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Department of Energy Announces Key Additions to Public Affairs Staff

February 26, 2009 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Department of Energy announced key staff additions to the Office Public Affairs: Dan Leistikow, Director of Public Affairs; Tom Reynolds, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; Stephanie Mueller, Press Secretary; and Tiffany Edwards, Deputy Press Secretary.

"I am pleased to have these talented individuals join the Department of Energy", said Secretary Steven Chu. "Having worked on President Obama's presidential campaign Dan, Tom, Stephanie and Tiffany bring knowledge about the President's commitment to end our addiction to foreign oil, invest in alternative and renewable energy, address the global climate crisis and create millions of new green jobs. I look forward to working with this team of professionals as we find and implement new solutions to the energy challenges that now confront the nation."

Dan Leistikow, Director of Public Affairs

Dan Leistikow was the Obama campaign's Regional Communications Director for the industrial battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan during the general election, after having served as a state communications director for primary contests in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Montana.  He also served as Iowa Communications Director for the John Edwards campaign.  He has experience in local, state and federal government as well as campaigns, including four years for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as Press Secretary and then Communications Director.  He also worked for former Senator Jean Carnahan, former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, and Congressman Neil Abercrombie.

Tom Reynolds, Deputy Director of Public Affairs

Tom Reynolds served as the Deputy Communications Director in Ohio for the Obama campaign. Prior to that he served as the national press secretary for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's presidential run. Tom's Capitol Hill experience includes serving as press secretary for Senator Tom Harkin and communications Director for Rep. Jane Harman.

Stephanie Mueller, Press Secretary

Stephanie Mueller was the Colorado Communications Director for the Obama campaign.  Before joining the campaign, she served as the Assistant Director of Communications for the Service Employees International Union's political and legislative departments.   Her previous experience includes managing a congressional campaign in Kansas and directing communications for progressive issue advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.

Tiffany Edwards, Deputy Press Secretary

Prior to joining the DOE, Tiffany served as the Deputy Press Secretary of Constituency Outreach for the Obama campaign, working on a broad range of issues and media outlets.  Following the campaign, she was chosen as Creative Coordinator for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, working with television producers and executives on coverage of the inaugural events.  A native of Long Island, New York, her political career began when she worked with the press staff at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Media contact(s):

Tiffany Edwards, (202) 586-4940