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January 17, 2020

Corporate Comms Vet Boggs Joins Charter as Group VP, Policy Communications

Avery BoggsCharter Communications, Inc. announced Avery Boggs has joined the company’s Government Affairs team as Group Vice President, Policy Communications. Based in Washington, D.C., Boggs is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies to achieve the company’s policy objectives at the federal, state and local levels. She replaces Tamara Smith who has taken on a newly created role of Group Vice President, Partnerships and Strategy at the Charter-owned Spectrum Networks.

Boggs joins Charter from PLUS Communications where she served as Executive Vice President for Marketing and Strategy Development. At PLUS, she worked cross-functionally to develop strategic plans to achieve clients’ public policy goals and objectives. Prior to her work at PLUS, Avery was Senior Vice President at the Revolution Agency leading multi-media campaigns for clients including Hewlett Packard, Facebook, H&R Block and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among others. She began her career in public affairs as a Communications Strategist at Strategic Partners in Media, formerly The Stevens and Schriefer Group, where she guided production, message development and research for a variety of elected officials and trade associations.

A lawyer by training, earlier in her career Boggs served as Associate Counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She holds a B.A in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. (PF tipster)

January 08, 2020

Veteran Dem Communicator Brennan Joins Firehouse Strategies

Firehouse StrategiesWhitney Mitchell Brennan has joined Firehouse Strategies as senior vice president.

She is a veteran Democratic communicator with experience on campaigns and on Capitol Hill.

She most recently served as communications director and senior advisor for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Whitney is a graduate of Indiana University.

Top Senate Flack Joins Rokk Solutions as SVP

Jeff GrapponeSenate Republican Conference deputy staff director Jeff Grappone is joining bipartisan public affairs Rokk Solutions as senior vice president.

Grappone has nearly 20 years of experience, including serving as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs, as a senior communicator for Siemens, and for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and former Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.).

Grappone is a graduate of Georgetown University. (PF tipster)

January 06, 2020

PF EXCLUSIVE: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 15)

Gridiron Reprise
Get ready for some much-needed comic relief – the annual Gridiron Show.
The performance that merges political satire with your favorite tunes, performed by the nation’s top political journalists, has been a Washington tradition since 1885!
The Gridiron Club and Foundation skewers Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists at a white-tie dinner on Saturday night with satire and songs. The next day, the club puts on another performance – known as the Gridiron Sunday reprise - for friends, family and select groups.

The 2020 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. A reception, which includes an open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks, begins at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. The program will end by 3 p.m. (Note those are new times this year.) Dress is business casual.

Tickets are $80 each.

You will see well-known Gridiron members -- who might include Bret Baier of Fox News, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Jonathan Karl of ABC News, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and John Dickerson of CBS -- performing songs and skits in costume.

We expect syndicated columnist Mark Shields to relay 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, Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

You can order tickets for $80 each by mailing checks made out to the Gridiron Club and Foundation to: Carol Stevens at 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington, VA 22207.

Your order with full payment must be received by Monday, March 2, 2020. Note that depending on your tax situation, about $54 of the cost is tax deductible because the Gridiron Club and Foundation is a charitable organization.

Your tickets will be mailed to you at the address you provide by March 9, 2020. (PF exclusive)

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