Individuals interested in pursuing their passion for politics at the local, state or national level can learn just what it takes to succeed on the campaign trail.

The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies is offering a new professional certificate program in political campaign management.  The Political Campaign Management Professional Certificate is nonpartisan and will feature instructors and guest speakers from across the political spectrum with experience working in campaigns, government and private consulting.

"This new programs meets an increased interest in political activism throughout Virginia," said Jamelle S. Wilson, dean of SPCS. "Whether you're an aspiring campaign professional, a recent college graduate seeking an additional credential, or a career switcher planning to enter the political campaign field, the program helps students build management skills across all major campaign functions."

From crafting a preliminary campaign plan through executing a “Get Out the Vote” operation, this intensive program teaches students essential skills required to manage all aspects of a political campaign. An additional focus of the program will be ethical campaigning. 

"The program's curriculum mixes political theory with real-world applications and will prepare students to step into professional campaign staff roles, in any discipline," said Garrett Stern, senior professional education program manager at the School.

The program is now accepting applications. More information is available at


The instructional team includes George Chieffo, Fred Asbell and Donald Moss, political professionals with more than 30 years of collective experience working in campaigns as well as government and private consulting on the local, state and national levels. Their political, campaign and consulting experience includes work with former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, President Barack Obama, Democratic and Republican members of Congress and the Virginia General Assembly as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's political committee, "American Solutions."

Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Professor, Continuing Studies
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau
Organizational Leadership
School Leadership
Assessment in Public Education
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