Bradford Fitch is President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. Fitch has spent 30 years in Washington as a journalist, congressional aide, consultant, college instructor, Internet entrepreneur, and writer/researcher.
Fitch started his communications career at the age of 16 working at his local AM radio station in Upstate New York and a disc jockey and reporter. After graduate school, he worked as a television reporter in Washington, moving on to Capitol Hill for 13 years as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff. In 2001 he served as Deputy Director of CMF, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advises congressional offices on how to improve operations. He left CMF in 2006 to form a new company, Knowlegis, which is now part of CQ-Roll Call, where Fitch served as a Vice President until 2010 when he returned to CMF.
Fitch also is the author of Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials (TheCapitol.net, 2010); Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress (TheCapitol.Net, 2004, 2012); “Best Practices in Online Advocacy for Associations, Nonprofits, and Corporations,” a chapter in Routledge Handbook of Political Management (Routledge, 2008); and articles on communications and advocacy. He has taught journalism and public communications at American University in Washington, D.C, where he served an adjunct Associate Professor of Communications.