Finding and Managing Campaign Consultants - National Democratic Training Committee Finding and Managing Political Campaign Consultants

Finding and Managing Campaign Consultants

By Nancy Leeds
45 min
Management & Leadership

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify campaign needs best filled by consultants
  • Efficiently recruit and screen consultants
  • Use deliberate management to build positive work relationships with consultants

Why This is Important

Political consultants can be important contributors of support and expertise for a  campaign, but maximizing their effectiveness takes advance planning and active management.

Key Resources

  • Campaign Consulting Roles Guide
  • Campaign Consultant RFP Template
  • Consultant Interview Questions Worth Asking Handout

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Nancy Leeds


Nancy Leeds is a veteran political operative with over 15 years of experience. She has worked on Democratic campaigns everywhere from Minnesota to California to Arkansas. She is also the author of CampaignSick, a blog about best practices in electoral politics and campaign management. Nancy holds an MPA and Masters in Gender and Public Policy from Columbia University. She is an avid Washington Nationals baseball fan, baker, and seltzer-drinker. Although a proud New Yorker, she now lives in Washington, DC with her wonderful husband, Michael.