Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe recently named William Marshall Jr. the new director of African-American media for the committee. Marshall attended Howard University for both his undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving a bachelor’s degree in broadcast management in 1981 and a master’s degree in communication arts in 1985.
An accomplished commercial and film producer, he has made commercials for a number of groups, ranging from the Congressional Black Caucus to the Pentagon. His film “Journey: The Black Astronaut” won the Program of the Year Award from the American Association of University Women. Marshall is also proud of the work he did on the Ronald Brown Memorial video that was released upon the former DNC chairman and Clinton administration Commerce secretary’s death.
In addition to his private sector media work, the Chicago native served as press secretary for then-Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.), director of communications to Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and worked on the Ways and Means Committee for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). He is also a former manager and spokesman for space science at NASA and served on the Presidential Commission on the Shuttle Challenger accident. [IMGCAP(1)]
Pickering Picks New Staff. Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) has made a number of changes to his staff in the past few weeks.
Chad Adams III, 25, began his service with Pickering in March as an intern and was hired as a legislative correspondent at the end of June. Prior to his work for the Congressman, he was a legislative aide for Adams and Reese, a legal and public affairs firm.
The Jackson, Miss., native earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in 2003. His new duties as legislative correspondent include responding to constituent and interest-group questions for Pickering. He also helps in the training and management of new interns.
Mary Mills Lane, 23, joined the Pickering team in the summer of 2003 as a staff assistant and has been promoted to legislative assistant for health care issues. Also from Jackson, Lane stayed closer to home for her college studies, getting a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.
Lane’s new duties include handling all health care legislation for the Congressman and briefing him on the issues of the day. She is also working with the Energy and Commerce Committee and staff to monitor health care legislation.
Kimberly Crowder is stepping in as
staff assistant for Lane. The 27-year-old from Starkville, Miss., graduated from Mississippi State University in December 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in business information.
As staff assistant, Crowder will coordinate tours for constituents, process flag requests and assist other members of the staff as they need help.
Mary Margaret Myers, 37, is the latest addition to Pickering’s Pearl district office. She replaces Kathy Henry as district aide. The mother of two (Matthew, 5, and Kathleen, 2) previously served as a military caseworker and staff assistant to former Mississippi Rep. Sonny Montgomery (D) from 1993 to 1995.
Originally from Yazoo City, Miss., Myers is another Mississippi State alumnus in Pickering’s office. In 1989 she received her bachelor’s degree and in 1991 she received a master’s, both in English and both from Mississippi State University.
Tapella Tapped. The Government Printing Office announced Robert Tapella will take over as the agency’s new chief of staff.
Tapella, who had served as GPO’s deputy chief of staff since December 2002, replaces Frank Partlow Jr.
“Bob has just the right mix of printing and Congressional experience. Pair that with his deep understanding of the GPO and the direction we are headed as an agency, and you have the ideal choice to help move the GPO forward to the next level,” Public Printer Bruce James said in a statement.
The California Polytechnic State University alumnus previously spent four years on Capitol Hill, as a professional staff member on the House Oversight Committee.
Tapella also served as chief of staff to then-Rep. Bill Redmond (R-N.M.) and as special assistant to the House Clerk.
From 1986 to 1993, Tapella worked in the district office of Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.).
Jennifer Yachnin contributed to this report.