PUBLIC AFFAIRS / COMMUNICATIONS
A California Firm
Grassroots, grasstops, coalition building - we design unique solutions and transform political landscapes for businesses and associations embroiled in controversy.
Enhance your reputation, expand the reach of your message and establish your organization as a thought leader that makes your industry and community stronger.
Rubicon Strategies is a full-service consulting firm that creates winning campaigns for businesses, trade associations and interest groups. Rubicon is an expert at designing incisive outreach programs that sway community members, stakeholders and media to help our clients overcome critical public-facing challenges. Our experience as cutting-edge practitioners of advocacy and communications, combined with our access to the most powerful digital and social media tools available on the market, make our team a formidable, essential ally.
Matt McDonald specializes in creating solutions for clients with public affairs and public relations problems. Matt founded Rubicon Strategies with the goal of providing clients with unique solutions to tough political problems. Matt abhors taking cookie-cutter approaches to project management. Success goes hand-in-hand with creativity and adaptability.
Previously Matt worked for more than a decade at The Saint Consulting Group, a premier consultancy for the politics of land use and real estate. As a Senior Vice President, Matt’s role was to counsel clients and lead a team developing strategies for communications, coalition building, advocacy and grassroots organization. Matt helmed scores of federal, state and local victories for clients in the housing, retail, grocery, energy, mining, waste and entertainment industries. His greatest strength is his ability to create innovative, unique and potent strategies in widely varied political environments.
Early in his career, Matt served as Public Affairs Director of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, managed a variety of state, local and federal political campaigns throughout California and worked for one of Sacramento’s top public relations firms. He also served at the State Capitol as a legislative aide, where he worked on energy, health care and economic development issues.
Matt earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, a BA from UC San Diego and has completed the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes program and the UC Davis CEQA CLE program. He's an avid baseball fan (GO A's!) and lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Jarryd Gonzales is a collaborative and entrepreneurial communicator with proven experience serving as a Fortune 100 corporate spokesperson, crisis manager, public relations leader and political advocacy expert.
With nearly twenty years of experience, Jarryd has developed a reputation for successfully using traditional and social media to tell his clients' stories to the media, online influencers, voters, donors and other public and private audiences.
Some of Jarryd’s leadership roles include: head of public relations and communications for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, director of communications for Verizon, head of media relations for USC Marshall School of Business, west region manager of external affairs and media relations for T-Mobile USA, strategy consultant to venture philanthropy foundation, Impetus (PEF), state director of the California Republican Party during the Schwarzenegger Administration, and an international political advisor to democratic parties in Serbia and Venezuela.
Having earned his B.A. from USC and an MBA from the University of Michigan, he is also a loyal college football fanatic, #FightOn and #GoBlue. He loves to golf and he especially enjoys coaching his sons in football. Jarryd lives in Long Beach with his wife and three boys.
Rubicon Strategies LLC
3941 Park Drive, Suite 20683
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762