Political Idol: I’m still waiting.

Favorite Political Speeches:: Anything stirring and revolutionary, especially on the subject of freedom – MLK’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” JFK’s First Inaugural, George W. Bush’s Second Inaugural.

Gadgets: Macbook, iPhone, iPad

Web Sites: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Politico, Drudge Report, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics

Sports Team: Pittsburgh Pirates (really!)

Mike Devanney


The consummate Pittsburgher, with connections across the social and political spectrum, Mike DeVanney co-founded ColdSpark as a consulting firm that served not only political, but social causes. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, Mike’s career took him through a dozen political campaigns, where he developed a legendary skill at shaping large ideas into cogent and persuasive messages. Where partner Mark Harris is the math, Mike is the social sciences in the ColdSpark formula.

Political website PoliticsPa.com twice rated Mike as a “top operative” in 2012 and 2014, and he has produced creative advertising that have won numerous Pollie and Reed Awards. In addition, Mike is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants. Mike is committed to his community, serving as a board member for the AMD3 Foundation, the Pittsburgh Symphony Jack Heinz Society, Central Catholic High School, and the Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy. Mike resides in the East End of Pittsburgh with his wife Angela.