Our Founding Partners
With almost twenty years of experience in non-profit advocacy and political campaign leadership, Doug Forand brings a wealth of knowledge to clients and candidates in need of strategic advocacy. Before forming Red Horse, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the DSCC under Senate Minority Leaders David Paterson and Malcolm Smith.
In 2002, he was the campaign manager for Alan Hevesi's winning Comptroller campaign and served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Comptroller Hevesi following his election. In his work as an organizer for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG); National Field Director for the Citizens Trade Campaign (a business and labor coalition which opposed the creation of the World Trade Organization); and as an organizer for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and The Arc of the United States, Forand has advocated for and built effective issue campaigns on behalf of working people, people with disabilities, the environment and a host of other causes.
Until February 2008 Marc Lapidus was the Campaign Director for the DSCC and he brings to Red Horse more than two decades of experience in New York City and State politics and government. Marc managed Bill Mulrow's campaign for State Comptroller in 2002, was Hillary Clinton's Deputy Campaign Manager in 2000 and Peter Vallone's Deputy Campaign Manager in 1998.
Marc was the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness from 2003-2005, leading a coalition of hundreds of advocacy groups who influenced state budget decisions. He was the senior political advisor to the State Democratic Party in 2001, served in City Hall under Mayor David N. Dinkins, was the Director of External Affairs for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and has worked with numerous labor organizations including the AFL-CIO, CSEA, AFSCME and SEIU-1199.
Before forming Red Horse, Nathan Smith was most recently the Director of Minority Information Services for Senator Malcolm Smith and Field Director for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC). He has served as campaign manager for a number of State Senate, New York City Council, and advocacy campaigns.
He also served as Chief of Staff for New York City Councilmember Annabel Palma and has extensive experience in labor and public advocacy campaigns for organizations including ACORN, the New York Workfare Workers Organizing committee and the United Farm Workers.