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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Goff Public Hires Emerson

Goff Public announced today that Elizabeth Emerson will join its public affairs and public relations practice as director of government relations.  In her new role, Emerson will draw on more than a decade of experience in government and politics.

Emerson will lead Goff Public’s Minnesota lobbying practice, helping clients manage their interests and reputations in the public sector.  As the only public relations firm in the Twin Cities which employs in-house lobbyists, Goff Public integrates grassroots, legislative advocacy, and public relations tactics into effective communications campaigns.

Emerson previously served as the committee administrator of the Minnesota House Commerce and Labor Committee, dealing with a wide variety of issues, including regulated industries, labor relations, telecommunications, health care, and other critical issues that affect businesses across the state.

She also has substantial political experience, working as a member of the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s campaign staff, for the House DFL caucus campaign committee, and now serving as deputy chair of the Saint Paul DFL party.

Emerson previously served as a lobbyist at the Minneapolis-based law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen.  In addition to her considerable experience developing and implementing strategic government affairs campaigns, she will bring expertise in coalition building, grassroots and grasstops organizing, and issues management to Goff Public.

“Elizabeth is widely regarded at the Minnesota Capitol as a superstar strategist and lobbyist,” said Goff Public President and CEO Chris Georgacas.  “She will complement the remarkable experience and professionalism of the Goff Public team and provide tremendous value to current and future clients.”

An active member of the community, Emerson served three terms as a commissioner of Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission from 2006-2012, as appointed by Mayor Chris Coleman, and represented the Saint Paul commission on the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions.  She also volunteers with several organizations in Ramsey County.

Emerson has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master of public policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.