Donald McFarland

Donald has over three decades of experience in politics. His work has combined communications, field, electoral, and advocacy experience. He first became involved in politics at age 18, when he managed and won a school board campaign just outside of Philadelphia. In 1992, Donald joined the Clinton-Gore team, eventually acting as the LGBT outreach coordinator in Philadelphia.

After years of work around the country, Donald settled in the Twin Cities. In 2005, he founded McFarland & Company, a progressive communications and media relations firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While he continues to work around the country, his political focus is on the Upper Midwest. Donald’s work in North Dakota helped pass the Affordable Care Act and financial reform. In Wisconsin, he worked with veterans to stop a damaging mesothelioma bill and with activists to help elect Sen. Tammy Baldwin. In his home state of Minnesota, Donald has previously served as the America Votes State Director, Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL Party and spokesperson for Governor Mark Dayton during the gubernatorial recount.


Mike Sherman

Mike comes from a varied background of political and communications experience from health care reform to gubernatorial campaigns to protecting public education. At McFarland & Co., Mike has worked with many clients writing and implementing winning strategic communications plans. He also drives the company’s social media presence, leading the conversation on progressive issues.

He has worked with clients in throughout the Midwest. Some of his previous work in Minnesota includes managing a successful communications program to defeat Rep. Chip Cravaack and working to expand labor rights to thousands of Minnesotans. In Wisconsin, he has worked with veterans and other asbestos victims to defeat an ALEC-backed bill that would have delayed and denied justice to asbestos victims.


Mary C. Tintes

Mary was a small business owner for over 20 years before entering the world of organizing. Growing up on the Red River Valley family farm and operating a manufacturing company gave her a real understanding of working men and women in North Dakota.

Mary was named Democratic Person of the Year by the Cass County Democratic Party in 2011. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley and is a member of the North Dakota Women’s Network. In 2010, Mary narrowly lost her bid to become a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives.

More than anything, Mary is proud of her two children’s accomplishments. Her son is a professional musician, and her daughter is an Environmental Scientist.