A trusted name in politics, PR and public affairs from the desert West to Washington, DC, Daniel Scarpinato brings a wide array of experience in media, government and campaigns.
Before joining Ascent, Scarpinato served as Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, helping to lead the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the distribution of the vaccine, the management of billions of federal dollars, and passage of landmark legislation including the renegotiating of tribal gaming combats and the lowest flat tax in the nation. Scarpinato also helped manage Governor Ducey’s leadership roles within the Republican Governors Association and the National Governors Association. During his nearly 7 years with Governor Ducey, Scarpinato also served as the Governor’s Spokesman and Communication Director, and as Senior Advisor to his re-election campaign, in which Governor Ducey won more votes than any other gubernatorial candidate in Arizona history and an impressive 44 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Scarpinato has been a finalist for “Best PR person,” and “Capitol Power Broker” in the Arizona Capitol Times “Best of the Capitol” awards. Legendary Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb remarked, “Gov. Doug Ducey’s communications machine is the best I’ve seen from any politician.”
Previously, Scarpinato served as National Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in Washington, D.C., as Republicans won their largest House majority in more than 70 years. In 2012, Scarpinato served Western Regional Press Secretary at the NRCC, overseeing messaging and communications in dozens of congressional races including in Texas, California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Washington State. In addition to his government and campaign experience, Scarpinato also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he served as editor in chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat.