Mark Irion, formerly CEO of Dutko Worldwide and, most recently, president of Levick Strategic Communications, joined law firm Hogan Lovells to create a strategic communications service. The move follows steps taken by Hogan Lovells to develop other innovative professional advisory services in areas such as cyber risk management, financial services regulatory consulting work, and global transfer pricing. The new service focuses in the first instance on providing integrated communications advice to clients alongside the law firm’s legal services offerings.

Ketchum appointed KayAnn Schoeneman to the role of SVP and Director of the firm’s Public & Corporate Affairs Practice in Washington, D.C. She reports into Jerry Olszewski, partner and managing director of Ketchum’s D.C., office. In her new role, Schoeneman will provide strategic senior counsel to clients while using her expertise to enhance and grow the practice. Schoeneman joined Ketchum in 2008 as part of the Global Research & Analytics team, working closely with the Public & Corporate Affairs Practice. She most recently served as SVP for Ketchum Global Research & Analytics, where she directed data-driven campaigns for clients and led the firm’s research and analytics offering for Ketchum Midwest, Ketchum South, Ketchum West and Washington, D.C.

Widmeyer Communications hired Heather Foster as a vice president in Widmeyer Education, the agency’s PK- 12 Education Practice based in D.C. She will play an integral role in the agency’s work with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and will also focus on PK-12 education public policy and advocacy. Most recently Foster was a founding partner and director of strategic partnerships of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the nonprofit inspired by President Obama’s Taskforce for Boys and Young Men of Color. Foster also was an advisor to President Obama in the White House Office of Public Engagement. During her tenure, she oversaw the president’s engagement efforts with the civil rights community and served as his direct liaison to civil rights leadership. She developed the administration’s response to local community protests following the racially charged incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston. She also developed public engagement campaigns designed to motivate and mobilize constituencies on various administration priorities such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and economic opportunity. Before her service at the White House, Foster was a policy and outreach advisor at the U.S. Department of Education where she managed outreach efforts to community based and philanthropic organizations dedicated to ensuring equity in low performing school districts.

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