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Want to know what it's like to be on the campaign trail? Want to get the inside scoop on how people work on political campaigns?
Join us for an exclusive "behind the scenes" look at campaign 2012 from fellow SMPA students and SMPA alumni who were on the front lines.
This is a great networking opportunity if you want to work on future campaigns!
SMPA Alumni/Student Networking Salon: Campaign 2012
Wednesday, April 10
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
The program will feature eight speakers delivering short presentations on what they learned from their experiences. SMPA director Frank Sesno will then moderate a Q&A session. Bring lots of questions! Bring your resume!
Continue the networking at a free reception on the second floor after the event.
Andrew Clark (BA '11, Political Communication; MA '12, Media and Public Affairs) is an account executive at Hynes Communications. He previously served as Deputy Digital Rapid Response Director for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Working in the realm of online politics for both corporate and political clients, Clark has experience in utilizing online media to push messaging and incorporating digital tools into campaigns' rapid response strategies.
Andrew Feldman (BA '11, Political Communication) was Political Director to John Delaney for Congress, one of the most competitive Congressional races in the country in 2012, defeating a 20-year Republican incumbent. He has spent several years working on campaigns ranging from city council seats to the presidency. He also did advance work for the Office of the Vice President, and led media and public relations firms with Devine Mulvey and Rasky Baerlein.
Nick Fabiani (BA '11, Political Communication) is Digital Membership Coordinator at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Last year, Nick served as Deputy New Media Director on the successful Chris Murphy for Senate campaign handling online fundraising, graphic design and content management.
Sam Levenback (BA '08) is a Senior Account Executive at GMMB, a leading Democratic media consulting firm. In 2008 and 2012 he was a member of the Obama for America paid media team, for which he worked on all aspects of television advertising. Sam's past and current clients include senators, environmental advocacy organizations, and leading trade associations.
Tim Miller (BA '04) is a communications and digital specialist who in March started a new Republican consulting firm and Super PAC, "America Rising" which will focus on candidate research, tracking, rapid response, and digital communications. He most recently served as Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee, leading the battleground state communications and rapid response efforts managing a staff of 16 across the country. Prior to that Miller was national press secretary for Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign. Before returning to politics Miller was lead digital communications strategist for the Glover Park Group. He previously ran communications for three campaigns in Iowa including John McCain’s presidential effort in the state.
Madeline Twomey (BA'11, Political Communication) works for Bully Pulpit Interactive, a firm founded by the lead digital marketers of the 2008 Obama campaign, helping a variety of political and non-profit clients in their online efforts. During the 2012 cycle, she was based in the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago, IL where she oversaw operations for the digital advertising team. Prior to joining BPI, Madeline began her career in politics working on Jim Himes’ (CT-04) congressional race in 2008, then worked as a communications assistant for designer Carmen Marc Valvo, and later joined RedEngine Digital. Madeline graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Communication and Music in 2011.
Eric Walker (BA '09, Political Communication; MPS '10, Political Management) was Communications Director last year for Louise Slaughter for Congress in Rochester, New York. He previously worked as Communications Director and Press Secretary for Rory Lancman for Congress and as Deputy Chief Editor of Communications for the New York State Assembly Majority and New York State Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee.
Katherine Rodriguez (prospective BA '14, Journalism and Political Science) worked on Governor Romney's presidential campaign as a grassroots campaign volunteer, helping with fundraisers and get-out-the-vote efforts. She also led student voter registration efforts to get three students elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Foggy Bottom. As President of DC Students Speak GW, she encourages students to get involved in DC local government.
Miles Hayward Selib (prospective BA '14, Political Communication) got his start in politics on local campaigns. This past year he deferred a semester at GW and moved to southeast Iowa where he served as a field organizer and eventually became Deputy Regional Field Director on the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. Miles is currently interning in the Office of Communications at the White House.
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