Rising Stars

Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized the up-and-comers of the campaign world with its coveted Rising Star award. Over the years, Rising Star recipients have climbed to the heights of politics, launching dozens of successful consulting firms and serving at the highest levels of state and federal campaigns.    

It's one of the most prestigious honors in the campaign world for a reason: industry giants are counted among the ranks of former Rising Stars. C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.      

So who will make up the class of 2015? That's up to you. C&E will select 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and 5 International/Nonpartisan/Third Party nominees. Nominations are now open.

Access the 2015 nomination form here. All nominations must be recieved by May 22, 2015.

To be eligible, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger on July 30, 2015. Elected officials will not be considered. In order for the nomination to be considered complete, a photo of the nominee and any supplemental materials must also be emailed to risingstars@campaignsandelections.com with the subject line: Rising Star Nomination.

The following supplemental materials are strongly encouraged: At least two letters of recommendation in support of the nominee, links to news articles about the nominee or their work, and a copy of the nominee’s resume. 

This year, we are proud to unveil our inaugural Rising Stars steering committee. These eight former Rising Stars will help C&E identify the best young talent in the industry:

  • Yolanda Caraway, The Caraway Group
  • Toby Chaudhuri, PBS
  • Brittany Greer, BP Greer, LLC
  • Katie Harbath, Facebook
  • Celinda Lake, Lake Research
  • Henri Makembe, Beekeeper Group
  • Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies
  • Ashley O'Connor, Strategic Partners & Media

The 2015 class of Rising Stars will be recognized at C&E's annual Art of Political Campaigning Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 27.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact Shane D'Aprile: sdaprile@campaignsandelections.com