Matt Brownfield (Government: Public Policy, ’05) has been working full-time in Texas politics since 2008. And he isn’t ready to quit anytime soon.
Brownfield arrived at Patrick Henry College in 2001 planning to be an attorney but graduated with the goal of working as a professor of politics and political theory. He entered the classically minded University of Dallas but changed his mind about his profession around the time he finished his coursework for a Ph.D.
During his time at Patrick Henry College, Brownfield worked on many campaigns, from Generation Joshua’s Student Action Teams to spending six weeks on a state senate race in Texas, to working for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Three years into his graduate program, he began to feel anxious regarding his lack of engagement in politics. A chance encounter at the 2008 Texas Republican convention led him to connect with a candidate for state representative in North Texas who asked him to be her campaign manager. He and his classmate Ross Hunt agreed to work on the campaign and jumped in headfirst. At the end of the elections, the candidate lost the race, but Brownfield was back in politics, and he wanted more.
He and Hunt decided to try again. They began by creating a business, Nasica Consulting Services, to help local candidates in Dallas County, Initially, they offered candidates a limited set of services primarily grassroots and data work. They joined forces with a full-service consulting firm in late 2011, and when the firm reorganized a year later, Brownfield and Hunt joined with several partners to form a new brand—Murphy Nasica.
Since launching Murphy Nasica, Brownfield and his team have worked on campaigns in 11 states and have recently opened their first out-of-Texas office in Des Moines, Iowa. The company often handles 30-40 campaigns at one time, assisting Republican candidates up and down the ballot—from school board to U.S. Senate.
Brownfield has been joined by two other Patrick Henry College alumnae, now full-time employees at Murphy Nasica as well, Amanda Brock (Government: American Politics and Policy, ’12) and Stephanie Terek (Government: Public Policy, ’05). Brownfield frequently reaches out to Patrick Henry College students and alumni to bring them to his company for an internship or job. “It has been a real joy to get to work with so many Patrick Henry College grads,” Brownfield said. “It’s a rare office in Texas that has as many Sentinels as it does Longhorns and Aggies.”
Tony Cavicchi (Government, ’13) spent half a year working for Brownfield as the Social Media Strategist during his time in college.
“Matt thinks on a higher level philosophically, which sets him apart from people who are crass political operatives,” Cavicchi said. “Even in some situations, candidates having general life issues outside of their campaigns would call Matt just to talk because he had earned their trust. He is the kind of person they can speak to and listen to.”
Brownfield convinced Patrick Henry College classmate Stephanie Terek to move from D.C. to Texas to work at Murphy Nasica starting in early 2015.
Terek graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in Public Policy. After graduating, she interned in the White House for a summer, which led to a job with the Department of Labor for the Bush Administration for a little over three years.
Now Murphy Nasica’s Director of Grassroots, Terek comes with boatloads of expertise. After her job with the Department of Labor, she worked as the events coordinator for a consulting company, worked for the Florida Legislature, helped get the chairman of the Florida Republican Party elected, worked with national security issues for a non-profit, and most recently served as the National Field Director for Generation Opportunity. She’s run national grassroots programs, directed field activism for getting Out The Vote efforts, and is right at home developing the grassroots strategy at Murphy Nasica.
“I really enjoy the fact that we live in a free country where we can openly fight for the values we believe in,” she said. “I love helping people realize that they can make a difference and encouraging them to get involved so we don’t lose the freedoms we have.”