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.
Allison Kubacki joined the Arena Strategy Group in May of 2010 and coordinates public relations & media outreach for a variety of clients in our Green Bay office.
Kubacki is a Green Bay native and returned home after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her public relations background provides a breadth of experience including athletic communications and political writing, stemming from her work in the University of Wisconsin Athletic Communications Department as well as her time spent interning for the Wisconsin State Legislature.
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Amy Lunde has been a member of the Arena Strategy Group since 2007.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Lunde began her career in campaigns. She has worked on several statewide races including presidential, gubernatorial and judicial contests with a focus on grassroots development, voter mobilization, and fundraising.
With the Arena Strategy Group, Lunde has expanded her portfolio to public affairs, political consulting, and corporate grassroots advocacy across the Midwest from Wisconsin to the Dakotas.
Most recently, Lunde managed the Victory campaign organization for the 2010 Election in North Dakota. She now operates a partner firm, Plain Stakes LLC, and resides in Bismarck.
Follow Amy on Twitter: @AmyLunde