“40 exceptional individuals who have made an impact in the political industry and their communities early in their careers.”
Contra Costa County resident and Republican political consultant Matt Shupe, age 31, was selected by the American Association of Political Consultants for the 2017 class of 40 under 40.
Over 200 political consultants under the age of 40 from throughout the United States were nominated, the most in the history of the AAPC. Shupe is one of 18 Republicans selected for this honor.
“We are delighted to welcome our class of 2017—40 exceptional individuals who have made an impact in the political industry and their communities early in their careers,” said AAPC President Mark Mellman. “We are excited to honor this class at a special event sponsored by Facebook, a fitting partner who exemplifies the same spirit of innovation as our distinguished Award winners.”
“The Pollie Awards & Conference is a key opportunity to connect members of the political community that use Facebook and we are honored to continue our ongoing partnership with the AAPC in sponsoring this ceremony,” said Crystal Patterson, Government & Politics Outreach Manager, Facebook. “We salute the Class of 2017 and look forward to their continued contributions to the industry.”
“It’s an honor and humbling to see my hard work be recognized nationally among my peers,” Shupe said. “I am especially grateful to my clients, mentors, and opponents who have pushed me everyday to do the best I can.”
Shupe owns the San Francisco Bay Area-based Praetorian Public Relations and has served as staff or chief strategist on campaigns in California, Oregon, and Washington State that range from municipal races to President of the United States. Shupe currently serves as the executive director of the California Young Republican Federation, a delegate to the California Republican Party, and as the communications director for Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia). In 2016, Shupe worked for the Republican National Committee as a “professional volunteer” and managed the $1 million Facebook advertising budget for the Cleveland convention.
The award was presented to Shupe at this week’s AAPC’s 2017 Annual Pollie Awards & Conference, an event which has been called “the Oscars of political advertising” by Esquire magazine, in Huntington Beach, California.