Joe Pounder is a co-founder of UK Policy Group, President of Definers Public Affairs, and a co-founder of the successful Republican rapid response and opposition research firm America Rising. Most recently, he served as a senior advisor for Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. In 2012, he served as the Research Director and Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee. While managing the $3.5 million, 27-person operation, he was named by GQ Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington. Pounder joined the RNC from the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, where he served as Communications Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. Rubio’s successful 2010 bid for the United States Senate. Before joining the Rubio campaign, Pounder worked for then-House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Pounder is also a veteran of the George W. Bush Administration, where he was Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Communications.