WASHINGTON, D.C.—Suzanne DeFrancis is joining the American Red Cross as chief public affairs officer. In this role, she will oversee all communications, government affairs and public outreach and integrate these functions to advance the message and mission of the charity.
DeFrancis is currently the assistant secretary of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As the senior communications advisor to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, she has managed communications on high-profile issues, including disaster preparedness and response, pandemic planning, and the roll-out of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Earlier, DeFrancis served in the White House as deputy assistant to the President for communications and was senior vice president and director of public affairs at Porter Novelli.