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U.S. Commerce Department Announces New Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
202-482-4883

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced that Brad Carroll has joined the agency as Press Secretary. In this position, he will be the primary spokesperson for the department. Former Press Secretary Parita Shah has been promoted to Deputy Director of Public Affairs.

Brad joins Commerce from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he served as the agency's Press Secretary.  At FEMA, he helped to manage the development and execution of media campaigns highlighting the importance of personal disaster preparedness and the agency's ongoing work to prepare for and respond to disasters, including the 2009 Samoan tsunami, the 2010 Tennessee floods, the 2011 Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and over 185 other major Presidential Disaster Declarations.

Prior to joining FEMA, Brad served as the Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Democratic leadership and then-member of the Senate Finance, Agriculture, Energy and Budget Committees.  Brad also served as Michigan Deputy Communications Director during the Obama Presidential campaign, and handled press for the Interior Department's Presidential Transition team.