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Genachowski Appoints Senior Comm Staff

Tammy Sun becomes communications director; Neil Grace is chairman’s new press secretary

Tammy Sun, a communications agency executive, has been named communications director of the FCC, while Neil Grace of media relations firm Burson-Marsteller will become the new press secretary to Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Sun, founder and CEO of Let it Shine Inc., a New York strategic communications agency, will direct communications for the FCC as of April 29. She has also been deputy communications director for the William J. Clinton Foundation, press secretary for the Democratic Leadership Council and spokesperson for Sen. Joe Lieberman’s 2006 reelection campaign. Sun began her career as a staff assistant in the White House for Vice President Al Gore.

David Fiske, who had been director of the Office of Media Relations, now becomes deputy director and retains his same duties, he confirmed to Radio World.

Grace starts his new position May 2. He began his public relations career with the National Restaurant Association. While at Burson-Marsteller, Grace led media campaigns for corporations, associations and government agencies on issues like intellectual property, international trade, automotive and energy and sustainability in the marketplace.

Grace replaces Jen Howard, who left as the chairman’s press secretary in January for a communications position with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Robert Kenney had been acting press secretary in the interim, but recently left the agency for a position with a Washington public relations firm.