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Laura Oggeri appointed as Chief Communications Officer for City of Boston

January 5, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that he has selected Laura Oggeri as the City of Boston’s Chief Communications Officer. Oggeri joined the City as Deputy Chief of Operations in November.

"I'm thrilled to announce that Laura Oggeri will be joining my cabinet as Chief Communications Officer," Mayor Walsh said. "She brings with her exceptional communications and public relations experience, especially from her time as Director of Communications for the Senate President's office. She has done a fantastic job as our Deputy Chief of Operations and I look forward to working with her as we continue to develop our communications strategy." 

As Chief Communications Officer, Oggeri will oversee press activity and serve as Mayor Walsh's advisor on the City's overall communications strategy. Her work will focus on proactive messaging for national, regional and local platforms, strengthening communications across departments and expanding the City's use of new media.

Oggeri previously worked for Senate President Therese Murray as Director of Communications and Senior Policy Advisor where she led the communications strategy for the Senate's legislative priorities. As the head spokesperson for the Senate President's office, Oggeri coordinated with statewide and national press outlets on a regular basis. Oggeri also built the Senate President's local media plan, utilizing print and digital outlets, to ensure a consistent message to constituents and was responsible for managing the Senate President's social media presence.

Prior, Oggeri worked for MSLGROUP where she played a key role in developing strategic messaging and media relations campaigns for public affairs and corporate clients. Oggeri was also a member of the crisis management and social media planning teams. 

Oggeri graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a degree in communication. Oggeri lives with her husband in South Boston. 

Additionally, Bonnie McGilpin will serve as Press Secretary for the City after joining as Deputy Press Secretary in December. McGilpin worked as Governor Deval Patrick’s Deputy Press Secretary and Speechwriter, and this past year served as the Press Secretary on Attorney General Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial campaign.  She is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Oggeri and McGilpin join Melina Schuler, Senior Media Liason and Gabrielle Farrell, Press Assistant in Mayor Walsh’s press office.