Best known for managing all four of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Senate campaigns, Rose Kapolczynski is a nationally recognized political strategist and campaign manager.
The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) named Rose the “Most Valuable Player in a Democratic Campaign” for her work managing Senator Boxer’s 2010 campaign. Rose directed the $30 million campaign operation and team of consultants, turning a tossup into a ten-point victory.
Rose has served as chief strategist for several ballot measure campaigns in the Pacific Northwest. In 2007, Rose was named the Public Affairs Professional of the Year by the AAPC for her exceptional work on ballot initiative campaigns.
In Washington State, Rose directed three successful campaigns on clean energy, medical malpractice and insurance reform. The No on 330 (medical malpractice) and Approve 67 (insurance reform) campaigns were extremely competitive and remain two of the most expensive state campaigns in Washington state history. In Oregon, she led the effort for the pro-choice community to defeat a parental notification ballot initiative.
After Senator Boxer’s upset election to the Senate in 1992, Rose served as State Director in the Senate office for ten years. She led development of communications and outreach strategies on priority legislation and served as a spokesperson for Senator Boxer. Earlier in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill as Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Tim Wirth and as the Sierra Club’s national political director.
Rose managed several political campaigns in the Pacific Northwest, including former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer’s unprecedented bid for a third term. After his victory, she became the Mayor’s communications director and on-the-record spokesperson in City Hall.
During the 1984 election cycle, Rose worked for the Hart for President campaign. Starting as a constituency outreach organizer in the national headquarters, she ran the victorious Washington State caucus operation on Super Tuesday and worked for Hart in Oregon, Wisconsin and California.
Rose started her career as an organizer and lobbyist for the Sierra Club, Colorado Open Space Council and University of Colorado Wilderness Study Group. Specializing in public lands issues, she worked to pass landmark wilderness and wild river legislation in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. Rose lives in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.