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Paul Ambrosino

Paul Ambrosino founded the firm with Michael Muir in 1990 and has created winning direct mail for Presidents, Senators, Governors and third party groups all across the United States.

Ambrosino's past clients include President Bill Clinton, Jim Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Tom Daschle (SD), Tim Johnson (SD), Fritz Hollings (SC) and Tom Carper (DE), Governors Jim Doyle (WI) and Ed Rendell (PA), and Members of Congress Joe Kennedy III (MA), Sandy Levin (MI), and Lynn Woolsey (CA).

In 2012, he also worked for both House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC.
 
He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and resides in Newport, RI.



Mike Muir

Mike Muir is a firm principal in the Democratic direct mail firm of Ambrosino, Muir, Hansen and Crounse. He has been a partner in the firm since its inception as Ambrosino & Muir in 1990 and has created powerfully persuasive, image-driven and winning mail for more than 20 years.

Muir’s past clients include Governors Jay Inslee (WA) and Martin O’Malley (MD), U.S. Senators Harry Reid (NV), Claire McCaskill (MO), Mark Udall (CO), Chris Murphy (CT), Patty Murray (WA), Mark Pryor (AR) and Debbie Stabenow (MI).

He has also created the mail for victorious House candidates in competitive races across the country, including Suzan DelBene in Washington and Dina Titus in Nevada, among others.

His experience extends to many statewide and local ballot measures, including the passage of Question 7 in Maryland in 2012 and Measure J in Santa Clara, CA in 2010 that allowed the San Francisco 49ers to build a new stadium.

Prior to founding the firm with Paul Ambrosino in 1990, Muir worked on numerous campaigns, including managing New Hampshire for presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt in 1988.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and resides in San Francisco, CA.




Joe Hansen

Joe Hansen joined Ambrosino & Muir as a partner in 1999.

Joe takes pride in creating impactful mail that makes a difference, and is also an active partner in designing winning campaign plans and implementing best campaign practices on the ground.

Joe is uniquely suited to play that role for his clients, as he has previous experience as a successful campaign manager for four U.S. Senate races, Executive Director of the DSCC, Senior Political Advisor for the DSCC for 3 election cycles, chief of staff for a member of Congress, field director, and as a field staff person on a number of races at the beginning of his career.

In 2012, Joe wrote the mail for U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Heidi Heitkamp and was the firm lead on the mail created for President Obama’s campaign, a role he also played in 2008.

Other notable clients include U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Tom Daschle, Mary Landrieu, Herb Kohl, Tom Carper, Maria Cantwell, Tim Johnson, Mark Begich, Bill Nelson, and Joe Manchin, as well as Governors Earl Ray Tomblin, Chet Culver, Brian Schweitzer, John Lynch and John Baldacci.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Iowa and resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Susan and his son Miles.




Jim Crounse

Jim Crounse is recognized as one of the top Democratic mail consultants in the country. He has produced winning and creative political direct mail for over 20 years all across the country.

In 2008, and again in 2012, Jim captained the team that did direct mail for President Barack Obama. Jim’s mail was used all across the country and specifically helped the President win the tough states of Virginia and Florida. After the 2008 election, Jim was called upon by the Obama transition team to head the confirmation team of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

In his career, Jim also produced direct mail for President Bill Clinton, and scores of high profile statewide races including U.S. Senators Evan Bayh, Joe Donnelly, Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan, and Jack Reed, to name a few. He has worked on several successful Governors races in Indiana, New Mexico and other states.

Jim has also worked extensively with the DCCC producing winning direct mail in key districts throughout the country.

In 2014, Jim produced direct mail and helped advise Congressman Brad Ashford who defeated a 16 year incumbent in Omaha, Nebraska. The first Democrat to occupy the seat since 1994. He also helped Congressman Don Beyer win a very competitive Democratic primary election in Northern Virginia.

Jim also produced winning direct mail for House Minority Whip Congressman Steny Hoyer in Maryland,Congressman Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, Congressman Scott Peters in California, Congressman Steve Israel, Nita Lowey and Louise Slaughter in New York, and Congressman Tim Walz in Minnesota. And Jim has worked the past few election cycles with the very effective House Majority PAC.

In 2013, Jim was part of a small group of advisors and consultants that helped devise the winning strategy that helped Bill de Blasio win a decisive primary victory after starting the race in 4th place.


Jim is a frequent lecturer about the art of direct mail.

Jim served two stints on the Hill as Chief of Staff to Congressman Peter Hoagland from Nebraska, and Senator Max Baucus from Montana. Jim was recently elected to the national board of directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Jim hails from Omaha, Nebraska, has a political science degree from the University of Nebraska and a law degree from Creighton University. 




Michelle Gajewski

Michelle Gajewski has a unique breadth of experience as a high-profile campaign manager and strategist across local, state and federal elections in all parts of the country.

Her recent clients included Unite the Country, the only national superPAC recognized by the Joe Biden campaign in the primaries, where she played a pivotal role in multiple states for the President, including his tide-turning victory in South Carolina, and created millions of pieces of mail for his general election victory, including both persuasion and educational GOTV mail on new voting methods in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

She's served as a trusted advisor to party committees and EMILY’s List and as a statewide manager shattered national fundraising records, executed over $25 million in paid communications while leading over 100 staffers to create an unprecedented grassroots organizing program.

And she’s proud to have served as Senior Advisor and General Consultant to Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell - the history-making first South American immigrant ever elected to Congress - and her record-breaking $20 million+ congressional race in Miami’s majority-minority 26th district.