Co-Chair | Bloomberg Washington DC
Linda Douglass is the global head of communications for Bloomberg Washington DC, overseeing strategic communications for digital news and media, television, print, radio, events and business initiatives for Bloomberg Media worldwide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President for Global Communications at Atlantic Media, where she managed communications and messaging for all divisions of the company, including The Atlantic, National Journal Group, Quartz and Atlantic Media Strategies. She also served as the lead moderator for The Atlantic’s “Women of Washington” series, where she did in-depth interviews with high-profile women leaders in government, media and business before live audiences in Washington D.C.
Douglass joined Atlantic Media in 2010 after serving as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform, where she was President Obama’s primary spokesperson leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. During the 2008 campaign, she served as a senior advisor and traveling spokesperson for then-Senator Obama.
Before working in government and politics, Douglass had a long career as a journalist. She spent 9 years as the Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent for ABC News, and, in 2000, received the National Press Foundation’s Everett Dirksen Award for excellence in covering Congress. Prior to joining ABC News, Douglass was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News and was the lead reporter covering then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s effort to pass health reform. Before moving to Washington D.C. in 1993, Douglass worked in Los Angeles, where she was a correspondent for CBS News and served as the political editor for KNBC-TV. She covered 6 presidential campaigns.
Douglass is married to John R. Phillips, an attorney, who is the United States Ambassador to Italy. They have a married daughter, Dr. Katie Byrd, and a grandchild, Cullen.
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