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Our Team

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Marty Obst

President

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Marty Obst founded MO Strategies in 2010. Obst currently serves as Senior Political Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Chairman of the Vice President’s operation of the Trump-Pence re-election campaign. Obst was a co-founder and Senior Advisor to America First Policies, the 501c4 organization tasked with promoting the White House agenda. In addition, Obst is the Chairman of Great America Committee, Vice President Pence’s Leadership PAC. Marty has worked at the highest levels of national and Indiana state politics, distinguishing himself in the areas of campaign management and campaign fundraising.

 

During the 2016 election cycle, he first served as Campaign Manager for then Governor Mike Pence’s re-election effort. As one of the most competitive Governor races in the country, Marty was responsible for day to day operations, overall campaign planning and coordination, as well as major donor fundraising. When Governor Pence was tapped to be Donald Trump’s running mate, Obst became Campaign Manager and Director of Operations for the Vice President’s Campaign, overseeing planning, execution, and fundraising for the Vice Presidential candidate.

 

Before serving as Campaign Manager, Obst served in various political and fundraising capacities for numerous clients, including the Republican Governors Association, National Republican Congressional Committee, Boehner for Speaker, and the Indiana Republican Party.

 

Obst served as Deputy CEO of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, overseeing fundraising, friends and family coordination, and all aspects of inaugural week activities involving the Vice President-elect. Under his leadership, the 58th Inaugural shattered all fundraising records by raising over $100 million.

 

As President of MO Strategies, Marty provides strategic and grassroots advisory services to over two dozen major corporations, coalitions and associations. He has currently has offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Washington, D.C.

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Craig Kunkle

Chief Operating Officer

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Craig Kunkle is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of MO Strategies. He has extensive experience in the private sector through various roles at large publicly traded companies and smaller privately owned corporations, and as the owner of several small businesses.  Craig started his professional career at Procter & Gamble, held leadership positions at Angie’s List and a local home building company and was President of a small privately owned telecommunications company.  

 

Craig’s work in the political arena started as a curiosity and led to much more.  He served as Chief Operating Officer for the Indiana Republican Party during Mitch Daniels' first campaign for Governor of Indiana. He earned “Maverick” status as a volunteer fundraiser for the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential campaign and was appointed as the youngest delegate from Indiana for the 2004 Republican Presidential convention.  He worked as a financial consultant for Mike Pence’s campaigns for Governor in Indiana and Governor Eric Holcomb’s successful bid.

 

While working in and around political campaigns and committees, Craig seized on an unmet need and developed a database tool that runs on the Salesforce.com CRM platform for organizations to manage their accounting, fundraising and financial compliance operations.  Craig started MHRK, LLC in 2013 to monetize this opportunity and to offer outsourced accounting, compliance and fundraising services to campaigns and committees.  
 

Craig is also the managing partner of FirstMile Security, a residential home security company he purchased in 2011.  

 

Craig currently serves as the Treasurer of Congressman Gregory Pence’s campaign committees in Indiana's 6th Congressional district.

 

Craig is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and 4 children where he serves on the board of the Carmel Youth Assistance Program and the local Young Life Committee.

Kyle Walker

Senior Vice President

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Kyle Walker provides MO Strategies clients with strategic guidance learned over twenty years of government and political experience.

He started his career in Indianapolis-Marion County government for ten years, as a Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works, Co-Board Member of the Marion County Board of Voter Registration and a Lawrence Township Deputy Assessor. In 2007, Kyle was appointed the Executive Director for the Marion County Republican Party, where he was an integral part of the historic win by former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Republican control of the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and Republican control of all other Mayors and City Councils in the county.

In 2010, Kyle began a public affairs consulting firm that provided political strategy to candidates and advised businesses on government advocacy and procurement. Later that year, Kyle was elected Chairman of the Marion County Republican Party and remained in that role for five years. During that time, he helped secure a second term for Mayor Greg Ballard in 2011 and played a key role in the success of many other campaigns for Mayor, City Council, Superior Court Judge, State Legislature, and U.S. Congress.

Kyle continues to be very active in Republican politics, serving as a political advisor to a variety of candidates and elected officials, including Congressman Greg Pence (IN-6) and as a member of the Indiana Republican Party State Committee. He also serves as a strategist to several candidates and officeholders throughout the state of Indiana.

Kyle currently represents District 31 in the Indiana State Senate, and previously served as the President of the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority Board, on the Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County and as an elected member of the City of Lawrence Common Council.

Kyle is a lifelong resident of Marion County, Indiana. He lives in the City of Lawrence, Indiana – just outside of Indianapolis - with his wife and two sons.

Brad Hantler

Senior Vice President

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Brad Hantler joined MO Strategies in 2019.  Prior to his role at MO Strategies, Brad spent three years working at a Washington based lobbying and strategic advising firm serving as the lead principle to the White House and Republican Governors across the country for clients.  In his tenure he worked with fortune 100 companies, conservative leaning associations and non-profits, and conservative thought leaders in higher education.

Before coming to Washington DC, Brad was engaged in Michigan politics and political fundraising.  Following graduation from Oberlin College, he sought political office in the Michigan House of Representatives and came in 2nd place in a crowded six way primary at the age of 21.  Following his run, Brad served as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Political Director for five years handling candidate recruitment, personal and corporate dollar fundraising, and overseeing election year expenditures.  Earlier roles in Michigan included work for a Michigan Attorney General and then assisting with his campaign for Governor.

Brad was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and now considers Washington DC his new home.

Danielle Cleveland

Vice President

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Danielle joins MO Strategies as Vice President after eight years at powerhouse Republican committees in Washington. 

Most recently, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). In her two years with RAGA, the organization reclaimed the majority of Republican AGs and made history in Kentucky and Mississippi, states who have not had Republican AGs in generations, electing their first African American AG and first female AG, respectively. 

Prior to RAGA, Danielle spent six years delivering record-breaking performances at the Republican Governors Association (RGA). She served an integral role on the finance team and secured resources to elect and re-elect conservative leaders in our country’s statehouses. 

In her home state of Wisconsin, Danielle worked on Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reelection effort, and for the Kenosha County DA Special Victim’s Unit. 

Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Carthage College, where she was captain of the hockey team, and is a native of Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Cydney Couch

Director of Finance Operations

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Cydney joined MO Strategies in 2018 and currently serves as Director of Finance Operations. Prior to joining MO, Cydney worked as a fundraising consultant assisting with operations and data management for multiple Senate candidates during the 2018 Midterm cycle. Cydney also oversaw finance operations for the United States Senate special election in Mississippi that was successful in further securing the Republican Party’s Senate majority in 2018. Cydney got her start in politics in college as a Field Organizer on a U.S. Senator’s re-election campaign where she focused on grassroots outreach and social media engagement. 

 

Cydney graduated in 2017 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a minor in Political Science. She is originally from Arvada, Colorado.

Bryan Kellogg

Director of Special Projects

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Bryan Kellogg joined MO Strategies in January, 2020. Prior to his role at MO Strategies, Bryan spent almost three years in the Trump Administration. In that capacity, he served in the Office of the Vice President as the Deputy Director of External Affairs and at the United States Department of Energy as the Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.

While serving in the Office of the Vice President, Bryan planned official and political events for Vice President Pence to highlight, explain, and gather support for the Administration’s policies. Additionally, Bryan was instrumental in helping execute the Vice President’s political operation for the 2018 midterm elections.

 

At the Department of Energy, Bryan represented the Agency before external stakeholders and was responsible for the execution of strategic goals set by the Administration and Secretary of Energy. In both positions, Bryan worked to establish valuable relationships with federal, state, and, local officials across the United States.

Bryan was born into a military family and grew up moving across the United States. He ended up settling in the Washington DC area in his teens and considers this his home. Bryan has two labs, Rylie and Abby that take up a good portion of his free time.  

Zach Bauer

Director of Political Affairs

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Zach is the Director of Political Affairs for MO Strategies. He previously served in the Office of the Vice President at the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Vice President.

 

In addition, Zach previously served in the Office of Governor Mike Pence as his Director of Community Relations and Personal Aide. Bauer traveled extensively across the country with Vice President Pence in the 2016, 2018 and 2020 election cycles where he was responsible for the execution of rallies, fundraisers and other political events.

Rose Stevens

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

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Rose Stevens joined the team at MO Strategies in February 2021. Prior to working at MO Strategies, Rose served as a Confidential Assistant to the Executive Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce. Rose has also held internships at the Republican National Committee, in Senator Ted Cruz’s Office, and at the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

Rose received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Baylor University, where she majored in Political Science. 

 

Rose was born and raised in Omaha, NE. However, she currently resides in Washington, D.C.