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Matthew Dowd is a well-known and respected cultural commentator and strategist. For the past 30 years, he has helped shape strategies and campaigns for CEOs, corporations, foundations, governments, candidates, and presidents.
With triumphant political campaigns under his belt and independence from both political parties, Matthew Dowd uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to provide audiences with a view of America today and the ways our political, economic, and social institutions need to respond—covering not only politics but cultural, economic, and spiritual trends.
Matthew Dowd’s political work includes serving as the chief strategist for two winning reelection efforts—Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 campaign and President George W. Bush’s second White House bid in 2004. His innovative approach on the 2004 and 2000 campaigns led the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants to name him “Strategist of the Year.” Dowd has also given strategic advice to President Barack Obama after the 2010 midterm elections, Bono at the One Campaign, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Matthew Dowd is also the author of the 2017 book A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve, which examines the role of leadership in disruptive times, and the creator of the online community Listen.To.Us., which brings like-minded individuals together to discuss politics and government. Over the last 20 years, Dowd has been an active entrepreneur, founding three highly successful companies including Vianovo and Public Strategies. He additionally founded Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund which is focused on for-profit social good companies.
Matthew Dowd served as chief political analyst for ABC News where he appeared on This Week, Good Morning America, and Nightline. He regularly contributes to publications including National Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post.
Matthew Dowd has taught seminars on campaigns and communication at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and the University of Southern California.