FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent or Sarah Moss, Mayor’s Office, 720-865-9016
Sue Cobb, Denver
Human Services, 720-944-2932
Hickenlooper Names New Communications Director
Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Thursday that longtime Denver Human Services Communications Director Sue Cobb will become the administration’s new communications director, starting on September 17, 2007.
“Sue Cobb has been an invaluable member of the City team for 16 years, providing vital support to the departments in which she has worked and the administrations she has spanned by helping to advance key issues facing our community,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “We appreciate her commitment to the City of Denver
and look forward to having her in the Mayor’s Office.
Cobb brings 30 years of journalism, government and communications experience to her new role as the mayor's communications director, assuming responsibility for the administration’s media relations and external and internal communications.
A 16-year employee of the City and County of Denver
, Cobb has served as the Denver Department of Human Services’ communications director since 2001. In that capacity, she managed media and public relations, promotions and internal communications for the agency, involving issues around public assistance, homelessness, child protection, child support enforcement, adoption, child care, low-income energy assistance, drug strategy and veterans programs.
She previously spent 10 years with Denver Recycles, a program of the Denver Public Works Department’s Solid Waste Division, as a Program Development and Public Education Specialist and Recycling Coordinator. In addition to developing and implementing waste reduction and recycling programs, she managed the associated media relations, community outreach and marketing efforts.
Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Cobb worked as an editor for numerous trade publications and news services including Waste Tech News, Radio Communications Report, X*PRESS Information Services, Ltd.; Multichannel News, and Turley Publications.
She also served as the Director of Community and Press Relations for the Washington, DC-based Sports Directions Foundation, supervising community outreach and publicity efforts for a U.S. Department of Labor program that employed Olympic athletes as role models for economically disadvantaged children and as Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy – both in the U.S. Senate and his 1980 presidential campaign.
Cobb received her bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College
, where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She received her master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver
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