We'll help you tell a better story. 

 
 
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Our Mission

Left Field Strategies is 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 services

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Speechwriting

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.

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Digital Strategy

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.

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Debate Preparation

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.

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Our team

Ben Krauss

Krauss served as speechwriter to Vice President Joe Biden during the 2018 midterm elections. On the 2016 presidential campaign, Krauss worked at Hillary For America 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 materials for a wide range of celebrities and elected officials. His writing has been featured on Crooked Media. Krauss holds a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.

Tyler Lechtenberg

Beginning as a campaign field organizer and rising to Senior Presidential Speechwriter in the White House, Lechtenberg served President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama for more than 11 years. He’s written remarks and various other content for both principals, including supporting Mrs. Obama on her record-breaking memoir, Becoming. Prior to his time in politics, Lechtenberg worked in marketing and higher education in Portland, Oregon; as executive director of The 10,000 Hours Show, a startup nonprofit formed to encourage volunteerism; and as an award-winning sportswriter for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A farm kid who grew up outside of Strawberry Point, Iowa, Lechtenberg holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Iowa.

Kat Kane

Prior to joining the firm, 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. Kane was previously a senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, developing advocacy campaigns for non-profit, political, and corporate clients. She has also produced content for CNN, MSNBC, and NY1 and in 2012 was recognized as one of City & State’s “40 Under 40” rising stars in New York politics. Kane holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from NYU. 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 Costa

Costa 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.

Sarah Gouda

Sarah has served as the Speechwriter to the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she worked under both Cecile Richards and Dr. Leana Wen. There, she drafted everything from op-eds to keynotes to viral tweets, collaborating with leaders across the organization to produce highly shareable content for a variety of voices. She is a guest lecturer for a graduate-level speechwriting course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, Splinter, Gothamist, The Toast (RIP), and The Chicago Sun-Times. Sarah grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a B.A. from Miami University.

Sam Koppelman

For the 2018 midterms, Koppelman worked as a Speechwriter to Michael Bloomberg — in support of his successful $80 million effort to flip the House of Representatives. Prior to joining the firm, Koppelman worked at Hillary for America as a digital strategist and surrogate speechwriter. There, he produced and edited daily content for the campaign website, and wrote speeches and opinion pieces for high-profile supporters in politics, entertainment, and sports. After the campaign, Koppelman co-created the Inauguration Day Love-a-thon, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Koppelman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard College, where he worked as an editor at The Harvard Crimson.  His byline has appeared in publications like The Boston Globe, and Harper’s Magazine.

 

 

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