[WEBINAR] Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign


An insight from Mike Schmuhl in conversation with Célia Belin

Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

After a 10-minute insight from Mike Schmuhl on leading a historic political campaign, he will discuss with Celia Belin the steps and challenges to be the chef d’orchestre of a team that skyrocketed Pete Buttigieg from obscurity into the top tier of a pool of a field of more than two dozen Democratic presidential candidate. They will talk division in America, act of voting, fundraising, foreign policy, post Trump world, etc.

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Mike Schmuhl is a Director at Heartland Ventures, where he works on brand development and investor relations. A South Bend native, he was the national campaign manager of Pete for America, Pete Buttigieg’s groundbreaking 2020 presidential campaign. In that role, he led an organization of 550 team members with over $100 million in resources. Mike was previously Vice President at the consulting firm 270 Strategies in Chicago, advising not for profit clients and issue-based causes. In Indiana, he has led political campaigns for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He also served as chief of staff to the Mayor of the City of South Bend. He received a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Célia Belin is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Her areas of expertise include trans-Atlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, French politics and foreign policy, the role of civil society in foreign policy, religion/secularism, and strategic prospective analysis. Prior to joining Brookings, she served for over five years as an advisor on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations in the French foreign ministry’s Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie (policy planning staff), where she recommended policy options through notes, reports, speech-writing, and transition documents, as well as conducted 1.5 dialogues and led multiple long-term research projects on areas of strategic importance to French foreign policy.

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