New Staff Member Joins National Office Communications Team
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Communications Department is proud to welcome the newest staff member in the National Office!

Sarah Dunn filled the position of Communications & Public Affairs Specialist this week, and immediately found herself in the middle of the action after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake gave the National Office building in downtown Washington, D.C., as well as most of the Eastern U.S., a sharp and sustained jolt on Tuesday.

Sarah helped us provide several media outlets with reports on the ATC system and our affected facilities and assisted us on attracting Seattle media coverage about an interesting and downright eerie sidenote to the quake: The only thing that fell and broke during the quake here at the NATCA HQ building was a piece of glass that our Sea-Tac members gave us from the old SEA tower that was heavily damaged in the February 2001 Seattle Nisqually earthquake.

Sarah joins us after working as a government and public affairs consulting legislative assistant for Alcalde & Fay, an Arlington, Va.,-based government relations and public affairs firm. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she studied journalism and political science.

Raised in Eaton, N.Y., with two public school teachers for parents and a sister now working for the state of New York, Sarah understands the needs and missions of a union. She is eager to help promote the great work of our membership to external audiences and is looking forward to working with our FacReps in their media relations and PR efforts. Her writing skills will also be used to assist the department's internal communications; you'll read her work in upcoming issues of the NATCA Insider and the Air Traffic Controller newsletter.