Doug Calidas

Vice President and Policy Director

Doug joined The Complete Agency in January 2023 after serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar, a senior member of the Senate Democratic leadership team. Doug’s extensive political and legal experience – coupled with his business expertise – allow him to quickly identify our clients’ most pressing challenges and develop thoughtful and nuanced strategies to address them.

As Chief of Staff to Senator Klobuchar, Doug managed a team of approximately 50 staffers and served as Senator Klobuchar’s top strategist for policy initiatives, media relations, and constituent services. He led all staff in supporting the Senator’s work as Chair of the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee and a senior member of the Commerce and Agriculture Committees. Doug spent five years with Senator Klobuchar, having previously served as the Senator’s Legislative Director, Deputy Legislative Director, and Senior Economic Adviser. Before advising Senator Klobuchar, he served as Chief Counsel for Senator Joe Manchin. He began his time in the Senate as a Fellow on the staff of the Senate Finance Committee under Senator Ron Wyden.

Doug spent six years as an attorney in private practice at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the moot court board, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he studied finance, economics, and international relations. He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Doug serves as a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he was appointed to conduct research with the Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose project. Doug’s research focuses on the United States’ burgeoning rivalry with China and the ways in which this rivalry impacts federal policies regarding high-tech manufacturing and scientific research. Doug lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife Katie and their four young children.

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