The National Association of Counties (NACo) is pleased to welcome Fred Wong as its new director of communications. Wong joins NACo after having served several key roles in the Obama administration – at the White House, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“NACo provides invaluable leadership in achieving healthy, vibrant and safe counties across America,” said Wong. “I’m excited to elevate the stories of public servants who are making real change across this country.”
As director of communications, Wong leads the organization’s digital communications, media relations and messaging efforts.
“Fred brings a wealth of experience to the effort of advocating on behalf of strong communities,” said Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director. “Fred’s expertise and dedication to good government will serve counties well.”
Wong previously was public engagement advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he served a key role in communicating the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He additionally served communications assignments at the USAID Missions in Nigeria and the West Bank and Gaza.
Prior to this, he worked at the White House in the Presidential Personnel Office, managing appointments to President Barack Obama’s administration at federal agencies, boards and commissions focused on domestic issues.
Earlier, he served as a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and in the public affairs office of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies and politics from New York University.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.