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Campaign Bootcamp is a nonpartisan immersive program that provides attendees with the skills and knowledge necessary to prosper in the world of political campaigns. Not only will attendees gain a thorough understanding of political campaigns but, Campaign Bootcamp also equips participants with the skills needed to be an effective, efficient, and well-rounded campaign staffer.
Attendees will learn the ins and outs of a political campaign across three days of virtual training. They will have opportunities to network with peers and to compete for Texas Tribune Fest tickets. Read below to learn more about our program, to review our schedule, and see who you'll be learning from. RSVPs are open now but space is limited. Before signing up, please consider your ability to participate fully in the program throughout the weekend.
Thanks to our incredible sponsor, The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Women's University. Without their generous support, none of this would be possible.
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Registration is free and open to all interested participants. Please only register if you are willing and able to participate in all sessions from May 28 - 30. Each day will consist of at least three hour and a half long sessions, see the schedule below to learn more. We highly encourage possible attendees to consider their ability to commit to the full program before signing up. Please click here to register via Eventbrite! If you have questions reach out to Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
Campaign Bootcamp arms participants with the knowledge and skills needed to find a position on a campaign and make an informed and substantive impact.
3:00 PM - Kickoff Address
3:30 PM - Campaign Management 101
5:00 PM - Break
5:15 PM - Ground Game and Voter Contact 101
6:45 PM - Networking Session
7:30 PM - Conclusion of Day I
11:00 AM - Kickoff Address
11:15 AM - Fundraising 101
12:30 PM - Break
12:45 PM - Communication 101
2:00 PM - Ethics and Your Place on a Campaign
3:30 PM - Team Breakout Sessions and Pitch Creation
11:00 AM - Getting the Job
12:00 PM - Workshop Hours
*The order of presentations is subject to change.
Throughout the weekend, Campaign Bootcamp attendees will be asked to contemplate how to run a full fledged campaign themselves. Attendees will be placed on teams and asked to present a winning plan/strategy for a hypothetical campaign using the knowledge and skills they picked up throughout the weekend. Teams will film their pitch for our panel of judges, who will declare our winners the following week. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will earn tickets to the 2021 Texas Tribune Fest, bragging rights, and a shout out on social media!
Network with Peers During and After
While Campaign Bootcamp will be entirely online, we will provide opportunities for attendees to network, work together in teams, and make lasting connections with other Bootcampers. Moreover, our winners and a select group of standout Bootcampers will join us for a tailored Trib Fest experience complete with opportunities to meet fellow young leaders in the democratic and civic engagement space.
Our 2021 Presenters
Nancy Bocskor, tagged a “Democracy Coach” by a major German newspaper, teaches citizens in the United States and internationally how to communicate with passion to affect change in their communities.
Nancy is currently the Interim Executive Director at the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Most recently she was the Director of the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX, where she is launched programs to promote civic engagement and leadership in public service.
The author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising,” Nancy Bocskor is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she teaches both online and in-class fundraising courses.
Nancy is on the board for for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, an advisor for Veteran's Campaign, a program that encourages veterans to enter public service, and has recently joined the board of Lone Star Parity in Texas. She served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years, where she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years. She was a Senator Robert J. Dole Institute Fall Fellow in 2019 where she moderated panels on “Women, Democracy and Global Politics.”
Chosen as “Mentor of the Year” by PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) for her work advising college women interested in careers in public service, Nancy is now a member of their national board. In 2016, she was selected by the Washington Academy of Political Arts & Sciences as one of the "Top 12 Women Changing the Face of Political Communications in Latin America." Nancy was the recipient of the 2010 the Distinguished Alumni Award at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for “her passion to affect change in national and international communities, training and consulting with the nation's and world's political leaders, and commitment to educate others, particularly women, around the world.”
Jamarr Brown (he/him/his) serves as the Director of Electoral Programs at re:power. Jamarr stewards and grows c4 partnership strategies and develops and oversees a portfolio of electoral and public leadership programs on behalf of re:power. He has over 10 years of experience working as a political strategist, healthcare advocate, trainer, and nonprofit leader. Prior to joining re:power, he served as the National Training Director for Tom Steyer’s presidential campaign, where he led a national leadership development program for staff, volunteers, community leaders and issue advocates. Jamarr served as the Organizing & Training Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV). In that role, Jamarr managed the statewide leadership development, public affairs, grassroots organizing and issue and electoral campaign work in conjunction with Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. Under his leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters across Texas grew by 600,000 and the organizing team trained over 3,000 activists to advocate for the full spectrum of reproductive rights and services.
Luke Marchant comes to us with more than 20 years of political campaign, public relations, and government service experience. From supporting Fortune 5 companies to running local, state and federal campaigns across the country, Luke boasts a diverse background that allows him to speak to a wide range of communications-related topics and navigate today’s unpredictable environment. Prior to joining the corporate world, Luke was a sought after national operative that spent over 12 years moving from campaign to campaign, splitting his time between both political and government engagements growing a knowledge and understanding. Working for US Senators John Cornyn and Marco Rubio, US Congressman Pete Olson, Governor Greg Abbott and many more. Along the way, Marchant picked up several awards, from AAPC Pollies to MavPAC 40 under 40.
Matt Glazer is a native Texan with fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit community and another ten in consulting and start-ups. Matt started his career by working in political and civic campaigns across the country. Matt is proud to have worked on campaigns in every level of government.
After a half decade on the road Matt moved back to his native state and began working for non-profits and local candidates in San Antonio. In 2009, Matt was recruited and hired by Representative Pete Gallego to lead his natural resources legislative docket and run his office’s communications.
Matt is an experienced non-profit Executive Director. He was the inaugural Executive Director for Progress Texas, the Texas affiliate of ProgressNow, and served as the turnaround CEO of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he was the Regional General Manager for WeWork in Central Texas and launched Blue Sky Partners, a boutique consulting firm based out of Austin, Texas.
Matt brings a rich and diverse background of work, he’s worked with Boards of Directors and nonprofit staff to meet community needs with mission alignment and approaches organizational growth. Matt currently serves on the board for The Other Ones Foundation and E4Youth. He has served as the Vice-Chair on the Skillpoint Alliance Board and has been a 10-year volunteer and program designer at the Annette Strauss Institute. He has an undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Master of Science Technology and Commercialization from the University of Texas.
Meagan Gardner has been a political operative and organizer for most of her career. She served as the National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Program Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 and worked in the Obama Administration as an Associate Director at the White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and as Special Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration during President Obama's second term. Prior to her time in the federal government, Meagan led campaign teams in the headquarters and in the states on both President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns, and was the National Regional Director for the Midwest at Organizing for America, fighting for issues such as the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She proudly hails from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and is happiest when she's singing a Broadway tune, and/or has a breakfast taco in her hand.
Matthew Hurtt is a nationally-recognized activist, organizer, writer, and public speaker.
He previously served as State Director for Americans for Prosperity - Louisiana and as Director of External Relations for Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Grassroots Leadership Academy, where he organized activists across the country around policies that promote prosperity and opportunity.
Prior to his time with AFP/F, Hurtt raised millions of dollars for conservative candidates and organizations with Response America, an Alexandria-based firm. Hurtt continues to provide fundraising and messaging services to conservative and libertarian clients.
In 2009, Matthew joined the Leadership Institute staff as a Regional Field Coordinator, where he identified, recruited, and trained university students in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and his home state of Tennessee. He also began teaching grassroots activists how to organize for the conservative candidate or cause of their choice. Since 2009, he has trained thousands of activists at LI headquarters in Arlington and across the country and in Canada and Europe.
Matthew is the former Chairman of the Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans, one of the country's largest Young Republican clubs. He was a Ron Paul-supporting, Mitt Romney-bound delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa and an at-large delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Hurtt has been published in several outlets and has appeared on local, national, and international television and radio. Matthew traded the Swamp for the Bayou at the height of the pandemic, moving to New Orleans for a brief time. He resides once again in Arlington, Virginia.
Crystal Kay Perkins
Crystal Kay Perkins is a strategy and fundraising consultant for progressive campaigns and organizations. Most recently, Crystal served as a Finance Director for Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign where she oversaw strategic fundraising operations in five key states.
Crystal has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and management roles at all levels of government, federal, state and local. Prior to joining the Biden Campaign, Crystal led the Texas Democratic Party as its Executive Director from 2015-2019.
She has worked in over 13 states specializing in tough races in red and battleground districts and has served in roles at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Dustin Tropp has recruited, vetted, and staffed field staff and campaign managers nationwide with a primary focus on Texas. Dustin has helped staff over 2000 operatives nationwide and interviewed thousands around the country for various campaigns. Dustin has also vetted for D.C. job placement, as well as managed various State House races in Texas as Campaign Manager. After graduating in 2015 from the State University of New York Oneonta, Dustin ran grassroots operations in eight states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and California, for Presidential, Senate, Congressional, Local and non-profit campaigns. In his free time, he serves on the board of the Austin Young Republicans and Texas Young Republicans.