Byron Koay is the President/Co-Founder of America Rising Corp. Named a Rising Star by Campaigns And Elections in 2015, Koay’s experience in opposition research and strategic communication spans more than a decade at the presidential, statewide, and local levels. During the victorious 2014 cycle, he led America Rising’s Senate team that provided opposition research and rapid response support for clients. Koay became Chief Operating Officer halfway through the 2016 cycle and oversaw America Rising’s research efforts across multiple teams for over one hundred GOP/conservative clients.
Prior to America Rising, Koay worked multiple cycles at the Republican National Committee’s Research Department including the 2010 and 2012 cycles as deputy research director. Koay’s first political job was as a policy analyst for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign in California.
Koay is originally from Southern California and has a B.A. in Government and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. An unfortunate Washington Capitals fan since moving to the D.C. area, Koay stays up too late to catch the Los Angeles Lakers and wakes up too early to watch Everton in the Premier League. When he’s not connected to the Internet and running America Rising, Koay enjoys traveling abroad, running, cycling, and pretending to play soccer.