Aaron J. Trujillo
Chief of Staff, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Aaron J. Trujillo has more than a decade of experience in government, the legislative process, the regulatory process, campaigns and elections.
Over the past 10 years, he has built a skillset to operate at the nexus between business, technology, and government. From his time as a Senior Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill to serving as a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Commerce Department, he has focused on a broad portfolio of policy issues including economic development, broadband infrastructure, international trade, manufacturing policy and energy.
Most recently as Chief of Staff at the DCCC, he created and implemented the organization’s first-ever cybersecurity initiatives.
Throughout his career he has worked with principals and stakeholders at all levels including Members of Congress and Congressional leadership, key Administration officials, local elected officials, and tribal governments.
In all of these professional roles, the longest lasting impact he says to have had, “is building the structure for effective communication with policy makers and stakeholders where none existed before; helping organizations and institutions accomplish their mission while building their footprint in an ever-evolving government and political landscape.”
Co-Founder and Director, Vouliwatch
Stefanos Loukopoulos is the Co-founder and Director of the non for profit parliamentary monitoring organization Vouliwatch.
He holds a BA in Political Science an MA in International Relations and one in International Conflict Analysis. He completed his studies in the UK and Belgium.
He has worked for important NGOs both in London and Brussels as well as in the European Parliament.
Stefanos is a founding member of the international association “Parliamentwatch Network” and a standing member of the “Council of Citizens Control” of the Greek public broadcasting service.
In recent years he has been involved actively both at national and international level in the fields of open government, civic technology and the freedom of access to information.
Professor, University of Athens, Department of Political Science
Maro Pantelidou Maloutas is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science of the University of Athens and Director of its Laboratory for Greek Politics.
She studied Political Science and History at the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva and Paris (Paris 1-Pantheon/Sorbonne) and obtained her doctorate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
She specializes in issues concerning democracy, equality, citizenship and the cultural aspects of politics (political culture and socialization), as well as on the young as political actors, “political generations”, attitude formation in adolescence and the radicalization of the young. Gender constitutes a central component of her approach.
She has participated in and directed many research projects and is coordinating an ongoing research on political generations in Greece, offering comparable data on adolescents’ political attitudes, for a period of forty years. She is the author of many articles, book chapters and eleven books, including, in English, The Gender of Democracy: Citizenship and Gendered Subjectivity, London, Routledge, 2006.
Tudor is a researcher and entrepreneur with a passion for digital democracy.
He is currently an expert contributor for Forbes, covering civic technology innovations and entrepreneurs in Europe.
Tudor holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Graduate institute, Geneva, with a focus on White House speechwriting and public communication strategies. He was awarded the prestigious Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs and the Bakala Foundation Scholarship to spend the 2017-2018 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University.
Between 2013 and 2018, Tudor was a co-founder and community development lead at GovFaces- a Geneva-based start-up for public deliberation and citizen engagement, with activity at the European Parliament, the United Nations, in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In recognition for his impact on the political communications field,
Tudor was nominated on the Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list in Law and Policy in 2017, and Forbes Romania 30 under 30 list in 2018.
He is active in the entrepreneurship and media communities as a TEDx speaker, One Young World Peace ambassador, juror for the European Youth Award and a member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Assistant Vice President of Advocacy, Independent Community Bankers of America
Joshua Habursky is a nationally recognized grassroots and advocacy communications leader.
Habursky is the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America where he manages advocacy communications programs and community bank grassroots initiatives.
Prior to joining ICBA in 2016, Joshua managed grassroots programs at the American Diabetes Association and the American Motorcyclist Association.
Josh is also the Founder/Chairman of the Grassroots Professional Network, which is a non-profit organization of 25,000 advocacy professionals dedicated to advancing grassroots best practices and thought leadership.
Habursky is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and frequently speaks and writes about advocacy communications in a variety of different forums.
Habursky is also the Contributing Editor of Campaigns & Elections and has been awarded many professional accolades for his work in grassroots advocacy, campaigns, and association thought leadership.
Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College, a Master of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University, and a Certificate in Business and Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Ken FeltmanChairman, Radnor Inc.
Managing Partner, SORA
Christoph Hofinger is managing partner with Günther Ogris of SORA, one of Austria’s premier political research and consulting firms.
He serves as scientific director. Hofinger has worked as a strategic advisor in numerous successful campaigns. He has been an analyst and presenter of election night forecasts for major media outlets for more than two decades.
Hofinger regularly speaks, teaches and writes about Framing and Emotions in Politics. He also cares passionately about solid scientific evidence, and employs both the Framing approach and social research analysis to more deeply understand right-wing populism, growing extremism, and the development of counter-strategies.
Hofinger is editor of the volume "Emotions in Politics and Campaigning" which summarizes the highlights of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC) Vienna conference of 2010.
He served as EAPC President from 2008 to 2010.
President & Founder, Cygnal
Brent is the President & Founder of Cygnal, an innovative public opinion and market research firm that specializes in mixed-mode surveys.
His firm was recognized by the New York Times / The Upshot as the most accurate U.S. polling firm in the nation during the 2018 election cycle.
Brent holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public relations. Prior to starting the firm, Brent consulted with small businesses about advertising and operations. He has since worked with more than 600 candidates, corporations, and advocacy groups developing and executing successful research and communication plans.
His experience includes United States presidential campaigns, national Republican political committees, Republican legislative caucuses, Fortune 500 companies, Super PACs, and state and national associations.
Brent resides in Alabama with his wife, Becky, and five, children - Sam, Lilly Grace, Alex, Gray & Remy. Obviously, he spends his free time herding cats – actually a flock of six Katahdin sheep.
Founder, IDEIA BIG DATA
Maurício holds a BA in Economics and a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences and a Master in Political Management.
Doctor of Economics and Public Sector Policy.
Recently received the Owner / President Management Program certificate from Harvard Business School.
He taught Microeconomics as Professor of the Executive MBA - IBMEC São Paulo. He was also Professor of Econometrics at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Professor of Statistics at FMU.
He was Senior Investment Officer at the IFC - International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Washington, where he served the Syndications Group - for Latin America and the Caribbean.
He was Visiting Scholar at George Washington University.
Founder of IDEIA BIG DATA.
Founder and President, “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications
Dr. Egorova, is founder and president of the “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications, one of the leading Russian companies in political consulting and public relations. She has managed and advised political campaigns throughout Russia and in the West, including the United States, Asia and Latin America,.
She served as personal political consultant to President Boris Yeltsin and three Presidents of foreign states. She is credited with creating the Russian concept of the psychology of political leadership and leaders. Dr. Egorova has published several books, e.g. “One Cannot be Born a Politician: How to become an Effective Political Leader” (1993), “Image of the Leader” (1994), “Political Consultant", “Political Advertising” (1999), “Political Consulting” (2002), “Games with Toy Soldiers. Political Psychology of Presidents” (2004), “In the Fog of War: Offensive Military Communicative Technologies” (2010).
Dr. Egorova is a member of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC), International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC).
Founder, Kanto Systems
Thomas, a campaign technologist founded Kanto Systems, a full service campaign consultancy service in 2012.
Thomas, has years of experience in data driven corporate, political and social campaigns.
Thomas benefits from an in depth knowledge of the European and Commonwealth political arena, helping organisations navigate it’s complex institutions and make sensible long term strategic decisions with the people who run them.
In addition, Thomas is a new media expert and enthusiast, bringing together the latest technology to build groundbreaking campaigns.
Thomas’s most significant work includes Presidential campaigns and UK wide referenda.
Most recently he acted as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Vote Leave campaign.
Back from the USA and after an MBA and a PhD in Political Science Jean Christophe starts his professional career advising former France President Valery Giscard d’Estaing and Jean Arthuis, Minister of Economy and Finance.
Jean-Christophe is then a specialist in political campaigning he first drives in France between 1993 and 1998, including municipal, legislative, regional, but since 2004 he expands his political communication exercise in Europe –managing local and national elections in Romania, Bulgaria, Spain... He also coached many transitions policies between electoral victory and the first months of government and politically advised several governments as for Romania’s EU integration campaign.
Jean Christophe created and led for more than 4 years the Public Affairs & Public Communications division of an Omnicom network global agency. He was the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA) operations of public affairs and public communication coordinator.
He also created "egouvernance.com" an European marketplace dedicated public procurement. He is President of j c g a and URBANAKTORS and cofounded and is VP of ZENON7 Public Affairs. At the heart of the relationship between the public sphere and civil society, Jean Christophe assists companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in their opinion, branding, public or private diplomacy and influence strategies, from local to international issues.
Jean Christophe is associate professor at the Paris La Sorbonne University and teaches at Cluj (Romania) Babes Bolyai University.
He is a weekly columnist in different European media as La Tribune for press, France 3, HispanTV & LCI for TV and France Info, France Inter, France Culture and RMC for radios.
In 2010 he was awarded Germany’s Quadriga Award in the category “Power of Veracity”, for his achievements related to government Transparency. For his efforts to reform Greece he was named one of the Foreign Policy magazine’s TOP 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.
As an MP (1981-2015), he served in several government posts, as undersecretary of Culture and Minister of Education, before becoming Foreign Minister from 1999-2004.
In 1997, as Foreign Minister, George Papandreou in collaboration with his Turkish counterpart, late Ismail Cem, achieved a breakthrough in Greek - Turkish relations, initiating a gradual rapprochement following the Imia crisis that brought the two countries almost at the edge of a war. He also played a key role in the negotiations that led to Turkey's EU candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus's entry in the European Union in 2004.
As Minister of Education, he founded the Greek Open University, which allowed for all to participate in distance studies for University degrees, he established multi-cultural schools, and instituted a minimum quota for students in Greek universities who were members of the Muslim community in Greece.
Currently he is the President of the Socialist International, the largest global political family. The SI brings together 153 social democratic, socialist and Labour parties from all continents. Currently, 53 member parties of the SI are in government and numerous represent the main opposition. The SI has a consultative status - Category I - with the United Nations .
In March 2017 in the Congress of the Socialist International that took place in Cartagena, Colombia Mr. Papandreou was unanimously re-elected President of the organization.
He is also co-chair of the Democratic Alignment , a coalition of the center left parties in Greece, composed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement ( PASOK), the Democratic Left ( DIMAR) and the Movement of Democratic Socialists .
RECENT - CURRENT INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY
● President of the Socialist International
● Founder & Vice-Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation
● Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
● Founding Member and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)
● Member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps
● Co- founder of the Cem-Papandreou International Peace Award
● Member of the Aspen Ministers Forum
Tony Blair appointed him a Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry between 1997 and 2005. He served as Minister for Construction, Minister for Competition Policy and Minister for Enterprise, heading a number of UK trade missions on four continents.
Between 2005 and 2007 Nigel was the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
Today Nigel chairs the Midlands-based cyber security company Enforce Technology, and advises the boards of several international companies, including Cambio Technology Systems , the leading IT supplier to the Scandanavian health services. He is the co-founder of Aermoon, the airline finance company.
During the EU Referendum campaign, Nigel was a speech writer and the author of key referendum leaflets.
He helped found The Big Issue in Scotland and has a long connection with the Arts in Edinburgh and London and chairs Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.
A former House of Commons chess champion, Nigel’s hobbies including mountaineering, cave diving, flying helicopters and restoring classic E-types.
Matthew is a trained political scientist and has been undertaking research for almost twenty years. He has published five books as well as dozens of articles, book chapters and research reports. He holds a BA (Hons) with first-class honours, M.A. and PhD. His first academic post was at a self-funded research institute at the University of Manchester, followed by a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2010, he was appointed lecturer in political science at the University of Nottingham where his various research projects were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Hermes Fellowship and the British Academy, among others. In 2012, Matthew was awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent one year developing counter-extremism policy on full-time secondment in a UK government department. In 2015, he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and in the same year awarded an ESRC Senior Fellowship to examine Britain's 2016 EU referendum. You can connect with him on Linked In.
Matthew's distinctive contribution to social science research and the wider public debate has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, an award that is given to one scholar annually for their contribution to the study of politics. In the same year he was awarded the Communicator Prize for his dissemination of research to non-academic audiences. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, co-authored with Robert Ford. Since completing his PhD he has attracted more than £1 million in external research funding.
Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008, he has co-edited the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy and between 2011-2015 served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Between 2013-2016 he served his profession as a Trustee and executive committee member of the Political Studies Association, which since 1950 has promoted the study of politics.
Matthew is an outward-facing researcher who believes that social science should be as much about contributing to wider society as to social science. He engages widely and has worked with more than two hundred non-academic organisations. He enjoys running and eating books.
In addition to Leader Reid, Senate clients include Dan Akaka, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Heidi Heitkamp, Mary Landrieu and Carl Levin. Gubernatorial clients include Jennifer Granholm, Jim Doyle and Pat Quinn. Mayors Dave Bing (Detroit), Jim Gray (Lexington) and Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans) are also clients, as are Members of Congress John Barrow, Tulsi Gabbard, Dan Kildee, Anne Kuster, Jim Langevin and Sander Levin.
Internationally, Mellman was chief strategist and pollster for Yair Lapid’s stunning rise from zero seats in the Israeli parliament to the country’s second largest party, in just one year. Earlier he helped Cesar Gavira become President of Colombia and Luli Basha defeat the international Mayor of the Year in Albania. Twice he has been honored for running the Best Campaign outside the U.S.
The Mellman Group’s string of upset victories and unparalleled accuracy recently brought the firm the prestigious “Pollster of the Year” award from the American Association of Political Consultants, the third time the Association has bestowed this coveted award on the firm.
The New York Times’ Nate Silver also cited The Mellman Group as the most accurate campaign pollster in the country. The Mellman Group also won series of Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine including two for “Campaign Comeback of the Year” (for victories by Leader Reid and Senator Heitkamp); “Best Use of New Technology” (for our innovative internet-based ad testing); two for “Best International Campaign” and “Best Public Affairs Campaign” several times.
As a consultant to the Democratic Leadership, Mellman plays a central role in developing strategies on a variety of issues. Newsweek credits his work on the environment with helping “turn Bill Clinton green.” The Economist recognized him as the “brains behind the Democrats’ successful ‘Mediscare’ strategy” and Politico described the firm’s role in developing Democrats’ economic messages, noting that Mellman’s manufacturing presentation “electrified Democratic leaders.”
The firm’s string of upset victories led the Boston Globe to call The Mellman Group Washington’s “hottest” political consulting firm, and the New Republic describes Mellman as “a leading Democratic technologist.” Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Roll Call, named Mellman one of the most influential people in Washington when it comes to electing candidates to Congress. The Mellman Group was also the only Democratic firm to handle two of the Washington Post’s ten best incumbent campaigns and helped win two of the three Democratic victories among RealClearPolitics’ Biggest Upsets of 2010. In two of the three years it has awarded the title, National Journal named Mellman its “Top Insider” for providing the most accurate predictions of those election cycles. And last year Doonesbury labeled Mellman the “Prince of Polling.”
The firm has scored successes in numerous initiative campaigns, helping to defeat both California Proposition 226 (the anti-labor initiative), Proposition 38 (the California School Voucher initiative) and Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposals as well as to pass tobacco control, stem cell research, tax and bond measures in 15 states.
Respected entities also turn to Mellman for his objective, unvarnished analysis of public opinion. The U.S. Departments of Justice (under President Bush), State and Labor have all turned to The Mellman Group for critical studies, as has the World Bank. In addition, Mellman works with some of the nation’s most important public interest organizations ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Environmental Trust, and the League of Women Voters.
Mellman’s corporate clients include Coca Cola, MGM Resorts, Intuit (the makers of Quicken), and United Airlines. His groundbreaking research has helped define how nonprofits and businesses can use the internet for online communications, selling, organizing, and fundraising.
Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduate degrees from Yale, where he taught in the Political Science department. He served as a consultant to CBS News, and as a presidential debate analyst for PBS and The Wall Street Journal. Mellman’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal among others, and he writes an influential weekly column for The Hill, a newspaper “for and about Congress.”
Dae most recently served as Stakeholder Director for the Equality Campaign, working on the campaign to get marriage equality legalized in Australia. Prior to that she ran her own consultancy, Dae Levine Consulting, from 2013-2016, where her work spanned clients such as Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-Australia), Action Aid Australia, The Australian Greens, Fairtrade Australia New Zealand, Lendlease, Greens-NSW, and Greens-VIC. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of Republic of Everyone (2012-2013), Head of Communications and Acting CEO at Greenpeace Australia Pacific (2009-2012), and Executive Director of Essential Research at Essential Media Communications (2006-2009).
Back in the United States, she worked for Human Rights First, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Democratic National Committee, EMILY’s List and Vote for America, as well as over 40 federal election candidate campaigns spanning six election cycles.
Dae was a faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching Masters courses in Applied Policy Analysis, Public Sector Marketing and Communications. Early in her career, she established the Dae Levine Group, a well-respected political fundraising firm in the United States, specializing in Democratic candidates and progressive causes. She started in politics as an Associate at Campaign Finance Consultants.
Dae has been sought frequently as a media commentator on Sky News, ABC, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC and NY1. She has been featured in Mumbrella, Campaign Brief, Campaigns & Elections Magazine (which awarded her the Rising Star of Politics Award, and twice awarded her Best Client List Award), Working Woman Magazine, Columbia Alumni Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women.
Dae earned an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA from Barnard College.
1996 University training in magazine journalism (news magazine profil/University of Vienna)
2001 Mag. phil. in communication science, English at the University of Vienna
2004 Master of Arts in Political Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C. 2005 Dr. phil. in communication science, University of Vienna
1996 Freelance journalist for „profil“, „Falter“ (Vienna)
1998 Editor at the news magazine „profil“
2004 Political consultant at „Kovar&Köppl“, Vienna
2006 Managing partner at public consult/Vienna
2008 Managing partner at H&P Public Affairs/Vienna
2011 Fellow at the „Institut für Medienpolitik“ (IfM), Berlin
Fields of expertise:
Crisis- and Change management
Frequent political commentator on Ausrtrian and American politics
Teaches courses on campaign management at:
University of Vienna
FH Wien (journalism)
He writes for publications including the Financial Times, London Review of Books, Politico, Atlantic and many others. His book on Russian propaganda, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages.
He is working on his next book, which looks at developments in the 'battle for hearts and minds' across the world.
He is the Director of Arena Programme at LSE, which is dedicated to overcoming polarisation and disinformation campaigns in today's media.
From 2002-2007, Arkedis was a counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. From 2007-2012, he ran the Progressive Policy Institute's National Security Project. From 2013-present and in addition to 4DPAC, Arkedis has been an international political consultant and author, publishing his first co-authored book Political Mercenaries in 2014 by Palgrave MacMillan.
Internationally, Mr. McMillan advises prominent political leaders in the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Central Asia and Europe. He has served as a general consultant on major national elections around the world. Domestically, he works with campaigns at all levels - from city council to the U.S. Senate – in two dozen states. In addition to his electoral work, he works with some of America's leading unions, advocacy organizations and charities, helping them mobilize activists, raise money and advance their message.
Mr. McMillan has won 49 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for outstanding political communication and was named to the AAPC's 40 under 40. He has won five Reed Awards and been named a finalist for fourteen additional Reeds from Campaigns & Elections magazine. He was named a "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections (2006) and was named to the Democratic Campaign Dream Team by Aristotle International (2010). Mr. McMillan sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and served as the Chairman of the organization's 46th Annual World Conference. He also served as the Chairman of the 2016 and 2017 American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Conference & Pollie Awards. He ran the first ever Africa Political Summit and helped found the Association of Political Consultants, Africa (APCAfrica).
In early 2007, Mr. McMillan took a leave of absence from BuzzMaker to serve as the Deputy to the Chief Technology Officer on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. Previously, he worked as the lead online writer for the Campaign for America's Future and as an account manager and writer at a leading Democratic direct mail firm.
Mr. McMillan holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Columbia University. In college, he was ranked among the top ten collegiate debaters in North America.
Sam also runs The Shop, a consultancy helping clients break through difficult business problems and test new ideas using collaborative five day “sprints”, rather than expensive, long-term consulting projects. Clients include the Royal Albert Hall, The Mayor of London and UNISON, the UK’s largest trade union.
Before founding Who Targets Me in 2017 and opening The Shop in 2016, Sam Jeffers spent 7 years at Blue State Digital (the agency that helped elect President Obama in 2008 and 2012) as UK Managing Director, then Executive Creative and Strategy Director.
Sam has led client engagements with Unilever, Mazda, Google, Lloyds, The Labour Party, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tate Gallery, British Museum, Manchester City Football Club and many more.
Prior to working at Blue State, Sam ran his own digital marketing agency, specialising in arts and entertainment clients.
As a young man, he played drums in experimental rock band, Fridge, who released five albums and toured the world.
He holds a First Class degree in International Relations from LSE and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
She has worked for Expansion since 1995 where she started as a trainee. Between 2004 and 2007 she worked as deputy editor of Actualidad Económica, the leading Spanish financial magazine. Before joining Expansion, she worked for radio station Cadena Ser and Heraldo de Aragón.
Amparo has a degree in Journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and holds an MBA for IE Business School.
Her main areas of interest are technology, social media and women at work. She is married and has three children.
He lived through the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, playing his part through the emerging third (non-profit) sector as a contributor to civil society developments that led to the seminal Good Friday / Belfast Agreement of 1998; he led the cross-party “YES” Campaign in the subsequent Referendum that sealed the agreement with an 82% turnout and 71% Yes vote.
At Stratagem NI his own political and lobbying consultancy he set up in Belfast after the Referendum - he has established credibility for making a real impact for those he works with, in connecting organisations to decision-makers and securing impact and results. He has worked closely with loyalist communities in the post-agreement phase of the Northern Irish conflict as they moved from paramilitary action to re-integration.
In 2007 he was appointed head of the secretariat of the Iraq Helsinki project that brought Irish and South African political leaders together with Iraqi politicians, in classic Track Two format from which emerged the Helsinki Principles that took root after their presentation in Baghdad.
The Forum for Cities in Transition invited Oliver’s participation in 2009 to lead its international secretariat (a venture between the John Joseph Moakley chair at the University of Massachusetts and the Northern Ireland Foundation)
He has also worked on the conflicts of Cyprus (including the 2004 and possible 2017 Referendum), Colombia (2016 areferendum), Kosovo, Israel / Palestine and Uganda. He has lectured, written and consulted on his experiences on four continents.
Oliver was a personal appointee of President Mary Robinson to the Council of State of Ireland.
He has also served as a plc non-executive director (eaga plc, 2004-2011), chairs a professional body The Consultation Institute, partners with Strictly Boardroomon high level governance matters, and as trustee of Scottish anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth.
In 2016, he was one of a small selected group of Europeans working in the Hillary for America Headquarter.
Yussi is a regular pundit in Austrian and international Medie with quotes in serveral Austrian media outlets, as well as the New York Times and the Washington Post.
A Fulbright Scholar, Yussi holds a Masters Degree in Political Communication from the American University in Washington, DC and a Magister from the University of Vienna.
Practical Experiences: As a founder of Campaigns & Technology and Kazemi-Consulting, he has been active in several interesting campaigns throughout Europe. During the last decade, he assisted several candidates on local, regional and national level - including minister presidents, candidates for the German National and the European Parliament as well as Head of Parties. Together with their partner agency “The Leadership” and including especially local politics, they have been consulting more than 700 candidates, e.g. in Germany, Austria, France and the USA. Here they became well-known, because of implementing creative concepts and new campaigning ways to engage more voters into the process of political participation and decision making.
Technical Specialization: Combining his background in Political PR and Engineering, Reza Kazemi was the first person ever, to professionally implement modern campaign technologies, like e.g. the “TalkTOO!
Telefonversammlung”, an innovative tool for mass participation, into the German speaking countries. Using the results of empirical research, he has furthermore developed scientific ways and specialized in using e.g. Facial Expression Technologies, Eye-Tracking tools, Real-Time-Response (RTR) measurements and other technologies within election campaigns.
Scientific background: Reza Kazemi spent five years writing a PhD in Political Marketing and communication, having a focus on empirical research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. During the past years, he was running several empirical studies for analyzing effects of “Modern Marketing Methods on Candidate Images”. Furthermore he is holding a university Diploma in mechanical engineering and business administration. He received a scholarship from one of the major German foundations and became known as one of the fastest students in Germany. Furthermore in the past, he has conducted empirical studies, working together with the “Steinbeis Research Center for advertisement and communication”. Also in the past he has been holding several teaching assignments from the University of Ravensburg, where his lectures were on topics like e.g. “Implementation of commercial marketing tools into political campaigns” and “Political marketing” or “Behavioral Strategies in Election Campaigns”.
Alumni from ESG Paris and Cal Lutheran University Los Angeles, Vincent Moncenis is an entrepreneur with 12 year experience in digital communication and former expat in Canada and USA.
Rollout Democracy's vision is to put pro-European Union political organizations on the cutting edge of the digital age, by providing them with technology and strategy consulting services so that they can campaign for the values upon which the EU was founded: democracy, respect for human rights, equality, and peace.
He has been involved in several campaigns in the UK, including the last two general elections and referendum campaigns, and across continental Europe, including Spain, France, and Germany.
His clients include the European Movement UK, whose anti-Brexit campaign has been nominated as Best International Grassroots Campaign at the 2018 Reed Awards, and other pan-European campaigns on issues such as reforming the EU, protecting minority rights, and more.
Sebastian earned an MPA at the London School of Economics in 2017.
James’ core practice is as head of litigation and the legal team of the specialist law firm Venner Shipley, one of the leading intellectual property firms in Europe. James’ work extends to data protection matters; compliance for politicians and political campaigns, advertising and promotions, as well as issues with data capture for those dealing in virtual currency and customer data. He has been an ad hoc advisor to various UK MPs and MEPs on a range of IP and dispute issues. Through his engagement with policy makers he has extensive Government relations experience and advises clients on how to prepare for legislative changes and regulation compliance. He is presently advising the Government on the proposed Data Bill that will implement the General Data Protection Regulation.
Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Spatial Social Science Lab, at the Stanford University (2014-2016) and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
I did my Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences and a Master in Political and Social Sciences at the UPF. I have also been a visiting student at Nuffield College (University of Oxford), at the Institute for Social Change (University of Manchester) and at the Juan March Foundation (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences).
My research interests include ideology, electoral participation, political geography and political parties, as well as public opinion and the study of nationalism.
In addition to my role as Director of Oraclum I am completing a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College.
I hold a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, in the field of political economy. I received my BA in economics from the University of Zagreb, from which I graduated magna cum laude. During my studies I attended summer schools at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard University. I was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Clare College during the summer of 2013. I am happily married and a father of two boys.
Necati Özkan is the founder and president of OYKU / Dialogue International, a creative advertising agency based in Istanbul. He has served as a political consultant and as a campaign manager for the Social Democrats. He concentrated in developing the communication strategy, organizing the campaign task forces and understanding voters. He has also worked for several NGO’s, politicians and mayors.
He managed political campaigns in Turkey and around. He worked as a lecturer in different universities. He won more than 40 awards including 11 Pollie Awards, 5 Reed Awards, 11 Goldie Awards, 2 Adrian Awards and several national awards.
Necati Ozkan is a past president of EAPC, and member of AAPC, IAPC and IAA.
Dean serves as a MSNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America, a progressive online organization with one million members nation wide. DFA works to elect more progressive candidates to local, state and national office by providing the tools to create change.
Dean Currently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a democracy building organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He has extensive experience in Southeastern Europe including in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Balkans. He has also has an extensive knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian affairs, and has spent time in China and Myanmar as a result of his NDI activities. He has been active in anti human trafficking efforts in Asia and in the United States. He lectures frequently in Europe, and is currently teaching a course on the Politics of American Foreign Policy at the Jackson Institute at Yale. He also teaches at Hofstra University’s Kalikow Institute for the Study of the Presidency and the University of Vermont.
Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years - the second longest serving in the state.
Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.
As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.
Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.
He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.
Nationally, Jim has earned one of the best win/loss records of any consultant in America, helping elect senators and governors from every region of the country. And overseas, Jim has directed presidential and prime ministerial contests in Latin America, Africa, Central America, Europe, and Asia.
In the business and philanthropy world, Jim has advised America¹s top corporations and nonprofits, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cisco Systems, The Center for the Next Generation, L’Oréal, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, AFSCME, VISA, and AT&T.
Over the years, Jim has been honored with dozens of awards and gained national and international recognition for his work. Before joining GMMB, Jim served as a top appointee in both the US Senate and US House.
LKAB is an international and high-tech mining and minerals group that mines and upgrades the unique iron ore of northern Sweden for the global steel market. Sustainability is core to our business and our ambition is to be one of the industry’s most innovative, resource-efficient and responsible companies. The group had sales of more than SEK 16 billion in 2015 and employs about 4,500 people in 14 countries. Other group business include industrial minerals, drilling systems, rail transport, rockwork services and property management.
Mr Krogvig has served as public affairs and corporate communications adviser in 38 countries, directly advising heads of states and businesses on strategy, communications and public affairs. Mr Krogvig has a key understanding of the importance of sparking dialogue between stakeholders within both the private and public sector and in the basic as well as non-basic industry. Bo Krogvig joined LKAB in 2014.
He has two children and lives in Sundbyberg, Sweden with his wife .
• Associate Writer for Slate.fr and The Huffington Post
• Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris on "Political Communication in Contemporary Democracies"
• Regular commentator for BBC World, France 2, France 5, BFMTV, I>Télé, LCI, Canal +, France 24, Public Sénat, France Info, RTL, Europe 1, RMC, Sud Radio, Le Monde, Le Parisien and Le Figaro, among others.
• Graduate of the CFJ journalism school in Paris
• Former Journalist for La Tribune. Former programme director for the TV channels TF1, France 5 and Arte
• Former Editorial Director for the publishing house La Martinière – Le Seuil
As Scandinavia’s leading innovator in political campaigns, Jakob has had the role of introducing modern campaign tactics and technology in a political environment that lags 5, perhaps 10 years behind the American political space. Working mostly in Scandinavian countries, but with clients in other Western European countries as well, Jakob has focused on the digital side of grassroots driven campaigns and trying to fuse digital with field.
Jakob was head of Studio 68, the Swedish Social Democratic Party's secret in-house agency; his responsibility was to scale modern american campaign tactics to a country of 10 million people with different culture and legal framework.
Jakob has won multiple Reed Awards and Pollie Awards for his work and has been awarded a Rising Star by Campaigns & Election Magazine as well as a 40 Under 40 award by the AAPC. He worked as a consultant for the GroenLinks campaign in Netherlands, building their online fundraising from scratch and helped increasing their share of the vote four times.
She is the founder and President of the Board of Democratic GAIN – an association she created in 2003 which supports Democratic and Progressive Political Professionals - individuals and organizations - through training, professional development, and employment networking. One of the United States leading experts on initiatives and referenda, Pritchard is a founder of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, an organization that provides strategic guidance to progressive ballot measures. From 1997-1998 Pritchard served as the Midwest and Northeast Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2003-4 she took a leave from consulting to serve full time as National Political Director of the Democratic National Committee.
Pritchard works independently and through AP Campaigns a boutique-consulting firm. She is also a senior strategist with Mission Control, a political direct mail firm working with Democratic candidates, party committees, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions and non-profit groups for ten years. Her services focus on print communications, direct mail, marketing, digital organizing, skills training, strategic planning, capacity building, and program management - focused on elections, advocacy, and governance. She recently she serves as the Voter Contact Director for For Our Future, an Independent Expenditure campaign for the Presidential Campaign and Senate races in seven states. For Our Future spent over 55 million dollars on field and voter contact working directly with 180 national and local issue based non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
Internationally she has worked as staff, consultant, and trainer for the National Democratic Institute, Women’s Campaign International, Democracy International, and the McCain Institute in Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Rwanda, Congo, Jordan, Burma, Indonesia, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Kenya. Pritchard’s trainings focus on voter contact, electoral organizing, message development, communications, social media, polling, research, and more.
Currently, she is working to launch a new non-profit initiative platform called Global GAIN to connect US and international political and advocacy activists and leaders to each other and with projects promoting women and children around the world.
Since November, I’ve been devastated by the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and still processing how best channel my positive energies to fight his policies at home and around the world. I know it will remain a combination of work domestically and internationally promoting women candidates and leaders and am excited to focus on Fempo. I have a passion for training and promoting women and young candidates and civil society leaders. I especially like to teach electoral campaigning and legislative advocacy in developing countries. I am particular interest in East Africa and very excited to work and help launch FemPo.
Managing Partner at MAS Consulting Group, a public affairs firm that provides strategic support to senior management in corporate, political and institutional fields. The company offers its advisory services to corporations, governments, political leaders and civil society organizations.
Daniel has recently been recognized by british The Holmes Report as Innovator 25 EMEA 2016, an international group of "individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in an era of dramatic marketing and communications disruption". Ureña was the first Spanish consultant to be recognised as a Rising Star by US magazine Campaigns & Elections, and to win the American Association of Political Consultants' (AAPC) Pollie Award. President at The Hispanic Council, a think tank that promotes relations between the US Hispanic community and Spain and President at ACOP (Political Communication Association).
As guest speaker, Daniel has been invited by entities like Harvard University, The Brookings Institution, OSCE, The George Washington University, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, International Democratic Union, etc. in countries like USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Morocco, etc.
Since its formation, Lake Research Partners has become one of the most respected Democratic polling firms in the country. The firm's work has moved the progressive agenda forward on a variety of issues. Working against the conservatives, Celinda’s research demonstrated that the phrase "religious political extremists” was much more communicative than the vernacular "religious right." In the healthcare arena, her research showed that talking about "reducing health care costs" and the 8 out of 10 working families without adequate health insurance was key. Her interviews and statistics have been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal as well as a variety of magazines, including Newsweek, Glamour and Marie Claire, and Celinda has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and NPR, discussing her work and providing expert commentary.
Celinda is one of the nation's foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters. American Politics calls Celinda a "super-strategist or, better yet, the Godmother," and Working Woman says she is "arguably the most influential woman in her field." She is renowned for her groundbreaking research on single women voters in conjunction with Women's Voices Women Vote and has helped elect numerous female candidates, including Barbara Mikulski, the "Dean" of Women Senators, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Blanche Lincoln, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, Patricia Madrid the first Hispanic woman Attorney General in New Mexico, and Carol Moseley-Braun in her historic victory to become the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate. Celinda also works for Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.
Celinda has a long record of defeating incumbents, including races for Donna Edwards who beat Albert Wynn, Jerry McNerney who beat Richard Pombo, Tim Walz who defeated Gil Gutknecht, and previously Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, both of whom beat incumbents. Recently two more incumbents fell at Celinda’s hands: Conrad Burns who lost to Jon Tester in Montana in 2006, and Ted Stevens who lost to Mark Begich in Alaska in 2008. Also in 2006, Celinda was an integral part of the successful effort to help Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
Lake Research Partners has a long history of successful initiative campaigns. In 2008, Celinda polled in California to beat parental notification initiatives three times in a row. In 2006, Celinda helped with successful minimum wage campaigns in five states and was the pollster on the first successful effort to defeat an anti-gay marriage initiative in Arizona. During the 1992 election cycle, Celinda oversaw focus group research for the Clinton/Gore campaign and served as a general consultant throughout the campaign. Celinda is also credited with identifying key voter groups including Reagan seniors, NASCAR dads, waitress moms, the marriage gap and generation D. In 2005 she and Kellyanne Conway published What Women Really Want with the Free Press.
Prior to forming Lake Research Partners, Celinda was partner and vice president at Greenberg-Lake. Her earlier experience includes serving as Political Director of the Women's Campaign Fund, as the Research Director at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as a Policy Analyst for the Subcommittee on Select Education.
Celinda, a native of Montana and one of the political world's most avid whitewater rafters, holds a master’s degree in political science and survey research from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a certificate in political science from the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. Celinda received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumna Medal by the College.
He started out working on the local level for the South Carolina Democratic Party and a variety of campaigns in senior communications positions. Early on, he recognized the important role technology was beginning to play in our politics.
It was this passion for finding new technologies that could give Democrats an advantage that led him to Salsa Labs as Vice President. There he created product strategies that put email fundraising and web development tools into the hands of thousands of Democratic campaigns that might have otherwise been unable to afford them. Moreover, his work was directly responsible for Democratic party organizations adding millions to their online supporter lists.
Jim left to keep building the digital advertising and fundraising capabilities of Democratic campaigns, founding Rising Tide Interactive, which provides innovative digital communications, organizing, and fundraising strategies and DSPolitical, the nation’s leading voter targeted digital ad network.
Under Jim's leadership, DSPolitical become a real force to be reckoned with on the political left, providing “online ad sophistication to match Obama’s,” according to The Washington Post. Rising Tide Interactive has elected numerous senators and governors, and raised millions for campaigns and organizations fighting for social change.
Jim's vision has pushed DSPolitical's platform down the ballot to put presidential-level ad targeting on down to local races, and expanded overseas. In 2014 DSPolitical launched its award-winning self-service platform DemocraticAds.com working with more than 1,000 campaigns in all 50 states. And in 2015 DSPolitical launched its international arm, to power digital electoral campaigns in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and more."
Goodstein has worked with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, SEIU, and the NAACP, among other organizations. He has been involved in more than two dozen progressive political initiatives. In 2004, Goodstein co-founded Punkvoter and Rock Against Bush, which became a $4 million young voter mobilization effort. He has conducted political trainings for the National Democratic Institute, UNICEF, Democracy for America, the Campaign Management Institute and the New Organizing Institute. He has given presentations at Columbia, American University, George Washington University and Georgetown. He has been a featured panelist at the Brookings Institute, the Milken Institute and Personal Democracy Forum. Goodstein has been invited to give keynote speeches in Australia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Russia and Singapore.
McTernan was Prime Minister Tony Blair's Director of Political Operations from 2005 to 2007. He then worked on the November 2007 Australian Labor Partyfederal election campaign. From 2007 to 2010 he was special adviser to two Cabinet Ministers in Gordon Brown's Labour Government: first to Des Browne, Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Defence. and then to Jim Murphy MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland from 2008 until May 2010. From June 2010 to October 2011 he was a columnist at The Scotsman, and then director of communications for the Australian Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, from September 2011 to June 2013. He was Chief of Staff to the 2014–2015 leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, who resigned after the Labour Party lost all but one seat in Scotland, including Murphy's, in the 2015 general election.
Matilda leads EWL’s Women in Decision-making campaigns – aiming to put women at the heart of decision making in politics and business. Together with EWL members she designs EWL’s campaign for the 2019 European Parliament Elections.
Before joining EWL, Matilda led the successful civil society campaign for UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security at UNOY Peacebuilders. She has been in the leadership of a party political European-wide organization where she focused on strengthening the role of young women in politics, and she has advised the Council of Europe on youth participation as member of its Advisory Council on Youth.
She is a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and holds an MA in Development Studies – with a specialization in feminist economics - from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is originally Finnish, but have spent the last seven years in the Netherlands.
Marko Rakar (1972) is a Chief executive manager of the consulting company MRAK services ltd headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia.
Rakar has a lifelong experience in working/writing for media as well as dealing with the media. He combines his media knowledge with new technologies and was one of the earliest internet adopters in Croatia. He is a recognized lecturer and consultant the subjects of organisation, internet, new media as well as politics and statistics.
Rakar ran or participated as consultant on a number of successful campaigns and races for organisations, parties and independent candidates on presidential, parliament and muncipal elections in Europe, Asia and US.
He had worked on projects for various international institutions such as Council of Europe, European Fund for the Balkans, United Nations Development Programme, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), World Bank, Transparency International, U.S. State Department, Olof Palme International Center, Open Government Partnership and the Croatian Government. He has been for several years member of the jury for the Pollies award of the American Association of Political Consultants and a member of the jury for the World eDemocracy awards.
In his work with governments and corporations he worked as a data scientist and architect of advanced statistical, BI and predictive analytics systems designed to identify, prevent, and/or disrupt criminal and fraudulent activities, predict customer behaviour, increase process efficencies and simplify decision making.
Rakar studied Philosophy and Information sciences, University of Zagreb, speaks english fluently and is regular collumnist and author to a number of blogs, web sites, newspapers and magazines in Croatia and internationaly.
He is also recognized by World eGovernment forum as one of the "Top 10 who are changing the world of politics on the internet". Marko Rakar is a president of EAPC (Europan association of political consultants), secretary of IAPC (International association of political consultants), "School of politics" alumni (by Council of Europe), non-government expert on the subjects of open governance and data transparency and president of Croatian NGO Vjetrenjača (english: Windmill) which is dedicated to bringing transparency and promoting open governance to Croatian and international public.
Since 2012. he is also a junior fellow at the World academy of arts and sciences. In 2013. Marko Rakar received „Informatika“ medal awarded by Croatian Information Technology Association. This medal is given to the organisations and individuals for achieved results in expanding and promoting information tehcnologies.
Andrés Miguel is a free-lance writer for different media, in both digital and print, including the Washington Post where he recently wrote an article comparing Trump's populism to Chávez' that went viral with over a million interactions.
In 2007 Carol took a leave of absence from PPFA to join Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign where she served as Deputy Political Director in Iowa.
Carol serves her community as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of Higher Heights for America which works to elevate the political leadership of African American women, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Institute which advocates for sexual justice in faith communities . She also volunteers with Stone Soup Films, a DC-based collective of visual artists who create pro-bono promotional films for local non-profit organizations.
Taryn Rosenkranz is a pioneer in creating successful digital political fundraising techniques and programs to reach American voters. She is the founder and chief executive officer of New Blue Interactive, which has become a powerhouse firm, providing digital strategy services to large organizations and party committees including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), House Majority PAC and also national groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. In addition, her clients include Senators & Congressional leadership and membership as well as Congressional challengers, mayors, and even county executive races. She has also counseled hundreds of candidates, non-profits and companies on online strategies, grassroots fundraising and online advocacy.
She was named “40 under 40” of top political consultants by the American Association of Political Consultants. Her company was also awarded multiple Pollies as well as a Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections magazine for Best Spanish Language ad. She was also named as one of the CampaignTech Innovators of the Year. Her clients have raised an outstanding $300 million collectively from grassroots efforts. Her work has also been recognized by the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet with a Golden Dot award for “Online Dream Team” and multiple prestigious awards for prior cycles.
Prior to New Blue, Taryn served as managing director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where she helped to elect more Democrats to the U.S. House by developing cutting-edge digital activities and breaking fundraising records. During her seven- year tenure, she increased the DCCC’s email list by over 400% and has raised over $200 million dollars directly for the committee through grassroots outreach (mail, phone and email). As a senior advisor and consultant to the DCCC’s program, she is credited with building the multi-million dollar digital program.
Taryn has literally counseled hundreds of campaigns with her training sessions and is a featured speaker and commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and even FOX News. She has also been a featured speaker at Netroots Nation, Politics Online, AAPC, and Campaign Tech conferences and led countless training for the DCCC, Emily’s List, and the New Organizing Institute (now Wellstone Action). She was also most recently published as part of Sen. Bob Graham’s new book “America the Owner’s Manual” with tips on digital fundraising.
Taryn has both her BA and MA in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, two children and oversized labradoodle.
Eric B. Schnurer has been involved with public policymaking at the highest levels for nearly forty years, when he worked in the White House during college writing speeches for President Jimmy Carter. He has served in all three branches of the federal government and for numerous state governments, as a speechwriter, prosecutor, policy advisor, general counsel, and chief-of-staff – and has worked in the private sector as a journalist, professor, business executive, and social entrepreneur.
Mr. Schnurer is founder and president of Public Works LLC, one of the leading firms specializing in improving government management, policy, and efficiency, including strategic planning with public agencies and the executive branch at the highest levels. Public Works has worked with both state agencies and governors’ offices around the country successfully to develop and implement innovative solutions to challenging problems. The firm uniquely functions as an on-going policy office and strategic planners for governors, agency heads, and other chief executives and has served as a policy office for several governors on an on-going, consulting basis.
Before founding Public Works, Mr. Schnurer was chief-of-staff to the Acting Governor of Pennsylvania, helping to oversee the operations of one of the largest state governments. He has served as an appointee of governors of both political parties on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Delaware River Port Authority, which manages a large multi-state economic development budget; on the latter, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his successful efforts to reduce waste and institute more rigorous budgeting and spending procedures.
He has served as a speechwriter, deputy press secretary, legal counsel, or policy advisor for more than a dozen governors, U.S. Senators, and presidential candidates. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Union Theological Seminary, as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a regular contributor to Aspenia (the policy journal of the European branch of the Aspen Institute), US News & World Report, The Hill, and The Atlantic; and president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King to help end poverty.
Dr. Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations established by George Soros.
From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible in his Cabinet for the Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the Commission, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, working with Charles Grant on a wide range of European issues. Her academic experience includes research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics.
Her publications include Can the EU Survive Populism? (with Stefan Lehne, 2016, Carnegie Europe) and The EU's Transformative Power: Europeanisation through Conditionality in Central and Eastern Europe (2006, Palgrave).
In 2016 Brendan was named one of Ireland's Top 30 Under 30.