Mark Riddle worked his way up from a volunteer driving a candidate’s wife to one of the country’s leading strategists. Having served as press secretary, manager, political director, a state Democratic party executive director and media advisor; Mark has taken top roles in campaigns from the presidential level to county judge.
Mark serves as the President of the New Leaders Council, the nation’s premier progressive leadership training organization for next generation political and business entrepreneurs. Under his leadership, NLC has expanded to 48 chapters in 31 states with 5,000 alumni.
In the private sector, Mark is founder and CEO of Wildcat Digital, a full-service campaign, brand management, and donor advisory firm. Wildcat Digital is in partnership with Nashville based CounterPoint Messaging, a leading Democratic campaign media outfit.
In the media business, Mark has been at the center of many of the biggest electoral battles since 2004. His clients have been Members of Congress, Governors, Attorneys General, State Party organizations, and dozens of state and local elected officials. He served as a lead advisor during the BP Oil spill, working on behalf of the people affected by the disaster. Mark’s efforts for his clients were instrumental in the Democrats winning back the Congress in 2006. For his work, Mark was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
From 1998 to 2002, Mark worked as the press secretary and political director for NDN in Washington, D.C. Today, Mark continues to support its work as a member of its Board of Directors. Mark also serves on the board of New Leaders Council and the advisory board for Organizer, a political & technology company specializing in voter outreach tools. Mark’s work has been featured in every form of news media, and he is a contributor to US News & World Report, Huffington Post, and The New Republic.
Mark was born in upstate New York and raised in the rural small town of Buxton, Maine. He inherited his work ethic from his parents & grandparents: his father was a coach, teacher and then small business owner where he placed people into jobs, and his mother was a nurse at Maine Medical Center. His grandfather served in the Navy during World War II and was a union member who worked the steel lines at General Electric. His grandmother was a hairdresser. His other grandfather was a lead scientist at Kodak in Rochester, New York.
Sports opened many doors of opportunity and brought Mark to the University of Kentucky. Although dreams of playing in the big leagues did not work out, he graduated from UK, fell in love with Kentucky and politics, and now resides in the small farming town of Simpsonville.