January 21, 2021/Media, Press

Texas Democratic Party Names New Senior Staff Leadership

Hannah Roe Beck is appointed Interim Executive Director and Luke Warford is appointed Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

Austin, Texas — After a combined 12 and a half years at the Texas Democratic Party, Manny Garcia and Cliff Walker announced today that they will be stepping down from their roles and exploring new opportunities in the progressive movement.

As such, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has appointed Hannah Roe Beck to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party starting February 1st. Hannah previously served as the Convention Director for the Texas Democratic Party in 2020, was the Co-founder and Executive Director of MOVE Texas, and has held previously leadership positions in political action committees and Texas campaigns.

Chair Hinojosa also announced the appointment of Luke Warford as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Texas Democratic Party. Luke was the Texas Democratic Party’s Voter Expansion Director in 2020. Previously, Luke worked on the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, at a major social media company combating misinformation and bullying and harassment online, and for a DC-based consulting firm advising multinational corporations and NGOs on their international engagement strategies.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: 

“I’m thrilled to welcome Hannah Roe Beck as our interim Executive Director. She has built organizations in the past, such as MOVE Texas and Ascend PAC, into national powerhouses that change the political landscape in Texas and the rest of the country. She is a fighter and she will continue the great legacy that Manny and Cliff have left her.

“I’m also excited to welcome Luke Warford as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for the party. In this newly created position, Luke will be the point person on running a comprehensive strategy registering new Texans and getting them to the polls. Luke has significant experience in developing innovative strategies of voter and donor engagement, and I look forward to watching him succeed in this new role.”

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

“Texas Democrats are poised for great things. Our team is highly-skilled, our programs are robust, we are ready to be better, and opportunity is at our grasp. We’ve made tremendous progress, but there is so much more to be done. I’m excited for the future of the Texas Democratic Party. Hannah Roe Beck is ready to lead the state party into the next chapter, and there is no challenge that Luke Warford cannot tackle. ”

Texas Democratic Party Incoming Interim Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck issued the following statement:

“I couldn’t be more thrilled by the opportunity to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. I have called Texas home for over two decades, and I deeply believe in the potential that our state has. It is the biggest honor of my life to be asked to lead our team in this pivotal moment in Texas’ history and to work alongside our exceptional team to fight for a fair shot for all.

“I am deeply grateful to Manny and Cliff for the leadership, mentorship, and friendship that they have shown me. Last year, their guidance and trust led us to hosting the first-ever and largest virtual convention our nation has seen, and I have learned a tremendous amount from their legacy of service. I’m excited for them to begin a new chapter, and I look forward to working side by side in the future to turn Texas blue.”

Texas Democratic Party Incoming Chief Strategy Officer Luke Warford issued the following statement:

“So much of what I know about politics I have learned from Manny and Cliff. Their incredible legacy speaks for itself and their commitment to making Texas the biggest battleground state in the country has been critical in getting us to where we are today. We will miss their leadership, their compassion, and their character.

“Turning Texas blue is a years-long project that will require all hands on deck. Over the past year, I have been deeply grateful for the opportunity to test innovative ideas and programs at the Texas Democratic Party in order to continue to bring us closer to statewide victory and the enactment of policies that serve all Texans. I am beyond honored to step into this new leadership role at the party. Expanding the electorate will be critical to achieving our goal of turning Texas blue in the years ahead and I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside Hannah and our incredible team at the Texas Democratic Party. We are closer than we have been in decades to making the possibility of turning Texas blue into a reality and we are all hands on deck to achieving our goal of a blue Texas.”

Hannah Roe Beck’s Bio

Hannah grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. While at UTSA, Hannah co-founded MOVE Texas (formerly MOVE San Antonio) to engage young people in the political process, ultimately becoming MOVE’s first Executive Director. After running MOVE for 3 years, Hannah served as the Martinez Street Women’s Center’s first ever Development Director before managing two local judicial campaigns in Bexar County to elect the first single mother in the Bexar County Courthouse and the youngest district court judge in the state. Prior to joining the Texas Democrats, Hannah served as the Managing Director of Ascend PAC, an angel investment fund for local campaigns in battleground states, running the organization for one year before leading its eventual merger with Run for Something to create RFS Ascend.

Hannah joined the Texas Democratic Party in January 2020 as its Convention Director and led the first-ever and largest virtual convention in Democratic party politics in June 2020. The convention’s reach was significantly expanded, engaging hundreds of thousands of viewers and raising over $2 million for Texas Democrats. For the remainder of the cycle, Hannah served as the Deputy Operations Director for the TDP. Now, Hannah is excited to move into the role of Interim Executive Director for the Texas Democratic Party.

Luke Warford’s Bio

Luke Warford will move into the role of Chief Strategy Officer at the Texas Democratic Party. Luke joined the Texas Democratic Party in January 2020 as the Party’s Voter Expansion Director. In this role, he led an effort that resulted in Texas’ Democratic electorate growing by nearly 1.4 million votes from 2016 to 2020. In a state without online voter registration, Luke adapted the Texas Democratic Party’s voter registration efforts to the pandemic, transitioning online, testing new and innovative voter registration approaches, and setting the national standard for COVID-19 voter registration. He led the launch of RegisterTexas.com, an innovative online platform that allowed Texans across the state to request their voter registration applications, and pioneered the first online volunteer deputy registrar (VDR) training, deputizing more than 2800 people, the most at one time in state history. Ultimately, Luke led voter registration efforts that added more than 125,000 Texans to the voter rolls. Luke also spearheaded a cutting-edge digital fundraising program, raising more than $3 million for the party by leveraging novel digital fundraising techniques.

Before joining the Texas Democratic Party, Luke worked at a major tech company combating misinformation and bullying and harassment online, led foreign engagement efforts for international NGOs, foundations, and multinational corporations at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a DC-based consulting firm, and worked on the 2016 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Luke is a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.