Ballard Partners has hired Tola Thompson, who served as chief of staff for veteran Florida Democratic Congressman Al Lawson and communications director for Congresswoman Carrie Meeks.
Thompson served as primary media contact for the appropriations committee handling telecommunications, education, labor, health and agricultural issues.
He also worked on a Congressional Black Caucus health initiative, addressing HIV and AIDS in communities of color.
Brian Ballard, who was Donald Trump’s top fundraiser in Florida, said his firm is eager to share Thompson’s “unique perspective with our clients.”
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Thompson was assistant VP and director of government relations for Florida A&M University.