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The National Association of Government Communicators began among federal communicators in Washington, D.C., shortly after World War II, at a time when government communicators faced a threat to their existence. NAGC was officially founded in 1976, with David Brown as the first NAGC president. The first national communications school was held the following September and during the next year in 1977 under the leadership of Joseph J. Carvajal.

The National Association of Government Communicators is dedicated to advocating, promoting and recognizing excellence in government communication. NAGC is dedicated to providing opportunities for individual professional development and career advancement, enhancing effective communication with constituents, and advancing the profession of government communication. The principal purpose of NAGC is to advance communication as an essential professional resource at every level of local, state, tribal and national government.

Membership is open to anyone performing communications duties within a government entity, whether they are a public information officer, speechwriter, web master, social media expert or any other role that advances the message of the agency or organization for which they work.


Pictured to the right is 1977 NAGC president Joseph J. Carvajal, Sr. (1931-2009). Carvajal was a Captain in World War II and served as a Merchant Marine Skipper. After his time in Service, he became a Director and Scriptwriter for federal government documentary films, videos, public service announcements and radio tapes. He served as the Press Attache in the American Embassay in Bangkok, Thailand from 1967-1969 and was as a Public Information Officer in Washington, D.C for many years.