Panel on Get out the Vote, Opposition Research, Fundraising and other Campaign Related Issues

class date: 
Tue, 12/08/2015

Gordon Rees, Telley Madina

Gordon Reese

Prior to joining Innovative Advertising, his current position, Gordon worked in Washington, D.C. for seven years. In Washington he developed marketing and grass root outreach strategies for non-profits, associations, government relations organizations and over 15 federal candidates. In 2004, he helped the American Medical Association design and implement its nation political operation. Gordon also has a strong background in direct response marketing that he used to help the National Association of Home Builders and The National Republican Committee raise over one hundred thousand dollars. 

After Hurricane Katrina, Gordon took a yearlong sabbatical where he personally raised over 1.5 million dollars to rebuild homes and smallbusinesses in costal Louisiana.


Since joining Innovative, Gordon played an instrumental role in helping the republicans regain control of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In 2008, when republicans across America suffered staggering defeats, Gordon lead the Innovative political team that helped elect four U.S.Congressmen and a U.S. Senator. That same year, Gordon again led a statewide effort to educate and organize the voters of Mississippi against union corruption resulting in the election of Sen. Roger Wicker. In 2010 Gordon was instrumental in helping Representative Steven Palazzo unseat long term Democratic Congressman Gene Taylor. That same year Gordon lead the Innovative political team in helping to take the North Carolina Senate back from the Democrats by beating eight Democratic State Senators.


In 2011 Gordon again led a massive year long effort in Mississippi tosuccessfully change the state Legislature from Democratic to Republican



Gordon graduated with honors from Our Lady of Holly Cross College earning a B.A. in history where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Gordon was also selected to be a fellow at the Loyola Institute of Politics. Gordon also serves on the Board of Regents at Our Lady Of Holly Cross College.


Telley Madina


A veteran of over 46 political campaigns, Telley was born and raised in New Orleans and  is a graduate of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.  He received a Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of New Orleans. He is proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Most recently, Telley was a 'canvas captain' for Organizing for America, which is a community organizing project for the DNC, during the 2012 presidential election and was in charge of 'getting the vote out' in a number of very important precints in Northern Virginia.   Other political campaigns he has worked on in varying capacities include, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Helena Moreno, Walt Leger, Tracey Flemings-Davillier, JP Morrell, Senator Mary Landrieu and host of other democratic candidates.


Telley currently works as a Coastal Communities Program Officer for OxFam America concerned with coastal restoration and workforce development projects on the Gulf Coast.  He lives with his wife and two children in New Orleans.