Andrew Noyes, head of corporate communications for red-hot car service Uber.com until late April, has moved to Brigade Media, the civic engagement startup backed by tech luminary Sean Parker, as VP of communications.
Parker, founding president of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, announced the formation of Brigade on June 10 through the acquisition of seven-year-old online campaign service Causes and political advocacy firm Votizen. He raised more than $9M from Saleforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and venture capitalist Ron Conway with plans to launch Brigade next year to tackle voter apathy and declining engagement in government and policy.
Noyes spent the last year at Uber, leading commuications and public policy efforts for the Bay Area-based service making waves in the taxi and car service sector. Former AT&T PR exec Lane Kasselman joined Uber in March to head Americans communications, while ex-Glover Park Group VP Nairi Hourdajian joined the company last year to head global communications.
Noyes previously spent nearly four years at Facebook in communications and policy roles through the social network's meteoric rise and high-profile legal battles.
"Overcoming 50 years of declining participation in democracy and feelings of powerlessness, disconnectedness and disenfranchisement by big interest groups and big money takes time, energy, and resources," the company said in a blog post June 11.
Noyes is a former reporter for National Journal Group and associate editor for Communications Daily.