Welcome To Our New Hires (And A Note From Terry McAuliffe)

Welcome To Our New Hires (And A Note From Terry McAuliffe)


2013 was a big year for Bully Pulpit Interactive. We brought on 57 new clients, grew our staff by 50%, increased our fellowship program by 250% and opened two new offices in DC and New York.

Also, we had a slew of campaign wins. By applying the work we did on Obama 2012 to the statewide and municipal elections of Terry McAuliffe, Bill de Blasio and Marty Walsh, we were able to prove that targeted digital campaigns can scale at any level.

We have been able to apply the tactics we learn on campaigns for our non-profit, corporate and public affairs clients so that our revenue is now evenly divided across all four sectors.  This is something everyone should be really proud of – we couldn’t have done it without all your amazing talents and hard work over the past year. We are excited about what 2014 can bring and wanted not only to share these wins with you, but formally announce three new hires: Graves Spindler, Alex Kellner and Zara Rahim.

Alex Kellner, who served as Digital Director for Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 gubernatorial campaign and Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2012 reelection effort, joins BPI as a director. Alex’s previous boss and the new governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, had this to say about Alex and BPI:

“Alex Kellner is one of the best political digital strategists in the country. He and his team built a huge base of grassroots donors and activists that fueled our campaign and fostered a substantive online policy discussion about the issues that mattered most to Virginians.  I’m glad that Alex is continuing the work we started last year at Bully Pulpit Interactive, and can’t wait to see what they can do for other campaigns and organizations in the years to come.” – Terry McAuliffe

Alex has managed online fundraising efforts that netted $7.5 million collectively and has overseen multi-million dollar online advertising campaigns. We’re excited to have him onboard.

Graves Spindler also joins as a director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, focusing his extensive client engagement and new business development experience on some of Bully Pulpit’s most complex corporate and political relationships. Graves has over ten years of experience working on political campaigns, in the Obama Administration, and developing advertising and communications campaigns for a range of political, non-profit, advocacy, and Fortune 100 clients. Graves joins BPI after over three years in the D.C. office of SS+K and has prior experience at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Finally, we would like to welcome Zara Rahim as an associate at BPI who comes from The White House Office of Digital Strategy. She previously served as Digital Manager for the City of Tampa and Mayor Bob Buckhorn and she was the Digital Content Director for Obama for America-Florida in 2012.