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Carolyn Riggs

Carolyn Riggs

Vice President

Carolyn Riggs is a Vice President in Mercury’s New York office.

Over a decade of campaign management experience working with local, state, and federal candidates in Colorado, California, and New York

Proven experience in grassroots organizing and power mapping in rural areas

Demonstrated success in deploying targeted digital communications to win elections

Collaborative problem solver and project manager

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Carolyn Riggs is a Vice President in Mercury’s New York office. Her extensive experience in campaign management, paid communications, and operations across multiple sectors has prepared her to tackle any challenge as a proven analytical and collaborative project manager.

Riggs’ professional career of over 20 years includes multiple leadership and management positions as a former bar and restaurant owner, nonprofit board member, former chair of two county Democratic committees, political campaign manager and general consultant. She has also held both appointed and elected positions in her local communities.

At Mercury, Riggs specializes in paid media and strategic communications, working with nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders in designing and implementing successful earned and paid media campaigns. Riggs also leads voter education and engagement efforts for a wide range of candidates and organizations.

Riggs has extensive experience in developing strategies and deploying tactics to connect private-public-philanthropic stakeholders to work toward a common good, including successfully securing a $10M Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State and a $500k grant from the Congressionally Directed Spending program in the FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations package through U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office.

Prior to joining Mercury, Riggs worked as a campaign manager and political consultant for local, state, and federal candidates running for office in Colorado, California, and New York. Over the last decade working with over 50 candidates and issue-based campaigns, Riggs has developed direct outreach communications strategies through targeted canvassing, earned media, direct mail, texting, and digital campaigns to hit tenable benchmarks and goals.

Riggs earned her BA in Organizational Communications from Western Colorado University and her Project Management Certificate from Cornell University and is active with the Project Management Institute. She currently lives in Albany, New York where she enjoys weekend backpacking trips and paddling on the numerous rivers and lakes across upstate NY