BRAD CHISM, PRESIDENT
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Brad has positioned Chism Strategies at the forefront of political communications with the use of research-based solutions and behavioral science lessons to craft both the wording and timing of message delivery. His progression in this industry was not atypical --- from volunteer canvasser to fundraiser to Communications Director to Manager and finally as a candidate himself (State Insurance Commissioner).
His team has been repeatedly recognized over the last decade as America’s top voter contact firm through a blind peer review process at the American Association of Political Consultants. Brad is constantly searching for new tools for interactive conversations in this multi-channel world of political discourse.
Brad earned an honors degree in political science from Millsaps College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. While at Oxford he focused his graduate studies on economics. He is an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater where he teaches courses in Campaigns & Elections and Politics & Technology. Brad is the author of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) publication, Best Practices: A Guide to Selecting Telephone Voter Contact Firms. Additionally, he has been published in the three-volume Voting in America, a collection of essays used for upper-level college political science courses.
Brad has been the featured speaker at seminars sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants, the International Association of Political Consultants and Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
Charles Richardson, Principal
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Charles first joined our firm in 2010 and quickly established himself as a telephone voter contact expert with a range of clients at the federal state and local level. Candidates and institutions across the country looked to Charles for advice on how to pinpoint an audience targeting, messaging and timing of delivery.
In early 2015 Charles hung out his own shingle and posted impressive victories with Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana along with a number of legislative, county and municipal clients in the Bayou State and across the country. Over the next two years Charles expanded his reach with state education and environmental organizations to more than 25 states. Charles rejoined our team in early 2018 as a principal with the firm.
Charles is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in English and Political Science. When not on the campaign trail Charles can be found coaching or playing soccer with his three sons and expanding the talent pool for the next U.S. World Cup run.
Joe Binns, Principal
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Joe has worked as both a campaign manager and general consultant for federal, state and local contests over the last 25 years. He has mastered the different campaign disciplines with the most extensive experiences in grassroots organizing and voter contact. He has won multiple awards from Politics Magazine and the American Association of Political Consultants for voter contact through direct mail and radio.
He was the Southeastern Director for the largest grassroots campaign ever conducted in the United States and has extensive experience in issue advocacy at the state and federal level. His past non-partisan clients include PhRMA, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pew Charitable Trusts, Federal Home Loan Bank, the Farm Credit Council and various patient advocacy groups. Since 2010, Joe has managed advocacy campaigns in multiple states for one of the largest and most respected NGO’s in the country. His work on environmental causes has led to better federal, state and local public policy.
Joe studied political science at Davidson College, Cambridge University and Georgetown University. When he isn’t campaigning, he is playing drums in various Atlanta bands and trying to impress his five year old daughter, Josie.
Robert Burkes, COO
Rob is the COO for the firm. He has spent the last decade studying the changes in political messaging channels and building new tools for Chism Strategies. Rob has done extensive analysis of Return on Investment all our voter contact programs to recommend the most cost effective tools for our electoral and institutional clients. He has served up programs for three Presidential campaigns and managed quality control for “white lab coat” research projects involving Yale and Fordham Universities, and the Analyst Institute.
His accomplishments in the “back office” side of political campaigns has been well recognized—he was named a Rising Star in American Political Consulting by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
Rob graduated from Millsaps College with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A. When not working to advance progressive causes, Rob is out enjoying the local beer scene in Memphis, looking for new music or attending a show, and always contemplating whether he’s getting too old for one more Bonnaroo.
Brannon Miller, Director of Voter Targeting
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Brannon Miller is in his fourth election cycle with Chism Strategies, having joined us after a stint as field director for the Mississippi Democratic Trust. There he managed the legislative caucus decisions on which races to target and the best combination of field, phone and mail programs for these races. Brannon also lent his expertise to key municipal races in the state.
He is an expert at voter file analysis and how to leverage this information to win. Whether polling for a statewide race or a building a walk list for a city council candidate, Brannon knows how to use demographic data, previous election results, and information gleaned from the voter file to build the right universe for your project.
Like others on our team, Brannon is a native Mississippian who left to broaden his perspective on campaigns and elections and later returned. He spent time on races in North Carolina and then as an SEIU organizer in St. Louis.
Brannon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Public Policy. He is a fan of Southern literature and Richard Linklater films.
Julie Jaber, CFO
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Julie Jaber is the firm’s CFO, handling the financial operations. She holds an honors degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and has been a CPA for 30 years.
Prior to managing the firm's financial affairs, Julie served a series of nonprofit and small business clients throughout the Jackson metro area.
Molly Ambrose, Operations Officer
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Molly Ambrose is an Operations Officer who handles much of the critical ‘back office’ work of data acquisition, project reports and quality control. Molly also contributes to candidate research and project script writing.
Molly’s work in advocacy began with a stint at Planned Parenthood Southeast in Jackson, MS, and later as a legislative Fellow in the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2018.
Molly holds a BA in Political Science from Millsaps College, where she lettered for four years in Women’s Soccer and was team captain for two years. Molly recently earned a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. Her graduate work focused on the study of immigrants, incarceration and sanctuary cities.
Emily Henderson, Digital Director
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