Renee Schaeffer

Prior to beginning Schaffer Strategies in Washington DC in 2008, Renee Schaeffer spent over a decade traveling the country working for Democratic candidates from judicial and city council races to U.S. Senate races. Although she began her political career as a field organizer, has managed campaigns, been a scheduler and a communications/press staffer, her focus and greatest success has been as a fundraiser.

After a strong 2006 cycle – she raised a record breaking $1 million for a Midwestern congressional challenger in one quarter, she was recruited to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to become the Director of the newly restructured Candidate Services department for the 2008 cycle. In that capacity, Renee was responsible for working with any democrat running for Congress to ensure s/he had the infrastructure, systems, and team members in place to operate the most effective fundraising operation possible. She also worked with the DC PAC and donor community to raise funds to the campaigns to complement the hard work they were already doing.

In late 2008, Renee opened Schaeffer Strategies where she continued to help Democratic candidates and progressive organizations create successful fundraising operations based on their individual needs.

In 2010, her mentor Robert Creamer asked her to join him and several other top progressive consultants to form Democracy Partners, a firm focused on moving a progressive agenda at the local, state, and federal levels. In addition to her work in fundraising, project management, and general consulting, Renee serves on the Management Committee Democracy Partners and is the lead partner for Business Development for the firm.

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