Modia “Mo” Butler, the top political advisor to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, has been named partner at Mercury, one of the most powerful public affairs firms in New Jersey and nationally.
Butler joins two other prominent New Jersey partners: Michael Soliman, the chairman of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s re-election campaign, and Michael DuHaime, who was political director of the Republican National Committee and the chief strategist for Gov. Chris Christie’s statewide campaigns.
Butler served as chief of staff to Booker when he was mayor of Newark, and as Booker’s New Jersey chief of staff in the U.S. Senate before he joined Mercury in 2016. He recently served as a strategist for Newark mayor Ras Barak’s re-election campaign.
“Mo isn’t just one of the most talented political minds in New Jersey and the country, he’s a great friend with an infectious personality,” said Mercury partner Michael Soliman. “From his experience as Chief of Staff to Cory Booker as Mayor of Newark and then as Senator, Mo has gained the local, state, and national expertise to become a respected powerhouse in state and national politics. Mo is a trusted adviser and a tremendous asset to Mercury and our clients.”
DuHaime called Butler a “tremendous asset to Mercury’s New Jersey operation and has helped us grow nationally as well.”
““Mo’s extensive knowledge of municipal and federal government has made him an integral member of our firm and a trusted adviser to his clients,” DuHaime said. “Most importantly, Mo is a tremendous human being who leads by example. We are fortunate to have him as part of our leadership team.”
Butler played major roles in Booker’s mayoral and U.S. Senate campaigns and was the co-chair of his 2006 mayoral transition team. In addition, Butler served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Newark Housing Authority from 2006 to 2015, improving the agency’s performance which resulted in its removal from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD)’s “troubled list”. Butler also served as President and CEO of Newark Now from 2003 to 2008, a civic leadership and empowerment organization that benefits thousands of Newark residents every year. Under his leadership, Newark Now has raised millions of dollars to launch noteworthy resource centers and initiatives including the Newark Comprehensive Center for Fathers, Family Success Centers and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
“I am honored to serve as a partner at Mercury,” said Butler. “As Mercury continues to excel and bring in new, exceptional talent, I look forward to continuing to grow with the firm and its extraordinary team to help our clients achieve success.”
Mercury is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group, and provides services in the areas of federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states.