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Rob Simms

Rob Simms

Partner
Mike Shields

Mike Shields

Partner
Tom Newhouse

Tom Newhouse

Vice President of Digital Marketing
Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Vice President of Production
Josh Daniels

Josh Daniels

Vice President of Political Affairs
Hunter Mullis

Hunter Mullis

Vice President of Operations
Tyler Q. Houlton

Tyler Q. Houlton

Vice President of Public Affairs
Remy Hart

Remy Hart

Managing Director of Digital Marketing
Ashley Craig

Ashley Craig

Senior Director of Client Strategy
Charles Barbour

Charles Barbour

Director of Production
Jamie Vosseller

Jamie Vosseller

Director of Production Operations
Cassie Hammond

Cassie Hammond

Client Strategy Director
Will Flores

Will Flores

Client Strategy Director
Liam O’Toole

Liam O’Toole

CORE Director
Charles Russell

Charles Russell

Client Strategy Director
Tanner Williams

Tanner Williams

Producer
Alex Collie

Alex Collie

CORE Deputy Director
Megan Pariseau

Megan Pariseau

Content Manager
Jesse Stokes

Jesse Stokes

Client Strategy Manager
Walker Thomas

Walker Thomas

Client Strategy Manager
AnnaKatherine Deiana

AnnaKatherine Deiana

Client Strategy Manager
John Mondi

John Mondi

Client Strategy Manager
Madi Puzey

Madi Puzey

Digital Marketing Manager
Jacob McLaughlin

Jacob McLaughlin

Client Strategy Manager
Austin Fiala

Austin Fiala

Client Strategy Manager
Matt Heitmann

Matt Heitmann

Junior Graphic Designer
Makenzie Bennett

Makenzie Bennett

Production Assistant
Sarah Mautino

Sarah Mautino

Advertising Analyst
Joe Capra

Joe Capra

Client Strategy Copywriter
Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings

Client Strategy Analyst
Benjamin Nichols

Benjamin Nichols

Client Strategy Analyst
Wesley Meadowcroft

Wesley Meadowcroft

Client Strategy Analyst
Michael Bonilla

Michael Bonilla

Client Strategy Analyst
Michelle Barrientos

Michelle Barrientos

Client Strategy Analyst
Kathleen Ashmore

Kathleen Ashmore

Prospecting Analyst

Rob Simms

Partner

Rob Simms is a Founder and Partner at Convergence with more than 25 years of experience advising candidates and campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, Independent Expenditure units and SuperPacs, non-profits, and political organizations all over the country.
Prior to starting Convergence with Mike Shields, Rob served as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2016 cycle. NRCC Chairman Greg Walden called Rob’s leadership “instrumental” to maintaining the majority and said, “we kicked their tails,” beating expectations and what “conventional wisdom” expected during a presidential election year.
As Executive Director, Rob oversaw every aspect of the Committee’s operations including overall strategy, member and leadership relations, candidate recruitment, personnel, finance and the budget. He also oversaw historic investments in the organization’s digital operations, small dollar fundraising, and data infrastructure. As Political Director during the 2014 cycle, Rob served as the principal strategist of the Committee’s “Drive to 245” and oversaw the political operations for the Committee, efforts that led to the winning of 247 House seats, the largest Republican majority since 1928.
Rob has served as strategist, advisor and general consultant to campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Governor, Congress, as well as state and local offices from Georgia to Alaska. He has also owned a consulting firm, been a partner at a public affairs firm and held senior level positions in Congress and state government.
After successfully leading Karen Handel’s campaign for Georgia Secretary of State, where she became the first Republican since Reconstruction to hold the office, Rob was appointed Deputy Secretary of State. In this role Rob served as the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing virtually every aspect of the agency including more than 300 employees and 7 divisions. He led the implementation of Handel’s vision for reorganizing the agency, including reducing the budget by 20%,streamlining operations and improving customer service.
During the 2008 presidential elections, Rob helped oversee the administration of the largest election in the state’s history and the implementation of the state’s Photo ID requirement. He developed and oversaw the implementation of the state’s voter education efforts, partnering with many of Georgia’s corporate leaders, nonprofits and professional sports teams on the public relations campaign. These efforts became the backbone of the state’s successful legal defense of Photo ID, including on appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. Rob testified in federal court as an expert witness for the state and later before the United States Senate at the invitation of Senator Saxby Chambliss.
A graduate of George Mason University, he has been an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater teaching classes on political parties and campaigns. A native of Northern Virginia, Rob is a long-suffering Redskins fan, soccer enthusiast and Nationals season ticket holder with his wife Cindy. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their son Jack and their dog Dutch.

Highlights:
  • Served two historically successful terms with the NRCC as Executive Director in the 2016 cycle and Political Director in 2014
  • Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Shuster
  • Owner of a public affairs and political consulting firm
  • Deputy Secretary of State under Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel
  • Oversaw the administration of the 2008 presidential elections and later testified before the U.S. Senate on matters concerning voter fraud and Photo ID

Mike Shields

Partner

Mike Shields is a Founder and Partner at Convergence bringing more than 20 years of strategic experience at the highest levels of national campaigns, Capitol Hill and influential outside groups. The Washington Post reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Shields “one of the most talented political minds I know.” Shields is a CNN Political Commentator who brings an unparalleled depth of policy and management experience. The American Association of Political Consultants recognized Shields’s expertise by naming him the 2012 election’s “Most Valuable Player” for his leadership in creating a messaging program to defend House Republicans.
Having led SuperPACs, Independent Expenditure units, and party committees, possibly Shields most impactful work came as the Chief of Staff to the RNC. Here Shields oversaw the data renaissance of the modern Republican Party, helping to map out the data ecosystem and create a vision for the RNC data, digital and ground game infrastructure that helped win the 2016 presidential election and that is still the backbone of the RNC today. Shields also counts Newt Gingrich as his mentor, having served as the former Speaker’s Communications Director in his early career.
Born in the United States on a U.S. Air Force Base to an American father and British mother, Shields moved with his family to Great Britain as a child where he lived for 10 years. Now Shields lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Katie and his son Aidan.

Highlights:
  • Served as the President of Congressional Leadership Fund – a 527 “SuperPAC” – that focuses on electing Republicans to Congress. In 2016 CLF raised a record $50 million and went 29-3 in the 32 house races it played in
  • Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee in 2013-2014, overseeing the reform and build-out of a $175 million data and ground operation that led to the historic victory in 2016
  • President of American Action Network, a 501c4 issue advocacy organization
  • Political Director and Independent Expenditure Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As IE Director in the historic 2010 congressional victory, Shields oversaw an operation that put up over 140 separate TV ads in 63 districts
  • Shields career began in earnest when he became the Political Communications Director to the then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington State, helping steer him to upset victories in 2006 and 2008

Tom Newhouse

Vice President of Digital Marketing

Tom Newhouse is the Vice President of Digital Marketing and joined Convergence at its founding after two successful cycles at the NRCC as Digital Political Director and Digital Director. Since joining Convergence, Tom has built one of the largest and most powerful digital teams in Republican politics and oversees digital operations for Governors, leadership in Congress, and campaigns across dozens of states. In 2021, Tom was honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old.
At Convergence, Tom oversees the Digital team and serves as chief digital strategist for Convergence's campaign and public affairs clients. Tom and his team built an online fundraising program for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from scratch into a national powerhouse and helped elevate Congressman Devin Nunes into one of the most prolific small-dollar fundraisers in the Republican Party. During Tom's tenure at the NRCC, the digital department saw tremendous growth, including 67% increases in both online fundraising and digital advertising spending. Tom is a proud graduate of Tulane University and resides with his wife Lauren and daughter Lydia in Alexandria.

Highlights:
  • Honored as one of the top 40 political consultants under the age of 40 by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)
  • Oversees the entire digital operation for Convergence
  • Served as the NRCC Digital Director in the 2016 cycle

Ben Miller

Vice President of Production

Ben Miller is the Vice President of Production and joined Convergence at its founding in 2017. As a third-generation ad maker, he was raised in the production industry. Starting as a production assistant on large commercial and corporate shoots, he went on to work in communications roles on Capitol Hill, served as the director of public affairs for a large grassroots organization, and was the Vice President at a political media firm.
Ben oversees the production of all television, digital, and radio advertisements for Convergence’s clients, managing the creative process from conceptualization to placement. He has produced award-winning ads for various candidates, campaign committees, and SuperPACs for campaigns from delegate to president, as well as non-profits, ballot initiatives, and corporate clients.
Ben is from Alpharetta, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Alabama. He heads up our Atlanta office, where our production operation and post-house are based. He and his wife Shea have three sons: Shaw, Collins, and Tucker Nile.

Highlights:
  • Deputy Communications Director for the Republican Study Committee
  • Communications Director for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
  • Vice President at FP1
  • Director of Public Affairs for a non-profit in the Koch Network

Josh Daniels

Vice President of Political Affairs

Josh Daniels brings over a decade of political experience to Convergence, working on the ground for congressional and statewide campaigns in 20 states across the country. Josh brings an expertise in data and targeting from the beginning of his career in the precursor of the RNC Data Department that he marries with messaging strategy to guide campaigns and deploy efficient and effective paid media.  In 2016 and 2018 Josh oversaw millions of dollars in spending at the NRSC as part of the successful effort to hold the Republican Majority in the U.S. Senate. At Convergence, Josh travels across the U.S. to collaborate with clients and map out campaign strategies. A Maryland native and alumnus of the University of Chicago, Josh now resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife Torunn.

Highlights:
  • Served as US Senate Campaign Manager
  • Served as a target state RNC State Director in both presidential and midterm cycles
  • Served as NRSC Deputy Political Director and Regional Political Director

Hunter Mullis

Vice President of Operations

Hunter Mullis is the Vice President of Operations at Convergence. As the head of the firm’s operations, Hunter manages the office day-to-day and effectively streamlines our internal processes. She directs business development, oversees personnel, and manages Convergence’s financial operations. By synergizing Convergence’s internal operations with the external needs of our clients, Hunter efficiently implements the wide variety of products and services Convergence provides.
Hunter joined Convergence after working at the Congressional Leadership Fund during the successful 2016 election cycle. During her time at the Congressional Leadership Fund, Hunter helped secure Republican victories in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since joining Convergence, Hunter has brought organizational mastery, innovative problem solving, and analytical strength to our team. Hunter is a proud alumna of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Highlights:
  • Oversees and manages the day-to-day operations at Convergence
  • Legislative Assistant to North Carolina Representative Jason Saine
  • Member of the communications team at the Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network

Tyler Q. Houlton

Vice President of Public Affairs

Tyler Q. Houlton is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Convergence and has worked at the intersection of public policy, media relations and politics throughout his career in a wide variety of senior level positions in the Executive Branch, on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns.
Houlton is a skilled communicator with nearly two decades of public affairs and issue advocacy experience navigating the most difficult media environments, driving strategic communications goals, leading crisis management, and shaping and defending public policy on the international stage as well as the local, state and national levels.
Houlton is nationally recognized for his successful navigation of high-profile issues in the press. At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Houlton served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and Press Secretary. In this capacity he was a “trusted adviser” to multiple former Secretaries of Homeland Security and successfully “managed the department's public response during a number of high-profile security incidents, the midterm elections and hurricane season.
After managing the Office of Public Affairs at DHS, Houlton served as DHS Deputy Chief of Staff, where he oversaw and managed the daily operations of the Office of the Secretary. Houlton also oversaw the External Affairs of the Department, including the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Public Engagement. For his service to our nation, Houlton was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Homeland Security’s highest honor.
Houlton previously served at the U.S. Department of State where he advised the Department on critical foreign policy issues and helped shape our nation’s response to global challenges in both foreign and domestic media markets. Prior to his service in the Trump Administration, Houlton was a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and a spokesman and policy advisor for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Highlights:
  • Served in multiple senior level roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and Press Secretary
  • Senior Advisor at the Bureau of Global Public Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Spokesman and Policy Advisor, National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Maverick PAC’s Future 40
  • Author of Presidential Politics and the Ayatollah: The Impact of the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis on the U.S. Presidential Election of 1980.

Remy Hart

Managing Director of Digital Marketing

Remy Hart is Managing Director of Digital Marketing at Convergence. As the senior member of our digital team, Remy oversees internal operations, working to enhance the entire team's potential by implementing systems and processes so the firm and our clients continue to grow and succeed. From hiring new digital teammates to managing training and continuing education for the whole department, Remy works to elevate everyone's knowledge and advance their skillset to better serve our clients' needs.
Prior to joining Convergence, Remy directed digital operations for some of the most competitive statewide, congressional, and local campaigns throughout the country. She has expertise in developing and streamlining online efforts to strategically cut through the noise and reach voters where it counts.
Remy is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and lives in Richmond, VA.

Highlights:
  • Named a “Kentucky Colonel” after directing digital operations for Governor Bevin’s 2019 re-election campaign in Kentucky
  • Architected the digital program for Governor Rauner’s 2018 re-election campaign in Illinois
  • Directed digital on the re-election campaign of former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (IL) the same year that her Chicago Cubs won the World Series

Ashley Craig

Senior Director of Client Strategy

Ashley Craig is the Senior Director of Client Strategy at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, she ensures that our clients receive the highest quality in service from a knowledgeable and well-trained digital staff. Ashley joined Convergence with nearly seven years of political media experience.
Ashley is a graduate of Montreat College, received her Masters in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Got her start at the NRCC where she managed numerous websites and worked with Members of Congress to produce video content and TV ads
  • Has worked with numerous political organizations, such as PJTV and NumbersUSA, to develop and execute online marketing strategies, create content, and manage websites

Charles Barbour

Director of Production

Charles Barbour is the Director of Production at Convergence. He spent the last 13 years at Turner in Atlanta, starting as a Marketing Assistant before switching over to the production side of the business. He worked his way up to the position of Sr. Writer/Producer at Cartoon Network, where he developed and executed award-winning, co-branded campaigns for Fortune 500 companies across TV, digital and social. A few of the clients included Sony Pictures, Mattel, Kraft, LEGO, Paramount Pictures, Pilot Pen, McDonald’s, Subway and Hasbro.
Charles hails from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Washington & Lee, where he met his wife, Emily. They live in Atlanta with their son, Charlie, and daughter, Mary Benson.

Highlights:
  • Sr. Writer/Producer at Cartoon Network.
  • 2021 Gold Stevie Winner at the American Business Awards for writing Cartoon Network’s 2020 PSA for their Stop Bullying: Speak Up Campaign.
  • Directed A-list talent at promotional junkets, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Cartoon Network’s  junket for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Jamie Vosseller

Director of Production Operations

Jamie Vosseller is the Director of Production Operations at Convergence. In this role, Jamie oversees the operations and finances of all production and post-production projects. This includes booking crew and editors as needed, actualizing budgets and maintaining production numbers throughout the year, as well as streamlining processes to ensure the department’s continued growth and success. Her vast experience started in New York with Calvin Klein as the Associate Producer for their in-house advertising department, working on both print and commercial campaigns. Jamie then relocated to Atlanta, where she worked as the Senior Production Manager for Turner Studios. During her time at Turner, Jamie managed and produced promos, short and long form series for all the Turner Brands (TNT, TBS, TCM, Turner Sports and Cartoon Network), as well as live events for their networks.
Jamie is a graduate of Hollins University and lives in Atlanta, GA

Highlights:
  • Marvel Red Carpet Premieres in Los Angeles, including The Eternals, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Captain Marvel
  • Award Red Carpets (Broadcast and Social Platforms) for Turner Clients, including Academy Awards, Emmys, Latin Grammys and Screen Actor Guild Awards

Cassie Hammond

Client Strategy Director

Cassie Hammond is a Client Strategy Director at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Cassie runs the day-to-day operations for some of our top-level congressional and PAC clients.
Cassie graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Highlights:
  • Served as a Senior Strategy Director for Majority Strategies, with multiple client wins
  • Managed the campaign for Laura Lavine, a Mayoral race in Syracuse in 2017
  • Captured her first campaign win as Deputy Campaign Manager for Jeff Pastor in Ohio
  • Helped the senate, attorney general, and gubernatorial candidates in Indiana secure general election victories as an opposition researcher in 2016
  • Ran field operations for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner in 2015

Will Flores

Client Strategy Director

Will Flores is a Client Strategy Director at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Will manages political and nonprofit accounts and develops strategies to help them win.
Will graduated from Texas A&M University and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Served as Digital Director for Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative nonprofit
  • Worked for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and in the office of Congressman John Campbell
  • Managed a winning congressional campaign in Texas

Liam O’Toole

CORE Director

Liam O’Toole is the CORE Director at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Liam supervises the full life cycle of all digital data from managing proper tracking and storage to building compelling visualizations and in-depth analyses. Liam designs and runs the Marketing Intelligence platform for the digital team, providing insights to make data-driven decisions. Before joining Convergence, Liam worked on the digital team at the RNC during the presidential election cycle.
Liam is a graduate of the University of Dallas and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Served as Senior Data Analyst on the RNC digital team during the 2020 Presidential campaign, overseeing reporting and analytics on the more than $1 billion raised during the cycle
  • Designed and implemented the RNC Marketing Intelligence platform driving analytics and marketing decisions

Charles Russell

Client Strategy Director

Charles Russell is a Client Strategy Director at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Charles directs a fantastic team to help achieve client success online. A political operative by trade, he most recently managed a congressional race in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.
Charles attended New England College and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Managed a highly competitive congressional race in Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2020 election
  • Served as Deputy War Room Director at America Rising during the 2016 election
  • Got his political start in the first in the nation primary state, New Hampshire #FITN

Tanner Williams

Producer

Tanner Williams is the Producer at Convergence. As a senior member of the Production team, he contributes to every step of the creative process from conceptualization to placement and plays a key logistical role for production shoots — hiring crews and talent, scouting and securing locations. He is also a fully licensed drone operator, capturing drone footage across the country for various Convergence clients
Previously, Tanner worked on national marketing campaigns at Massive Media, leading marketing teams at Comic-Con, Super Bowl LII, and the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. In college, he worked as a Production Assistant for the Jay Barker Radio Show in Tuscaloosa, AL. Tanner got his start in politics interning for the communications team in Rep. Mike Rogers’ (AL-03) office.
Tanner graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations and French. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Washington DC.

Highlights:
  • Project Coordinator at Massive Media
  • Press Intern for Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03)
  • Production Assistant for the Jay Barker Radio Show

Alex Collie

CORE Deputy Director

Alex Collie is the CORE Deputy Director at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Alex manages a variety of internal email list offerings, coordinates with external prospecting vendors, and generates internal fundraising email reports. Alex utilizes multiple of top-of-the-line programs to analyze data and optimize fundraising strategies for all of Convergence’s clients.
Alex graduated from Wofford College with a degree in both Business Economics and Spanish and lives in Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Assisted in managing and executing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s external prospecting program to reach the campaign’s multi-million dollar fundraising goal in 2020

Megan Pariseau

Content Manager

Megan Pariseau is a Content Manager at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, she is responsible for crafting effective fundraising messages and utilizing data analytics to lead copywriting, creative and content strategy. Megan currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Highlights:
  • Produced fresh, innovative work that translates into compelling digital experiences and print materials for audiences in all 50 states
  • Trained, hired, and oversaw a team of creative copywriters at Majority Strategies
  • Established writing department standards as it relates to production, quality, and productivity

Jesse Stokes

Client Strategy Manager

Jesse Stokes is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Jesse manages client expectations, develops messaging, and tracks client fundraising initiatives day-to-day.
Jesse graduated from The University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Ran the communications and social media in the U.S. Representative Ross Spano’s re-elect campaign
  • Interned in the Congressional Office of U.S. Representative Ross Spano
  • Served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Oracle, The University of South Florida’s student-run newspaper

Walker Thomas

Client Strategy Manager

Walker Thomas is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Walker creates cutting-edge campaigns tailored to win.
He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in History and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

Highlights:
  • Political Director for Congressman Rob Woodall
  • Managed mail, print, and digital production to deliver projects to clients across the country
  • Produced IVR polling and peer-to-peer text message campaigns

AnnaKatherine Deiana

Client Strategy Manager

AnnaKatherine Deiana is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, AnnaKatherine works to develop strategy, as well as create and send content to further clients’ agendas.
AnnaKatherine graduated from Covenant College with a degree in History and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Highlights:
  • Created digital concepts for several top House races in 2020 that increased fundraising and list building efforts
  • Drafted thousands of digital concepts for multiple races in over 35 different states
  • Helped grow and maintain client house files through original programs tailored to fit their specific race

John Mondi

Client Strategy Manager

John Mondi is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital Team, John manages client accounts and helps advise in digital strategy. He graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Political Science and currently lives in Arlington, VA.

Highlights:
  • Digital Marketing Analyst for Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes' digital fundraising programs during the 2020 Election Cycle
  • Worked for the U.S. Representative Dr. Joe Heck’s campaign in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Interned at Targeted Victory and Red Rock Strategies

Madi Puzey

Digital Marketing Manager

Madi Puzey is a Digital Marketing Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Madi creates and edits content, develops landing pages for both fundraising and engagement emails, and works with clients to find the best digital strategy to meet their goals. Prior to joining Convergence, Madi spent two years as a content creator at a real estate marketing firm.
Madi graduated from Brigham Young University and lives in Arlington, VA.

Highlights:
  • Developed a small-dollar "Buy a Cup of Coffee" campaign that increased donations to a member of Congress by over 300%
  • Improved overall quality of digital content sent out by multiple clients

Jacob McLaughlin

Client Strategy Manager

Jacob McLaughlin is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Jacob manages clients accounts and advises them on their digital operations. He graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Highlights:
  • Ran the day-to-day operations for the digital fundraising program for one of top House Republican PACs during the 2020 cycle. Helped defy the expectations with winning back 15 seats in the House
  • Served as executive director for a one-of-a-kind political staffing agency that worked with campaigns, committees, agencies, nonprofits and other entities
  • Assisted political operatives of all experience levels find jobs and opportunities through networking
  • Managed digital and mobile advertising campaigns along with direct mail projects during the 2018 cycle for national and Congressional campaigns
  • Worked on the John Persinger for Mayor campaign in his hometown of Erie, PA in 2017 and helped to nearly pull a massive upset in a heavily Democratic city

Austin Fiala

Client Strategy Manager

Austin Fiala is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Austin works to develop winning, high-caliber fundraising & messaging strategies that are tailored to our clients’ political needs. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in both Public Policy Leadership & French and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Highlights:
  • Served as the Digital Fundraising Program Manager for the Republican National Committee
  • Served as an SMS/P2P Fundraising Coordinator for Donald J. Trump for President (2020)
  • Former ASB Attorney General and member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Mississippi

Matt Heitmann

Junior Graphic Designer

Matt Heitmann is a Junior Graphic Designer at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team Matt develops and executes the creative needs of clients and the company. Prior to joining Convergence, Matt was a multimedia production specialist for a litigation support firm creating video and trial graphics to be used in court.
Matt is an Iowa State alumnus with a degree in industrial design and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Worked multiple high-profile court cases creating graphics for everything from GMOs to drone patents
  • Freelance graphic design work for a member of congress
  • Interned for IPI designing public seating created from recycled street signs

Makenzie Bennett

Production Assistant

Makenzie is the Production Assistant at Convergence. As a member of the production team, Makenzie assists with research, asset collection, script writing and concept development. Prior to joining Convergence, Makenzie worked as an elements producer and scriptwriter for a national political talk show on One America News Network.
She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Strategic Communications and Public Relations. During her time in school, Makenzie worked at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and interned for the Republican Party of Louisiana. She now resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Producer at One America News Network
  • Field Organizer for Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-50)
  • Intern for the Republican Party of Louisiana

Sarah Mautino

Advertising Analyst

Sarah Mautino is an Advertising Analyst at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Sarah assists with developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns.
Sarah graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in PPEL concentrating in Political Science and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Spent her senior year interning and assisting on local, gubernatorial, and senatorial races in Virginia
  • Interned at Data Trust working on their clients leads and development team
  • Interned at the Republican Party of Virginia assisting with the Trump Victory Campaign

Joe Capra

Client Strategy Copywriter

Joe is a Client Strategy Copywriter at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Joe creates data-driven copy across our client teams, ensuring that clients' messages on all mediums are successful. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Served as the primary direct mail copywriter for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) account during the record-breaking 2020 election cycle, helping to deliver a record-setting fundraising haul.
  • Created and wrote direct marketing pieces for various political clients as a political copywriter at The Lukens Company
  • Served as an intern on the Ann Wagner for Congress campaign during the 2016 election cycle

Mark Jennings

Client Strategy Analyst

Mark Jennings is a Client Strategy Analyst at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Mark assists in developing fundraising programs for various clients. He graduated from the University of Arizona and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Served as 3rd Vice Chair of the Arizona LD9 Republican Party
  • Assisted with grassroots operations for Yvette Herrell’s successful 2020 campaign and served as her Staff Assistant in Congress
  • Assisted with grassroots operations in Northern Virginia for Glenn Youngkin’s successful campaign for governor in 2021

Benjamin Nichols

Client Strategy Analyst

Benjamin Nichols is a Client Strategy Analyst at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Benjamin assists with developing effective marketing strategy and creating engaging content for campaigns. Prior to joining Convergence, Benjamin wrote and produced for a national news show on One America News Network.
He graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in Politics and Psychology and currently lives in Arlington, VA.

Highlights:
  • Wrote and produced at One America News Network
  • Interned at The Daily Caller News Foundation
  • Interned for Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18)'s district office

Wesley Meadowcroft

Client Strategy Analyst

Wesley Meadowcroft is a Client Strategy Analyst at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Wesley assists with developing marketing strategy and creating content for congressional, gubernatorial, and state-level campaigns. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a dual degree in Marketing and Public Policy and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Worked with the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the War Room under their communications department
  • Completed a senior capstone with the National Academy of Public Administration to find private solutions to public inefficiencies

Michael Bonilla

Client Strategy Analyst

Michael Bonilla is a Client Strategy Analyst at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Michael works to drive engagement for clients by employing various marketing and design strategies. Michael graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science and Film and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Interned in Convergence's Production department
  • Interned in Rep. Joe Wilson's (SC-02) congressional office, leading constituent tours of the U.S Capitol
  • Assisted in production of multiple documentaries focused on WWII Germany and Hitler's Mein Kampf to be distributed in Europe through the Boston College Film Department

Michelle Barrientos

Client Strategy Analyst

Michelle Barrientos is a Client Strategy Analyst at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Michelle assists with developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns. Michelle graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Public Relations and Political Science and currently lives in Arlington, VA

Highlights:
  • Interned on the DeSantis for Governor Campaign
  • Digital Marketing Intern for Harris Media

Kathleen Ashmore

Prospecting Analyst

Kathleen Ashmore is a Prospecting Analyst at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Kathleen helps run internal email/peer-to-peer list offerings, coordinates with external prospecting vendors, and monitors email and peer-to-peer deliverability. Kathleen emphasizes the importance of data driven decision making in order to increase fundraising efforts for all digital clients. Kathleen graduated from Wofford College with a degree in both Humanities and Spanish and lives in DC.

Highlights:
  • Ecommerce intern at SCOUT bags where she analyzed the retail website daily and worked with the e-comm platform Magento
  • Marketing intern at the Hughes Agency in Greenville, SC where she learned all things behind PR, marketing, tracking data, and graphic design
  • Interned with US Congressman Trey Gowdy in the Greenville, SC office where her communication skills as well as verbal and written skills were strengthened