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We’re a team of experts from across the industry. We’re leaders in creative, advertising, grassroots fundraising, and building campaigns. We’re veteran strategic advisors and communications pros.

Our team’s diverse backgrounds mean we can offer comprehensive digital services, from video production to content strategy, that are also—sorry to brag—pretty damn good. Our wide-ranging experiences across business, politics and advocacy mean we can sharpen public profiles and tackle tough, complex problems.

We work with select clients so they each get strategic and creative energy from our senior leadership team. No tiered attention. No junior account leads.

Broad skills with deep expertise. Small-team speed with big-agency capabilities. Select clients with personal, senior-level attention.

That's why we

Assembled an agency.

That's why we

Assembled an agency.

Mark Skidmore

Partner & CEO

Mark is a global leader in politics and public affairs. He advises CEOs, political leaders, companies, and nonprofits on communications, media, message, and reputation management.

Mark led media for President Joe Biden’s super PAC in 2020. He helped launch and advise President Obama’s re-election campaign and has led media for Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo, Rahm Emanuel, Livestrong, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Nike, and a Fortune 100 investment bank, among many others. Over the course of his career he has led over $500 million in media expenditures for clients across the globe.

Mark is on the advisory boards of Harry Belafonte’s Sankofa foundation, For Freedoms, and Future Majority. Previously, Mark was a founding partner of Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI).

Eve Samborn McCool

Partner & chief strategist

Eve Samborn McCool is a leading political and communications strategist specializing in fundraising and digital strategy. She has raised more than $30 million for candidates and causes and led digital campaigns for top Senate and statewide candidates across the country.

In 2020, Eve ran rapid response for President Joe Biden’s super PAC. She was the lead digital fundraising consultant for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2018 cycle.

Prior to that, she served as Digital Director for Senator Tammy Duckworth’s 2016 victory, one of two Democratic Senate pickups that election cycle. Eve also ran the digital program for Duckworth’s 2012 congressional campaign, where she pioneered online fundraising for House races.

Kate Conway

Partner & chief creative officer

Kate specializes in the intersection of politics and design. Her areas of expertise include developing creative for political fundraising, persuasive advertising, and branding for the unique needs of campaigns.

Prior to joining Assemble, she was creative director at the DCCC during the historic 2018 cycle, during which Democrats picked up 40 congressional seats to retake control of the House of Representatives.

There, she built the in-house creative team that developed graphic content powering more than $124M in online fundraising for Democrats in the 2018 cycle.

With over a decade of political experience under her belt, Kate is also an alum of American Bridge 21st Century and Media Matters for America. Kate’s interests include hiking, photography, puns, and making things with power tools.

Mark Paustenbach

Partner & head of strategic advisory and communications

Mark has spent 20 years helping business and political leaders tackle complex, high-profile matters. As a political strategist, Mark was most recently Senior Advisor to a pro-Biden super PAC. He served as Deputy Communications Director at the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and was National Press Secretary on the Biden for President campaign during the 2008 primaries.

Mark also served in the Obama Administration as Spokesperson for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the government’s response to the financial crisis. He has overseen external relations efforts for organizations in a wide array of sectors, including financial and professional services, media, and advocacy.

Dan Pino

Vice president, paid media

Dan led the digital persuasion efforts for Pete Buttigieg’s historic presidential campaign, running a digital media program across 12 states and winning the Iowa caucuses. Previously, he worked at other leading digital agencies where he developed and executed winning strategies for clients up and down the ballot.

Dan is a firm believer in the power of digital storytelling, thoughtful paid media strategy, and platform-specific creative. He got his start in Massachusetts politics, working for Governor Deval Patrick in 2010 and Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

Ian Harrington

Production director

Ian Harrington began his career in Hollywood as an assistant and associate producer for Danny DeVito and his company Jersey Films. After that, he worked on international documentary projects, wrote screenplays, directed commercials, and produced theater.

In 2011, Ian joined David Axelrod’s team as the in-house filmmaker for the paid media team on the Barack Obama campaign. In keeping with politics, he worked on a number of international campaigns as a media consultant. Ian joined Assemble in 2019.

Fiona Cahill

Director of content

A digital strategist with over a decade of experience covering everything from online fundraising to social media to digital organizing, Fiona spent the 2018 and 2020 electoral cycles helping elect Democrats to statehouses as Director of Digital Strategy at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Previously, she worked on multiple statewide electoral campaigns as well as at EMILY’s List, and with nonprofits including Guns Down, Democracy Works, Defend Our Future, and the Sundance Institute.

Originally from Wisconsin, Fiona got her start in politics and digital work as an intern on Russ Feingold’s 2010 Senate race and working on the Wisconsin recalls. In her spare time she enjoys singing with an Arlington-based women’s choir and is slowly (and clumsily) learning to rock climb.

Paul Lamontagne

Associate creative director

Paul is a multi-media designer focused on bringing a human touch to digital communications.

Guided by a playful curiosity and critical problem-solving, his work has been a feature in video games, conference art installations, congressional hearings, arenas, films, tv shows, and across social media.

As an associate creative director at Assemble, Paul looks for inventive ways for the work to stand out and deliver meaningful messaging that drives action. His energetic visuals and use of motion design brings ideas to life, as seen in the design of Assemble’s website.

Bradley Bowen

Senior digital strategist

Bradley Bowen, senior digital strategist, was Assemble’s first employee and is proud to be building his career at an agency that is making a positive impact on the future of our country. Bradley works as the lead copywriter and content strategist for Assemble’s Democratic political clients, from congressional races to statewide gubernatorial campaigns.

Bradley is originally from Texas, where he got his start in politics leading social media strategy for Wendy Davis, Sylvia Garcia, and the Lone Star Project.

An avid reader, vegan, and environmentalist, he lives in Northern Colorado, where he enjoys console and tabletop gaming, weightlifting, biking, and volunteering at the local animal sanctuary.

Enjie Romero-Garcia

Senior digital strategist

Enjie Romero-Garcia is a bilingual Latina originally from Oakland, CA who is passionate about gender and racial equity and has been in the digital marketing sphere for over 8 years now. She has experience in media relations, project management, communications, and digital strategy.

She has made contributions in a variety of industries including nonprofit, advocacy, social impact, and brand management, always with the intention to transform the world for the better.

Outside of work hours, she enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction, streaming everything from Jane the Virgin to documentaries, and exploring various forms of movement like kickboxing, yoga, and aerial arts.

Eliza Mosbarger

Senior designer

Eliza Mosbarger is a graphic designer and all-around creative who believes in the power of holistic design to disrupt the status quo in the political sphere. Her current work encompasses digital ads, social media content, logos and branding, video editing, and website design. Eliza brings a unique perspective to the team from a women’s and gender studies background.

While at Assemble, she’s contributed impactful design to numerous campaigns, including the race for NYC mayor, several Senate and gubernatorial seats, and the 2020 presidential election cycle.

Before moving to the political world, Eliza worked as a designer in several other industries, including aerospace, tech, city government, and fitness. She is currently dabbling in animation, HTML, and at-home composting.

Martín Molina

Senior digital ads strategist

Martín is a senior digital ads strategist at Assemble, helping clients launch and optimize winning campaigns. Prior to joining Assemble, Martín was a digital campaigns manager for democratic candidates and advocacy groups. Before that, he was the Spanish content lead on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

He began his career working on polling and digital strategy for international campaigns. Martín has helped progressive candidates win tight races in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, where he has worked with presidential, gubernatorial, and legislative campaigns.

Martín was born in Venezuela and moved to Wisconsin at the age of 10. He studied Sociology at Harvard University and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He lives in DC and enjoys running, road trips, and taking care of his plants.

Tess Harkin

Digital content strategist

Tess Harkin is digital content strategist based in Brooklyn. She comes to Assemble after spending the 2018 and 2020 cycles as a copywriter with Priorities USA. Whether it’s writing social media copy, researching content recommendations, or drafting ad copy, Tess prides herself on staying on top of emerging digital trends and identifying opportunities for clients to try new things.

Outside of work, Tess can usually be found ranting about the latest pop-culture moments or boring her friends with New York City history.

Mikey Shepard

Media strategist

Mikey works on Assemble’s media team as a digital strategist, providing clients with strategic guidance and technical campaign support.

Mikey comes to Assemble after having worked as a digital strategist at his previous firm. Before that, he served as a deputy operations director on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign during the New Hampshire primary.

Born and raised in Indiana, Mikey attended Indiana State University. He launched his career as a field organizer and director for Hoosier Democrats, including late Indianapolis prosecutor Terry Curry, South Bend Mayor James Mueller, and Senator Joe Donnelly.

He grew up rooting for Duke basketball, the New England Patriots, and Notre Dame—a fair weather fan if you’ve ever met one.

Haakon Brooks

Digital content associate

Haakon is a digital content associate at Assemble, supporting political clients with email production, copy drafting, and social media strategy.

Prior to joining Assemble, Haakon earned a B.A. in Government and History from Connecticut College. There, he served as a policy research assistant with the Government department and primarily studied East Asian politics.

Haakon got his start working on political campaigns in Connecticut and his broad range of political work includes managing digital communication programs, policy research, and legislative drafting.