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Take your communications to new heights.

The New Heights team offers backgrounds in all aspects of communications, campaigns, advocacy, and management, bringing an integrated approach to our work. Whether it’s running an advocacy campaign to eliminate the death penalty (we’ve done that), devising and implementing the strategy to win billions for public transit (yep, also us), or telling the stories of #MeToo victims in national outlets (you got it), we’re your team.

We got our start on presidential campaigns, so we believe that the rules of the trail apply to anyone seeking to deliver an impactful message: Tell stories, not policy prescriptions. Define yourself before others define you.  And remember, the toughest fights are often the ones most worth winning. 

#Squad

Kirami Bah
Associate

Kirami Bah is an Associate at New Heights Communications with a diverse background in multimedia. Dedicated to blending the worlds of creativity and advocacy, she...

Zainab Chaudary
Senior Vice President

Zainab Chaudary, Senior Vice President at New Heights Communications, has spent the last decade crafting communications strategies for progressive, social change organiza

Josh Cohen
Principal

Josh Cohen, Principal at New Heights Communications, is an award-winning political consultant who has worked at the intersection of policy, politics, advocacy, communicat

Shani Drake Duncan
Director

Shani Drake Duncan is a Director at New Heights Communications. Previously, Shani served as the Director of Marketing & Public Engagement for the National...

Aurora Matthews
Vice President

Aurora Matthews is an award-winning writer and communications and public affairs strategist. As Vice President at New Heights Communications she brings more than ten yea

Ian Moor
Senior Associate

Ian Moor is a Senior Associate at New Heights who joined the team in 2019. He specializes in helping clients communicate the right message...

Christy Setzer
President

Christy Setzer is the President and Founder of New Heights Communications, a Washington, DC public affairs firm that provides strategic and communications counsel to mis

Alexis Stanley
Associate

Alexis Stanley is an Associate at New Heights Communications. She comes to New Heights from Minnesota Voice, where she was the Digital Communications Manager, and previ

Danielle Strasburger
Senior Associate

Danielle Strasburger is a Senior Associate at New Heights Communications with a background in grassroots organizing and progressive non-profits. After graduating from Har

Solace Duncan
Remembering

Solace Duncan was a Senior Associate at New Heights. She was inspired to champion important causes during an international campaign to promote couple’s HIV counseling.

Ready to join the #Squad? Check out career opportunities below!

Associate/Senior Associate (Washington, DC-based)

About New Heights Communications 

Founded in 2010, we’re a Washington, DC-based, woman-owned, progressive, full-service strategy and communications firm with a track record of winning tough fights. We serve advocacy and legal organizations, political groups, and CEOs who are making a difference—helping them move from brainstorming to goal setting to winning. 

You’ll find us working for social justice in the biggest battles in Washington—and across the country. These days, that means fighting for sustainable climate policies, access to our democracy, equity in our policies, protection for workers on the job, and our personal favorite, robust public transit. And that’s just the start. 

We’re passionate, creative, and fun. And we’re looking for someone—or even a couple people—to round out our growing team. 

Associate/Senior Associate (Washington, DC-based)

We’re hiring at the Associate and/or Senior Associate level. So if any of this sounds like you, you should probably check us out. Especially if you are:  

  • A voracious consumer of politics, culture and, you know, what the kids do these days.  
  • A great storyteller. You know how to string words together that inspire and activate, and you know when pictures > words.  
  • Willing to go to the mat for your cause and your client. You don’t quit until the job is done, and probably not even then.  
  • Able to maintain a sense of humor, especially when stuff hits the fan.  
  • Fired up about fixing the endless pipeline of global problems and injustices. 
  • A great coworker who will indulge our occasionally long-winded stories and hopefully tell us some of your own.  
  • A veteran of campaigns, the Hill or an agency… we like to know how you juggle in a fast-paced environment (this last bullet point gets you bonus points). 

Mostly, you’re whip-smart, intensely curious, and want a close-knit team that is doing big things. 

Here’s some additional skills you should bring to the table: 

Associate (1-3 years’ experience, $45-55K)  

  • Good at the Internet. You know how to craft social media content that gets noticed, and shared.  
  • Able to use compelling, clear language to write in a variety of voices, for a variety of mediums, targeting a variety of audiences.  
  • Super-organized and independent—can handle multiple projects simultaneously.  
  • Have pitched reporters and have the clips (or stories) to prove it.  
  • More bonus points: design or video production experience or Spanish-language skills. 

Senior Associate (4-6 years’ experience, $56-70K)  

  • Have run, or helped run, communications for a client, candidate or cause.  
  • Experienced at crafting compelling narratives, including in op-eds, letters to the editor, and talking points.  
  • May be experienced running, or helping run, digital programs for a client, candidate or cause, including creating persuasive content, graphics and video, and a working understanding of paid digital advertising.  
  • Bring existing press relationships and a demonstrated track record of placing stories in the media and driving a narrative.  
  • Super-responsive to your clients and teammates and can meet multiple, and sometimes, competing deadlines. 

Additional bennies:  

  • Hybrid office/WFH policy. We currently work two days/week at our downtown DC office and three days/week from wherever you want. 
  • Sane hours. We try not to bug you, or have our clients bug you, at night or on weekends. That said, sometimes news breaks at inconvenient times.  
  • 4 weeks paid vacation annually, plus additional remote-work policy.   
  • 401K plan with 4% employer match.
  • Generous paid family leave.  
  • 75% employer-paid health insurance.  
  • $1000/yr stipend for professional development opportunities.
  • Valued member of a team that cares about you and your personal and professional growth and happiness.

To Apply To Work With Us: Email your resume, two brief writing samples and a cover letter that tells us why you’d be a great fit, to info@newheightscommunications.com. Writing samples can include news releases or other communications materials described above. Please put “Associate” or “Senior Associate” in the subject line. New Heights takes diversity, equity and inclusion seriously—our team, our clients and the world are better when served by a diverse team. BIPOC candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


Advancing justice is never easy, but at New Heights, we know that “we all do better, when we all do better.”

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Public Affairs & Issue Advocacy

New Heights drives smart, tough public affairs campaigns by promoting issue advocacy that moves lawmakers, allies and the media to action. Learn More

Media Relations

Whether you need coverage in the New York Times, the tiniest of local outlets, or all of the above, we’ll craft a strategy to get you the headlines you want— and avoid those you don’t. Learn More

Strategic and Crisis Communications

When opponents attack, an internal crisis occurs or there’s a dramatic shift in your organization, New Heights is here to create a strategic communications plan—and to help you implement it. Learn More

Digital Services

We know how to tell stories online in compelling, creative and persuasive ways. Our digital services include social network management, ad placement and development, graphic design and web development.

Litigation Communications

When you need progress in the courtroom instead of Congress, New Heights knows how to move the dial.

Media Training

Even the best message requires excellent delivery. At New Heights, we’re not just media trainers; we also interview guests ourselves. From conducting hundreds of national media interviews, we know exactly what to do when the cameras are on– and what mistakes to avoid. We’ll help you ace your interview, every time. Learn More

Our clients are on a mission to change the world and need communications systems that can keep up with them. New Heights is up for the challenge.

We’ll make sure you’re reaching the right audiences and leveraging the best digital and traditional communications tools to tell your stories. We’ll advise on the best strategy, provide capacity when your teams are strapped, and be a true partner along the way.

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