More than just a website design shop, Mandate Media helps political campaigns and nonprofit organizations use technology to motivate their supporters -- to create dialogue, take action, and make a meaningful contribution to the cause. Mandate Media's core competency lives at the intersection between political strategy and internet technology.
Kari Chisholm, president of Mandate Media, is an experienced campaign staffer, media strategist, political consultant, and interactive web developer. Since 2001, Kari has worked with over 250 campaigns at nearly every level in over two dozen states.
Before Mandate Media, Kari was on the staff of Darlene Hooley's first Congressional campaign in 1996 and managed David Bragdon's campaign for the Metro Council in 1998. Kari was also the volunteer board chair of X-PAC, a 1000-member nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit that motivated young people to get involved in politics in Oregon. During a hiatus from politics, Kari was the creative director for new media at Lewis & Clark College. He became a nationally-recognized speaker - teaching hundreds of higher-ed professionals how to strategically use new media to communicate with a new generation of college-bound students.
Finally, Kari Chisholm is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the voting procedures for college football's Heisman Trophy - accurately predicting the winner twelve years in a row.
Kari graduated in political science from the University of Southern California in 1995. He is a member of the National Writers Union - UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Carrie Wynkoop is a founding partner and our CFO. She makes sure all things financial run smoothly and focuses on long-term planning and strategy at Mandate Media. Carrie is also the founder of Cellar 503, an Oregon wine club
that celebrates and shares the diversity of small-production Oregon wines. In her spare time, she volunteers with a variety of nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on children's education and health care.
Vice President, Design + Technology
Meaghan Lamarre is an experienced strategist and technologist and is the first line of defense for Mandate Media's clients. Whether it's help sending an email to supporters or fixing a typo on a website, Meaghan is the go-to gal. Meaghan also coordinates the operations of Mandate Media's Washington, D.C. office.
Prior to joining Mandate Media, Meaghan was a Strategy Architect at EchoDitto, an internet communications firm founded by members of Howard Dean's internet team. While at EchoDitto, Meaghan had the opportunity to advise several large advocacy organizations and socially-responsible businesses on their creative and effective online initiatives. Before that, Meaghan managed the internet communications program for the National Organization for Women.
Meaghan grew up in the West (Montana, Arizona and California) before moving to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark College, where she studied psychology and political science. She graduated in 2002 with honors in psychology and a keen addiction to coffee, thanks to the PDX caffeine scene. Now temporarily displaced in the east, Meaghan lived in Rhode Island for three years before moving to Washington, D.C.
Vice President, Operations
Suvi Chisholm keeps the trains running on time. She manages people and process to ensure that we’re maximizing service to clients. For four years, she managed our list-building program and has a tight focus on performance.
Suvi has a masters degree in criminal justice from Portland State, as well as an undergraduate degree in psychology and social science. Suvi is a professional competitive Scottish Highland dancer, has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, and has competed throughout the USA, Canada, and Scotland.
Senior Strategist, Campaigns + Advocacy
Sara Kiesler leads the way for our campaign and nonprofit clients, developing strategies and producing content that maximizes engagement and fundraising. Originally from Indiana, she comes to us from Seattle, where she managed digital for Fuse Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes NW, and more.
A former journalist in Florida and Washington, she’s exactly the kind of perfectionist-on-deadline that we love. When she’s not obsessing over women’s basketball, you can find her eating vegan pizza, lifting weights, or spending too much time on Twitter.
Strategist, Campaigns + Advocacy
Romain Bonilla is a strategic associate working with political campaigns and advocacy organizations. Prior to joining Mandate Media, Romain worked as a political writer and organizer for statewide and national campaigns. A native of France, he graduated from Portland State University with a degree in communication, specializing in political campaigns and new media. He has recruited and organized activists to reform drug laws as well as to fight for a free and open internet.
Strategist, Campaigns + Advocacy
Megen Ickler is a writer and strategist supporting our clients' digital programs. Prior to joining our team, she helped craft communications for State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, especially on tough stuff like tobacco prevention and immunizations. Megen has also managed a field campaign to successfully elect a pro-environment majority in Oregon. Megen has also organized labor unions and women’s advocacy organizations.
Strategist, Data + Analytics
As our data scientist, Tammy Lee crunches numbers and eats big data sets for lunch. She's got a passion for preserving and conserving the environment that has taken her from work with public agencies, to a Ph. D. in environmental and natural resource sciences -- and now the political world. She calls it "data analysis and modeling", but we call it "studying the past and predicting the future". When she's not playing with numbers, she patiently waits for enough snow to cross-country ski.
Director of Canine Relations
Potter joined Mandate Media in 2003. The most popular member of our team, Potter is responsible for maintaining office morale and ensuring that playtime happens at least every four hours.
While he often sleeps through staff meetings, he regularly assists our clients with strategic outreach to the local canine community - a critical voter block!