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NAGC Supports the Public’s Special Trust in Government Communicators

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Name: Scott Thomsen
NAGC Affiliation: NAGC President
Member Since: 2008 

Biography: Scott Thomsen currently serves as the Director of Communications for Seattle City Light and began his career in government communications in 2007 after his first career in journalism. 

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Being a government communicator involves a special trust by the public. They trust that you will work for them, look out for their interests and communicate with them honestly.

When I became a government communicator in 2007 after my first career in journalism, I recognized the responsibility that came with the job and honoring that special trust.

As I looked around for professional associations that would support me in my new role, I found a lot of groups with talented, experienced professionals that addressed communications and public relations strategies and tactics. However, most did not address the higher level of accountability and ethics demanded of communicators working in the public sector.

Then I discovered the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) through the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards.

I was immediately impressed by the showcase of excellent work by government communications pros at all levels across the country. I got great feedback on my entry and was inspired with lots of ideas from the winners.

As I dug deeper, I quickly saw NAGC’s commitment to ethics and transparency in communications as a means of supporting good government for the people it serves. Training and professional development opportunities in webinars and Communications School were tailored to the work I was doing.

This was the organization for me.

At first, I was content to enjoy those benefits of my membership until I realized that NAGC had opportunities for me to demonstrate my skills as I continued to grow. I volunteered to help with a website rebuild. Next, I was recruited to run for the board of directors. After two terms as Communications Director, I was elected president-elect and now have the pleasure of serving you as your NAGC president.

Throughout it all, I have seen great dedication to advocating for good government communications, recognizing that work and helping members develop professionally so they can do more of that excellent work. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the members who have volunteered on NAGC task forces and the volunteer board of directors that continues to grow the association.  

There are many people who are quick to blame the messenger. NAGC is an organization that stands up for you, the government messengers who are working every day to support their communities.
The coronavirus pandemic has shown how important your work is. You are educating people about how they can stay safe and protect others so they can make good decisions. You are providing facts in an era of opinion and calm amid digital chaos.

That’s why NAGC matters to me. If through my service here, I can help you do your jobs even a little bit better, then I have contributed to better government and delivered on that special trust from the public.

I hope you see the value of an NAGC membership and will join me – or continue to join me – in the association’s mission to advance our profession.


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