AL Advising

Philanthropic and Political Consulting

Philanthropy is like wine: good grapes plus good terroir makes good wine. The grapes are the candidates and organizations you wish to cultivate; they need care, pruning, monitoring, and yes, sometimes they need to wither on the vine. Terroir are the resources you start with and what you can add: mission, staff, and money.

AL Advising is the winemaker: we work with both donors and organizations to maximize impact.

Maybe it's because I'm a new Mom

I've become a Podcast devotee. I can quietly listen to something without that little screen serving as a Mom and baby distraction.

There are several new political podcasts. Here are a few I recommend:

  • Off Message: Glenn Thrush of Politico does excellent long-form interviews with key political figures.
  • Keepin' it 1600: Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer, Obama White House alums (and former colleagues of mine on the Kerry campaign) offer funny insights into the week's news.
  • The Axe Files with David Axelrod: President Obama's former right-hand strategist interviews politicos and other prominent leaders.
  • Politico's 2016 Nerdcast: Not as informative as I had hoped but some good analysis. 
  • The Pollsters: Bi-partisan duo Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson discuss new polling in politics, business, pop culture, and the like. Funny and informative on a wonky topic.
  • The West Wing Weekly: a new-ish podcast devoted to re-capping episodes of The West Wing with former castmate Joshua Malina and superfan Hrishikesh Hirway; often has other cast members and writers featured.