Party Architects

Operatives shaping political, advocacy, or grassroots campaigns

Brian Fallon

Brian Fallon
Executive Director, Demand Justice

Brian Fallon’s boss lost the last presidential election, prompting the nomination and confirmation of judges who will decide federal court rulings for decades. Now he’s dedicated to reversing that effort. Fallon, who served as Hillary Clinton’s press secretary in the presidential campaign, founded Demand Justice last year to stop the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees to lifelong judgeships… 

Carrie Severino

Carrie Severino
Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network

Carrie Severino wanted to teach law. When that didn’t happen, she took her lesson plan to a bigger audience. Severino, the chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, has emerged as the principal public advocate for President Trump’s judicial nominees as he and Senate Republicans overhaul the federal judiciary…

Doug Thornell

Doug Thornell
Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

When the Democratic party machine breaks down, Doug Thornell is often its leaders’ first phone call. One of the most plugged-in Democratic public-affairs professionals in Washington, Thornell serves as the head of SKDKnickerbocker’s political department after having built out its public-affairs practice for the previous eight years. Before joining the private sector, Thornell led communications efforts for top Democratic officials—including now-Sen. Chris Van Hollen and the late Rep. Elijah Cummings—and worked in top jobs for all three Democratic campaign committees…

Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh
Senior Adviser for Data, Republican National Committee

Walsh spent only 69 days as President Trump’s deputy chief of staff before leaving the job on March 30, 2017, amid stories that the president saw her as a member of the Republican establishment that he had run against. Two and a half years later, in October 2019, she found her “broad influence across the party” cited in a Washington Post story about the critical work she is doing to bring about Trump’s reelection…

Julie Conway

Julie Conway
Executive director, VIEW PAC

Since the beginning of her political career, Julie Conway has known how to play the long game. When the veteran GOP consultant ran for class leadership during her freshman year of high school, her platform centered on one pillar: sending the class to Disney World for their senior field trip.

She made the trip happen. Since then, in her more than 25 years as a Republican fundraiser, she has brought the same singular focus to growing the ranks of GOP women in federal office, calling herself “a bit of a one-trick pony when it comes to this.”…