Hudson Institute announced that Ann Marie Hauser has been named vice president of public affairs. At Hudson Institute, Hauser will lead public affairs strategy for the think tank’s extensive agenda of research publications, policy events, and media engagement. Most recently, Hauser served as deputy staff director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference chaired by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), where she led efforts to promote the Republican conference’s platform of pro-growth policies and strengthen messaging after the party regained the Senate majority in 2014. Previously, she managed public affairs strategy for Patomak Global Partners, and prior to that served as managing vice president at JDA Frontline.

The Biden Foundation added Melanie Fonder Kaye as communications director.  Kaye is a communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience in advocacy communications, media, and journalism. Before founding her communications firm MFK Strategies, she served as Director of Communications to Dr. Jill Biden. In the White House, she developed and oversaw the communications strategy, which included Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden’s initiative to encourage all Americans to support service members, veterans, and military families; helping to raise the profile of community colleges as an innovative pathway to success; elevating the role of teachers; and raising awareness around women’s health, particularly breast cancer. Before that, she was a vice president at GMMB, press secretary for former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and a reporter.

Jeff Caporizzo has been promoted to SVP, Executive Creative Director at Edelman’s D.C. office.

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