May 14, 2014

Durbin Flack Gleischman Moving to U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Office

Max GleischmanPolitico’s Mike Allen reports that Max Gleischman is the new Communications Director and spokesperson for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  Gleischman had been serving as Communications Director for Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Allen replaced Nayyera Hag, who was serving as acting director following the departure of Erin Pelton.  (Politico)

May 12, 2014

Alety Departs FSR for Rep. Royce

Saat AletySaat Alety, the Digital Media Manager for Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), started Monday as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

He previously worked as Nevada Digital Director for the Romney presidential campaign and U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL).

He’s a 2010 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.  (PF tipster)

May 05, 2014

Elmore Moves from AAFA to ACI-NA as VP Comms & Marketing

Scott ElmorePer Politico’s “Influence,” Scott Elmore has left the American Apparel & Footwear Association, where he has served since 2009 as Senior Director, Communications and Marketing, to become the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).  He starts Monday.

He previously worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and for U.S. Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL).

He earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida in 2008 and a Bachelor’s in History and Communication from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)

April 28, 2014

Heritage’s Izzy Ortega Named Communications Director at NSCW

Izzy OrtegaIzzy Ortega, formerly of The Heritage Foundation, joins National School Choice Week (NCSW) as Director of Communications where he will oversee all media and public relations activities.

NSCW shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for all children, organizing a week-long celebration every January. NSCW 2014 featured 5,500+ events, bringing together unlikely bedfellow across the political spectrum like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Ortega is a graduate of Hamilton College and a native of New York, NY.  (PF tipster)

April 14, 2014

Spokesman Zirklbach Leaves AHIP for PhRMA

Robert ZirkelbachRoll Call’s Jason Dick reports that Robert Zirkelbach, the spokesman and Vice President of Strategic Communications for America’s Insurance Plans (AHIP), is leaving April 23 to join the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as Senior Vice President of Communications.

As Roll Call reported, “Zirkelbach was in charge of helping AHIP and its head, Karen Ignagni, navigate some of the most treacherous policy and political waters in recent history: the debate over the Affordable Care Act. AHIP worked hand-in-glove with the Obama administration to make sure insurers stayed on board, and Ignagni and her organization took some major licks. The place he’s heading, PhRMA, also got criticized by those skeptical and opposed to Obamacare for doing much the same.”

Zirkelbach was previously Press Secretary for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-IA).  He is a 200 graduate of Central College.

Zirkelbach’s first day at PhRMA is May 5.

AHIP Deputy Press Secretary Clare Krusing will take over for Zirkelbach “for the meantime,” according to Roll Call.  (Roll Call & PF reporting)

March 25, 2014

Thornton Joins House Majority PAC as Communications Director

Matt ThorntonRoll Call’s Abby Livingston reports, “House Majority PAC, a super PAC aiming to elect House Democrats, recently hired Matt Thornton as its new Communications Director. He replaces Andy Stone, who recently left the group for a position at Facebook.”

Thornton previously served as a Senior Communications Adviser for American Bridge 21st Century.  Previously, he was Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Rep. Zack Space (D-OH). He also worked on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Jim Davis (D-FL) and the 2004 congressional campaign of Allyson Schwartz (D-PA).  (Roll Call / PF reporting)

March 13, 2014

Former Reid Aide Petkanas Named Communications Director for Davis Gubernatorial Bid in Texas

Zac PetkanasThe San Antonio Express-News’ Peggy Fikac reports that Zac Petkanas has been named Communications Director for the gubernatorial campaign of State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-TX).  He began in that role on March 6.

Petkanas is a former Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) re-election campaign and was most recently Communications Director for the Nevada Democratic Party.

Earlier in his career, Petkanas served as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) and as Press Secretary for the Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress campaign and for U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the House Rules Committee chairwoman.

Petkanas is a a 2007 graduate of The George Washington University and a native of Putnam Valley, NY.

Additionally, the Davis campaign hired Lone Star Report’s Hector Nieto as Traveling Press Secretary.  Nieto was previously Texas State Director for Obama for America and Texas Communications Director for Organizing for America.

Rebecca Acuña remains Press Secretary and Bo Delp, who was Communications Director, is now Deputy Communications Director.  (San Antonio Express-News)

March 06, 2014

Wilcox Named RNC Director of Rapid Response

Jahan WilcoxRoll Call’s “Shop Talk” column exclusively reports that Jahan Wilcox is the new Director of Rapid Response for the Republican National Committee.

According to an RNC statement, his portfolio will include the 2014 midterms and using RNC ‘research to frame the 2016 presidential debate.’

Wilcox has previously worked for the gubernatorial campaign of Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA), the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Senate Republican Communications Center.

Wilcox is returning to the RNC, where he previously served under then-Communications Director Brian Jones and then-Deputy Communications Director Danny Diaz.

Wilcox is a native of Minnesota.  (Roll Call)

February 03, 2014

Exclusive: Former Bush administration aide Ditto Hangs a Shingle

Ditto Publi Affairs logoTrey Ditto, a former Deputy Press Secretary in the Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Education, launched his own firm, Ditto Public Affairs (DPA), based in Brooklyn, NY.

DPA will serve various clients in the health care, financial services, technology, entertainment, legal and public policy industries.

Trey was formerly a V.P. with Emanate PR.

Joining him is Nicolle Gallo, who joins from the public affairs team at Edelman in D.C.  Previously she worked for Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), the New Jersey Republican State Committee and Governor Chris Christie's (R-NJ) gubernatorial campaign in communication roles.  (PF tipster)

February 01, 2014

VOX Global Hires Communications Vet Maine

Holly MaineVOX Global, a bipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm, has hired Holly Maine as Senior Vice President in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where she will advise Fortune 500 clients on new ways to increase their efficiency when executing digital campaigns.

Prior to joining VOX, Holly was a Senior Account Executive and Regional Director with Centro, where she worked with numerous public affairs firms and advertising agencies to design and execute innovative digital campaigns.

During her tenure with Centro, Holly worked with clients to create digital strategies designed to mobilize and persuade voters, raise brand or issue awareness and drive sales revenue for consumer clients. Holly began her career as an Advertising Director at National Journal. Her work there included multi-platform selling and creating integrated advertising campaigns for Fortune 100 companies.

Holly graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and Politics.

Holly joins VOX Global’s Digital Public Affairs practice group, joining VOX’s leading experts on digital campaign strategy. This team brings experience and insight to organizations interested in more effectively utilizing strategic communications to achieve their missions.  (PF tipster)

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