In his previous role, Spain led corporate communications and external affairs for Koch Industries, the second-largest privately-held company in the U.S. He played a central role in the development and execution of the company’s national branding campaign, We Are Koch. Before that, he managed communications and public affairs for the Private Equity Council (now the American Investment Council), the industry association for the world’s leading private-equity firms. He helped defend the industry from outside criticism during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Spain spent his early career working in politics, both as a congressional aide to multiple lawmakers and on various campaigns. He oversaw the communications strategy for House Republicans during their campaign to retake the majority in 2010, in what the New York Times dubbed “one of the most remarkable congressional campaigns in more than a half-century.”