Lobby-group PR head departs as work visa expires

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.

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

communications plans.



’It’s already starting to happen in Europe, and it’s only a matter of

time before you’ll see the same thing here.’



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