WASHINGTON, DC—Edelman has named Lisa Osborne Ross president of its Washington, DC, office. Ross, who joins from APCO, succeeds Rob Rehg, who becomes chair of Edelman’s US public affairs practice.

Ross was most recently managing director of APCO’s Washington, DC, office. Earlier, she had a 15-year career at Ogilvy, culminating in her role as head of public affairs. Before that, she served in the first and second terms of the Clinton Administration, specializing in policy development and issues management. During this time, she was communications director for the US Department of Labor’s effort to promote high-performance workplaces, deputy director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission and chief of staff of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. 

Under Rehg’s leadership during the past 11 years, Edelman’s DC office has more than doubled in size while expanding its expertise in integrated advocacy programming, reputation, issues and modern crisis management as well as  integrated brand marketing for several leading companies. 

In his new role, Rehg will lead US public affairs, providing counsel to the C-suite and boards on policy-related, situations. Rehg will also advance the firm’s multi-state and local issues programming. He will also have oversight of the firm’s “collaborative journalism” newsroom programming to bring journalistic quality content to corporate and brand storytelling. 

Ross and Rehg will both report to Russell Dubner, CEO, Edelman US.

With the appointment of Ross, three of Edelman’s five global hub offices are now headed by women, including Jen Cohan in New York and Lucy Allen in the Bay Area.