Leadership

Don Fowler, Chair

Don Fowler was Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1995-1997.  He served as Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 1971-1980 and was the CEO of the 1988 Democratic National Convention held in Atlanta.   He has taught at the University of South Carolina since 1964 and continues as adjunct professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science.  He is Chairman of Fowler Communications, Inc.

 

Gloria Williamson, Vice-Chair

Gloria Williamson served in the Mississippi State Senate from 2000-2008 representing Neshoba, Leake and Winston counties.  She is a former Chair of the Mississippi Democratic Party and has served on the Mississippi Commission for the Status of Women since being appointed in 2008 by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.  Gloria is currently serving as the President of the Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women and is a former small business owner.

  

Jay Parmley, Founding Executive Director (2013-2016)

Originally from Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Jay Parmley served as Chair and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party from 2001-2005.  He has also worked as the Executive Director of the South Carolina and North Carolina Democratic Party. For two years he was assigned to the Mississippi Democratic Party as part of DNC Chairman Howard Dean's 50-state strategy.  From 1999-2001, Jay was the President of the Young Democrats of America. Parmley currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.  

 

Matthew "Mudcat" Arnold, Political Director

Raised in Booneville, MS, Arnold has worked in 29 states, covering dozen of campaigns for state and federal office.  In 2012, he was the National Campaign Manager for the CREDO SuperPAC. He is a national field trainer for Democracy for America and a speaker at conventions and progressive gatherings across the country. He’s run campaigns for progressive champions like Lloyd Doggett, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Darcy Burner. Mudcat has designed sophisticated organizing operations for MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, and a host of other non-profit and public affairs clients.  He currently lives in East Nashville.