WASHINGTON, D.C.—Suzy DeFrancis, a speechwriter for the Nixon administration who was most recently senior vice president and director of public affairs at Porter Novelli, is moving back to the White House to be deputy assistant to the president for communications.
DeFrancis will chief deputy to Dan Bartlett, assistant to the president for communications, who took over many of the responsibilities of Karen Hughes, who left the White House to return to her home in Texas earlier this year. DeFrancis will be filling the strategic communications role filled by Margaret Tutwiler, who is now serving as U.S. ambassador to Morocco.
DeFrancis was previously a senior consultant at the Republican National Committee and worked for former Sen. Robert Griffin of Michigan, and Interior Secretary Rogers Morton.
In a related move, Anne Womack, assistant press secretary, is leaving the White House and will become a senior adviser to the beleagured chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Harvey Pitt. Womack will be replaced by Ashley Snee, who has been at the White House Office of Homeland Security press office.