Board of Managers
President of the Bauman Foundation
Political Director, AFL-CIO
Managing Director, Mariner Investment Group
Executive Vice President, M+R
Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman, US Investment Banking, Lazard LTD
Founder and Senior Principal, TSD Communications
Data and Technology Director, SEIU
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Stonebridge International
Patricia Bauman is President of the Bauman Foundation. In recent years, the Foundation has supported civic participation through general support of organizations engaged in voter registration and outreach and election protection. She has also led policy efforts to foster public access to government information. She is also a real estate investor, and is active as a donor to Democratic candidates. She is a Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council and serves of the boards of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, the Beldon Fund, and the Trust for America 's Health.
Andrew Hohns, PhD.
Dr. Hohns serves as a Managing Director at Mariner Investment Group and as Lead Portfolio Manager for IIFC. Prior to joining Mariner, Dr. Hohns was a Managing Director at Institutional Financial Markets, Inc., which he joined at its inception in 2001. At IFMI, Dr. Hohns developed and managed the firm’s municipal securities platform and executed capital market strategies for structured credit products and other managed funds. Among these, Dr. Hohns developed Non-Profit Preferred Funding, the first institutional-scale fixed-income impact investment product, and the recipient of the 2006 Deal of the Year from Total Securitization magazine. Dr. Hohns holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Liberal Arts from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Applied Economics and Managerial Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hohns also serves as a Visiting Scholar at New York University and a Research Fellow at NYU-Stern for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.
Harold Ickes' nearly fifty years of commitment and accomplishments fighting for progressive causes have earned him trust, respect and friendship of unusual breadth and depth in the progressive political community. He is a founding partner of The Ickes & Enright Group, a Washington DC consulting firm. Prior to this, Mr. Ickes served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs and Policy to President Clinton, managing a number of the President's key policy initiatives. He was also an architect of the President's 1996 re-election campaign (the first successful re-election campaign of a Democratic president since FDR), the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and the 1997 Presidential Inaugural. Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Ickes was a partner in the New York law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., specializing in election and union-side labor law. He rejoined the law firm as partner in 1998 and serves as co-chair of its thirty-member Labor Law and Government Affairs Departments.
Tom Novick, an Executive Vice President at M+R, is a strategist, trainer and consultant who brings 28 years of experience on issue and electoral campaigns to the Catalist board. Mr. Novick is a former Oregon legislator and, prior to M+R, worked as a Program Director for the Western States Center, a regional progressive organization focused on state issues in the West, and as Executive Director of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group. He currently works with a number of organizations, foundations and individual philanthropists providing evaluation services, strategic and political assessments. He also serves as Executive Director of Conservation Strategies, a Northwest regional organization working to increase the electoral clout of the conservation movement.
Michael Podhorzer is the Political Director of the AFL-CIO. Since 1997, he has developed and directed the Federation's strategic, targeting, opinion research, communication testing and long term planning programs. He was responsible for designing the strategic and targeting framework that supported the dramatic transformation of the Federation's political program in the 1990s. Mr. Podhorzer most recently designed and managed the AFL-CIO's pioneering 2004 "swing voter program" which combined voter file database analytics and clinical trial-style message testing for direct mail, telemarketing, email and neighborhood canvassing. Mr. Podhorzer has worked in politics for the last twenty five years. As Associate Director of Citizen Action, he managed the organization's extensive electoral activities, including successful congressional, state and local campaigns. He also helped found Advocate Development, a company that was formed to create database fundraising management software for Citizen Action's four million members.
Laura Quinn is a founder of Catalist, and has led the day-to-day management since its inception in 2006; assembling the team, and guiding the company from concept, through capitalization, to full production. Ms. Quinn has an extensive background in communications, technology and data innovation. She is a founding partner of QRS Newmedia, Inc. started in 1996, which specializes in communication technology design and integration services. QRS clients have included the DNC and every Democratic Presidential campaign from1996 through 2008; a wide of range of progressive organizations and non-profits; and other corporate and academic institutions. Ms. Quinn was also a founder of Copernicus Analytics which provided innovative micro-targeting and modeling services to progressive organizations and campaigns. Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Quinn served in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Gore. Previously, Ms. Quinn spent several years on Capitol Hill as the Director of the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee for Democratic Majority Leader Senator Tom Daschle in the U.S. Senate; as Communications Director for Senators Jay Rockefeller and Carl Levin; and in a variety of senior staff and advisory roles for various not-for-profit organizations and political campaigns.
Gerald Rosenfeld is currently Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking for Lazard LTD. He previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild North America. Prior to joining Rothschild he was President of G Rosenfeld & Co LLC, an investment banking firm. Prior to founding GR Co in 1998 he was Head of Investment Banking and a member of the Management Committee of Lazard Freres & Co LLC. Mr. Rosenfeld joined Lazard in 1992 after holding significant management positions at Bankers Trust Company, Salomon Inc. and its Salomon Brothers subsidiary and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Rosenfeld has worked extensively on investment banking advisory issues in the industrial and technology sectors, including representation of General Motors, Chrysler, United Technologies, ITT Corporation, Tenneco, TRW, Lucas Varity PLC and Case Corporation. He has also worked on many airline transactions including for United Airlines, TWA, US Airways and Northwest Airlines. He has also advised on several of the largest technology mergers done including IBM's acquisition of Lotus Corp. Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr. Rosenfeld was a member of the faculty of the City College of New York, New York University and the University of Maryland. Mr. Rosenfeld is a member of the Board of Directors of Resources Connection, ContiGroup Companies, and also serves on the Board of Overseers of New York University's Stern School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in applied Mathematics from New York University and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business.
Mark Steitz founded TSD Communications in 1993. Mark directs strategic communications efforts for a wide range of businesses, progressive organizations and campaigns. Mark’s current clients include financial firms, research organizations, and foundations. Mark is a leader in the field of political testing and targeting. He is a founding Board member of the Analyst Institute, which conducts randomized controlled experiments for progressive campaigns and causes. He is a Senior Advisor to Catalist, the progressive voter database company which he helped found. He co-founded Copernicus Analytics (now part of Catalist) and QRS New Media. He is also on the advisory board of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Mark and TSD developed international communications strategy for the Athens 2004 Olympics from the bidding process in 1997 through the Games. Mark oversaw international and crisis communications for the global retailer The Body Shop between 1993 and 1996. Mark was Director of Communications and Research at the Democratic National Committee under Ron Brown, developed the free media and scheduling targeting system for the 1992 Clinton campaign, and previously worked on the Presidential campaigns of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Gary Hart. An economist by training, Steitz was Chief Economist in the office of Senator Hart and worked at the Congressional Budget Office from 1978 to 1986 as an industrial and tax policy analyst. Mark has an MA in Economics from Yale University and a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Luchelle Stevens serves as the Data and Technology Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), after years of work in Minnesota where she was Executive Director and Political Director of SEIU MN State Council. Before joining SEIU in 2003, Stevens worked at the Office of the Minnesota State Auditor and as a field advisor on electoral campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. Since joining SEIU, Stevens has played key roles in presidential, gubernatorial, congressional, and legislative campaigns developing electoral and legislative strategies. In addition, she has been on the front lines of integrating state-of-the-art technology into SEIU's political operation, and has served on national advisory committees spearheading the effective integration of voter data, targeting, polling, research and voter contact.
Michael Warren is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In the Obama Administration, Mr. Warren served as Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, overseeing the appointments process for senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and economic cluster agencies. He was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group, helping to oversee the international trade and economics agencies. In 2010, Mr. Warren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. development finance institution, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Warren led corporate development at Horne Engineering Services and served as President of Appfluent Technologies, a software provider company. Mr. Warren previously worked at McKinsey & Company, both as a strategic consultant in the technology and financial institutions practices and as a fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Warren served in the White House as Executive Director of the President’s National Economic Council and at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary. He currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Retirement Board, DC’s public pension fund, where he has served as Trustee since 2006. A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Warren earned his degrees from Yale University and Balliol College, Oxford University.