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Thomas A. (Tad) Devine was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1955. He was an All-State basketball player at La Salle Academy, and received his A.B. in American History from Brown University, and his J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, and a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Corporation at IFES, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, an NGO which is a global leader in the promotion of democracy.
Since 1993, Tad has worked as a media consultant— writing, directing and producing television and radio advertising for leading Democratic and Independent candidates in the U.S. and providing strategic and media advice for national campaigns in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. He has produced television advertising in 20 winning U.S. Senate & Gubernatorial campaigns, and worked as a media consultant and strategist in 11 winning campaigns for President or Prime Minister around the world.
Tad Devine has been recognized as one of “the nation’s most respected media consultants” by USA Today, and in 2003 Ireland’s Sunday Business Post called his firm “one of the most highly regarded and influential in the world.”
In the United States, Tad has worked at the highest-levels of campaigns for President. In 2016 he served as Chief Strategist for Bernie Sanders campaign, and his firm produced the acclaimed and award winning media for that campaign. In 2004, Tad served as senior advisor and strategist to John Kerry’s campaign for President in both the primary and the general election. He frequently represented the campaign on programs like Meet the Press and Face the Nation. In 2000, he served as a senior strategist to the Gore/Lieberman campaign and oversaw day-to-day management in the general election.
Tad is considered one of the leading experts on the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process and general election strategy. His work in presidential politics began in 1980 on President Carter’s campaign. He worked for Walter Mondale in 1984 and Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988. In the general election that year, he served as Campaign Manager for the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. In 1992, Tad was Campaign Manager for Senator Bob Kerrey’s campaign for President.
Tad has also worked in law, government and academia. From 1982-83 he served as a law clerk to the Rhode Island Superior Court, and from 1985-87 he worked as an Associate Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Winston & Strawn. From 1989-90, he served as a Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.
From 1991-93, Tad served as Assistant to the President of Boston University, where he taught a course on presidential campaigns and was a frequent university lecturer. He has also taught campaign management and strategy courses at George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. In 2011, Tad was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he led a study group on international political consulting.
Tad lives in Block Island, RI and Washington, DC with his wife Ellen their and their pug Maeby. They are the parents of three adult children – Anna, Jacqueline and Thomas.
Julian Mulvey is a democratic media consultant and partner at the firm Devine Mulvey Longabaugh. He has produced advertising for four winning US Senators, one Governor, two European heads of state, several Congressmen and dozens of other leaders across America. “A persuasive ad should be authentic to the candidate, strike an emotional chord and tell a story,” he says.
Julian was the Creative Director of the Bernie Sanders for President TV advertising. The New York Times, The Washington Post and Esquire Magazine called the ads “powerful,” “emotional” and “the best… ever seen.” The Daily Beast called the ad campaign “pure gold.” Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin called Sanders’ opening biographical ad “the best of the cycle, maybe several cycles.” The ads “stand out in the crowded airwaves,” said CNN’s John King. The Inquisitr stated, “The Sanders campaign has become famous forits masterful storytelling and moving imagery.”
One ad in particular caught the public’s imagination. Titled “America,” the spot uses the Simon & Garfunkel track of the same name. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called “America” the ad of year, saying, “Its one of the most hopeful ads we’ve seen in a very long time.” USAToday’s Susan Page and The Hill likened it to President Reagan’s 1984 classic “Morning in America.”
The Sanders’ ad campaign was not only the most creative but also the most effective. AceMetrix tested all the presidential campaigns ads and gave 7 of the Top 10 “Most Effective” to Sanders. The New York Times’ Upshot said “America” was the ad that “moved people the most.”
When not making ads Julian loves reading history. His play about the friendship and feud of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, “Rush’s Dream”, performed to sold-out shows off-Broadway. Not quite “Hamilton” success, but historian Garry Wills called it “a beautiful story, beautifully told.”
Julian graduated from Boston University. He was a research assistant at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former Crew Member of the Month at McDonald’s restaurant, in Winchester, England.
Julian lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his wife and noted pollster, Margie Omero, along with their two children.
Mark Longabaugh has over twenty years of experience in politics and media. Prior to becoming a partner at Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, Mark founded and was a partner in Wild Bunch Media. He has written ads that have won seven Pollie Awards; as well as produced ad campaigns that have helped win over a dozen House and Senate Campaigns. Mark has served in leadership roles at two national environmental groups and has had high-profile roles in several presidential campaigns.
It was a love for numbers that got Lynnette started in accounting in the early 1990s. She’s worked as staff accountant and project specialist at several prominent production houses in Washington, including Georgetown Post, where she was their controller.
Lynnette brought her combination of accounting and production knowledge to Devine Mulvey Longabaugh in 2009.
Scott has produced award-winning commercials for campaigns across the country from City Council to President of the United States. At Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, Scott leads production for all the firm’s clients. His passion for producing work of the highest caliber, combined with a big picture view and attention to detail, ensures the firm delivers creative that is on time, on budget, and on message.