Veteran GOP spokeswoman heads to private sector
by Jonathan Martin
RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt is leaving the comfy confines of First Street S.E. to ply her PR skills in the corporate world. Schmitt, a SoCal native, will serve as director of corporate communications for Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a Rockville, Md.-based biopharma company that develops vaccines that prevent and treat global and infectious diseases, with a particular focus on biodefense matters.
Though sought by GOP presidential campaigns, Schmitt could not be tempted to return to the frenetic campaign fray for a fifth consecutive cycle. She has been at the RNC since 2005, worked on President Bush's second inaugural, served as a regional spokeswoman for the Bush reelect, did a stint in the White House press shop before that and originally made her bones with the Austin crew way back in 2000.
Though she'll be doing well, she'll also be doing some good in her new gig. She is going to lead the multinational PR effort of a company that produces the only FDA-approved vaccine against anthrax being used to protect U.S. troops in the field.
Schmitt's last day at the RNC is next week and she'll begin life beyond the BlackBerry leash in late September.