The Leadership of PMP
Partial Leadership List
Chair - Reed Cochran
Reed Cochran is an Oxford, Mississippi- based management consultant. Her 25-year career spans the private, non-profit and public sectors and a diversity of roles: High school educator, educational software developer, IT consultant, turnaround executive. Prior to returning to her home state in 2014, she was the 9-year executive Director of Boston-based Door2Door, a $2 million non-profit specializing in transportation for senior citizens and persons with disabilities- an agency that she helped rescue from insolvency.
Reed describes her career as a mosaic, "united by a delight for ideas, a knack for execution and dedication to people." She curated her public policy expertise at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, but Reed's interest in election politics really blossomed upon her return to Mississippi.. In 2015, she lent her technology and data analysis skills to Cristen Hemmins' campaign for the state senate. Post-2016 she has been working to build grass-roots skills and organizing capabilities in Lafayette County.
Joe Rothstein has developed strategies, produced media and managed campaigns for more than 200 candidates and causes in 44 states. Specializing in long-odds campaigns for non-incumbent candidates, Rothstein was the principal professional consultant and media strategist in the campaigns that first elected U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy in Vermont, Bob Kerrey in Nebraska, Tom Daschle in South Dakota, Tom Harkin in Iowa, and Don Riegle in Michigan, and Rep. Wayne Dowdy in Mississippi.
In addition to his political career, Rothstein was a pioneer in providing Internet-based news and public relations services. He is chairman of EINNEWS.com, a global news and PR company that he established in 1995.
Rothstein served as Chief of Staff to both former Alaska U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, and former Alaska Governor William Egan. He also is a former editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anchorage Daily News.
Ali Webb, Ph.D.
Ali Webb served as press secretary to the Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley for seven years. Mayor Bradley was the first black mayor; Ali was the first female and youngest person to ever hold the position of press secretary in Los Angeles. She has been the press secretary in several political campaigns, state and national, including a stint as the national press secretary for Congressman Dick Gephardt’s first presidential campaign.
Ali was appointed by President Bill Clinton to head Communications at the United States Department of Agriculture, working for Secretary Mike Espy. She was also Communications Director for The Nature Conservancy and political director for the League of Conservation Voters. More recently, Ali was Director of Michigan Programming at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, leading a team of 15 people and an annual budget of $65 million for eight of her 19 years at the foundation. She now runs her own consulting practice, Ali Webb Strategies, working with leaders who seek to develop high performing and diverse teams.
She received her BA in Journalism from Stanford University and her MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2005, Ali earned her Ph.D. in Mass Media from Michigan State University. She has multiple articles published in the Encyclopedia of Public Relations. Ali’s most recent article, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Philanthropy” appeared in NonProfit Quarterly. She has also written on team building in philanthropy for The Foundation Review.
Relevant Political and Governmental Positions
United States Dept. of Agriculture
Counselor to the Secretary of Agriculture Honorable Mike Espy
Deputy Administrator Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
Clinton Administration Detail Appointments
WH Climate Change Taskforce - Kyoto Summit
Director of Planning, National Conservation Summit,
Deputy for Planning, White House Summit on Climate Change
G8 Summit Venue Director, Denver Summit of the Eight
NATO-TV; Director, Global satellite coverage of NATO 50th Anniversary Summit
1997 Inaugural Committee, Director of Pyrotechnics
Director, National Hunger Summit
Obama for America
Sporting Voters for Obama - Northwestern US
Gore for President – Co-Director Harvest 2000 – A rural outreach and organizing effort in Western Pennsylvania. Credited with “swinging” the state to Gore.
The Communications Company, Washington, D.C. - Vice-President
National and international political media and advocacy firm led by Robert D. Squier. As strategist, filmmaker and vice-president of Bob Squier’s communications company, lead a string of Southern campaign victories during the height of the republican resurgence there. These included statewide races in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Rothstein and Company - Producer and Director with work at local, state and national level across the United States and Producer of the 1986 Democratic Response to President Reagan’s State of the Union Message.
Carter for President, Hart for President, Kerrey for President, Governor Dukakis - MA, Governor Cowper - AK, Governor Bob Kerrey – NE, Governor Robb – VA, Governor Winter – MI, Governor Graham - FL, Lt. Governor McCarthy – CA, Senator Heflin – AL, Sen. George McGovern -SD, Senator Birch Bayh – IN, Senator Wirth – CO, Senator Riegle - MI, Senator Bob Kerrey – NE, Governor Brown - KY, Senator Hart – CO, Senator Sasser – TN, Numerous Congressional races