Douglas G. Fisher

PERSONAL

Doug enjoys travel and has visited all 50 U.S. states. He resides in Bolton, Conn. with his wife, three children, and Stuart, a very lazy goldendoodle. Doug enjoys sports of all kinds and has been a youth coach for baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. He still plays an increasingly bad brand of co-ed softball.

Douglas G. Fisher

Managing Director, Economic & Business Development

Doug offers broad experience in organizational leadership, economic development, communications, grants administration, and coalition building from senior positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has formulated strategies and executed complex outreach efforts for state legislative leadership, three statewide nonprofit organizations; a multi-state investor-owned public utility; and other high-profile economic development and public policy groups.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

  • Advisor to the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century. On the boards of the Connecticut Capitol Region Council of Governments Foundation and the Connecticut Partnership for Balanced Growth.
  • Former executive director of New England’s Knowledge Corridor; director of Discover New England for Business; member of the MetroHartford Alliance Leadership Investor Committee; and on the boards of the New England Defense Technology Initiative; New England Creative Economy Initiative; New England Economic Partnership; Utility Economic Development Association; Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc.; and Connecticut Economic Developers Association.
  • Past president, Connecticut Economic Development Association

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Managed up to 20 staff and annual budgets exceeding $4.0 million.
  • Led three nonprofits as executive director: New England’s Knowledge Corridor; Connecticut Humanities Council Inc.; and the Connecticut Safety Council.
  • Convened and led several interstate economic development marketing initiatives, including: “The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership;” and “Discover New England for Business,” which leveraged the staff and financial resources of six states to promote the region’s brand nationally and globally.
  • Served as director of Economic and Business Development for Northeast Utilities.
  • Managed conference planning and media relations for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s largest business organization.
  • Handled public relations for legislative leaders at the Connecticut General Assembly, including testimony, speechwriting, and spokesman duties. Press secretary to campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House.
  • Appointed by governor to lead the Commission for the Economic Diversification of Southeastern Connecticut.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Public Administration, Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Connecticut
  • Associate of Applied Science, Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Executive training seminars in strategic planning, negotiation, and public-private partnerships, Northwestern University
  • Graduate: Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications & Human Relations