Newsmaker: Lauren Bailey
Noteworthy: A Johnstown native, Bailey has been named chief operating officer of The McPherson Square Group, a new Virginia-based public relations and strategic communications firm. She and Brandon Friedman, an Army combat veteran and former executive at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will own the company.
Residence: Gaithersburg, Md.
Family: Husband, Army Capt. Mark Bailey, a medical researcher assigned to Fort Detrick in Maryland; parents M. Paul and Janice Reighard of Johnstown
Education: Bachelor of arts degrees in communications and political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005
Background: Bailey became the special assistant to the chief technology officer at VA in 2009. In 2012, after she rose to deputy director of VA's Office of Digital Media, FedScoop named her a “rising star” and one of the top 50 innovators in the federal government. Before joining McPherson, she led a team of digital strategists at CDR Fundraising Group.
Quote: “It was time for both of us to take what we learned together at VA and make something of our own. We can work on causes we believe in.”