Campaign & Advocacy Program

The Campaign & Advocacy Program (CAP) was created to address student interest in developing campaign and advocacy skills. CAP members gain a better understanding of campaigns and advocacy through discussions and interactive workshops. This semester we are excited to bring in the New Politics Leadership Academy, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to recruiting and training leaders to serve through politics, to run a semester-long training on the ins and outs of campaigns and the political world. Their extensive and proven curriculum will ensure that every CAP member leaves the program with the skills and knowledge to work on a campaign or run their own.

The facilitator is a veteran in the field of campaigns and advocacy work and invites guests to join CAP to provide further expertise to share with students. Past facilitators include Robby Mook (Campaign Manager of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign), Scott Jennings (adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), and Lorella Praeli (former director of immigration policy, ACLU), and past guests have included Jen Palmieri (former White House Director of Communications), Addisu Demissie (presidential campaign manager for Cory Booker), Terry McAuliffe (former Governor of Virginia), and Frank Luntz (pollster & Fox News contributor).

Why join CAP?

  • Participate in campaigns and advocacy development workshops to learn about topics like opposition research, interpreting polling data, and coalition building.
  • Listen to and interactively discuss with accomplished speakers
  • Build a relationship with the facilitator during program meetings and over dinners in Harvard Square

Chaired by: Jacob Fortinsky | jfortinsky@college.harvard.edu​