July 06, 2015

AP’s Pickler Joins Glover Park Group

Nedra PicklerStrategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) today announced that Nedra Pickler has joined as a Managing Director.  Pickler will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.

Pickler, a veteran journalist, joins GPG after spending 17 years at The Associated Press (AP), most recently serving as a White House reporter covering the second term of the Obama Administration. Pickler previously covered the second Bush Administration. In both of those roles, she covered breaking news, questioned both presidents extensively and reported from abroad on presidential trips across five continents.

Pickler also served as federal courts reporter in Washington, DC, and covered presidential campaigns for the AP during both the 2004 and 2008 election cycles. Pickler was part of the AP team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and received several awards from the AP during her tenure, including the John L. Dougherty Award for coverage of the Ford-Firestone tire scandal, and was twice the recipient of the global Beat of the Week award for breaking news reporting. She started her career in the Michigan bureau of the AP. (PF tipster)

June 22, 2015

BPC Announces Comms Vet Traynham as New Vice President of Communications

Robert TraynhamThe Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced the hiring of veteran communications professional Robert Traynham as Vice President of Communications.

Traynham will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program and leading a team to ensure BPC public relations, events, media, print and digital content are all aligned with the organization’s mission and to improve its reach.

He has previously worked in the private sector for Comcast as their Washington Bureau Chief and host of a public affairs show, and for 10 years in the U.S. Senate as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and the Senate Republican Conference. He was also a senior advisor for Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.

He is a native of Yeadon, PA.  He currently serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, Cheyney University and often appears on MSNBC as a political analyst. (PF tipster)

Elleithee Leaves DNC to Start Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown

Mo ElleitheeRoll Call reported that Democratic National Committee (DNC) Communications Director Mo Elleithee has left the DNC to serve as the first Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

He was a founding partner of political consulting firms Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media, from which he’s been on leave while at the DNC. He’s also advised countless Senate and gubernatorial candidates, working extensively with Virginia Democrats

In 2012, he was a media adviser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure campaign. Six years earlier, he ran the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure effort against then-U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-VA).

He’s worked on four presidential campaigns, most recently as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 spokesman.

Georgetown feels like home for Elleithee. A proud and vocal Hoya fan, he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1994. Since 2011, he’s been an adjunct professor at McCourt, where he teaches a class on campaigns.

Elleithee is a native of Tucson, AZ.  (Roll Call)

Berger Named VP of Outreach Strategies

Abby BergerOutreach Strategies, LLC (OS), a mission-driven communications and public affairs firm focused on advancing sustainability, social and environmental solutions, has named Abby Berger as Vice President.

Berger joins OS from her role as Director in Golin’s Washington, D.C., office, where she focused on energy and corporate sustainability as part of the public affairs practice. During her five years with the global public relations firm, Berger led media, social marketing and stakeholder engagement programs for corporate and government clients including Dow and The Virginia State Corporation Commission’s energy conservation education campaign, Virginia Energy Sense.

Prior to her time at Golin, Berger managed marketing efforts as a consultant to federal agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Small Business Administration and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Berger also held on-site communications roles with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Berger earned a B.S. in Communications Studies from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. She began her career in sustainability as an intern for the London-based Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group. (PF tipster)

May 29, 2015

Subbotin Sillin Heads West to San Fran

Melissa Subbotin SillinMelissa Subbotin Sillin has left Washington, DC, where she was Communications Director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), to join her husband Nat Sillin in San Francisco.

She will work for strategic communications form Larson Communications.

Before OGR, she was Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Press Secretary for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, MN and Press Secretary for former Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV).

She’s a graduate of San Diego State University.  (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 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 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)

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