WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dittus Communications has strengthened its staff with the additions of Mike Waldron, formerly deputy director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Yier Shi, who was previously senior advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Waldron joins the crisis communications and issues management practice as an assistant vice president. Prior to joining Dittus, he served as deputy director for public affairs at the DOE, where he acted as a national spokesman for the secretary, deputy secretary and undersecretary of the agency and was responsible for crafting national public affairs campaigns surrounding issues such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the expansion of nuclear energy, energy practices in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Shi joins Dittus as a senior director in the food, agriculture and nutrition practice. At the FDA, Yier was a senior advisor to the commissioner and associate commissioner on communications strategy. He was also the commissioner’s chief speechwriter and the agency’s lead media contact during the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. A media relations expert, Yier has been a press secretary for the Republican National Committee and a media consultant for the 55th Presidential inauguration committee.
Both new additions will help the firm with its post-Katrina work for several corporations involved in the reconstruction effort, including Fluor Corporation, The Home Depot, Independent Petroleum Association of America, National Association of Water Companies, and Shell Exploration and Production.
Dittus is leading a large-scale communications effort to help Shell Exploration and Production launch a one-of-a-kind program to reach out to the Gulf Coast community, strengthening its commitment to resume operations and leadership in the region. This ongoing campaign has touched the lives of many people and underscored Shell’s commitment to its employees and to the Gulf Coast communities where it operates.