CHICAGO—Edelman has named Deb Fiddelke, a former member of President George W. Bush’s White House staff, as senior vice president and leader of its public affairs practice in Chicago.
Most recently, Fiddelke worked on international and government relations efforts for Chicago 2016, the organization coordinating Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In that role, she worked with U.S. embassies, international chapters of the American Chambers of Commerce, the White House, Congress and federal agencies to generate IOC support for the bid.
Previously, Fiddelke worked in the White House from 2004 to 2008 as deputy assistant for legislative affairs engaged in legislative, policy, communication and strategy development, and as the White House point person coordinating legislative strategy with all federal departments.
Fiddelke also held several other government positions, working on the White House Council on Environmental Quality; as senior policy advisor and communications director for former Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; and as press secretary for former Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio.