Douglas L. Gramiak

Senior Government Relations Director

Overview

A public affairs veteran and former chief of staff to Delaware Governor John Carney, Doug Gramiak guides clients on strategic communications, government relations and strategic decisions. His perspective and political lens are invaluable for clients navigating challenging political and policy issues. Prior to joining the firm, Doug held strategic roles at the highest levels of government and served as the director of an education nonprofit and as the political editor for Delaware’s most-read newspaper, The News Journal.

Chief of Staff to John Carney

As chief of staff to Governor Carney from 2017 to 2019, Doug advised on policy and legislative and political matters while managing 16 cabinet members and a staff of 35. His responsibilities included communicating and negotiating with members of the General Assembly and acting as liaison with trade organizations and stakeholder groups. Doug also served as Carney’s chief of staff when he was lieutenant governor and a U.S. representative.

Delaware Democratic Party Leadership

Doug coordinated numerous campaigns over more than 30 years as a political organizer with the Delaware Democratic Party. He provided senior leadership and counsel for several races, including John Carney’s run for the U.S. House of Representatives and for Delaware Lieutenant Governor, and served as campaign chairman in his successful 2016 gubernatorial bid. Doug served on the finance staff for Paul Simon’s 1988 presidential campaign and worked on multiple campaigns for six-term Congressman Bob Edgar (D-PA).

Nonprofit and Journalism Experience

As political editor at The News Journal, Doug managed staff reporters and oversaw all political coverage, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the 2000 election for U.S. Senate. Doug later became executive director of Education Voters of Delaware, a nonprofit that built grassroots support to improve Delaware’s public education system.

Personal Interests

Outside of the office, you can find Doug watching just about any sport, though he’s a particularly passionate fan of Philadelphia sports teams and Tottenham Hotspur. He also loves music, especially Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the outdoors (running, hiking and biking, especially).

Credentials

Education

Swarthmore College
B.A. in Political Science (1988)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • West End Neighborhood House — Honorary Board member
  • Harrington Court Civic Association
  • The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation — volunteer
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