Recently, we sat down with our newest Senior Account Executive and RHockstar Sarah Horowitz to learn more about her background and experience in the public sector prior to joining RH Strategic.
Tell us a bit about your background and experience prior to joining RH Strategic.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in communications and political science, I worked on several political campaigns across the country and on Capitol Hill. For the last six years, I did press for the federal government, first as an assistant spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and most recently as the deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Tell us more about your role as the deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
For three and a half years, I had the opportunity to amplify Obama Administration and Commerce Department initiatives that help American businesses create jobs and strengthen the economy. In addition to staffing the C-suite, including the secretary and deputy secretary, I enjoyed working with Commerce’s 12 agencies on a wide array of issues – everything from trade and telecommunications to cybersecurity and the Census.
What was it that drew your attention to the public sector, and why did you decide to make the leap into private sector?
It’s an honor to be able to serve the president, and I liked being able to learn about all of the innovative, interesting things our government is doing and share that information with the public. After six years, I wanted to try something new, and the startup, team-oriented nature of RH is exciting. It’s an adventure I think will expand my skill set, grow my career and give me the opportunity to work with some great companies.
How do you think your experience in the public sector will influence your work at RH?
My experience working on cybersecurity and technology-related issues with a number of Commerce Department agencies – including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – has already proven valuable in my first couple weeks with RH. I believe that experience, coupled with my relationships with reporters who cover those topics, will be beneficial to our public sector and technology clients.
What is your PR superpower you bring to the team?
Being able to work quickly and calmly in high-pressure environments has been very useful in previous jobs. Hopefully that superpower won’t be needed here!
Welcome to the team, Sarah!
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