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.