AUSTIN, TX—Mark McKinnon has returned full time to Austin-based public relations and public affairs firm Public Strategies after serving as director of media for the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign.
Upon his return, McKinnon was named vice chairman of the Austin-based public affairs firm he helped build over the past 12 years.
As chief media advisor to President George W. Bush, McKinnon directed communications and advertising strategy for both the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. He has served as principal media advisor for more than 100 corporate and political campaigns in the United States, Latin America, Africa and Europe.
In addition, Public Strategies announced four new hires, including Bush/Cheney 04 national finance director Travis Thomas will be the firm’s new managing director for sales, based in Austin. Thomas worked for President Bush for 10 years in several capacities. Before joining the presidential campaign, he was the director of the Office of Business Liaison at the Department of Commerce.
Jill Bratina and Joe Householder have been named directors in the Washington, D.C. and Houston offices, respectively. Bratina, who most recently served as communications director to Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, previously served as director of media relations for Bridgestone Firestone and worked for Ketchum and presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole. Householder is returning to Houston after serving most recently as communications director for Senator Hillary Clinton. He also served as communications director on two successful campaigns—Iowa Governor Tom Vilsak’s successful gubernatorial campaign and Houston Mayor Lee Brown’s re-election effort.
Finally, Jill Angelo will join the firm as a director in the Austin office upon her graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in May 2005. Prior to attending law school, Angelo worked in the White House for presidential advisor Karen Hughes.
Finally, John Krueger, who has spent the past two years in Austin providing strategic counsel to the firm’s global telecommunications client, has been promoted to director and is moving to the Washington, D.C. office.