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Communications * Public Relations * Outreach Experienced public relations and media strategies professional with a top-secret clearance and an established and extensive background leading communication outreach efforts for large organizations and senior executives. Proven track record managing complex national security communication efforts with the skill, accuracy, and timeliness necessary to mitigate the impact of crisis situations. Diverse communication and public relations experience includes critical, domestic and international assignments, including the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. Recognized ability to build and mentor outstanding teams.
01/2016 to Current
  • Serves on the senior executive team of the national medical society, which advocates for psychiatry and the nation's mental health.
  • Coordinates and oversees all aspects of Communications & Public Affairs, Integrated Marketing and Member Communications for the 37,000-member, 75-chapter American Psychiatric Association.
01/2015 to 01/2016
  • Oversaw the Defense Health Agency's public outreach, media, strategic and incident communications efforts and serves as the principal advisor to the Director of DHA on all internal and external communications.
  • Managed and oversaw a 7-person team to develop media strategies for DoD's 9.4 million eligible beneficiaries which is proved through the $17 billion defense health program.
  • Led the communications team for DoD's new $4.3 billion electronic health record.
01/2014 to 01/2015
  • Appointed by President Obama to oversee the Department of Homeland Security's public outreach, media, strategic and incident communications efforts and served as the principal advisor to Secretary of Homeland Secretary on all internal and external communications.
  • Prepared the Secretary Jeh Johnson for high profile media engagements including 60 Minutes, all the Sunday morning shows, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
  • Managed and oversaw a 30-person team to develop media strategies for the 3rd largest government agency with over 240,000 employees.
  • Developed and executed high profile crisis communications plans for numerous incidents to include DHS funding, unaccompanied minors, Secret Service, domestic terrorism, executive orders on immigration to name a few.
01/2013 to 01/2014
Assistant Director THE WHITE HOUSE
  • Managed and oversaw a team to develop outreach strategies on veteran, wounded warriors and military family issues.
  • Developed and managed outreach strategy for veteran service and military service organizations, in close coordination with the White House Veteran and Military Family Task Force.
  • Coordinated and executed presidential visits to Walter Reed, military installations and all wounded warrior events.
  • Represented the Obama Administration at events discussing the Administration's veteran polices.
01/2011 to 01/2013
White House National Security Council NSC Washington, DC
  • Prepared daily press guidance for the White House Press Secretary on national security topics to include Asia, Iraq, Africa, South America, counter terrorism, and Guantanamo Bay.
  • Responded to hundreds of media queries from the White Press Corps and international media.
  • Drafted and cleared over a hundred press releases that were sent to a list served over 6,000 media journalists.
  • Served as the media liaison between the White House and the Pentagon on all defense issues to including military sexual assault, suicides, sequestration, and women in combat.
  • Traveled with the White House Press Corps on several presidential trips to Asia and South America; edited, cleared, and transmitted numerous press releases and fact sheets.
01/2009 to 01/2011
Defense Press Officer The Pentagon Washington, DC
  • Prepared daily press guidance the Pentagon Press Secretary on defense topics to include the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, Western Hemisphere, and Southern Command.
  • Traveled to Guantanamo Bay 15 times serving as the principal Defense spokesman - escorted hundreds of U.S.
  • and international journalists who covered the military commission hearings.
  • Deployed to Haiti to assist Southern Command with its Operation Unified Response public-affairs mission after the 2010 earthquake.
  • Traveled with Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, on his last trip to Iraq and the UAE; assisted the Pentagon spokesman with press queries for the Pentagon traveling press corps.
  • Responded to hundreds of media queries from the Pentagon Press Corps and international media.
01/2007 to 01/2009
Brigade Public Affairs Officer Fort Carson, CO
  • Deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the senior media officer for a heavy brigade combat team comprised of 4,300 soldiers and civilians.
  • Developed the media plans, responded to media queries and drafted press releases for all aspects our yearlong deployment including media queries for our fallen soldiers.
  • Developed and coordinated the embed plan for Craig Walker, Denver Post photographer, for his series "Ian Fisher: American Soldier," which earned Craig the Pulitzer Prize for photography.
01/2005 to 01/2007
Deputy Public Affairs Director Seoul, Korea
  • Managed media operations, command information, and community relations for 45,500 soldiers, Army civilians, and family members.
  • Company Commander, 516th Delta Company (Postal), 8th Personnel Command.
01/2003 to 01/2005
  • Provided general and direct postal support to 72,000 military and U.S.
  • civilian personnel, retirees, and family members throughout the Republic of Korea.
  • Commanded the largest postal company in the Pacific Theater with five post offices and two geographically dispersed platoons.
01/2001 to 01/2003
Public Affairs Officer Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon Washington, DC
  • Developed, coordinated, and executed public-affairs strategy and plans for the Chairman, the Joint Staff, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
  • Prepared public affairs guidance for the Chairman and Vice Chairman for press briefings and media interviews.
  • Joint Staff public affairs briefer immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and Operation Enduring Freedom.
01/1998 to 01/2001
Executive Officer Defense Media Activity Alexandria, VA
  • Reduced military slots 75%-with no loss of mission capability-by restructuring billets for the European and Pacific issues of Stars and Stripes.
01/1996 to 01/1998
Test Control Officer Commander HHD Raleigh, NC
  • Supervised five military and one civilian personnel to determine enlistment qualifications; determined 6,000 enlistments from more than 20,000 applicants.
  • American Forces Korea Network, Seoul, Korea, 1.
  • Commanded a joint-operation, broadcast network to provide AM / FM radio and television-command information support to more than 60,000 DOD personnel and their families in the Republic of Korea.
01/1994 to 01/1995
Executive Officer
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Company 8th Personnel Command, Seoul, Korea,.
01/1993 to 01/2013
NSC Press Officer U.S. ARMY, LT. COL
01/1993 to 01/1994
Army Officer & Specialty Training
Education and Training
Bronze Star *Legion of Merit *Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medalincludes documenting who within Consumer Response "owns"
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Additional Information
  • Honors and Awards *Bronze Star *Legion of Merit *Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medalincludes documenting who within Consumer Response "owns"