Douglas L. Gramiak

Senior Government Relations Director
Phone: (302) 467-4251 (302) 467-4251


Doug Gramiak, a public affairs veteran and former chief of staff to Delaware Governor John Carney, guides clients on communications, government relations and strategic decisions. His perspective and political lens are invaluable for clients navigating challenging political and policy issues. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Doug held key strategic roles at the highest levels of government, in addition to working as a lobbyist, serving as the director of an education nonprofit and as the political editor for Delaware’s most-read newspaper, The News Journal.


Doug served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Governor John Carney from 2017 – 2019, advising on policy, legislative, and political matters, while managing 16 Cabinet members and a staff of 35. His primary responsibilities included communicating and negotiating with members of the General Assembly and acting as liaison with trade organizations and stakeholder groups. Doug previously served as chief of staff for John Carney when he was lieutenant governor and a U.S. representative.

A respected political organizer within the Delaware Democratic Party, Doug helped coordinate numerous campaigns over the course of more than 30 years. He provided senior leadership and counsel for several races, including John Carney’s run for the U.S. House of Representatives and for Delaware Lieutenant Governor, and served as campaign chairman in his successful 2016 gubernatorial bid. Doug also was a member of the finance staff for Paul Simon’s 1988 presidential campaign, and worked on multiple campaigns for six-term Congressman Bob Edgar from the 7th District of Pennsylvania.

Doug’s interest in the workings of government began right after college at The Delaware County Daily Times, where he held various positions including city editor and editorial page editor, and later at The News Journal as political editor. There, he managed staff reporters and oversaw all political coverage, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the 2000 election for U.S. Senate. Doug later became executive director of Education Voters of Delaware, a nonprofit that built grassroots support to improve Delaware’s public education system. This work culminated with Doug serving as partner and cofounder of Young Conaway Public Strategies, a subsidiary of a law firm offering lobbying, public relations, crisis management, corporate communications and grassroots organizing.



  • Swarthmore College, B.A., Political Science, 1988