After Election, Political Tech Pros Find Jobs on Mad Ave., in Silicon Valley

Campaigns and Inauguration in the Rearview, Key Romney, Obama Staffers Flock to PR, Startups, Advertising

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While the election is well over, the demand for the digital talent behind the presidential candidates has never been stronger: Just last week Blue State Digital scooped up 16 digital strategists and technologists from the Obama for America camp. Tech companies like Facebook, too, have reportedly been recruiting staff from the presidential campaigns after Nov. 6, though there's not been a mass exodus from the former headquarters in Chicago and Boston to Silicon Valley.

Here are 10 notable post-election moves.


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AARON GINN
Romney for President's growth specialist
Now with StumbleUpon

Mr. Ginn increased the staff interacting with digital products and optimized emails to up donations. Now he's a product manager at StumbleUpon, building out the experience for newcomers to the site.


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AMELIA SHOWALTER
OFA's director of digital analytics
Now consulting

Ms. Showalter oversaw the rigorous email and website testing the Obama campaign became famous for. She now bills herself as a quantitative political consultant. Clients include Weber Shandwick's Powell Tate.


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TEDDY GOFF
OFA's digital director
Now consulting

As digital director, Mr. Goff oversaw a team of more than 200. He's preparing to launch a consulting venture next month geared toward corporations, nonprofits and the occasional campaign.


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DAVID SEBAG
OFA's director of digital products
Now at Blue State Digital

An ad-tech veteran who worked at AOL after it purchased Quigo, Mr. Sebag is now director of products at Blue State Digital.



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MOLLY FOWLER
Mitt Romney's digital creative director
Now with Facebook

Ms. Fowler just signed on as a product designer on the social network's growth team, tasked with optimizing the Facebook experience for new users and in developing markets.


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BETSY HOOVER
OFA's digital organizing director
Now at 270 Strategies

A veteran operative, Ms. Hoover in 2012 managed state digital and online constituency programs (e.g., Young Americans for Obama). Now she's a partner at 270 Strategies, a firm created by Obama alums. Its first public client? Battleground Texas, a PAC trying to turn Texas blue.


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TAYLOR LECROY
OFA's senior design lead
Now with Enso

Mr. LeCroy worked on digital products like a dashboard to help volunteers coordinate. Now he's design director for the Santa Monica, Calif.-based creative agency Enso.


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SHANNON LEE
Obama for America's media lead for digital ads
Now with Digitas

Ms. Lee worked at Digitas, Chicago, before joining OFA in 2011. Digitas wooed her back with a promotion to "digital futures manager." She's working on Sprint's mobile-ad platform and networking with startups.


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BRIAN BARTLETT
Mitt Romney's war-room director
Now with Ketchum

Mr. Bartlett tracked media coverage to find out what required a rapid response or could be strategically useful. Operations included setting up live streams to record rival candidates at their events and trawling Twitter. He's now at Ketchum's public- and corporate-affairs practice.


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ERICA SACKIN
OFA's lead for blog and digital-media outreach
Now at Mozilla Foundation

Ms. Sackin was the contact for notable bloggers and left-leaning sites like Daily Kos. She also managed the logistics of President Obama's Reddit Q&A.

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Contributing: Alexandra Bruell
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