Clara Hogan Named as FAC’s Communications and Programs Director

The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Clara Hogan, a journalist and communications specialist with substantial experience in the nonprofit sector, as FAC’s Communications and Programs Director.

After starting her career in journalism as the managing editor of the 50,000-circulation student newspaper of the University of Iowa, and serving as a journalism intern for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Hogan served as a media strategist at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.  She then served as media and outreach manager at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington, DC, with a stint in Carnegie’s Brussels office.  She joins FAC from LaunchSquad, a public relations firm in San Francisco.

At FAC, Hogan will oversee the expansion of FAC’s reach in the digital world and beyond, helping to bring FAC’s expertise and programs to a larger audience in both California and nationally.  She will also help grow FAC’s advocacy and education programs, including its live forums on First Amendment issues.

“FAC is fortunate to have someone of Clara’s sophistication, expertise and commitment to the values and rights FAC fights for every day ‒ free speech, transparency and civic engagement,” said FAC Executive Director David Snyder.  “Her arrival at FAC, in this era of sharp political division and of threats to transparency and free speech at all levels of government, could not come at a more important time.”

Hogan received her BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa, where she worked as a reporter for both the student newspaper and the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  At the New America Foundation, Hogan developed media strategies for the non-profit’s work in areas including national security, education and technology.  At the Carnegie Endowment, Hogan oversaw media and outreach for the Washington DC office coordinating across eight policy program areas and five international offices.

Clara was selected from more than 70 applicants, many of them highly qualified.  She starts work at FAC on September 27.