John Shallman | Owner, President & Lead Strategist

John Shallman is an award-winning media, advertising and campaign professional with 25 years of experience in government, business and politics.  With an unparalleled record of political victories for clients ranging from L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, Shallman is also known as an expert in crisis management and creative media messaging and development.  John served as President of the Los Angeles Transportation Commission for five years, is a volunteer basketball coach for a local public park league and lectures frequently to students at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Northridge. John is married to Lani Barrameda-Shallman and they have four children, two dogs, a bunny and cockatiel.

Morty Shallman | Vice President & Creative Director

Morty Shallman has been helping his brother John win tough political campaigns since Loretta Sanchez’s upset victory over notorious right-wing Republican B-1 Bob Dornan in 1996. Morty specializes in pairing provocative imagery with profound – and often humorous – copy, resulting in some of the most "devastating" (LA WEEKLY) and effective political advertising on the California scene. In addition to his creative direction and strategic input on political campaigns, Morty helped direct the public education and rebranding campaign for the $4.11 Billion Capital Improvement Project at LAX called LAneXt. When he’s not working on campaigns, Morty spends time writing novels, producing records and music videos, and performing his original songs in venues from L.A. to Liverpool.

Debra Shallman-Blick  |  Vice President, CFO

Debra Shallman brings extensive corporate, creative and executive experience to Shallman Communications. Over the course of her 10-year career in A&R at Geffen Records in Los Angeles, Debra coordinated multi-platinum recording projects with artists such as Aerosmith, Cher, Jimmy Page, Whitesnake, Berlin, and Olivia Newton-John. She was also responsible for scouting and signing new artists to the label. At Shallman Communications, Debra’s duties run the gamut from executive administration to financial, office and special project management. Debra lives in Woodland Hills with her husband Brad and two sons, Aaron and Ethan, and is a strong advocate for Public Education in Los Angeles.

Ray Campbell  |  Senior Art Director

Ray Campbell started his award-winning career at the early age of 20 working on Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the largest automobile accounts in the world. Twenty-five years later, he has worked for almost every worldwide ad agency including Saatchi & Saatchi, Deutsch, and Chiat Day on a wide variety of accounts. Ray has over a decade of experience in the area of political advertising, helping to craft the image and communicate the message for a host of political candidates. Ray studied at the University of Southern California and lives with his wife in Westwood.

Nina Tognazzini | Account Executive

Having worked on dozens of campaigns throughout the Los Angeles area and California, Nina Tognazzini is an experienced campaign operative who combines her nuts-and-bolts operations approach with innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. She has a strong background and extensive experience in field, campaign strategy, earned media and policy analysis. Nina is a proud UCLA graduate and spends her free time taking photos on and off the campaign trail.

Hailey Shaw | Account Executive

Recent UCLA graduate Hailey Shaw is a skilled campaign researcher, organizer and data analyst whose expertise and political prowess has helped several Congressional, Assembly, and municipal candidates run successful campaigns. Having worked in both the fields of law and campaign fundraising, she brings a well rounded, levelheaded and holistic approach to all of her projects. Apart from her work in political consulting, Hailey likes to immerse herself in local history and culture and regularly visits museums in the LA area.