Brad Chism, President

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Brad ChismBrad founded CHISM STRATEGIES in early 2013 after several years as senior partner at Zata|3 Consulting. Under Brad's leadership, the firm had grown to be America's most award-winning direct voter contact firm. Chism Strategies builds on this expertise in seamless integration of direct voter contact with other campaign messaging. Brad is at the forefront of political communications using research based solutions and behavioral science lessons in crafting both the wording and timing of message delivery. 

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, with a chapter on the role of organized labor in the electoral process.

Robert Burkes, COO
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Robert Burkes

Rob joined Brad Chism as a post-grad intern in January 2008, and after completing his graduate studies five months later, he came aboard full-time. In his first three years, Rob was involved in every facet of telephone voter contact - from running calling programs out of a Congressional campaign war room and integrating results into field planning, to allaying the fears of nervous clients when last-minute needs arose. As the firm's COO, Rob manages the firm's database and oversees all areas of CHISM STRATEGIES' operations, ensuring every calling program runs as planned. Rob uses his vast range of experience in telephone voter contact to help set the strategic direction of the firm and is involved in regular tactical decisions from his base in our DC office. Rob's accomplishments in the field have been well recognized, being named a Rising Star in American political consulting by Campaigns & Elections Magazine. 

Joe Binns, Principal

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Joe has been working with candidates, advocates and trade associations on political races and issues campaigns for over two decades. He has served as a manager and general consultant for national, statewide and local campaigns and is well versed in all campaign disciplines. He has won multiple awards from Politics Magazine and the American Association of Political Consultants for voter contact through phones, 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, Federal Home Loan Bank, the Farm Credit Council and various patient advocacy groups. In every campaign, Joe is a big picture strategic thinker who pays attention to detail. He brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts from across the political landscape to any campaign.

Joe graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor’s degree in English.  He studied political science at Davidson College, Cambridge University and Georgetown University.

Zandria Haines, Director of Client Services

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Zandria joined Chism Strategies in 2015 as the Director of Client Services. She brings to the firm a diverse background in government affairs and political consulting. She has helped develop winning strategies for clients as varied as trade associations, non-profits, corporations, and elected officials. Among her professional accomplishments, Zandria supervised the strategic planning for the successful passage of H.R. 4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 in the 110th Congress (Pub. L. 110-420). 

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.  

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 joined our team in late 2015 after serving as the Deputy Field Director for the MS Democratic Trust where he organized the statewide field efforts for Democratic House Caucus candidates.

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 NC and then had a stint as an SEIU organizer in St. Louis.  Brannon is an expert at voter file analysis and how to leverage this information to advance our candidates and causes.

Brannon is a native of Bassfield, MS and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Mississippi  with a degree in Public Policy.  

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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