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Our Team

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David Capen

President

David Capen is a political strategist and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience at the federal, state, and local level. David serves as President of Capen Consulting, LLC, where he has amassed a winning record in political consulting, strategic communications/messaging, fundraising, and public relations.

 

David has consulted on over 32 political campaigns, with an all-time victory rate of 92% — having helped elect several dozen prominent officials at every level of government.

 

Prior to founding the firm, David served as the director of policy at the North Carolina General Assembly, where he oversaw policy and budget matters on behalf of House leadership. David has also served at the federal level as an aide to the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means, and at the local level as an appointed member of various boards.

 

In addition to his public service and political achievements, David has a wealth of experience working with non-profit and for-profit corporations to engage stakeholders and educate the public on a wide range of policy issues.

 

David and his clients have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Fox News Channel, The New York Times, POLITICO, The Hill, PBS, CBS, ABC, Newsmax, The Raleigh News & Observer, WRAL, and Carolina Journal.

 

David was raised in northern Virginia before he made his way down to North Carolina, where he graduated from the business school at Campbell University. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. ​He now lives on a small horse farm with his wife, Rachel, and their many pets. Outside of his work, David enjoys playing golf, shooting clays, and traveling to appreciate God’s creation.

Rachel Capen is a political strategist and public affairs consultant with several years of experience at the state and local level. At Capen Consulting, LLC, Rachel focuses on media relations, event planning, grassroots organization, and strategic communications.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Rachel served as campaign manager for a member of NC House leadership — going on to win re-election in the single most competitive state legislative seat in North Carolina. Rachel then served as a legislative assistant in the North Carolina General Assembly, where she oversaw office operations and advised her member on all communications and policy matters. Building on her public service in North Carolina, Rachel went on to serve as director of scheduling to the Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Rachel was raised in a rural area just outside of Greensboro, NC. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she majored in political science. In addition to her professional work, Rachel has served as the executive director of a county Young Republicans chapter and was a member of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans. Outside of her work, Rachel enjoys gardening, riding horses, and bird watching.

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Rachel Capen

Executive Vice President

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Mark Killmeyer

Senior Intern

Mark Killmeyer, an MBA candidate at Villanova University and recipient of the Villanova School of Business Fellowship, brings a rich blend of business acumen and political insight to the firm. A North Carolina native, Mark completed his undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University, majoring in Business Administration (Marketing) and Political Science. While at NC State, Mark co-founded the local chapter of 180 Degrees Consulting.

 

With experience spanning global business and policy, Mark cultivated his proficiency in strategic communication and crisis response during his internship at The Cohen Group in Washington, D.C. His marketing skills were further refined at Newell Brands, contributing significantly to product ideation and brand messaging. Mark's political savvy was honed at the North Carolina General Assembly, showcasing his capabilities in media and stakeholder management as an intern to state Senator Bobby Hanig.

Cutler Bryant, a rising political star and a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe, joins the team from Pembroke, North Carolina. Currently pursuing a degree in Political Science at Campbell University, Cutler has already made a significant impact in the political landscape. As the Chairman of the Campbell University College Republicans and Communications Director for the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans, he has shown an exceptional ability to influence and mobilize young conservative voices.

 

His political journey, which gained momentum during the 2020 election cycle, has seen him successfully manage a highly-competitive State House campaign and earn the title of a "Rising Star" by the Republican National Committee in 2023. With a history of effective leadership in the Robeson County Republican Party, Cutler's expertise in political strategy and voter outreach has been widely recognized, earning him features in notable publications like Spectrum News and The Robesonian.

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Cutler Bryant

Senior Intern

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