Doug Thornell

Doug joined SKDK in 2011 and has served as a top advisor to Presidential, House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, Fortune 50 companies and progressive and civil rights organizations. National Journal named him to their recent list of “50 People Changing the Game in Washington” and wrote that he “is one of the most plugged in public affairs professionals in Washington.”

Doug has managed some of SKDK’s most significant political, corporate, and public-affairs clients—including Texas Instruments, the DNC, the NAACP, the DCCC, and Washington Gas. Democratic Party leaders have trusted him to work his deep Rolodex of contacts to help them navigate challenging situations.

Over his 20-year career, Doug has been a lead media strategist to the Democratic National Committee, the top spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a senior aide at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and a top advisor to both Senator Chris Van Hollen and the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the traveling spokesman for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Doug was a top House Democratic leadership aide from 2007 until 2011 and played a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street reform and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Doug began his political career as an organizer on the Gore Iowa campaign. Following the 2000 election, Doug worked as a press aide to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Doug resides in Maryland and graduated from Cornell University where he played varsity football and earned a degree in government.