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. Over the last 14 years, 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 and vote totals each year since 2002.
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.
Senior Strategist, 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.
Director of Operations
Suvi Chisholm keeps the trains running on time. She manages people and process to ensure that we’re maximizing service to clients.
Prior to joining our team, she worked with emotionally disturbed children at the Morrison Center and at a financial services firm that helped small businesses provide financial assistance to their low-income workers.
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.
Strategist, Campaigns + Advocacy
Greg Buss is a seasoned strategist, communicator, and marketing pro who has helped members of Congress and high-powered attorneys build their brands. Adept at working with words and numbers, Greg enjoys boiling complex data and ideas into simple, persuasive prose.
A native of Portland, Greg joined Mandate Media following a decade-long stint in Los Angeles where he served as Congressman Xavier Becerra's communications deputy, and most recently worked as business development supervisor at a leading global law firm. Early in his career, Greg helped Rep. Becerra lead the way as one of the first members of Congress to integrate social media into his communications strategy.
An avid traveler, Greg is fluent in Spanish and has lived, studied and traveled in Latin America and Spain. Greg is a graduate of Occidental College, and lives in Portland with his wife Erica and son Jude.
Strategist, Data + Analytics
Joe Bowen is a data nerd and veteran of campaigns in six states.
Joe has specialized in running high impact field programs for Democratic candidates in tough, red districts in the Midwest and Northeast. He was a member of the team that elected Kathy Hochul to a western New York congressional district in 2011 that hadn't seen Democratic representation in decades.
Most recently, Joe was deputy political director for the Texas Democratic Party, where he oversaw a region with over eight million voters and coached hundreds of candidates, county parties and activists on running successful, data driven campaigns.
Joe grew up in Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University, experiences he credits for his lifelong love of bad sports teams.
Strategist, Digital Advertising
Lauren Hudgins manages advertising for our clients, buying online ads, optimizing bids and placements, and reporting to clients. Prior to joining our team, she served as a social media strategist for an international portfolio of retailers and small businesses. Living car-free, she bikes through the gloom of the rainy Pacific Northwest to keep her endorphins flowing. She holds graduate degrees in publishing and creative nonfiction, blogs about food and feminism, and sings her heart out at karaoke.
Strategic Associate, 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.
Strategic Associate, Campaigns + Advocacy
Megen 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.
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!