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Ramona Oliver named senior director of NEA’s Center for Communications

Communications professional is a veteran in labor, progressive and political arenas

WASHINGTON - April 30, 2012 -

National Education Association (NEA) Executive Director John Stocks today announced the appointment of Ramona Oliver as the senior director of the Association’s Center for Communications, effective immediately.

“NEA welcomes Ramona Oliver’s unmatched experience providing senior level strategic media and public relations management for labor unions, progressive organizations and political campaigns,” said John Stocks, NEA executive director. “Oliver is very familiar with our Association and the broader labor community; she has a keen understanding of the unprecedented, pressing issues facing educators and working families across the country. More to the point, Oliver will be a knowledgeable and effective advocate for students, public education and working families.”

 Previously, Oliver has served as the Director of Communications for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Emily’s List. She has held similar positions with Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).  She also has more than ten years of experience working in corporate communications. Oliver worked in communications for five years for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has specialized expertise in African-American and Hispanic consumer marketing, media relations, community relations and multi-cultural affairs initiatives.

 Most recently, Oliver ran a successful communications consulting practice that included work as the Washington Director for the six-million member, where she strengthened her experience in on-line media applications. A native of Philadelphia, Oliver lives with her wife and son in Arlington, Va.

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 The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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