Gov. Jan Brewer on June 19 named former journalist and public affairs official Mark Genrich as her new deputy director of communications. He will focus primarily on speechwriting and public communications, the Governor’s Office said.
Since 2000, Genrich served as director of Arizona affairs for Qwest Communications, where he was responsible for corporate communications to the public and to company employees, and worked to expand Qwest’s role and visibility in the state through foundation grants and partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Prior to his time with Qwest, Genrich served as director of the Warne Center for Regulatory Accountability, an independent research and education organization within the Goldwater Institute dedicated to the study of public policy.
Genrich spent 20 years as an editor, editorial writer and columnist with the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Gazette and the Palladium Item Newspaper in Richmond, Indiana. He has won the Arizona Press Club’s highest award for editorial writing and is a three-time winner of the Best of the West Award, which is awarded for editorial writing in the western U.S.
Genrich joins deputy communications director Kim Sabow on Brewer’s communications team.