Principal, Head of SKDKPolitical
Oren oversees the day-to-day management of the firm’s political department and advises campaigns, candidates, independent expenditures and ballot measure initiatives.
For over 15 years, Oren has served as a media consultant, campaign manager and communications strategist on some of the most competitive Democratic campaigns and independent expenditures across the country. He has a winning track record not only in blue states, but has also successfully navigated Democratic campaigns in more difficult states like Missouri and Kansas.
In 2018, Oren was the lead media strategist and ad-maker for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s gubernatorial campaign – a win that U.S. News called “one of the biggest Democratic victories of the night,” in a state that Donald Trump carried by over 20 points.
In 2015-2016, Oren served as the Director of Paid Media for Hillary for America, where he directed the campaign’s advertising program – overseeing the creative development and placement for all television, radio, direct mail, digital and newspaper ads in the primary and general elections. During the 2013-14 cycle, Oren was the Director of Independent Expenditures for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), where he oversaw the committee’s largest ever IE program – which included paid media programs in 11 states that totaled nearly $50 million. In a difficult year for Democrats, the DGA-IE played a significant role in successfully defending incumbent governors in Connecticut and Colorado and electing new Democratic governors in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and Rhode Island.
Prior to joining the DGA, Oren served as the Campaign Manager of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s successful re-election campaign in 2012 – where he oversaw all elements of a campaign strategy that required Gov. Nixon win a significant amount of cross-over support from Republicans to defeat a well-funded opponent in a race targeted by both parties.
Oren also previously served as New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s campaign manager, and as the communications director on Gov. Nixon’s first campaign for governor in Missouri – where he oversaw a communications strategy that helped flip 54 rural counties from red in 2004 to blue in 2008. Oren also served as the press secretary/spokesman on then-Rep. Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) successful 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, and then as Sen. Cardin’s communications director on Capitol Hill. He also previously served as a campaign aide to former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
A native of Olney, MD, Oren graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in political communication, and lives with his wife, Katie.