Doug Levy serves as national communications director of the National Committee to Draft Oprah Winfrey for President of the United States 2020.
With a career at the intersection of technology, science, health, policy and ethics, Doug is an expert on corporate and crisis communications, branding and messaging, content strategy, and building or protecting a reputation. His experience as a lawyer, investigative reporter, and public relations consultant gives him the ability to dig deep and recognize important details that others miss. He is known for rapidly spotting potential crises and working with clients to prevent negative impact.
Doug began his career in Southern California at KCRW public radio. (Read more in this Los Angeles Times profile.) In addition to general assignment news, his focus turned to medical news, leading to roles as medical reporter and then science editor at UPI and health reporter at USA Today during most of the 1990s.
As a reporter, Doug revealed tobacco industry secret research on cancer and addiction, mismanagement at celebrity-run charities, and conflicts of interest in medicine. This work garnered multiple awards, including a Peabody.
Doug is an expert on public communications about complex or scientific issues, crisis and issues management, regulatory matters and public affairs. Active on social media and interactive journalism from its earliest days, Doug has specific experience on social media in emergency communications and issues management. He also has demonstrated how to use digital and multimedia communications to improve communication of science and other complicated topics.
He held key communications roles at three of the nation’s top medical centers, guided C-level executives and their organizations through complex crises, and established effective ways to tell their stories, protect and build their brands, and improve their public images.
He has experience preparing Congressional testimony, working with legal teams on corporate liability or other litigation, and has advised public safety agencies on communications strategies and tactics.
An active volunteer, Doug served on the executive board of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) 34th Precinct Community Council, where he worked to improve police-community relations. He also is active with City Harvest, a charity that pioneered food rescue in 1982 and helps feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables.
Doug is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland but does not actively practice.
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