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.


Michael Dabbs
Communications and Creative Director

A connector of people and ideas, Michael brings a passion for public relations and public affairs management to RBI Strategies and Research. He works on many of the firm’s accounts, including ballot initiatives, candidates for public office, advocacy groups, and international clients. His communication duties include aspects of messaging, media production, and campaign administration and strategy. His creative responsibilities include the conceptualization, design, production, and targeting for RBI’s direct mail and digital clients. Previously, Michael has experience working with various nonprofits and public officials, namely Accelerating Market Driven Partnerships (AMP) in Washington, D.C., State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas, and as Communications Director for the Quick for Colorado campaign for CO Attorney General.

Michael holds a M.A. in international and intercultural communication from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the School of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in political science and strategic communication from Texas Christian University.

Ari photoAriane Williams
Research Associate & Conference Coordinator

With extensive international experience and a longstanding interest in human rights, Ariane was drawn to RBI Strategies in the desire to further progressive causes both in the US and abroad. Since joining the firm in 2016, she has worked on research, data analysis, and messaging for various campaigns, as well as assisting in planning the International Association of Political Consultants’ 2016 Annual Conference in Denver and 2017 Annual Conference in Reykjavik.

Ariane holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia and has taught English in Japan and Vietnam.

DB photo KCL launch (1)Denise Baron
Senior Associate, Europe

Denise is an experienced communications professional, political strategist, and behavioural science researcher with experience in American and British public policy and politics. Denise has been helping political candidates, governmental entities, political organisations, and businesses communicate complex messages to both large general and small targeted audiences since 2009. Working primarily for Democrats in congressional swing districts, Denise’s experience ranges from overseeing communications and press relations to designing field strategy and digital programs.

Denise holds a B.A. the University of Notre Dame, and she recently augmented her understanding of communication by earning a masters degree in the psychological and behavioural science of political communication from the London School of Economics.  By returning to graduate school in social psychology and behavioural science, Denise gained analytical and tactical insight to questions of human behaviour and cognition. Since finishing this degree in 2016, she has applied these quantitative and qualitative skills to her clients’ research needs in the US and UK.

RBI Strategies and Research

1888 N. Sherman St. Suite 420
Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303.832.2444