Our Team

Building community starts with understanding the community

Matt Knoedler, Co-Founder & CEO

A former member of the Colorado General Assembly, for the past 20 years Matt Knoedler has served as a strategic advisor to campaigns, candidates and major philanthropists in Colorado. He also worked as a lobbyist and political advisor at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, one of the country’s top lobbying firms, where he managed clients in every major industry sector.

Matt represented Lakewood as a state legislator from 2005-2007, and is a former senior policy aide to Governor Bill Owens and Congressman Tom Tancredo. Matt’s legislative races were featured in the bestselling book The Blueprint: How Democrats won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere should care by Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager.

Mel Clarke, COO:  Mel brings over 15 years of experience in technology and consulting within project management, product management and agile transformation. Mel has focused her career on supporting brands to operationally work efficiently and effectively across platforms. She’s been responsible for developing and managing internal systems and emerging methodologies, as well as establishing best practices at companies such as Home Depot and North Highland Consulting.

Nathan Carlson, VP of Engineering: Nathan Carlson serves a small but mighty team who built and scaled a social media platform to 100,000+ users. Nathan earned a computer science degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and brings extensive experience maintaining and scaling large web platforms.  Outside of work, Nathan enjoys his hobbies of homesteading and tinkering with electronics projects.

Caleb Abbruzzese, Sr. Product Architect: Caleb has 15 years of experience as a software engineer, development lead, and principal architect. His experience includes various technical solutions including multiple programming languages, server designs, cloud service implementations, and databases.

Elijah Pepin, Sr. Software Engineer: Elijah has 15 years of professional experience. His knowledge covers database technologies, including MongoDB, MySQL, SQL Server, back-end technologies such as PHP and .Net, and front-end solutions like Javascript, HTML, CSS and Node.js. His work experience ranges from commercial websites to DoD, browser-based applications, to online political tools. 

Adam Johnson,Political Director: Adam has served as the Political Director for CaucusRoom since the company’s launch in early 2020. His previous work experience includes serving as staff on numerous Republican campaigns ranging from local legislative races to U.S. Senate campaigns, including the elections for Republican Governor Bill Owens and U.S. Senate candidate Pete Coors. Before joining CaucusRoom, Adam was the State Director for RNC Victory in Colorado.

Seth Jacobson, Product Engineer and Data & Testing Analyst:  Seth is a product engineer and lead Data Analyst at Ouray Digital, LLC. Seth has a background in campaigns and elections, having served as Deputy Regional Field Director for Jefferson County, CO, during the 2014 Cory Gardner for US Senate campaign, then as a private opposition research analyst, GOTV strategy lead, Elections Division liaison, political director and data engineer in Colorado over the last decade. Since joining Ouray Digital, Seth has led data-driven insights for the CaucusRoom project, built & maintained the development team’s quality assurance/testing protocol, consulted on aligning the product offerings with real-world campaign needs, and provided business analytics for clients and investors.