Campaign & Advocacy Program (CAP)

The Campaign and Advocacy Program (CAP) is a workshop-style program that develops students’ electoral and advocacy campaign skills. This semester members attend weekly meetings led by the student chair and professional facilitator Beth Fukumoto. Beth is a former Hawaii state legislator and a campaign veteran who will expose students to fellow politicians, political operatives, and strategists. Past facilitators have included Jamie Engel (Program Director at the National Conference on Citizenship, Chief of Staff and Finance Director at Alan Khazei for Congress) Scott Jennings (adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), Robby Mook (Campaign Manager to Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign), and Lorella Praeli (former director of immigration policy, ACLU). This semester, CAP will particularly focus on the increasing role played by technology in campaigning as well as local campaigns. CAP members are also given the exclusive opportunity to build a relationship with the program facilitator, speakers, and guests during program meetings. CAP will provide students with a well rounded knowledge of campaign structure and strategies that prepare them to take active roles in future campaigns and advocacy efforts. CAP encourages students to get involved in real campaigns and provides resources to connect students with active campaigns. CAP offers a welcoming home for IOP newcomers and veterans alike!

Why join CAP?

CAP with Matt Stout and Scott Ferson
  • 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 social events

Chaired by: Jen Hughes | jhughes@college.harvard.edu