Senior Account Director
Public Affairs Aficionado
Alex.’s public affairs and public relations work has taken her across the country and the globe. Her career may have launched in the White House, but clients love her down-to-earth perspective and dexterous project management ability.
Tell us about the career arc that took you to the White House? Did you always want to work in politics or government?
Well, I technically started working in government after college—as a summer mail carrier for USPS in my hometown of Seattle. Out of college I moved around doing all sorts of jobs (nanny, gym manager, cruise ship employee, you name it). I suppose my career started in 2008 when I decided to join then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign as a volunteer in Seattle. I got more involved and was hired full time.
Can you talk about the various jobs you had over the years as part of the administration?
I started as an Advance Associate with the White House, managing presidential event logistics, usually regarding media relations. From there I served in the Department of Defense as one of Secretary Hagel’s advance officers coordinating events and travel both foreign and domestic. I negotiated logistics like who was going to be in which helicopter, who we were meeting with and what each party hoped to gain out of the visit. I coordinated media interviews and, really, all details. That led me to Health and Human Services as the Director of Advance for Secretary Burwell. It was a blast to strategically plan events where the secretary was paired up with radio DJs and millennial opinion influencers to promote open enrollment of the ACA to our target communities.
And your final role was back with DOD, is that right?
Yes, as Director of Operations for Deputy Secretary Works’ office. I had really enjoyed my time at DOD previously, so it seemed like the right move as the administration was coming to a close. It was interesting to support communications on issues like unaccompanied minors from the perspective of different departments. It gave me a holistic view into how to tackle big issues and coordinate disparate teams of people.
What brought you to the agency business after your time in the administration?
I moved to Spokane to be back in my home state and because my fiancé is stationed at Fairchild Airforce Base. I had heard about DH from colleagues and was immediately interested when saw the team’s passion for their work and each other. I’m really excited to apply some of my project management and public affairs skills and hopefully help DH do more work in this area. I’m excited to learn more about all of the integrated marketing services here too.
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with emphasis on public relations at Colorado State University