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October 27, 2009

Former Hutchison, Domenici Aide Sanders named Press Secretary for Sen. Wicker

Courtney Sanders Courtney Sanders has been named Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS).  Sanders most recently served as Deputy Press Secretary / Writer for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and also worked at the White House Writers Group. (PF tipster)

October 22, 2009

Former Huckabee Aide Stewart Named Communications Director for Lincoln Challenger Baker

Alice Stewart State Sen. Gilbert Baker (R) has hired former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s (R-AR) presidential spokeswoman for his Senate campaign.  Alice Stewart will be Baker’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for his bid to win the GOP nomination to face Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in 2010.  Stewart served as Huckabee’s National Press Secretary on his 2008 presidential bid and recently worked as Communications Director for the Arkansas Republican Party.  (Roll Call’s “Shop Talk” column)

Veteran Falk Named Communications Director for Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports Debra Falk has been named Rasmussen Reports’ Director of Communications, responsible for handling day-to-day media relations along with institutional branding and Premium Service customer programs. Most recently she was Team Manager of Programming Communications at New York public media company WNET.ORG.  Earlier, she worked at Zullo Associates, Inc., a marketing communications firm in Princeton, NJ, where she managed national ad campaigns and special events. She has a BA magna cum laude in American Studies and English from Rutgers University. (PF tipster)

October 09, 2009

Google Hires Mistique Cano as Manager of Global Communications and Public Affairs

Google-logo_9.25 Google has searched out a new manager of global communications and public affairs for its Washington office.  Mistique Cano comes from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, where she was vice president of communications.  She loves all the gadgets she can get her hands on now that she's working for the tech trailblazer.  "I think that's actually the coolest perk about Google so far.  It's that you get to test out all these new applications before they're released," she says.  Take the lowliest of devices, the office telephone.  At Google, "if you are away from your desk, you can tell [the phone] where to ring," Cano says.  "But the coolest thing is, it will transcribe all your voice-mail messages."

Cano, 29, is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and she admits that she was a precocious policy wonk.  "I've always been interested in politics and [its] intersection with [the] press," she says.  "Most kids would come home from school and have their snack and watch Saved by the Bell or whatever, but I used to come home and watch the White House press briefings."  She went on to earn a degree in political communication at George Washington University.

Cano worked for pollster Stan Greenberg at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.  She was press secretary for John Kerry's presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, a job that involved a lot of traveling around the Keystone State.  Outside of work, Cano says, she's a foodie who burns off the calories by running. (Gregg Sangillo, National Journal)

October 07, 2009

Hill Veteran Alison Lynn Named Communications Director for Rep. Thornberry

Mac Thornberry Alison Lynn is the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).  She previously worked in the Washington office of Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.  Before that, Lynn was Communications Director and spokeswoman for Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX). She has been a Speechwriter to former Transportation Secretaries Norm Mineta and Mary Peters, as well as a Spokeswoman at the Republican National Committee.  (CQ’s “People on the Move”)

Gibraltar Associates Hires James Davis

James Davis James Davis has joined Gibraltar Associates as manager of digital media, providing online communications counsel to clients and managing the execution of new media initiatives.  He will also lead Gibraltar’s Web-based public affairs initiatives, based in Gibraltar’s Washington, D.C., offices.  Before joining Gibraltar, Mr. Davis ran his own consulting practice, which helped corporate clients take advantage of advocacy, branding and marketing opportunities in the social media sphere.  Previously, Mr. Davis served as deputy director of media affairs at the Republican National Committee; as associate director of communications at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota, where he helped form strategic new media partnerships with Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Campaign Solutions and Ustream.TV; and in the office the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Public Affairs from 2006 to 2008. (PF tipster)

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