Ryan Velasco joined MWWPR’s Washington office last month as VP-corporate communications after a three-year stint as VP in Ogilvy’s social change unit.
He rejoins Michelle Rios, who left Ogilvy in January, to helm the Jersey firm’s DC outpost. They worked together at the WPP unit on DowDupont and new business initiatives.
Prior to Ogilvy, Velasco was at the Federal Emergency Management Agency for nearly six years, where he rose to deputy branch chief for interagency coordination.
He specialized in leading diaster teams, including community outreach and recovery operations. Valasco saw action in New York in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Prior to FEMA, Velasco served in the Obama White House as deputy associate director for natural resource response and recovery.
MWWPR ranks No. 9 on O'Dwyer's rankings of independent firms with 2018 fee income of $42.6M.