Doug Thornell is responsible for developing and executing sophisticated communications, crisis management, and earned and paid media campaigns for political candidates, Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and CEOs at SKDKnickerbocker. Doug has worked closely on voting rights, taxes, telecommunications and health care issues. He has launched multiple business coalitions, worked closely with companies to communicate on complicated legislative and regulatory issues, managed corporate crisis situations, and worked directly with CEOs and candidates on media training, reputation management and strategic visioning. He currently serves as the firm’s on-the-record spokesman.
Doug brings years of experience working on Capitol Hill, political campaigns and public affairs firms to SKDK. He has served as the Congressional Black Caucus’ communications director, traveling press secretary for Gov. Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, deputy political director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, lead spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a top adviser to Rep. Chris Van Hollen. While working for Rep. Van Hollen, Doug was integral in developing press and messaging strategies to pass the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street reform and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In 2007, he was named a Politico to Watch by POLITICO for his messaging expertise. He is a frequent political analyst on television and his opinions can be found on Huffington Post. Doug graduated from Cornell University where he played varsity football.