Consulting firm that offers numerous professional services to leftist groups and causes
Seeks to "help build
the capacity of the progressive movement"
Founded in 1999 to “help build the capacity of the progressive movement,” Progressive Strategies, LLC (PS) is a consulting firm that offers a comprehensive array of professional services to issue-advocacy groups, political action committees, individual donors, new-media pioneers, bloggers, and “socially responsible businesses” in the “progressive community.” These services include help with utilizing, to maximum effect, such tools and strategies as web videos, podcasts, paid advertising, earned media, public-opinion research, Internet organizing, netroots outreach, and fieldwork. PS also advises major funders and donors on how they can target their giving to have the greatest impact.
PS leadership personnel has extensive experience in grassroots organizing and politics on every level, from local to national. The organization's co-founder and CEO, Mike Lux, has worked on five U.S. presidential campaigns and served as Bill Clinton's Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison from 1993-95. Since that time, Lux has:
been an advisory board member for Democratic GAIN and the Democratic Strategist.
A frequent blogger on such websites as Crooks and Liars, the Daily Kos, and the Huffington Post, Lux authored the 2009 book, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be.
The president of PS is Carla Ohringer, who has worked in Democratic politics since the mid-1990s. Her specialties include coalition building, fundraising, communications strategy, and jump-starting new organizations and campaigns. Throughout the Nineties, Ohringer held leadership positions in a number of Democratic campaigns for U.S. House and Senate seats. She also has served as executive director of American Family Voices, and as director of the Progressive Donor Network.