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Best-in-class digital advertising for winning campaigns

About Us


RTBiQ Political is a San Francisco-based digital advertising company that specializes in cutting-edge digital marketing tactics.

We’re not a political consulting firm, we’re a technology company. We build our own in-house software and technology to help our campaigns deliver their message to the right voters on any device and format.




RTBiQ Political is dedicated to empowering progressive candidates, causes, and organizations with best-in-class digital advertising solutions. 

Core Values

This is our Craft.

Passion for creating a high quality product and providing unrivaled support motivates us to find custom, data-driven solutions for our clients.


Everything can be optimized.

In an ever-evolving digital landscape, we’re constantly searching for opportunities to power higher-level performance.


Power in people.

Diversity in experience, knowledge, and identity is at the heart of our collaborative process.


Lead with integrity.

We partner with organizations and individuals with shared progressive values.


Our Team


Richard Lowden | Co-Founder, CEO

Richard Lowden leads our strategic direction and business operations. Richard brings to RTBiQ over 15 years’ experience driving exceptional performance and record-breaking revenue in world-leading media and advertising organizations, including The Weather Company, Weather Underground and Winstar Interactive. As a founder of the MMA Programmatic committee, Richard continues to demonstrate his leadership in this rapidly developing sector.



Natha Hayre | Co-Founder, CTO

Natha R. Hayre leads our technical innovation and data science efforts. Natha has a deep background building high-performance computational systems and finding trends in large volumes of disparate data, and he has put that experience to use honing RTBiQ’s analytical software. He earned his B.S. in Physics from San Jose State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, with a focus in theoretical biological physics.


Adam Beshir | Software Engineer

Adam Beshir supports our development team, addressing efficiency and productivity of RTBiQ’s tools. Through the automation of key processes, Adam reduces time spent on repetitive tasks in favor for time spent on innovation to deliver a better product.

Adam studied Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology, and studied Full Stack Web Development at Learners Guild.


Akiko Iwamizu | Data Scientist

Akiko joined the team at RTBiQ in 2018 and brings her passion for applied mathematics to all areas of her work! She graduated a year early from Columbia University in NYC with a B.A. in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics to join a tech company in Silicon Valley as a Data Scientist. She brings her technological expertise and understanding to all social media and marketing initiatives to provide data-driven business insights. In addition to her quantitative skills, Akiko enjoys designing infographics and presenting her results in a creative and compelling way. She is able to translate a complicated language of data into something that is understandable for all levels and used to inform business decisions.

In her free time, Akiko loves traveling with friends, playing video games, and spending time with her three cats.

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Cathy Grubb | Director of Sales

Cathy came to RTBiQ in April 2018 after a couple of energetic decades in TV and digital ad sales. Working at TV stations in big cities on both coasts, she learned the value of having a solid product that could help advertisers reach the audiences they sought. Always craving new lessons and challenges, it was inevitable that she’d be part of the data-rich environment that the digital advertising wave offered.

Born in Queens, NY and raised in Silicon Valley, the child of a dad who was always starting a cutting-edge tech/toy company, Cathy is a self-proclaimed addict to startups and helping the underdog. When she’s not traveling for work or hanging out with her adult sons, you can find Cathy hiking the San Diego trails along the Pacific with her frisky pup, Ellie.

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Ginny Blankenfeld | Account Executive

Ginny joined RTBiQ in 2018 as a salesperson with extensive digital media knowledge. With six years on the buy side under her belt, Ginny knows what it takes to build highly strategic plans for all types of clients. Her favorite aspects of the job include meeting like-minded people and continuous learning, as well as testing new innovations and campaign performance analysis. She received her bachelor’s in journalism from Auburn University and continues to have a passion for writing. She’s lived all over the country including NYC and PDX, but now calls California home, where she lives in Sacramento with her wife and their corgi.

Emily Cotton | Senior Account Executive

Emily is an energetic sales leader who is passionate about client success. Throughout 15 years at Katz Radio (a iHeartMedia company) and Metro Traffic, she helped national advertisers and major agencies achieve their marketing objectives while establishing lasting partnerships built on trust.

A passionate wine enthusiast, she leverages her entrepreneurial spirit helping boutique wine brands grow their businesses. She is an avid foodie who enjoys traveling, live music, and, of course, good wine. A Jersey girl at heart, she resides with her husband and son in Rumson, New Jersey.


James Contino | Client Services Manager

James is a Southern California native, and spent several years working in all aspects of digital marketing from Social Media to PPC to SEO. He is a self-taught marketer with affection for data analysis and optimizing campaigns.

James went to San Jose State and majored in Political Science & Political Participation. His passion for politics led him to work for various elected officials and elections on the local and state level. With a focus on mass communications, messaging and strategy he took his experience in politics and expanded it to B2B and B2C marketing.


Janet Kim | Director of Client Success

Janet joined the client services team at the beginning of 2017 and brings over 15 years of broadcast and digital advertising experience to the RTBiQ team. Her in-depth understanding of full lifecycle advertising campaigns helps clients achieve not only their campaign objectives, but business objectives as well. Her penchant for managing complex campaigns while maintaining client satisfaction makes her a staple of our Client Services team.

A California native, Janet graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications/Advertising, and enjoys trying new recipes, long road trips and fostering animals in her spare time.


Jarvis Burston | Account Executive

Jarvis was raised in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California and has spent the last several years contributing to the growth of technology moguls such as VMware and Salesforce, as well as several startups. His passion for the industry and true consideration for client success continues to keep our clients assured they’re in the right hands.

On the weekends, Jarvis enjoys fixing classic cars and logging his goal of 100k miles on his road bike. An alumnus of UC Davis, Jarvis studied Psychology and Communications.


Sam Brucker | Technical Product Manager

Sam coordinates the technical and non-technical efforts that go into expanding RTBiQ’s capabilities. His work includes development of the RTBiQ application and heading up integrations with advertisers, exchanges, and data partners. He prioritizes an intuitive and gratifying experience for users and is a champion for demystifying technology without dumbing it down. Sam graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology, and Society.


Steph Nelson-Morss | Chief of Staff

As the Chief of Staff at RTBiQ, Steph Nelson-Morss empowers our team to provide first class service to our clients. Naturally curious and highly organized, Steph has a professional background in business operations and program development, and is almost always carrying a notebook. Her studies focused on politics, psychology, and art, and she finds the digital advertising world incredibly interesting and relevant.

Steph lives, works, and plays in San Francisco with her husband, where she actively manages their cat’s social media accounts and helps organize community events around the city. Having grown up in Connecticut and graduating from Columbia University in the City of New York, she appreciates being able to drive to seasons and travels often.


Trysha Hislop | Digital Strategist

Trysha is a long time resident of Southern California who found her passion in the world of digital marketing. She has spent the last few years working with startups to enhance their marketing efforts and grow their online presence. She specializes in harnessing the power of social media to boost customer engagement in innovative ways and finding strategic methods to optimize campaigns.

A graduate of California State University, San Marcos, Trysha studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She is a yoga enthusiast who spends most of her free time in the ocean or with her dog.

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Jordan, Alex, Megan | Digital Marketing Interns

RTBiNterns, Jordan DeAngelo, Alex Elliott, and Megan Cummings-Gunther have been a very important part of the team since Spring 2018. Developing skills in social media management, optimizing paid ad campaigns, and a variety of special projects, these are future faces of RTBiQ.


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RTBiQ Political provides best-in-class social media, search optimization, and digital advertising for political campaigns.

Contact us to learn more.