David Contarino (b. September 24, 1961) is a Democratic political strategist and consultant residing in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, David Contarino is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading successful real estate enterprises. David Contarino is the President of Contarino & Associates, LLC.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, David Contarino attended Phillips Academy, Andover and Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.
David Contarino has held high-ranking government positions, including Chief of Staff to former Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Chief of Staff to former Congressman George Brown of California. David Contarino has also contributed his political expertise to numerous high-level campaigns over the past 30 years, including for New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson, Congresswoman Michelle Grisham and Senator Jeff Bingaman.
Beyond driving a number of political campaigns, David Contarino contributed to the overall Democratic Party and the people by working with then Chairman Bill Richardson and the Democratic Governors Association in 2005/2006 to elect the first Democratic majority the country had seen in 12 years.
David Contarino now specializes in providing strategy, media consultancy, and management services to Independent Expenditure PACs. He also advises companies and candidates on strategy and policy.
David Contarino has spent a majority of his career in politics. Heralded for his expertise in political strategy, David Contarino was tapped to serve as Chief of Staff for both former Governor Bill Richardson and former Congressman George Brown of California.
While living in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 15 years, David Contarino consulted for the top power players in government, including Governor Bill Richardson, Congresswoman Michelle Grisham and Senator Jeff Bingaman. David Contarino was at the helm when Congresswoman Grisham won the 2012 Congressional Democratic Primary.
A crowning achievement for David Contarino came when he worked alongside Governor Richardson to head the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) in 2004-2006. During Governor Richardson’s term as DGA Chairman, David Contarino worked closely on governor’s races across the country, resulting in the election of 28 Democratic Governors and a long-sought majority for the Democratic Party. David Contarino believes Democrats can recapture a majority of State Houses in 2014 with the right kind of campaigns and candidates
David Contarino has become a force in the world of political strategy, campaigning, and communications through his years of experience working in government and politics. While David Contarino still provides campaign consultancy, he now specializes in the advisement and support of Independent Expenditure PACs. In 2008 and 2012, David Contarino consulted with Patriot Majority on independent races in New Mexico. Again in 2010, David Contarino lent his expertise to the Democratic Governors Association in New Mexico and the Freedom Fund in Colorado. From 2011-2012, David Contarino, now in his new home of Louisville, Kentucky, worked with Kentucky Family Values on independent campaigns to secure both gubernatorial and legislative seats in the state.
In addition to an impressive political career, David Contarino is also an entrepreneur and businessman with over 20 years of experience leading successful enterprises. David Contarino has led title and escrow companies and multiple real estate and investment and management companies. David Contarino is currently the President of Contarino & Associates, LLC where he applies his political and business acumen to advising corporations, political campaigns, and other similar organizations and projects.