Campaign Bootcamp is a 3-day, nonpartisan training that gives young people the opportunity to experience a practical introduction to what it's like to work on and run a political campaign. Hands-on workshops are taught by active political professionals on topics such as campaign management, finding your campaign narrative, crafting your field plan, volunteer management, fundraising, and more. The New Politics Forum's Campaign Bootcamp also features a unique, interactive component where participants work together on mock campaign teams to craft a real-life campaign plan for their candidate. At the end of the weekend, teams present their plans to our mock "Texas Campaign Commission" of political professionals to try and win their endorsement.
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2014 Campaign Bootcamp Mentors and Trainers
Luke Marchant (R)
Luke Marchant (R), currently director at 365 Strategies, has served as political director for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and campaign manager for Pete Olson for Congress. Luke is dedicated to helping the next generation get into the political game and has served as the Campaign Bootcamp Republican Mentor since 2013.
Liz Chadderdon (D)
Liz Chadderdon (D) is president of the Chadderdon Group, the first solely female-owned Democratic direct mail firm in the country. During her 12 years as a direct mail consultant, Liz has created messaging, strategy, and persuasion mail for presidential, congressional, legislative, and municipal races in 25 states.
Chris Perkins (R)
Chris Perkins (R) is partner at WPA Opinion Research and runs the firm's Texas office. With over 10 years experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, Chris is an expert in formulating winning campaigns. In the 2010-2012 election cycles, Perkins polled for 44 winning Republican candidates for the state legislatures, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and statewide offices and was awarded a "Pollie" Award for Best Polling Technique for a successful U.S. Senate election.
David Holmes (D)
David Holmes (D), owner of crisis management company Intrepid Solutions, has worked in and around the Texas Legislature for 20 years, starting in the office of Lt. Governor Bob Bullock. David has taken his experience in public policy and campaigns, studied the processes of successful management of crises in businesses, and now helps businesses avoid and deal with crises.
Michael Beach (R)
Michael Beach (R) is the co-founder of Targeted Victory, a Republican digital strategic consulting firm that has served over 170 clients, including Marco Rubio for Senate (FL) and Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to founding Targeted Victory, Michael served as the national victory director for the Republican National Committee and political director for the Nevada Republican Party.
Matt Glazer (D), currently director of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, has over 10 years experience in online organizing, political consulting, and public relations. To date, Matt has worked for nearly 50 political campaigns and nonprofits. Previously, he served as executive director of the Texas Research Institute and executive director of Progress Texas. Matt is a New Politics Forum alum and has served as a trainer and speaker at numerous NPF events.
Parag Mehta (D)
Parag Mehta (D) is a communications and political strategist who has served as the director of training for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He has taught over 22,000 field organizers, Party leaders, elected officials, candidates, grassroots activists and college students how to win elections and build political power both locally and nationally. 2014 is the fifth year Parag has served as the Democratic Mentor.
Rob Johnson (R)
Rob Johnson (R) is the founder of Johnson Strategies, LLC. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, he served as campaign manager for Governor Rick Perry's successful re-election campaign. He has also served as Chief of Staff to Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and ran Dewhurst's successful 2002 campaign. He is an SMU graduate and lives in Austin with his wife, two kids, and a dog.
Ed Espinoza (D)
Ed Espinoza (D) is the executive director of Progress Texas and the founder of EE Strategic Consulting. In 2012 he provided strategic counsel to successful efforts including Joaquin Castro for Congress, Mary Gonzales for Texas State Representative, and Austin's Prop 1. From 2009-2011, he served as the western states political director at the DNC. With a background in PR, his experience includes work for firms such as Fleishman-Hillard and Golin/Harris.
Pasha Moore (R)
Pasha Moore (R) is the founder of Holland Taucher Consulting Group (HTCG), a full-service political and nonprofit fundraising and event planning firm. Pasha also serves as administrator of Maverick PAC. During the 2004 presidential election, Pasha served as finance director for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Arkansas. She has worked with over 3 dozen campaigns, political organizations, and non-profits in various fundraising roles.
Christina Gomez (D) is the digital director of Battleground Texas, a grassroots organization aimed at making Texas more electorally competitive. She most recently served as a senior digital strategist for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2012 presidential camapign. Prior to joining the DNC, she was the executive director for the largest Latino policy caucus in the United States.
Zach Vaughn (R)
Zach Vaughn (R) is the research director for John Doner & Associates, a Texas-based firm that provides marketing services and consulting for political campaigns, political action committees, grassroots initiatives, and associations. Previously, Zach served as assistant sergeant-at-arms in the Texas Senate and as an interactive media specialist/trainer for the Texas Speaker of the House.