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Corey Day

Corey has decades of experience managing political, advocacy and public affairs campaigns. He has worked coast-to-coast helping candidates, organizations, corporations and advocacy groups at the local, state and federal level.

In addition to directing various state and field operations for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry,  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Corey served as the longtime executive director of the Minnesota Democratic-Famer-Labor (DFL) Party, where he helped oversee the Party’s local, state and federal election campaigns.  Through his many years of managing campaigns, Corey possesses a unique understanding and perspective on how to build coalitions and leverage grassroots organizing to help candidates and organizations achieve their goals.

Recently, Corey has served as CEO of Blue Ox Strategies. He has utilized innovative field and media campaigns to help clients build affinity with consumers, voters, activists and donors.

Corey lives in the Twin Cities where he manages the Minneapolis office of New Partners.

 

Alexandra Fetissoff

Alexandra Fetissoff is a strategic communications expert with years of experience in navigating public policy fights, branding initiatives, and managing crisis communications. Alexandra leverages her background in political communications to help her clients achieve their goals. She has experience in nearly every region across America advising and managing issue campaigns for businesses or mission-driven organizations who are looking to bring change to their communities.

She has been a trusted advisor to U.S. senators and representatives, the mayor of Minneapolis, and advised Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. At New Partners, Alexandra counsels candidates, nonprofits, labor unions and businesses on how best to navigate today’s complex and segmented media landscape—managing high-stakes grass-roots and grass-tops campaigns at the state and federal levels.

Alexandra resides in New York City, where she manages the New York City office of New Partners. ​

 

Jerry Samargia

Jerry has decades of experience in campaign strategy, direct contact and grassroots mobilization, development, and corporate and political consulting.

In both 2008 and 2012, Jerry served as the lead direct contact strategist for President Barack Obama’s campaigns.  In both elections, Jerry worked very closely with the Obama data and analytics teams to help build predictive models and to create a national and battleground states direct contact strategy that helped to persuade voters to vote for Barack Obama and turn out on his behalf.

Previous to joining New Partners, Jerry worked at Meyer Teleservices from 2004 to 2009 where he advised dozens of corporations, campaigns and organizations in the science and art of movement building, persuasion marketing and grassroots mobilization.

Jerry has been a leading strategist in Minnesota politics for more than 20 years, including previously managing the Minnesota coordinated campaign during Senator Paul Wellstone’s re-election campaign in 2002 – the nation’s most highly targeted race and the largest coordinated campaign in state history.

 

Craig Schirmer

Craig brings more than two decades of experience at designing winning strategies and solving problems for clients locally and nationally.

Craig counsels political candidates, corporations, entertainment and sports entities and non-profits on strategy, grass roots activations, coalition building, communications strategies, and brand positioning.

He has worked on dozens of political campaigns nationally – including five presidential campaigns.  In 2008, Craig played a leading role in the election of President Barack Obama, helping to design the campaign’s grassroots strategy that produced historic volunteer participation and record voter turnout.  In addition he has served as a strategist for former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles; Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer; Vice President Al Gore’s presidential race; the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s campaign and has advised scores of local, statewide and ballot initiative campaigns.

In addition to his political work, Craig has worked with sports leagues, professional sports teams, trade associations and technology and entertainment companies.

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