Partner and Director of Strategic Services
Joe Lestingi has worked with clients across the globe—from California to Europe and from city council to nationwide campaigns. Joe brings his campaign management background to all his clients, helping them build their campaign’s foundation from budgets to communications and research to field operations. Because of his expertise in these areas he has been a guest lecturer and contributed to American University, George Washington University and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute’s campaign school. He has often been seen on news broadcasts presenting election and political analysis to viewers across the globe.
Since 2016, Joe has been spearheading a new research project which is turning our industry on its head. He’s been traveling the country to talk to influencers and decision makers to prove to them they are likely talking to the wrong voters. His research methods played a role in the sweeping victories in Virginia in 2017 and empowered candidates in 2018 to get on the right message with the right voters.
Joe has worked with campaigns in more than two dozen states at the local, state and federal levels. Joe has advised and consulted with some of the nation’s leading progressive organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Planned Parenthood, SEIU, The Sierra Club and People for the American Way. He also worked on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) political party development program. There, he worked with six partner parties to institute a research and development program to construct new progressive party platforms.
When he is not working with campaigns, Joe can likely be found on a mountain, coaching the local youth wrestling team, or at Nats park. His love for baseball is borderline unhealthy…just come see his office.
Joe and his wife, Lindsay, are both Georgia Bulldogs and live in Northern Virginia with their two amazing kids.