Campaign & Coalition Management

Campaign & Coalition Management

Advocacy is most effective when all tools and people are working together toward a common goal. That’s true on the campaign trail when electing a president, and it’s true when a diverse, national coalition is working to get legislation through Congress. From helping run ballot measures to supporting a national civil rights table on redistricting to helping manage a coalition to get the Iran Deal through Congress, New Heights has been at the helm of major political fights – and we’ve won.

What does that mean for you? It means that we know how to take your goal and turn it into change.

Services include:

  • Stand up the legal entity to anchor your project
  • Develop the campaign collateral – the short and long-term goals, the core message, the tech infrastructure, the stakeholder committees, and the cadence of work — to professionalize your operation and advance your effort
  • Develop a strategic plan, gather input from stakeholders, brief others on next steps, and set expectations for a cadence of work that brings everyone together

Case Study: Fair Redistricting

Following the 2020 decennial Census, New Heights helped manage a national and state-based civil rights coalition to fight for fair and equitable maps in 2021/2022 redistricting. For decades, gerrymandering had silenced the voices and suppressed the vote of communities of color that had been historically marginalized and underserved. 

New Heights was honored to join incredible partners like Common Cause, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the Brennan Center for Justice, the ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, NAACP, the League of Women Voters, State Voices, and so many others in a coordinated effort to create better outcomes for communities that desperately need it. 

One of the first steps was conducting research and creating a messaging paradigm. Alongside ASO Communications and Frameshift, New Heights helped develop communications materials and trainings for coalition partners based on focus groups and research, that centered communities of color. The framework was specifically designed to encourage affected communities to participate in the redistricting process and to tell their stories. 

We were clear-eyed about our goal. We were never going to be able to overtake the narrative about the partisan horserace, but we could influence the conversation and move people toward fair representation, equity, and policy outcomes. 

With legal challenges and two Supreme Court cases still ongoing, the last chapter of this redistricting cycle has yet to be written. But here’s what we know: This cycle’s maps are among the most fair in decades (still not fair, but more fair than before), there was greater civic participation in the process than ever before in history, and that media narratives adopted our frame – and used our language – more so than ever before. 

We were able to draw a line between the messaging research, communications toolkits and talking points, and reporter narratives – and ultimately, how official redistricting leaders understood the stakes. Until federal, state, and local maps are actually fair and accurately represent their constituents, we won’t declare victory. But this year was a leap forward and New Heights was privileged to play a role along the way.

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