Democracy Partners Institute

When you’re preparing to launch a campaign or responding to crisis, no single factor affects the outcome more than your choice of staff, and the knowledge and skills they possess. 

To help navigate today’s non-stop environment, the Democracy Partners Institute includes some of America’s leading experts on political and issue training and can develop training programs tailored to your campaign or organizational needs, including:

  • Strategy & Goal Setting
  • Leadership Development 
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Capacity and Skill Building:
    • Digital
    • Public speaking
    • Media training
    • Spokesperson training
    • Electoral 
    • Candidate
    • Grassroots campaigns 
    • Democratic Campaign Management Program

The team includes the founder of the Midwest Academy and training director of the Democratic National Committee, the author of Campaign Boot Camp, and leaders of the Camp Obama training program for the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Several have written books on the strategy and tactics of issue and electoral campaigns. And we have experienced media and digital trainers who’ve defined online discourse in some of the biggest issues in recent memory.

Leaders of the Democracy Partners Institute have led hundreds of training seminars preparing organizers for roles in real-world electoral and issue campaigns – as well as community groups and major national organizations, associations and corporations.

Our Democratic Campaign Management Program trains individuals who have a long-term interest in making political organizing a career. The program involves seminar work as well as placements in jobs on campaigns.

Contact Lupe or Joel today for a consultation on how we can put the Democracy Partners Institute to work for you.

“Joel Silberman is a media training master. His combination of laser focused skills and compassion brings out the very best in everyone with whom he works. I cannot praise this work enough and look forward to his impact on the entire progressive movement.”

–Van Jones, Host of CNN’s Crossfire


“Robert Creamer and the team at Democracy Partners made a critical contribution to the President’s victory in 2012.”

–Jim Messina, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager


“Christine Pelosi is a sharp and knowledgeable drill sergeant looking to whip our democratic process back into shape.”

–Ariana Huffington


“Jackie is the master of strategic thinking and when I face a challenge that seems insurmountable, she's the person I call.”

–Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch


Democracy Partners includes leading experts in:

  • Political Messaging
  • Earned Media
  • Electoral Campaign Planning, General Consulting and Campaign Management
  • Planning and Executing Advocacy Campaigns
  • High Intensity Field Programs
  • Television, Radio and Digital Advertising
  • Direct Mail
  • Web Site Development
  • Fundraising
  • Donor Advising and High Impact Philanthropy
  • Social Media Organizing
  • Advance, Planning and Executing Events
  • Media Training
  • Organizer Training
  • Issue and Electoral Phone Programs
  • Executive Search Services and Recruitment
  • Opposition Research
  • Coalition Building

“We have offices throughout the US and decades of experience working with every ethnic group in suburbs, urban centers, small towns and rural areas in every corner of America.”

Our partners at Digital Turf push the envelope (get it) with years of experience designing various successful print media campaigns for a wide array of clients. Using a combination of bravado and sheer talent, our team is highly specialized in creating stuff like mailers, brochures, business cards and flyers. Check out our work and learn more about our particular brand of awesomeness.