FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG APPOINTS STU LOESER AS PRESS SECRETARY AND JAMES ANDERSON AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that he is appointing James Anderson as Communications Director and Stu Loeser as Press Secretary. As Press Secretary, Loeser will oversee the Mayor’s Press Office, coordinate communications with other City agencies and serve as the Mayor’s chief spokesperson. As Communications Director, Anderson will be the Bloomberg Administration’s primary contact for all editorial boards and columnists.
“These two veteran communication professionals will play key roles in our Administration by serving as a bridge to the news media and, in effect, the public,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “Honest and hardworking, Jim and Stu are well qualified to serve in these important positions.”
“It’s an incredible honor to work with the Mayor and join his team at City Hall. So much progress was made in the first term; great things are in store for the second, and I am excited to help get the word out,” Anderson said.
“Working with the Mayor and the extraordinarily talented members of his team over the last year was the highlight of my experience at Bloomberg 2005. I am honored and excited to help the Mayor build on his first-term accomplishments while tackling new challenges to make New York City an even better place to live, work, and visit,” Loeser said.
James Anderson currently serves as Associate Commissioner for Communications and External Affairs for the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). In this capacity he has overseen the media relations, legislative affairs, and community relations units, and also served as senior policy advisor to Commissioner Linda Gibbs. Appointed Director of Communications for DHS in April 2002, he was promoted to his current position in January 2004.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Anderson served for four years as the Communications Director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national nonprofit organization focused on ensuring safe schools for lesbian and gay students. Raised in Missoula, Montana, Anderson graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 and relocated to New York City in 1998.
Stu Loeser was chief spokesperson for Mayor's Bloomberg's re-election campaign last year, overseeing both the campaign's press and research operations. Previously, Loeser was Senator Chuck Schumer's Communications Director and campaign spokesperson. He also worked on state and national campaigns, including Clinton-Gore '96, Gore-Lieberman 2000, Mark Green for Mayor, and Carl McCall for Governor.
Loeser served in the Clinton Administration for five years as a legislative aide for the President’s AmeriCorps National Service program and as director of external affairs for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Urban Studies and American History, Loeser lives in Manhattan's Lower East Side with his wife Jessica.
Edward Skyler (212) 788-2958