Matthew Dowd

Political strategist

During the past twenty-five years, Matthew Dowd has helped shape strategies and campaigns for CEOs, corporations, foundations, governments, candidates, and presidents. He is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international brand positioning firm. <br /> <br /> Matthew’s recent political work includes serving as the Chief Strategist on two winning reelection efforts – for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and for President George W. Bush in 2004. His innovative approach on the 2004 and 2000 campaigns led the bi-partisan American Association of Political Consultants to name him Strategist of the Year.<br /> <br /> In the 1990s, Matthew was President and founding partner of Public Strategies, Inc, an international public affairs firm. While at PSI, Matthew advised a wide variety of corporate clients and helped former Democrat Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock win election and re-election. He began his career as a member of Democrat U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen's staff.<br /> <br /> A contributor to many news outlets, Matthew teaches at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. <br /> <br /> He is co-author of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community</em>.