AH&LA Taps Chandler Smith to Lead Advocacy Media Efforts
Wednesday August 27th, 2014 - 11:27AM 0
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WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today appointed Chandler Smith as VP of communications specializing in government affairs.
Smith, former Communications Director for Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), will work closely with the government affairs team to promote the association’s advocacy efforts with national, regional and Hill press. She will also be responsible for developing media strategies to gain more attention for the lodging industry’s significant contributions to job growth and the billions of dollars it adds to the nation’s economy every year.
Smith, who will join AH&LA on September 8, served as Senator Heller’s director of communications for the past two years, providing strategic and media support and serving as a spokesperson for national, regional and Hill outlets. Prior to that, she worked as communications director for his 2012 Senate campaign after having served as press secretary. Previously, she worked as press secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and as deputy press secretary for Senator Richard Burr. Smith also spent three years working for the global non-profit One Campaign as a media coordinator.
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