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Politics, number crunching, family, golf, reading, his iPod (esp. TWiT and Audible)
Patrick Ruffini is president at Engage, a digital agency with clients including Fortune 500 companies, Presidential and statewide candidates, technology startups, and issue advocacy campaigns.
As a leader in digital politics over the last decade, Ruffini’s work has helped elect a President, changed the direction of powerful institutions, and resulted in millions of signups, tens of millions of dollars raised, and thousands of blog and media mentions.
Ruffini has shaped digital strategy for national candidates in each of the last three elections. From 2005 to 2006, Ruffini served as eCampaign Director for the Republican National Committee. In 2004, Ruffini was one of the earliest members of President George W. Bush’s re-election team, helping recruit and mobilize more than six million online supporters.
Today, Ruffini is most passionate about helping causes, candidates, and brands mobilize their supporters to action. Blending national campaign experience with an eye towards technology and design, he has guided the development of industry-leading products at Engage, including Multiply, which measures and rewards action taken by fans across a multitude of online platforms, including social media, e-mail and websites.
Ruffini’s entrepreneurial focus was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine when it named him to its list of Tech Titans for 2011. He was named a Rising Star in American politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine in 2008, and a profile in The Atlantic concluded that Ruffini “looks poised to become of the most influential Republican political strategists of his generation.” Ruffini has appeared on Fox News, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and his work has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and Newsweek.
Ruffini is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he most enjoyed studying the history of Presidential communication. Outside work, Ruffini can usually be found chasing after his three boundlessly energetic daughters. He likes long-distance running, reading, dabbling with the occasional coding project, and geeking out over the latest tech early adopter craze.