Matthew Gagnon is the Director and CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. Prior to taking on his position at the MHPC, Gagnon was the Director of Digital Strategy for the Republican Governors Association. Gagnon is an occasional columnist for the Bangor Daily News, and also blogs for his own creation, the most widely read political blog in the state of Maine, Pine Tree Politics. Matt has extensive experience in political strategy and communications. After UMaine, Matt held positions as Senior Analyst in Public Affairs and Senior Project Manager for New Media Strategies, as well as Deputy Director of Digital Strategy for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Director of New Media Communications for United States Senator Susan Collins. In addition to his extensive work in politics, Matt is an accomplished writer, photographer, graphic designer, and jazz musician.