Sacramento, CA, January 29, 2004 — Mindy Tucker Fletcher, a Bush Administration veteran, and Maggie Shandera Linden, a senior advisor to Assembly Speaker Herb J. Wesson Jr. and other senior state Democrats, have joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as senior vice presidents in the Public Affairs practice of the agency’s Sacramento office.
“Because of their vast experience working in national and state politics, they have an array of contacts in the Capitol, the state and the media,” said Christi Black, managing director of Ogilvy PR/Sacramento. “As our clients work through the new political environment in California, the addition of Mindy and Maggie will give Ogilvy PR a potent right-left team that covers the entire state government. We are very excited that they are joining us.”
“Arguably today there are no two more important American cities to have a strong public affairs presence than Washington and Sacramento,” added Jamie Moeller, managing director of Ogilvy PR’s Global Public Affairs practice. “In addition to being tremendous additions to our already strong Sacramento office, they will be a resource that all of our agency’s clients can tap into for assistance on a wide variety of policy issues.”
Ogilvy PR’s public affairs clients in Sacramento include associations, corporations, coalitions, and not-for-profit organizations. The new additions are expected to move the firm beyond legislative public affairs into the initiative campaign field.
Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Mindy served as a counselor to the California Republican Party and an advisor to the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign. In this role, she advised the Bush-Cheney campaign on issues related to California and assisted the state Republican Party with communications and coalition strategy, including coordinating and strengthening the women’s coalition within the party apparatus. Mindy will continue to assist the national campaign as an advisor for 2004. In 2002 and 2003, Mindy served as communications director of the Republican National Committee. In addition to being the chief spokesperson for the Party, she made weekly appearances on CNN’s “Inside Politics.” In 2001, Mindy served as the director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice where she managed communications efforts on many high-profile issues, including the September 11 attacks. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Mindy was the national press secretary of the “Bush for President” campaign and served as a senior spokesperson during the Florida recount effort. She also worked for then-Governor George W. Bush’s successful reelection efforts in Texas in 1998 and spent five years in the Washington office of Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX).
A thirty-year veteran of California politics, Maggie most recently served as a political and media consultant to Assembly Speaker Wesson and former Speakers Robert M. Hertzberg and Antonio Villaraigosa. She also ran her own political consulting firm with clients including the California Teachers Association, Nevada Teachers Association and the Oregon House Democrats. A veteran of 37 statewide initiatives, she has primarily supported campaigns run by labor unions and the Consumer Attorneys of California. California political guru Kam Kuwata has called her “the best organizer in the business.” Prior to founding her own firm Maggie spent ten years at the political consulting firm of Woodward & McDowell. From 1976-1984, she worked for Sen. Alan Cranston (D-CA) as part of his Washington staff, his northern California field director and as part of his 1984 presidential campaign. She has also worked as a staffer in the California State Assembly.
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