We're a full-service creative digital firm.

We build data-driven digital campaigns that use your authentic story to engage, mobilize, and win. Our clients include candidates for office, nonprofit organizations, startups, and government agencies. The common thread is that each is looking to engage the public and make progress on an issue or cause that matters.

Our Approach

Our philosophy is that for digital content to matter, it needs to tell an authentic story.

We deliver results, not just metrics. If the path to victory were as simple as blasting poll-tested content out across the internet, then every campaign would succeed. We work in partnership with our clients to package their unique story into compelling digital content that motivates the right people to read, to listen, and most importantly, to act.

How We Do It

Delivery Time

We conceive, produce, vet, and publish high-quality digital content under tight deadlines. We don’t just keep up with the news cycle; we make it work to our advantage.


This is one of our core values. We are committed to working closely with you to build a digital program that caters to your needs and surpasses your expectations.


We give you the unvarnished truth, backed up by hard data, so that together we can double down on what’s working, change course when needed, and maximize the return on your investment.

 Every issue, every organization, and every audience is unique.

Who We Are

Michael Sparks

Michael is a Coloradan with seven cycles of campaign experience who specializes in digital strategy on Western campaigns. At Ascend, he specializes in video production, website development, and buying and targeting. Prior to launching Ascend, Michael led digital operations for Governor Jared Polis (D-Colo.), first in his Congressional office and later on his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, for which Michael directed and oversaw an award-winning digital program that received widespread acclaim. Michael’s experience also includes serving as Creative Director on Governor Steve Bullock's (D-Mont.) presidential campaign, managing digital operations for a variety of startup businesses, and working as an organizer on Democratic campaigns across the nation.

Michael Sparks, Co-Founder Ascend Digital Strategies
Photo of Co-Founder Craig Frucht

Craig Frucht

Craig is an experienced communications strategist who has served in high-level positions in local, state, and federal politics. At Ascend, he specializes in messaging and strategy, script and content development, and email marketing. Prior to launching Ascend, Craig was a long-time senior advisor to Governor Jared Polis (D-Colo.), serving as his Congressional Press Secretary and later leading speechwriting and messaging for his successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Craig’s experience also includes serving as Communications Director for former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) as well as managing digital media campaigns for nonprofits and private sector companies throughout the Western United States.


Remy is Pawlicy Advisor at Ascend, where he oversees digging holes, chasing birds, and running around outside. He's a good boy.

Are you looking to build awareness for a cause, recruit volunteers, raise money, or win an election?

Let’s make progress together.

Contact us:info@ascend-strategies.com
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