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Alumni Feature

Sarah Misailidis

"With eight years of overall press experience in both the private sector and in government, I have provided guidance, with regard to messaging opportunities, for attorneys as well as members of Congress."

I currently work as a PR manager at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where I am responsible for developing strategies to garner publicity that promotes the firm, its attorneys, and practices. This includes, but is not limited to, pitching article topics to editors, communicating writing opportunities to attorneys on an ongoing basis, overseeing the writing, editing, and publication of byline articles, writing press releases, and researching media outlets for future publicity efforts, including monitoring editorial calendars of relevant national, local, and trade publications. I am also actively involved with the firm's social media procedures and guide its presence on Twitter.  Before joining the firm's Marketing and Business Development team at the firm, I worked as a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to that position, I served as Deputy Press Secretary for California Senator Barbara Boxer and Press Secretary for Maryland Congressman Albert Wynn. I began my career in 2005 as a press intern for New York Senator Charles Schumer soon after graduating from UVA with an English degree. With eight years of overall press experience in both the private sector and in government, I have provided guidance, with regard to messaging opportunities, for attorneys as well as members of Congress.

At UVA, one of my favorite courses was Studies in Poetry: Contemporary Poetry with Jahan Ramazani. I was able to fine tune my writing skills while exploring modern poetry, one of my favorite hobbies.