The About Page

The Hines Family (May 2019)

About Me

Hello! My name is Ian Patrick Hines. I’m a digital strategist, online fundraiser, and website designer — and probably the world’s most experienced NationBuilder Expert & Architect.

In 2003, when I was still in high school and working as a campaign volunteer, I became obsessed with the intersection between the internet and politics. That obsession has defined my professional life.

Since setting out on my own in November 2013, I’ve helped more than fifty organizations across eight countries and sixteen U.S. states to leverage the power of digital organizing.

I have designed websites for world leaders, built and managed large email lists for national campaigns, and raised millions of dollars online — all while working from home on my MacBook near my family.

It’s a good life, and I am grateful for it.

About This Website

I have been publishing an eponymously named weblog since 2009. I first published this particular website in 2019, with a clean archive and a renewed sense of focus.

I intend to orient around what Merlin Mann described as “obsession times voice.”

As I mentioned, I’m preoccupied with the intersection between the internet and politics, and I believe that after working in the field for more than fifteen years I have a unique perspective on the topic that’s worth sharing with the world. That’s why I’m writing.


NationBuilder hosts this website, my database, and my email servers. I handed coded this custom website theme in Liquid and Sass using Sublime Text 3

The typography on this website is set in either San Francisco, Segoe UI, or Roboto depending on whether you use an Apple, Windows, or Android device.

I proofread text using Grammarly Premium.

Other indispensables: Apple AirPodsApple HomePod, Apple iPhoneApple Music, BootstrapCalendly, Cushion, DropboxGmail, Google Calendar, Google ChromeMacBook Pro, Spectrum, TinyPNG, and Zoom.

Note: None of the above links are affiliate links.