The City of Petersburg has hired Jay Ell Alexander as their new Public Information Officer, effective August 4.
Formerly the Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for the City of Richmond Office of the Press Secretary under Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Alexander will be responsible for working with local, regional and national media to promote the city, its staff and programs, and plan and implement strategies to grow the communications department under the direction of Petersburg City Manager, William E. Johnson.
While with the City of Richmond, Alexander launched and managed the social media initiatives for the City of Richmond government and Mayor’s Office Facebook and Twitter pages, assisted in the launch of the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign, and served on the events planning committees for RVA Streets Alive!, the annual Richmond and Radio One Toy Drive, the Mayor’s Centenarian Program, and the Veterans and Family Resource Fair.
Some of her other previous work experience has been with Bank of America, United States Department of Agriculture, BET Networks, Charity Family Life, National Kidney Foundation Serving Virginia, and WVEC Channel 13.
“Jay Ell models a professional work ethic that embodies a commitment to precision, innovation, and public service,” comments Albert Walker, III, Community-Academic Liaison at The VCU Center on Society and Health. “I met Jay Ell before beginning her public relations career with the City of Richmond. She is a 21st century marketing and public relations professional committed to excellence.”
Jay Ell Alexander is a native of Norfolk, VA. Alexander graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Spanish. She also received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.