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Doug Usher, Ph.D.

Speaker, Political Analytics; Partner, Forbes Tate Partners

Doug Usher has spent the last two decades building insights that have helped change the strategic trajectory of major corporations, industry associations, and political campaigns. Combining deep expertise in opinion research, data analysis, and analytics with years of experience navigating the intersection between business goals and the political, policy, and regulatory spheres, Usher has helped build winning strategies and campaigns for clients across a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Prior to joining the Forbes Tate Partners team, Doug worked at Purple Strategies, Widmeyer Communications, and the Mellman Group. Usher lectures widely on the changing nature of measuring public opinion and sentiment, conducts seminars for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program, and has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice. Doug has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, National Public Radio, and CBC TV in Canada for his analysis of trends in public opinion and politics. His writing has been published extensively, including in The Wall Street Journal, National Journal, The Hill, and Campaigns and Elections. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Government and Research Methodology.