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Michael Fenenbock


As President of Fenenbock Group, Michael Fenenbock is the firm’s creative and strategic leader.

During his many years in the arena of political media campaigns, Michael earned respect as a “Renaissance Man” who brought an added element to his work. Not only did Michael insist that his ads communicate a focused message, he demanded that they be aesthetically beautiful as well. The visual image, the music, the graphics… all were high-end and top-notch.

Those tenets of focused message and high production quality extend to the work he is now leading at Fenenbock Group.

The son of UCLA and NFL football great Chuck Fenenbock, Michael was born and raised in Southern California. After a stint in the Air Force, Michael earned a BA and MA in American history from San Francisco State University and a Phd/abd in American history from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

After graduate school, Michael began his 35-year career in politics. In 1978 he helped Pat Williams win a longshot Montana Congressional race, and was soon invited to join Montana governor Tom Judge’s staff where he served as senior advisor and press secretary.

During Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign, Michael was tabbed as Deputy Western States Coordinator, before moving to Washington, DC where he joined Senator Kennedy’s national campaign staff and helped coordinate efforts at the 1980 Democratic national convention in New York City.

In 1981-82 Michael served as U.S. Senator John Melcher’s press secretary and senior political aide in Washington, DC.

Michael left Senator Melcher’s staff in 1982 in order to accept a position as Senator Edward Kennedy’s political director. In that capacity he headed the Senator’s political operation at the 1982 Democratic mini-Convention in Philadelphia.

Acclaimed as one of the nation's top campaign strategists, over the next two years Michael directed three highly visible governor’s races in Mississippi, Indiana, and Rhode Island.

Returning to Washington, DC, Michael established his own political media consulting firm. In 1988 he met and married Daphne Weisbart. Together they formed a personal and professional partnership and created MAX Films, the precursor to Fenenbock Group which was formed in 2013.

Daphne and Michael live today with a houseful of bird dogs (Vizslas to be precise) and split their time between California and New York.

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