Our Campaign Advisors
We’ve carefully vetted and assembled a team of pro bono advisors with multiple cycles of campaign experience who are volunteering their time with exceptional candidates and their campaign leadership teams.
They're here to help! And we think you'll agree they are pretty awesome.
Meg Ansara is a Founding Partner at 270 Strategies who served most recently as the Battleground States Director for Hillary for America. She was previously National Regional Director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she oversaw the grassroots and public engagement programs in the Midwest and southern states.
Meg serves as an advisor to a number of foundations, advocacy and direct service organizations committed to improving public schools and ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and in life. Meg worked on the final campaign of Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002 and the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of Robert Reich. She also partnered with Jeremy Bird as a national trainer for staff at the Democratic National Committee in 2004.
Meg is a Boston native and graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned a B.A. in History and African Studies. She worked as a forest firefighter for several years as an undergraduate student and after college, and was named to one of Oregon's elite "hotshot" teams. She has a home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with her husband Joel Gagne, their children Tess, Seamus, Owen and their dog Wallis.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Training and development, Coaching and management
Luis is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency. Originally from Mexico, Luis has been in advocacy organizing since he was 15, and started in communications and journalism, creating youth publications. In 2003, Luis joined the American Freedom Summer Program to learn more about electoral work. Living in AZ, he has worked in immigrant rights campaigns since 2001, and in 2011 became the President of the largest Immigrant Rights coalition in the state, leading the boycott against the state.
Luis worked on the Obama campaign in '08, and in 2012 ran over 10 school board races in five states. In 2016, Luis served as Field Director for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Nevada. Most recently, Luis created Iconico, a company focused on building advocacy capacity in organizations.
Strategic Planning, Grassroots Organizing, Communications and Messaging, Training and Development
Mark Beatty is a Founding Partner with 270 Strategies, and served as deputy battleground states director for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. In this role, he had primary responsibility for the strategic campaign plans for each of the 10 battleground states, and managed the campaign's $150 million state program budget. Mark has extensive experience in strategic planning and resource allocation and management, both in the United States and internationally.
Mark attended the first Obama presidential rally in Chicago in 2007 and signed up as a volunteer shortly thereafter. For the next five years, he played critical roles in several high-profile political operations in support of the President. Mark began his work on campaigns as an organizer in Nevada, Kansas, Texas, and Indiana during the 2007-2008 primary election.
Mark earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University. He cut his teeth as an associate with the Boston Consulting Group. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., and goes golfing whenever the weather permits.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Budgeting, Data and analytics
Geoff Berman is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and currently VP of Programs at Educators for Excellence, a not-for-profit dedicated to building a more equitable public school system. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up moving around a lot. He has lived in Brooklyn, New York, for more than 20 years. He initially became involved in the battle to improve our nation’s education system as an attorney representing a consortium of alternative New York City public high schools. In 2008, Geoff joined then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, traveling to states around the country throughout the primary campaign and general election. He went on to serve as New York state director for the president’s grassroots political organization, Organizing for America.
During the Obama re-election campaign, Geoff served as deputy national training director and then deputy national GOTV director. Prior to joining Educators for Excellence, he served as a senior advisor to Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, working to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Geoff has a Juris Doctor and master’s in political history from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Grassroots organizing, Training and development, Management and coaching, Strategic planning
Joel Bridgeman has over ten years of organizing, policy, and advocacy experience. Joel serves as Principal at Community Engagement Solutions, a consulting firm that designs culturally pluralistic organizing strategies to build the political muscle of marginalized communities. Joel worked as the Nevada field director for For Our Future in 2016. Prior to that he was a national regional director at Enroll America and a senior consultant with the California State Assembly Speaker's Office.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Training and development
Ryanne is the Deputy Digital Advertising Director at 270 Strategies. In this capacity, Ryanne work to develop and achieve paid media campaign goals across multiple clients. Most recently, Ryanne worked as the Digital Ads Manager and Digital Strategist at Organizing for Action. There, she managed the digital ads program, focusing largely on listbuilding while also running several state and national issue paid media campaigns.
Ryanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Marquette University. She is from Chicago, IL and currently resides in the Hyde Park neighborhood, near President Obama's home. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her nephews, Beyonce (#beyallday) and practicing her true calling in life — karaoke.
Digital engagement and advertising
Reginald Cardozo Jr. most recently launched a new consulting firm based out of Tallahassee, FL servicing clients in Florida and Washington, D.C. The Public Square LLC is a professional, boutique full service consulting firm that specializes in the areas of advocacy, political & governmental relations, public affairs, and policy & research. Prior to that, Cardozo was the Transition Advisor to the Chairman at the Florida Democratic Party, where his focus concentrated on helping elect Democrats to public office throughout the State of Florida.
In 2016, Reginald was the Deputy State Director for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign in Florida. Prior to that, Reggie served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining GSA, Cardozo was the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Governor of Puerto Rico.
In 2012, Reggie was the Political Director for the Obama Campaign in Florida. In this capacity, he was accountable for internal and external campaign relationships throughout the state. Mr. Cardozo also worked as the Director of Governmental Relations for Governance, Inc. where he advocated on behalf of local government municipalities/counties, and quasi-governmental agencies in the Florida Legislature.
Mr. Cardozo enjoys playing and watching soccer, and spending time with his wife, Alexa, and their boxer puppy Cassius.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Government relations
Amy Chiou is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and is the Executive Director of Queen City Forward, a nonprofit accelerator for social entrepreneurs and civic innovators. Prior to that she served as Deputy Director of the Convention Complex for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is involved in local politics and regularly advises political candidates on campaign strategy, messaging and fundraising. Her campaign experience includes federal, state and local campaigns, and she serves on the Leadership Council of Launch Progress. Amy is also the founder of #WTFwevote (WTF - We’re The Future) a nonpartisan effort to increase local civic and political engagement in Charlotte. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and has a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Strategic Planning, Communications and Messaging, Legal and Compliance
Lisa is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and will be joining Facebook as a strategist in July. Previously, she was a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab's Laboratory for Social Machines, where she helped build and deploy the Electome, a machine-learning project that tracked the public response to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Lisa has worked in civic tech and political organizing for nearly a decade, in leadership roles at FWD.us, Hustle, and Obama for America. She has a B.A. from New York University, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Strategic Planning, Grassroots Organizing, Training and Development, Technology
Debra got her start in campaigning as a Regional Field Director for the Obama 2012 campaign. In that role, she managed 11 staffers in ten counties in central Virginia, contributing to turning the state blue for just the second time since 1964. Since then, she's worked on two other electoral campaigns: one as the Get Out the Vote Director for Elizabeth Colbert Bush for Congress in 2013 in South Carolina and the second as the Digital Organizing Director on the Pat Quinn for Illinois Governor in 2014.
She currently works as a Digital Innovation Campaigner at the Sierra Club. Prior to that Debra worked on the Inaugural Committee for President Obama, at Organizing for Action as the Digital Programs Manager, and at the Sierra Club doing digital strategy for the Beyond Coal Campaign.
In her free time Debra is on the Emerging Leader Board of The Mikva Challenge -- a non profit working to encourage youth to become civically engaged. Feel free to chat with her about biking or Amy Poehler.
Caroline Ettinger is a Senior Project Manager specializing in data and analytics. Prior to joining 270 Strategies, she was the technology project coordinator at the Democratic National Committee for the 2012 election cycle. She previously served as a technology coordinator at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as data coordinator at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
At the DNC, Caroline worked closely with Obama for America on the nationwide polling place locator online tool, which received 2.2 million application program interface requests on Election Day. She also managed the data collection and quality assurance of 10,000 early vote polling locations for all 50 states and D.C.
Caroline holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Mathematics and Political Science from Macalester College in Minnesota.
Caroline is from New York and has lived in cities all her life. An avid walker, she loves to explore new places on foot, and has wandered through cities all over the world. Now settled back in her hometown after a tour through Washington, D.C., she enjoys attending pottery classes and baking bite-sized sweets.
Strategic planning, Data and analytics, Budgeting, Tech
Toby served as email director for President Obama's campaign in 2012, which holds the record for grassroots fundraising in American politics. He led a team of 45 as digital director at Organizing for Action, and ran the digital rapid-response efforts at Hillary for America. He also has a background in nonprofit PR and once managed a congressional campaign. On the side, he cohosts a podcast about baseball and politics.
Strategic planning, Digital organizing, Grassroots fundraising , Communications and messaging
Bridget is a Senior Vice President at 270 Strategies, specializing in technological and data advancements that connect online and offline programs. Her experience includes developing trainings and strategy for some of 270’s most high-profile international and domestic clients.
Prior to working at 270, Bridget was a project manager on the digital organizing team for the 2012 Obama campaign in Chicago. There, Bridget helped architect the technology that allowed volunteers to get involved and have an impact from their homes — including the call tool, events module, and story bank. She also designed and managed the programs that launched these tools to volunteers around the country. Bridget got her start in politics in 2008 as a Field Organizer on the Obama campaign in Sarasota County, Florida.
Bridget holds a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, where she also studied Philosophy and Arab and Islamic studies and served as Student Body President — elected at the top of the University’s first-ever female ticket. Bridget is a global improv champion and is currently based in Manhattan. Most days, you can find her at the 92nd Street Y or running the trails in Central Park.
Strategic planning, Digital engagement, Grassroots organizing, Technology
Meaghan Hardy is an organizer and data and analytics professional. She most recently served on the data team at Enroll America for three years, helping to support an innovative field program that connected uninsured consumers with the marketplace, as well as helping to build tools to help partner organizations better track and target their outreach to consumers. Before that, she organized for Cory Booker's 2013 Senate campaign and Scouts for Equality, and President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in Florida. She is passionate about the intersection between great field work and great data and analytics works. Meaghan lives in Washington DC and is often found watching baseball or reading baseball books or looking through baseball statistics.
Betsy Hoover is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, a Founding Partner at Higher Ground Labs, and a Founding Partner with 270 Strategies, where she leads the firm's digital strategy practice. Prior to launching 270, Betsy worked on the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she was responsible for bridging the gap between online and offline organizing.
Betsy has been recognized by Business Insider as "one of the top 50 people who are at the forefront of political innovation" and was featured on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30: Law & Policy" list for her work on the president's re-election campaign. Mother Jones magazine described her as one of "Obama's digital gurus" with the role "of a community builder, helping channel enthusiasm online into fundraising dollars and volunteer shifts." Betsy has discussed the power of online organizing with audiences across the globe, including TEDx and Re:Publica, Germany's largest conference on digital trends and strategies.
Betsy is passionate about building communities online around issues people care about. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. She speaks Twi, a language she learned on a service trip to Ghana, and enjoys skiing, running, and music.
Strategic planning, Digital engagement, Grassroots organizing, Technology
Nick Kowalski has a decade of experience in advocacy and electoral campaign experience, and currently works as a strategist at Brass Tactics. Previously, Nick organized with local coalitions and community leaders in seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast around federal legislative issues for Common Purpose Project.
Nick managed Virginia State Senator Janet Howell’s reelection campaign in 2011 and served as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Deputy Field and Deputy Political Director on his mayoral race and inauguration committee. His campaign experience includes managing a delegate race in Maryland, overseeing the launch of a congressional race in New Jersey and working on the 2009 Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign as Regional Field Director. Nick also served as a Regional Field Director on the Obama for America campaign and holds a Masters in Campaign Management from George Washington University.
Nick is originally from Seattle and resides in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, dog and son, Jack, and is a loyal Little of the TK Show.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Communications and messaging, Training and development, Budgeting
Santiago Martinez is a Senior Vice President at 270 Strategies, where he helps organizations make informed, data-driven decisions to meet their goals. He joined 270 Strategies after serving as the Data and Targeting Director at America Votes. In 2012, Santiago was the North Carolina data director for President Obama's re-election campaign, where he used reporting and targeting to build one of the most sophisticated data shops in the campaign's 10 battleground states.
Santiago got his start in 2008 as a field organizer in North Carolina, where he aided in President Obama's historic 14,000-vote victory. His experience includes data and analytics work at Organizing for America, the grassroots organization born out of the 2008 election dedicated to supporting the President's policy initiatives. Santiago also serves on the Board of Directors at the Latin American Youth Center which strives to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Santiago is a lifelong fan of all Arizona sports teams, holding out hope that this will finally be the Cardinals' year. He is an avid record collector, a habit that started after he "borrowed" some of his dad's favorite records, and enjoys spending his free time at the record store or at home with his turntables. Santiago and his wife are relishing life in D.C. exploring the free museums, taking in the sights, and going on long walks in the park with their beagle, Watson.
Strategic planning, Data and analytics, Technology
Marlon Marshall is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and a founding partner at 270 Strategies. Marlon was Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was a key player in a number of public engagement initiatives at the White House and led the on-the-ground enrollment effort for the historic Affordable Care Act. He was also instrumental in helping the Administration launch the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, a program that worked with cities and focused on making sure young people of color and all youth have a chance to succeed. Marlon is currently a Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, where he leads weekly discussions with students committed to making politics work better. He rejoins the 270 team after serving most recently as Director of States and Political Engagement for the Hillary for America campaign.
Marlon has held a series of key positions in national Democratic politics and has worked in states with some of the most contentious election contests in recent history. As the Deputy National Field Director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Marlon helped lead its unprecedented targeted voter registration and get-out-the-vote programs and was central to a field program that far outpaced previous efforts in 2008 and beyond. As National Field Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Marlon oversaw the team that designed and implemented field plans for targeted congressional races across the country. He was appointed the DCCC’s Deputy Executive Director before his departure to the 2012 Obama campaign. During his tenure as White House Deputy Liaison to the State Department in 2009, Marlon was ranked among The Root’s “Talented Ten” and dubbed “a quintessential bridge-builder.”
Marlon hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he majored in Communications Studies. He is a die-hard fan of the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Marlon lives in Northeast Washington, DC with his wife Stacy.
Strategic planning, Grassroots Organizing, Coaching and Management, Training and Development
Saumya Narechania has nearly a decade of experience working for and advising various organizations on campaign organizing, strategic planning, leadership, and management. From the halls of the White House to community halls in Alaska and union halls in Florida, Saumya has overseen staff that range in size from two dozen to two hundred, and planned—from nuts and bolts to large-scale strategic vision—various events, trainings and programs of similar scope.
Saumya currently serves as the National issues Campaign Manager for Organizing for Action (OFA). He most recently served as the Get Out the Vote Director for For Our Future Fund (in Florida) and as the National Field Director at Enroll America. Saumya’s background also includes multiple leadership roles for campaigns and organizations that scale quickly, including as Deputy Field Director in Florida for President Obama’s re-election efforts in 2012, and in President Obama’s White House as an Assistant Director in the Executive Office of the President.
In addition to sports, television and film, Saumya enjoys puns, dad jokes and general 90s pop culture.
Strategic planning, Grassroots Organizing, Training and Development
Martha Patzer is a Principal with 270 Strategies. Previously she served as deputy email director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign and email director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. As deputy email director on President Obama's re-election effort, Martha co-led the team of strategists that raised more than half a billion dollars online and $490 million over email. Since joining 270 in 2013, Martha has led engagements across the U.S. and globally, including international governments and political parties, sharing economy startups, a top-ranked children's hospital, federal and local candidates, and national nonprofits. Prior to the 2012 campaign, she worked with Organizing for America, the League of Women Voters of the U.S., Kennedy Communications, and the South Bend Tribune. Martha is from Dayton, Ohio, and lives in Oakland, California.
Strategic planning, Digital engagement, Grassroots fundraising, Communications and messaging
Gabby Seay is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency and a long time organizer, campaign strategist and organization builder. Over the last twelve years, she’s advised campaigns, companies and causes looking to build their lists, deepen their relationships with supporters, and move them to take actions in their communities.
Strategic planning, Grassroots fundraising, Digital engagement, Grassroots Organizing, Training and development
Catherine Tarsney is currently a Project Manager with 270 Strategies, where she works at the intersection of analytics and organizing to help clients develop data-driven strategies to identify, engage, and empower their supporters.
During the 2016 presidential primaries, Catherine worked with the Hillary Clinton campaign to support strategic planning, training program development, and GOTV reporting across multiple early primary states. She then served as the Data Director for the Kansas caucus before joining the campaign's Voter Targeting & Analytics Team for the general election. She previously served as Regional GOTV Director for Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis for Governor in Houston, Texas. Catherine's organizing experience includes work on President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2011 campaign.
Catherine graduated with honors in public policy from the University of Chicago, where she studied the role of education in promoting civic engagement.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Data and analytics
Brandon has nearly a decade of experience working in grassroots electoral and issue campaigns or progressive causes, serving in roles that range from campaign manager to community organizer. Currently, Brandon is the National Field Director at For Our Future, an organization committed to serving progressive values and building lasting grassroots capacity to win back and retain power.
His roots are in community organizing; he began his career in politics as an organizer for President Obama's successful 2008 primary in Oregon, later as a regional coordinator tasked with mobilizing union members in 10 Midwestern states through the 2010 election cycle. After rejoining OFA as a Regional Field Director in Florida to re-elect President Obama in 2012, Brandon designed and executed training programs that trained tens of thousands of activists on policy and issue organizing tactics at Organizing For Action. In 2014, he ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's first-ever training program, establishing a program to onboard and develop nearly 1,000 Congressional campaign staff in dozens of states. Finally and before joining FOF, he returned home to run a successful statewide campaign in 2015 to raise Oregon's minimum wage. When Brandon's not working, he's probably cooking, golfing, reading, or chasing his dog Wrigley around his neighborhood.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Training and development
Adam is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and has more than a decade of experience building, leading, and managing programs for political campaigns and nonprofits. At his core, he is an organizer who engages and leverages the communities he works with to make an impact for social good. For the past five years, he has built programs for Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit that drives social change by engaging professionals in pro bono service.
Prior to Taproot, Adam spent more than seven years working on political and public affairs campaigns in a variety of roles. After a few years working in Virginia state politics, he joined the groundbreaking Obama for America campaign. He was one of the first organizers for then-Senator Barack Obama in 2007 in Iowa, and traveled state to state organizing in several primary contests before working as the Deputy Field Director in Colorado for the General Election.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Communications and messaging, Training and development
For more than a decade, Chelsea has held key leadership positions across government and on political campaigns at both the state and federal levels in Washington, DC and the Pacific Northwest. As Chief of Staff for Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration, she led a high-profile reorganization of the agency's top management, instituted a meaningful strategic planning process, overhauled the budget process, and improved employee morale by developing new engagement and internship programs. Before joining the Obama Administration, Chelsea served in numerous leadership positions on both Obama campaigns, including the 2008 Iowa Caucus, and has led multiple organizing campaigns in Washington State. She has experience in all components of campaign strategy and management, including earned media, paid media, digital, organizing, budgeting and compliance.
Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Data and analytics, Communications and messaging, budgeting
Max Wood is a Senior Advisor to CHORUS Agency, and is the founder and CEO of Deck Apps, a software company focused on helping progressive causes and campaigns by making predictive analytics more accessible, affordable, and actionable. At Deck, Max has built a set of tools that accurately predict which candidates specific voters will support using historic data instead of surveys. He has also built APIs and bots to help users build their own predictive models and run decentralized field programs.
Before starting Deck, Max worked in campaigns, consulting, and software. As Software Development Manager at EverFi, Max helped lead a global team of engineers in building software to teach critical life skills like financial literacy. As a consultant at 270 Strategies, Max built predictive models and web-based tools to help organizations reach the right people and make better decisions. In this role, Max saw the need for more accessible, scalable technology to help smaller campaigns and organizations. Max has a Master’s degree in urban planning from Florida State University, where he specialized in affordable housing and population/economic forecasting. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Max has an unusual appreciation for humidity and highways. He currently lives with his wife, Lizzy, in Washington, DC.
Data and analytics, Strategic planning, Grassroots organizing, Digital engagement, Technology