016 presidential bid. Among other things, she is now a frequent surrogate for Trump on cable news.
“I volunteered to join Mr. Trump’s campaign because he is a champion of working families,” Huckabee was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Trump campaign back in February. “I’m honored to help Mr. Trump Make America Great Again.”