Jessica Smith, Managing Director, U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice, for Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, was recently named to PRWeek’s annual “40 Under 40” list.
The list profiles the young professionals whose innovative thinking and foresight are powering the future of the industry.
Jessica Smith is no stranger to fast-paced media relations and crisis communications. Before joining Burson-Marsteller in 2013, she worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as director of its office of external affairs and communications, managing more than 130 employees.
In that role, Smith served as the lead communicator for the federal government during more than 140 natural disasters, including Hurricane Isaac in 2012 and Superstorm Sandy. As a spokesperson for the Justice Department, she was on the frontline of the federal government’s response to the 2011 Jared Loughner attack in Arizona, in which he killed six people and injured 13 others, including US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
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