Cory Bythrow, AFGE’s Communications Director, is focused on increasing AFGE’s visibility in the print/broadcast media, increasing training opportunities for membership and staff and integrating the union’s message across its many communications platforms. He believes that AFGE’s message is only as strong as the number of dedicated unionists and supporters amplifying it. If the message, timing, and dissemination is right, Cory believes AFGE members can change the world. Originally from Boston, MA, Cory is a diehard fan of his beloved Syracuse Orange basketball team.
Tim Kauffman has been a Communications Specialist at AFGE for three years, and works on Defense and legislative issues. Tim’s favorite part of working at AFGE is serving our members, and feeling like we are doing something that benefits working people. He would advise someone looking to become more involved in social media to reach out and make connections with those who have similar interests. Originally from Charleston, S.C., Tim is a classically trained pianist and enjoys cooking when not in the office.
Chelsea Bland is a Communications Specialist at AFGE, who works primarily on Veterans Affairs issues and social media. She has worked at AFGE for four years, and her favorite part of working at AFGE is the great work environment, and the opportunity it gives her to be “in the know” about the issues facing our members. Because social media is constantly changing, Chelsea enjoys being able to introduce its use to AFGE members and exploring new ways it can serve as a valuable asset to the union movement. Chelsea thinks the coolest thing about social media is that it lets you connect with people around the corner or around the world. The speed and immediacy of social media and social networking allow for broad connections and access to new, unfiltered information and opportunities instantly. Originally from Fayetteville, N.C., many would be surprised to know that Chelsea has a twin sister, volunteered as a tour guide at the Newseum and has a black belt in karate.
Sydney Glass, Communications Specialist, has been with AFGE’s Communications Department for two years, and loves the teamwork atmosphere and opportunities for growth exhibited at AFGE. Sydney’s advice for someone looking to become more involved with social media is to start with Facebook and Twitter, while being mindful that anything posted is publicly accessible and a representation of the person or entity providing the content. Originally from Washington, D.C., Sydney teaches ballet to young girls and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Brett W. Copeland joined AFGE in January 2014 to focus on the main website and assists with communications for the Social Security Administration. Brett is committed to helping show how AFGE members and other government employees make an impact on the United States through rich stories on the AFGE website. Brett’s tips for telling a great story online include snapping great photos, shooting clear video and writing concise text. Originally from Spirit Lake, Iowa, Brett enjoys experimenting with different cooking styles when not in the office.
Alex Palombo joined AFGE in March 2014 as a Communications Specialist focusing on e-mail marketing & mobilization, and will focus on work with the Bureau of Prisons. She looks forward to connecting AFGE members across the country on issues that matter to them. Alex was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and sings with the Congressional Chorus in her spare time. She also competes in the District Karaoke league, and serves as their communications team.
Jan Crawford joined the AFGE COMM Squad in February 2014. She is a great addition to the team and works on assisting the staff with daily projects. Jan also produces and distributes a weekly compilation of media hits to key members of the organization, and works directly with assisting AFGE members with their concerns.