Brandon Pollak possesses nearly a decade of political strategy and public policy experience. He serves as a Policy Advisor in our Public Policy and Government Affairs group, representing leading companies and trade associations in the education, technology, and telecommunications sectors. In addition, Mr. Pollak provides strategic advice to clients on federal PAC fundraising and compliance.
Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Mr. Pollak was a Vice President with The Smith-Free Group. At The Smith-Free Group, he advised entertainment, energy, and health care clients on political initiatives, and policy matters before the U.S. Congress and various regulatory agencies.
Mr. Pollak has been a political consultant and operative on Presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and Gubernatorial campaigns. As a political campaign strategist at Campaign Finance Consultants (CFC), he developed and implemented national fundraising strategies for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) successful 2008 re-election campaign. Additionally, he worked with other Members of Congress, including U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
Before joining CFC, Mr. Pollak served as Finance Director for Maryland Gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan, where he was responsible for managing the campaign’s fundraising operation.
For nearly two years, Mr. Pollak served in multiple capacities on Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. As a Deputy Regional Political Director, he coordinated with state directors in thirteen states on campaign strategy. During the final months of the general election, he worked as part of the strategic decision-making team that aided in winning the state of New Hampshire for Senator Kerry.
Mr. Pollak serves on The Artists & Athletes Alliance Advisory Board, the Executive Board of Venture for America, is a 2011-2012 Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute Participant, and he is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
He received a Master’s Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University in 2009, and was awarded Honors for his Thesis entitled Internet Voting: A Reliable Method in U.S. Elections. Mr. Pollak received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science-Pre Law from Michigan State University in 2002.
Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 2009
Michigan State University, B.A., 2002