Jack d’Annibale has left his post as Rep. Mike Honda’s communications director to take over as executive director of The BULLY Project, an initiative that grew out of last year’s critically acclaimed documentary, “BULLY.”
D’Annibale has a background and contacts in Hollywood – he’d worked as a writers’ executive for producer Jerry Bruckheimer on films such as “Déjà Vu,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” He moved over to politics by working for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, then founded his own company linking policy advocates with entertainment industry tastemakers; he also did a stint with Global Zero, an campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons, before going to work for Honda, D-Campbell, last October.
In an e-mail Thursday, d’Annibale said Honda’s leadership “will inform my work going forward. It has been an honor to help tell his story in the United States Congress.”
“In partnership with Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen and Harvey Weinstein’s landmark documentary BULLY, The BULLY Project has engaged millions of students, parents and teachers from coast to coast,” he wrote. “As a result, our nation stands at a tipping point in the conversation about bullying prevention and education reform.”
Michael Shank, who had preceded d’Annibale as Honda’s top spokesman, will succeed him as well, returning to Congress after a stint as vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Economics and Peace.