The Team
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The Team

Our principal team members have worked on hundreds of elections at every level of government in more than 15 states, including races for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, State Legislatures, and Municipal campaigns.

John Shallman | Owner, President & Lead Strategist


John Shallman is an award-winning media, advertising and campaign professional with an unparalleled record of political victories for clients throughout the country. The LA Times profiled his propensity for pulling off political upsets in their article entitled, “He’s Led Political Darkhorses to Surprising Wins.” Shallman’s roster of wins includes Governors, U.S. Senators, Congressmembers, State Legislators, and local elected officials from Mayor to District Attorney. Shallman is a “go-to” crisis management expert for A-List celebrities, corporate executives and athletes. He has consulted for a number of television and film projects, appeared on television news including ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News and has lectured at Universities and Colleges across the country. John served as President of the Los Angeles Transportation Commission, is a volunteer basketball coach for a local public park league and is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Campbell Hall School. A passionate sports fan, Shallman has especially enjoyed consulting for NFL teams and his beloved Los Angeles Clippers. John is married to Lani Barrameda-Shallman and they have four children, two dogs and a bunny.

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  |  Associate Creative Director / Design


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 Brentwood.

Hailey Shaw | Account Executive


Hailey Shaw is a skilled political strategist with experience in fundraising, field, and communications. She has contributed to the success of dozens of statewide, legislative, and municipal campaigns. At Shallman Communications, Hailey is primarily focused on developing holistic campaign strategies, streamlining communication efforts, and delivering high-quality results to all clients. She is also passionate about her role overseeing Shallman Communications’ internship program, which is specifically designed to give students meaningful, hands-on experience in the political world. Hailey is a proud UCLA graduate and lives in Del Rey with her partner Peirce.

Bill Rui | Account Coordinator


Bill Rui is driven and passionate with ample experience in youth work, policy proposal, and legislative research. During his time at NYU, Bill served as a youth staffer at his local community center, worked at Playworks, and interned with Congresswoman Angie Craig. Throughout these experiences, he has always prided himself on fighting for the future of our country and improving the day-to-day lives of community members. He brings a hands-on approach to his work with a strong background in legislative efforts at the local and federal levels as well as an in-depth understanding of policy-based economics. At Shallman Communications, Bill puts his efforts towards assisting the campaign team, streamlining workflows, and conducting policy research. Hailing from the Boston area, he spends his free time cooking, playing cello, and reading.

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