NEW YORK — Edelman has named Andrea Hagelgans, a former senior advisor in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, as executive VP for public affairs. Based in New York, Hagelgans will be responsible for helping advance the firm’s public affairs work for corporations, foundations and non-profits. In her most recent job, Hagelgans oversaw all of de Blasio’s communications and strategic planning, and was charged with crafting key policy initiatives and communications strategies.

LOS ANGELES — FleishmanHillard has expanded its Southern California leadership team with the hire of Isobel Coney as a senior VP and partner. Based in LA, Coney (pictured) is responsible for leading and growing the firm’s brand marketing portfolio across Southern California. Additionally, Coney joins the leadership team within the firm’s global business development function – a dedicated agency unit to invigorate new business and client growth. She joins FH from The Red Consultancy, a UK consumer agency, where she held the position of managing director for its consumer group.

LOS ANGELES — Victor Franco, Jr., a communications vet with expertise in government affairs, has joined Cerrell as a VP focusing on Los Angeles city and council government. Prior to Cerrell, Franco held government affairs, marketing and lobbyist positions within the land use, automotive, technology and public safety sectors. He also has worked has worked as a congressional staffer in Washington; in the automotive industry as an advertising & marketing manager for an and advertising firm; as a policy director for a highly-regarded Downtown Los Angeles business association.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Jennifer Pilcher, an expert on engaging the military and veteran communities, has joined Crosby Marketing Communications as a director and senior strategist.  She brings to the role more than 15 years of marketing and media experience, as well as personal experience as a Navy spouse. She will help clients develop authentic content and outreach programs designed to empower the lives of active duty personnel, National Guard and reservists, veterans, military spouses and beyond.

BALTIMORE — Fallston Group has hired Patrick Seidl as its strategic communications coordinator. Seidl brings five years of marketing, communications and fundraising experience as well as a background in planning and executing large-scale events. In his new role, Seidl will support marketing communications manager, Andrea Lynn, in the company’s marketing and public relations work.

CLEVELAND — Dix & Eaton has promoted P. Kelly Tompkins as senior advisor and hired  Brittany Whitman as a senior account executive. Tompkins, who has more than 30 years of public company experience, and Whitman, who is a former equity research analyst, will work in investor relations and corporate communications, among other areas, for the Cleveland-based integrated communications consultancy.