Spencer Critchley, Managing Partner, Boots Road Group
Boots Road Group Managing Partner Spencer Critchley is an award-winning writer, producer, and communication consultant with experience in broadcasting, film, digital media, public relations, advertising, and music. He is the author of Patriots of Two Nations.
As a communication consultant, Spencer has worked for both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, former Congressman Sam Farr, the U.S. Department of Labor, the University of California at Berkeley, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and many others.
As a digital media producer, his clients have included David Bowie, Moby, Santana, Britney Spears, and others while he was with Thomas Dolby’s Beatnik Inc; the Silicon Graphics-Time Warner-ATT interactive TV system; Silicon Gaming; and the multiple award-winning Choosing Success multimedia program for CCC/Viacom, described by Wired magazine as "the most inspired piece of educational software ever created." He produced Boots Road Group's Davey, W3, and Videographer Award-winning video “Rancho Cielo: Transforming Lives” for Rancho Cielo Youth Campus. For other work, Boots Road has won Davey, Graphis, and Communication Arts awards.
As a journalist, Spencer reported stories for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, and others, winning awards for investigative reporting from Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Associated Press. For CBC Radio, he was a correspondent and guest host for the national entertainment and popular culture show Prime Time, the host of the syndicated Canada Rocks record review, and a contributor to The Entertainers and other programs.
He has written for the Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, O’Reilly Digital Media, Business Insider, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and other publications, and is the host of the Dastardly Cleverness in the Service of Good podcast. He is an adjunct lecturer in Journalism for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
As a composer and music producer, Spencer was signed to a songwriting and artist development contract with Warner-Chappell Music Publishing. He created music for the Peabody Award-winning CBC Radio drama “Paris from Wilde to Morrison” and the CBC series Prime Time, Radio Banned, and Metro Morning. He composed the score (with collaborator Marco D’Ambrosio) and was the audio producer for the Emmy-winning PBS documentary Blink.
He has been a guest speaker for Stanford University’s documentary film program; New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; Art Center College of Design; California State University Monterey Bay; the American Constitution Society; MacWorld; Intel Developer World; the Game Developer's Conference (GDC); the New Teacher Center; the California Association of Public Information Officials; and the SXSW, Hot Springs, and Bermuda Film Festivals.
He has been interviewed or quoted by ABC News, the AP, the CBC, CBS Radio, the Christian Science Monitor, CTV News (Canada), the Daily Mail (UK), Deutsche Welle, Fox News, The Hill, ITV (UK), the Los Angeles Times, NBC, NPR, the Saturday Evening Post, Sky News (UK and Australia), USA Today, and others.
Spencer's personal site is at spencercritchley.com.