Based in Seattle, Blue Wave Political Partners, LLC was founded in 2014, evolving from H+P Political Compliance in order to accommodate the firm’s expansion into political fundraising. Lora Haggard and Jay Petterson have worked together since 2003. They were joined by Sue Jackson in 2007. Each brings a breadth of experience in accounting, budgeting, and federal committee compliance developed through treasury management on dozens of Democratic campaigns, committees, and organizations. With Kevin Geiger’s outstanding background in political fundraising, Blue Wave now offers fundraising services to Democratic campaigns and initiatives. Having each served in senior capacities on campaigns and committees, the partners of Blue Wave offer more than thirty years of cumulative political campaign fundraising and compliance experience. Blue Wave is also located in Georgia, Oregon, and North Carolina.
Lora Haggard has 18 years of political experience in election reporting and compliance along with 22 years of accounting experience, both nonprofit and corporate. Lora currently serves as Treasurer for several non-profit organizations including Citizens For Strength and Security, Better Energy Solutions for Tomorrow, and Committee for Justice & Fairness PAC.. She has also worked for several candidate committees including Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate, Citizens for Brian Frosh, Edwards for President 2004 and John Edwards for President 2008. For seven years, Lora was an accountant at Leonard, Kinsey & Associates.
Jay Petterson has 15 years of compliance and accounting experience. He has held positions with several political committees including Edwards for President 2004, Kerry-Edwards 2004, Friends of Maria Cantwell, People for Patty Murray, John Edwards for President 2008, Ronnie Musgrove for U.S. Senate, and administered various joint fundraising committees on behalf of federal candidates. In 2012, Jay served as Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign manager. Jay also worked in the compliance department at the Democratic National Committee for three years, supervising compliance research. Jay is a board member, and Public Affairs Chair, of the Greater Seattle Business Association Board (GSBA). Jay received his B.A. in Political Science from Carson-Newman College.
Sue Jackson has over seven years of compliance, accounting and reporting experience. Sue has held positions with various federal, state and local committees including John Edwards for President 2008, The Bev Perdue Committee in North Carolina and Alma Adams for Congress. She also brings with her over 12 years of experience in international business management and 2 years of experience as a budget analyst for United States Department of Commerce. Sue holds a B.A. in Government from The College of William and Mary.
Kevin Geiger focuses his attention on ensuring Blue Wave Political Partner clients have the necessary funds to win on Election Day by constructing successful fundraising strategies for political candidates and initiatives. His recent work includes fundraising for Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington Won’t Discriminate, State Representative Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, Seattle MayorJenny Durkan, Best Starts for Kids, Quality Seattle Preschool, and various other candidates and initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. Kevin received his Master’s in Political Management from the Carleton University in Ottawa and a Double Major in International Relations and Political Science with Honors from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Outside of Blue Wave, Kevin serves on Victory Fund’s Campaign Board and the Historic South Downtown.
Chad Hunter has a long track record leading fundraising efforts for political campaigns. He has worked on dozens of Local, State, and Federal campaigns the last six election cycles in 11 different states. Most recently at Blue Wave he led the successful fundraising efforts on targeted races for Senator Mark Mullett and Senator Lisa Wellman, who was the only Democrat to defeat a Republican Senator in Washington during the 2016 cycle. He has also led the fundraising efforts for Washington Won’t Discriminate, Shannon Braddock’s Campaign for Seattle City Council, and Pete Holmes successful reelection campaign to Seattle City Attorney, which raised more than a City Attorney race in city history. Previously, he served as the Finance Director for Shenna Bellows’ U.S. Senate campaign in Maine, directing the national fundraising efforts for a first time candidate that resulted in raising $2.4 million. He previously served as the Finance Director for Rob Wallace’s campaign for Congress, which successfully raised over $1.2 million. Chad holds a B.A. in Marketing from Oklahoma State University.
Suzanne Naughton has over eight years of compliance, accounting, and reporting experience. Suzanne has managed treasury operations for various federal, state, and local committees including People for Chris Gregoire, Jay Inslee for Washington, DelBene for Congress, Denny Heck for Congress, Holmes for Seattle, and the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (I-594). Her experience also includes multiple state and federal PACs including Planned Parenthood Votes! WA PAC and the Common Good Fund. Suzanne has experience handling the budget and finances for every size of campaign from large statewide initiatives to school board races. Suzanne holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washington State University.
Josie Olsen has worked at Blue Wave since 2014. She manages the compliance operations for several local and state races in Washington, California, and Hawaii, and assists with compliance for campaigns at federal levels around the country. Her recent work includes Friends of Maria Cantwell, People for Patty Murray, Washington Won’t Discriminate (No on I-1552), Marko Liias for State Senate, Ryan Calkins for Seattle Port Commission, and Institute for a Democratic Future. Previously, she worked for the American Red Cross as an AmeriCorp member on the Olympic Peninsula. She received her B.A. in Political Science with honors from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Annie joined Blue Wave in 2016 and manages compliance operations for numerous local Washington races. Her history of campaign work involves Friends of Mona Das, Vote Bill Ramos, Ryan Calkins for Seattle Port Commission, the Committee to Elect Janet St Clair and Friends of Lisa Callan. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with degrees in Political Science, Communications, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies.
Liz Hall has over six years of experience working in Washington State politics. She’s currently the Finance Director for Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and serves as the Executive Director of Institute for a Democratic Future. Liz previously worked for the Washington State Senate, Congressman Denny Heck’s 2012 campaign, and the Washington Federation of State Employees. She graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services.
Jamie Timmie has worked on several high profile campaigns around the country, most recently serving as the Compliance Director for Chris Koster’s campaign for governor in Missouri. She has assisted with compliance needs on state and federal races around the country. In 2014, she worked as the Deputy Compliance Director on Michelle Nunn’s Senate campaign in her home state of Georgia. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
Shayne Thoman joined Blue Wave in January of 2016 and serves as a fundraising and compliance consultant to various state and federal committees in North Carolina. Prior to joining Blue Wave, he served as the Advanced Team Coordinator to the Orman for U.S. Senate Committee as well as a Conflicts Specialist for a multi-national law firm in Kansas City. Shayne holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas.
Amelia Brown joined Blue Wave in February of 2018. Her recent work includes fundraising for Beto Yarce for Seattle, Schools First, Marko Liias for State Senate, Strom Peterson for State Representative, and Javier Valdez for State Representative. Prior to Blue Wave, Amelia worked at an environmental law firm and on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Amelia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan’s Program in the Environment, with a minor in Community Action & Social Change. Outside of Blue Wave, Amelia is a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus.