Hilda is an award-winning public relations professional and journalist with over 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing communications, and crisis and issues management. She has been in the trenches of complicated public relations campaigns for a wide range of entities in the private, government, and non-profit sector.
Prior to joining Actum, Hilda served as Marketing/Communications Director for AARP California, Communications Director and spokesperson for Hillary for America in California, Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Edison, and West Region
Communications and Public Affairs Director for the Coca-Cola Company.
Prior to that, Hilda successfully led her own consulting firm, where she managed public affairs and media relations programs for a wide range of clients. She also served as Communications Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and Press Deputy and spokesperson to former Los Angeles Mayor, James K. Hahn.
Hilda holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish Literature from Cal State University Northridge.
I joined Tunnl in May of 2017 and serve as the Chief Technology Officer.
At Tunnl, I lead the data science team, develop new data products for our platform, and direct custom targeting and analytics engagements.
Prior to Tunnl, I gained experience in consulting as a Consultant for a Corporate Executive Board.
I am a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. I currently live in Washington, DC with my wife, my son, and a very excitable Golden Retriever. When I’m not keeping busy developing new approaches to problems in ad targeting and marketing measurement, you can find me at Camden Yards, rooting for the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles.
Campaigns and Elections calls Daniel Huey “one of the country’s rising stars and advisors in conservative politics.” The American Association of Political Consultants has named Huey to America’s “Forty Under Forty” list.
Huey has played an integral role at virtually every level of the Republican Party. Equally adept at strategy, data, and creative, Daniel helped guide Something Else* to seven statewide wins in his first cycle at the firm, and before that helped guide candidates, political organizations and corporations across the country in some of the country’s toughest races.
In 2016, Huey helped hold the Republican Senate Majority while serving as the NRSC Independent Expenditure Director and Senior Advisor, managing a $41 million budget and winning in battlegrounds, few gave Republicans a chance.
Previously in 2014, Huey served as the Deputy Director of the NRSC Independent Expenditure Unit. During his entire tenure at the NRSC, no Republican Senator lost a primary.
Huey worked at the Republican Governors Association in 2012 where he successfully helped defend all Republican incumbents and was part of the team that successfully defended Governor Scott Walker in the historic Wisconsin recall election.
A native of northern Georgia, Daniel went to George Washington University where he played soccer, got hurt, had fun, and lost his southern accent. Today he lives in Washington, DC with his wife where he periodically rides the bus and uses public transportation far more than any other Republican we know.
Managing Director- SKDK
Pia is a Managing Director at SKDK and oversees the day-to-day management of the firm’s political department. Pia brings over 15 years of campaign, communications, media, and brand development work to her clients at SKDK.
After years of winning tough campaigns, Pia met U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords and they quickly bonded over growing up in republican families. Pia was the youngest female chief of staff in the house when she joined Gabby’s team. After the stunning and horrific Tucson shooting, Pia was recognized on the floor of Congress for her leadership role in the aftermath.
Carusone was most recently the lead strategist and ad maker for Senator Mark Kelly, who won the special election to fill Senator John McCain’s seat. Previously she served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration.
Carusone’s campaign work also includes guiding Ritchie Torres to victory in NY-15, defeating a powerful anti-choice, anti-equality opponent. And in New Hampshire, where her roots in politics began with Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, Carusone helped Congressman Chris Pappas secure his first re-election in New England’s most competitive district. In 2006, Carusone managed the first campaign of now Congressman John Sarbanes and then joined him on Capitol Hill as his Communications Director.
Pia has given hundreds of TV, radio, and print interviews and is frequently called to comment on the latest developments in politics and government. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Pia is a graduate of Bard College and now resides in Washington, DC with her wife, daughter and their two dachshunds. Ask Pia what her favorite bourbon is – she’s the co-founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery.
Chief Strategy Officer- Building Back Together
Mayra Macías is the Chief Strategy Officer at Building Back Together where she leads the political strategy and policy engagement for the organization which focuses on building support for the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda.
For more than a decade, Mayra has been playing a key role shaping our national politics. She is a highly sought-after organizer, educator, and political operative, Mayra was named one of the American Association of Political Consultants’ top “2019 40 Under 40.” Mayra grew up in Chicago’s southside, in the working-class family of Mexican immigrant parents and went on to attend Yale University, where she majored in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. After graduating, Mayra moved to Miami to work for Teach for America as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Liberty City at Charles R. Drew Middle School.
Prior to joining Building Back Together, Mayra was the Executive Director of the Latino Victory Project, serving as national political director and vice president before taking the helm of the organization. Mayra was the architect behind Latino Victory’s 74% win rate in the 2018 cycle — playing a critical role in electing the most diverse congressional class in history.
Mayra began her work in politics as a field organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign, working in the Little Havana office. After working in several issue-based campaigns, Mayra transitioned to the Florida Democratic Party, serving first as the Hispanic outreach director for South Florida and then as the deputy political director where she helped flip the Sarasota City Council. Mayra then transitioned from politics to policy by joining the Capitol Hill Fellowship, working for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT. Mayra returned to Florida the summer of 2016 and became the Florida Democratic Party’s political director — becoming the first Latina to hold this position.
Mayra’s media appearances include MSNBC, CNN, CNN en español, Telemundo, and Univision. She has been featured on The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Miami Herald, NBC News, Vox, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Politico, and The Hill. In 2020, Mayra was featured on the cover of the Yale Alumni Magazine as one of the Yale’s 50 Women in 150 Years, where she was profiled alongside other prominent alumna like Janet Yellen. Other awards include AT&T Humanity of Connection 2019 Awardee, Prospanica DC 40 under 40, 2017 #BossGirl Awardee. Mayra has served on the national board of Planned Parenthood Action Fund since 2020.
Executive Director- Women Vote, EMILYs List
Melissa Williams is the Executive Director of Women Vote, EMILYs List’s independent expenditure arm. She oversees the organization’s efforts to research, persuade, and mobilize women voters; and works to strengthen partnerships with progressive allies nationally. She also serves as the Executive Director of EMILYs List Action.
Prior to joining EMILYs List, Melissa was the National Political Director for the Sierra Club where she oversaw their electoral programs nationwide. Williams has worked on independent expenditure and membership programs for progressive organizations and labor unions. She holds degrees in Government and Women’s Studies from Harvard University. She also holds an M.S. in International Political Economics.
Political Director- Republican State Leadership Committee
Max Docksey is the Political Director for the Republican State Leadership Committee.
Born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, Docksey began his political career working with his hometown Congressman, Sean Duffy. Over the course of the last decade Docksey has held various political roles at the state and national level including as the Political Director for the Ohio Republican Party during the successful 2018 election cycle, as the National Paid Voter Contact Director for the Republican National Committee overseeing the largest paid voter contact budget in RNC history, and most recently as the Regional Political Director for the RNC managing the committee’s political operations in the Great Lakes region.
Docksey is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Cassie and his daughter Eliza.
CEO- Deep Root Analytics
Sara Fagen serves as the CEO of Deep Root Analytics, a leading marketing technology company that partners with advertising and communications professionals to more effectively reach target audiences across all media platforms. Fagen co-founded Deep Root Analytics in 2013 and is a long-term board member.
Most recently, Fagen served as a partner at DDC Public Affairs in Washington D.C., where she helped clients solve some of their toughest public affairs and political challenges. Sara became a Partner at DDC in 2011 after the company acquired BlueFront Strategies, an issue advocacy firm she founded. In 2014, Fagen helped lead the sale of DDC to Omnicom Group Inc.
Sara is also a founder of Resonate Insights, a disruptive real-time consumer intelligence platform that brings together real-time survey data and insights on over 230 million consumers and online behavioral data all in one platform.
Before branching out as an entrepreneur, Fagen had a successful career in campaign politics and government. She served as White House Political Director for President George W. Bush. During her years in the White House, Fagen was involved in helping enact some of President Bush’s most significant legislative accomplishments. Fagen also played a key role in the President’s 2004 re-election campaign, in which she served as a senior strategist directing opinion research and paid media. After the campaign, the Wall Street Journal called her a “data whiz,” saying, “As a top strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election efforts, Fagen helped perfect political micro-targeting.”
Fagen has been a long-time contributor to CNBC. When she is not working, Fagen lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Joel, son Isaac and rescue dog Scruffy.
She was most recently Political Director at American Bridge 21st Century and was previously a regional political director at the DCCC.
Allyson managed Antonio Delgado’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 2022 and managed Delgado’s 2018 upset election to Congress, one of the most expensive House races in history. She remains a close advisor to the Lieutenant Governor.
Allyson is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Senior Campaign and Political Advisor- Congressional Black Caucus PAC
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