Our Team


Madalane Mielke, Executive Director

Madalene Mielke is the Founder and Principal of the Arum Group, LLC as well as a Partner in Navigare Strategy Group.  She has over 15 years of experience working in political campaigns.  Madalene specializes in political and non-profit fundraising and political training.  

The Arum Group’s clients have included such organizations and campaigns as NAACP National Voter Fund, Underwood for Governor, Democratic National Committee, John Kerry for President, Mike Honda for Congress, Friends of Hillary, New Vision America (Rep. Mike Honda’s leadership PAC), CHC BOLD PAC, Leadership for Today and Tomorrow (Rep. Xavier Becerra’s leadership PAC), Jackie Speier for Congress, Friends of Alan Grayson, America’s Opportunity Fund (Secretary Norm Mineta’s leadership PAC), Friends of Mazie Hirono and numerous other progressive organizations.

Madalene’s previous experience includes working as the Director of Training and Curriculum for the Ron Brown-Paul Tully Institute for Political Action (BTI), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the New Democrat Network (NDN) and several coordinated and presidential campaigns.   

As the Director of Training and Curriculum for BTI, Madalene was responsible for the development of training materials for all disciplines of a campaign and traveled throughout the United States to train campaign professionals as well as state party officials, candidates and Democratic activists.  She served as the Lead Trainer for the Finance Director trainings.  Participants included campaign finance directors and national committee staff.  

At the New Democrat Network (NDN), where Madalene served as Membership Development Director, she worked in collaboration with Congressional Members from the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) as well as the founding Co-Chairs of NDN, Senators John Breaux and Joseph I. Lieberman.