The TransAtlantic Progressive Campaign Committee is an annual two-day knowledge exchange and networking event for center-left campaign strategists and elected officials in North America and Europe.

The Committee is in pursuit of one goal: How do we improve campaigning to re-establish a strong bond between center-left parties and the people of Europe and North America?

Any campaign starts with an idea: What is our vision? While a bit different in every country, the center-left—in general—wants to foster dynamic economies, provide equal opportunity for all, and—in today’s climate—protect democratic institutions and fight racism.

The center-left’s vision is only as good as its campaigns. We can implement progressive policies after winning on Election Day.

And to win, the center-left must campaign better. We must craft our vision into effective political messages, and organize our supporters with the latest campaigning tools. We—as candidates and their advisors—will benefit from sharing the best practices, strategies, and tactics that place center-left parties in the best position to succeed when all the votes are counted.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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JIM ARKEDIS: USA

Jim Arkedis is an American political operative with extensive experience in international campaigning. He specializes in campaign strategy, communications, voter mobilization, and digital targeting. Since 2012, he has consulted with political parties or on campaigns in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Haiti, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria.

In the United States, he runs a 4DPAC, political action committee, and Indispensable, a non-profit, organizations focused on US foreign policy issues. Previously, Arkedis was at Department of Defense and the Progressive Policy Institute.

As a political commentator, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, France24 and been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, and others. His co-authored book, Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics was published by Palgrave MacMillan.

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SUNE HANSEN: Denmark

Sune Steffen Hansen is a Public Affairs Director at Rud Pedersen’s office in Copenhagen. Sune has worked as an advisor for the Social Democratic Party in the Danish Parliament. Prior to this position, he worked for The Danish Metalworkers' Union, and at the Danish Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.

He has substantial experience in the field of food and agriculture. He has a practical background as a farmer, and has later worked with food, agricultural and fishing policies during his time in the Parliament.  

Sune holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.

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KRISTINA WILFORE: USA

Kristina Wilfore has more than 20 years of political experience and mastery of virtually all aspects of grassroots organizing. She is a global change agent helping to create a more vibrant and accountable democracy worldwide. As an international political consultant she regularly trains, speaks, and writes about issues that impact people’s participation in politics, parties and parliament.

She brings vast experience in campaigns and elections, policy development and civic advocacy in the US and abroad to her consulting toolkit. Kristina helps teach grassroots organizing, political party development, and how to run and win campaigns. She focuses much of her work on strategies for increasing women’s political participation. She is also an expert on campaigns and election monitoring. She works across a wide range of countries in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southern Asia and the Caucasus. In 2011 she was awarded expat of the year by the Kyiv Post for her work to defend democracy in Ukraine.

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ERIC SUNDSTRÖM: Sweden

Eric Sundström recently became Head of Communications and Planning Director at LO (the Swedish Trade Union Confederation). He previously served as Political Advisor to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs Wallström, and as speechwriter to the Prime Minister Mr Löfven.

His professional background is found in the intersection where social democracy and international politics meet journalism and communication. He has been editor-in-chief of progressive newspapers and magazines produced both in Stockholm and Berlin; worked with think-tanks in Washington DC and Brussels; studied at universities in Stockholm, Glasgow and Montpellier; and holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University SAIS (Bologna/Washington DC).

He has two daughters, Lily Bo and Mary Lou, and never walks alone down Thunder Road.

 
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MELISSA CRESSEY: USA/Sweden

Melissa Cressey serves as the Vice President of Global Strategies at DSPolitical International, where she leads business development.

Cressey served as Development Director and Conference Coordinator for the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Her earlier work included stints as Development Planner at Appleseed Foundation, where she managed and directed the day-to-day work within the development department, and Vice President of Customer Services at Advocacy Data, where she specialized in email targeting for progressive campaigns and organizations.

She is originally from Arizona but spent most of her childhood growing in northern Sweden where she was also able to take advantage of the country’s free education system receiving her B.A. in political science with a focus on American politics and the European Union with a minor in economics and civil law from Karlstad University.

Melissa is a 2015 Campaigns & Elections Magazine Rising Star, the recipient of the 2012 AAPC Distinguished Service Award and the 2013 AAPC Extraordinary Leadership Award.

Who should participate in the TransAtlantic Progressive Campaign Committee?

We bring together progressive elected officials and campaign operatives from North America and Europe. You don’t have to be from a specific party, just one that starts at the center and looks left.

If you’re in office, are running for office, advising on campaign strategy or communications, or are an expert in the digital tools of campaigning, we want you.