The Goff Public public-relations firm has hired Clarise Tushie-Lessard, who is currently the press secretary for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
Tushie-Lessard, who’s worked in the mayor’s office about three years, will be a media relations account executive at the public affairs and public relations firm.
Goff Public, formerly known as Coleman-Goff, was founded in 1966. One of the founders was Nick Coleman, the late father of Mayor Coleman. Nick Coleman had been a powerful state Senate Majority Leader in the 1970s.
Tushie-Lessard helped plan and write three of the mayor’s State of the City speeches, three budget addresses and the mayor’s 2014 inaugural address.
She also developed media strategies for major city projects like the Lofts at Farmers’ Market, the Penfield and Lunds, the Arlington Hills Library and Recreation Center and the Ford plant.
Before joining Coleman’s staff she worked in the election campaigns of former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, former Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, and Mayor Coleman. She also managed messaging and media relations at campaign events for Minnesotans United for All Families.
Goff Public President Chris Georgacas said of his new hire: “Clarise is widely regarded as a rising star in the realm of Twin Cities communications.”