Senior Vice President
An award-winning writer and communications and public affairs strategist.
Aurora Matthews is an award-winning writer and communications and public affairs strategist. As Senior Vice President at New Heights Communications she brings more than 15 years of experience in D.C. communications and public affairs.
Aurora specializes in strategies for progressive coalitions, election security issues, climate justice and legal affairs. Her media relations work spans from working closely with traditional media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Times and POLITICO to placing clients in segments on shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Prior to joining New Heights Communications, Aurora was a publicist at Sunshine Sachs for various global affairs, social issues and nonprofit clients including the Malala Fund, Jean Case and the Case Foundation, Water for People and Facing Addiction. She also worked at The Hatcher Group, connecting nonprofits and foundations to policymakers and the media. While there, Aurora led a communications campaign – using a strategy that mixed traditional media with innovative digital and online media actions – as part of a successful coalition to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.
Aurora earned her master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (GSPIA) where she was part of a joint program studying International Law at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law. She also served on the board of FAIR Girls, an international nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. focused on the prevention of the exploitation of girls who have experienced homelessness, life inside the foster care system, sexual abuse, and trafficking.
Fun Fact: Growing up, Aurora dreamed of being a journalist, serving as an editor for a range of publications including The Pony Club News (published as 5th grader) to the Pitt Policy Journal in graduate school. Aurora lives in Atlanta with her husband, son and two dogs.