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
Communications Director, Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware)
Christine Brennan serves as the Communications Director for Senator Tom Carper. She previously served as the press secretary for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Christine began her career on Capitol Hill working in the House of Representatives, originally for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and later on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to that, she served in a communications role for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an nonpartisan non-profit organization that focuses on fiscal policy. Christine grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Former Communications Director, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
Tyler Hernandez served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito. He previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served first as Press Secretary and then as Deputy Communications Director for the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Tyler also has both private-sector and campaign experience, having worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on the Romney for President campaign in 2012. A Louisiana native, Tyler is a graduate of Tulane University where he earned a degree in Political Science and Communication Studies.
Deputy Press Secretary, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)
Eric Marter currently serves as Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, where he oversees the senator’s digital media operation. He previously worked at a California-based communications firm and has experience interning for NBC News, at the DSCC, and in the Obama White House. A Colorado native, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication and Political Science from George Washington University.
Communications Director, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
Stacey Daniels serves as communications director for U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. Stacey began her career as a journalist, reporting at television and radio stations in multiple media markets. While a student at the Missouri School of Journalism, she reported, anchored and produced for KOMU 8 News, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. She also worked at the Missouri State Capitol providing radio reports for a network of radio stations throughout the state. Upon graduating, Stacey moved to Eugene, Oregon where she worked as a reporter for KEZI 9 News. Stacey then transitioned into campaign work and worked on a gubernatorial race as communications director, before moving to Michigan to work on Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign. She then moved to Washington and served as communications director for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, before transitioning over to the Senate. Stacey grew up in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and has a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Communications Director, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Mike Inacay has more than 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 Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire)
Aaron Jacobs serves as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan. His previous roles include Communications Director for Maggie Hassan’s campaign for United States Senate, and Press Secretary on her 2014 gubernatorial re-election campaign. He was also the Press Secretary for the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and worked on the communications team at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A native New Yorker, Aaron graduated from Brown University.
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 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.