Leadership

Bradley Tusk

Bradley Tusk is the founder and CEO of Tusk Holdings, the parent company of Tusk Strategies, Tusk Ventures, Kronos Archives, the Ivory Gaming Group and Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies.

Tusk Strategies develops and runs multi-jurisdictional campaigns, working for Fortune 500 companies like Google, Walmart, AT&T and Expedia, media companies like AMC, NBC News, The Weather Channel, Discovery and Cablevision, institutions like Stanford University, and individuals like Mike Bloomberg. Tusk Ventures both helps tech-enabled startups navigate the political and regulatory environment and syndicates early stage investments, working with companies like Uber, General Assembly, and Zendrive.

Kronos Archives designs and builds bespoke, comprehensive digital archives for high net worth individuals and institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation. The Ivory Gaming Group develops and manages casinos around the globe, handling operations and marketing. And Tusk / Montgomery Philanthropies runs and funds advocacy campaigns on hunger issues at the state and local level across the United States, working with groups like Share Our Strength, Benefits Data Trust and Robin Hood.

Prior to creating Tusk Strategies in 2010, Bradley served as Mike Bloomberg’s campaign manager, guiding Mayor Bloomberg to a third term. Before that, he created and ran Lehman Brothers’ lottery privatization group. His career in the public sector began at the New York City Parks Department in 1995, acting as spokesman and then senior advisor to Commissioner Henry Stern. Bradley then served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, before becoming Special Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall. From 2003-2006, Bradley was Deputy Governor of Illinois, overseeing the state’s finances, operations, legislation, communications and policy, including a $60 billion budget and a 57,000-person workforce.

Bradley received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999. He serves on the boards of Creative Time, StoryCorps, and the New York Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.

Sheila Nix

Sheila Nix comes to Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies as its President with close to three decades of leadership in political, domestic policy and innovative nonprofit operations. Most recently, as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden and as a Deputy Assistant to President Obama, Nix coordinated policy and communications for signature efforts serving veterans, teachers, students, and women and girls across the globe. Nix previously worked on voter outreach plans for various presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, helped develop policies as Deputy Governor of Illinois and Chief of Staff to two US Senators, and coordinated resources across the country to fight poverty and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa as the U.S. Executive Director of Bono’s ONE Campaign. She is a graduate of Creighton University and the University of Chicago Law School. Nix serves on the Board of Trustees of Creighton University and serves as an advisor to the Board of Save the Children.

News

Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies Appoints New President Sheila Nix to Build on Success of Hunger Relief Campaigns Across the Country and Spearhead New Mobile Voting Initiative

Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies Appoints New President Sheila Nix to Build on Success of Hunger Relief Campaigns Across the Country and Spearhead New Mobile Voting Initiative Chicago, IL– April 20, 2017 – Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies has appointed Chicago native and long time domestic policy and political expert Sheila Nix as its new President. Nix has been charged with building on the successful hunger relief campaigns that have run across the country for the last two years and to spearhead a new initiative to create and pass mobile voting across the country to increase voter participation and strengthen our democracy.

Nix comes to Tusk Montgomery with over close to three decades of leadership in political, domestic policy and innovative nonprofit operations. Most recently, as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden and as a Deputy Assistant to President Obama, Nix coordinated policy and communications for signature efforts serving veterans, teachers, and women and girls across the globe. Nix previously worked on voter outreach plans for various presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, helped develop policies as Deputy Governor of Illinois and Chief of Staff to two US Senators, and coordinated resources across the country to fight poverty and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond as the U.S. Executive Director of Bono’s ONE Campaign.

“Sheila has always stood out as an innovator who brings fresh ideas and a relentless drive to get things done,” said Bradley Tusk, the co-founder of the Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies. “As a proven and tireless advocate in the fight against poverty on a national and global stage, we are thrilled to have her lead this next stage of the Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies.”

At Tusk Montgomery, Sheila will continue to build on the group’s core mission to combat food insecurity in cities and states nationwide through coordinated campaigns. In addition, she will build support for mobile voting. As part of the initiative, it will be crucial to popularize the need for mobile voting to citizens and elected officials across the country. This non-partisan initiative is not designed to favor any one candidate or party but to expand voting options to increase participation in our electoral process.

Leveraging her diverse background in non-profit and political initiatives, Sheila will add a new level of ingenuity and expertise to the program.