FACEBOOK FRIENDS LOCKHART FOR COMMS.
Joe Lockhart, the former Clinton White House press secretary who founded Glover Park Group in 2001, is slated to join Facebook as VP of global communications.
Lockhart’s appointment comes weeks after reports that the social networking giant was in discussions with former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs. It also gives Facebook political and PR experience at a time of scrutiny over privacy issues and a rumored IPO for the company.
Lockhart, along with Al Gore staffers Michael Feldman and Carter Eskew, built Glover Park into a Democrat-heavy PR and public affairs shop with operations in New York and Washington, D.C., that handles corporate, political and issues work.
At Palo Alto-based Facebook, which he is slated to join July 15, he'll report to global VP of communications Elliott Schrage, an attorney who moved to Facebook from Google in 2008. He’ll manage the company’s corporate, policy and international communications teams.
Brandee Barker, a former Zeno Group VP, left Facebook after four years in November.
Lockhart, a former journalist, worked on the agency side at Bozell Sawyer Miller in the early ’90s in between stints in politics with Dukakis-Bentsen in ’88 and the Clinton-Gore reelection in ’96. He was a producer and assignment editor/manager for SKY TV, CNN and ABC.
CALIF. TRANSIT AGENCY EYES PR AUDIT
The transit agency for suburban San Francisco is casting a net for a PR agency to assess its communications operation and provide a strategic communications plan for the organization.
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority issued an RFQ on June 10 for an audit and plan for its media relations, website, fact sheets, public outreach, events and other PR tasks.
The Authority’s governing body is considering a ramp up of its communications and sees the audit and plan as an initial step to moving forward on that potential expansion.
The open RFP was sent to more than 50 agencies, including Ketchum, Fineman PR, Fenton, Landis Comms and Solem & Associates.
Contra Costa County counts more than one million residents.
Proposals are due July 14. Download the RFP at odwyerpr.com/rfps.