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Matthew  Dowd

Matthew Dowd

Chief Political Analyst for ABC News & Best-Selling Author


A renowned entrepreneur and strategist, Matthew Dowd is widely viewed as one of the most independent and creative thought leaders in America today. As a bestselling author interpreting change in America and the globe, Dowd is out with a groundbreaking book on leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment titled A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve. Serving as chief political analyst for ABC News, Dowd regularly brings his insights on cultural, economic and spiritual trends to Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos providing a common sense perspective. Read More >

Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle serving Presidents, Governors, and Senators, but now considers himself a vehement independent. This included serving as strategist for President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lt. Governor Bob Bullock, and US Senator Lloyd Bentsen. For his innovative political work, he was awarded Strategist of the Year by the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants. His plea for our politics today is for leaders put Country over Party which he started an online community to encourage this approach.

Dowd’s most recent startup is a venture firm, Paradox Capital, investing in early stage locally driven for profit, for good businesses. His desire is to bridge capitalism and social consciousness to help bring solutions to our communities. Over the years Dowd has given advice to Bono and the One campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication and has taught seminars at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Dowd lives in Wimberley, Texas and is the proud father of three sons and a beautiful daughter. Read Less ^

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Leading Through Uncertainty

At a time of immense change, disruption, and dysfunction in America today, Matthew Dowd gives a roadmap of what might help leaders navigate this uncertain time successfully – whether it is dealing with voters, consumers, or employees. Dowd, a vehement independent having worked both sides of the aisle, has given advice to presidents, CEOs, governors, foundations, and associations on how to win the hearts and minds of their constituencies. He brings this 30 plus years experience and expertise to audiences around the country in explaining where America is today and what values and strategies will be best in achieving success. Dowd has been described as “one of the most common sense, independent, and brightest minds” in America today, and if a leader at any level wants to move forward in an era of profound confusion and disconnection his speech is a must.

Unprecedented But Predictable: How We Got Here & Where We’re Going

With three decades spent crafting campaigns and reporting on the latest news out of Washington, Matt Dowd has his finger on the pulse of the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, and on Main Street. Blending historical anecdotes and current events, Dowd offers an overview of how we got to this “unique, disruptive moment in our country’s history,” what we can do now to regain control of our democracy and news cycle, and his personal viewpoint of where we’re headed. Jam-packed with real insights and “aha” moments, Dowd’s talk is a fast-paced, customizable look at how and why a new America is taking shape—plus how that new America will look and feel for politicians, businesses, and civilians.

The 2020 Election

Offering insights and analysis on the 2020 election and view from Washington.