Russell Lopez
Russell Lopez

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, has named Russell Lopez chief of communications and marketing.

He most recently led the development and implementation of strategic communications for the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Lopez also served as director for the California State Lottery and as deputy press secretary for former California governor Gray Davis.

At AmeriCorps, Lopez will spearhead communications and marketing efforts to activate the national service community and increase recruitment applications.

“As our chief storyteller, he will work in concert with our national service partners to inspire even more Americans to lead through service,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith.

AmeriCorps also recruited the NAACP’s Jonah Bryson as press secretary. He was the on-the-record spokesperson for the civil rights group.