The Public Side of the Aisle, September 18

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  • The Public Side of the Aisle
     September 18, 2018
     8:30 am - 10:30 am

Are you a private-sector PR professional or a journalist who is intrigued by the idea of a job in public-facing public relations? Do you want a better grasp of the challenges public information officers – the people you see on TV and see quoted in the paper – face, and how they differ from private positions? Our panel of professionals who have switched from sides of the aisle (and sometimes back again) can help you determine whether “going public” might be right for you.

Ragina Cooper Averella – A former police agent and Director of Public Affairs for the Baltimore Police Department, now serving as Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic
Linda Foy – Former radio reporter and anchor now with 16 years in corporate communications; now serving as Senior Communications Manager for Exelon
Elise Armacost – Former Baltimore Sun reporter and editorial writer with 20 years of experience in government public affairs; currently Director of the Public Affairs Section for Baltimore County Fire & Emergency Management
T.J. Smith – Chief Spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and formerly, as a lieutenant, Director of Media Relations for Anne Arundel County Police. His law enforcement resume prior to becoming a media relations specialist includes Patrol, Tactical Patrol and the Narcotics Division.
Ron Snyder – A veteran Baltimore-area journalist, he became a Public Affairs Officer with Maryland State Police one year ago.
Jeff Raymond – Former Daily Record reporter and now Chief of the Division of Communications and Community Affairs for the Baltimore Department of Public Works


Members can bring a guest, but you must email Rose at with the name, company and email address of the guest.


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