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Alley named communications chief of California high-speed rail project


The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) last week appointed Lisa Marie Alley chief of communications.

Alley will be responsible for the development and implementation of all internal and external communications activities, including media relations, CHSRA officials said in a news release.

Additionally, she'll oversee a comprehensive stakeholder outreach campaign to build support for the high-speed rail program, and will be responsible for the agency's small business outreach strategy.

Lisa Marie Alley
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"No infrastructure program of this size and importance can be successfully implemented without effectively communicating its purpose, progress, and benefits to the public and stakeholders," said Jeff Morales, CHSRA's chief executive officer. "Lisa Marie has been an integral part of this effort for the last three years, building strong relationships with the media, our partners throughout the state, and the public."

In 2012, the agency appointed Alley assistant deputy director of communications. She was subsequently named deputy director of public affairs in 2013.

She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of public affairs and media relations. Prior to joining CHSRA, Alley worked as a communications consultant and was previously a television journalist in Sacramento and Seattle, agency officials said.

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