ENGAGING WITH INTENTION
A CAREER OF SERVICE OVER SELF
A recognized expert in communications and global engagement strategies, Clay Doherty combines his personal passion for creative ideation with a deeply-rooted belief in the power of dynamic connectivity. Bringing this unique perspective to the table for clients and partners alike, Clay is able to identify and lean into the points of commonality between clients and stakeholders, creating dynamic solutions and opportunities that advance ideas into action — and action into results — surpassing both expectations and set objectives.
For the last five years, Clay has been Managing Director for Communications and Engagement at HIGHTOUCH Engagement, continuing his passion to work with organizations that seek to impact the world. Throughout his career, Clay has incorporated this personal mission into his work with some of the most respected companies and global organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, Focus Features, WWI Centennial Commission, OneSight, U.S. Department of State, Roots of Peace, Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and the U.S. Department of Defense.
From 2010-2016, Clay led stakeholder and diplomatic engagement at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the federal agency of the U.S. Government responsible for administering all non-military foreign aid around the world. From leading the agency's public engagement outreach to serving as the senior protocol advisor to U.S. and foreign government leaders, Clay built bridges across cultural divides, ensuring diverse groups of individuals, governments and organizations could successfully come together to achieve ambitious policy objectives and then effectively communicate the outcomes to a diverse audience. Clay continued his service in the public interest as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY from 2016-19.
Clay is an alumnus of the United States Naval Academy and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. He has four graduate degrees: Master of Arts (Political Science-Applied Politics), American University; Executive Master of International Business, Georgetown University; Corporate MBA, ESADE (Spain); Executive Master in Business Management, FGV/EBAPE (Brazil).
A globally-certified expert in diplomatic protocol and corporate etiquette, Clay is a highly sought-after consultant in both the public and private sectors. He regularly advises government agencies, corporations, private foundations and civil society organizations on matters pertaining to international relations, public diplomacy, stakeholder engagement and diplomatic protocol. Over the last five years Clay has been a regular guest lecturer on cross-cultural engagement at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.