Whitehurst/Mosher is a full-service campaign consultant whose tenacious approach has earned it one of the most impressive win records in the industry. We combine close, personal attention with a full range of campaign management services, including strategy, grassroots organizing, paid and earned media, broadcast media, direct mail, vote-by-mail and social media. Our combined campaign experience in state and local ballot measures, independent expenditures, issue advocacy, candidate campaigns, and labor union communications gives you the best possible chance of winning.
The right mix of experience and passion
Whitehurst/Mosher brings a winning attitude and a winning track record to every campaign we manage, no matter the complexity. For each type of campaign we run, Whitehurst/Mosher draws upon a mix of tools, knowledge, experience and relationships to produce winning results.
See the sections below for more information about how we win and a sampling of campaigns we’ve worked on. For more detailed case studies about the campaigns we’ve run and won, click here.
We pride ourselves on the close, personal attention we provide in managing all aspects of your campaign, from strategy and communications to fundraising and field operations.
SOME CANDIDATE CAMPAIGNS WE HAVE WORKED ON INCLUDE:
From passing bond measures to defeating onerous tax measures, we offer the capabilities to run a broad range of effective, high-powered ballot measure campaigns involving public and cultural institutions, schools, hospitals, municipal taxes, transportation and land use.
SOME BALLOT MEASURES WE HAVE WORKED ON INCLUDE:
Our expertise and experience in managing these specialized, highly complex campaigns make Whitehurst/Mosher one of the leading Bay Area firms in executing effective independent expenditure campaigns.
SOME INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE AND ISSUE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS WE HAVE WORKED ON INCLUDE:
We help associations and unions create winning internal and external communication strategies for their toughest fights whether it’s organizing independent expenditures, effectively communicating their message to their constituents and the media, or reaching out to members.
SOME ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE WORKED FOR INCLUDE:
A winning record
Whitehurst/Mosher represents a broad spectrum of clients, from politicians to political action committees, from corporations to nonprofits and from unions to trade associations. Here is a sample of some of the clients we have worked with and won for in the past. Click on them to read more about the campaign and see samples of our work.
Santa Barbara County now has hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation funding for decades to come.
WMCSM has passed several transportation funding measures including: Measure B Alameda County, Measure J in Contra Costa County and Regional Measure 2 in the Bay Area.
The November 2016 ballot was one of the most crowded ballots in San Francisco history. Despite the competition for endorsements, donations, and volunteers, WMCSM ran an effective campaign to reduce drop-off and increase support that included:
Renewing Proposition B ensured San Francisco City College would continue to serve tens of thousands of students of all incomes, ages, and ethnicities across the city. The measure extended CCSF’s parcel tax for 15 years and raised the tax from $79 to $99.
WMCSM has worked with the San Francisco Community College District to secure funding on Proposition B in 2016, as well as successfully passed measures for CCSF 1993 (sales tax), 2001 (bond), 2005 (bond) 2012 (parcel tax) and 2016 (parcel tax) in addition to doing several communication projects over the last decade.
WMCSM worked for nearly two years to develop the ballot measure, build community consensus, and conduct a community-based campaign that included labor, business, nonprofit leaders, elected officials and medical professionals. The campaign featured nearly every component of campaign communications including: research, web, television, direct mail and a large and engaging field operation that focused on communicating the campaign message to the universe of available voters.
WMCSM has worked on dozens of public infrastructure bonds and has directed many hospital campaigns including: Laguna Honda Hospital rebuild bond, Eden Hospital/Sutter Health affiliation, John Muir/Mt. Diablo affiliation, Adventist Health/Sierra Kings affiliation, and Doctor’s Medical Center parcel tax campaign.
Pixar Animation Studios hired Whitehurst/Mosher to manage two ballot measure campaigns to allow the expansion of its Emeryville campus. Pixar’s plan to double the size of its facilities and add parking was approved by the local Planning Commission and City Council. However, a local group led a campaign against the plan and forced the issue onto the ballot. WMCSM directed and managed all aspects of a creative grassroots campaign including coalition building, endorsements, field operations, and earned and paid media.
The measures won with over 80% of the vote. In addition to approving the development plans, the campaign also helped improve the relationship between Pixar and the Emeryville community.
Whitehurst/Mosher has worked on a wide variety of land use campaigns including passing Measure P in Pittsburg to establish an urban limit line and defeating Measure N in Napa County that would have prohibited the Napa Pipe development from moving forward
With a highly competitive election and a ranked-choice voting system, the campaign enabled Gascón to win handily with over 60% of the vote.
WMSCM has worked on dozens of candidate campaigns including: Mark Leno for State Senate, Noreen Evans for State Senate and State Assembly, Don Perata for State Senate, Jerry Brown for Oakland Mayor, and Dennis Herrera for San Francisco City Attorney.
John has directed over 200 political campaigns over the last 25 years. He has one of the best “win records” in California, guiding candidates and ballot measures to victory throughout the state. John has helped hospitals, schools, colleges and transportation systems secure billions of dollars in public finance measures at the ballot. He has managed successful independent expenditure campaigns for labor and business interests and led groundbreaking candidate campaigns.
John has helped candidates win at every level of government, including former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., former State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, California Governor Jerry Brown and State Senators Mark Leno and Noreen Evans.
Prior to co-founding Whitehurst/Mosher, John started Whitehurst Campaigns and worked at Clinton Reilly Campaigns. His first professional political campaign was Gary Hart for President in 1984 where he learned to organize in Iowa, Pennsylvania and California. John holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from American University. John loves all things Italian — from traveling to Italy to enjoying Italian food and wine.
Mark is an award-winning creative director and public policy strategist with 20 years of experience as a journalist, media-relations executive, political consultant, and creative director for commercial and political media. In 2012, Mark’s work earned the firm over 20 “Pollie Awards” from the American Association of Political Consultants for television, direct mail, and logo and sign designs. Mark has spent several years assisting labor unions such as SEIU International, SEIU 1021, SEIU 721, SEIU 521, SEIU 221, UHW, and CSEA with communication programs and elections.
Mark previously worked as the principal strategist to the San Francisco business and labor communities. Prior to co-founding Whitehurst/Mosher, he was executive director of the Committee on Jobs, a coalition of CEOs of San Francisco’s largest corporations. He has directed hundreds of successful ballot measure campaigns and issue advocacy efforts. Mark served as executive director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth, which developed the state’s economic development advertising and organized the state’s five successful international trade missions.
Mark lives in the Castro District of San Francisco with his wife. He has three sons, is a prolific bass player, and knows where to get the spiciest food in the Bay Area.
Jill Nelson Golub provides Whitehurst/Mosher clients with a wide range of strategic communications, political and campaign expertise. Since joining the firm in 2009, Jill has successfully managed a wide variety of campaigns, including a parcel tax campaign for the West Contra Cost Healthcare District, a hospital merger campaign for the Sierra Kings District Hospital, Noreen Evans’ campaign for State Senate, and simultaneous bond and parcel tax measures for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Jill’s diverse background includes work in local government, electoral politics, policy research, strategic communications, new media and community organizing. Jill relocated to San Francisco from New York, where she gained extensive experience as a political strategist and senior government aide. She served as chief of staff for New York City Council Member David Yassky, as political director for Yassky’s campaign for New York City Comptroller, and as director of external affairs for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.
Jill has a degree in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and lives in Oakland with her family. Jill spends as much time as possible camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Yolanda has more than nine years of experience in financial and administrative consulting at various levels of the government, education, nonprofit and private sectors. She is a fiscal and grants executive with a proven track record managing processes, procedures and staff.
In her previous position, as the deputy director for the DC State Commission for National and Community Service located within the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC, she was responsible for a broad range of programmatic, financial oversight and management duties. Some of her successes over the past seven years include the negotiation of competitive contracts to reduce expenses from $250K-$400K, reducing cash outlay by $1.25 million, achieving post-merger synergies of $3-$4 million annually and increasing the annual operating budget from $10-$15 million.
She also has excellent skills in strategic planning, budget forecasting and expenditures.
Yolanda is an avid Archie comic enthusiast.
Lisa provides production support. She has extensive political and campaign experience at local, state and national levels. Lisa previously founded and ran her own East Bay political consulting firm and managed a number of successful candidate and ballot measure campaigns, including Mike Sweeney’s successful 1994 bid for state Assembly, Rusty Areias’ victorious 1992 state assembly campaign and winning city council campaigns for Joanne Lothrop and Shelia Young in San Leandro. A native of Chicago, Lisa attended Indiana University.
Morgan has more than ten years of experience in media production. In today’s hyper-visual society he brings clients’ content to the public with professionalism and creativity. He is excited to combine his two passions: politics and media.
Morgan worked as a staffer on back-to-back mayoral campaigns before he moved to Los Angeles to focus on film. He is returning to the Bay Area after three years as a director of photography. In addition to cinematography he has experience in graphic design, social media and photography. Morgan finds an effective way to distill the message and communicate it to the target audience. He cuts through the chatter for his diverse client base with high quality production.
Morgan is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz. He currently lives in Albany with his four-legged companion, Patience.
Paul Murre brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the table that help our clients meet their goals and surpass expectations. His background in opposition research, operations, and grassroots organizing make him a crucial asset to projects of all types.
Prior to joining Whitehurst/Mosher, Paul worked as a Research Analyst at Oakland-based VR Research. In that capacity, Paul led opposition research efforts on behalf of dozens of campaigns, labor unions, and Fortune 500 companies across the nation. Previously, Paul oversaw operations on Joanna Rees’s campaign for San Francisco mayor, which included the management of a 100-staff member payroll and $1 million budget. During the 2010 election cycle, Paul was the Director of Students for Gavin Newsom, bringing statewide campus organizing to Gavin Newsom’s successful campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
Paul is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he majored in Political Science. While at SFSU, he was President of the California College Democrats and served as the National Secretary of the College Democrats of America.
Brooke has spent most of her career as a journalist, with stints at Wired Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine, and as digital producer for the PBS documentary series Independent Lens. She was the recipient of one of the first entrepreneurial research fellowships at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and later founded a book publishing company with Dame Anita Roddick, world-renowned activist, philanthropist, and founder of The Body Shop.
With Anita, Brooke played a pivotal role in the campaign to release the Angola Three – African-American prisoners in Louisiana who were kept in solitary confinement for four decades for a crime they didn’t commit.
As digital campaign strategist for V-Day, Brooke coordinated social media marketing and curation for Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising global protest events from 2014 through 2016.
She was an Emmy judge in the News and Documentary categories for a number of years, and has served on the board of directors of the Northern California Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association.
A native San Franciscan, Brooke has deep, multigenerational ties to Northern California. She volunteers with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and lives in an artists’ community in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with her rescue dog, Meatloaf.
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