Ashley Pratte Oates

Vice President

Ashley Pratte Oates is a Vice President at The Herald Group. She brings to The Herald Group extensive experience in crisis communications, policy, strategic campaigning, traditional media, and brand reputation management for clients.

Prior to The Herald Group she was the Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Previously she served as the Director of Media Relations and consultant for Better For America during the 2016 presidential election. Prior to consulting for Better For America she was a Senior Political Reporter at LifeZette covering the 2016 presidential election and before that was the Vice President of Communications at FP1 Strategies where she managed a variety of nonprofit and corporate accounts.

She previously served as spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation (YAF) the largest youth conservative organization in the country. Prior to working for YAF, Ashley served as executive director for Cornerstone Policy Research & Cornerstone Action, a prominent political action group in New Hampshire. Before her work at Cornerstone, Ashley served as project director and press assistant, and interim communications director to Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH). She also worked on his congressional campaign in 2010.

Ashley has made frequent appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and CBS News. She is also an opinion contributor for NBC Think. She has been published in The Washington Times, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Examiner, National Review and The Hill. She sits on the board of Republican Women for Progress and was named as one of Red Alert Politics’ 30 Under 30 in 2014 and named as one of Maverick PAC’s 30 Under 30 in 2017.

Ashley now resides in Washington, D.C. but is proud to call New Hampshire home. She graduated from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication.