Melissa DeLaney has worked in communications and public affairs in Washington, D.C. and Arizona for nearly 20 years, working as a spokesperson and to develop messages and media strategy for high profile, international and controversial issues, public officials, organizations and brands.
DeLaney previously worked as communications director for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s winning campaign in 2014. She has also worked in Arizona’s business and economic development community at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she spearheaded media campaigns highlighting the region’s business landscape, assets and quality of life and worked to advance public policy initiatives to drive further investments in the state.
Her broad-based experience includes: working as a spokesperson for various public officials, including members of Congress, White House Cabinet members, and statewide officials and candidates; working with local, national and international reporters and media outlets; managing crises; writing speeches and op-eds; media training high-level officials; coalition building; and using the media for strategic management of a legislative agenda or public policy issue.
DeLaney is also an established writer, whose work has been featured in TODAY Parents, All The Moms, The Daily Caller, East Valley Tribune and Smart Girl Nation. She has also developed and placed op-eds in publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Times, Washington Post, Roll Call, and Christian Science Monitor, among others.