Doug Watts

Chief Political Strategist & Managing Director, Public Affairs


Doug Watts is a public affairs counselor and political strategist with over four decades experience advising major trade associations, Fortune 100 U.S. corporations, chief executive officers, and national political figures, including President Ronald Reagan, California Governor George Deukmejian, Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez, and presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

For nearly ten years, he served as an executive leading domestic and international franchise/market development for divisions of two of America’s largest media companies, Gannett Co. Inc. and Clear Channel Worldwide. He has conducted business in 49 US states and 16 countries on four continents.

Doug has been a guest speaker on issues as far ranging as California water policy to media innovation to grassroots development and a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He recently served as participant with the European Academy for Election Observation for Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

Doug maintains strong relationships across the political spectrum with leading political consultants; respected local, state, and national legislative advocates; influential regional and national journalists; and elected officials on the local, state, and national stage.