- Fall 2015
A veteran of politics since 1990, Douglas Heye has served in leading communications positions in the House of Representatives and United States Senate, the Republican National Committee, as well as serving in the George W. Bush Administration.
Heye most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where he garnered on the record bi-partisan praise for his team-building, communications and strategic planning abilities. Upon Heye’s arrival in the Capitol in 2012, Roll Call quickly named Heye one of their “Fabulous 50,” noting Heye’s ability to “set the tone and frame the debate” as someone “in the room when decisions are made.”
In 2010, Heye served as communications director of the Republican National Committee. During these historic elections, Heye excelled in his handling of multiple large-scale public relations crises and pursuing an aggressive media strategy. Upon announcing his departure from the committee, Heye won unanimous, bi-partisan praise for his performance, being called a “pro’s pro” in POLITICO by his counterpart at the Democratic National Committee for his handling of what CNN labeled “one of the most demanding jobs in Washington.”
Heye served as a senior advisor to the Iowa Republican Party, managing all communications for the 2012 Iowa Caucus, and was a player in the 2010 Florida Recount, participating in Miami/Dade’s famed “Brooks Brothers Revolt.”
Heye is a sought-after commenter on political events and public policy, making more than two hundred appearances on national and international television networks, leading POLITICO to write in 2011, “when the red camera light turns on, Heye doesn’t disappoint.” He has written for many publications, including U.S. News & World Report, POLITICO, The Hill and Capitol File magazine.
Heye graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994.
Read Doug's study group outline Crisis Communications: Or How Spokespeople Explain, or Try to, When Something’s Gone Wrong.