Throughout his career, Matt Rhoades has worked at the highest levels of political organizations and campaigns. He now applies those insights to the issues most important to his clients. Fortune Magazine described Rhoades as “a diligently low-key, data-oriented operator at the helm of the Romney campaign…”
As campaign manager of Romney/Ryan 2012, Rhoades managed a budget of nearly $900 million. Prior to his time as campaign manager, Rhoades served as Executive Director of Mitt Romney’s Free & Strong America PAC, Communications Director on Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, Research Director on the Bush/Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, and in various senior-level positions with the Republican National Committee. Rhoades also spent time in the Bush White House as an Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office and as a White House Liaison in the Office of Personnel Management.
Rhoades brings nearly a decade of experience in the private sector to CGCN Group. During this time in the private sector, he played a significant role in building numerous political and issue advocacy organizations. He is also the co-founder of Defending Digital Campaigns – a bipartisan initiative to provide political campaigns with the resources to combat foreign and domestic cybersecurity threats.
- Romney/Ryan 2012 Presidential Campaign Manager
- Co-founder of a bipartisan cybersecurity initiative, Defending Digital Campaigns
- Past leadership positions in PACs, the Republican National Committee and at the White House
- Joined CGCN in 2019
- 2017: Co-founded the Defending Digital Democracy Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
- 2013: Founded America Rising, an opposition research and communications firm
- 2012: Campaign Manager, Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign
- 2010: Executive Director, Governor Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America Political Action Committee
- 2001 – 2004: Various roles in President George W. Bush’s administration and winning re-election campaign