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D.C. Staff Moves: Jordan Raynor Leaves Engage

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 12 2012

Today is Jordan Raynor's last day at the right-leaning digital communications firm Engage, he announced in an email to friends.

Raynor is leaving digital politics to join LifeSync, a technology product shop in Tampa, Fla. He's also working on his own venture, Citizinvestor, an as-yet-unlaunched platform for crowdsourcing citizen donations to specific projects. Citizinvestor is a finalist in Code for America's Civic Accelerator program.

Raynor is one of a handful of digital politics pros from the right who have stepped off the electoral battlefield and are now working in the private sector, including Engage's co-founder, Mindy Finn, who left earlier this year for a job at Twitter. Katie Harbath moved from the National Republican Senatorial Committee to Facebook last year. In April, the National Republican Congressional Committee's former eCampaign director John Randall left to become director of political advertising at AOL.

It's worth noting that the one thing that all of this shuffling around has exposed so far is the bench that Republicans have available when it comes to digital strategy. When Harbath left the NRSC, the Republican Governors Association's digital whiz Alex Skatell moved in to replace her. Randall's position was replaced with that of digital director and the NRCC tapped former House Budget Committee press secretary and digital director Gerrit Lansing to fill it. Another digital staffer, Justin LoFranco, recently moved from the Oversight staff to take a digital director role for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.