On-the-ground fundraising will be led by Magnify Strategies co-founder Leah Israel, who was chief fundraiser for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee…Party time, excellent: The Chicago team working behind the scenes, led currently by Kaitlin Fahey, also a co-founder of Magnify Strategies, and Gov. JB Pritzker’s political team, are working with venues to get memorandums of agreement signed to secure small and large spaces around the city for convention-related activities.
WASHINGTON — With Democrats deciding to hold their 2024 presidential convention in Chicago, the next steps are falling into place, including naming Kaitlin Fahey as the interim executive director of the host committee.
“It’s clear that the path to the White House, the path to retaining a Senate majority cuts through the Midwest,” said Kaitlin Fahey, a Democratic consultant who led the successful bid to host next year’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago and former chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
These are the known unknowns keeping Democratic power consultants in the four cities up at night. But still, it’s very good political work, befitting some top tier pros. Mayor Eric Adams’s team has hired Leah Daughtry, bestie of former D.N.C. chair Donna Brazile and former C.E.O. of the 2008 and 2016 conventions, to promote New York. Pritzker has retained star operative Leah Israel, the former chief development officer of the 2020 convention that went fully digital.
Leah Israel, a Democratic fundraiser and consultant who is a founding partner of Magnify Strategies — and a graduate of Highland Park High School — is helping organize meetings on Capitol Hill this week with members of Congress and Highland Park activists who will be in DC.
WHO CAME FROM CHICAGO: The group briefing the DNC about city’s bid included Pritzker; Lightfoot; Lightfoot deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar; deputy chief of staff Kelsey Nulph; Pritzker chief of staff Anne Caprara; deputy Govs. Christian Mitchell and Andy Manar; President and CEO of World Business Chicago Michael Fassnacht; Choose Chicago CEO Lynn Ormond; United Center COO Terry Savarise; and from Magnify Strategies, the company overseeing coordinating the bid, CEO Kaitlin Fahey and founding partner Leah Israel.
She previously was chief of staff for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
Three top aides to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) are leaving to start a political consulting and government relations firm called Magnify Strategies.
Kaitlin Fahey, Duckworth’s chief of staff, Paul Kohnstamm, the senator’s operations director and Leah Israel, a fundraiser who was chief development officer for the 2020 convention, are starting the firm together.
Kaitlin Fahey, Paul Kohnstamm and Leah Israel, all longtime aides to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), are launching Magnify Strategies and will be working with Duckworth’s reelect and “other statewide political campaigns, national political coalitions and organizations, trade associations and companies with Illinois ties.” Fahey previously was chief of staff for Duckworth, Kohnstamm was administrative director, and Israel was a senior adviser and longtime chief fundraiser.