Meghan A. Brown, B.A., M.F.A. Senior Partner
“What did facts look like? They ran like antelope, and were beautiful like wild horses. They were tough to rope and get into the corral, but once you got a good look at one, you could tell that one good fact could rear up and save the world.”
—Mark Ratledge, May 16, 2017, McSweeney’s
With her deep educational background and over a decade of proven experience in visual and strategic communication, our founder Meg Brown puts competence and creativity above all else. A scientist at heart, Meg is driven by a strong evidence-based praxis: she has completed significant graduate-level coursework in social psychology and cognitive science to master communication strategies that actually work. A relentless continuing education addict, she is always seeking new skills and strategies to achieve a better performance.
A fourth-generation Colorado native, Brown has followed U.S. House and Senate politics since childhood and she began working in politics during the 2004 election cycle. She has significant Congressional campaign experience as director of communications and media strategy in addition to professional and volunteer work in communication and public relations for nonprofits, companies, and public universities. Her background includes investigative reporting, social science polling, and grassroots organizing. Meg will help your campaign or organization master verbal and visual communication because she knows how people make choices based on what they see and hear, what works and what doesn’t, and above all else, what drives an effective, compelling narrative.
The depth of her education and the breadth of her experience prepares Meg for developing and controlling narratives, visual branding, writing and editing, developing policy positions, securing positive media coverage, and training candidates and staff for communication skills and charisma.
Nicholas A. Land, B.A. Senior Partner
“Cause-and-effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. Sometimes one person inspires a movement, or her words do decades later, sometimes a few passionate people change the world; sometimes they start a mass movement and millions do; sometimes those millions are stirred by the same outrage or the same ideal, and change comes upon us like a change of weather. All that these transformations have in common is that they begin in the imagination, in hope.”
Successful coalitions and movements throughout history win with long-range tactics and careful planning. That's why Nick Land studies American history in addition to political science: his thesis, When Gods Meet, explores the United States’ first military intervention in the Muslim world in the early nineteenth century, and he is currently expanding this into a study of the interaction of Islam and America from 1492 to the present.
An encyclopedic knowledge of American political history enables Nick to develop campaign strategies that look further back than the last election cycle, and further into the future than Election Day. Nick has worked as campaign manager on Congressional and state Senate campaigns, securing wins against tough primary opponents and helping first-time candidates establish an unforgettable presence. With his thorough knowledge of election procedures and compliance, and seemingly endless pool of contacts to help progressive candidates build their networks, Nick specializes in campaign strategy, long- and short-term planning, and field organization.
A proud Colorado native, Nick relaxes by enjoying our beautiful state and playing grand strategy games.
Lance M. Sacknoff, B.A., M.A., Ph.D (ABD) Associate Partner
"Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.”
—George V. Higgins, The Guardian, 17 June 1988.
With a keen interest in the intersection of Science and Art, Lance Sacknoff has spent the last decade studying and synthesizing big data analysis, computational linguistics, cryptography, and literary metonymy. His research in these areas have subsequently surfaced in a diverse number of publications and conference presentations, such as “The Role of Twitter in the 2016 U.S. Congressional Races” at the 1st North American Social Networks Conference, “Coleridge and Hamilton: At the Intersection of Poetry, Philosophy, and Mathematics,” in The Journal of Romanticism, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, by Ice Cube Press.
As a researcher, academic, and veteran of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, Lance has amassed a wealth of experience in acquiring, organizing, interpreting, and responding to statistical data of various types (linguistic, demographic, financial, and business intelligence) and across numerous industries (legal, military, government, and law enforcement). He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, Spies, Novelists, and American Revolution, an investigation of the influence literary cryptography and early spy novels exerted on nascent American politics, legislation, diplomacy, and war.
Lance currently oversees Bold Text LLC’s research-centric operations and is the primary consultant on opposition research, voter demographic and data analysis, campaign fiscal research, and other relevant operations. He also acts as a consultant for campaign messaging and content creation.