The National Head Start Association names former APCO Worldwide senior director Bob Bissen director of government affairs. Bissen is the founder and president of public affairs shop RJB Strategies. He was previously a senior vice president at Cannae Policy Group. At APCO, he developed and managed government relations and public affairs campaigns to proactively impact federal policy. Launched in 1965 as a comprehensive child development program, Head Start is the voice for more than 1 million children, 245,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies appoints Iris Liu as senior VP to lead H+K China’s corporate & performance communications practice. She will also serve as general manager of H+K’s office in Beijing. Liu comes to H+K from Shunya International, a leading Chinese PR agency, where she most recently served as VP. She has also been a senior account manager at Porter Novelli China. “Her accumulated in-depth industry knowledge, strategic communications skills and complex account management capabilities will help deepen H+K’s client portfolio in corporate, financial and branding communications,” said H+K China CEO Jun Xu.
Stanton Communications hires Eliza Levy as a senior account manager. Levy was previously a senior communications consultant at Sage Communication. She has also served as federal communications director at the BlueGreen Alliance and manager of public relations and grassroots at the National Council of Textile Organizations. She will focus on technology and American manufacturing. The agency has also brought on Rebekah Eskandani, who was communications director for the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and Sarah Orzach, who previously served as an account director at Maroon PR, as senior account executives.