The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Gina Talamona has been named communications director. Ms. Talamona, who will report to Chair Mary Jo White, will provide strategic advice on a variety of communications issues relating to the SEC’s mission to protect investors, facilitate capital formation, and maintain the integrity of the nation’s markets.
“Gina has dedicated her professional life to public service and brings a wealth of communications expertise,” said Chair White. “We are very fortunate to have her join us in our efforts to keep investors and the American public informed about the important work of the Commission.”
Ms. Talamona said, “I look forward to a new chapter in my public service career and am excited to join the SEC team and to be a part of this distinguished organization, which is vital to the American economy.”
Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Talamona spent her public service career at the U.S. Department of Justice. She joined the department in 1986 in the Attorney General’s speechwriting unit. In 1999, she became deputy director of DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs, serving in the highest role for a career official. Over this time, Ms. Talamona served as a spokesperson for various litigating divisions, developed and implemented media strategies for high-profile law enforcement and policy matters, and has extensive experience working with the business media.
During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Ms. Talamona also was the liaison to the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country, providing them with communications counsel. She developed the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs’ first crisis communications plan, which has been used in dealing with national incidents.
Ms. Talamona received numerous awards for her work at the Department of Justice, including the Antitrust Division’s Award of Distinction.
Ms. Talamona received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from American University in Washington D.C.