Sital Sanjanwala Tapped as Rising Star in Political Consulting
We are proud to announce our own, Sital Sanjanwala has been named a "Rising Star" by Campaigns & Elections magazine! Please join us in congratulating Sital on this significant honor. Here's a little bit about the impressive record Sital has established so far in her career. We are proud to call Sital a member of the Chism Strategies team:
Sital Sanjanwala began her career in politics fresh out of college. Charging headlong into the political battles of the 2010 midterms, Sital mastered every phase of the telephone voter contact industry, from operations and database administration to project management, message development and client relations, while simultaneously earning her MBA, all before the age of 24.
Two years after starting her career as a project manager at Zata|3 Consulting, Sital joined President Brad Chism with his new venture, Chism Strategies, and expanded her role as a consultant and project manager for marquee clients like Planned Parenthood, the Trust for Public Land and the League of Conservation Voters. Sital’s client list also includes a number of federal and municipal candidates, such as Alison Lundergan Grimes for Secretary of State, and now for U.S. Senate, and Oklahoma Congressional candidate Al McAffrey. But her primary focus has been working with ballot measures and through independent expenditures with progressive organizations.
Before joining Brad Chism, Sital volunteered with former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove as a research intern, analyzing economic data to determine the effectiveness of various government-funded educational programs in Mississippi. Prior to that, Sital worked as an editorial intern for the Jackson Free Press, a progressive, alternative weekly newspaper.
As a young progressive woman in one of the reddest states, Sital bridged the gap between pro-choice advocates from out of state and local politicos who came together in 2011 to combat Mississippi’s anti-choice Proposition 26. Sital’s understanding of Mississippi politics and background in economics were vital in framing a potentially uncomfortable subject with targeted messages, breaking the issue down to kitchen table concerns. Her contributions helped Mississippians navigate their consciences and acknowledge their own apprehensions about Proposition 26, freeing them to vote No. The victory for women’s rights in an ultra-conservative state stunned the nation and provided the pro-choice movement with an understanding of southern politics they have carried to other battles across the country.
Sital moved to D.C. for the 2012 and 2013 cycles, where she fostered her relationship with Planned Parenthood Action Fund, joining their bus tour, and presenting the pro-choice messages in half a dozen states. And she has become the clear favorite amongst Chism Strategies’ clients moderating telephone town halls, guiding the conversation with her knowledge of progressive issues and the needs of each campaign.
In 2014, Sital felt the call back to Mississippi, where she continues to battle in one of the most hazardous climates for progressive ideals. Though Mississippi is her home now, she’s always fighting for candidates and issues across the nation. As William Faulkner once said, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”
Sital graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, with a BBA in Business and Economics. She then graduated summa cum laude from Millsaps College with an MBA, completed in one year while working full time with Chism Strategies. She also received Beta Gamma Sigma Honors and the Outstanding MBA Student Award. As an aside, Sital also studied two years’ worth Intensive Mandarin Chinese at Beloit College in Wisconsin and has an Official Proficiency at Intermediate-Mid Level.