Nancy Pelosi Taps ThinkProgress Editor As Director Of New Media

Nancy Pelosi has turned to ThinkProgress to find her director of new media and senior adviser. She’s hired Faiz Shakir, the editor-in-chief of Think Progress, for the job.

Since 2005, Shakir has been with the site, which is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The site “seeks to provide a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies.” Prior to this position, Shakir worked as a research associate for the Democratic National Committee, a legislative aide to Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and a communications aide in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Center for American Progress Action Fund president, Tom Periello, in an email to staff, said:

“Faiz leaves us in an incredibly strong position in terms of the deep reservoir of talent he has recruited to the blog and a record-setting March with 4.7 million unique visitors. His talent, tendency towards innovation, and tenacious spirit will be missed, but he will not be far away and we wish him the best of luck in his next progressive adventure.”

Shakir is replacing Karina Newton, “Pelosi’s long-serving new media director, who is leaving to travel the world with her husband, Nico Pitney, The Huffington Post’s former managing editor,” according to the Huffington Post. Shakir’s replacement is “Judd Legum, who founded the blog before leaving to serve as research director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and then run for state office.”

(H/T Huffington Post)

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