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