In 2007, Mark Graul founded Arena Strategy Group, LLC, a full-service grassroots mobilization, public affairs and public relations consulting firm that works for clients in multiple Midwestern states. We use our extensive contacts to help businesses and organizations achieve their objectives in the public arena through coalition building, grassroots contacts, grasstops contacts, online advocacy, media outreach, and government affairs.
Arena Strategy Group has coordinated successful advocacy campaigns for clients in the health care, manufacturing, transportation, automotive, energy and telecommunications fields. Our government affairs work includes clients in education, health care, workforce development, telecommunications, and energy.
Meet Our Team
Mark Graul has worked in local, state and national political arena for over 19 years. He has managed or advised several presidential, statewide, judicial, congressional, legislative and local campaigns. Graul also served as a chief of staff in both Washington D.C. and Madison.
Graul started his career working in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1991-1998 where he worked as a top aide to two members of the legislative leadership. He also served as an alderman for the City of Fitchburg from 1995-1996. Mark grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Sean Stephenson has worked in local, state and federal politics for nearly a decade. Most recently, Sean served as Chief of Staff for Senator Joe Leibham. In that capacity, Sean served as a budget staffer on the Joint Finance Committee, and helped usher through Senator Leibham’s legislative priorities. Sean began working for Senator Leibham in 2007 as a legislative aide.
Stephenson has also served as chief of staff for Mayor Jim Schmitt of Green Bay and as an aide to Congressman Mark Green. Sean has also played a significant role in presidential, gubernatorial, state, and local campaigns. Sean grew up in Schofield, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Stephanie Kundert joined the Arena Strategy Group team in December 2012, bringing with her more than a decade of experience in politics at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to her arrival, Stephanie served as the Research and Policy Director for Eric Hovde’s U.S. Senate campaign and then as Campaign Manager for Chad Lee’s Congressional campaign in Wisconsin’s 2nd District.
Before setting foot on the campaign trail, Stephanie served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Assembly. She also served as the Assembly Clerk of the Legislature’s Joint Audit Committee and was a budget advisor to Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a member of the Joint Finance Committee and husband of Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Stephanie has also worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide to Congressman Paul Ryan and was a research assistant at Public Opinion Strategies in Alexandria, Virginia. Last, but not least, she played a key role in a number of campaigns at the state and local levels throughout Wisconsin, including defeating a two-term incumbent in 2010.
Along with working at Arena Strategy Group, Stephanie also keeps busy as the Vice President and Communications Chair of the Wisconsin Women in Government Board of Directors.
Stephanie is a native of Brodhead, Wisconsin and holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a graduate student, Stephanie’s research was concentrated in political communication and public opinion, and she presented her research two years in a row at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) Conference in Chicago.