WSW's Holtzman returns to FEMA as Congress liaison

NEW YORK: Mike Holtzman, SVP of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, has been

seconded to work as the US Congressional Liaison Officer for the Federal

Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The role is specifically related to the federal response to the

terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. His position will involve

communicating disaster relief initiatives to members of Congress, as

well as keeping the community in lower Manhattan in touch with


Holtzman held a similar role with FEMA during the response and

investigation of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In

addition, in 1999 he took a brief leave of absence from WSW when the

White House hired him to work in the executive office of the President.

"It has been interesting working for the federal government under

different party leadership," he said.

After being sworn in by the Agency on Monday, September 17, Holtzman

visited Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. "It's a terrible and

overwhelming place," he told PRWeek. "My only solace in being amid such

horror is my belief that the efforts of FEMA and other agencies involved

in the response will in some way help reduce fear and begin the healing


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