Laura Lucas Magnuson, a former National Security Council assistant press secretary at the White House, has joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as its first director of media relations. In this role, she will spearhead communications efforts and facilitate all media outreach for Council events, publications and experts, as well as for visiting dignitaries and hosted thought leaders.
Lucas Magnuson comes to the Council from the U.S. Department of State, where from 2003 to 2014 she held a series of key public affairs and diplomatic positions in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, she served as a spokesperson and director for strategic communications at the National Security Council, advising senior White House leaders on messaging issues related to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Europe and Russia, cybersecurity and international economics.
Previously, Lucas Magnuson held communications positions in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; served as a special assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; worked on NATO cyber, energy, space and Arctic policy issues; and served overseas in the U.S. embassies in Prague and Kathmandu.
“I am delighted Laura has accepted our offer to become our new director of media relations. In her 11 years with the U.S. Department of State, she oversaw communications and media outreach across a variety of high-profile foreign policy issues,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “I look forward to the global perspective Laura will bring to Council communications efforts.”
Lucas Magnuson has a B.A. from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.