Adam Mendelsohn, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, has joined Mercury Public Affairs as managing director in the national firm’s Sacramento office.
According to Mercury’s news release, Associated Press has called Mendelsohn “a key member of the team that helped Schwarzenegger refashion his image,” and Susan Kennedy, the governor’s chief of staff, called Mendelsohn “one of the best communications strategists I’ve ever worked with.”
Before joining the Schwarzenegger administration, Mendelsohn worked in Washington, DC as vice president and media-relations director for the DCI Group, where he advised Fortune 50 clients on media strategy, crisis response, and public affairs.
Mendelsohn joins Mercury partner and fellow Schwarzenegger alumnus Steve Schmidt in the Sacramento office. Schmidt, who ran Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign in 2006, is now a senior advisor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.