Eight Aides Reporters May Want to Know

Democratic Communicators Network elected eight new board members, the group announced Tuesday. Known as DCNet, it’s a professional association for House and Senate press and media staffers.

New members of the board are:

1. Maureen Beach, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.)
2. Ellis Brachman , House Appropriations Committee
3. Andrea Helling, Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.)
4. Tali Israeli, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Ill.)
5. Will Jenkins, Sen. Jim Webb (Va.)
6. Jessica Kershaw, Rep. John Boccieri (Ohio)
7. Matt Thornton, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)
8. Hillary Wicai Viers, Rep. Charlie Wilson (Ohio)

Meet them tonight at their Hacks & Flacks cocktail party at Top of the Hill from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All press secretaries and reporters may attend. “The more the merrier,” said board member Thornton. Party organizers include: Ryan Rudominer, Brad Bauman and Erikka Knuti.

So what is DCNet and what do they do?
(Here’s what they say…)
•Mentoring for new communications staff
•Training seminars on essential communications skills
•Distinguished speakers providing inside access to the nation’s top communicators
• Roundtable discussions to share practical press ideas and experiences
•Networking Events to bring together flacks from on and off the Hill
•Democratic Communicators Handbook and other collaborative, online resources

(Check out www.democraticcommunicators.net for more information.)