WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), has announced the hiring of former West Virginia Deputy Secretary of State Stephen N. Reed to the position of communications director for the national organization.
“We are pleased to welcome Stephen to our staff,” said Reynolds.
“In particular, he will help us assist the secretaries of state and their staffs with an evolving set of communications and policy issues. His blend of government and communications experience will make him a valued team member for us.”
A native of Kingwood in Preston County, Reed served as West Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of State under Ken Hechler shortly after graduating from the WVU College of Law. He later covered state government as capitol correspondent for the WV MetroNews Radio Network and co-hosted popular local and state radio programs for MetroNews and its parent company. More recently, Reed has written editorials and columns for the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Since then, Reed has served in strategic communications capacities for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.; Middleton Place Foundation in Charleston, SC; and Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, based in Atlanta, GA.
“I have a great appreciation for NASS and for the work of the secretaries of state offices around the country,” Reed said.
“Their diligence in areas including elections and voting, state business services, and digital archiving is impressive and without unnecessary fanfare. That’s typically the way the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is run and continues today under Secretary Mac Warner. The office tends to attract leaders with a deep commitment to the democratic process.”
Secretary Warner was pleased to recommend Reed for the position.
"Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to NASS. I know that he'll be an asset to the organization," Warner said.
Founded in 1904, NASS is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. Based in Washington, D.C., NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. For more information, go to NASS.org