Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway President

Anne Hathaway has a lifetime of experience and a record of success at every level of 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 500 companies.

 

Most notably, Anne served as Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee from 2007-2009 where she was responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the committee. In the midst of an extremely challenging political environment, Anne exceeded all expectations and helped the RNC raise over $400 million ─ more money than at any time in history. She directed $100 million of that to state parties to support the 2008 Victory effort and more than $20 million to support U.S. House and Senate races around the country. Also under her guidance, the RNC developed and perfected new voter outreach techniques and groundbreaking voter identification programs in addition to expanding a cutting edge communications department that developed innovative new initiatives for Internet and electronic messaging.

 

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 managed 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. From 1993-1997, Anne was Executive Director of Quayle’s political action committee, Campaign America, where she coordinated the former Vice President’s political activities, two national book tours and took an active role in fundraising.

 

During the 2000 election cycle, she was the Executive Director of the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee. 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.

 

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Tim Phelps

Tim Phelps
Vice President

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.

 

Immediately prior to coming to Indianapolis, Tim served as Political Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for a gubernatorial candidate in Michigan. He directed all voter contact, field and turnout efforts and developed new media strategies for the campaign. Previously, he was Senior Advisor in the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

 

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.

 

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Pete Seat

Pete Seat
Senior Project Manager

The only son of immigrant parents from a small town in Indiana, Pete Seat found success in the worlds of politics, media and the arts all before the age of 25.

 

Currently senior project manager at Hathaway Strategies, he provides messaging development and management strategies to corporate and political clients utilizing a decade of experience at the local, state and federal levels of campaigns and government.

 

As communications director for The Indiana Republican Party for nearly three years, Pete developed and executed innovative statewide messaging strategies that resulted in over $2.5 million in earned media coverage for campaigns and candidates.

 

Prior to that, Pete held the same position on the 2010 campaign of former and current U.S. Senator Dan Coats, who successfully navigated a crowded primary field and convincingly won a competitive general election.

 

Pete has published columns in outlets around the country including POLITICO and MSNBC.com, appeared as a guest on FOX News and MSNBC programs including Fox & Friends, Happening Now, Live Desk, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and delivered lectures on communications and media at Purdue University, Northern Illinois University and other campuses. He is also a syndicated columnist and author of the book The War on Millennials.

 

From June 2005 to January 20, 2009, Pete served on President George W. Bush’s White House staff, including as Deputy Assistant Press Secretary. He worked in the Office of Appointments and Scheduling, in the Office of the Press Secretary for Tony Snow and Dana Perino, traveled to 23 countries with the President, logged thousands of miles aboard Air Force One and was one of only a handful of staff in the Oval Office during the first gathering of all our living presidents at The White House in twenty-five years.

 

A native of Schererville, Indiana, Pete is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Theatre Arts. While there he served as State Chairman of the Arizona College Republicans during the 2004 election cycle, setting new benchmarks for earned media and fundraising. He was an alternate delegate, the youngest in the state, from Arizona to the 2004 national convention and again in 2012 representing Indiana.

 

Back home in the Hoosier State, while a junior at Lake Central High School, Pete founded the Northwest Indiana High School Theatre Foundation. In its six years of existence, the Foundation helped foster growth, creativity and collaboration between high school theatre programs in the Region and awarded the best and brightest actors, directors and technical crews for their work at an awards ceremony and revue each summer.

 

In non-political news, Pete is bilingual (English & Serbian; with bits of German & Russian thrown in for good measure), has attended eleven World Series games (including one each of the past nine years), danced on stage during an Elton John show in Las Vegas (thankfully no video exists) and performed live in-concert with Kenny Rogers (off-key, naturally).

 

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Chris Chreighton

Chris Creighton
Project Manager

A proven grassroots organizer, Chris Creighton has quickly made a name for himself in Indiana politics in key campaign roles. He specializes in grassroots organization, strategic planning and the legislative process as project manager at Hathaway Strategies.

 

Most recently, Chris was the Statewide Field Director for the Indiana Senate Majority Campaign Committee (SMCC) while serving simultaneously as campaign manager for Senator Sue Glick’s primary campaign and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long’s general election campaign. In 2010, Chris was the Field Manager for Senate Republican Caucus Leader Jim Merritt and later served as an intern with the Public Affairs Lobbying Team at Ice Miller in Indianapolis.

 

He received his Associate’s Degree from Holy Cross College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University-South Bend and is currently pursuing a JD from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

 

Outside of work and school, Chris enjoys spending time with his family in Northern Indiana and is a devoted fan of the Indiana Pacers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Dave Matthews Band. In fact, he has attended approximately 100 of their games and concerts combined. Additionally, Chris can be found on most Monday and Wednesday nights at the Chase Legacy Center in Indianapolis poorly impersonating his favorite basketball player, Paul George, on the hardwood and he once, for whatever reason, jumped out of a perfectly good plane from 15,000 feet.

 

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Grace Maze

Grace Maze Project Manager

As a project manager, Grace Maze specializes in event planning and management drawing on her experience in working with a team to plan and execute world class events.

 

Prior to joining Hathaway Strategies in November 2012, Grace served as Executive Assistant to the Director of Entertainment at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, where she was responsible for booking, management and hospitality for all musical acts appearing at the convention.

 

Just months earlier, Grace served as Special Projects Coordinator for the acclaimed 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. Joining the organization as an intern in 2011 and later as a staff member, Grace coordinated multiple committees including School & Education, Cultural & Arts, Emerging Business, NFL Fitness & Football, Community Organizational Partnership and NFL Community Impact Programs.

 

A Central Indiana native, Grace is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana (2010) with a BA in Marketing and a double minor in Public Relations and Advertising.

 

She is well known for stalking IndyCAR drivers, dreams about starring in the hit reality show Duck Dynasty and not-so-secretly hopes to marry Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. She also enjoys country music concerts and four wheeling the back roads of Indiana.

 

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson
Project Manager

A native of Indianapolis, Melissa Thompson offers extensive experience in event and logistics planning and public space management to clients.
 
Most recently, Melissa was responsible for overseeing the completion of 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.
 

Prior to that, Melissa occupied various roles for the City of Indianapolis. Beginning in 1999, she served in the Marion County Auditor’s Office, the Prosecutor’s Office and as Clerk of the City-County Council. There she was Council liaison to the Mayor’s office, all departments within the city as well as state and federal agencies.
 
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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