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AFSME hires Policano as public affairs director
WASHINGTON: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the employee and healthcare workers union, named Chris Policano as its public affairs director, effective April 13. Policano is the former communications director for Source Communications in New York. He is reporting to Lee Saunders, assistant to the AFSCME president.
DoSomething.org hires Hughes as PR manager
NEW YORK: DoSomething.org, a social change organization for teens, named Kevin Hughes as its PR manager, effective March 30. Hughes, a former media relations specialist for Pollock Communications, reports to Nancy Lublin, CEO of the New York-based nonprofit.
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons launches awareness campaign
ROSEMONT, IL: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons launched its 2009 campaign in February to increase awareness about joint pain. The Rosemont, IL-based nonprofit is reaching out to parenting and teen magazines, golf and sports publications, and mainstream national media with its message. It also launched a Web site, www.saveyourknees.org, as part of the year-long effort. Communications is being handled internally.
NAACP adds two to comms team
WASHINGTON: The NAACP tapped Leila McDowell as its VP of communications and Chris Fleming as the deputy director of communications. McDowell, a former consultant for her firm McKinney & McDowell Associates (now McKinney & Associates), started February 1. She reports to Benjamin Jealous, CEO and president of the NAACP. Fleming, former CEO of Prime Time Strategies, reports to McDowell. He started April 3.
American Friends Service Committee hires Moore
PHILADELPHIA: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) named Alexis Moore as its associate director of external affairs and media director, effective March 2. Moore, the former director of communications for the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, reports to Mark Graham, director of external affairs for the Philadelphia-based Quaker organization. She replaced Jenny Shields, who left AFSC more than a year ago.
ASME picks Affect Strategies as AOR
NEW YORK: Professional association ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) chose Affect Strategies as its AOR, effective last month. The agency will raise brand awareness of the organization by promoting its educational and technical services, professional development opportunities, and events. It will also advocate ASME members as thought leaders on renewable energy, green technologies, sustainable development, and public safety. Affect will leverage traditional media, social media, and direct relationships as part of a media relations effort to promote the group’s products and services, according to an agency statement.
The Heritage Foundation taps Gonzalez as VP of comms
WASHINGTON: The Heritage Foundation named Michael Gonzalez, a former Wall Street Journal editor and reporter, a VP of communications, effective March 23. Gonzalez reports to Ed Feulner, president of the conservative think tank, and replaces Rebecca Hagelin, who is now the senior communications fellow. Gonzalez will focus on day-to-day messaging, media relations across the domestic and foreign policy fronts, and internal communications. He also oversees editorial services, broadcast services, and strategic communications.
US Chamber hires Connelly
WASHINGTON: The US Chamber of Commerce hired Chris Connelly as the director of communications and research for its Global Intellectual Property Center, starting March 16. Connelly, the former director of communications for the US Department of Agriculture, reports to Mark Esper, EVP of the Global Intellectual Property Center. It is a new position.
National Alliance of Forest Owners hires Whiting
WASHINGTON: The National Alliance of Forest Owners tapped Dan Whiting as director of communications, effective March 23. Whiting, the former chief of staff for the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, reports to Dave Tenney, president of the private forest owners’ organization. It is a new position. Prior to joining the USDA, Whiting was the spokesperson for former republican Idaho senator Larry Craig during the legislator’s men’s bathroom scandal.
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