Mayor Walsh selects Lisa Mansdorf Pollack as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Boston
January 24, 2014
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced he has appointed Lisa Mansdorf Pollack as the City of Boston’s Chief Communications Officer. Pollack will be responsible for shaping communications strategy for the City of Boston and its departments and agencies. Pollack most recently served as director of media and public relations at the Department of Neighborhood Development, a City agency responsible for economic development, housing policy and the creation of affordable housing.
“Lisa brings a unique blend of skills and a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors,” Mayor Walsh said. “She loves the City of Boston, knows the inner workings of city government, and she’ll play a huge role in bringing City communications to the next level.”
Pollack will serve as Mayor Walsh’s adviser on communications issues, lead crisis communications for the City, continue to expand the City’s use of new media, and unify the City’s communications across departments and platforms.
Pollack began her career as a staff photographer in the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino and later as a senior media liaison for Mayor Menino, where she helped shape and deliver the Administration's message through the Democratic National Convention, several election cycles, and the crisis of September 11, 2001.
In 2004, Pollack joined Denterlein, a strategic communications firm, where she rose to the position of Vice President. In nearly nine years with Denterlein, Pollack counseled C-level executives and their senior leaders in developing strategies that embraced internal communications, social media, thought leadership and media relations.
Pollack is a 1994 graduate of Brandeis University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She lives with her husband Lou Mansdorf and their daughter in West Roxbury.