Carmen MacDougall is vice president, communications at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. She is an award-winning communications professional with 25 years of experience in public affairs and marketing in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to her work with NTI, she directed communications for the bipartisan, congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. She led efforts to raise awareness of Commission recommendations, in particular in the biosecurity arena. She also worked as a consultant, primarily with The Harbour Group, where she helped design and implement a U.S. public diplomacy program on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. This effort included the development of the UAE's nuclear energy program, called a "gold standard" for developing peaceful nuclear energy with the highest standards of nonproliferation and safety.
She was vice president for communications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for more than six years, serving as a member of the five-person senior management team. There, she and her team won awards for the Carnegie identity program, web site, and print advertising. She also was responsible for the Carnegie Endowment's information technology department and library.
She joined Carnegie in 1998, after serving in a number of roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, including deputy assistant secretary for communications. There, she provided senior communications counsel to Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary and Secretary Federico Peña in the areas of energy, national security, environmental cleanup, and science and technology.
Prior to government service, she worked in the private sector, as vice president with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and at The Kamber Group. She also has worked as a freelance writer, including for US News & World Report's annual review of colleges and universities.
MacDougall has a B.A. from Amherst College. Her service activities have included serving on the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center and as vice chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.