Hilltop’s partners and principals have developed and refined their skills on high-profile political campaigns and in the highest levels of municipal, state and federal governments. We are a coast-to-coast team that is ready to help you win.
Hilltop’s Washington office is led by founding partner Nick Baldick and includes a team of seasoned professionals. Our partners have managed some of the largest issue campaigns in history and have been at the center of Washington’s most high-profile debates.
Hilltop’s practice in Southern California is led by Courtni Pugh, who most recently served as Executive Director of SEIU Local 99. As ED of the California local, Pugh helped lead negotiations for a landmark increase in the minimum wage for Los Angeles Unified School District employees. Pugh has been a fixture in California and national politics for over a decade.
In Colorado, Hilltop’s practice is led by Craig Hughes. Hughes is one of the pre-eminent strategists and managers of political and issue campaigns in the country. Called “one of the five most influential Democrats in Colorado” by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Hughes has been involved in the design and management of dozens of high-level issue and candidate campaigns throughout the United States.
Maria Weeg leads Hilltop's Idaho office. Maria has been working on campaigns and driving issue advocacy since she was a kid in Idaho spending Saturday afternoons knocking on doors or putting up yard signs with her dad.
Hilltop’s Missouri office is led by Ryan Hawkins; over the past two decades Ryan has been a part of every campaign imaginable from presidential to congressional and statewide. In 2004 he spent a cycle at the DCCC going 3/3 in special elections and in 2008 and again in 2012 he handled the nightly tracking poll calling on behalf of Obama for America. No one understands red state politics as well as Ryan and the rest of the team located in the city known as the Gateway to the West.
Barrett Kaiser leads a team in Montana that includes nearly a dozen seasoned campaign and public affairs professionals. Named one of America’s top “Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2013, Kaiser draws on more than 20 years of political experience, including nearly 11 years as a top advisor to former U.S. Senator and current Ambassador to China Max Baucus.
In New England, Hilltop’s practice is led by Pete Kavanaugh, a seasoned strategist who served as New Hampshire State Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. At Hilltop, Kavanaugh has continued advising a variety of interests throughout the region and the country.
Hilltop’s Nevada office is led by Megan Jones. One of the Silver State's top strategists, Jones has served as a key aide to Senator Harry Reid and has played a role in dozens of efforts throughout Nevada and the West.
In New York, Hilltop’s practice is led by Bill Hyers and Rebecca Katz. A former "Campaign Manager of the Year," Hyers has overseen winning and come-from-behind federal, state, and local races, while Katz has managed communications at the highest levels of government and campaigns.