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The Team


Who We Are

Katy Langenfeld



Katy Langenfeld founded Langenfeld & Associates in 2022. From 2015-2022, she worked for KJD Strategies as a fundraiser and later as Vice President. Katy has raised millions of dollars for winning campaigns of statewide and state level candidates, county commissioners, aldermen, as well as non-profit foundations. After graduating from Drake University, she worked for AKPD Message & Media on Barack Obama’s '08 Presidential campaign. She has a background in field, and has managed campaigns for Illinois legislators and Chicago aldermen. She previously worked in Springfield developing legislative priorities and strategic communications for House Democrats.

Ersilia Melchiorre

Finance & Operations Manager

Ersilia Melchiorre joined Langenfeld & Associates in Spring 2022. She worked previously as a campaign manager and fundraiser for a democratic candidate for Indiana State Senate. Ersilia was a Lead Middle School Humanities teacher for Success Academy Charter Schools in Harlem, NYC from September 2017 to June 2019. In this role, she was honored in 2019 with a Success Academy Excellence Award for Growth. Ersilia has a Masters in Public Policy with a focus in International Policy and Development and Global Conflict Studies from University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She also has a Bachelor of Art degree in Classical Civilizations from Loyola University Chicago.

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Daphne Karlin

Deputy Finance Director

Stacey Smith


Stacey Smith is a senior consultant for L&A. Previously, Stacey was Vice President and a senior fundraiser at KJD Strategies. She worked as the Deputy Finance Director for US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and was a member of the Candidate Fundraising team at the DCCC, raising money for targeted Democratic incumbents and candidates across the country. Stacey has worked on multiple congressional and senate campaigns in the Chicagoland area in both fundraising and field. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stacey has also spent time as a Dunn Fellow in the Office of the Illinois Governor and as an intern in U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s Washington, DC office.


Katelynd Duncan is the Founder of KJD Strategies, Chicago. In 2010 at the age of 24, Katelynd Duncan created a company that has quickly emerged on the forefront of Chicago political fundraising services and produces events frequently attended by the most elite political insiders and in demand donors. KJD Strategies has raised more than $50 million for political action committees and non-profits. Katelynd serves as a confidant and political strategist for some of Illinois' top political leaders. KJD Strategies' clients include former Mayors, Governors and Senators as well as a range of state and municipal electeds. In 2018, Katelynd was the recipient of the “ Dawn Clark Netsch Straight Talk” Award by Reform for Illinois for her work on addressing sexual harassment in government in politics.

Katelynd Duncan


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