Contributors

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Bradley Tusk

Bradley is a venture capitalist, political strategist and writer.

Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Tusk Holdings, which includes Tusk Ventures, Tusk Strategies, Kronos Archives, Ivory Gaming and Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies. Tusk Ventures is the world’s first venture capital fund to work with and invest solely in high growth startups facing political and regulatory challenges. Previously, Bradley served as campaign manager for Mike Bloomberg, as Deputy Governor of Illinois and as Communications Director for Senator Charles Schumer. Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, Bradley’s family foundation, funds and runs campaigns in states across the U.S. to increase funding for anti-hunger programs like school breakfast and food stamp enrollment. They are also working to create mobile voting so people can vote in elections on their phones. Bradley writes a regular column for The Observer, hosts a podcast called Firewall, and has a book coming out this September about his adventures in protecting disruptors from the bad guys. Bradley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his BA and has a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. 

 
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Michaela Balderson

Firewall Podcast Producer & Contributing Writer

Michaela manages Tusk’s overall brand strategy and advises portfolio companies on their communications and marketing strategies. Michaela joined Tusk Ventures from Nestlé, where she managed corporate and crisis communications in the U.S. She was responsible for overseeing and growing the company’s digital strategy and worked directly with the Public Affairs team to build strategic partnerships and expand the company’s Creating Shared Value work. She previously led strategic communications at The ONE Campaign, Bono’s anti-poverty advocacy organization. Her work at ONE took her around the world, campaigning in Africa, Europe and North America. She began her career at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C. She also sits on the Community Advisory Board of WNYC and is an Innovation Council member at Eleanor’s Legacy, which recruits, trains and funds progressive female candidates across New York State.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Michaela is based in New York City and is a graduate of Colgate University, where she double-majored in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

 
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Bob Greenlee

Contributing Writer

Bob leads our multi-jurisdictional campaign work at Tusk Strategies and Tusk Ventures. For the past six years, Bob has run campaigns for Tusk clients across a spectrum of regulatory needs, including engagements in the energy, technology, education, pharma, gaming, and policy/political reform sectors. He has led campaigns for large corporate clients like LVMH, Tesla, and Laureate Education; startups like General Assembly, Kickback, and Booster Fuels; and not-for-profits like Girls Who Code, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bob has served as Deputy Governor, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, and Deputy Director of the Illinois Office of Management and Budget for the State of Illinois. An attorney by training, Bob has previously served as counsel at the Quinlan Law Firm LLC and at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing on private equity, securities and public company M&A transactions, and clerked on the 7th Circuit. He currently serves as the corporate secretary of Energy Foundry, an impact not-for-profit venture fund investing in the smart grid and renewables sector. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he is also a PhD candidate. Bob leads our Chicago office.