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Murphy names his communications team

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.
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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced Thursday his new communications team in the governor's office.

“We have put together a team that understands how to keep New Jerseyans well-informed of the work we’re doing to improve their lives,” said Murphy. “From keeping residents updated on a snow storm to getting the word out about new administration initiatives, these individuals know how to communicate quickly and effectively with the media and directly with the public. Together, they will help convey my vision of a stronger and fairer New Jersey for all.”

The team, comprised of experts in media relations, digital engagement, journalism, video and photography as well as politics, are as follows:

Mahen Gunaratna will serve as communications director, leading the governor’s communications team. He has served as deputy communications director to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio since January 2017 and previously served as the Mayor’s Research Director and as an aide to his mayoral campaign.

Daniel Bryan will serve as press secretary and deputy communications director. He currently serves as communications director for Transition2018, Murphy’s gubernatorial transition committee. He also served the Murphy for Governor campaign as a senior advisor for communications and political outreach.

Pearl Gabel will serve as digital director, managing the governor’s digital operations. Gabel most recently served as director of video for the city government of New York, overseeing the development and execution of video, documentary, and social media projects.

Derek Roseman will serve as chief speechwriter. He most recently served as communications director for Phil Murphy for Governor.

Liza Acevedo will serve as deputy press secretary. Since 2015, she has served as communications director to deputy democratic leader of the New York State Senate Michael Gianaris, managing his communications strategies and serving as spokeswoman.

Edwin J. Torres will serve as deputy digital director. He has served as a photographer for the New York City government since 2016.

Alyana Alfaro Post will serve as press aide to the governor. Since 2015, she has served as a politics reporter for Observer New Jersey.

Christine Lee will serve as press assistant. She is a recent graduate of Caldwell University in psychology with a minor in business management.

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader


Emily Bader is the Web Editor and Social Media Coordinator at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com.

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Robert Gabel January 11, 2018 3:45 pm

EmilyB, My first njbiz reading. Good article. Glad to see something about all those on Gov. Murphy's media team. Thanks, RG

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