Mia Phifer

Area of Expertise: Fundraising
Home Base: Chicago, IL
States of Work: IL
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Weekly Team Meetings: Tuesday 12:00pm CT, Wednesday 12pm CT
Weekly Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm CT, Wednesday 1:00pm CT
Campaign Monthly Charge: $250

Email: miaphifer@campaigngreenhouse.com

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Bio: MIA PHIFER

Legacies matter in American politics. The American voter loves them: Adams, Kennedy. Even Bush. But perhaps even more interesting is the rare case of American political legacies behind the scenes.

Mia Phifer, a national Democratic fundraising and general consultant, represents what is perhaps the only American Democratic fundraising legacy – a second-generation fundraiser for candidates. An Illinois native and long-time Chicago resident (specifically the Streeterville neighborhood, if you ask her), Mia is the daughter of former Democratic fundraiser Scherrie Giamanco, and has been raising money, and working with campaigns, in her own right for nearly two decades.

From her home state of Illinois to heading up races in Ohio, Texas, New York, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and crisscrossing the country, Mia has done fundraising and general consulting for candidates running for City Council, Judge, Alderman, County Commission, Water Authority, Statehouse, State Senator, Mayor, Congress and U. S. Senate. Mia Phifer and Associates is the only firm in the country to specialize in progressive female and first time candidates and in the early recruitment and training frequently lacking in those candidates.

There are dozens of political fundraising firms, Mia’s is the only one in the country to offer smaller price point packages that allow teachers, soccer moms and small business owners to get both the top-shelf support and expertise they need, and build a viable campaign quickly that has the resources necessary to win.

Mia’s candidates raise money, and win. She does what other fundraising consultants say is not possible.

In 1999, after working with EMILY’s List on an event for Congresswoman Nita Lowey in NY raising over $1 million, Mia went to Texas to serve as the Finance Director for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. In 2000, Mia was the finance director for the highly competitive open 10th Congressional District working closely with the DCCC, Emily’s List, JAC PAC and other national organizations, PAC’s, and donors raising over $2.3 million.

Since 2000 Mia Phifer & Associates has led many successful fundraising and general consulting efforts, from helping an Ohio woman who as a first time Congressional candidate raised half a million dollars with donors from all 50 states, to the fundraising effort that led to the election of the first woman to be elected Mayor of Charlotte NC and the election of Alderman Brian Hopkins in the newly drawn 2nd ward of Chicago in a hotly contested 6 way open race.

Mia Phifer & Associates’ training packages set them apart from other firms, and Mia has personally provided candidate trainings for the Berkeley Campaign School, IVI-IPO, DL21C Candidate’s Training, Personal PAC and the DuPage County Democrats as well as organizing an ongoing Chicago Candidates training that began in December of 2008 with National Consultants from across the country presenting. The next training is scheduled for Chicago in June, 2019.

Mia believes investing in candidate training up front results in a higher success rate for first time candidates. That in-depth training also helps campaigns, and candidates, that were previously struggling, double their campaign income in short periods of time. Additionally, Mia plans and produces Chicago-based fundraising events for national elected officials and candidates who justifiably feel the need to fly in for some Chicago pizza.

Mia Phifer and associates also works with non-profit groups, most notably the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation. Founder and real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina’s personal story was told in the movie Hotel Rwanda. Mia has also been doing volunteer fundraising for over a decade for organizations such as Haitian woman for Haitian Refugees, Heartland Alliance International for Syrian Refugees, FlintKids.org and for relief efforts in Puerto Rico raising tens of thousands of dollars with 100% of the income going directly to the organizations.

On the rare occasions when she is not working for candidates, volunteering, finishing up a training package for a statewide campaign team, or hiring a top notch campaign team for one of her clients, Mia can be found hosting parties for her friends, or cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs.


Advice: This is absolutely something you can do, and everyone who has ever run has been in the same place you are, so you are in good company. It can be as simple as Prioritization, Preparation, Process, Persistance.