Mayor Bill Finch has appointed Brett Broesder as the new director of communications, replacing Elaine Ficarra who has left the city for a new opportunity she’s expected to announce within the next few days. Ficarra spent about six years as the city’s spokesperson, a nice run for what can be a burnout job (having done it myself for a few mayors). From Finch:
“I’m excited to have Brett on our team. We will expect a lot from him, but after spending 10 minutes with him, I knew he was up to the challenge,” said Mayor Finch. “With his wide-ranging experience in communications and policy, he is sure to be an asset to Bridgeport as we continue moving our great city toward a more prosperous future.”
Broesder joins the City of Bridgeport with more than a decade of communications experience. Most recently, he served as the senior director of communications for the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), an education advocacy organization located in New Haven.
Previously, Broesder served as: a direct mail consultant for The Baughman Company; Communications Director for the Montana Democratic Party; a media relations specialist for global communications firm’s Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum; Policy and Legislative Director for Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; and Campaign Manager for Peter Kilmartin’s successful Rhode Island Attorney General Campaign in 2010.
“I am thrilled to join Mayor Finch and the City of Bridgeport,” said Broesder. “It’s an exciting time in the state’s largest city. The people who live and work here know first-hand the great things happening every day in Bridgeport. I look forward to working with the City to share Bridgeport’s story to folks across Connecticut.”
Broesder holds a B.A. in political science from Rhode Island College. He is replacing Elaine Ficarra, who left the City to pursue a new opportunity.