Gov. Phil Murphy has promoted press secretary Dan Bryan to serve as a senior advisor for strategic communications to the governor and has named Alyana Alfaro Post to serve as press secretary.
The reshuffling of the front office communications shop shifts Bryan from day-to-day responsibilities of fielding reporters’ questions and into a top strategic post as Murphy approaches his mid-term election and more aggressively battles factions of the Democratic Party.
Joanne Sidoti, a former director of outreach for Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), is joining Murphy’s staff as deputy speechwriter. Megan Coyne, a former president of the College Democrats of New Jersey, will work in the communications office as a digital assistant.
Alfaro Post spent 2 ½ years as a political reporter at Observer Media/PolitickerNJ before joining the governor’s staff in January 2018.
Mahen Gunaratna remains as Murphy’s communications director.
“Dan and Alyana have been vital in helping us communicate our accomplishments, and I’m thrilled they’ll continue to serve our administration in their new senior roles,” Murphy said. “And, with the additions of new key staff, our administration will continue to keep the public informed and work collaboratively and professionally with the press.”