Richmond, Va. – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has named veteran Virginia government communicator Jeff Caldwell as its director of public relations and chief agency spokesperson.
Caldwell previously served as press secretary to former Governor Bob McDonnell and communications director for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). He is an adjunct professor of public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. Caldwell also has experience in corporate communications with Circuit City Stores, Inc. and Altria.
“Jeff Caldwell is a veteran communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience handling complex communications and strategic public relations in Virginia government and with Fortune 500 companies,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “He will provide a strategic direction for VDEM’s all-hazards preparedness communications, will share stories about the hard work VDEM staff do around the state coordinating state emergency resources with local governments and first responders, and will oversee emergency communications during Virginia natural and man-made disasters. We are excited to welcome his experience and perspective as part of the VDEM management team.”
Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He will earn a master’s degree from the University of Richmond in May. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, is a licensed real estate salesperson in Virginia, and has won multiple state and national awards from the Virginia Press Association, VDOT and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more, visit vaemergency.com.
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