Matt Rhoades is one of America’s most accomplished political and public affairs professionals. He served as campaign manager for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign, guiding Gov. Romney through a crowded primary to the Republican nomination. Following the campaign, he founded America Rising in order to fill a void in the Republican Party’s communications, opposition research and rapid response capabilities. Under Rhoades leadership, America Rising quickly became an indispensable tool in the Republican toolkit, orchestrating game-changing moments in races around the country and contributing to the party’s historic 2014 victories. Rhoades previously served as Vice President at DCI Group, managing corporate client teams assigned to provide advice on media, public relations, legislative and regulatory strategies. His clients included major players in the private equity, telecommunications and health care industries. He also served as communications director for Gov. Romney’s 2008 campaign and as research director for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign and for the Republican National Committee.