|Kristin Alford McIntosh|
The American Civil Liberties Union promotes Kriston Alford McIntosh to chief communications and marketing officer. McIntosh joined the organization as deputy chief communications officer in 2022. She was previously managing director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. McIntosh also served as a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies, a senior vice president at Edelman and staff director of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. In her new post, she will oversee the ACLU’s brand studio, media relations, marketing channels, digital engagement, internal communications, and external engagement strategy functions. “There is no one better suited to lead the ACLU’s communications, marketing, digital engagement, and brand, especially at this critical time for rights and liberties,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero.
62ABOVE hires Alex Herron as director of public relations and social media. Herron joins the agency from Marriott International’s SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, where he served as director of marketing. Before that, Herron was director of international communications for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. He has also worked as an account director at H+K Strategies. At 62ABOVE, Herron will oversee the strategy and execution of integrated public relations and social media initiatives for agency clients. “Alex’s wealth of experience in tourism and hospitality public relations and social media will be vital in expanding and leading our public relations team and offering strategic council to our clients," says 62ABOVE CEO Indra Gardiner Bowers.
The Selective Service System names Troy Blackwell senior adviser of its newly created office of enterprise integration. Blackwell will lead the office on detailed assignment from his current role as chief spokesperson and director of the office of press relations at his home agency Peace Corps. He has also served on assignment as a communications detail for the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining the Biden-Harris administration, he worked on the Biden-Harris 2020 campaign, served as senior communications advisor at BerlinRosen, and worked in New York City municipal government. He is treasurer on the executive board of directors for the Diversity Action Alliance. In his new role, Blackwell will advise on issues concerning communications workflows, strategic planning, organizational performance, policy implementation, and Presidential transition.