July 09, 2018

Former Biden Aide Mulhauser Launches Aperture Strategies

Scott Mulhauser launched Aperture Strategies, a new strategic advisory and communications firm.
 
Scott MulhauserIn his career, Mulhauser helped run the Senate Finance Committee, served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden during the 2012 campaign and was chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
 
Aperture Strategies logoAperture helps coalitions, corporations, nonprofits, trade associations and others navigate public affairs, communications and management challenges and advises them on developments both domestically and globally. (PF tipster)

June 27, 2018

NFL Names Moore Executive V.P. of Communications and Public Affairs

Jocelyn MooreJocelyn Moore was named the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, it was announced today by Maryann Turcke, the NFL’s Chief Operating Officer.

Moore, who has served as the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs in Washington, D.C., will be based in the league’s headquarters in New York and report to Turcke. In her new role, Moore will oversee the Communications, Social Responsibility, and Government Affairs areas.

Moore joined the NFL in 2016 and led the league's public policy and legislative agenda and coordinated closely with NFL clubs on local legislative and regulatory issues. Moore strengthened the league’s positioning both in Congress and with external advocacy organizations leading numerous initiatives, including strategic engagement around player health and safety, tax reform, trade, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining the NFL, Moore was a Managing Director in The Glover Park Group’s Government Affairs Division and co-led the firm’s Health & Wellness practice. Before GPG, Moore had a 15-year career in the United States Senate, including roles as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Legislative Director for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.).

Moore began her career in the office of her home state Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) and later worked as a senior policy advisor to Senator Bob Graham (R-FL). She is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida. (PF tipster)

May 30, 2018

Trump White House aide Dorr Joins Sinclair Broadcasting

Kaelan Dorr
Kaelan Dorr
, Director of Congressional Communications at the White House, has departed to become Executive Political Producer for “Bottom Line with Boris Epshteyn” on Sinclair Broadcasting.

Dorr is a veteran of the Republican ad firm Jamestown Associates, as well as a former field organizer for the Republican Party of Iowa and a staffer for the Bob Johnson for Congress campaign.

He is a 2014 graduate of Elon University. (PF tipster)

April 17, 2018

Veteran GOP Communicator Taylor Joins Forbes Tate Partners

Ryan Taylor
Forbes Tate Partners
(FTP) today announced that Ryan Taylor, who most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), has joined its strategic communications and public affairs practice as Vice President. Ryan joins FTP as the firm’s public affairs practice continues to expand rapidly, bringing over a decade of public sector and campaign experience with him.

In his new role as Vice President, Ryan will help lead the firm’s public affairs consulting teams and design winning strategies for advocacy campaigns in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Ryan brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor and communications strategist for four U.S. Senators and a Member of Congress. Ryan also worked as a policy advisor on federal regulatory issues for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Republican Policy Committee, handling regulatory matters related to Dodd-Frank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.

In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, Ryan has had significant success leading Republican campaign efforts. In 2012, he served as Senator Barrasso’s campaign manager, helping him garner an unprecedented 75.9 percent of the total statewide vote. In 2010, as Executive Director of the Wyoming Republican Party, he led the Party to the single largest election victory in 90 years.

Having worked for members of Congress from the Rocky Mountain West to the South – including Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY), and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – Ryan has a strong background on a wide range of issues, including national defense, telecommunications, infrastructure, energy, public lands, and healthcare. (PF tipster)

November 06, 2017

Myers Joins AHLA from NCGA

Jennifer Myers headshotFirst reported in the Politico Playbook Power Briefing, Jennifer Myers has joined the American Hotel and Lodging Association as Senior Director of Communications for Government Affairs. She previously led policy communications for the National Corn Growers Association.

Myers previously worked at Edelman as a Senior Account Supervisor, as Communications Director for Jon Bruning for Governor (R-NE) and as Project Director for Public Opinion Strategies.

She is a 2004 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and holds a Masters in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. (Politico / PF reporting)

October 18, 2017

Top DHS Spokesman Lapan Leaving Trump Administration for BPC

David LapanCNN reports that David Lapan, the Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is departing at the end of October to become Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Regarding the timing, CNN reported: 

While the move comes on the heels of the announcement of a new nominee to be DHS secretary, top Kelly staffer Kirstjen Nielsen, Lapan said the move is unrelated, has been in the works for some time and is a personal decision.

CNN's report continued:

Lapan came to DHS at the request of Kelly, with whom Lapan had worked for more than a decade in the Marine Corps. The longtime Marine had also worked in the Pentagon press shop but had left government service and retired from the Marines to work in the nonprofit world when Kelly asked him to serve once again and join the administration. (CNN)

February 14, 2017

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 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)

January 21, 2016

Former Walker, RNC flack Kukowski to Manage Communications at 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland

Kirsten KukowskiKirsten Kukowski has been named Communications Director for the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland.

Kukowski was Communications Director for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign, and served as Press Secretary for the RNC and on Mark Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois.

January 20, 2016

Former Clinton WH Press Secretary Lockhart joins NFL at EVP, Communications

Joe LockhartFirst reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, is leaving Glover Park Group (GPG) to join the NFL as Executive Vice President of Communications.

According to Politico’s Mike Allen, GPG has been a consultant to the NFL for several years. He will join the NFL in New York after the Super Bowl. (Politico “Playbook”)

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