Vast experience, Local Focus

Vast experience, Local Focus

Mills Strategies is a public affairs and advocacy firm with particular expertise in hyper-local, community-based controversies and communications challenges.

People do care about national and state issues but are incredibly passionate about local issues that have tangible and direct impacts on their everyday lives.  Community buy-in from the start of any campaign is essential to achieve a win.

Community Power

Citizens, voters, local businesses and community activists have more access to local government than ever before and are using that access to influence officials and advocate for or against new policies, new projects or new taxes. It is an entirely different dynamic when a key Selectmen is your neighbor and not a distant legislator.

Corporations, real estate developers, non profits and associations ignore the power of local voters to their own peril.  A misstep out of the gate can doom a campaign.

Whether the forum is a planning board hearing, a town meeting, a Board of Selectmen session or a local editorial board, let Mills Strategies put you in the best position to win.

Mills Strategies helps their clients craft messages, identify the appropriate audience, educate stakeholders and turn them out to comment, vote or advocate in support of the client’s project or agenda.  Our playbook follows that of a typical political campaign:

Identify, Educate and Turnout.

Meet Our Team

From humble beginnings as a country lawyer and state government relations associate, Bryan Mills has built a career focused on community affairs, advocacy and helping clients with their toughest local communication challenges. In his nearly 25-year career, Bryan has designed and executed dozens of community engagement campaigns around the country; he is focused on winning, no matter the forum, project or issue.

Bryan’s unique skill set provides clients with expertise beyond any one public affairs category.  Whatever “it” is that gives Bryan the ability to drop in to a community, identify allies and build meaningful relationships for his client, he has it.

His legal background and lobbying work enable him to sift through municipal ordinances, legislative/regulatory matters and zoning codes to inform campaign strategy.

Direct stakeholder outreach, citizen group management and interaction with local officials and staff are key parts of Bryan’s on-ground work; personal relationships and regular contact matter.

Bryan’s ability to craft the most effective messages and identify the best platforms to deliver those messages builds strong local networks for clients, enhances goodwill and creates allies.

He has also led many primary and general election campaigns and initiative/referendum campaigns, spearheading grassroots organizing, fundraising and GOTV activities.  With a focus on voter data, voter ID and direct voter contact, clients will know who in a community is best suited to help with a campaign.

His skills include campaign development, strategy, management and budgeting: the “trains run on time” and projects stay on budget.

Prior to founding Mills Strategies, Bryan co-founded and was a principal at Ellis Mills Public Affairs, a public affairs and government relations firm focused on New England.   Before that, Bryan spent more than 12 years at The Saint Consulting Group where he worked on and managed dozens of controversial land use and development projects in more than 40 states and Canada.

Bryan is a graduate of Hamilton College, and received his J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. He and his wife have two children and divide their time between Sudbury, MA and Royalton, VT

We’re Proud of The Relationships We’ve Built