In 2015 Douglas Farrar joined the Aspen Institute communications department. He is now Assistant Director of Public Affairs and oversees media relations, public affairs and communications for the Aspen Institute and its programs. He is also the Associate Publisher of IDEAS: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was Senior Associate at the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, where he managed congressional affairs and federal relations for that program and the broader Institute. Before coming to the Institute, Douglas worked from 2007 until 2012 in the U.S. House of Representatives as a communications and policy adviser to two members of Congress including a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
A fourth generation Washingtonian, Douglas graduated from Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2005 with a B.A. in International Politics and in 2012 earned his Masters Degree in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies after completing his thesis on the role of earmarks in the legislative process. He is the co-author of the memoir, A Song to My City: Washington DC.