New Media Firm Hynes Communications Hires Senior VP, Expands for 2012

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., January 12, 2012-- Hynes Communications, the nation’s leading new media public affairs agency headquartered in New Hampshire, announced it has hired two new team members and promoted a third. Leonardo Alcivar has accepted the role of Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; Andrew Clark joins the team as a Strategic Partner and Account Executive; and Amelia Chasse has been promoted to Senior Account Service Director.

Based in Boston, Alcivar will lead the agency’s Public Affairs department. In addition to developing and evaluating top-line strategy for meeting client deliverables, Alcivar will assume responsibility for online communications staff management and recruitment, and play a key role in the performance and profitability of the agency. Alcivar has been running national and statewide communications campaigns for more than ten years, most recently he served as Communications Director for Bill Brady's gubernatorial campaign in Illinois, and consultant to the Republican Governors Association. In 2004’s successful re-election of President George W. Bush, Alcivar served the Republican National Committee as Press Secretary for the Republican National Convention in New York City, and later as Field Director in Miami, Florida.  Alcivar began his career with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, first as Deputy Press Secretary to the Mayor, then as Director of Press Operations at the New York City Police Department.   He subsequently served as a Manager of Public Affairs for Burson-Marsteller. 

Clark is a social media specialist who will help Hynes clients assess the virtual landscape, reach target audiences online, and utilize rapid response strategies to help clients drive messages. A native of Southern California, Clark is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in media and public affairs at the George Washington University, where he also achieved his undergraduate degrees in political communication and public policy.  Prior to accepting his role at Hynes, Clark previously worked at CRAFT | Media/Digital, Engage, and served in the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign war room. Writing as a conservative columnist for the G.W. Hatchet throughout his college tenure, he also has contributed pieces to Campaigns & Elections, Politics Daily, and The Daily Caller.

A veteran of political campaigns at the state and national levels, Chasse began working for Hynes during the summer of 2010 as an account executive serving clients across multiple industries and working collaboratively with the Hynes team in all phases of account management. Her ability to communicate with senior level clients and advanced-level writing skills and new media relations, earned her a promotion to Senior Account Director. In her new role she will be responsible for uncovering new media outlets and placement opportunities for Hynes clients and continually aid in improving the firm’s research, analysis, and reporting. Chasse is based at Hynes headquarter offices in New Hampshire.
About Hynes Communications
Hynes Communications is the nation’s premier agency focused on new media and online communications strategy for public affairs clients.  Founded by Patrick Hynes and Paul Young in 2006, the Hynes team comprises the brightest minds and most successful operatives working in this space. Hynes serves a diverse group of clients ranging from candidates for national public office to major trade associations and corporations facing significant legislative and regulatory issues. Hynes offers a focused, aggressive approach to new media strategy, the foundation of which comes from our extensive experience, creativity and passion.

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