2018 Campaign Bootcamp

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Register today for Campaign Bootcamp, a three-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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Comments from program participants

"The speakers were engaging, funny, and incredibly informative. I was not sure what to expect, but even today has given me a much-needed boost of confidence that I can apply to not only my opportunity as a legislative intern, but other aspects of my life--had a great time!"

"The personal perspective and opinion of the guest speakers helped give an inside and realistic view of the political process."

"I was challenged to accept that other people, even on my team, would have vastly different views than me; but the Bootcamp gave me the opportunity to find out how to communicate my views and reach a compromise that was ultimately beneficial for my team."

2018 Campaign Bootcamp Mentors and Trainers

Matt_Glazer

Matt Glazer (D)

Matt Glazer, currently Community Director of WeWork, has over 12 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 alumnus and has served as a trainer and speaker at numerous NPF events.

Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris (R)

Tyler Norris has spent the first decade of his professional life in Austin and Houston working for conservative candidates and becoming one of the most experienced legislative staffers under the age of 30. Now working his 5th legislative session, Tyler has done two tours of duty in both the House and Senate, working his way up from intern to Chief of Staff. Tyler joined Public Blueprint after working on the Cruz for President Campaign as Texas Director. From Houston, Tyler directed the vaunted “Iowa Strike Force” – an unprecedented grassroots effort that housed and utilized over 1500 volunteers to help Sen. Cruz win first at the Iowa Caucus.

Liz-Chadderdon

Liz Chadderdon (D)

Liz Chadderdon is president of Chadderdon Lestingi Creative Strategies and former President of the Chadderdon Group, the first solely female-owned Democratic direct mail firm in the country. During her time as a direct mail consultant, Liz has created messaging, strategy, and persuasion mail for presidential, congressional, legislative, and municipal races in 25 states.

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Chris Perkins (R)

Chris Perkins currently serves as partner at Ragnar Research Partners and former partner at WPA Opinion Research. 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.

Meagan Gardner

Meagan Gardner (D)

Meagan Gardner was the National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Program Director of Hillary for America. Previously, she was an associate director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs at the White House. She also acted as the Iowa field director on the Obama campaign in Fall 2012 after serving as a national regional field director in Chicago from June 2011. Other positions of Meagan's include national regional director at Organizing for America-DNC, WV state director for Organizing for America, and regional field director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Ohio.

Keri Mason

Keri Mason (R)

Emmy Ruiz

Emmy Ruiz (D)

For the past decade, Emmy Ruiz has focused on empowering women & girls, Latinos, and young voters by leading winning campaigns.  During the 2008 general election, she served as the Young Democrats of America’s field director and in 2010 advised USAID’s Yes Youth Can effort focused on registering & mobilizing young voters in Kenya. Whether at Annie’s List as Political Director or as an advisor for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, she’s worked on empowering women at every step.

Through her work in Texas (2008, 2010, 2014), Nevada (2008, 2012, 2016), and Colorado (2016)— she has successfully built winning campaigns from the ground up focused on voter registration and mobilization with a special emphasis on Latino participation. Emmy Ruiz is a rising national star in the Democratic party and recently helped elect Labor Secretary Tom Perez to Democratic Party National Chair. 

Tania Mejia

Tania Mejia (D)

Tania Mejia is a communications professional with experience in traditional and new media. Before joining Jolt, Tania worked as State Deputy Digital Director for Hillary for America in Florida where she helped build the state’s digital team, managed a digital training program for 700 field organizers, and oversaw the state’s SMS program. Tania has also served as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. General Services Administration. In this role she was responsible for developing and executing communications strategies for the agency’s technology portfolio. Prior to joining the U.S. General Services, Tania was a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor and worked on communications campaigns to support White House priorities including raising the minimum wage and promoting paid leave in the workplace. Tania holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Public Administration from American University.

Jamarr Brown

Jamarr Brown (D)

Jamarr Brown is an accomplished political strategist, healthcare advocate, organizer, and trainer with over 8 years of professional experience. He serves as Organizing & Training Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV), Planned Parenthood's statewide advocacy arm that engages grassroots supporters to fight to protect and expand access to reproductive health care at the local and state levels. In this role, Jamarr manages PPTV's grassroots organizing, leadership development, and issue and electoral campaign work, where he has led the organizing team to increase Planned Parenthood's supporter base in the state, executed one of the largest Lobby Days in Texas with over 1,500 activists, and built trainings that have developed nearly 1,000 grassroots volunteer leaders.

Jamarr has worked on political and advocacy campaigns across the country, including Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, several local and congressional races, recruiting and training local progressive candidates with Progressive Majority, and working with ColorOfChange to remove the Confederate Flag off the South Carolina State House grounds in 2015. Additionally, Jamarr conducts leadership trainings across the country, training leaders on campaign management, candidacy, strategic planning, fundraising, and field engagement. Jamarr is an active board member for New Leaders Council - Austin, serves as Government Affairs Chair for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and represents Texas Young Democrats on the Young Democrats of America National Committee. Jamarr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clemson University.

Keats Norfleet

Keats Norfleet (R)

Keats Norfleet is a Republican political strategist and communications expert with extensive consulting experience at the federal, statewide, legislative and local levels.  

He advises candidates, political action committees, trade associations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.  He has also served as Chief Strategist for Presidential Super PACs and has guided winning statewide constitutional amendment elections and local issue elections.  

In recent years, his firm – Norfleet Strategies - has expanded its reach into the oil and natural gas industry.  Norfleet Strategies is proud to work with two of the country’s largest oil and natural gas trade associations.

Dana Parish

Dana Parish (R)

Dana Parish is a Republican political fundraising consultant based in Dallas, Texas. Dana is a 6th generation Texan and a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in English Literature and Political Science. Having a passion for current events and political activism during college, Dana worked in the office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Soon after college, she moved to Washington, DC working on Capitol Hill for U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson and then for Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications.

After cutting her teeth in DC politics, Dana returned to Texas in 2009 to work for then Governor Rick Perry on his re-election campaign as Deputy Finance Director. She spent the next four years in Austin, Texas fundraising for a wide range of political campaigns including U.S. Senate, Lt. Governor, Railroad Commissioner, State Senate, State Representative and the Republican Party of Texas’ Victory Committee.

In 2016, Dana took the opportunity to work as Texas Finance Director on Ted Cruz’s U.S. Presidential campaign, which raised over $92 million, the most money ever raised under federal giving limits for a Primary candidate for President. Currently, Dana is Finance Director for Senator Cruz’s 2018 re-election campaign and takes on select clients who she aligns with ideologically. She enjoys
reading, working out, and playing with her 8 lb. Chihuahua-Terrier mix dog, Fitz.