Matt Tanielian

As co-founder of the Franklin Square Group, Matt has built a reputation as a leader and strategist, directing major industry coalitions and advising disruptive innovators as they tackle the complexity of Washington. By being driven, creative and at times unconventional, he has become one of today’s most highly regarded policy consultants – a status confirmed by being named multiple times by The Hill newspaper as one of Washington’s top lobbyists.

Matt helps lead a Franklin Square team that blends deep policy expertise, political knowhow, and the strategic leadership needed to succeed. He has worked with high growth venture-backed startups on their first policy campaigns and advised multinational companies with complex problems and transactions. Matt has also led advocacy coalitions such as the Coalition for Patent Fairness – recognized by Politico as the best overall advocacy success of 2013 – serving as spokesman, strategist, and campaign manager.

Before Franklin Square, Matt served as Director of Government Affairs at Cisco Systems where he led advocacy programs on a range of corporate and technology issues, including intellectual property, competition, immigration and tax. He also managed Cisco’s PAC and political programs.

While on Capitol Hill, Matt served as Counsel to Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), advising him on all business and technology issues. He also worked extensively with the Senate Judiciary Committee – supporting the Senator’s committee work and serving as a subcommittee chief counsel. On the Committee, he worked on issues such as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the Bankruptcy Reform Act, the Inbox Privacy (SPAM) Act, and several major competition and merger investigations.

Matt is a Detroit, Michigan native and die hard Red Wings fan. He has held a variety of odd jobs which have shaped his outlook on advocacy, including car salesman at a Honda dealership in Massachusetts, youth hockey coach, manager of @franklinsquared, and campaign finance attorney at the Federal Election Commission.