CQ Roll Call Taps Matt Mansfield to Lead Product Innovation

Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2015) — CQ Roll Call has named Matt Mansfield as its first Vice President for Product Innovation.

Mansfield is tasked with digital strategy and innovation across The Economist Group’s government brand as he brings together product, editorial, design and business development.

“I’m excited to rethink and reinvigorate new product development at CQ Roll Call, building on the essential work the company has already accomplished,” Mansfield said. “My goal is to enable our world class newsroom to quickly bring good ideas to market and meet audiences wherever they are gathered.”

Mansfield recently joined CQ Roll Call after spending a year as a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a position he was appointed to after leaving his role as Executive Editor, Digital at National Geographic.

In his new role, Mansfield will build a team of product and user experience designers, as well as oversee editorial teams responsible for data reporting and visualization, design, graphics, photography and video.

During his time at Northwestern, Mansfield began consulting for CQ Roll Call to reinvent its venerable weekly magazine, a project that has resulted in year-over-year advertising growth and an increased cadence of digital storytelling for CQ subscribers. He became part of the CQ Roll Call team in June.

“When Matt worked with CQ Roll Call as a consultant to transform CQ Weekly, I saw first-hand his ability to reshape a storied title into a multi platform product. As a result, he joined us full-time as Director of Digital Content in June,” said David Ellis, CQ Roll Call’s Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “He’s now been charged with building a team of like-minded change agents to help CQ Roll Call develop successful new offerings on an accelerated timetable.”

Speed is important, Mansfield said. “Our audiences are more mobile and on the go than ever, so I will be working all the way from content creation to product delivery to be sure we keep our users at the center of everything we make and distribute. This is more important than ever as we help people understand what’s driving decisions in Washington.”

Mansfield was also previously the director of the Washington program for Northwestern and a Deputy Managing Editor of the San Jose Mercury News in Silicon Valley, where his teams were a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the recipients of more than 250 awards from the Society for News Design, Pictures of the Year International, Best of the West and others.

A longtime consultant, Mansfield collaborates with Scott Goldman in the firm MG Redesign, which the two co-founded more than a decade ago. MG’s client list includes Advance Publications, the Archdiocese of Washington, Bloomberg, The Spokesman-Review and The Washington Post.

Active in journalism associations, Mansfield is a past president of the Society for News Design and currently serves on the SND board as Outreach Director. He’s also a co-organizer of the Online News Association’s successful monthly meetups in Washington, D.C.

About CQ Roll Call: 

CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill. CQ provides authoritative, nonpartisan and accurate congressional news and legislative tracking tools to its subscribers.  Through more than 40 print and digital products, CQ keeps readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis covering every legislative action in Congress with breaking news, bill tracking, and member profiles and offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation.

About The Economist Group: 

The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


Marie Espinel