Doug Rubin, Founding Partner at Northwind Strategies, is a veteran communications, political and business strategist. Doug has spent over twenty years developing winning strategies and managing successful organizations.
He served as a Senior Strategist for Elizabeth Warren’s successful US Senate Campaign and Joe Kennedy, III’s successful US Congressional Campaign. He previously served in the same role for both of Governor Patrick’s successful gubernatorial campaigns (MA-2006, 2010), as well as for the successful campaigns for Treasurer of Paul Tavares (RI-1998, 2002), Tim Cahill (MA-2002) and Steve Grossman (MA-2010). In 2002 Doug won a national “Pollie” award for the innovative “Tim for Treasurer” ad he created for the Cahill Campaign.
Doug has also served in senior roles in state government. He spent nearly three years (2007-2009) as Chief of Staff for Governor Deval Patrick, where he was responsible for executing the administration’s policy agenda and overseeing the day-to-day management of state government. He also served as the First Deputy Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Treasurer Tim Cahill for three years (2003-2005), with direct oversight of the $4 Billion State Lottery, the $40 Billion State Pension Fund, the Commonwealth’s cash and debt management, and the State Treasurer’s office.
Prior to starting Northwind Strategies, Doug was a partner at Fireman Capital Partners (FCP), a private equity investment firm that specializes in mid-market consumer brands. While at FCP, he played a role in the evaluation and management of FCP’s investments, and worked closely with senior management at a number of the portfolio firms. He remains in an advisory role as an operating partner at FCP.
Doug is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.