WASHINGTON, D.C.—Porter Novelli has added two professionals to its Washington, D.C. staff. Michael Baroody joins as executive vice president for strategic development, and Ellen Field as executive vice president and head of health and social marketing.
Baroody joins Porter Novelli after leaving his position as executive vice president for the National Association of Manufacturers, where he oversaw the organization’s policy, advocacy, communications and public affairs efforts and served as its primary spokesman on a wide variety of public policy issues. Among other responsibilities, Baroody chaired the steering committee for the Asbestos Alliance, an industry coalition aimed at finding a legislative solution to the asbestos litigation problem.
Prior to NAM, Baroody served as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was responsible for the coordination of all regulatory and legislative policy output. He also served as director of public affairs on the White House Staff during President Ronald Reagan’s first term.
Field joins Porter Novelli after serving as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, responsible for strategic communications counsel on the secretary’s priority initiatives. In that role, she led communications efforts for Secretary Leavitt’s Prevention Initiative,” facilitating partnerships to create and launch the current “Be a Player” public service campaign to address the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.
Prior to joining the Department of Health and Human Services, Field was the communications director for the Peace Corps.