Doug Thornell

Doug Thornell serves as chief executive officer at SKDK, leads the political advertising department, and is one of the few Black media consultants in Democratic politics. 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.” Since joining SKDK in 2011, Doug has served as a top advisor to presidential, House, Senate and, gubernatorial campaigns, Fortune 50 companies, and progressive and civil rights organizations. 

In 2020, Doug oversaw an advertising department that produced over 800 ads. He was the lead media consultant for the NAACP, Rep. Joe Morelle, and was part of the advertising team for the DCCC IE, Senate Majority PAC, Demand Justice, and AFSCME. Doug also helped to train over a dozen women candidates as part of EMILY’s List media training operation. 

Over his 20-year career, Doug has been a lead media strategist for 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 Sen. Chris Van Hollen and the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the traveling spokesman for Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. 

Doug resides in Maryland and graduated from Cornell University, where he played varsity football and earned a degree in government.