National Staff

The National Staff of the Green Party of the United States are members of the Industrial Workers of the World. The statement from the Staff can be read here.


Michael O'Neil
Communications Manager

Michael has over fifteen years of political communications experience, with twelve of those spent with the Green Party in everything from street canvassing to national press relations. Michael served as staff on the 2010 New York gubernatorial campaign that won back ballot status for the Greens in that state for the first time since 2002. In the 2014 and 2018 gubernatorial campaigns he helped sustain their ballot status in the roles of Downstate Coordinator and Campaign Manager, respectively.

In 2016, Michael was hired as the Assistant to the Campaign Manager of the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka campaign, co-managing the campaign's Brooklyn, NY office and producing events and livestreams.

Michael has served as Co-Chair of the Green Party of New York and has previously worked for the National Coalition Against Censorship and the radical performance community Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. He assisted the WGA-EAST with online communications during the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America Strike. He resides in Syracuse, NY.


DSCN6887.pngDavid Doonan
Web Manager

David has served as web manager for the Green Party since 2007. His entire career has been spent in the graphic arts, from college photographer; offset platemaker, cameramen, 4/C stripper and compositor, desktop publishing technician; photographer / journalist and finally to web developer.

A 1977 graduate of The Cooper Union in New York City, Doonan began his career in politics circulating petitions for an anti-war congressional candidate in Springfield, MA. in 1968. In 2008 he was elected Village Mayor of Greenwich, New York. He served until 2018 when he choose not to seek re-election. Doonanย has provided web, communications and strategic advise for Green Party candidates throughout the country.

Shortly before 9/11, Doonan left full time employment to become a self-employed web developer. Shortly after 9/11 Doonan changed his party registration to Green as a silent protest against the calls for vengeance rather than justice.

Doonan lives with Judy, his wife of countless years, two cats who fully live up to their names (Trouble and Turbo) and has his heart constantly broken by Tottenham Hotspur and the Buffalo Bills. At least the Red Sox & Celtics have brought him joy.


3a_2E.jpgStarlene Rankin
Virtual Office Manager

Starlene is a longtime member and leader of the Green Party, and joined the staff in 2015. She has been a co-chair of GPUS. She is a founder of the GPUS Lavender Green Caucus, former co-chair of the Media Committee, and managed the GPUS social media presence for several years before becoming a staff member.

Starlene co-chaired the Iowa Draft Nader for President Committee in 1996, then co-founded the Iowa Green Party. Sheย was the paid Clearinghouse Coordinator for G/GPUSA in Lawrence, MA, during the 2000 Presidential campaign (Nader/LaDuke). Starlene was also a staff member of Rebecca Kaplan's campaign for Oakland City Council in 2000, was a staff member of Peter Camejo's campaign for California Governor in 2002 and was the paid Clearinghouse Coordinator for the Green Party of California for several years.

Starlene lives in NW Portland, OR with her cool cat, Bobby. She has three adult sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons. For fun, Starleneย likes to sing and play her guitar.ย