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.
2022 Pollies and Reed award winners
Kirami Bah is an Associate at New Heights Communications with a diverse background in multimedia production. Kirami specializes in crafting communications and social medi
Zainab ChaudarySenior 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 at New Heights Communications, is an award-winning political consultant who has worked at the intersection of policy, politics, advocacy, communicat
Shani Drake DuncanDirector
Shani Drake Duncan is a Director at New Heights Communications. Previously, Shani served as the Director of Marketing & Public Engagement for the National...
Aurora MatthewsVice 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 MoorSenior 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 is the President and Founder of New Heights Communications, a Washington, DC public affairs firm that provides strategic and communications counsel to mis
Danielle StrasburgerSenior 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
Nicole Watkins is an Associate at New Heights Communications. In her role, she combines her design experience, passion for amplifying voices, and desire to...
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.
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Advancing justice is never easy, but at New Heights, we know that “we all do better, when we all do better.”
Public Affairs & Issue AdvocacyNew Heights drives smart, tough public affairs campaigns by promoting issue advocacy that moves lawmakers, allies and the media to action. Learn More
Media RelationsWhether 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 CommunicationsWhen 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 ServicesWe 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 CommunicationsWhen you need progress in the courtroom instead of Congress, New Heights knows how to move the dial.
Media TrainingEven 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.
While 2020 was VIA Metropolitan Transit's first ballot initiative in 16 years, Josh, Ian and CFTE were able to provide the collective insight and institutional knowledge from campaigns across the country they've been involved with in recent years. Their input enhanced our polling, messaging and approach in ways we never could have on our own. CFTE was an invaluable member of our team and a key element of our overwhelming success at the ballot box.
Kelton Morgan,Chief Strategist, Vote Yes For Transit (San Antonio, TX)
Sometimes projects fall in your lap and you have zero time to complete them, this just happened to me. I had very little runway to create a brand new 15-minute keynote presentation that I had been invited to speak at a national conference. I was referred to Christy and she helped me out in a pinch. She created a rockstar speech for me that I can repurpose time and time again for other speeches. Her professionalism was top notch, her ideas on point, and she was an excellent communicator of the status of the project. I'd definitely use New Heights Communications again.
Dana Marlowe,Founder and Executive Director, I Support The Girls
I have had the great pleasure to work with Christy and her team on a number of occasions over the years. As a seasoned communications professional myself, I know what it takes to get the job done and it's always such a relief when I'm able to hire Christy because I know she'll do all the worrying and work for me and get fantastic results. She is as fun as she is professional, delivers ahead of deadline and comes from a fantastic place of, "yes." And, her strategic political and communications advice is always on point. Christy and her team are gems.
Joanna Kuebler,Vice President, Communications, Women’s Refugee Commission
New Heights Communications are the dream team! I've had the pleasure of working closely with Aurora on the distribution of our film A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story last year, and most recently with the both of them on a female entrepreneurship summit in Houston. They were thoughtful and prompt with absolutely everything - preparing the press release, securing local and national press, and working directly with our speakers to coordinate interviews. We can't wait to work with them again!
Jessica Chou,Producer, WOMEN RISING
Not only do Christy and Aurora offer thoughtful guidance and ideas, they can actually execute. That's worth saying again: they do the work. As the communications director at a small non-profit, I don't always have enough staff in the trenches. New Heights brings the reinforcements!