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We helped redefine voter contact — and know how to use the best tools out there.
Wildfire Contact unites the best practices in voter and constituent contact services with the cutting-edge grassroots strategies that are changing the way politics and advocacy work today. Our team helped develop some of the latest tools available, so we’re uniquely positioned to advise clients on the best ways to apply them. We help campaigns, causes, and companies choose the right suite of services to connect with their audiences while moving their overall initiatives forward according to their strategic plans.
We use science to move people
to act.
Using outreach and engagement tactics honed and perfected in the field — and offering strategic counsel that has helped make the difference on some of the most groundbreaking electoral and issue advocacy initiatives in U.S. history — Wildfire Contact brings together the art of building winning campaigns with the science of targeting, reaching, and moving real people to act.
We help clients spread their message — and leave their mark.
Whether our clients want to build support for a key community issue, mobilize members of their unique organizations, or connect with voters at the state or national level, Wildfire Contact ensures they have immediate impact — and leave a lasting impression.
“Modern, 21st century campaigns know that moving voters means connecting with them on the issues that matter most.”
Mitch Stewart
Founding Partner, 270 Strategies and Co-Chair of Wildfire Contact

What We Do

Phones
Every conversation can make the difference in today's fast-paced campaigns. We provide a range of paid telephone services including live survey services, patch-through calls, robo-calls, telephone town-halls, and IVR polling.
Mail
Whether it's the first time an advocacy organization is trying to reach potential supporters, or it's a campaign entering the high-intensity get-out-the-vote period, we help clients create and send literature that makes an impact.
Canvassing
The best way to meet voters and other constituents where they are on the issues is one-on-one and at the doors. From neighborhood canvassing to voter registration pushes to urgent petition drives, our trained canvassing professionals know the most effective ways to engage and persuade our clients' potential supporters.
Data Management
Modern campaigns rely on quality data and detailed information to inform their strategies. We help clients identify and acquire the best data files available to ensure they have the information they need to make smart decisions that help them meet their goals.
Targeting and Analysis
In the last two presidential cycles, data modeling revolutionized the way campaigns think of targeting their outreach and resources. Our team has extensive experience incorporating modeling into actionable programs and can translate between data analysts and campaign decision makers. We build data models to help our clients make more effective decisions and use analytics to target our clients' voter contact programs.
“Wildfire brings together folks who not only helped develop the latest tools and technologies, but also the application of them.”
Paul Tewes
Founding Partner, SmootTewes Group and Co-Chair of Wildfire Contact

Who We Are

Marygrace Galston is Director of Wildfire Contact. Marygrace has worked in the political arena for more than a decade, with experience across electoral campaigns, non-profit organizations, and issue advocacy initiatives. She served previously as a Regional Senior Political Advisor and the White House Liaison for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in multiple leadership positions on the 2008 and 2012 Obama for America campaigns, and in key management roles for numerous campaigns across the country.

Emily Parcell is Managing Director at Wildfire Contact. Her decade-long campaign resume includes managing a state legislative program that flipped control to Democrats, field and political roles on three Presidential Caucus campaigns and overseeing President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory in Indiana. Prior to joining Wildfire, Emily logged three election cycles as a lead direct mail strategist for local, statewide and federal campaigns across the country.

Josh Grossfeld is Managing Principal at Wildfire Contact. Named by Campaigns and Elections Magazine in 2007 as one of the “Rising Stars” in American political consulting, his political experience spans nearly two decades and includes direct mail, media production, polling and grassroots organizing. With more than seven cycles as a direct mail strategist, Grossfeld has created successful direct mail programs for initiative, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative campaigns.

Nathan Erickson is Operations Manager at Wildfire Contact. Originally from eastern Iowa, Nathan has been involved in Iowa Democratic politics since enrolling at Drake University in 2009. He brings experience from his work as field staff on issue and U.S. Senate campaigns, as well as human resources work in the non-profit healthcare industry. Nathan is co-president of New Leaders Council - Des Moines, a progressive, leadership training organization committed to training young professionals for public service, and is a city organizer with Oxfam America.

Doug Flint is Art Director for Wildfire Contact. Doug has over 25 years of experience creating and designing strategic advertising, publishing and direct mail campaigns for a wide variety of clients ranging from small businesses to large corporations. Doug has a great deal of business experience and management skills and is accustomed to a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround times. He enjoys designing unique, exciting pieces that best achieve the goals for each project.

Laura Hardy is an Account Associate for Wildfire Contact. She has worked with campaigns of different levels including city council, congressional, and senate races in North Carolina. Laura’s experience also includes advocacy with local NC non-profit organizations.

Adam Holt is Creative Services Manager for Wildfire Contact. Adam has 13 years of advertising, marketing and branding experience for both political and corporate clients on the local and national level. Prior to joining Wildfire he ran his own design business for 4 years where his clients included Senator Tom Harkin, Congressman Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democratic Party and President Obama’s 2012 campaign in Iowa.

Valiaku (Val) Kugbo is Operations Assistant and joining Wildfire after a recent move from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He brings experience in finance and accounting through work with various firms. Val is also a partner for a non-profit organization that provides food, shelter and education for children, elderly and disabled in his native country of Liberia.

Steve Lindaman is Production Manager for Wildfire Contact. He's spent the last 10 years in print and mail production in Des Moines, IA. His experience includes a strong mix of client outreach and internal management to help meet production deadlines and demands in the print, mail, and large format realms. He has worked in multi-facility project management to enact nationwide mail campaigns and has been running election production each of the last four cycles.

Tia Nearmyer is a Senior Account Executive for Wildfire Contact. She has worked on campaigns across the country including mayoral, congressional, gubernatorial and presidential races. Her experience also includes work on Capitol Hill and with advocacy groups for the Iowa Caucuses.

Erica Prosser is Vice President with Wildfire. She has worked on campaigns from the mayoral to presidential level in field, communications, and as a manager. For over 15 years as a polling, direct mail, and media consultant, Erica has developed successful strategies for advocacy groups, political committees, ballot initiatives, labor organizations and candidates at every level across the country

Jessica Purcell is an Account Associate for Wildfire Contact. An attorney barred in the District of Columbia, she gained experience working on Capitol Hill with the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and with the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel. Jessica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Luke Quandt is Operations Consultant with Wildfire. A native of Western Iowa, began life as a campaigner knocking on doors in a 1996 State Senate race against a then little-known businessman Steve King. After this introduction into politics, Luke became a student organizer at the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 for Tom Vilsack and in 2000 for Al Gore. Since graduation in 2001 he has spent the last 15 years working on nearly every aspect of campaign life - as an Organizational Director, Field Organizer, Finance Director, Research Analyst, Campaign Manager, and Consultant - and has applied his trade in 35 states and the District of Columbia working on campaigns for hundreds of candidates and elected officials including Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Patrick Murphy. In his spare time, you'll generally find Luke planning his next vacation or belligerently rooting for Liverpool Football Club and the US Men and Women's Soccer teams.

Gillian Rosenberg is a Senior Account Executive with Wildfire. She has over a dozen years of campaign experience including two Presidential campaigns. She helped lay the groundwork for President Obama's historic Iowa Caucus win, and served as Director of Scheduling for the battleground state of Florida in the 2008 General Election. Gillian's resume also includes multiple statewide and legislative elections. She was the Midwest Regional Director and National Director of Campaigns for J Street, a progressive foreign policy advocacy organization. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership (IWIL), a highly regarded institution that trains women on all aspects of how to run winning elections. Gillian is a native of the Northern Suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in Chicago.

Liz Ryba is Project Manager with Wildfire. She has worked on campaigns from the mayoral to congressional level in field, communications, and as a strategic consultant. During her time on the Hill, she helped to develop progressive legislation ranging from immigration reform to the improvement of mental health services. With nearly a decade worth of political experience, Liz brings a unique perspective to Wildfire, which has helped our clients achieve results that matter.

Brendan Summers is Senior Account Executive at Wildfire Contact. Brendan has worked in campaigns and with state government for a decade, with experiences ranging from Caucus Director at the Iowa Democratic Party to serving as Executive Director of a legislative chamber. Prior to joining Wildfire, Brendan was the Iowa Caucus Director and then Caucus States Director for Senator Bernie Sanders where he was a main architect of Sanders’ Iowa Caucus delegate strategy, and helped to oversee caucus victories from Maine to Washington State.

Mike Tate is a Senior Advisor with Wildfire. A seasoned consultant and manager for progressive campaigns, causes, candidates for public office, and political organizations, Mike has more than a decade of experience as a highly-regarded political operative. Mike has worked with partners in Wisconsin, where he served six years as state Party chair, and across the country to build and manage massive communication plans, political and voter contact operations, joint fundraising campaigns, and earned media campaigns.

Scott Truesdale is Senior Creative for Wildfire Contact. For over 15 years, Scott’s bold creative work helped elect progressive candidates from City Hall to the White House, brought in millions in fundraising for the DNC, and won attention and support for national non-profits like the American Diabetes Association, the United Nations Foundation, and the Sierra Club. Scott’s creative work also won over 50 national awards, including over 10 Gold Pollies and the Yahoo Purple Chair for excellence in online advertising. Prior to joining Wildfire, Scott worked with MSHC Partners, Gumbinner Davies, and BerlinRosen.

Whitney Wallace is Deputy Project Manager with Wildfire. She has worked virtually every aspect of field - most recently on a presidential race as both a Field Organizer and Regional Field Director. A native Iowan, Whitney understands the strategic importance of early primary states and has used that knowledge to help achieve positive results. A recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, Whitney brings fresh views and the knowledge of innovative technologies to Wildfire.

Zach Wolf is an Account Associate at Wildfire Contact. His first race was a Connecticut State House primary which resulted in a tie. He has since managed and worked in field and communications on campaigns in Connecticut, Maryland, and Iowa at the local, state, and federal levels. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Applied Math and Systems Engineering.

Wildfire Contact draws on the expertise of winning campaign strategists from 270 Strategies and SmootTewes Group.

270 Strategies is a next-generation consulting firm that is redefining how companies and organizations build winning campaigns. We believe effective, 21st century campaigns must integrate people-centered, grassroots organizing with smart digital strategies and a data-driven approach. We’re changing the way our clients manage their strategies and meet their goals – and changing the world in the process.

The Smoot Tewes Group is a fully integrated political and public affairs consulting firm. Our team of experienced professionals has waged and won dozens of high-profile, high-stakes campaigns for candidates, companies, coalitions, and causes. We bring the lessons learned and the results earned to your challenges.