In 2015 Douglas Farrar joined the Aspen Institute communications department as the Senior Manager for Communications and Public Affairs. He joined the Aspen Institute Congressional Program in 2012. Prior to joining the AICP Douglas worked for many years in the U.S. House of Representatives developing an expertise in the legislative process and political communications. Most recently he was Communications Director and policy advisor to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) who is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. In that role he executed an appropriations strategy including implementing report language and amendments to legislation developed in several sub-committees such as Energy and Water and Interior and Environment. He also served as a Legislative Aide in the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and Joint Economic Committee, and worked for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (AZ) in her first term.
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 federal budget and legislative process.