Our People

Rick Ridder
President and Co-Founder

Rick Ridder is a former presidential campaign manager and senior consultant for five other presidential campaigns. In the over 25 years with RBI, Rick has consulted for numerous U.S. Congressional, gubernatorial, state and local campaigns. Internationally, he has worked in 20 countries including the successful campaigns of four heads of state. He is a past president of the International Association of Political Consultants and a winner of the “Pollie” Award as International Consultant of the Year. He has written for “Salon.com,” “Campaigns and Elections,” “Australian Financial Review” and “The Denver Post.” Internationally, Rick has been profiled in publications in Denmark, Greece, Portugal, and the UK. He has appeared on all major US networks, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting, and a number of other foreign broadcast networks.

On a personal level, Rick has been recognized with the “Award of Achievement” from the Gleitsman Foundation, “in recognition of commitment and leadership initiating social change.” He holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MS in Broadcasting from Boston University, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.

Joannie Braden
Vice-President and Co-Founder

Joannie Braden has been involved in politics for almost 30 years. Since starting RBI with her husband, she has been integral to every aspect of the firm’s development. As managing partner, Joannie has oversight of all RBI operations, clients, projects, and marketing efforts.

Her expertise includes campaign strategy, voter contact, survey research, and budgeting. Joannie enjoys working with both candidates and non-profits, especially women’s reproductive health advocates and environmental groups. She has worked closely with clients on ad creation, messaging and media placement. She has been involved in campaigns and campaign training programs in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, and Sweden.

She is a yoga and fitness enthusiast, a discriminating coffee drinker, and an avid reader. She has a working knowledge of Spanish and holds a B.A. from Bennington College.

Faye Diamond

Faye Diamond advises candidates, membership associations, and non-profit organizations. Her legal, organizational and political skills bring considerable dimension to RBI’s strategic consulting and research services.She specializes in campaign management and strategic consulting for candidates and statewide ballot initiatives and has additional expertise in campaign finance and legal compliance for congressional campaigns. Her work with RBI’s clients ranges from coalition building and grasstops lobbying to framing message, theme, and content for direct mail.

She began her professional career at the National Women’s Political Caucus and went on to work for Governor Dick Lamm, first on his 1982 re-election campaign and then on his legislative staff. Faye has managed two state legislative races and worked on various federal, local and referenda campaigns, including serving as UniServ Director for the Colorado Education Association, as the Deputy Campaign Manager on a U.S. Senate campaign, and as Comptroller and Compliance Officer for the Denver International Airport campaign. She has been active in Democratic Party politics, serving as Finance Director for the House Democratic Majority Fund and as Executive Director for the Colorado Democratic Party. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, College of Law and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Faye currently serves as Secretary of the International Association of Political Consultants.

niki-hawthorneNiki Hawthorne
Senior Associate

Niki brings nearly a decade of political and non-profit experience to RBI Strategies and Research. Her clients at RBI include policy-outcome oriented issue and policy campaigns, including in the environmental and conservation sector, paid media campaign strategy and management, and statewide ballot initiatives. Niki provides her clients with coordinated grasstops contacts, media outreach, and visibility. Further, her international experience provides RBI’s international clients with a broad knowledge and keen awareness of the intersection of international human rights and political campaigns. Niki’s human rights background includes work on conflict diamonds, human trafficking and slavery, poverty, women’s rights, refugees, and genocide prevention. Previously, she has worked for local nonprofits and humanitarian assistance organizations in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC.

Niki has a Masters in International Human Rights from the University of Denver, and a B.S. in Social Science from Warner Pacific College in Portland. She serves on the board of the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation.

DSCF0668Adam Dunstone
Senior Associate

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Adam Dunstone, Senior Associate, Adam has worked on candidate and issue campaigns on local, state, and national levels. His Colorado campaign experience includes working as Campaign Coordinator for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, and as Campaign Manager for Chris Romer’s Denver mayoral campaign. He also served as the Iowa Field Director for Vice President Joe Biden in 2008, and worked for a national advertising firm doing communications and paid media on races in every region of the country.

Adam brings to RBI experience running large-scale voter contact operations, managing candidate and issue campaigns, and working with media and polling.  Adam holds a degree in Public Administration and Public Policy with a concentration in Economics and History from Michigan State University. In addition to politics, he is also experienced in residential construction. Adam lives in Evergreen with his wife and two dogs.

DSCF0680Callie Seymour
Creative Director

With a knack for creativity and precision, Callie spearheads RBI’s Direct Mail Department. In particular, she deals with conceptualization, design, production, and targeting for RBI’s direct mail clients. She is committed to ensuring that each piece uniquely reflects the candidate or issue. Callie is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese. She has interest and experience in international politics, and recently spent a year in Japan teaching English, where she gained a unique insight into the people, customs, and politics of the world’s fastest growing region. Callie holds a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College in North Carolina.

RBI Strategies and Research

1900 Grant St., Suite 1170
Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303.832.2444