November 13, 2012

Joanne Schwartz to join Civitas Public Affairs Group as Principal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Civitas Public Affairs Group today announced that Joanne Schwartz is joining the firm as a principal. Schwartz currently serves as the Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. She will join the Washington, D.C., office of Civitas, a national public affairs firm that specializes in winning public policy change at all levels of government using proven and innovative strategies.

“Joanne is an incredibly well-respected, results-driven professional. As a communications expert, she knows how to build and grow organizations, with a track record of creating dynamic, smart, and effective campaigns,” said Patrick Guerriero, a founding partner of Civitas Public Affairs Group. “We are thrilled to have Joanne join the team. She will be of immense value to our clients in achieving their results.”

“As Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado, I’m proud to have worked with a talented team that made a real impact in an important political year,” Schwartz said. “Managing and creating successful organizations and campaigns requires message and brand discipline as well as creative use of smart tactics. I look forward to joining an accomplished team of political operatives and adding to their diverse experience. I also look forward to continuing to make a real difference at the local, state, and federal level.”

Prior to joining ProgressNow Colorado, Schwartz served as managing director of Gill Action, where she oversaw decision-making and operations with Gill Action’s political team and consultants. While at Gill Action she was responsible for strategy development and implementation, providing hands on political and communications assistance in select states, and managing public relations.

“Joanne is a talented political advisor with experience in legislative advocacy, electoral campaigns, and strategic coalition building,” said Bill Smith, a founding partner of Civitas Public Affairs Group. “She is a first rate operative who understands how to marry research, communications, and grassroots advocacy to create winning campaigns that get results. She will be a valuable asset to our clients and we’re excited to have her join Civitas.”

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