PUDNER JOINS STAFF OF ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A former senior vice president for McGuire Woods Consulting LLC of Atlanta, John Pudner, has been named director of political operations and programs for the Alabama Farmers Federation.
A native of Richmond, Va., Pudner, 40, was responsible for national grassroots operations at McGuire Woods. While in that position, he consulted with the Federation on numerous campaigns. Pudner said he is looking forward to working full time for the state's largest farm organization.
"I have greatly enjoyed getting to work with the Alabama Farmers Federation for the past several years as a general political consultant," Pudner said. "I've run grassroots operations for political campaigns and corporations my whole adult life and can tell you there is no greater grassroots organization in the country than the Alabama Farmers Federation. The county organizations and the field staff give the Federation a truly great opportunity to alter the political landscape in state and local government to positively impact people's lives."
A 1987 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in journalism, Pudner worked for newspapers in Milwaukee, New York and Charlottesville, Va., before getting involved in politics in 1988 as chief legislative assistant for then-Virginia House Delegate George Allen, now a U.S. senator.
Pudner ran more than a dozen successful political campaigns for conservative candidates in Virginia for a decade ending in 1997. Since then, he has run grassroots efforts for Fortune 100 corporations, though he did return to the candidate arena in 2000 as a vendor to run targeted direct mail and telemarketing efforts in battleground states for the Bush 2000 campaign. Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore said Pudner's experience would further enhance the organization's strong political operations.
"With John's professional background and expertise, he can bring our political program to the level our members expect. John has been successful in political operations at all levels, from organizing grassroots involvement to managing statewide campaigns," Kilgore said. "Our organization has long been involved in the political arena. The addition of John to our management team is timely as we prepare for the 2006 elections, and it shows the Federation remains committed to representing its members in the political arena."
Although he grew up in Virginia, Pudner's roots trace back to Alabama. He spent many holidays at the home of his late grandfather, John R. Powell, in Montgomery, and he has family in Selma and Birmingham.
Pudner and his wife of 17 years, Kalynne, are active in St. Monica's Church in Atlanta, and he is involved in his children's youth sports activities. The Pudners have nine children: J.J., 16, Teddy, 14, Betsy, 13, Drew, 11, Molly, 10, Martha Kate, 8, twins Nathaniel and Susanna, 6, and Lucy, 2. Kalynne has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia and is currently home schooling five of their children.