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“It’s rare to find a team that commands respect inside the Beltway and around the country. That’s the strength of Ohio River South, and why they’re trusted to solve problems and deliver results.”
– Odie Donald, Executive Director of
Washington DC Workforce Investment Council
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“Franklin gained a reputation for successful collaborations on policy challenges, organizing young voters and guiding some of the South’s leading lawmakers to the winner’s circle.”
– Georgia Trend Magazine, 40 Under 40
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“Howard’s team works around-the-clock, and their rapid response outreach helped us beat expectations and continue winning primary contests.”
– Christopher Smith, African-American Outreach Director
for Bernie Sanders 2016
Karl Douglass is a principal with Ohio River South. He is a political operative with many years of experience, having served in roles including senior advisor to Jim Barksdale’s senatorial campaign, political director for Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign, finance director for Congressman Sanford Bishop, senior advisor to Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and regional political director for President Obama’s campaign.
Prior to becoming a full time political operative, Karl served as a corporate officer with Aflac for 14 years in the broadcast, corporate communications and compliance divisions. He completed his career with Aflac as second vice president and director of producer licensing. In that role, he led the business unit responsible for contract administration and licensing insurance associates in the U.S. He also served as the company’s liaison with the insurance departments in each state.
Karl was recognized as one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend Magazine. He has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards, including serving as chair of the Planning Advisory Commission and Water Board in Columbus, Ga., as well as on the board of directors for SunTrust Bank of West Georgia.
Howard is principal of Ohio River South and one of Georgia’s most successful democratic strategists. At 23, he was tapped for a leadership role by the late Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of a major southern city. Since then, he has scored a string of legislative and electoral victories while promoting policies for a host of Southern lawmakers, and has served in virtually every corner of the public sector, including nonprofit, advocacy and government. Most recently, he worked in the Fulton County Chairman’s office as senior policy advisor, weighing in on a broad range of issues from healthcare to criminal justice. Prior to that, he developed outreach to business, political and academic leaders to help GeorgiaForward collaboratively shape statewide policy agenda.
In addition to advising global organizations like Save Darfur, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the CDC Foundation, Howard managed a historic 2009 race that elected a new government in the Cayman Islands. In 2010, he made history again when he was elected the first male president of the Georgia League of Women Voters, the first chairman of the state democratic party’s African-American Caucus and inducted into the first Southern chapter of New Leaders Council.
In 2014, Howard was recognized as one of Georgia’s “40 under 40” by Georgia Trend Magazine, which wrote, “Franklin gained a reputation for successful collaborations on policy challenges, organizing young voters and guiding some of the South’s leading lawmakers to the winner’s circle.”