Alum of the Month: Clay Doherty '90
Congratulations to Clay Doherty '90 who has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. As a trustee, he will ensure that FDR's legacy is preserved and accessible to the public for generations to come.
Doherty served as Deputy Director of Public Engagement and then Director of Protocol and Special Events at the United States Agency for International Development, the federal agency responsible for administering all nonmilitary foreign aid around the world. Clay left the Obama Administration last July after six years of public service to launch his own strategic communications consulting firm, working with clients on global stakeholder engagement, public diplomacy, strategic communications and public affairs. Doherty previously served as Senior Vice President of Hollenbeck Associates, a public relations firm based in San Francisco and Palm Springs. His earlier work experience includes service with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Democratic National Committee and four presidential campaigns.
While Doherty was a student at Hampden-Sydney College, he was a member of the James Madison Public Service Leadership Program that prepared students to give back to their country through public service. As part of the program, Doherty served as a Parliamentary Fellow to the Parliament of Australia, working for the Joint Standing Committee overseeing foreign affairs, defense and trade issues. He earned a Master of Arts in Political Science (Applied Politics) from American University in 2004.
"The special memories I have really center around my teachers, including Ms. Vlahos, Ms. Micheli, Mr. Aiello and many others, who have remained part of my extended family to this day," Clay reflects. "This is what makes our community so special, we don’t just go here for four years and walk away, we come back, we stay engaged. SJND is more than just a campus, its something special that remains with us for life."