CHICAGO—Edelman has hired Valerie Alexander as senior vice president and director of public affairs for its Chicago office. She will report to Bill Keegan, executive vice president and director of the firm’s U.S. crisis and issues management practice.
From 1998 to 2004, Alexander was director of community and business relations and later Chicago chief of staff for United States Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). She worked on federal issues impacting both local governments and businesses in the Chicagoland area, and collaborated with mayors and city administrators in over 200 municipalities, as well as with many of Chicago’s business leaders.
Prior to joining Edelman, Alexander was the director at Broydrick & Associates’ Chicago affiliate, servicing clients in a government affairs capacity at the local, state and federal levels.