Brandon L. Davis has spent the past 20 years working at the center of key Democratic candidate and issue campaigns. From 2011-2016, Davis served as the National Political Director for the Service. Employees International Union (SEIU), where he developed and implemented the union's cyclical $80 million national electoral strategy through robust investments in independent expenditure paid media and field level voter contact. Following his time at SEIU, Brandon took on the role of Chief of Staff at the Democratic National Committee
(DNC) in mid-2016. During the 2018 cycle, he managed Andrew
Gillum's Florida Gubernatorial campaign. In 2019, Brandon turned his
attention fully to ad making and working to develop targeting and
placement strategies that leverage the modern paid media landscape,
move voters, and win elections. During the 2020 cycle, Brandon
created ads and consulted on media strategy for a range of clients
including: Adrian Perkins (Louisiana US Senate), The Democratic
Lieutenant Governors Association, House Majority PAC (HMP), and
Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign. Prior to his time at SEIU,
Brandon spent a decade working on a range of electoral and
political campaigns, including Claire McCaskill's
successful 2006 US Senate bid in Missouri.
J.J. Balaban has been an ad maker and strategist for nearly 20 years, writing and creating television ads for Democratic campaigns in 36 states, 72 Congressional districts, and 120 media markets. A graduate of Princeton University, J.J. served as a Congressional press secretary and worked on various political campaigns prior to starting his career as an ad maker.
J.J.’s candidate and independent expenditure ads have helped elect Governors, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Attorneys-General, and Mayors. He has created independent expenditure ads for various organizations, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the General Majority PAC (GMP), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Giffords, and With Honor.
J.J.’s work has helped make American politics more inclusive. He made the ads that helped elect the nation’s first openly-gay Governor (Jared Polis of Colorado) and first openly-gay Attorney-General (Maura Healey of Massachusetts). He made the ads that helped elect the first woman ever elected to Congress from Delaware (Lisa Blunt-Rochester) and the first openly gay African-American to Congress (Mondaire Jones). J.J.’s work was hailed by the Washington Post and MSNBC’s Hardball as the best ad of the cycle and by Time Magazine as the second best ad of the cycle.