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Meet Our Team






Karen Petel


Karen is the strategic force behind all of Petel & Co.’s work, ensuring campaign strategy and message comes through in the mail we create. Her experience winning campaigns and deep understanding of electoral targeting have been key factors in Petel & Co. winning some of the toughest campaigns in America.

Few consultants can match her record of direct, on-the-ground experience. Having served as campaign manager, communications director, researcher and field operative for candidates at nearly every level, Karen’s direct mail expertise is born of nearly 20 years of practical, hands-on experience.

Karen previously served as political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), regional political director for EMILY’s List and director of the WOMEN VOTE! Project.

A highly sought-after trainer and presenter, Karen is on the board at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and has instructed candidates and campaign staff all over the U.S for the AFL-CIO, EMERGE, EMILY’s List, DCCC, George Washington University and American University. Karen has also worked extensively with the candidates and activists in the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Africa.

Kathy Criser

Production Manager

Kathy will work to ensure that your mail is on time, on budget and without error. She has experience in graphic design, print production for direct mail, collateral, editorial publishing, and packaging for political and corporate clients. Knowing that direct mail is only as good as the production behind it, Kathy brings professionalism, dedication and results to Petel & Co. clients.

Bridget Hunt

Account Manager

Having worked as a campaign fundraiser, field operative and data coordinator, Bridget knows what campaigns are facing on a daily basis because she has walked in their shoes. She manages Petel & Co. clients’ day-to-day needs, creating a seamless work flow, helping with targeting, budgeting and strategy. She has overseen hundreds of strategic mail pieces, from concept to printing and always makes sure our client’s mail represents their campaign and their district in the best way.

Before joining Petel & Co., Bridget managed special projects at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including a direct-mail outreach program and the design and implementation of web-based technology solutions.

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