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February 14, 2017

TIME RUNNING OUT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 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.

Gridiron Reprise

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

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive

The Leadership Conference Announces Inouye & Hernandez Join Comms Team

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced the addition of new senior staff members: Shin Inouye, Director of Communications and Media Relations; and Karely Hernandez, Communications Manager.

Shin InouyeShin Inouye is the Director of Communications and Media Relations. As an appointee in the Obama Administration, Inouye served the last two years as Press Secretary and Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to that, he worked for six years as the Director of Specialty Media for the White House Office of Communications, serving as a spokesman for media outlets that serve the AAPI, Faith, LGBT, Native American, Rural, Veterans and college communities, among others. He previously worked on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and was Communications Director for Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D. N.Y., and a Senior Legislative Communications Associate at the ACLU’s Washington office. He graduated with departmental honors from the Johns Hopkins University.

Karely HernandezKarely Hernandez is the Communications Manager. She most recently served on the Hillary for America campaign. There, she worked closely with the Coalitions press team as a national Hispanic media associate for the general campaign and as a Hispanic media spokesperson for the coordinated campaign in North Carolina. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Harry Reid, D. Nev., where she served as Press Secretary for Hispanic media. Born in Los Angeles, California, Hernandez is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Global and International Studies. (PF tipster)

February 13, 2017

Ayotte, Romney, RNC, Fox News vet Zelt Joins FP1 Strategies as Sr. VP of Comms

FP1 Strategies LLC announced the addition of Lauren Zelt as a senior vice president for communications. Lauren is officially returning to the firm after serving as deputy communications director for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Lauren ZeltZelt has worked in the media and communications for more than a decade. Prior to joining FP1 Strategies initially in 2013, Zelt worked as director of media affairs for Mitt Romney for President, at the Republican National Committee, and at the Fox News Channel as a segment producer and guest booker.

A Pittsburgh native, Zelt danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to attending Georgetown University and graduating Cum Laude. (PF tipster)

February 11, 2017

RNC Chair McDaniel Names Mahoney Comms Director

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced additional key senior staff positions, including Ryan Mahoney as Communications Director for the 2018 cycle.

RNC logoMahoney is a seasoned communications operative and takes over as Communications Director after serving as the RNC’s Deputy Communications Director during the 2016 election cycle.

He was a Regional Press Secretary for the RNC during the 2012 election and oversaw all regional communications for the committee during the 2014 cycle.

In 2014, Mahoney also spearheaded theRNC’s press efforts surrounding the committee’s site selection for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Prior to joining the RNC, Mahoney served as Communications Director for the Maryland Republican Party and held various positions in the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s communications and political departments.

He's a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.(PF tipster)

February 06, 2017

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 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.

Gridiron Reprise

 

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

 

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

 

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive) 

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