Left Field Strategies is the political division of Fenway Strategies, focused on helping progressive candidates win constituents’ hearts—and votes.
Our experience working with some of the world’s most successful communicators has taught us that even the best policies won’t break through without a story that’s simple, memorable, and authentic.
At Left Field, we harness these stories in speeches, debates, and digital communications—so voters know you’re not only the best candidate, but a real person, too.
Our approach to writing is hands-on, personal, and collaborative. We work directly with candidates and their staff to identify their core story, conduct the intensive research that truly brings a speech to life, outline and draft the remarks, and revise them until you're happy and confident with the final product.
In today's hyperconnected world, one-way communication only goes so far. Your story should be told in a way that makes your audience want to engage with it, and share it. An effective digital strategy blends sound messaging with a sophisticated understanding of social media, and we help you with both.
Walking onto a debate stage is one of the most high-pressure scenarios any candidate faces. It’s scary and unnatural—and yet, it can determine the outcome of an election. We've prepared candidates for their moment under the brightest lights. We’ll give you all the tools and training you need to come out on top.
Ben is a Founding Partner at Left Field Strategies. He is also Managing Partner at Fenway Strategies, a strategic communications firm founded by Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, President Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter and national security spokesman. Previously, Krauss worked on the Clinton-Kaine campaign as a Speechwriter for Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Chief Speechwriter for Senator Tim Kaine. In addition, he served as Director of Surrogate Speechwriting, supervising a large team of writers providing remarks and talking points for a wide range of celebrities and elected officials. Before joining Fenway, Krauss worked at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, providing political analysis and research for progressive international election campaigns and heads of state. He has served at the National Economic Council at the White House, where he assisted in economic policy development for the Obama Administration. Krauss grew up outside of New York City and holds a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.
Samantha is a Partner at Left Field Strategies. Prior to joining the team, Becker spent a decade working closely with Steven Spielberg—on such films as War of the Worlds, Munich, War Horse, Lincoln, and most recently as an associate producer on The BFG. In addition, Becker played an integral role at DreamWorks Studios, now Amblin Partners, by contributing to research and publicity materials as well as crafting speeches. She has written for the USC Shoah Foundation and in 2010, created the website, “Adults who Write in Pencil,” a daily collection of poems and short stories. Becker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California.
Kat Kane is a Principal at Left Field Strategies. Prior to joining the team, Kane served as deputy director of speechwriting for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Before joining City Hall, she was managing editor of digital content and creative at Hillary for America, where she oversaw the campaign blog and drafted content for Secretary Clinton and a range of campaign surrogates. Kane was previously a senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, developing advocacy campaigns for non-profit, political, and corporate clients. She has also worked for CNN, MSNBC, and NY1, and her writing has been featured in WIRED and The Huffington Post. Kat holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from NYU.
Kristina leads Left Field’s debate preparation practice. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress. As a member of Hillary Clinton’s debate prep team for the entire 2016 campaign, Costa gained extensive experience in all aspects of the debate preparation process, from parsing substantive and opposition research, to preparing comprehensive questions and answers, to working with candidates on their presentation and delivery. In addition to her work as a policy advisor and speechwriter at Hillary for America, Costa recently served in the office of the Democratic Leader, Senator Charles Schumer. She also served in the Obama White House as Advisor to the Counselor to the President, where she was primarily responsible for managing the implementation of the Climate Action Plan. Costa grew up in New Hampshire and holds a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Sam is a writer and digital strategist at Left Field. He is also an Associate at Fenway Strategies. Prior to joining Left Field, he served as a digital content strategist and surrogate speechwriter at Hillary For America — producing long-form content across digital platforms, and writing op-eds and speeches for politicians, entertainers, athletes, and other high-profile supporters. Shortly after the campaign, Koppelman co-created the Inauguration Day Love-a-thon, which raised a quarter of a million dollars in under four hours for organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Koppelman, a John Harvard Scholar, has also served as Op-Eds Editor and Executive Magazine Editor at The Harvard Crimson, the most prominent and well-read college newspaper in the United States. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Harper’s Magazine.