DNC - Announces Brad Woodhouse as New Communications Director

Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today announced that Brad Woodhouse will re-join the DNC as Communications Director where he will oversee both the communications and research departments. During the 2008 presidential election, Woodhouse served as a senior advisor to the DNC while on leave from Americans United for Change -- an advocacy group he has led since February 2007. After four years, current Communications Director Karen Finney will leave the DNC for the private sector where she will start her own consulting business.

"I'm excited to welcome Brad Woodhouse back to the DNC. Brad is already one of the most highly-respected communications professionals in politics today and will be an indispensable part of our team as we work to promote President Obama's agenda for change," said DNC Executive Director Jen O'Malley Dillon. "I also want to thank Karen Finney for her outstanding service to the Democratic Party. Not only was Karen an integral part of Gov. Dean's efforts to rebuild our Party, but she's been extremely helpful to us here during the transition and we wish her the best of luck as she takes on new challenges."

"Im so proud of the work we've done over the past four years at the DNC and so grateful to have been a part of getting our party and country back on the right track," said outgoing DNC Communications Director Karen Finney. "I'm also thrilled to turn the reigns over to my friend Brad Woodhouse. Having worked closely with Brad over the years, I know he will be a strong advocate for President Obama's agenda and a fantastic leader for our Party. He is the consummate professional and a creative and strong voice in Democratic politics. I wish him the best and know he will be a tremendous asset to Chairman Kaine and the DNC."

"I'm honored to be joining Governor Kaine, Jen O'Malley Dillon and the tremendous team they are putting together at the DNC to help promote President Obama's agenda for change," said incoming DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "Being part of an organization that will not only concern itself with politics and elections - but with promoting the change Americans voted for in November was enough to convince me to leave a job I love for this tremendous opportunity. Of course, in Karen Finney's, I'll have tremendous shoes to fill and I am grateful to her for the trail she has blazed for me as I start this new chapter in my life."

Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee Communications Director

Brad Woodhouse is a leading Democratic strategist and president of Americans United for Change, a position he has held since February of 2007. Most recently, while on a leave of absence from Americans United, Mr. Woodhouse worked for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama as a senior advisor to the Democratic National Committee where he also served as a surrogate for the campaign.

Americans United for Change has worked on key initiatives including protecting Social Security from efforts to privatize the program, increasing the minimum wage, re-authorizing and expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, improving the ability of workers to form unions and pushing for a safe and responsible end to the war in Iraq.

Prior to becoming president, Mr. Woodhouse served as communications director for Americans United and the national campaign that defeated President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security in 2005. During this time Mr. Woodhouse was also a political consultant with Hildebrand-Tewes Consulting. Before joining Americans United, Mr. Woodhouse served as an advisor to and spokesperson for then U.S. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and prior to that as the communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Mr. Woodhouse has also worked for a host of other candidates and causes including former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles' (D-NC) 2002 bid for the U.S. Senate, former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge (D-NC).