Warning:  This isn't your standard biography. I'm going to wander all over my life, and I'll sometimes be more reflective than any resume would allow. Hey! It's my site! If you don't want introspection, skip the long paragraphs and just read the bullets.


Who is Doug Boulter?


At the present, you may know me through any of several of the things I do:


On the other hand, if you Google me, you'll see some of my past incarnations as

I got started designing web sites in 1999 to help a political candidate and it snowballed. He was being charged an arm and a leg for not much, and I figured "how hard can this be?" Answer:  a lot harder than it looks. I also consult on web site design, focusing primarily on useability, with my primary expertise in political web sites. Political sites are often frustrating; it's almost impossible to get the candidate/elected official to provide detailed information for the site and keep it up to date. But a site done well is a powerful tool in a campaign or just for keeping the people informed. Below are the sites I currently design and maintain (the functioning links), and those I did in the past.

Forward Fairfax Mount Vernon Voice
The Army Scholarship Foundation Virginia Hills Citizens Association
State Senator Jay O'Brien State Delegate Tom Bolvin
Fairfax County Republican Committee Lee District Republican Committee
Frederick Douglass Republican Forum Chris Braunlich for State Senate
Rita Thompson for School Board Terrie Dacales for School Board

It's also worth mentioning, if only for a laugh, that I was almost a dot com zillionaire. In the early 1990s, before the days of the Internet, I was one of three principals in a startup of a computer bulletin board for clinical trials which would have connected pharmaceutical companies conducting clinical trials of their new drugs and devices with doctors who wanted to run such trials for them. Of course, we would have taken the bulletin board to the Internet and then sold the company for a fortune. However, the fact that I'm not out lying on a sandy beach most of the year drinking something with a small umbrella in it should tell you that it's a long way from concept and implementation to a business with actual revenues. Put another way, you need pharmaceutical companies on board to get the doctors, and you need doctors on board to get the pharmaceutical companies.

I spent the first 16 years of my working life as an active duty officer in the United States Army. I had some of the most unique and diverse experiences anyone could ask for, including the following (in chronological order):

After leaving active duty, I spent 12 years in the Army Reserve. I taught at a USAR school and was the executive officer of an IMA detachment on Capitol Hill. My time in the USAR school was most memorably spent as a CAS3 staff leader and as the later director of that program. CAS3 hones the skills of officers in their late 20s and early 30s to communicate orally and in writing, make decisions effectively, and work cooperatively with others as a member of a staff.

There's always something in a bio about education, so here it is.

I did start my dissertation and finished about half of it. But as it dragged on for years, the prospect of hours and hours in the Library of Congress seemed more and more like a price I wasn't willing to pay. The dissertation was about public opinion and foreign policy in a three case comparison for the U.S., Britain, and Germany. My hypothesis related to the work of E. E. Schattschneider (if you know who he was, you are really old-school political science); I argued that the public gets the policy it wants on important issues that it can follow. To prove it, I had to research public opinion polls, newspaper coverage, and the machinations of the legislative and executive branches for each case – hence the long library hours. For what it's worth, I do believe the public gets the policy it wants, and that this is a good thing. Sorry, Edmund Burke!

Last, but certainly not least, I'm married to a wonderful woman who is responsible for me knowing more about George Washington and the early Federal Era of the United States than I would have thought possible. I have a stepson who is a lawyer in Massachusetts.