As Vice President of Multimedia & Campus Partnerships, Doug advances ACTA’s messaging and digital media presence for our core audiences focused on issues of academic freedom, excellence, and accountability. He hosts and produces ACTA’s popular podcast, Higher Ed Now; and also leads our student initiatives and alliances with organizations like Braver Angels, BridgeUSA, and Students for Free Expression (where he serves on the Board of Directors). He is the leader of Braver Angels’ College Debates Program, which launched in 2018 and has been expanding ever since, bringing civil discourse and depolarization to student communities across the nation.
As a communications leader, Doug has led teams driving educational opportunities and building communities of support for disadvantaged youth; produced public awareness campaigns, video and digital content to support fundraising, development, public policy efforts, and much more. Previously, he served as National Director of Communications at Learning Ally, an educational nonprofit that has supported millions of students with disabilities like blindness and dyslexia. He also led communications at Orphan Foundation of America, providing a path into college for thousands of youth aging out of the foster care system. In a global corporate setting, he was the International Director of Public Relations and Employee Comms for Heidelberg Digital, a $1billion technology joint venture between Heidelberg and Eastman Kodak. Doug earned his BA in Communications and Film from the University of Rochester. In his spare time, he is a dedicated guitarist and recording musician, as well as a video and audio producer with a passion for story-driven media that unite and inspire people from all walks of life.