June 4, 2013

RNC Chairman Announces Andy Barkett as Chief Technology Officer

WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is expanding the party's data and digital capabilities by selecting Andy Barkett as Chief Technology Officer.
“I am excited to announce that Andy Barkett will be leading the effort to expand our data and digital capabilities as our Chief Technology Officer,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “I am confident that with Andy’s experience and our continued efforts to build meaningful relationships with experts in Silicon Valley, we'll see the changes to this part of our operation that we all agree are both important and necessary to winning elections in the future."

“It’s essential that the Republican Party has the resources to drive voter turnout as we look toward the elections of 2014, 2016 and beyond,” said Andy Barkett. “Silicon Valley welcomes the party’s efforts to be more creative and innovative, and I look forward to helping the party accomplish these goals.”
Andy Barkett has more than a decade of experience working in strategy and digital engineering. He joins the RNC from Facebook, where he was in charge of dozens of engineers on six production engineering teams responsible for thousands of servers and scaling systems in mobile infrastructure, messaging, advertisements, newsfeeds, platforms, and payments. He formerly worked as senior director of engineering for Livescribe, as senior management consultant for Nvidia and as a technical program manager for Google. He is also an active investor in America’s future generations and is an angel investor for multiple start-ups.