Alex Yerkey

Alex Yerkey


A lifelong Democrat with a proven commitment to progressive values, I bring a wealth of campaign experience to the table: I have worked in both issue advocacy and electoral politics, to elect candidates and pass ballot initiatives. In this time, I have filled a number of roles -- intern, canvasser, organizer, communications director, field director, and campaign manager -- and I'm excited to tackle my next challenge. Whether the task is crafting an overarching campaign plan or proofreading a press release, I have the skill set to accomplish it efficiently and effectively.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2012 - Nov 2012

Communications Director, Field Director

Gretchen Driskell for State Representative
  • Wrote both general and issue-specific message points and ensuring all campaign communications adhered to those points.
  • Authored stump and audience-specific speeches to disseminate campaign messaging.
  • Created communications calendar to emphasize key issues at strategically valuable times.
  • Made door raps reflect general campaign messaging and new campaign developments.
  • Introduced reporting system to determine whether field program met daily and weekly goals, and to gauge overall progress toward campaign-wide goals.
  • Re-targeted walk universe and walk calendar based on the number of persuadable voters, voter density, and strategic importance to campaign of certain precincts.
  • Won by six-point margin in a 47.3% DPI district. 
Jan 2012 - Aug 2012

Campaign Manager

David Knezek for State Representative
  • Wrote and directed execution of the comprehensive campaign plan, including weekly field, communications, and finance targets.
  • Directed creation of both weekly and daily field calendars.
  • Managed team of over a dozen staffers and interns, as well as over 50 volunteers.
  • Raised over $60,000, knocked over 18,000 doors, and made over 4,000 calls in State House primary.
  • Won 50.2% of the vote, an absolute majority in a four-way race.
Jul 2011 - Nov 2011

Writer, Editor, Organizer

Michigan Democratic Party's Engage Michigan Issues Convention
  • Authored content for the convention website.
  • Edited postcards and letters sent to MDP members to boost convention attendance.
  • Wrote talking points for convention's keynote address.
  • Assisted with day-of logistics to ensure the convention's smooth operation.
Oct 2011 - Nov 2011

Canvasser, Operations Assistant

We Are Ohio

  • Used VAN to edit, rename, and recut turf.
  • Helped administer a get-out-the-vote payroll operation of roughly 700 new hires in the last week.
  • Utilized Google spreadsheets to track employee records.
Jan 2011 - Oct 2011

Campaign Organizer, Communications Coordinator

Clean Water Action
  • Drafted issue-specific messaging points for each MCWA campaign.
  • Created comprehensive communications calendar to track emails, social media, press releases, and events.
  • Administered creation and sending of bi-weekly statewide email newsletter.
  • Learned Salsa Labs, moving timeline for mass email process from four days to one day.
Aug 2010 - Nov 2010

Field Director

David LaGrand for State Senate
  • Increased weekly field numbers by 100-300% by using Google Groups to train, recruit, and sign up volunteers.
  • Prepared weekly field calendar based on NCEC precinct data to prioritize strategically important precincts and areas with high numbers of persuadable voters and high voter density.
  • Apprised volunteer corps of new campaign developments, updated talking points, and weekly walk schedule.
May 2010 - Aug 2010

Communications Director

Ned Staebler for State Representative
  • Principally authored most campaign communications -- speeches, blog posts, policy position papers, social media posts, ad copy, and door-to-door walk literature.
  • Oversaw print and online advertising program; prepared and adhered to advertising budget.
  • Wrote ad copy and coordinated with graphic designer on ad layout and logistics.
  • Served as liaison with local news media on press releases and media advisories. 
Feb 2009 - May 2009


Office of State Representative Rebekah Warren

  • Drafted House resolutions, letters of congratulations, and tributes to constituents.
  • Oversaw constituent email process by replying, printing, and filing the correspondence record.
  • Read, summarized, and briefed Representative Warren on policy reports and studies.
Sep 2005 - Nov 2005


Michigan Democratic Party Minimum Wage Campaign

  • Consistently in the top third of canvassers in terms of money raised.
  • Frequently exceeded nightly fundraising goals.
  • Raised $220 (more than double the expected amount) my first night.
  • Did research during off-hours, using this knowledge to become more effective.
  • Interacted with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Learned to be persistent and persuasive.


Sep 2005 - Dec 2008

Bachelor of Arts

University of Michigan

  • 100% responsible for financing my college education.
  • Worked no less than twenty hours per week throughout my college career.



Microsoft Office Suite

Programs include: Word Excel Powerpoint Entourage


Web content management system Skills include: Posting and managing content Analyzing back-end data analytics

Social Media Helper Applications

Skills include: HootSuite TweetDeck

Social Media

Skills include: Facebook  Twitter Google Plus  

Voter Activation Network (VAN)

Skills include: Cutting turfs for walk and call lists Creating voter universes for walking, calling, mailing, and yard signs Data entry and management in VAN

Google applications

Skills include: Gmail Google Groups Google Plus Google Docs

Mac OS


Skills include: Email list management and segmentation Email template creation Email scheduling


Skills include: Email targeting Online action creation Data analysis and tracking