About Me

Hello! My name is Ian, and I am a consultant, designer, and NationBuilder Expert based in Severna Park, Maryland. Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.

Photo: The Hines Family (May 2019)
The Hines Family (May 2019)

My Story

Way back in 2003, when I was still in high school and working as a campaign volunteer, I became obsessed with the intersection of politics & technology. That obsession has defined my professional life.

Then, in 2012, I found my way to NationBuilder’s Los Angeles HQ. There, I learned the platform under the mentorship of the late Jim Gilliam, NationBuilder’s Founder & then CEO.

In November 2013, I left the company and set out on my own as a certified NationBuilder Expert & NationBuilder Architect.

Since then, I’ve consulted for more than one hundred organizations across eight countries and twenty U.S. states — helping them to leverage the power of the technology to shape the future.

My words and ideas have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Campaigns & Elections Magazine, and Mic.com.

I have designed websites for world leaders, helped to shape the communications and political strategy for national campaigns, and raised millions of dollars online — and nearly all from the comfort of my remote home office.

In my free time, I coach and play lacrosse, and serve my community as the Cubmaster of my sons’ Cub Scout pack. I am a practicing Catholic Christian and a parishioner at St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church.

About Hines Digital

Beag, Inc. dba Hines Digital is a Maryland corporation that has, since 2015, served as my professional office.

Through Hines Digital, I have had the opportunity to work with campaigns, causes, and companies on three continents.

I am currently focused on consulting, design, and NationBuilder-related projects.

Learn more about my work at hines.digital/work.

About The Weblog

Beginning in 2009, I published an eponymous weblog loosely focused on life, the Internet, and how they interact with one another. I regrettably shuttered it in 2012.

Now, after nearly a decade away, I’m writing to rediscover my voice. My goal is to write something here every weekday, with a loose focus on the intersection of politics & technology.

Explore the full catalog of posts at hines.digital/archives.