WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dana Perino, White House press secretary for President George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009 and prior to that deputy press secretary, has joined Burson-Marsteller as chief issues counselor for the U.S. She will be based in Washington, D.C. and joins former Bush administration communications advisor Karen Hughes as part of the firm’s team of senior policy experts.
Perino will be part of the firm’s issues and crisis group and will draw on her experience in managing some of the country’s most pressing issues and crises, including the economic downturn, energy and healthcare reform, immigration and defense transformation. She will report to global executive vice president Josh Gottheimer.
Perino joined the White House press office in 2005 after serving as the director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she managed all energy and environmental communications, including renewable and nuclear energy, water and land conservation, and the global challenge of climate change.
Prior to working at the White House, and immediately following September 11, Perino was a spokesperson at the Department of Justice.
Perino joins a firm with several former advisors to United States Presidents. Global chief executive Mark Penn was President Bill Clinton’s pollster during his successful 1996 re-election bid and throughout his second term. From 1995 to 97, vice chair Don Baer served President Bill Clinton as White House director of strategic planning and communications, and as chief White House speechwriter. Hughes, also worldwide vice chair, served as counselor to President George W. Bush and undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Gottheimer served President Bill Clinton as a speechwriter and a policy adviser and speechwriter to 2004 presidential candidate Senator John Kerry. Charlie Black, who serves as chairman of Burson-Marsteller’s BKSH unit, advised Presidents Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.