Our Team

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, win an election, 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.

Christy Setzer

President


Christy Setzer is the President and Founder of New Heights Communications, a Washington, DC public affairs firm that provides strategic and communications counsel to mission-driven clients. Setzer, a political and communications strategist with more than 20 years’ experience in national politics, crafts hard-hitting strategies that win elections, inform policy and drive the national conversation.

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.
Washington, DC

Jaime Horn

Principal


Jaime Horn is a Principal with New Heights, where she brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications and politics. As a consultant for Blue Engine Message & Media, Jaime managed a team that was responsible for garnering national and regional coverage for corporate and non-profit initiatives alike, including the launch of the best-selling book, “Moneyball for Government,” and Even the Score, a campaign for women’s sexual health about which The New York Times said, “the controversial campaign … helped tip the balance for flibanserin, which has been rejected twice by the FDA.” As Vice President of Communications for progressive radio network, Air America Radio, Jaime managed proactive communications strategies to promote the national radio network and directed crisis response plans amid numerous conservative attacks on the network and on-air talent.

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.”
Washington, DC

Josh Cohen

Principal


Josh Cohen, Principal at New Heights Communications, is an award-winning political consultant who has worked at the intersection of policy, politics, advocacy, communications and digital strategy for more than 15 years to win electoral campaigns, advance legislation and influence public opinion, in the United States and abroad. He has worked on behalf of candidates, organizations, and elected leaders, including the Democratic National Committee, Obama for America, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senator Richard Durbin, the Service Employees International Union, the AFL-CIO, the American Public Transportation Association, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, For Our Future, and many other clients in his capacity as a consultant.

In these roles, Josh has helped establish campaigns goals, develop strategy, and execute a plan to win. Josh has presented around the world and served as a guest lecturer at the George Washington University School of Political Management. He is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project and lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.
Washington, DC

Aurora Matthews

Vice President


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.
Washington, DC

Eissa Saeed

Associate


Eissa Saeed has over three years of progressive work in strategic communication, social media management, media production and research, and event management with international media organizations and non-profit institutions. He's also written several research articles and developed communication strategies for various non-profit institutions.

Monica Forero

Fellow


Monica Forero is a New Heights Fellow with more than two years of corporate social media management experience. She learned the value of social justice work when she served as Account Supervisor for the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center at Mason, an organization which advocates for a more diverse and equitable healthcare workforce. She also regularly volunteers at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture as a schoolchildren farm educator and video editor. Ms. Forero is fluent in Spanish and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from George Mason University with a focus on environmental justice in May 2019.

Ian Moor

Fellow


Ian Moor is a New Heights Fellow with experience in politics and policy at the local and national levels. Prior to joining New Heights, he served as a Research and Publications Intern at the Environmental Law Institute, where he assisted the research staff and worked on producing content for ELI's blogs and publications. He’s also worked on local elections in Chicago, including the 2019 mayoral election. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus in Environmental and Urban Studies at the University of Chicago and plans to graduate in June 2020.

Ritvika Chandra

Digital Advisor


Coming into her 4th election cycle, Ritvika Chandra has nearly a decade of experience as a digital consultant. She is laser-focused on using her expertise, which is leveraging digital advertising and AI/data analytics, to drive success across digital communications outreach. After years of practicing best-in-class techniques in the use of big data, micro-targeting, and digital media execution, she is a strategic digital advisor to New Heights Communications.

Her client portfolio ranges from political clients (IE’s and candidates), public affairs firms, and grassroots agencies, to consumer ad agencies and brands. She has worked on a strong portfolio of consumer clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies (Amazon, Microsoft, E*TRADE, Universal Studios, T. Rowe Price), media ad agencies, and media publishers (A&E Networks, NBC Universal). While managing multi-million dollar budgets in digital advertising from consumer clients, and at the same time helping her political clients win hundreds of races in over 3 election cycles, she has the well-earned reputation of knowing exactly what strategies and tactics to deploy, regardless of objective, to ultimately succeed.

Solace Duncan

Remembering


Solace Duncan was a Senior Associate at New Heights. She was inspired to champion important causes during an international campaign to promote couple’s HIV counseling in Zambia. She enjoyed crafting messages, coalition building, and creating a digital footprint to elevate client profiles and reputation in the media. Solace served as the lead communications officer at the Ethiopian Community Development Council, a national refugee resettlement agency, and served as the Communications Director for Refugee Congress, a project of UNHCR.

She held a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Howard University.