New Heights Communications is a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and public relations firm that provides clients with communications strategies to make change in Washington and across the nation. Founded by Democratic campaign veteran and strategist Christy Setzer in 2010, New Heights brings the lessons ​of the campaign trail to any important communications battle: Storytelling matters. Define yourself before others define you. And always take on the tough fights.



​Whether you need coverage in Beltway publications, in top media outlets like the New York Times, CNN​ and NBC Nightly News, or in the smallest local outlet, we'll craft a strategy to get you the headlines you want.


New Heights drives smart, tough public affairs campaigns by promoting issue advocacy that moves lawmakers, allies and the media to action.


​When you need progress in the courtroom instead of Congress, New Heights knows how to move the dial.


When opponents attack, an internal crisis occurs or there’s a dramatic shift in your organization, New Heights is here to create a strategic communications plan—and to help you implement it.
  • Christy and Aurora are the dream team! I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Aurora on the distribution of our film A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story last year, and most recently with the both of them on a female entrepreneurship summit in Houston. They were thoughtful and prompt with absolutely everything – preparing the press release, securing local and national press, and working directly with our speakers to coordinate interviews. We can’t wait to work with them again!
    - Head of Production, Women Rising
  • New Heights Communications was the exact addition that we needed to put our campaign over the top. We were doing well, but not quite well enough. New Heights Communications turned out to be the missing piece we needed. They did excellent work from big picture strategic help to the everyday details. They were very thorough and well connected. And most pleasant to work with as well.
    - Director, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Christy is incredible. I’ve worked with her on several projects and she always delivers above and beyond…she even got me my first TV appearance!
    - Senior Vice President, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis and Associates
  • Christy and her team have been professional, responsive, and reliable. We couldn’t be happier with the care they’ve put into working with our nonprofit organization!
    - Executive Director, YoKid
  • I’ve found Christy and New Heights professional, helpful, and most importantly in tune with modern communications strategies. Highly recommend!
    - Public Affairs Director, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Christy and New Heights Communications are fabulous. Christy is incredibly knowledgeable and was quite successful in getting the press attention that my clients wanted. It is a delight to collaborate and work with her.
    - Partner, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC

Christy Setzer is the President of New Heights Communications, a public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. She brings nearly two decades of experience providing smart, creative, and hard-hitting communications strategies to the advocacy, political and corporate arenas. Her work can be seen in the messages delivered by CEOs, elected officials from the presidential to local level, and a variety of advocacy organizations.

Prior to starting New Heights in 2010, Setzer served as a spokesperson for three presidential campaigns—including as Iowa press secretary for Vice President Al Gore, spokeswoman for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and national press secretary for Senator Christopher J. Dodd.

At the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Service Employees International Union, where she worked as national media director, Setzer battled right-wing efforts to discredit and shut down funding for the organizations while highlighting the grassroots activities of hundreds of affiliates. As a direct mail consultant for The Strategy Group, Christy charted the successful roadmaps to win several open seats in the state legislatures of Wisconsin and Colorado.

Christy founded New Heights Communications to drive strategy for those looking to make change in Washington and throughout the country. She frequently appears on cable television offering Democratic perspective on current events, and is a regular guest on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business News. Christy also enjoys speaking on women’s leadership issues, public relations and politics, and has addressed students at the George Washington University School of Business, American University’s Institute for Politics, the Public Relations Student Society of America group at Howard University and the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

She serves on the board of the DC Employment Justice Center. Christy is a graduate of Vassar College and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Tyler Prell, and son, Daley.

Aurora Matthews is an award-winning writer and communications and public affairs strategist. As Vice President at New Heights Communications she brings more than ten years of experience in D.C. communications and public affairs.

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.

She also earned her master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). Her research focused on state and human security issues, particularly human trafficking, genocide and inter- and intra-ethnic conflicts. While working toward her degree, Aurora worked the Ford Institute for Human Security and served as an editor for the Pitt Policy Journal.

Aurora 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.