Joe Trippi (born June 10, 1956) is a long-time American Democratic campaign worker and consultant. A mainstay in presidential politics, Trippi has worked on the presidential campaigns of Edward Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Jerry Brown and most recently John Edwards. Most notably, he served as campaign manager for presidential candidate and former Vermont governor Howard Dean.
Trippi began to serve as a corporate consultant in Silicon Valley to firms involved in e-commerce, online communities, and the open source movement, straddling the two worlds of politics and technology for many years. As early as 1982 he personally purchased a DEC computer and installed it in Tom Bradley’s gubernatorial campaign to track targeted voter files and build a contributor database. This effort is believed to be the most advanced use of computers by a campaign at the time, if not the first actual instance of such use. In 2003 Trippi went to work for Dean For America as Howard Dean‘s National Campaign Manager.
Until spring 2004, Trippi was a principal at the political consulting firm Trippi, McMahon & Squier, which produced advertisements for Dean’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns.
Trippi currently heads the consulting firm Trippi & Associates. In the 2006 cycle, he produced the media for John Hall‘s victory in New York’s 19th Congressional District and for Jerry Brown‘s successful bid for Attorney General of California.
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