Magnus PEarson Media

Who We Are

Adam Magnus


For the last 19 years Adam has been producing top flight television ads and giving strategic advice to winning political campaigns nationwide.

What started out as a college internship with Saul Shorr in 1999 turned into the only job Adam has ever known, along the way allowing him to learn every aspect of political ad making and the mechanics of successful campaigns.

In 2007, the firm became Shorr Johnson Magnus, and over the last decade the company was proud to elect more Democratic governors and US Senators than any other media firm in the country.  

During the past two cycles Adam served as the firm’s primary contact for the campaigns of Senators Michael Bennet, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown and Governors Jay Inslee and JB Pritzker.

In addition to writing scripts, directing shoots and overseeing the post-production of spots, Adam has been intimately involved in the strategic decision making for the campaigns and independent expenditures he’s been part.  He has especially taken a lead role working with campaign communications teams in planning out both broader messaging and the day-to-day tactics to accomplish it.

Originally from New Orleans, Adam lives in Washington, DC with his wife Laura and their three daughters, Netta, Lucy and Piper.


Elisabeth Pearson


Elisabeth Pearson served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association from 2015-2018, implementing a 4-year political strategy that culminated in the biggest year for gubernatorial pickups in the history of the DGA.

In the 2017-2018 cycle, the DGA flipped 8 governorships from red-to-blue and held all 10 Democratic seats. The DGA did not lose a single incumbent governor during Pearson’s tenure as Executive Director. 

Pearson managed a $140 million cycle budget and a 40 person staff, modernizing the DGA by creating an in-house research department, quadrupling the individual donor program and starting a grassroots fundraising operation. Pearson also worked closely with Democratic incumbents to grow the DGA’s profile in the Trump era.

Roll Call described Pearson as “a leading strategist in the party’s redistricting efforts,” for her work launching the DGA’s Unrig the Map redistricting project and serving as a founding board member of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

Prior to her work as Executive Director of the DGA, Elisabeth served as Political Director.  During the 2010 cycle she worked as Deputy Political Director at the DSCC.  There she helped to maintain the Senate majority in a difficult year.  She has also worked on multiple campaigns in Virginia including Warner for Senate, Kaine for Governor and Wagner for Lt. Governor.

Elisabeth lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Charlie, and two sons, George and Jacob.


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