Capacity building key focus of DFL training summit

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Training Summit set for June 20 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The event features nationally recognized speakers and dynamic breakout sessions.

“Building party capacity through trainings is a top priority for me,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “I’m excited to give DFLers this opportunity to hear from some of the most talented grassroots and political organizers in the country. We look forward to translating this energy into action in our local races in 2015 and beyond.

Special guest speakers include Bill Burton, managing director in the California office of SKDKnickerbocker, a strategic communication firm and Jess McIntosh, vice president of communication, EMILY’s List.

bill-burtonBurton, a University of Minnesota graduate, has a career that has included working at the highest levels of national politics for 15 years. Including co-founding and senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, the super PAC dedicated to the reelection of President Obama. Bill served as national press secretary on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, then as deputy White House press secretary under the Obama administration. Bill’s previous campaign work includes communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), communication advisor to Congressmen Dick Gephardt and Bill Luther, Senators John Kerry and Tom Harkin.

jess-mcintoshWith EMILY’s List since 2010, McIntosh, a graduate of New York University, has worked in research and communications for several successful campaigns: Sen. Al Franken (the campaign, recount, and his first year in the senate), Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Jess served as Minnesota DFL’s Communications Director early in her career.

Breakout sessions will provide party leaders, activists, candidates, and campaign workers the skills needed to help the DFL build to win, build to last. The sessions are divided into three categories – grassroots organizing; effective campaigning; and data and technology.

The registration fee is $35. It covers all training sessions, lunch and an evening social hour. Anyone with questions about the event can contact Training & Party Affairs Director Vicki Wright at

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