In the 1970s, the Senate Press Secretaries Association was a pretty dismal group—great people but lousy cheddar cheese and jug wine receptions. In the 30-plus years since I was a member, the Association has really blossomed. There is attention to professional development, consideration of workplace issues of real relevance and, of course, a lot more fun. Bravo to those who built the bridge to the 21st century for the SPSA!
SPSA Alumni & White House Press Secretary for President Clinton
SPSA-sponsored events are held on and off the Hill, providing members unique opportunities to meet and learn from one another and to connect with reporters and media professionals. Events include a monthly speaker series, Washington bureau tours, happy hours, and more.
Our strong network across the Hill, Administration, and public relations firms means SPSA members have access to job postings and career development events that are not available anywhere else. Members receive a regular newsletter with exclusive job postings and upcoming networking events.
Annual New York City Trip
At the beginning of each year, SPSA organizes a two-day trip to New York City, where members meet with news and media organizations to expand their network, share best practices, and learn about careers in other communications fields. Site visits have included ABC with George Stephanopoulos, CBS This Morning with Gayle King and John Dickerson, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Comedy Central, Viacom, Buzzfeed, Snapchat, NFL, MLB, HBO, and more.
MEET THE BOARD
Press Secretary, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Evan Dixon currently serves as Digital Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. He joined the senator’s office after working for NBC News’ Washington Bureau, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.” In 2012, Dixon served as Deputy Communications Director for then Rep. Heather Wilson’s (R-N.M.) campaign for U.S. Senate in New Mexico. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from Texas Tech University, where he studied journalism and business administration.
Communications Director, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Mike Inacay has nearly a decade of experience in strategic communications. He currently serves as the communications director for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii. In his role, Mike serves as Schatz' primary spokesman and manages his press and digital media operations. He previously served on the legislative staff of former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California and has worked on local and statewide political campaigns in California, Washington State, and Hawaii among others. A California native, Mike grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from California State University, Northridge.
Communications Director, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)
Rich is communications director for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. He has worked in the Senator's office in a number of capacities, and served on Whitehouse's 2012 reelection campaign as research director. He is a veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Rich grew up on a dairy farm in Maine before attending NYU, where he earned a degree in history.
Communications Director, Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-Louisiana)
Ty Bofferding currently serves as communications director for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). He has worked for Cassidy since 2016 when he began his professional career as press assistant. Ty was promoted to deputy press secretary while taking night classes to finish his undergraduate degree at The George Washington University. He eventually rose to communications director before leaving in 2020 to run communications for Cassidy’s successful reelection campaign. Following the 2020 election, Ty returned to his previous position.
Press Secretary, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Natalie Yezbick serves as Press Secretary for Sen. John Cornyn and has held multiple positions on his press team since 2015. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she wasn’t born in Texas, but – like so many others – she got there as fast as she could. Natalie earned her B.A. in journalism, communication studies, and public relations from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Communications Director, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
Tom Brandt serves as the Communications Director for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran. Before joining Sen. Moran’s office, Tom worked in Corporate Communications at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and served as Communications Manager on the Global Issues Management Team. Prior to HPE, he served as Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins’ Communications Director and as Senior Leadership Advisor while Congresswoman Jenkins served as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. Tom began his career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Roy Blunt and served as Deputy Press Secretary after Blunt’s election to the U.S. Senate. He also worked for Senator Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Tom graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. At the University of Missouri, he was tapped into QEBH Senior Honor Society and ODK National Leadership Honor Society.