Mark Mellman is the CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation's most important public interest groups. Mellman has helped guide the campaigns of some sixteen U.S. Senators, eight Governors and over two dozen Members of Congress, as well as numerous state and local officials.
The Mellman Group counts among its clients the Majority Leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate (Leader Harry Reid, Leader Steny Hoyer). The firm has picked up a Republican seat every election cycle for the 25 years Mellman has been in business and is the only major Democratic polling firm never to have lost an incum-bent re-election for Senate or Governor. In addition to Leader Reid, Senate clients includes Maria Cantwell, Dan Akaka, Barbara Boxer, Carl Levin, and Frank Lautenberg. Gubernatorial clients include Jon Corzine, Jennifer Granholm and Jim Doyle.
As a consultant to the Democratic Congressional Leadership, Mellman plays a central role in developing Democratic strategies on a variety of issues. Newsweek credits his work on the environment with helping â€œturn Bill Clinton green.â€ The Economist has recognized him as the advisor who was the brains behind the Democratsâ€™ successful â€œMediscareâ€ strategy. The firmâ€™s string of upset victories has led the Boston Globe to call The Mellman Group Washingtonâ€™s â€œhottestâ€ political consulting firm, and the New Republic describes Mellman as â€œa leading Democratic technologist.â€ Capitol Hillâ€™s newspaper, Roll Call, named Mellman one of the most influential people in Washington when it comes to electing candidates to Congress. The Mellman Group was also the only Democratic firm to handle two of the Washington Postâ€™s ten best incumbent campaigns. In 2006, the National Journal named Mellman its â€œTop Insiderâ€ for providing the most accurate predictions of the 2006 election cycle.
The firm also has a track record of success in numerous initiative campaigns, helping to defeat both California Proposition 226 (the anti-labor union dues initiative) and Proposition 38, the California School Voucher initiative and Governor Schwarzeneggerâ€™s proposals in 2005 as well as pass tobacco control initiatives, tax and bond in some 15 states. In the international sphere, Mellman has worked with a wide range of political and corporate clients in countries around the globe, including Great Britain, Israel, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and the Republic of Georgia, as well as the successful election of President Cesar Gaviria in Columbia.
The U.S. Departments of Justice (under President Bush), State and Labor have all turned to The Mellman Group for critical studies, as has the World Bank. In addition, Mellman works with some of the nationâ€™s most important public interest organizations ranging from the American Cancer Society to the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Environmental Trust, and the League of Women Voters.
Mellmanâ€™s corporate clients include Intuit (the makers of Quicken), SBC, Janus Mutual Funds, and United Airlines. His groundbreaking research has helped define how nonprofits and businesses can use the Internet for online communications, organizing, and fundraising.
Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and graduate degrees from Yale University, where he taught in the Political Science department. He has served as a consultant on politics to CBS News, a presidential debate analyst for PBS, and on the faculty of The George Washington Universityâ€™s Graduate School of Political Management.