Brent Lowder -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Brent Lowder has over 21 years of experience working in the national and California political arenas.  During this time, he has served in senior positions on several national and state political campaigns, led the largest state Republican Party in the country for four years, and helped run the most successful national Super PAC of the 2016 Presidential election cycle.  Brent also has a successful track record in the financial sector, working for one of the world’s most prestigious investment banks.

During the 2016 election cycle, Brent served as Executive Director of Great America PAC (“GAP”), the largest and most successful Pro-Trump Super PAC.  During his tenure, GAP raised and spent nearly $30 million in support of Donald Trump’s candidacy, broadcasting more than 20,000 TV spots and 300,000 radio ads, placing over 30 million phone calls, and sending over 2.5 million pieces of mail.  All of this was bolstered by the national file of 30 million active, engaged Trump supporters across the country, that was built in the 10 months leading up to the election.  In addition to helping run the day-to-day operations, Brent also served as GAP’s lead media consultant, developing and overseeing all elements of the paid media strategy and execution.

From 2009-2013, Brent served as the Executive Director of the California Republican Party (“CRP”) and directed the day-to-day operations from their offices in Sacramento, CA. With over 5.23 million Republicans in the state, the CRP raised and spent over $37 million and executed one of the most extensive voter contact programs in its history during Brent’s tenure.

In 2007, Brent served as the California Executive Director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee.  In this role he managed a campaign team of 20 political, finance and communications staff and directed the daily operations of the state campaign. Brent developed and executed a fundraising plan that raised $7.72 million for the campaign, which represented 13% of the funds raised nationally and the second highest producing statewide effort for the committee. 

Prior to joining the Giuliani campaign, Brent worked as an investment banker in the New York and San Francisco offices of Morgan Stanley.  While at the firm his public finance team senior managed over $3 billion of municipal bond financings across the country, including transactions for the States of California, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.

From 2001-2002, Brent served as a senior advisor to Bill Simon during his campaign for governor of California.  In this position he directed a campaign team and traveled with Mr. Simon on a daily basis to all events to advise him on upcoming appearances, press developments, local political issues, speeches and messaging strategy.  Prior to this effort, Mr. Lowder worked on local races in the 2000 election cycle, on California State Treasurer Matt Fong’s campaign for U.S. Senate from 1997-1998 and on Governor Pete Wilson’s political committee from 1994-1996.

Brent currently serves as President of Apex Strategy Group, a Public Affairs and Political Consulting Firm based in Sacramento, California. He was born and raised in northern California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with bachelor’s degree in History.  Brent and his wife Shanna live with their two children in El Dorado Hills, California.

Brent Lowder