Allison Zelman, Max Lesko – The New York Times

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Allison Lee Zelman and Max Schaetzel Lesko were married Sept. 23 at Fairfield Farm in Lakeville, Conn. Noland Chambliss, a friend of the couple who became a minister with American Marriage Ministries for the event, officiated.

Ms. Zelman, 33, is the director of states for the Democratic National Committee in Washington. She was until 2011 a policy assistant and speechwriter for the Domestic Policy Council at the White House. She previously worked as a policy assistant in the White House during the Obama administration, and as an organizer for the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and the field director for Pennsylvania in 2012. She was most recently a national regional director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She graduated from Connecticut College.

She is a daughter of Dr. Pamela S. Chassin and Dr. Jared B Zelman of Lakeville. The bride’s father is the former director of emergency medicine at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., and is now the medical director at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. Her mother, a former preventive medicine physician, served from 2001-7 as the executive director of the TriArts Sharon Playhouse in Sharon and continues to work in both theater production and graphic design.

Mr. Lesko, 32, is the director of national organizing, intergovernmental outreach and the Children’s Defense Fund Action Council for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington. Until Jan. 20, he was working in the Obama administration as chief of staff at the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. He was previously an assistant counsel in the office of the White House Counsel and the domestic director in its Presidential Personnel office during the Obama administration. He graduated from the College of Wooster and received a law degree from Georgetown.

He is a son of Wendy Schaetzel Lesko and Matthew John Lesko of Kensington, Md. The groom’s mother founded the “Youth Activism Project,” a Kensington-based, nonpartisan organization that encouraged young people to speak about and pursue solutions to problems they care about. His father founded Information U.S.A., a company based in Rockville, Md., that educates the public on alternative sources of funding and free services in America.

The couple met in Portland, Ore., in 2008 while working on the Obama presidential campaign.

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