Kaveri Sharma is an Analyst at The Mellman Group. Her campaign work includes the successful re-election campaigns of Governor Steve Bullock in Montana, Congressman Jim Langevin in Rhode Island and Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. She has worked on opinion research for initiatives for the New Jersey Education Association as well as the California Teachers Association. Other organizations she has worked with on energy, environment, trade and taxation issues include NextGen California, American Alliance for Manufacturing, Intuit and the Democratic Governors Association.
Kaveri started her political career in Chicago as an organizing fellow for Obama for America where she was responsible for increasing volunteer recruitment and voter turnout efforts across the city. Primarily organizing in the Chicago suburbs, Kaveri aided the OFA team with ensuring that the historically Republican collar counties surrounding Chicago, which, in 2008 voted Democratic for the first time since the 1940s, remained blue in 2012.
Before joining the firm, Kaveri worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Independent Expenditure during the 2014 cycle. At the DCCC, Kaveri was a part of the team that worked on the strategic messaging efforts for television, radio, and print advertising in some of the most highly competitive races of the 2014 cycle, most notably, John Barrow’s hard fought race in Georgia and Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful bid for re-election in Arizona’s First Congressional District.
Kaveri hails from Naperville, Illinois and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Graduating with highest honors, Kaveri concentrated in Political Science and Applied Statistics. Her thesis, entitled “Can Big Money Buy You Love? Exploring the Relative Influence of Independent Expenditures in Post-Citizens United Congressional Elections” won The Frank Grace Award for the best piece of undergraduate writing in political science at the University.