Matt Mackowiak -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Matt Mackowiak (Mack--o-vee-yack) is an Austin, TX and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and the founder and President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC, providing political consulting, media relations and crisis communications assistance to campaigns, companies, groups and individuals. In his career he has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators, a Governor, in the executive branch, in two winning political campaigns, and in the
private sector.

Over his career Matt has developed deep relationships with national, state and local media and political figures. In 2011 he worked with PSG client Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) as a senior communications adviser, providing counsel on communications strategy and speechwriting for the 2011 legislative session. In 2010 he served as Campaign Manager for Bill Flores, the Republican nominee in Texas’ 17th Congressional District. After winning a 5-way primary, Flores defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards (DTX) by 25% in November, the largest margin of victory in the country of the 63 winning GOP challengers in 2010. 

In addition to offering counsel to individuals, campaigns, organizations and corporations, Matt is a contributor to U.S. News and World Report’s “Debate Club” and also has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, BBC News, and radio stations throughout the country. His on-the-record political analysis has appeared in Politico, the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle. He is a syndicated columnist and has had opinion columns exclusively published in the New York Post, New York Daily News,, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, Roll Call, the Austin American-Statesman, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, the Des Moines Register, the New Hampshire Union Leader, National Review online, Congressional Quarterly and on the popular blog sites The Daily Beast, Townhall and The Huffington Post.

From 2005-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (RTX), the fourth ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). Earlier in his career he was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson and Assistant Secretary Stewart Verdery, managed the second largest county in Iowa on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, counseled corporate clients at international PR firm Burson-Marsteller, and performed White House Presidential and Vice Presidential advance nationwide.

Matt is a Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College, and is a sustaining member of MaverickPAC. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Veterans non-profit Luke’s Wings. A native of Austin, Texas, Matt earned a B.S. in Communications Studies (Political Communication) from the University of Texas in 2003. He is the co-founder of the bipartisan political news blog and owns and manages the popular blog site, which the Washingtonian has called “one of the best political blogs.” In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, live music, reading biographies, and is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Texas.

Matt Mackowiak