AAPC Announces 2023 Class of 40 Under 40 Award Winners

Alana Joyce
Executive Director



April 18, 2023


La Quinta, California (April 18, 2023) —The American Association of Political
Consultants (AAPC), America’s only bipartisan association of political professionals, announced today the winners of the 2023 40 Under 40 Awards program recognizing the best and brightest young professionals working in the United States. Selected from more than 250 nominations, the winners were recognized at an awards ceremony during the 2023 Pollie Awards and Conference in Palm Springs, California on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
“We are elated to welcome a new class of gifted political consultants who will continue to make an impact in our industry,” said AAPC President Becki Donatelli. “As AAPC continues to support young professionals to grow within the industry, we look forward to their contributions both now and in the future,” added AAPC Vice President Larry Huynh.
“Ampersand and its owner companies, would like to offer congratulations to the 2023 class of 40 Under 40 award winners,” added Tim Kay, Vice President of Political Strategy.
The AAPC is dedicated to fostering the next generation of political professionals and is proud to recognize leaders and innovators in the political business community (including media, advertising, polling, and public affairs) who are making a mark in their organization and their profession.

La Quinta, California (April 20, 2023) —The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), America’s only bipartisan association of political professionals, announced today the recipients of the AAPC Campaign Excellence Awards for exceptional work during the 2022 cycle. These awards were presented at a special ceremony in conjunction with the annual AAPC Pollie Awards and Conference near Palm Springs, California.

The Campaign Excellence Awards are a longstanding tradition of the AAPC and recognize those individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of a candidate or public affairs campaign and whose conduct has been consistent with the Professional Code of Ethics of the AAPC.
“We were delighted to provide recognition to the outstanding work in political consulting in 2022,” said AAPC President Becki Donatelli. “The 2023 Campaign Excellence Award winners have set a high bar for recognition in future years,” added AAPC Vice President Larry Huynh.
Winners of the AAPC 2023 40 Under 40 Awards
Democratic Winners
  • Allyson Marcus, The Hub Project
  • Brendan McPhillips, Hilltop Public Soultions
  • Brett “Coop” Cooper, SWAY
  • Cassi Peters, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
  • Daniel Barash, SKDK
  • David Bergstein, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Ilana Kaplan, SWDC Organizing Group
  • Jenna Fullmer, Blue Compass Strategies
  • John Padua, Trilogy Interactive
  • Lindsay Vermeyen, Breakthrough
  • Megan Jacobs, League of Conservation Voters Campaigns
  • Morgan Miller, Left Coast Strategies LLC
  • Patrick Brown, FOGLAMP
  • Pili Tobar, Fireside Campaigns
  • Ryan Irvin, Change Media Group
  • Samantha Greene, Sena Kozar Strategies
  • Shannon-Janean Currie, Benenson Strategy Group
  • Terrance Woodbury, HIT Strategies
  • Tommy McDonald, The Win Company
  • Trip Yang, Trip Yang Strategies
Republican Winners
  • Adam Scheidler, TAG Strategies
  • Ashleigh Pisarcik, Ivory Political Strategy
  • Ben Mitchell, Jamestown Associates
  • Bobby Saparow, Kemp for Governor
  • Brendon DelToro, Guidant Polling and Strategy
  • Domenic Re, Congressional Leadership Fund
  • Jack Pandol, NRCC
  • Jon Black, Data Trust
  • Jonathan Duke, Deep Root Analytics
  • Jordan Root, Texans for Greg Abbott
  • Jordan Wiggins, Owner
  • Matthew W Cohen, HBS+
  • Nicholas Maddux, Axiom Strategies
  • Paul Shashy, SR Communications LLC
  • Robert Schmidt, McLaughlin & Associates
  • Thaddeus Rupp, Targeted Victory
  • Theresa Winegar, National Republican
  • Congressional Committee
  • Tommy Knepper, In Field Strategies
  • Senate Leadership Fund and One Nation
  • Will Ritter, POOLHOUSE Agency LLC
About the 2023 AAPC Pollie Conference
As the premier industry event, the 2023 Pollie Awards and Conference, held near Palm Springs, California from April 18-20, 2023, brings the leading political professionals together to network and hear from top technology innovators, pollsters, pundits, and service providers. The conference features cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management. The conference is widely recognized as the must-attend event for political consultants, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders, and journalists. For details, visit www.theaapc.org.

About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has more than 1,600 members hailing from all corners of the globe. The Board of Directors is comprised of 32 members, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see www.theaapc.org.

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