Date(s) - 05/07/20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Campaign staff are the machinery of American democracy. As November 3 approaches, field organizers, fundraisers, policy experts, data analysist, speechwriters, and volunteers are joining campaigns, and their efforts to capture the nation’s political mood, and its votes, could shape their own fortunes as profoundly as America’s. What is it like to work at the heart of a presidential campaign, and how is the nature of political campaigning evolving? A panel of seasoned staffers, who worked on the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, share their experiences of life on the campaign trail.
Lanhee J. Chen
Lanhee J. Chen is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution. He is also director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. He has been a part of numerous major campaigns, including multiple presidential efforts: as policy director to Romney-Ryan in 2012, as a senior adviser to Rubio in 2016, and policy adviser to Bush-Cheney in 2004. During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, Chen also served as a senior adviser on policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Chen earned a PhD and AM in political science from Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Gerrit Lansing was chief digital officer at the Republican National Committee from June 2015 to December 2017, before his appointment as the White House chief digital officer in January 2017. Prior to this appointment, he started the Digital Department at the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2012. He is also cofounder of Revv, an online payments platform for campaigns and causes. In 2019, he also launched fundraising platform WinRed as a response to ActBlue. Lansing has previously also served as the press secretary for the House Budget Committee under Congressman Paul Ryan, and as new media director for Congressman Peter Roskam. Lansing holds a BA degree from University of the South.
Meaghan Burdickis the founding partner of 14th Street Strategies, and the president of Burdick Consulting Group. Previously, she served as the director of marketing and merchandising for Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Specializing in grassroots fundraising, target marketing, and stakeholder engagement, she was formerly also the director of direct marketing at Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2004 and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006. Burdick holds a BA from Georgetown University.