Tricia Mueller has spent her adult life engaged in the political process. Her experience, contacts, street savviness and instinct for anticipating a course of action have made her one of the most potent professionals in regional politics.
Tricia founded Groundwork Strategies (GWS) in June of 2016. GWS is a women-owned and operated public affairs and political consultancy firm with offices in Haddonfield, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.
Prior to founding GWS, Tricia served for more than 16 years as the political director of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (with 40,000 union carpenters and signatory contractors), eventually rising to the position of National Political Director for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners in America. She was the youngest and first female to achieve this distinction.
Tricia has provided strategic and tactical counsel to major political races including Obama for President 2008, McGreevey for Governor, and Lautenberg and Menendez for U.S. Senate. She also served as Coordinated Campaign Director for Governor Jon Corzine and again as a senior adviser to his re-election efforts.
In 2016, Tricia entered the Pennsylvania political space, by standing up and running a successful Independent Expenditure operation to support Senator John Sabatina’s (SD-5) re-election effort on behalf of the Carpenters Union. Tricia also managed two successful judicial campaigns: Matt Wolf for Municipal Judge and Carolyn Nichols for PA Superior Court. Tricia begins to grow her political footprint in the Commonwealth of PA as well as Philadelphia, maintaining clients such as Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Philadelphia 3.0.
The media has repeatedly identified Tricia as one of the best-connected and powerful influencers in politics. Ms. Mueller has been highlighted by NJ Monthly as one of the 101 Most Influential People in New Jersey and as one of the Top 40 under 40 in South Jersey Magazine. She also has been listed in the top of Politicker NJ’s Power List every year since 2013. She has also been highlighted many times as statewide labor leader and leader on women’s issues. In 2018, Tricia was ranked number 35 on NJ Globe’s New Jersey Top 100 Power List.
Tricia has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of women from groups such as Emerge and the NJ Women’s Political Caucus.
In 2016, Tricia was appointed to the National Board of Directors for the New Leader’s Council, a 501-(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote future progressive political entrepreneurs.
Of all her successes, however, Tricia counts becoming mom to her daughter Zoe Luna the greatest and most fulfilling.
Tricia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from The College of New Jersey. Tricia is also a graduate of Augsburg College’s Women and Development Latin American Perspectives Program located in Cuernavaca, Mexico; she holds a certificate in Union Organizing from the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and has completed courses towards her Masters in Government Administration from Rutgers University located in New Jersey.