Kevin Sullivan

Campaign and Coalition Management · Community Engagement · Legislative Advocacy

Kevin comes to Mahonia Public Affairs with nearly a decade of success in every aspect of Oregon’s political ecosystem — campaign management, community engagement, legislative advocacy, coalition management and more. Kevin is known as a values-driven, goal-oriented political strategist with deep connections and leadership experience in every sector. He’s dedicated his career to empowering Oregon’s most vulnerable communities to share their voice and ensuring that Oregonians elect leaders that reflect their diverse values, needs and experiences.

Since 2014, Kevin has led intersectional efforts connecting policies, candidates and communities together for positive change. Most recently, Kevin served as Governor Tina Kotek’s Political and Field Director for the 2022 gubernatorial campaign, leading the effort to get her elected through his strong relationships, strategic leadership and deep understanding of both the campaign and legislative worlds. Previously, Kevin was instrumental in campaigns to raise Oregon’s minimum wage and electing state leaders like Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. Kevin also played a key role in the passage of the Student Success Act in 2019, which resulted in unprecedented investments for historically underserved students by guaranteeing approximately $2.35 billion in funding for K-12 education and early learning systems each biennium.

Kevin brings a unique lens to our clients that incorporates collaborative, diverse perspectives and nuanced, thoughtful paths to success. He understands how to build coalitions, engage stakeholders and mobilize Oregonians, whether he’s running field for a ballot measure, organizing a candidate campaign or advocating for state policies.

When he’s not tackling tough issues at the Capitol or working around-the-clock on campaigns, Kevin can be found hiking the Pacific Northwest or staying at home to play board games with family and friends. Hailing from McMinnville, Kevin moved to Eugene to get his degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Oregon. He now lives in Portland with his wife, two dogs Ripley and Scully, and his cat Joan.

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