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Faces of the campaign: Sheena Patton

2012 Campaign HQ September 2011

Name: Sheena Patton
Title: Human Resource Director
Based in: Chicago, Illinois
Hometown: Chicago Heights, Illinois

Q1. What does a day at work look like to you?
One thing that I like about my job is that every day is different. Mondays are the busiest because I conduct new hire orientations for every new staff member. Most days fill up pretty quickly with meetings.

Other days I might attend a job fair, conduct interviews, review resumes, reach out to colleges and other organizations, sign off on payroll, extend job offers, complete state reports, or deal with employee-relations issues.

Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
After hearing Senator Obama announce that he was running for president on February 10th, 2007, I knew I wanted to get involved. I attended the very first Camp Obama for new organizers in May 2007, and after my internship I became a staffer in the fall. My previous jobs in HR included recruiting, so I knew I could recruit volunteers to go to Iowa and all of the border states, like Kentucky. During the general election I ran the border state program for Indiana. During 2009, I had a great opportunity to help organize around President Obama’s legislative issues, and later became the Illinois state field director with Organizing for America.

Q3. What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is conducting the new hire orientations. I get to meet every new staffer and find out a little bit about them. It is my job to foster a positive attitude here at the campaign, and our policies and goals help instill our motto—“Respect, Empower, Include, and Win”—in every new hire.

Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your job?
I try to plan my day, but sometimes I get called into meetings. I always know I will get various questions from staffers throughout the day. Some staffers send emails, others will stop by. I’m glad to help and I’m glad everyone knows that I have an open-door policy.

Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Most of my fun facts revolve around my son, but not many people know that I skipped a grade. I used to be really, really smart—like most of the younger people that work on this campaign.

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