Phil Lepanto

Managing Partner & CTO

As one of the partners, Phil plays a significant role in shaping not only our web development team, but Connections Media overall.

Bio: Phil Lepanto
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With more than 20 years in the industry, Phil brings vision, expertise and innovation to Connections Media. His approach stems from a firm belief that technology applications must be organic and always evolving to meet newfound needs and requirements. Systems and data management strategies must also rely upon the principle of portability over time, so that organizations are never tied to expensive proprietary systems.

Throughout his career, Phil has designed, implemented and managed a wide variety of web development projects for major political and public affairs campaigns. He has done it all – from very simple websites to highly sophisticated campaigns incorporating broadcast email, streaming video and personalized web content delivery. He has also deployed web systems for document management, expense tracking, conference management, restricted access intranets and the coordination of field and volunteer personnel.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Phil has been drawn to politics throughout his career. He interned with the Fred Thompson Senate campaign in 1994 and the Lamar Alexander presidential campaign in 1996. It was during the Alexander campaign that Netscape had an Initial Public Offering and the heyday of the dot-com era began. Phil moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at a radio-frequency engineering consulting firm, building out cellular networks. Yearning to get back into the political world, he began working at small web development companies that focused on integrating online communications into the fabric of advocacy operations.

In 2004, Phil decided to examine just how “green the grass” was on the other side by joining a medium-sized, non-profit, international membership association. In 2005, he joined Jonah to put themselves to the test with the Mike Bloomberg for Mayor 2005 campaign. Since then, he’s enjoyed working with clients and the Connections Media team to do great things.

As a proud District of Columbia resident, Phil serves as the Treasurer for the Mt. Pleasant Business Association. He owns Old School Hardware with his wife Katie. In his spare time, Phil enjoys mountain biking, hiking, gardening and skiing. He speaks very little Spanish and, though he tried, he never learned how to surf. He and his wife live in Crestwood with their cat, Purrple and dog, Bruno.

Most important lesson?

Problems can often be solved by simply enumerating every assumption that forms the basis of an evaluation and reassessing the accuracy of those assumptions.

What’s the meaning of your name?

Philip is Greek for “Fond of horses.” King Philip II of Macedonia was also the father of Alexander the Great.

What quote do you live by everyday?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler