Former White House and Capitol Hill staff member Doug Babcock has returned to Otterbein University to serve as his alma mater’s director of development for corporate, foundation and community partnerships.
Babcock, a 1993 Otterbein graduate, will work to establish long-term strategic partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new ones with the private, public and nonprofit sectors that will help carry out Otterbein’s intermediate and long-term goals.
“I’ve enjoyed the work I’ve done in government,” Babcock said, “but it is time for me to give back to the next generation of students at Otterbein as we provide the support they need to be successful.”
Babcock was an accomplished student-athlete at Otterbein. The economics major graduated magna cum laude, was named the outstanding scholar and outstanding scholar-athlete for the Class of 1993, and served as a student member of the Otterbein Board of Trustees. He also won all-conference honors as a member of the cross country and track teams.
Babcock went on to earn a master’s degree in political science from Ohio University and land an administrative position in the office of Vice President Al Gore in 1995. During his four years at the White House, he served as an assistant to the vice president’s national security advisor.
Babcock later worked for the U.S. Department of Energy before enrolling at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law where he earned his law degree in 2003. He worked as a private-sector attorney in Washington, D.C., before joining the staff of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2007.
Serving as the Ohio senator’s senior legislative assistant for seven years, Babcock advised Brown on a wide range of domestic and international policy issues. He also worked closely with federal, state and local agencies, helped Ohio businesses with federal grants, contracts and infrastructure projects, and worked on issues affecting members of the military service, veterans, Ohio’s National Guard and military installations.
Babcock’s experiences in Washington should transfer well to the work he will do for Otterbein.
“They’re both people businesses,” he said. “In Washington, I worked for constituents. At Otterbein, we’re here to serve the students and be a valuable member of the community. We’re advocates for multiple things, both internally and externally.”
Babcock’s wife, Tracey Young Babcock, is also a 1993 Otterbein graduate. The couple has two children and lives in Lewis Center.