Kristin Elise Oblander is the President of The Oblander Group L.L.C., a prominent Democratic fundraising firm specializing in Democratic campaign fundraising. Named by “Campaigns and Elections” magazine as a “Rising Star in Politics 1998″, Ms. Oblander has rapidly built a reputation as one of the nation’s top young Democratic fundraising professionals.
Prior to opening her Atlanta, Georgia based firm in February 1999, Ms. Oblander served as the Finance Director for the Roy Barnes for Governor Campaign beginning in March 1997. Under her direction, the 1998 Barnes campaign raised over $11.7 million, allowing it to rise from third in the polls in the primary to claim the Democratic nomination and then, earn a hard-fought victory in the general election. The Barnes campaign had over 10,000 donors and held over 200 fundraising events, including the largest political fundraiser in Georgia’s history, raising over $1.1 million in a single night. Ms. Oblander also served as Finance Director for the 1999 Inauguration of Governor Barnes. The inaugural effort produced over $600,000 in contributions from corporate donors.
Under Kristin’s direction as Finance Director the 2002 Barnes re-election campaign reached an all-time Georgia political fundraising record of raising over $22,000,000.
During the 1998, 2000 and 2002 general election campaign, she also directed fundraising for the coordinated campaign of the Georgia Democratic Party. That effort produced millions in contributions and enabled the party to conduct its largest-ever voter turnout programs. The 2000, 2001 and 2002 J.J. Dinners raised over $1,000,000 and smashed all previous fundraising records for a Georgia Democratic Party event.
Kristin served as Southern Finance Director for The John Kerry for President Campaign beginning February, 2003 through the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Following the Convention Kristin continued her role with the Kerry/Edwards 2004 campaign with the Democratic National Committee. The region included ten key southern states where she has put on numerous events for the campaign, including Nashville, Birmingham, Columbia, New Orleans, Lt. Rock, and Raleigh . Gala events in Atlanta and Louisville smashed all records for a Democratic candidate for President.
Kristin served as the Southeastern Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee during the 2006, 2008 and 2010 election cycles. The region included eight states where she was responsible for staging events with President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Chairman Tim Kaine and numerous White House officials, Cabinet Members and surrogates.
Kristin has been a featured speaker on fundraising at many training seminars including: the 2005 and 2006 White House Project, the 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006 Legislative Candidate Training Workshop for the Georgia Democratic Party, the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 Burris School of Government Candidate Training, the 1999 and 2001 Stennis Center for Southern Women in Public Service Conference and the 2000, 2001 and 2003 Campaigns & Elections Political Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. Kristin presented fundraising training at the 2004 Democratic GAIN training seminar in Boston, MA. She delivered the political fundraising training for the New Leader’s Council in Atlanta in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Kristin Oblander is the former Special Projects Director (1994-1997) of the Georgia Democratic Party. In that capacity, she supervised the party’s three fundraising clubs, coordinated arrangements for the annual “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner” and served as Georgia’s Arrangements Chair for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Kristin is a former member of the Democratic State Committee and was elected to serve as an at-large delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. She attended the 2004 Boston and 2008 Denver Conventions as a member of the DNC fundraising operation.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Management at Georgia Tech and resides on Peachtree Street in Midtown, Atlanta. When not out on the campaign trail, she enjoys peace and quiet at her North Georgia mountain home and long hikes with her beloved dog, Woody. (R.I.P. Woody 1993 – 2011)