Betsy Ankney is a strategist with a decade of experience in politics and public affairs. Ankney has been involved in campaigns at the state and local level and has played a role in some of the biggest upsets in Republican politics, including Chris Christie for Governor, Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, and Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate.
Ankney has experience working in large national organizations, including the 2008 Republican National Convention and the Republican National Committee, where she served in a senior role as Deputy Political Director during the 2012 presidential cycle managing the internal operations of the Political department and overseeing a $44 million events budget. Additionally, she worked as a grassroots consultant for various associations and corporate clients as an Associate at Collins Anderson Philp Public Affairs.
Most recently, Ankney managed the successful reelection of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson in one of the toughest races and biggest upsets of the 2016 cycle. Ankney helped take the race from a double-digit deficit to a victory of 100,000 votes, securing the most Republican votes in Wisconsin’s history and outrunning the presidential nominee. She managed a $20 million budget and worked with an in-house data operation and various vendors to create and implement an earned media strategy and paid media plan that maximized efficiency and reach across all platforms and mediums. Ankney managed a headquarters staff of 15 in addition to working with the largest and most successful field program in Wisconsin’s history with 86 field staff and 40 offices, resulting in 4 million volunteer voter contacts. For her work on Ron Johnson for Wisconsin, Ankney was named “Campaign Manager of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants for 2016.
Ankney is from Toledo, Ohio, and attended Vanderbilt University.