Rich Pelletier joins Prism Communications after serving as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President. On the Sanders campaign, he oversaw the field and political programs and managed the campaign’s ballot access and delegate teams. At the height of the campaign, Rich was responsible for over 1,200 staff members in 20 states, managing state directors and direct voter contact programs. Rich ensured that these staff and programs effectively captured, harnessed and mobilized the incredible grassroots energy manifesting itself across the nation. Aligning digital organizing strategies and traditional offline organizing and activities was one of the great successes of the campaign.
Rich brings 25 years of campaign experience to the Prism team. He has served in nearly every capacity in almost every type of campaign. From ballot initiatives to Congressional races to caucus programs, Rich has been a manager, political director, field director and press secretary. The breadth of his experience has given him a unique understanding of all aspects of campaigning, enabling him to work holistically with clients to grow and maximize their campaigns.
Rich’s political career began in 1992 when he returned home to northern Maine after serving in the 3rd Armored Division in the Gulf War. He began volunteering with Pat McGowan’s campaign for Congress, which led to an internship in the Maine House Speaker’s office. There he met state Senator John Baldacci, and went on to work on Baldacci’s campaign for Congress and later in his Congressional office, managing the Congressman’s two northernmost district offices. Rich then became House Caucus Director for the Maine Democratic Party – leading the Democrats to an 88 to 62 majority over two cycles. Over the next two years, he worked on a ballot initiative campaign and as state director for America Coming together, which at the time was the largest independent expenditure campaign in the nation’s history.
Since leaving New England, Rich has worked with America Votes – first as Colorado State Director and then as National Field Director, where he managed staff and programs in 11 core states and nine affiliate states, as well as coordinating independent expenditure programs across the country. Rich has also worked with a host of organizational and corporate clients, helping them develop grasstops and grassroots advocacy programs to influence local, state and federal lawmakers and decision makers.
Rich is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars having served in the Gulf War, a current member of the board and former Chair for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and is a member of the Waycobah band of Mi’kmaq Indians. He lives in Eldorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Maria and their two boys, Max and Ollie.Link to Read Less Link to Go Back