Council to Lead African-American Communications for RNC

WI Web Staff | 4/23/2013, 9 p.m.
Amani Council, the RNC's new director of African-American Communications

The Republican National Committee has named Amani Council as the organization's director of African-American Communications.

In making the announcement on April 23, RNC chair Reince Priebus expressed confidence that Council's presence will assist his goal of making it a priority to reach out to all Americans and their communities.

"[Council] brings a wealth of experience from her time on [Capitol] Hill, in public relations, business, and in issue advocacy," said Priebus."She will work with Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams, who joined our team earlier this year, to build relationships with African-American media as we work to earn the trust of more African-American voters."

Council, who has more than 10 years' experience in strategic communications, community engagement, public relations, and organizational development, first began her work in politics in the office of Florida Congressman Clay Shaw and then as a legislative assistant to Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia.

Afterward, Council served as director of government affairs for the District of Columbia-based Family Research Council, where she coordinated lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill regarding a wide range of social and pro-family issues.

Most recently, Council served as director of New Media and Business Development at Bass Public Affairs in Alexandria, Va., where she also worked on ballot initiatives and created media strategies for businesses and non-profit organizations.