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Jan. 7, 2009

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FORMER WHITE HOUSE AND U.S. SENATE Communications advisor named gw vice president of external relations


GW Alumna Lorraine Voles To Oversee Merger of GW's Communications and Government Relations Divisions and Enhance University's Brand Recognition


WASHINGTON - George Washington University President Steven Knapp today announced the selection of Lorraine Voles, B.A. '81, as GW's new vice president of external relations. Voles most recently served as senior vice president of communication and marketing services for Fannie Mae and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in corporate and political communications including positions with President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Voles will fill a newly created role on the president's senior leadership team that combines previous communications and government relations functions into one operation with a mission of enhancing GW's external profile. The new division will focus on international, federal, regional, local, and corporate relations while utilizing new media to build a unified GW brand. Voles will assume her new responsibilities on Feb. 2, 2009.


"Lorraine Voles brings from the national stage the skills and strategic insights that will enable us to strengthen our government and community partnerships and elevate awareness of GW," said Dr. Knapp. "An alumna herself, she will help us build better communication channels with our lifelong and worldwide community of 225,000 alumni."


Voles said, "I am thrilled to be returning to the campus of George Washington University during such an exciting time for the nation's capital. I look forward to working with President Knapp and advancing the GW story to our neighbors and friends in the District, around the country, and across the globe."


Voles served as director of communications for Sen. Clinton (D-NY) managing media relations, speechwriting, and internal communications for legislative activities as well as advising the Senator's 2006 reelection campaign and presidential bid. During the Clinton-Gore administration, Voles served as the director of communications and chief spokesperson for Vice President Al Gore, and as deputy press secretary for President Clinton. Voles also served as press secretary for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). She also spent nearly a decade as a senior counselor with Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm, and an independent consultant working on a variety of corporate and non-profit clients on issues ranging from crisis communications to political campaigns. Voles graduated from The George Washington University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Voles is married to Daniel Smith, and they have two children, Ruby and Angus Smith.


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