The New Heights Advantage
Our team brings decades of experience driving communications in the most challenging environments. We don’t just take on tough fights; we win them, whether the goal is to pass legislation, challenge the law, or change public opinion.
We’re strong progressives, but we have tight relationships with conservative media for when you want to reach those audiences. From our initial brainstorm to our day-to-day execution of your program, you’ll be guided by a team of savvy, creative, seen-it-all experts who will raise your communications to new heights. And we promise, we’re pretty fun, too.
Setzer started New Heights in 2010 after more than a decade on campaigns and working for progressive causes. She served as a national spokesperson on the presidential campaigns of Vice President Al Gore, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and Senator Christopher J. Dodd. She set national communications strategy and directed media relations for the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Service Employees International Union.
Setzer’s communications programs are creative, tight and often devastating. An opposition campaign she ran against U.S. Chamber of Commerce so damaged the big business group that it hired several “cyber-intelligence firms” in a multi-million dollar effort to discredit her and her client, noting in a leaked memo that, “All of [Setzer’s] tactics…have hindered the CoC’s efforts, but their messaging campaigns continue to be the most effective.”
Setzer frequently appears on cable television news offering the Democratic perspective on political developments in Congress and in races across the country. On Election Night 2016, she served as an on-air commentator for CNBC. She is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNBC’s “Kudlow” and “Squawk on the Street,” Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson” and “Cavuto Live” and with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs. Christy also enjoys speaking to audiences on women’s leadership, public relations and politics. In 2018, she was named one of the "top 100 most influential political professionals of the year" by Washington COMPOL magazine.
Setzer is a graduate of Vassar College and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.
Jaime began her communications career in 2002 as a Senior Publicist and Editorial Associate for Miramax Books where she helped develop and implement publicity campaigns for numerous New York Times best-sellers, including Tim Russert’s “BIG RUSS & ME,” former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright’s “MADAM SECRETARY” and Queen Noor of Jordan’s “LEAP OF FAITH.”
Josh has presented around the world and served as a guest lecturer at the George Washington University School of Political Management. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.
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.
Director of Campaigns
A Kentucky native now based in Northeast Ohio, Krysta understands what’s at stake for unions and their members and how to amplify their voices to build power at work and in statehouses across the country.
She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Howard University.