A senior strategist leveraging digital media to help ballot measure, candidate and issue advocacy campaigns win.
Since joining Winning Mark in 2014, Kasra Shokat has developed and executed innovative and winning digital media plans for campaigns across the country, including Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Nevada and Arizona.
Whether a local candidate needs a last-minute digital strategy to push them over the finish line or ballot initiative supporters need a 10-month digital strategy, Kasra brings a commitment to exceeding campaigns' goals – and an understanding that successful digital strategies and tactics adapt to shifting on-the-ground dynamics. Kasra has helped Winning Mark deliver major victories, including protecting Medicaid expansion funding, electing Democratic candidates to statewide and local office, increasing funds for affordable housing, and legalizing cannabis.
In 2014 Kasra graduated from Reed College in Portland with a degree in Political Science. From 2012-2014 Kasra served on the Reed College Judicial & Sexual Misconduct Board. His commitment to diligence and integrity, essential during sexual assault investigations at the College, remain central to his work and all of our work here at Winning Mark.
Kasra concentrated his undergraduate thesis on "Truth and Politics," a short essay published in 1967 by Hannah Arendt, a German-born Jewish American political theorist. Although she was reflecting on the Holocaust, much of Arendt's 1967 essay illuminates what's at stake today as we combat a president who relies on alternative facts: "The result of a consistent and total substitution of lies for factual truth is not that the lies will now be accepted as truth, and the truth be defamed as lies, but that the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world – and the category of truth vs. falsehood is among the mental means to this end – is being destroyed" (Arendt, "Truth and Politics", 1967).