Matthew Alvarez McMillan is the President of BuzzMaker, an award winning political consulting firm specializing in eCampaign management, online advertising and international campaigns. He has helped clients raise tens of millions of dollars and mobilize millions of people to take action. He simultaneously serves as the head of the international division of DSPolitical.
Internationally, Mr. McMillan advises prominent political leaders in the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Central Asia and Europe. Domestically, he works with campaigns at all levels - from city council to the U.S. Senate – in two dozen states. In addition to his electoral work, he works with some of America's leading unions, advocacy organizations and charities, helping them mobilize activists, raise money and advance their message.
Mr. McMillan has won 49 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for outstanding political communication and was named to the AAPC's 40 under 40. He has won five Reed Awards and been named a finalist for fourteen additional Reeds from Campaigns & Elections magazine. He was named a "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections (2006) and was named to the Democratic Campaign Dream Team by Aristotle International (2010). Mr. McMillan sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and served as the Chairman of the organization's 46th Annual World Conference. He also served asthe Chairman of the 2016 American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Conference & Pollie Awards.
In early 2007, Mr. McMillan took a leave of absence from BuzzMaker to serve as the Deputy to the Chief Technology Officer on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. Previously, he worked as the lead online writer for the Campaign for America's Future and as an account manager and writer at a leading Democratic direct mail firm.
Mr. McMillan holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Columbia University. In college, he was ranked among the top ten collegiate debaters in North America.
Victor Richardson is a seasoned field strategist and management consultant with a wide range of experience across many levels of US and international electoral campaigns. He has taken the BuzzMaker brand - that unique blend of science, art and strategy - to the world. Building on BuzzMaker's strong record of excellence in campaigning, Mr. Richardson expanded the firm's international engagements, directing BuzzMaker's projects across the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. He specializes in management consulting, field systems development, guerilla advertising and communications. In 2013 he was awarded the "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Mr. Richardson has working relationships with a number of Presidents, Prime Ministers, politicians, and political parties around the world. During his years at Buzzmaker he has worked in several strategic roles including grassroots development, constituency affairs, marketing, policy development, polling analysis, focus groups, public private partnerships, interest group management, conflict resolution and public affairs. He travels quite a bit and is an expert at living out of one suitcase for extended periods of time.
Mr. Richardson holds a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in Classics and English from Howard University and an MPP in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Chief Technology Officer
Clinton Herget is a web architect and technical consultant working primarily in the progressive political advocacy space. He currently serves as BuzzMaker's Chief Technologist.
A specialist in the rapid deployment of Web 2.0 technologies to support grassroots campaigns, Mr. Herget has a deep understanding of open-source software and its impact on advocacy. He is a contributor to the Drupal project, a modular platform for online community development. During the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, he engineered web solutions to support dozens of local, state, and national campaigns, serving millions of daily pageviews. In addition to his work in the political advocacy, Mr. Herget has co-founded or played a lead technical role in a number of web startups, including Razume.com, an online resume review service which was named one of a dozen finalist companies in the 2008 LaunchBox Digital competition, and Changents.com, a social media site aimed at the agents of global change.
Mr. Herget holds a bachelor's degree in Government from the College of William & Mary.
New Media Strategist
Rose Driscoll is a social media and email specialist. She serves as a New Media Strategist with Buzzmaker.
Prior to joining Buzzmaker, Ms. Driscoll worked in communications for several nonprofit organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience and the National Eating Disorders Association. She also worked as a reporter for the online news source Patch.com.
Ms. Driscoll holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. She won national and regional college media awards while serving as the editor-in-chief of Saint Peter’s student newspaper. She is an active member of the Women's Information Network in Washington, DC.
Christopher Young is a New Media Strategy Assistant at BuzzMaker, where he works with a variety of clients to provide accurate and actionable information on their media campaigns and strategies.
Before beginning at BuzzMaker, Christopher was the Deputy Communications Director for Mike Honda's (D-CA17) successful 2014 congressional campaign and was part of Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) senate campaign in 2012. In addition to his campaign experience, Christopher is working with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs to optimize and restructure their social media presence.
Mr. Young is expecting to receive a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.
New Business Development Assistant
Morgan Benjamin is a New Business Development Assistant at BuzzMaker, where he promotes BuzzMaker's Accelerate platform.
Prior to joining BuzzMaker, Morgan worked as a legislative intern in the office of State Rep. Emily Virgin (D-OK), as an intern in the British Parliament, as a campaign assistant for the Forrest Bennett for State Rep. campaign in Oklahoma's 92nd District and as a Field Director for The Fund for The Public Interest.
Mr. Benjamin is expecting to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Marcy Rye is the lead creative consultant to BuzzMaker. Over the past decade, work under her creative direction has won numerous Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants and in January 2010 she was selected from a group of over 70 applicants to be one of 12 design partners with DesigNYC — a group working to improve life in New York City by connecting non-profits with selected design resources.
Ms. Rye's expertise is in brand strategy and marketing; specializing in non-profit and corporate branding, creative concept development, and both print and online communications strategies. She grew a small anti-fur campaign for the Humane Society into an international success that received coverage in major design magazines and support from celebrities such as designer Todd Oldham and actress Amy Smart. Her unique blend of creative and political education resulted in creative direction for various direct mail campaigns that was instrumental in winning back the Colorado House in 2006.
A talented design technologist, Ms. Rye's expertise results in unique and truly effective online communications strategies for websites and ad campaigns that put the emphasis on ease-of-use and getting results, while her branding methods help clients achieve a memorable and unique brand presence. She has focused her efforts on working with organizations that work to improve people's lives, such as political and non-profit groups, arts and cultural organizations, and businesses that emphasize sustainability or concern for quality of life.
Ms. Rye holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She designed the course syllabus and taught website design & technology courses for over seven years at the New School University for the Parsons Digital Design program, and the New School Online University. An active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles, she currently serves on the Public Policy Committee.
Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is a Consultant with BuzzMaker where he specializes in providing online fundraising, digital advertising and social media management services to US political campaigns, advocacy organizations and non-profits.
He is the former President of Spitzer-Rubenstein Strategies (SRS), a boutique digital strategy firm that merged with BuzzMaker in March 2015. At SRS, Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein worked with over two dozen Democratic campaigns and progressive advocacy organizations including campaigns for New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the Anybody But Quinn movement that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and nearly a dozen city council and state legislative races in California and New York
Returning to BuzzMaker represents a homecoming for Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein who started his digital career with BuzzMaker in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles in the United States. In 2012, he worked with dozens of BuzzMaker’s clients, including serving as part of Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-FL) campaign team that raised several millions of dollars online from hundreds of thousands of donors. He got his start in politics serving as a field operative on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University.