ED PEAVY • Founder/Managing Partner
Ed Peavy began campaign life, and got his big break, in Pennsylvania on the Harris Wofford for Senate race. After years of going from state to state and campaign to campaign, picking up experience and gaining invaluable know-how, Ed envisioned having his own company. What started as a small, three-person operation in 2001 has grown into a nationally known, well-respected firm because of its unwavering commitment to each client.
When not reducing Republicans to tears, Ed enjoys watching copious amounts of sports with his son, John; cycling a crazy number of miles with his wife, Becky, and oldest daughter, Bridgette; and watching his youngest daughter, Annie, compete at dressage.
If there is one running theme in Ed’s life, it’s winning, and that shows in his dedication to each campaign.
ADNAAN MUSLIM • Partner/Accounts Director
After working as a political fundraiser at the congressional and municipal level, Adnaan joined up with Ed at Direct Response in 1999. Two years later Mission Control was formed and, through hard work and a willingness to share an office with the kitchenette, Adnaan became a Partner in 2002. Since then, Adnaan has served as the company’s Accounts Director and now as the Creative Director, playing a vital role in both overall campaign strategy and the creative process. With over a decade of experience advising candidates, senators, governors and members of Congress across the country on the most efficient and effective way to reach voters through mail, Adnaan has a refined understanding of how powerful direct mail can be when done creatively and on message. Despite respecting Adnaan’s uncanny ability to craft headlines with perfect cadence and his dedication to ensuring all clients receive sound, strategic advice tailored to their campaign, we are worried. Even while being ensconced between the hectic world of Mission Control and the equally chaotic state of raising two daughters, Sofia and Lily, with his wife, Gina, Adnaan has found time to remain a die-hard Jets, Mets and Knicks fan. Someone needs to remind him Namath retired, the Mets just suck and the Knicks won’t win until they learn how to play defense.
Amy Pritchard is a 25-year veteran of Democratic and Progressive campaigns. She has been a senior strategist with Mission Control since 2007. She specializes in campaign planning, targeting, program, and program development for many of our labor union, ballot initiative and candidate campaigns clients. She is a digital communications expert as well. Amy is a political entrepreneur and an adventurer known as much for starting organizations as for her international exploits. When she isn't busy with the MC Team, she travels for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) teaching fledgling political parties in developing democracies. She's managed voter education campaigns in Egypt, a youth political academy in Rwanda, and trained political party leaders, candidates, and civil society activists in Iraq, Burma, Libya, Kosovo and the Iranian diaspora.
In 2003, Pritchard founded Democratic GAIN – an association for Democratic and Progressive political professionals that supports individuals and organizations through training, professional development and employment services. In 2004, she took a leave from her consulting to serve full time as the Political Director of the Democratic National Committee. One of the nation’s leading experts on initiatives and referenda, Pritchard is a past board member and original founder of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), an organization that monitors and provides strategic guidance to progressive ballot measure campaigns. In 1995, Pritchard managed the successful statewide campaign to defeat an anti-gay ballot initiative in Maine. From 1997 to 1998 Pritchard served as the Midwest and Northeast Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Pritchard has trained extensively for many organizations, including for the DNC, DCCC, AARP, Wellstone Action, BISC, AFSCME, SEIU and Progressive Majority and internationally for NDI and the Women’s Campaign International. Pritchard also has grassroots lobbying and organizing experience, having worked for the Human Rights Campaign, Service Employees International Union and the American Psychological Association. She is active on several boards including those of Democratic GAIN, the Women's Information Network, the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and American Family Voices, and serves as Treasurer of Congressman Steny Hoyer's Leadership PAC.
Principal/Director of Washington, D.C. Office
MAREN HESLA • Principal
Maren Hesla came to Mission Control after three cycles of running the multimillion-dollar independent expenditure program at EMILY’s List, including innovative campaigns on behalf of Jennifer Granholm and Jeanne Shaheen. During her time at EMILY’s List, Maren was a key player in the progressive community’s move toward analytics, voter file modeling and testing-based mail programs. Prior to her tenure at the List, Maren worked as a Senior Associate at The Feldman Group, a Democratic polling firm, where she worked on polling projects and focus groups for the National Education Association, SEIU, and statewide and congressional campaigns.
JOHN WINSTON • Senior Strategist
John is the former National Political Director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) where he developed the political budget and overall campaign strategy for the organization. During his 6 years as National Political Director and 2 years as a Regional Political Director, he worked with or trained state legislative caucuses in over 30 states on how to run more efficient and modern campaign operations. Prior to joining the DLCC, John managed campaigns in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.
CHEYENNE SHAFFER • Senior Associate, Production Manager
After an impressive career as a campaign fundraiser, Cheyenne Shaffer decided to get off the road and join Mission Control in January of 2007. Her strategic, creative and organizational skills help Mission Control crank hundreds of thousands of mail pieces across the country each year. Prior to joining Mission Control, Cheyenne raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, and Kansas. In her last stint in fundraising she served as Finance Director for Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, where she set a Maryland Senate fundraising record raising nearly $8.5 million over the course of his winning campaign. In 2011, Cheyenne served as an international election observer for the National Democratic Institute’s monitoring of Egypt’s parliamentary elections.
KYM NECK • Data and Targeting Director
As Mission Control’s Data and Targeting Director, Kym sifts through and analyzes mountains of data, advises on models, and translates it all into actionable targeting metrics that allow us to run effective, efficient campaigns and ensure we are delivering the right message to the right mail universe.
Kym earned her Ph.D. working on cutting edge social science research on the issues of immigration and border security. In 2012, she trained with the Obama campaign to apply this research to campaign work. After that, she was the Southern Regional Targeting Director of the DCCC and later a Senior Account Executive at Catalist working on voter registration for the Voter Participation Center and Rock the Vote among others.
Kym’s knowledge and experience make free time a premium, but she does what she can to run, knit and collect cookbooks, which she one day promises to actually read.
PETER JONES • Senior Strategist/Senior Writer
After working in corporate advertising, Peter joined Mission Control in 2010 as a senior writer. After the 2010 cycle, Peter caught the political bug and worked as a finance director for LA Harris and Associates. But he couldn't stay away for long and returned to Mission Control in 2012 as the co-creative director. Peter has since written compelling speeches, produced creative, memorable ads and delivered sound, strategic advice to campaigns across the country.
BERNADETTE HENNESSY • Director of Financial Operations
A Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and an experienced Accountant with 30 years of small business management experience, Bernadette joined Mission Control in 2007. She handles all financial, logistical and personnel aspects of the firm's business.
MARA KUNIN • Account Manager
Mara attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and majored in Government and History. After working as a field director for a congressional race in Wisconsin and as a deputy field director for Obama's 2012 presidential race in New Hampshire, Mara moved to Connecticut and joined the Mission Control team, working on accounts and helping with targeting, and budgets.
JOANNE SABINO • Administrative Assistant
Joanne is a lifelong Connecticut resident who joined Mission Control in May of 2010. She makes sure everyone’s insane travel schedule actually happens and does whatever else needs to be done to keep the office running smoothly. Joanne raised her two children in Connecticut and is the proud Grandmother of two beautiful girls.
GEORGE HAMP • Creative Director
George Hamp has over 20 years in the creative field, with over 12 years experience as a political direct mail creative pro. He has worked on some of the most watched campaigns of the last two decades. His vast experience in working for campaigns at every level of politics – from City Council races to Presidential campaigns – gives him a wealth of experience to draw from and his keen eye for cutting-edge design, quality writing and high production standards is applied to every mail piece he sees. That attention to quality and creativity has been recognized with numerous awards, included over 100 Pollie Awards.
Prior to joining Mission Control, George played a key role in hundreds of campaigns, independent expenditure efforts, public affairs campaigns and helped lay the foundation for groundbreaking Internet advertising campaigns starting with the DNC’s massive online fundraising and advertising during the 2004 Election Cycle.
MICHAEL MELLUZZO • Senior Art Director
Michael’s art direction has been one of the primary reasons for the success of our firm since it was first founded. Working as a freelance Art Director for 12 years as well as Art Directing at such prestigious Connecticut firms as O’Neal and Prelle and Maher/Hartford, Inc.. He has created national and local designs for clients ranging from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Toyota, Duracell, Loctite, Henkle, Hartford Whalers and the Connecticut Lottery. And while with Mission Control, he’s been a huge factor in many winning campaigns as well.
Michael calls the Connecticut shoreline home with his wife Kim and two daughters, Francesca and Marina.
DAVE LANDRY • Art Director
As part of Mission Control’s art department I love the challenge of thinking analytically about our clients and executing designs that win elections. For more than 15 years I have worked in both print and digital mediums on both coasts for more varied kinds of clients than I will bore you with. Even with all that experience and history it’s still a challenge to stay fresh in an every changing advertising landscape.
So I try to keep it simple and follow the following philosophy:
• Know the rules of good design – use them to strategically get results
• Strength in design lies in understanding each projects challenges and and solving them with practicality and creativity
• See the strengths in your colleagues, learn from them and enjoy being part of a great team
The following quote from one of my favorite designers sums it all up nicely.
“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions, there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” -- Paul Rand
STEPHANIE GASTON • Graphic Designer
A recent graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Stephanie has had a passion for anything artistic for as long as she can remember. Taking on as many internships and freelancing jobs as she could while attending college has made her an adaptive artist and always up for a challenge. Away from the computer and artistic endeavors Stephanie is almost always gallivanting through the woods on mountain bike or snowboard.
DOUG GREVEN • Director, West Coast Operations
JDoug Greven is Director of Mission Control's West Coast operations, overseeing all aspects of our campaign work. Doug has amassed a career's worth of campaign management experience, including the most hotly contested top-tier Congressional races in CA over the last few cycles - winning re-election for Rep. Jerry McNerney in the Republican wave year of 2010, and Rep. Honda's 2014 reelection against a well-funded Democratic challenger in the General Election under California's new top two system. Doug got his start working on Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign as a Regional Field Director in NH, NJ, TX & PA and his other work includes advising candidates on navigating California's Independent Redistricting Commission in 2011.