John Balduzzi, President
After years of having slap shots ricochet off his goalie mask, John Balduzzi hung up his skates and decided he was better suited for the campaign trenches. Named a Rising Star in Political Consulting by Campaigns & Elections Magazine, John has over a decade of experience winning elections.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., John launched his political career riding his bike to put up lawn signs for then-Governor Mario Cuomo. His first “real gig” came after he graduated from Ithaca College, when he moved to Montgomery, Alabama and worked for former Governor Don Siegelman. John later went on to serve as a Research Associate and Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee and John Kerry’s Presidential campaign.
After the 2004 presidential election, John joined the Service Employees International Union, first serving as the Deputy Political Director for local 200United, and later as a Regional Campaign Manager for SEIU 1199/United Healthcare Workers East. In the 2006 election cycle, Balduzzi was the Campaign Manager for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY). Post-election, he joined the staff of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). John later went on to serve as the Political Director for Kennedy Communications, a Washington D.C.-based direct mail advertising firm, providing consulting services to caucuses, unions and candidates.
When he’s not playing politics, John can be found on the golf course (when it’s nice out) or at a Syracuse hoops game (when it’s not). He lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with his wife, Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi, and their three children.
Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi, Partner
Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi brings a wealth of experience in campaign politics and political media to The Balduzzi Group. Jessica’s political career started at 14 years old, when she served as chief political strategist to her father’s successful election as County Supervisor. She’s held that position for every re-election since… and her father hasn’t lost a race yet!
Upon graduating from William Smith College with a degree in Public Policy and Spanish, Jessica worked in the research and communications office of the Democratic National Committee. During the 2006 campaign cycle, Jessica served as a writer/researcher with the AFL-CIO, providing direct mail services for the organization’s targeted US House and US Senate campaigns. Jessica went on to serve as an account executive at two large DC-based direct mail firms, helping to elect hundreds of State Legislators and Members of the US House and US Senate.
Outside of work, Jessica and her husband, John Balduzzi, stay busy raising their twin daughters, Gabriella and Gianna, and their golf-loving son, Jonathan. Jessica enjoys cheering for the Syracuse Orange basketball team and “pinning” recipes she swears she’s going to try. She has over 1,000 in the queue. Who’s coming to dinner?