Brad Chism, President

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Brad Chism

Brad has positioned Chism Strategies at the forefront of political communications with the use of research-based solutions and behavioral science lessons to craft both the wording and timing of message delivery.  His progression in this industry was not atypical --- from volunteer canvasser to fundraiser to Communications Director to Manager and finally as a candidate himself (State Insurance Commissioner).

Brad’s team has been repeatedly recognized over the last decade as America’s voter contact firm through a blind peer review process at the American Association of Political Consultants.  Brad is constantly searching for new tools for interactive conversations in this multi-channel world of political discourse.

Brad earned an honors degree in political science from Millsaps College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. While at Oxford he focused his graduate studies on economics. He is an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater where he teaches courses in Campaigns & Elections and Politics & Technology. Brad is the author of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) publication, Best Practices: A Guide to Selecting Telephone Voter Contact Firms. Additionally, he has been published in the three-volume Voting in America, a collection of essays used for upper-level college political science courses.


Robert Burkes, COO
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Robert Burkes

Rob is the COO for the firm.  He has spent the last decade studying the changes in political messaging channels and building new tools for Chism Strategies.  Rob has done extensive analysis of Return on Investment all our voter contact programs to recommend the most cost effective tools for our electoral and institutional clients. He has served up programs for three Presidential campaigns and managed quality control for “white lab coat” research projects involving Yale and Fordham Universities, and the Analyst Institute.

Rob’s accomplishments in the “back office” side of political campaigns has been well recognized—he was named a Rising Star in American Political Consulting by Campaigns & Elections Magazine. 

Rob graduated from Millsaps College with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A. When not working to advance progressive causes, Rob is out enjoying the local beer scene in Memphis, looking for new music or attending a show, and always contemplating whether he’s getting too old for one more Bonnaroo.


Joe Binns, Principal

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Joe has worked as both a campaign manager and general consultant for federal, state and local contests over the last 25 years. Joe has mastered the different campaign disciplines with the most extensive experiences in grassroots organizing and voter contact. He has won multiple awards from Politics Magazine and the American Association of Political Consultants for voter contact through direct mail and radio.

Joe was the Southeastern Director for the largest grassroots campaign ever conducted in the United States and has extensive experience in issue advocacy at the state and federal level. His past non-partisan clients include PhRMA, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pew Charitable Trusts, Federal Home Loan Bank, the Farm Credit Council and various patient advocacy groups.   Since 2010, Joe has managed advocacy campaigns in multiple states for one of the largest and most respected NGO’s in the country.  His work on environmental causes has led to better federal, state and local public policy.

 Joe studied political science at Davidson College, Cambridge University and Georgetown University. When he isn’t campaigning, he is playing drums various Atlanta bands and trying to impress his four-year-old daughter, Josie.


Zandria Haines, Director of Client Services

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Zandria is in her third cycle at Chism Strategies as the Director of Client Services. She has a diverse background in government affairs and political consulting. She has helped develop winning strategies for trade associations, non-profits, and elected officials. 

Zandria adds to the firm a wealth of knowledge in managing direct voter contact programs including live calls, automated calls, predictive dialers, and telephone town halls. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for its political effectiveness and creativity.

She works closely with our clients providing each client with a personalized plan of action, applying best practices learned from social science and field research. Zandria is a frequent participant in Analyst Institute Roundtables about new voter contact tools and techniques. In 2016, she led a conversation at the Analyst Institute on best uses for telephone town halls in campaigns and how they could be used for A/B testing.

A native of Tupelo, MS, Zandria graduated from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Psychology and is an alumna of WeLead, the Women and Politics Institute at American University. 

Brannon Miller, Associate 

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Brannon Miller is in his third election cycle with Chism Strategies, having joined us after a stint as Field Director for the Mississippi Democratic Trust.  There he managed the legislative caucus decisions on which races to target and the best combination of field, phone and mail programs for these races. Brannon also lent his expertise to key municipal races in the state. 

Brannon is an expert at voter file analysis and how to leverage this information to win. Whether polling for a statewide race or a building a walk list for a city council candidate, Brannon knows how to use demographic data, previous election results, and information gleaned from the voter file to build the right universe for your project.

Like others on our team, Brannon is a native Mississippian who left to broaden his perspective on campaigns and elections and later returned. He spent time on races in North Carolina and then had a stint as an SEIU organizer in St. Louis. 

Brannon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Public Policy. He is a fan of Southern literature and Richard Linklater films. 



Julie Jaber, CFO
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Julie Jaber is the firm’s CFO, where she handles all our financial records. Julie holds an honors degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and has been a CPA for 30 years. Prior to managing our financial affairs, Julie served a series of nonprofit and small business clients throughout the Jackson metro area.

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