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For Immediate Release

Liz Fontaine Joins BGR Public Relations as Digital Director

BGR Government Affairs’ Kristin Strobel Is Promoted

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2018 – Liz Fontaine, formerly communications director at the McCain Institute and creative director at the Center for a New American Security, has joined BGR Public Relations as digital director, a new position. Fontaine will focus on helping clients increase and improve their digital presence.

“BGR Public Relations, a full-service communications shop, specializes in issue campaigns, crisis communications and foreign government representation,” said Jeffrey Birnbaum, president of BGR Public Relations. “Liz will help us expand our digital offerings to existing BGR clients – both on the lobbying and public relations sides – and will also help grow our PR practice with new clients in many ways. We are excited to have her at BGR.”

In addition to growing the depth of its public relations team, BGR today also acknowledged superior work on its government affairs team by promoting BGR Government Affairs’ Kristin Strobel to senior director of state affairs. She has been director of state affairs. The firm said the new title recognizes her expanded work with state legislators, attorneys general and governors on both sides of the political aisle.  

Before joining BGR, Fontaine served as director of communications and programming at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. She led a five-person team that positioned the Institute as a thought leader in foreign policy. She oversaw all print and electronic communications including newsletters, brochures, event invitations, annual reports, e-newsletters and the Institute’s online presence. The McCain Institute’s social media following more than tripled under her leadership.

She was also responsible for all Institute events, including the Sedona Forum – an annual, high-level, invitation-only foreign policy discussion. Speakers have included leaders in industry, government and philanthropy such as Tony Blair, Howard Buffett, James Clapper, Elon Musk and numerous U.S. legislators.

“I am thrilled to join the amazing BGR family and to work with its wonderful clients,” Fontaine said.
Prior to the McCain Institute, Fontaine was creative director of the Center for a New American Security. She was responsible for brand management, overseeing and implementing the design and production of numerous reports and promotional materials, and coordinating events, media relations and congressional outreach.

Earlier in her career, Fontaine worked as a journalist in Washington state. A native of Columbus, Ind., she currently lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and son.

Strobel joined BGR Government Affairs in January 2017. Before coming to BGR, she served as the Director of State Government Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) where she led lobbying strategies and coordinated industry outreach events with state decision-makers. Previously, Kristin served as Director of State Government Affairs at the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and, before that, was Policy Director for the Attorney General of Ohio, Mike DeWine.

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For more information/interviews contact:

Loren L. Monroe, Principal, State & Local Practice Head, BGR Government Relations
202-333-4936; lmonroe@bgrdc.com

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