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OUR TEAM

Kaitlin Fahey

Founding Partner & CEO

As CEO and Founding Partner of Magnify Strategies, Kaitlin Fahey leads the firm with passion and expertise in political strategy, organizational management and strategic communications. Kaitlin advises an array of clients — from Senators and CEOs to non-profit managers and candidates — on their political and operational needs. Kaitlin’s leadership helps teams cut through the noise, make critical decisions and bring success to their priorities and projects.  Using her extensive network and skills in government relations, public affairs, paid media, and management she delivers strategic insights and wins for her clients.  

Most recently, Kaitlin led the successful effort to bring the Democratic National Convention to Chicago in 2024 and serves as an advisor to the Host Committee and DNCC.  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. In 2022, she served as a chief media strategist for Senator John Fetterman’s historic election, developing groundbreaking creative strategy to deliver the Senate’s only Democratic pick-up in the country. Kaitlin began her career working on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer and later worked at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the state’s leading economic development agency.  She served as an Appointee in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Having worked on multiple federal political campaigns, including managing House and Senate races, Kaitlin defeated incumbents in some of the country’s most expensive and high-profile races.  She served as Chief of Staff in the House and the Senate where she built all aspects of the Washington, DC, and state operations and served as 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 serves on the boards of Chiaravalle Montessori and Rust Belt Rising and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Scott and their three 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.

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.

Leah Ryzenman

Associate

Leah Ryzenman is a political and government affairs professional dedicated to making a tangible impact through intentional and creative problem-solving. She has experience spanning the public to private sectors on the state and international levels. Leah has previously worked at Zephyr Government Strategies where she assisted in influencing state policy. Additionally, she conducted research at a health sector think tank in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-developing content for a novel e-learning course. She has most recently served as Outreach Coordinator for Illinois State Representative Bob Morgan, supporting constituent and digital services.  

Leah graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a BS in Education and Social Policy and lives in Evanston, Illinois.