Announcing the Democratic Campaign Institute Agenda

The 2018 Democratic Campaign Institute is just over a week away, and it’s not too late to grab your tickets now! Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through this link.

We are preparing a series of engaging sessions with speakers who are experts in their respective political field. No matter what track you decide to participate in, or what your level of experience is, there is sure to be something for you. The sessions available in each track are below…


You’re Running – Now What?
Saturday9:15am – 10:30am: This session will focus on how to kickstart your campaign. Topics will include: best practices for exploring a potential run, building a strong kitchen cabinet of advisors, surveying the political landscape, establishing yourself as a viable candidate, and understanding the legal requirements of your candidacy. 

Show Me the Money: Fundraising 101
Saturday10:30am – 11:45am: Fundraising is essential to any successful campaign. This session will focus on how to build your fundraising program, how to properly manage call time and your donors, and how to take advantage of key fundraising tools, like ActBlue. 

Read All About It: How to Work with the Press and Talk to Your Voters 
Saturday1:15pm – 2:30pm: Getting your message out to the press and voters is critical for success. This session will focus on how to develop relationships with reporters, how to work with local press, and how to hone your message to reach your voters.  

Hi, I’m Running for Office: Field for Candidates
Saturday2:45pm – 4:00pm: Candidates need to directly connect with their voters and this session will focus on the fundamentals of a good field plan and what to look for in a field team. 

Getting Them on Your Side 
Sunday9:15am – 10:30amThis session will focus on what organizations and elected officials look for when they go to endorse a candidate. Learn best practices on how to go about getting an endorsement and learn more about the process. 


From the Ground Up: How to Build a Campaign Plan
Saturday9:15am – 10:30amEvery good campaign starts with a good campaign plan with clear directives and paths to victory. This session will focus on how to build out a strong campaign foundation that is flexible but goal driven. 

You Need Help: Getting Volunteers On Board 
Saturday10:30am – 11:45am: A solid campaign hinges on volunteer recruitment and retention. This session will focus on how to build a volunteer network, how to keep energy high throughout the campaign for your volunteers, and how to keep your network engaged for your next election. 

Everyone’s Favorite F Word: Finance 
Saturday1:15pm – 2:30pmThis session will focus on how you can build out a strong finance plan for your candidate and stick to it. 

Doors, Phones, and Carrier Pigeons: Field for Campaigners 
Saturday2:45pm – 4:00pm: As a manager, you need to know how to oversee a strong field plan. This session will focus on how to build out the plan, how to begin your operations, and how to strategically manage your team through Election Day. 

Come Together: Connecting with Progressive Allies 
Sunday9:15am – 10:30amMassachusetts leads the nation in its progressive values and ideals. This session will provide you with insight into how to best work with progressive groups and leaders at the local and state level. 

Activists and DTC Members

All Politics is Local: Building the Base 
Saturday9:15am – 10:30am: We’re riding on the crest of a new wave of activism. Now, we need to come together to build upon and harness that energy. This session will focus on the fundamentals of organizing, how to build a sustainable coalition, and how to engage with local and state Party officials.

What’s Next? Mobilizing in 2018
Saturday10:30am – 11:45am: Join local leaders from activist organizations working throughout the state for a discussion on what we’ve learned in 2017 and how we can move forward and continue to engage and mobilize in 2018. 

Where do we go from here? After the Marches
Saturday1:15pm – 2:30pmRecognizing the anniversary of the marches last January, activists discuss the impact of their organizing and how they are maintaining their momentum.

Direct Connections 
Saturday2:45pm – 4:00pm: This session will help you with best practices on how to engage directly with voters. 

How to Win Locally with Democratic Issues 
Sunday9:15am – 10:30amJoin the Public Policy Subcommittee as they discuss ways to spread the message of MassDems in your community.

General Sessions

Reception & Cocktails
Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

If Trump Can Tweet, So Can You 
Saturday4:15pm – 4:45pm: Social media is a vital tool to speak directly to voters and our base. This open session will focus on ways you can maximize your reach on social media and how to stay connected with key stakeholders. 

Action Hour honoring the March
Saturday4:50pm – 5:30pm: Join Solidarity Lowell and Karen Cosmas, Executive Director of March Forward, to engage in activities supporting progressive causes in honor of last year’s marches.

miniVAN Training
Sunday8:00am – 9:00am: Join us during breakfast to walk through miniVAN, which will be used extensively in 2018.

Everybody Does It: How to Ask for Money
Sunday8:00am – 9:00am: All candidates need to ask for money and, yes, it’s hard to do. This session will help you practice your “hard ask” for funding and will shed light on other fundraising tips and tricks. 

Networking Lunch
Sunday12:00pm – 1:30pm

We also have an amazing team of trainers, facilitators, and speakers who have agreed to join us:

  • National Democratic Training Committee
  • Michael Sullivan, Director, OCPF
  • Deborah Shah, Field Director, Committee to Elect Maura Healey
  • Senator Paul Feeney, D- Bristol and Norfolk
  • Kim Kargman, Organizing Manager, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
  • Stephanie Noguera,Community Outreach Director, Congressman Joe Kennedy III
  • Katie Belgard, SEIU 32BJ, District 615
  • Bonnie McGilpin, Director of Communications, Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Karen Clawson Cosmas, Executive Director, March Forward
  • Veronica Martinez, Executive Director, MassDems
  • Emily Fitzmaurice, Communications Director, MassDems
  • Nigel Simon, Director of Community Affairs & Outreach, MassDems
  • Stephanie Houghton, Deputy GOTV Director, Doug Jones for Senate
  • Chelsie Ouellette, Campaign Director, Field First
  • Ryanne Olsen, Executive Director, Emerge MA
  • Paul McClory, Grassroots Campaign Deputy, Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • Jordan Berg Powers, Director, MassAlliance
  • Dana Rebeiro, City Councilor, New Bedford
  • Representative Andy Vargas, D – 3rd Essex
  • Representative Solomon Goldstein Rose, D – 3rd Hampshire



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