Marc Farinella is Executive Director of the Project on Political Reform and the Executive Director of the Center for Survey Methodology at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.  He served as the Harris School’s Chief Operating Officer from 2012 through 2014.  Before joining Harris, Farinella was a nationally-recognized political consultant and strategic communications specialist whose clients included Governors and Senators from across the country.  In 2008, he served as the North Carolina State Director for President Barack Obama’s general election campaign.  Earlier, he served three years as Chief of Staff for the late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan.  Farinella is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois.