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Washington DC’s Top PR Players (Besides Jay Carney)

As you may have heard, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is rumored to be Apple’s top candidate for their next head of PR. Uber has their sights on him, too.

This wouldn’t be his first foray into the private sector (Carney began his professional career in journalism, before signing on as Director of Communications to Vice President Joe Biden in 2008), but it certainly represents a step in a new direction: to the silicon-ed valleys of the west.

As a NYC-based former Washingtonian (well, Arlington, Virginia, to be exact) this move got me thinking: What would Frank Underwood say?

Underwood had some choice words for those who made career moves similar to Carney’s:

“Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power… Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.” [Source: IMDB]

But maybe that applies to a different time, and to a different DC…?

Nonetheless, Washington D.C. still has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs and highest salaries for public relations professionals. As such, here’s a look at some of the other power publicists who’ve made their homes on the bank of the Potomac courtesy of InTheCapitol.

Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer for the American Red Cross [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Charlene Wheeless, Principal Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs for Bechtel Corporation [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Jim Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Head of International Corporate Affairs for the Alibaba Group [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Kelli Parsons, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Sallie Mae [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Don Baer, Worldwide Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Burson-Marsteller [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Christopher Graves, Global CEO at Ogilvy Public Relations [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Margery Kraus, Founder & CEO at APCO Worldwide [LinkedIn/Twitter]

Now: who did they miss?

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