Stars Get Strategy for Grassroots Support

Trevor Neilson is the political and philanthropic adviser who accompanied Brad Pitt in D.C. last week as they met with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi to discuss rebuilding New Orleans. Neilson’s firm, Global Philathropy Group, has launched a new partnership aimed at building grassroots support for the causes of celebrities and other high profile figures.

Paul Tewes, who was Iowa state director for Barack Obama’s caucus campaign there, will provide strategies for philanthropists via his New Partners Consulting. Tewes also ran the campaign to help defeat social security privatization, and help found Americans United for Change. He said in a statement that the partnership will “give philanthropists the opportunity to create broad public support for their philanthropic goals.”

Emily Goodin of the Hill recently profiled Neilson, noting his work with Bono and LeBron James, as well as Richard Holbrooke.He noted the similarities to working in philanthropy to working on politics.

“If you work for the Senate majority leader you have to consider a lot of the same issues you’d have to consider for high-profile celebrities.”

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