Karen Finney, Senior Advisor for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Doug Heye, CNN Political Commentator

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Karen Finney

Most recently Karen Finney was a Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She was also the Communications Director for Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine. Karen has a wide range of experience in media, politics and communications strategy, including hosting her own television show on MSNBC, “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” and serving as Communications Director at the Democratic National Committee.  Finney also worked to improve public education working as Chief of Staff to the Chairman, CEO and President of Scholastic Inc. and Communications Director at the New York Board of Education.

Douglas Heye

A veteran of politics since 1990, Douglas Heye has served in leading communications positions in the House of Representatives, United States Senate, the Republican National Committee, as well as serving in the George W. Bush Administration. He is currently a CNN Political Commentator and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he provides analysis on domestic and international political events.

Heye has garnered on the record bi-partisan praise for his team-building, communications and strategic planning abilities. Roll Call 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 the Capitol. He has been 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.” Of his television appearances, POLITICO remarked, “when the red camera light turns on, Heye doesn’t disappoint.”

In the fall of 2015, Heye served as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.