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Doug Shipman

CEO and Managing Director, BrightHouse


From the first days of my college experience at Emory in Atlanta, I’ve been deeply immersed in issues of identity and social movements via academic and social pursuits. Atlanta’s deep African-American culture, Civil Rights Movement history, and explosive growth and change have deeply shaped how I view the world and the ways in which we are challenged to build community across lines of difference.

Doug Shipman

Doug Shipman is CEO and managing director of BrightHouse Consulting, a global creative consultancy created to help organizations grow their people, profits, and social impact.

Doug first joined BCG in 2001—and then left as a principal in 2007, acquiring deep experience in the consumer goods, financial services, and industrial goods sectors. He advised clients on a broad range of topics, including sales force effectiveness, brand management, distribution, and market strategy.

Today, Doug brings a unique combination of for-profit business experience, social movement scholarship, and nonprofit management to questions of purpose, vision, employee and consumer engagement as well as issues of social impact.

After his initial stint with BCG, Doug founded the National Center for Civil and Human Rights—a museum and educational facility opened in 2014 in Atlanta. He joined the effort as a pro bono consultant in 2005—and served as founding CEO from 2007 until 2015.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate strategy
  • Sales force design
  • Marketing
  • Organizational startup and change
  • Senior leadership
  • Fundraising
  • Board building
  • Purpose and vision formation and activation
  • Public-private partnerships


  • MPP, domestic politics, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • MTS, theology and public engagement, Harvard Divinity School
  • BA, high honors, economics and political science, Emory University

Honors and Awards

  • Barkley Forum, Georgia Speaker of the Year, 2015
  • Public Relations Society of America, Georgia Chapter, Distinguished Public Relations Award, 2014
  • Atlanta Business League, Visions of Excellence Award, 2014
  • Rainbow P.U.S.H. Coalition, Bridge Builder Award, 2013
  • Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Civil Rights Leadership Award, 2013
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