Dan Farough is a top political strategist known for running some of the most successful political and issue-advocacy campaigns in Michigan in some of the toughest environments. His understanding of the synergy between communications, media, research and field organizing has been instrumental in helping his clients stay on offense while putting opponents on defense.
Prior to starting Farough & Associates, Dan served both of Michigan’s two U.S. Senators in top leadership positions. Most recently Dan was Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and worked as her Campaign Manager in 2012, delivering a crushing 21-point victory. In 2010 Dan ran now-Senator Gary Peters’ grueling 2010 Congressional race, and was one of only four frontline battleground seats to successfully bring in a hard fought win in that tough cycle.
Farough was a leader in flipping control of the State House to the Democrats in 2006 – the last time Democrats took the chamber - serving as Press Secretary for the House Democratic Caucus.
Dan is proud of his deep roots in the progressive and Democratic communities having founded Progress Michigan, a communications center for progressive organizations, and run issue-advocacy campaigns for some of the state's top non-profits.
Dan holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History from Michigan State University.
Liz, who works under the moniker of Liz Boyd Public Relations, is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with a proven track record in public relations, having served two governors, three statewide-elected secretaries of state, and nonprofit organizations.
Liz served as Communications Director and Press Secretary to former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, helping to develop and implement crisis communications plans and proactive strategies to support a broad spectrum of statewide initiatives. As one of the governor’s closest advisors, she provided counsel during a time of profound economic transition, helping her to earn the reputation as one of the most respected and longest serving gubernatorial press secretaries in Michigan history.
Following her tenure in state government, Liz has helped guide the communications activities of several non-profits and the winning campaigns of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.
Liz is a graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Advertising with an emphasis in Public Relations.
An attorney for over 20 years, Gretchen brings a depth of experience to our team. Her research and writing produces sound and persuasive arguments that resonate with an audience. She delivers results using diverse research methods, meticulously examining each subject, and developing a thorough understanding of each issue. Her solid research and attention to detail are evident in her clear and comprehensive written analyses, which provide powerful content to our team. Gretchen is a successful grassroots organizer, garnering the attention of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Huffington Post, along with statewide television, print, and digital media. Prior to joining the team, she represented UAW workers and fought for their rights. She has also advised governmental entities in the state of Michigan. A graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Wayne State University Law School, she resides in Brighton.
When it comes to keeping your campaign on schedule no one does it better than ‘Field Marshal’ Alan Fosnacht. Whether it’s putting together a statewide press blitz with all the bells and whistles, training speakers to stay on message, or mobilizing grassroots support for your campaign, Alan has the experience and expertise to get the job done.
Prior to joining our team, Alan led crucial elements on some of Michigan’s most recent winning campaigns. In 2014, Alan was the Program Manager at the Michigan Democratic Party where he ran a relentless earned media campaign. During the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, Alan served as Field Director and Deputy Field Director for then-Congressman Gary Peters and Senator Stabenow, respectively. Alan’s hard-nosed approach to political campaigns and his ability to recruit and involve volunteers earned him widespread acknowledgment for putting together what was called one of the best field programs in the country, if not the best.
Alan was born and raised in Oakland County and holds a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Western Michigan University. In addition to volunteering some of his weekends for Habitat for Humanity and local democratic candidates, Alan was named Young Democrat of the year in 2012 by the Oakland County Democratic Party.
Madison Melton - or Maddy as we call her around here - recently graduated with honors from Michigan State University and given her intense attention to detail one can easily see why.
At Farough and Associates, Madison works as a communications and research support specialist where her fast, on-point turnaround time serves our clients and campaigns well. While at Michigan State, she kept busy working in the offices of State Representative Kristy Pagan and State Senator Curtis Hertel. She also served as a campaign fellow for the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, being part of a team that registered over 7,000 students at MSU.
When she is not busy working at Farough and Associates, Madison loves listening to true crime podcasts, crocheting and is an aspiring green thumb. She currently lives in East Lansing.
Mallory Draisma comes to Farough and Associates from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPSR) where she worked with the Management team at the Office of Survey Research. At Farough, she brings her roll-up the sleeves and can-do attitude to assist clients with fundraising and researching potential donors. She plays an integral part in our research and communication team.
Mallory graduated Michigan State University (MSU) with honors in December 2018 and previously attended American University in Washington, D.C. While at MSU, Mallory worked at Michigan's iconic Tulip Time Festival in the development department, helping to make sure this renowned tourist destination has the funds it needs to continue drawing people from around the world.
Originally from Hamilton, Mallory currently lives in East Lansing. Her interests include cooking, baking, golf, reading and anything involving Ruth Bader Ginsburg - or RBG as she is known around here.