Mobile Chamber reorganizes its governmental affairs and communications efforts

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Mobile Chamber President and CEO Bill Sisson announced two new positions for the Chamber of Commerce. Nancy Hewston has been named vice president of communications and advocacy, and Maggie Oliver was named senior director of government affairs. The Mobile Chamber is combining the community and governmental affairs and the communications and marketing departments to form the Communications and Advocacy Department.

Sisson commented, “Having Nancy in this key leadership position will mean great things for the Mobile Chamber and its members. She is a seasoned communicator with extensive experience in both politics and communications. Nancy’s network of connections both across the state and in Washington D.C. as well as her ability to build coalitions and drive consensus position her to continue to be a valuable asset to Mobile’s business community and the Mobile Chamber.”

“Maggie’s range of skills is perfectly suited for this expanded new role,” Sisson added. “She has a proven track record of success in the governmental affairs arena and will continue to be an advocate for Mobile business owners, employees and their families.”

Hewston joined the Chamber in January as the vice president of community and governmental affairs. She was senior vice president of communications, strategic information and federal affairs for the Business Council of Alabama. She also spent time on Capitol Hill, working for both chambers of Congress as press secretary to Rep. Jo Bonner and deputy press secretary for Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Oliver joined the Chamber in 2018 as director of community and governmental affairs. Oliver holds a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown and a bachelor’s degree in public policy leadership from the University of Mississippi’s Trent Lott Leadership Institute.

Following graduation from the University of Mississippi, Oliver moved to Washington D.C. where she worked both on and off Capitol Hill in public policy and political communications.