Northwind Strategies

Communications, Strategy and Public Affairs Consulting

About Us

The Northwind team brings decades of experience in local, state, and national strategic communications, government and corporate campaigns, as well as state and municipal finance.


Doug Rubin, Founding Partner of Northwind Strategies, is a veteran communications, political and business strategist. Rubin has spent twenty years developing winning strategies and managing successful organizations.  

He served as Senior Strategist for both of Governor Patrick’s successful gubernatorial campaigns and spent 2-½ years as Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office, where he was responsible for executing the administration’s policy agenda and overseeing the day-to-day management of state government.  

Doug was also the Senior Strategist for the successful Tim Cahill for Treasurer campaign in 2002.  Doug won a national “Pollie” award for the Cahill campaign, and the innovative “Tim for Treasurer” ad he created. He also spent three years as the First Deputy Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with direct oversight of the $4 billion State Lottery, the $40 billion State Pension Fund, the Commonwealth’s cash and debt management, and the State Treasurer’s office.  More recently, he served as Senior Strategist for newly-elected Treasurer Steve Grossman's successful 2010 campaign.

Rubin was also a partner at Fireman Capital Partners (FCP), a private equity investment firm that specializes in mid-market consumer brands.  While  at FCP, Rubin played a role in the evaluation of and management of FCP's investments, and worked closely with senior management at a number of the portfolio firms.  He is also the founder of a successful consulting company, with a mix of political and corporate clients.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  

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Kyle Sullivan, a Principal at Northwind Strategies, leads its communications and public relations efforts. Kyle has nearly two decades of experience in public relations, crisis communications, government, public policy, non-profit advocacy, and politics on both the state and national levels.  

He most recently served as Communications Director to Governor Deval Patrick and was a member of his Senior Staff during the Governor’s entire first term and through his successful reelection campaign.  Prior to being appointed Communications Director, Kyle was the Governor’s Press Secretary where he served as the Administration’s principal spokesperson in local, state, and national news outlets.  

Before joining the Patrick-Murray Administration, Kyle was Director of Communications and Chief Counsel for Education Policy for the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Salvatore DiMasi. Immediately prior to joining the Speaker’s staff, he worked in non-profit advocacy as Deputy Campaign Director for the Early Education for All Campaign and Strategies for Children.

Kyle also spent over six years working for United States Senator John Kerry in both his Senate office and 2004 Presidential Campaign.  In the Senate office, he served in a number of communications and management positions including Interim State Director, Deputy State Director, and Massachusetts Press Secretary.  He also spent 18 months on the presidential campaign trail as Lead Press Advance for the successful primary campaign in New Hampshire and subsequently for primary and general election events in nine states.  In addition he was the Deputy Convention Hall Director for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Kyle began his career working five years in the Massachusetts State Senate in the office of former Senator James Jajuga in roles including Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Communications. He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and Suffolk University Law School.  

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