Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 (Paperback)

Lessons from the Campaign Trail for Candidates, Staffers, Volunteers, and Nonprofits

By Christine Pelosi

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781609945169, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2012

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 Christine Pelosi presents leadership lessons from the campaign trail from a diverse array of over forty public figures, lending advice for anyone who wants to run for office, advocate for a cause, or win a public policy issue. This book draws from her leadership “boot camps” conducted in over thirty American states and in three foreign countries, working with thousands of volunteers and dozens of successful candidates for office from city council to US congress.
Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 is basic training for future leaders who hear a call to service—a voice of conscience that springs from their vision, ideas, and values—and want to translate that call into positive change. Pelosi outlines the seven essential steps to winning: identify your call to service, define your message, know your community, build your leadership teams, raise the money, connect with people, and mobilize to win. Each chapter concludes with a “Get Real” exercise so readers can personalize and integrate these ideas into individual efforts.
In this edition, Pelosi updates the book’s “Call to Service” profiles of political leaders and their calls to service; details the expanding role of social media, the Internet, and technology as message multipliers; explores challenges unique to women candidates; and expands on the power of volunteers.

About the Author

Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grass-roots campaigning experience, most proudly for her mother, US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Christine serves as chair of the California Democratic Party Women's Caucus, a vice chair of the Veterans and Military Families Council of the Democratic National Committee, and a board member with nonprofit and labor organizations. She has worked as an attorney in the Clinton-Gore administration, a chief of staff on Capitol Hill, and a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in San Francisco.

Praise For Campaign Boot Camp 2.0: Lessons from the Campaign Trail for Candidates, Staffers, Volunteers, and Nonprofits

“A must-read for everyone who wants to bring change, renew hope, and revitalize our nation.”
—Former Senator Max Cleland