Narrative Adds Administration Cybersecurity Communications Expert Avery Monsees as Director

by | Dec 6, 2023

With Five New Hires, Narrative More than Doubles Its Year-Over-Year Employee Count As Jack Turman Joins as Manager, Evelyn Humphrey Joins as Operations Manager, and Ben Bissen and Valeria Fernandez Join as Associates

Washington, D.C.Narrative Strategies announced today the addition of longtime public sector media relations professional Avery Monsees as Director. Monsees joins Narrative with nearly a decade of communications experience, most recently serving in the Biden administration at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Narrative also announced the hiring of CBS News’ Jack Turman as Strategic Communications Manager, Evelyn Humphrey as Operations Manager, and Ben Bissen and Valeria Fernandez as Strategic Communications Associates.

“Avery’s mastery and understanding of the complex cybersecurity challenges businesses face will be a tremendous benefit to our clients across every industry,” said Narrative Strategies Founding Partner Ken Spain. “Her experience in both the administration and the Senate will immediately make us a stronger partner for clients who are both managing cybersecurity threats and navigating debates around tech, privacy, data security, and other pressing policy issues. Jack’s invaluable experience in the newsroom will also help our clients navigate the rapidly evolving media landscape and craft compelling stories for policymakers, consumers, and audiences inside the Beltway and across the country.”

“Over the past year, Narrative has doubled in size, adding to a team of talented individuals who are laser-focused on delivering clients industry-leading strategic counsel, public affairs management, creative services, research, crisis communications, and reputation management,” Spain added. “We are extremely grateful to our clients and team for the growth we’ve experienced over the last four years and even more excited for what the future holds for our firm.”

Avery Monsees joins Narrative from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), where she served as Senior Advisor for Public Affairs, providing strategic counsel for numerous public affairs issues and leading the agency’s media relations operations. Before joining CISA, Monsees worked on Capitol Hill for several years, serving as Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and a Legislative Aide for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Loyola University New Orleans.

Jack Turman arrives at Narrative from CBS News’ Washington bureau. At CBS News, Turman most recently served as a Capitol Hill Producer and Reporter, covering the Senate, reporting on major breaking events and the nuanced behind-the-scenes dynamics of Congress; he was also a campaign reporter during the 2020 presidential election cycle. Turman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in public policy analysis from Indiana University.

Evelyn Humphrey comes to Narrative as Operations Manager from the office of U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-04). Humphrey also interned for U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN-02) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Humphrey served as Organizing Director for Attorney General Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) re-election efforts. Humphrey graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public health and a minor in business analytics.

Ben Bissen joins Narrative as a Strategic Communications Associate after most recently serving as an intern at the firm. Bissen has also served as an intern at the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, and in the office of then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Bissen earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

Valeria Fernandez also joins the firm as a Strategic Communications Associate after serving as an intern. Prior to her time at Narrative, Fernandez interned at the Bank Policy Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

About Narrative Strategies: 

Narrative is a full-service strategic communications firm creatively solving today’s most demanding reputational and public affairs challenges at the convergence of business, media, and politics. Narrative is a premier partner for the world’s most influential brands by building upon our deep experience synthesizing complex issues and executing public affairs, media and public relations, crisis response, and other mission-critical initiatives. Our expertise spans industries and issue sets, including biopharmaceuticals, consumer products, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, tax, trade, technology, and more. We are powered by an award-winning team of senior strategists, detail-oriented practitioners, and imaginative creators who provide premium-level counsel and integrated service offerings that shape the ever-evolving communications landscape. 

To learn more, visit narrativedc.com.

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