ICF International Announces the Hire of Christine Cimko
Expert in National Security Communications and Public Diplomacy
Washington, DC, October 4, 2006 -
ICF International announced today that Christine Kelley Cimko has joined the firm as a senior vice president of strategic communications specializing in defense, homeland security, and public diplomacy. Ms. Cimko has more than 35 years of experience working in public affairs, public relations, communications, and politics. She is a highly regarded public affairs strategist, senior counselor, and spokeswoman, and has served in a variety of senior public policy and communications positions on Capitol Hill; with the U.S. Department of Defense, Senate Armed Services Committee, and Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission; and in executive positions at well-known international public relations firms.
A respected expert in public education campaigns, Ms. Cimko designed and executed the landmark National Capital Region Citizen Preparedness Campaign, one of the first such campaigns funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Urban Area Security Initiative. Ms. Cimko also chaired the Local Outreach Committee when she served on the Virginia Commission on Military Bases. In her role at ICF, Ms. Cimko will provide defense and national security clients with a strong knowledge of defense communications, defense management and acquisition, and defense policymaking.
"Ms. Cimko’s unsurpassed expertise in designing and directing high-visibility public affairs campaigns, and effective media and messaging strategies is a vital asset to our clients," says Sudhakar Kesavan, Chief Executive Officer at ICF.
Before joining ICF, Ms. Cimko served as managing director in public affairs at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm, where she also led the company’s defense and homeland security practice. She previously led the Image and International Affairs group in the Washington office of Edelman. Ms. Cimko has worked for a range of diverse clients, including The Panama Canal Authority, Raytheon, Girl Scouts of the USA, Fujifilm USA, The Conference Board, Sodexho USA, Singapore Technologies, Rheinmetall, the US-China Education Foundation, and Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems.
"It is my great fortune that my areas of specialization—defense and homeland security communications, and public diplomacy—are a strong priority for ICF and its clients, and I am delighted to join the ICF team," says Cimko.
Ms. Cimko currently serves as a director of the Armed Services YMCA and Child Trends. She is a founding member of Rural TeleHealth Solutions, LLC, a joint venture that provides telemedicine services to Native Americans living on reservations.