WASHINGTON, DC: A work visa is causing a shakeup in the communications office of Public Citizen (PC), the citizen’s lobby founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader.
WASHINGTON, DC: A work visa is causing a shakeup in the
communications office of Public Citizen (PC), the citizen’s lobby
founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader.
Brian Dooley is leaving his post as communications director at the end
of the month after nearly three years, and will probably have to return
to his native Ireland. Formerly the chief press officer for Amnesty
International, Dooley has written two books, including Black and Green:
The Fight for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland. He will likely work for
PC on a project basis from Ireland rather than take a full-time
corporate or agency position.
Dooley said his most important accomplishment at PC has been
strengthening ties between the group and its members. ’They’re better
informed and closer to us,’ he said. This is especially important for an
organization like PC, which is not a single-issue group and therefore
has endeavored to develop a strong identity.
The shakeup in PC’s communications office should not be major, as
Dooley’s just-chosen successor, Booth Gunter, has been serving as PC’s
press secretary for over two years. Gunter has been a star environmental
reporter for the Tampa Tribune.
As for the challenges faced by PR pros for citizen activism groups,
Dooley believes American non-governmental organizations will have to
place more emphasis on the international media as part of its
’It’s already starting to happen in Europe, and it’s only a matter of
time before you’ll see the same thing here.’