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OUR TEAM

Kaitlin Fahey

Founding Partner & CEO

Kaitlin Fahey brings nearly two decades of experience in state and federal government and campaigns. Kaitlin advises an array of clients—from Senators and Governors to CEOs and Senior Executives—on their political and operational needs. Using her extensive network and expertise in government relations, public affairs, paid media, and campaign management she delivers strategic insight and wins for her clients.  

Kaitlin served as US Senator Tammy Duckworth’s chief political and legislative advisor throughout her tenure in the House and Senate and continues to advise the Senator and her team. She served as a chief media strategist for Senator John Fetterman’s historic election in 2022, developing groundbreaking creative and strategy to deliver the only Democratic pick-up in the country.  She began her career working on Capitol Hill working for members from the Midwest and later worked at the Illinois Department of Commerce, the state’s leading economic development agency. Kaitlin served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Having worked on federal campaigns, including managing House and Senate races, Kaitlin defeated incumbents in some of the most expensive and high-profile races in the country.  She served as Chief of Staff in the House and the Senate, building all aspects of the Washington, DC and state operations from scratch and serving as the primary advisor on all aspects of official government work and political activity.  

Kaitlin received her BA from Georgetown University and MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University; she lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Scott and their three children.

Leah Israel

Founding Partner

Leah Israel is a well-regarded political consultant and strategist who specializes in development, advocacy, and public affairs for campaigns, candidates, organizations, and companies.  Prior to co-founding Magnify, she served as the Chief Development Officer for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, responsible for raising over $50 million in a difficult environment to fund an acclaimed, innovative, and all-digital convention. Senator Tammy Duckworth first tapped Leah to lead her fundraising efforts in the nascent stages of her campaign for Congress in 2011, and continued to serve as the Senator’s chief fundraising strategist for over a decade.  Leah has provided strategic counsel and fundraising services to presidential and statewide campaigns such as Pete for America and J.B. Pritzker for Governor; as well as political organizations like Priorities USA; and mission-driven organizations including Human Rights Watch and Victory Fund, amongst others.  Leah began her activism in Wisconsin as an organizer for Fair Wisconsin—the 2006 issue-based campaign to stop the ban on marriage equality and civil unions in the state. From 2010–15, Leah served as a Legislative Fellow to the US Department of State, where she traveled globally, educating other countries on US politics.

Leah holds a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Iowa and lives in Chicago, Illinois with her partner Alexandra and their two children.

Paul Kohnstamm

Founding Partner

Paul Kohnstamm has shaped every organization that he has worked in for over a decade, crafting the details of their budgets, building their operational systems, and creating wider strategies for organizational development and direct marketing. He has served as the lead operations strategist and advisor for US Senate and House campaigns, state political parties, advocacy organizations, and companies.  Paul loves building complex projects from the ground up and scaling organizations.  He opened US Senator Tammy Duckworth’s Senate Office as the Administrative Director, where he managed the office’s budget, human resources, ethics, legal, and financial compliance programs.  He built and executed a $20 million Senate and Coordinated Campaign budget and oversaw spending programs for the 2016 Duckworth Senate campaign and the 2016 Illinois Coordinated Campaign.  Paul’s unique background combining PAC fundraising, grassroots marketing, and policy development with congressional office and political campaign management allows him to offer a unique perspective to a wide array of clients. 

Paul received his BA from Tufts University and MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Amy and their two children.

Camille Vinogradov

Senior Vice President, Development

Camille Vinogradov has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit and political fundraising, budgeting, grant writing, political advocacy and campaigns, board management, and nonprofit operations. Her experience includes serving as Development Director for Building Back Together, the only nonprofit with the White House’s approval to advocate for President Biden’s agenda. Previously, she worked for NARAL Pro-Choice America as Major Gifts Officer and Senior Development Manager, where she rebranded and revamped the major and mid-level giving society. Additionally, she worked as the inaugural Deputy Battleground Fundraising Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, developing the committee’s first-ever national individual finance plan for the battleground fundraising department, and as Affiliate Manager and Affiliate Coordinator for Emerge.

Camille got her start in politics and advocacy in the South, working for the North Carolina Democratic Party and the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Camille has a MPS in Political Management from The George Washington University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a BA in International Studies and French, with a minor in Russian History and Literature. She currently serves on Emerge’s Young Leaders Council and lives in Northern Virginia with her partner. 

Aaron Cartwright

Vice President, Client Services

Aaron Cartwright is an operations specialist who enjoys solving complex problems to help organizations achieve their goals. As Operations Coordinator for US Senator Tammy Duckworth’s Senate Office, Aaron maintained the office’s budget, coordinated staff retreats, and assisted with special projects. He most recently served as Operations Director for US Senator Tammy Duckworth’s successful 2022 re-election campaign, where he built and managed a $16 million budget in addition to leading internal human resources and IT support programs. Aaron has developed financial and data management solutions for a diverse range of clients including federal officeholders, US Senate campaigns, national advocacy organizations, state political parties, political media firms, and companies. 

Aaron got his start in politics working on campaigns, fundraising for top-tier congressional races in Illinois and Texas. He received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Valparaiso University and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Morris Katz

Vice President, Media

Morris Katz is a political strategist with experience ranging from field to communications to campaign management. Morris has been a campaign manager in a DCCC battleground district as well as on a US Senate campaign.

In a variety of roles, he’s helped elect progressives up and down the ballot all over the country including State Sen. Nabilah Islam (GA), Councilman Danny Nowell (NC), and Congressman Greg Casar (TX). He also conceived of and oversaw innovative initiatives to organize rural communities including a Dollar/Door campaign where for every dollar raised a door in a county Trump won in 2016 was knocked as well as a 100 Day, 100 County tour of North Carolina. He’s been proud to work as a media consultant for populist organizations and leaders like Senator John Fetterman, Way to Lead PAC, Working Families Party, and Fight Corporate Monopolies.

A NY native, Morris attended Skidmore College where he majored in Philosophy. He’s also a published author and spends most of his free time writing or watching the NY Knicks and Philadelphia Phillies.

Jordan Weir

Deputy Director, Development and Client Services

Jordan Weir, M.S. is a development professional with over five years of experience in individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising. Jordan has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations, including as a Development Officer for Institutional Giving at B Lab, an economic systems change organization, and as the Development Manager at Building Back Together where she worked to further the Biden-Harris Administration’s legislative agenda. Jordan started her career as the Development Coordinator at Maternity Care Coalition, an organization working to advance maternal and child health in the Philadelphia area.

Jordan holds a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in International Studies from Washington College and lives in Washington, DC.