Anne has a lifetime of experience and has built a record of success from the grassroots all the way to the very highest levels of American politics and government. From crucial state and local races to issue campaigns and grassroots initiatives to congressional and presidential politics, Anne brings to every task she faces a unique knowledge of the latest advances in modern technology and voter persuasion techniques, coupled with an unrivaled array of personal and professional contacts from coast-to-coast.
Currently President of Hathaway Strategies, an innovative grassroots public affairs consulting firm, Anne continues to work at both the state and national level providing government affairs, grassroots strategy and management and public relations support to state and national organizations, issue campaigns and Fortune 100 companies.
At the same time, Anne served as the RNC’s primary liaison to The White House and the presidential campaign, as well as to the 2008 Republican National Convention, which she helped plan and execute.
Following her RNC tenure, Anne returned to Indiana to launch Hathaway Strategies. In 2010, she ran the company while simultaneously managing the victorious U.S. Senate primary campaign of former and current Senator Dan Coats. She was also a key consultant on grassroots campaign techniques for American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS in its successful launch year.
In 2012, she was again called upon to serve on the national stage as Program Director of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. She was the top liaison between the Mitt Romney for President campaign and convention officials and oversaw every aspect of the convention’s program and planning. That year she also served as Co-Chair of the Platform Committee for the Indiana Republican Party which was tasked with developing the state party’s platform through a series of public forums and meetings across the state.
Anne previously served as the CEO of Data Trust, a national voter file project that has a comprehensive list exchange agreement with Republican National Committee.
A native of Galva, Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Anne’s talent, skill and initiative have been recognized since she began her career working on Congressional races in her home state. In 1985, she relocated to Washington, D.C., to work in the Office of Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then joined the Bush/Quayle Presidential campaign as scheduler for Marilyn Tucker Quayle after the 1988 Republican National Convention.
She served as Transition Director for Mrs. Quayle and went on to serve Vice President Dan Quayle at The White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Scheduling and Public Liaison. In this role, she helped implement the strategic short-term and long-term goals of the Bush Administration. When their time in office ended, Anne continued to serve Vice President Quayle by organizing his national book tours, his political action committee and his national fundraising network as Executive Director of his political action committee, Campaign America.
During the 2000 election cycle, she was the Executive Director of the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee where she played a leadership role in recruiting and electing candidates to the Indiana House of Representatives. After that election, Anne’s abilities and leadership were again called into service at the national level, and from 2001-2006 Anne was the Regional Political Director for the Great Lakes Region at the RNC where she worked with state parties and candidates in the crucial states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and played key roles in numerous victories, including many where Republicans had never before been successful.
Anne’s passion for training and recruiting women to run for office led her to become executive director of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a woman’s political leadership program, in 2011. She also serves on the Board of Directors and as a faculty member for the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and is the Indiana State Director for Maggie’s List, a group organized to support fiscally conservative female candidates running for the U.S. Congress and help develop women who may run for federal office in future elections.
She was a 2013 recipient of the Torchbearer Award, presented by the Indiana Commission for Women, for her leadership as a woman in the political arena. In 2009, Anne received the Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award presented by the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series and in 2007 was the recipient of the Iron Jaw Angel Award presented by the National Excellence in Public Service Series.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Development Committee Chairman of the Julian Center; on the Board of Stand for Children; as Treasurer of Hoosiers for Quality Education PAC; the 4-H House Alumni Board at her alma mater, in addition to serving on the organization’s 80th Anniversary and Fundraising Committees; and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners Indianapolis Chapter. In November 2014, she became a member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Previously, she served on the board of YWCA of Indianapolis and co-chaired their Salute to Women of Achievement Event from 1998-2000. She has also been involved in the Beacon Society of Methodist Hospital, the Audit Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary from 2009-2014 and was an elected delegate to the 2014 Indiana Republican Party State Convention held in Fort Wayne.
A veteran operative with years of experience at the local, state and national levels, Tim Phelps specializes in strategic planning, and grassroots/field operations to craft creative solutions for corporate and political clients as Vice President of Hathaway Strategies.
Phelps also has years of experience in scheduling, advance, logistics and event management; serving as producer or lead at major events ranging from rallies and press conferences to inaugural ceremonies and statewide gubernatorial debates.
Tim spent two election cycles at the Republican National Committee, eventually serving as Director of Special Projects in the Political Division. While at the RNC, he worked directly with national, state and local candidates as well as state parties and activists across the country as the point person for hundreds of political, finance, and grassroots events in nearly every state. He also completed a stint as a Regional Field Director in Iowa and as a state legislative staff member in Michigan.
Phelps is a native of Dearborn, Michigan, and a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University. A lifelong fan of baseball and the Detroit Tigers, Tim has attended a game in nearly 80 major and minor league ballparks across the United States and Canada. Reminded that he needs to have hobbies other than baseball and work, Tim enjoys downhill skiing, country music concerts, Final Fours and Rose Bowl victories.
A native of Indianapolis, Melissa Thompson offers extensive experience in event and logistics planning and public space management to the clients of Hathaway Strategies.
Most recently, Melissa was responsible for overseeing the completion of the construction of Georgia Street, the renowned downtown Indianapolis outdoor event venue. She handled day-to-day operations and maintenance of the venue as well as event coordination and planning. Under her direction, Georgia Street saw a 300% increase in event rentals in just two years.
Melissa also serves on the Indianapolis Board of Public Safety, volunteers for Purchased, Inc., a local non-profit with a focus on education and awareness of human trafficking, is the Republican Township Chair for Washington Township and just happens to be an avid flag football player and runner.
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