BEHIND EVERY VICTORY
THERE IS A STRATEGY
Aviva Bowen brings nearly two decades of experience in public affairs, political campaigns, government, and media relations to The Strategy Group’s Chicago office.
Aviva has served as a lead strategist to numerous elected officials and candidates, including U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley and Bill Foster, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx. For six years, she was the Director of Communications for the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
Jason Bresler served as the National Political Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2018 midterms when Democrats flipped the most seats from red to blue since 1974, including 22 districts that President Trump carried in 2016. As the chief political strategist for the DCCC, Bresler led the implementation of campaign plans in more than 100 targeted districts and recruited a historically diverse group of candidates that have quickly become the new faces of the Democratic Party. Bresler also played a leading role in winning the national message battle on health care and the economy and the implementation of the largest mobilization and paid media budgets in DCCC history.
Morton Brilliant is an attorney and South Carolina native with nearly 25 years of experience as a political operative and communications strategist, serving in roles as varied as state party Executive Director, Gubernatorial Deputy Chief of Staff, and Communications Director to two gubernatorial campaigns. He’s served as The Strategy Group’s lead direct mail strategist to campaigns at every level of the ballot, including multiple red-to-blue and frontline Congressional candidates, gubernatorial campaigns, U.S. Senate races and municipal and statehouse candidates across the country, along with progressive organizations ranging from House Majority PAC to the League of Conservation Voters. In 2012, he served as lead direct mail strategist to Obama for America’s Colorado campaign, conceiving and executing new research techniques to improve the targeting of mail and the impact of messaging.
Danielle Cendejas is a strategist with more than 15 years of experience working on campaigns and advancing progressive causes. In 2009, she joined The Strategy Group’s Los Angeles office after working as an organizer on President Barack Obama’s campaign. Danielle has managed the development and execution of direct mail programs, most notably for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressman Salud Carbajal, and the California Labor Federation. Committed to building a bench of women leaders, she conducts candidate training sessions with Emerge America, Emerge California, and Vote Run Lead. In 2018, she was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants with their 40 Under 40 Award.
Pete Giangreco has pioneered targeting and research techniques that have made his direct mail some of the most effective in the country.
In 2012, Pete served as lead direct mail consultant to Baldwin for Senate and Obama for America in three battleground states, including Ohio. That follows his work in 2008, when he was Deputy Director of Polling and Paid Media for the general election. That appointment capped years of electing candidates at all levels of the ballot, including two U.S. senators and three new Democratic governors.
Political candidates, progressive organizations, and elected leaders in California and across the country rely on Doug Herman’s extensive political expertise to guide their work and communicate effectively with decision makers, the media, and voters to win campaigns.
Doug was a lead mail strategist for Obama for America in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. In addition, Doug serves as a political advisor to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, and Congressman Henry Waxman.
A former DSCC Research Director and senior U.S. Senate staffer, Judith has advised campaigns and progressive organizations across the country, including EMILY’s List, Sierra Club and Senate Majority PAC. Most recently, Judith helped elect Governors Gretchen Whitmer and Janet Mills, worked to flip the Nevada State Legislature from Red to Blue in 2016, and helped guide Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Andy Kim to re-election in Trump districts.
Terry is a lawyer and veteran strategist who has worked for presidential, gubernatorial, congressional, and local clients out of our Chicago office since 1991. He has also developed unique public education campaigns involving public health issues on behalf of our foundation and nonprofit clients.
In 2012, Terry was singled out by The Washington Post as one of President Obama’s key campaign advisors, serving as a Deputy Director of Paid Media. In 2008, he was lead direct mail consultant to Obama for President during the general election.