Kara Alaimo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. She is author of "Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication" (Routledge, 2016). From 2012-2013, Alaimo was Head of Communications for the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a group of heads of state and other eminent thinkers convened to recommend the world's next plan for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama as Spokesperson for International Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department, where she communicated global economic diplomacy initiatives, including America’s bilateral economic relationships; engagement in multilateral institutions including the G-20, World Bank, and IMF; and international monetary, trade, development, environmental, and energy policy. In this capacity, she also served as media adviser to Jim Yong Kim during his successful 2012 campaign for the World Bank Presidency. Alaimo also previously served as the first Press Secretary of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Global Media Coordinator for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and as a spokesperson for New York City economic development initiatives during the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Alaimo continues to serve as an independent communications consultant and is a member of the board of the World Communication Forum in Davos. To read her work, follow her Twitter handle, @karalaaimo, and visit her website at www.karaalaimo.com.