Tell us a little about your professional history.
After college, I spent a few years traveling abroad before moving to Denver, CO during the height of the recession. With limited job prospects, I took an entry-level position as a door-to-door canvasser with a newly established community organizing firm called Rocky Mountain Voter Outreach. The company grew rapidly and within a few years, I was excelling in leadership positions, directing political field campaigns and managing entire teams of canvassers and field managers. In 2011, I joined Donor Development Strategies.
The success of DDS’s initial project at RMPBS lead to their eventual partnership with WGBH, and I jumped on the opportunity to be one of the founding directors of the WGBH’s new canvass project. Over the past 3.5 years, I oversaw the continued development of the project and have aided in launching and managing several other successful canvass programs as DDS expanded its canvass operations to over 13 affiliates nationwide. Having seen the development of the canvass program from the very beginning and having an intimate understanding of how it works on an operational level, I’m thrilled to continue to further develop the project on a national scale on behalf of the CDP.
So is it safe to assume that Canvassing is your favorite CDP project?
Having been a part of canvassing project from its inception, I’d have to say it’s my favorite CDP project at this point. I’m particularly excited about maximizing the potential value of the canvass program by modeling demographic and historical data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the program on the operational level for individual markets.
Now for some hard-hitting questions: what’s your favorite PBS show?
Like many in my generation, much of childhood and early education was shaped through PBS kids programming, particularly Reading Rainbow and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. I have fond memories of watching those shows during class in elementary school. A self-professed ‘news junkie’, I’m a huge fan of Frontline.
Frontline is amazing; we agree there. Tell this investigative reporter one fun fact about the real Hunter Sears.
My family’s New England roots run deep, particularly on Cape Cod (my ancestral ‘homeland’…Sears have lived in the town of Dennis since the 1600s). An ‘activist’ since an early age, I founded my high school’s first LGBT-rights club and was voted “Most Political” as my senior superlative.
That’s three fun facts but they were good ones! I have one final question for you: do you know what “gooder” means and can you use it in a sentence?
I don’t think ‘gooder’ is a word – I’d google it but wouldn’t want cheat.
I think Michal Heiplik would disagree with you. “Gooder” is a Czech(ish) word and when Michal says it you know you’ve gotten something right. We’ll have to get you up-to-speed on some inner-circle CDP lingo, stat. Welcome aboard Hunter – we are glad to have you on our team!
If you’d like to join us in welcoming Hunter to the team, feel free to contact him and say hello.