2020 Visionaries

Campaign operatives shaking up the way candidates get elected

Amy Levin

Amy Levin
Partner, Benenson Strategy Group

Amy Levin is intent on making opinion research work better. Utilizing strategies that are equal parts qualitative and quantitative, the creator of Breakthrough Campaigns, an independent division of Benenson Strategy Group, is determined to bring her craft into the future. To do this, Levin and her 12-person “softball team of change” are championing techniques focused on storytelling, not “advocacy-speak.”…

Gerrit Lansing

Gerrit Lansing
Cofounder, Revv

Gerrit Lansing first drew the attention of Donald Trump in 2013, when the future president tweeted: “I am hearing that @NRCC Digital Director @lansing is doing great work expanding and modernizing @GOP social media. Good – we need it.” Lansing replied: “@realDonaldTrump thank u sir. Doing our best at the NRCC. You should get involved with us if you’re not already.” Only a year later, Lansing was preparing to launch a fundraising software called Revv that would be instrumental for Republicans bringing in small-dollar donations in the 2016 presidential election cycle…

Jon Donenberg

John Donenberg
Policy Director, Elizabeth Warren 2020

Conventional wisdom says that presidential campaigns work like this: You introduce the candidate and the big, general themes the campaign they will run on; then, as the primary goes on, more-detailed policy proposals are carefully released to reinforce the candidate’s vision.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw that playbook out the window…

Lucinda Guinn

Lucinda Guinn
Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Lucinda Guinn is in it to win it. 

She’s eager to talk about how Democrats are going on the offensive in 2020. She’s quick to point to their already-record fundraising numbers. She’s not shy in describing herself as the “most competitive human being you’ll ever meet.” Before her interview with National Journal even started, she wanted to know where she ranked in the NJ50, sounding slightly disappointed when she was told the list would go unranked…    

Steven Law

Steven Law
President and CEO, American Crossroads

When Steven Law helped launch American Crossroads, one of the first super PACs to form in the wake of a landmark Supreme Courtruling that loosened restrictions on campaign finance, he thought it would be a temporary detour in a distinguished career. After all, by that point, he had served as chief legal officer and general counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and deputy Labor secretary under George W. Bush… 

Symone Sanders

Symone Sanders
Senior Adviser, Biden for President 

Symone Sanders was just 25 in 2015 when she became the national press secretary to Bernie Sanders’s underdog presidential bid. At the time, the senator from Vermont was trailing Hillary Clinton, the heavy favorite. Yet as he gained traction and rose in the polls, his namesake was right there with him, making his case on national television, speaking a mile a minute in what has become her trademark style…