Matt Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Rodriguez Strategies.
A veteran Democratic strategist with more than 20 years of experience working for candidates and causes across the nation, Matt focuses on designing and leading grassroots and grasstops campaigns for diverse entities ranging from emerging nonprofits to Fortune 500 corporations.
Matt employs his knowledge of the public and private sectors to implement winning strategies for clients at local and statewide levels. He runs the American Beverage Association’s coalition-building efforts in California and leads the advocacy campaign to educate local elected officials about the beverage industry. Matt has also worked with clients including The Pew Charitable Trusts, AT&T, California Community Foundation, The California Governor’s Association, Center for Western Priorities, and former California First Lady Maria Shriver.
Matt’s campaign management experience ranges from local and state legislative races to U.S. presidential campaigns.
In 2008, Matt served as the Western States Regional Director for Obama for America, where he managed campaign operatives and executed strategy throughout the Western United States. Prior to the general election, he served as the New Hampshire State Director for the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential primary.
Matt’s experience in politics dates back to 1997 when he was a press aide to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt. He later served as Congressman Gephardt's Political Action Committee Director in 2002 and the Deputy Political Director on his 2004 presidential campaign. Matt also worked for Senator Bill Bradley's presidential campaign in 2000, managed Senator Chris Dodd's reelection effort in 2004, and successfully guided California State Senator Kevin de Leon's first campaign for the State Assembly in 2006.
In addition to his work at Rodriguez Strategies, Matt is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics and serves on the board of directors of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Matt is also a frequent political contributor on AirTalk on 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.
Prior to his work in the political arena, Matt was a teacher at a small Jesuit school in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Matt sits on the board of the New England Homes for the Deaf, based in Massachusetts, and Turnaround Arts: California. He lives with his wife Renee in Santa Monica, California.