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February 01, 2005

(Updated March 15, 2010)

Matt Rosenberg is a Seattle-based strategic communications consultant with 26 years experience.
Matt's latest position, assumed in January, 2010, is overseeing citizen engagement projects as Director of Public Affairs for an iconic and public-spirited Seattle company, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants, founded by Dick Spady in 1954. A major component is a joint project with King County government called Countywide Community Forums, involving gathering and quantifying for county officials feedback on specified public policy issues, from arrays of small focus groups of citizens. Matt is directing strategic planning for expanding participation and communications. Other responsibilities are fundraising and exploring other possibilities for citizen engagement and related Government 2.0 projects in the Seattle region.

Matt's previously served as a senior fellow at a Northwest think tank specializing in transportation policy. He did writing, editing, research, blogging, Web content and editing, media relations, and provided strategic communications counsel. Matt's journalism background is extensive. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and opinion columnist in suburban Chicago; as a media relations and community organizing specialist for intergovernmental associations in the Chicago and Seattle areas; and in Seattle as a think tank senior fellow, political and strategic communications consultant, and freelance journalist. Matt wrote a regular bi-weekly guest op-ed column for The Seattle Times from April, 2001 to May, 2004. His Times work was linked to by leading News and Opinion sites such as the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal, Real Clear Politics, Instapundit, Buzz Machine and others. He has been a guest on Seattle talk radio and Fox News.

He has written for the Puget Sound Business Journal, Washington CEO, Washington Law and Politics, Seattle Magazine, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, Metropolitan Living, Parent Map, Journey (Washington State AAA's magazine), the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Weekly Standard, National Review Online, City Journal, and Jewish World Review.

Matt is also experienced with blogs. In addition to launching, serving as primary writer for and editing a transportation think tank blog for three years, Matt founded and operates Social Capital Review. Rosenblog. In his more red-meat partisan days, Matt was also Senior Editor at Sound Politics and Contributing Editor at Red State. He is pleased to have discovered a post-partisan approach to public discourse, reflected in his last two jobs and related blogs.

Matt provides these services:

  • Strategic communications audit and needs assessment
  • Strategic communications plan development
  • Training for users of blogs, Facebook, Twitter
  • Blog development manager - communicating your vision to skilled, trusted vendors, and providing oversight and troubleshooting to ensure your project is delivered on time and as envisioned. End-user troubleshooting to ensure blog functions properly and is Web-ready
  • Writing - Web site and blog content, ghost op-eds, collateral material, magazine articles, white papers, backgrounders
  • Community stakeholder process planning and execution, external relations, issues advocacy
  • Internet and public records research
  • Reach Matt at oudist (at) comcast.net.

    A more in-depth bio is here.

    And here's Matt's online journalism portfolio.

    Here are some samples of news coverage of Matt; plus Matt's behind-the-scenes earned media work; and speciality writing on transportation.

    Posted by Matt Rosenberg at February 1, 2005 11:01 AM


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