May 26, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: NETWORK, Media Coordinator (Application Deadline May 31, 2015)

NETWORK logoNETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby behind “Nuns on the Bus,” is seeking a Media Coordinator.

We are looking for a creative thinker and implementer, who will be responsible for overseeing organizational communications to the media, including preparing, pitching, and/or placing interviews, articles, press releases, letters to the editor, and other content initiatives. S/he actively seeks out, cultivates, and manages relationships with TV, print, and high-profile online reporters and producers.  The Media Coordinator integrates press and messaging strategies into all organization work, and is passionate about growing, nourishing, and connecting our network of justice-seekers.

About NETWORK
A Catholic leader in the movement for justice and peace, NETWORK educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.  Founded in 1971 by Catholic sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II, NETWORK works to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.  Inspired by our founders and the leadership of the women who followed, we faithfully embody Gospel justice as we ignite hope in the world. We are rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition and open to all who share our passion.  Our staff is made up of a variety of faith perspectives. Read more.

Job Responsibilities

  • Effectively and strategically places NETWORK messaging in the media, including pitching articles, scheduling interviews, producing press releases/advisories, advising letters to the editor, placing op-eds, and creating and overseeing press events
  • Builds strategic relationships with media representatives, including cultivating, nourishing, and evaluating those relationships; effectively utilizes technology (Vocus) as needed
  • Manages the flow of news about the organization to the media and advocates on behalf of the NETWORK brand with the media across all communications channels and vehicles
  • Provides ideas and advice on the effect the organization's actions and legislative activities have in the media, strategizes about  what actions and campaigns will attract press attention, and integrates press/messaging strategies into NETWORK campaigns and major projects
  • Ensures organizational consistency in all aspects of communication; works to ensure NETWORK protects and promotes its image in an effective, coordinated, and consistent manner
  • Evaluates – and responds if necessary to – current events and media reports in key districts/states and the nation for their impact on NETWORK and its issues; remains abreast of current legislative and non-legislative issues about which the organization may be questioned
  • Provides talking points and tools for justice-seekers to connect with local media
  • Creates and utilizes metrics to measure effectiveness externally: utilizes media-tracking assessment tools (Meltwater)
  • Conducts media training for Board and staff
  • Has a role in other communication channels: social media, website, magazine, and eAdvocacy

Qualifications:

  • 4-6 years of progressive professional experience working with traditional media, including 1-2 years working with elected officials, political campaigns, faith-based advocacy, or communications in the nonprofit world; entry-level applicants will not be considered
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a closely-related field preferred, but not required
  • Strong media and political instincts; a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. media and political landscape
  • Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills; Spanish fluency desired
  • Extensive experience with pitching stories and landing high-profile TV and print appearances
  • An excellent persuasive writer, a thorough fact-checker, and a highly-attentive editor
  • Experience in a detail-oriented position that required a high-level of organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, work independently and on a team, meet deadlines with quick turnaround and manage multiple projects
  • Familiarity with Catholic Social Teaching and/or experience with faith-based organizations is helpful, though not necessary. Experience with disadvantaged populations a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration, initiative, analytical thinking, customer service, relationship-building, flexibility, and leadership

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Managing Director. Starting salary in the mid-upper 40s. Generous benefits package available. 

TO APPLY: Send a résumé and cover letter – as attachments – outlining your qualifications to employment@networklobby.org. Please include “Media Coordinator” in the subject line.  You are welcome to include examples of – or links to – relevant past work.

First set of interviews will be taken from applications received by June 1, 2015.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. (PF tipster)


May 20, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: TiVo, Public Relations Manager (San Jose, CA)

TiVo logoAs a material contributor to the TiVo Inc. Corporate Affairs and Communications team, you will lead TiVo’s consumer public relations and report to the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications.

With superior written and verbal communication skills, you will frequently interface with a wide array of executives across the company, manage multiple initiatives at any given time, regularly interface with members of the media and manage multiple retained public relations firms. This role is materially responsible for developing and executing communications plans for TiVo’s Consumer Retail, International, Service Operator, Advertising and Audience Research divisions and requires daily collaboration with TiVo’s relevant retained public relations firms and the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications.

Here’s what you get to do:

  • Collaborate with TiVo executives from different business units to develop communications plans surrounding all product launches and corporate announcements
  • Coordinate with appropriate members of the marketing team to leverage digital and social media platforms for various company announcements and communications strategies for product and service launches and updates
  • Work closely with TiVo business divisions to understand the product strategy and roadmap, to help position the communications strategy
  • Set up and staff ongoing analyst and media briefings during press tours, at press events and tradeshows
  • Develop the strategy for TiVo product announcements with international partners in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain and more
  • Work closely with consumer insights and other disciplines within the global marketing team to inform the PR and Social Media strategy, story development and content creation
  • Drive TiVo Research editorial calendar to ensure steady drumbeat of coverage pertaining to TiVo data while building a bigger narrative around TiVo’s thought leadership in viewing behavior and advertising
  • Contribute to the overall success of TiVo’s PR and Social Media efforts by investigating and assessing new tools and practices
  • Maintain and develop the PR budget and key communications programs such as product reviews, responding to the news, new campaign ideation and more
  • Manage other PR staff regarding the planning and execution of programs like executive speaking engagements and product reviews, development of briefing materials, press kits, distributing daily news coverage and more
  • Manage executive profiles through recommending and managing speaking opportunities, bio creation, headshot execution while building demand for executive presence  
  • Spearhead the product awards program to be sure TiVo is being recognized in all applicable categories, including working with partners domestically and internationally to support joint activities
  • Assist in corporate earnings preparation and grand-scale employee communications as needed
  • Consult with brand team on website maintenance and any redesigns as it pertains to TiVo PR, Communications and Investor Relations
  • Initiative recap content creation for dissemination among executives and board members
  • Provide other internal and external marketing groups with a sounding board for ideas and recommendations on media reception
  • Celebrity spokesperson management
  • Manage and execute corporate responsibility programs and charitable giving initiatives

Here’s what you’ll need to be successful:

  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience successfully executing a mixture of PR and media relations deliverables in a fast-paced and creative work environment   
  • A mix of agency and in-house experience preferred
  • Experience managing various agencies Extensive experience working with consumer brands driving consumer PR and social media programs
  • Demonstrated success using social media to grow a consumer brand through creative out-of-the-box thinking that drives measurable results
  • Media relationships with technology and consumer lifestyle influencers
  • An enthusiastic, can-do attitude; a problem solver; able to work autonomously; comfortable with strategic planning as well as implementing the details
  • Natural leadership characteristics and skilled at working across multiple organizations in a company to build teamwork and achieve results
  • Strong understanding and enthusiasm for PR and social media measurement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Academic credentials in the fields of business, communications, marketing and/or journalism

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


May 19, 2015

FleishmanHillard Hires Naylor, Roth

FleishmanHillard today announced that Administration, campaign and Capitol Hill veteran Nathan Naylor and public affairs specialist Caroline Roth joined the firm’s public affairs practice in Washington, D.C.

Nathan NaylorNaylor comes to FleishmanHillard after serving as the Vice President for Global Communications at BSA|The Software Alliance and leading Public Affairs and Communications at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Naylor is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and a former Assistant Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore.  He is also a veteran of the Presidential Advance office and has led teams both nationally and internationally on behalf of then President Clinton, First Lady Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore.

He is a graduate of American University.

Caroline RothRoth comes to FleishmanHillard from Rasky Baerlien|Prism and previously worked on Capitol Hill for then Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and served as a staff writer for National Journal’s Hotline.

She earned her master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in 2010 while clerking for the public relations team at BGR Group.  She began her career as a communications specialist for the DuPage County Board in Wheaton, IL.  (PF tipster)


May 18, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: San Francisco 49ers, Coordinator of Corporate Communications (Santa Clara, CA)

San Francisco 49ersPosition Overview:

The five-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers are seeking a Coordinator of Corporate Communications to assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications in the development and execution of corporate communications initiatives for the team and Levi’s Stadium. The ideal candidate is an outgoing and innovative communications professional, experienced in project management and proactive media pitching. A thorough understanding of the live sports and entertainment industry is beneficial. Experience managing multiple clients – specifically consumer brands, corporate social responsibility initiatives or cause-based marketing – for a public relations agency is preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications with operational oversight of all 49ers and Levi's Stadium corporate communications responsibilities and the management of a department intern
  • Lead the development and execution of strategic communications planning for all 49ers community relations efforts and the 49ers Foundation, along with other assigned media initiatives and press functions
  • Proactively pitch 49ers and stadium-related story ideas to media, including the 49ers Museum, the 49ers STEM Education Program, the Levi’s® Stadium Tour Program and the Bourbon Steak & Pub restaurant
  • Manage media monitoring and internal reporting for key 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium corporate communications initiatives as directed
  • Write feature articles for 49ers publications and website as well as press releases on topics related to core competencies
  • Support publicity efforts for non-NFL events scheduled at the stadium when deemed necessary, coordinating with event organizers and promoters to garner desired coverage
  • Support the development and management of an organizational key messaging and coverage document, managing ongoing maintenance by the department intern
  • Work closely with the marketing and digital media departments to execute strategic communications plans and promote brand development
  • Develop and maintain local and national media lists for key media contacts in core functional competencies: technology, sustainability, education, community relations, marketing and sports business

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with proven problem solving abilities
  • Strong teamwork and relationship management skills
  • Works effectively with all personalities and skill levels
  • Creative, outside-the-box thinker
  • Efficiently meets internal and external deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and attentive to details and process
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion while maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to be flexible and resourceful in response to changing priorities and duties
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to continuously acquire new competencies and accept new challenges

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2-4 years of experience managing business and event communications for a public relations agency, a major brand and/or sports/entertainment organization

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


May 07, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury, Director/Vice President – Public Relations (International Division)

Mercury logoMercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a public relations specialist for its Washington, D.C. office, working predominantly on international accounts. The role would focus on developing and executing public relations strategies, including media pitching/securing media placements, message development, and crisis communication. The role will require someone who is able to work long and at times unusual hours and to occasionally travel internationally without advanced warning.

About the ideal candidate:

-S/he should have 5+ years of experience working in PR and media relations

-S/he should be able to balance multiple accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-S/he should be highly organized, results-driven, a self-starter, and capable of working under pressure

-S/he should work well as part of a team

-S/he should have relationships with key members of the media or other influencers, and should be able to expand that network/build new relationships as needed

-S/he should have proven ability to secure prominent media coverage on behalf of clients

-S/he should have strong writing skills

-S/he should have a background or strong interest in international relations and/or foreign policy

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. Mercury has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, California, and 10 other locations across the U.S.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to internationaljobs14@gmail.com. Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)


May 04, 2015

House aide Maloney Joins Sen. Murphy’s office as Press Secretary

Laura MaloneyLaura Maloney has joined the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) as Press Secretary.  She was previously Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT).

Maloney is a native of Wolcott, CT and a 2012 graduate of Colby College.  (PF tipster)


April 29, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Communications Director

2015-Final-Square-LogoThe Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a Communications Director to increase its exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as America’s most influential science and technology think tank.  This position reports to ITIF’s chief operating officer.

The communications director’s primary responsibility will be to publicize all of this activity. It is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations professional to deepen their policy expertise and influence important public debates.

Duties:

  • Plan and execute an ongoing media-relations program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers by measurably increasing its press exposure.
  • Build new relationships and deepen existing ones with reporters, commentators, editors, and producers in the business, technology, and political press—including national newspapers, trade publications, broadcast outlets, and influential blogs.
  • Drive coverage of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
  • Partner with ITIF’s digital media specialist to expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five to seven years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust media-relations programs.
  • Strong track record of getting measurable results through media outreach, including placing op-eds and generating coverage for topical research reports and events.
  • Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Vocus, knowledge of technology issues, and existing relationships with technology, business, and policy reporters is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.
  • Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website management.
  • Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
  • Strong understanding of public policy is essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or in the Washington office of a public relations or public affairs agency would be a plus.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

TO APPLY: Please send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@itif.org. Please note in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the Communications Director position, and please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing its reputation through an ongoing media-relations program.  (PF tipster)


April 27, 2015

Longtime Pence Aide Lloyd Moving to Indianapolis to Serve as Governor’s Communications Director

Matt lloydFirst reported by The Indianapolis Star, Matt Lloyd, a former longtime aide to Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) when he was in Congress, is returning to work for him as Communications Director in the Governor’s office.  He will move to Indianapolis and begin working there in late May.

As the Star reported, “Christy Denault, Pence's communications director since summer 2012, announced last week that she would be resigning. Denault cited family responsibilities, including raising triplets, in her resignation letter.”

Lloyd has been serving as Communications Director for Koch Industries.  He also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Indianapolis Star & PF reporting)


April 05, 2015

Communications Vet Sadosky Joins Forbes-Tate, will Start PR Practice

Jeff SadoskyPolitico’s “Daily Influence” first reported that Jeff Sadosky is joining lobby firm Forbes-Tate as Senior Vice President.

Sadosky is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was most recently serving as a Managing Director of the Biotechnological Industry Organization.

Sadosky worked on the 2004 Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign and as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Politico reported that Sadosky will “service the firm's government relations clients,” while also “building the firm’s communications and public affairs practice.”

He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and is a native of Huntington Beach, CA.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)


Hainen Named Vice President at Vox Global

Kristen HainenBipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm VOX Global has hired Kristen Hainen as a vice president in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Prior to joining VOX Global, Hainen was a Communications Director for LMG, Inc., where she managed and developed media strategies for clients in aerospace, technology, entertainment and defense.

Prior to her time at LMG, Inc., Hainen worked on several political campaigns and in Congressional offices developing communications strategies for candidates and elected officials in key battleground states including Colorado, Nevada and Virginia.  She has served as spokesperson, communications director and campaign manager for several campaigns.

Hainen is a graduate of Rockhurst University and received her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.  (PF tipster)


April 01, 2015

Phalen Named Communications Director for House Homeland Security Committee

Susan PhalenHouse Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) named Susan Phalen as the new Communications Director for the committee.

From 2011-2015, Phalen served as Communications Director for the House Intelligence Committee.

Before that she headed communications for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and spent eight years at the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  During that time, she deployed to Iraq nine times.

Before that she was Communications Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the OECD in Paris.  She also worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House early in her career.

She got her start in radio on the island of Guam.

She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  (PF tipster)


March 09, 2015

LAST CHANCE: Gridiron Reprise tickets (this Sunday)

Gridiron Club logoFor 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2 p.m. and the reprise starts at 3 p.m. The program will end by 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. (PF exclusive)


February 04, 2015

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets

Gridiron Club logoFor 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2 p.m. and the reprise starts at 3 p.m. The program will end by 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. (PF exclusive)


RNC News: Spicer Promoted, Moore Named Press Secretary, Short Leading Rapid Response, Kukowski to Walker

RNC logoThis week three announcements were made at the Republican National Committee.

Sean Spicer, who has served as Communications Director at the RNC since 2011, will now also serve as Chief Strategist for the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.

Allison Moore has been named National Press Secretary for the RNC, after working the 2014 cycle as Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) successful reelection campaign.  She previously worked in the Senate Republican Communications Center, first as Deputy Press Secretary, then as Broadcast Communications Advisor.

Michael Short has been promoted to Director of Rapid Response at the RNC for the 2016 cycle, after serving most recently as a Regional Press Secretary at the RNC.  In 2012 he was Virginia Communications Director at the RNC, in addition to working on Capitol Hill, at the NRSC and on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) 2008 reelection campaign. 

Moore is replacing Kirsten Kukowski, who has worked at the RNC for the past four years and is now joining Our American Revival, the 527 started by Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), as Communications Director.  Kukowski is a veteran of the 2008 McCain presidential campaign, the Mark Kirk’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign and as spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican Party. (PF tipster)


January 04, 2015

NRCC’s Bozek Named Communications Director for NRSC

Andrea BozekRoll Call broke the news that NRSC chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) named Andrea Bozek as the Communications Director for the 2015-2016 cycle.

Bozek served as Communications Director at the NRCC during the 2012 cycle.  She first worked at the NRCC during the 2006 cycle.

In between stints there, she worked as a Research Analyst and Regional Coordinator on the McCain presidential campaign in 2008, as Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) both in his office and on his campaign.

She returned to NRCC in 2011 to serve as a Regional Press Secretary.

She is a graduate of John Carroll University and a native of Buffalo.  (Roll Call and PF reporting)


Sen. Thune Announces Staff Changes

U.S. Sen. John Thune (MTP)U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the 3rd ranking leader in the incoming U.S. Senate majority as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, announced several staff changes for the new Congress:

Brendon Plack, who has been serving as Sen. Thune’s Deputy Chief of Sstaff, has been named Staff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Plack will also continue to oversee operations in Thune’s DC-based personal office. Plack, a South Dakota native, has served on Thune’s team in various capacities for the past 10 years, including Thune’s Legislative Director, Policy Director for the Senate Republican Conference, and energy analyst at the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Ann Marie Hauser has been named Deputy Sstaff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Most recently, Hauser handled public affairs strategy for the financial regulatory consulting firm Patomak Global Partners. Prior to that, she served as managing vice president at JDA Frontline, Communications Director for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid, Vice President of Corporate Communications at JPMorgan Chase, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce and spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the George W. Bush administration.

AshLee Strong, Sen. Thune’s national Communications Director, has been promoted to Senior Communications Director. She will continue to serve as Thune’s chief spokesperson and will coordinate Thune’s national message in his leadership office and across his committee assignments. Previously, Strong served as Press Secretary for Sen. Thune, Press Secretary for Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), communications aide for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and as an aide at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush administration.

Frederick Hill has been named Sen. Thune’s Communications Director for the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Hill most recently served as Deputy Staff Director for Communications to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hill has worked for Issa for the past 13 years.

In addition, Rachel Millard will continue to serve as Thune’s Communications Director for state press. Millard, a native of Chamberlain, SD, and graduate of Creighton University, has served on Sen. Thune’s personal staff for over five years and previously served as press secretary for Sen. Thune, internal communications adviser at the Senate Republican Conference, and legislative correspondent for Thune.  (PF tipster)


Jordan Departs House Small Business Cmte for U.S. Sen.-elect Lankford

D.J. JordanPolitico’s “Playbook” reports that D.J. Jordan is leaving the House Small Business Committee, under chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), and has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

Jordan previously served as a press aide for U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), as well as working for CNN and Fox News.

He is has a B.S. degree from Liberty University and a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

He is a native of Chesapeake, VA. (Politico “Playbook” and PF reporting)


Doheny Moves from House to Senate

Tom Doheny (color)Politico’s “Playbook” reports that Tom Doheny has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Doheny has been Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) since 2011.  Doheny took leave in 2014 to serve as Colorado Victory Communications Director for the RNC.  Before that he was Communications Director for the Delaware Republican Party.

He is a 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a native of Fairfax Station, Virginia.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)


Speaker Boehner Moves Fritz from Political Role to Speaker’s Office

Cory Fritz with BoehnerCory Fritz, a longtime aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has been named Press Secretary in the speaker’s office, with special responsibility for dealing with White House media.

Fritz has led communications for Boehner’s political committee for the past four years, serving as Ohio Press Secretary for Boehner before that.  Earlier he was Speechwriter for former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).  (PF tipster)


Webb Hires Crawford as Communications Director

Craig CrawfordThe presidential exploratory committee of former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) announced on twitter that Craig Crawford has been named Communications Director.

Crawford ran The Hotline for National Journal from 1997-2003 and was Washington Bureau Chief for the Orlando Sentinel before that.  Since then he wrote a column for CQ and provided political commentary for MSNBC.  (PF tipster)

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