Chuck Dolan brings many years of Washington and international expertise to Husch Blackwell Strategies. A former Congressional Legislative Director, State Department official and Democratic National Committee official, he focuses on high-stakes international and public affairs issues and crisis communications.
He also worked as a Senior Vice President for eight years at the government relations firm of Cassidy and Associates, where he coordinated joint public affairs projects involving the U.S. House and Senate as well as the White House and Federal Agencies. He led legislative teams for Fortune 100 Corporations with a focus on telecommunications, banking, aviation, mining, defense and energy.
Dolan was also a Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Ketchum, one of the world’s largest public relations firms. He developed strategic communications and grass roots- grass tops campaigns in support of legislative initiatives and policies under consideration by the Executive branch and Congress.
President Bill Clinton appointed Dolan to two four-year terms as the vice-chairman of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. This seven-member commission is a bipartisan panel established by the Congress to advise the President, the Secretary of State, and the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on press and information activities of U.S. missions abroad, and the government’s international radio and television operations.
During the 2008 Democratic nomination process, Dolan served as an advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He was also a senior communications consultant for Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. He was state chairman of the Virginia Clinton-Gore Campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and a member of President Clinton’s Presidential Exploratory Committee. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Democratic Governors’ Association, where he supported the election and re-election of Democratic governors in all fifty states.
Earlier in his career, Dolan served as a special assistant to the American Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Ireland and a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress, with responsibility for the Appropriations Subcommittees for the State and Justice Departments and Foreign Operations.
He currently serves on the board of the Walter Roberts Endowment at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Communications at George Washington University, as well as the advisory boards of the Political Science Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship at the College of William and Mary.
Dolan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he earned a B.A. and of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he earned an M.P.A. in Government and Business.