WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2014) – The R Street Institute is pleased to announce it has hired Nicole Roeberg to serve as director of communications, effective Feb. 10. She takes on the communications duties previously performed by Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann, who has been promoted to become R Street’s editor-in-chief.

Nicole joins R Street from the Daily Caller, where she has served for the past two years as director of communications and public affairs, booking the site’s reporters and editors on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC and major syndicated radio shows like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Michael Savage. In addition, she has served as the company’s spokesperson; pitched Daily Caller stories for attention at major online and print publications; and has overseen outreach to groups like Americans for Tax Reform, the Heritage Foundation and congressional groups.

“Nicole brings to R Street a wealth of experience and connections that we expect will significantly boost our public profile, particularly in broadcast media,” R Street President Eli Lehrer said. “When we started this search, we could never have imagined we’d find a candidate who not only has contacts at all of the major news shows, but who has lobbied on flood insurance reform and been thanked by Aaron Sorkin at the Academy Awards.”

Nicole’s previous experience includes six years in Hollywood, serving as a publicist with Prime Public Relations and a media and publicity director with the Endeavor Agency and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Earlier in her career, she served as a legislative associate with the Financial Services Coordinating Council and as director of federal affairs with the American Insurance Association, where she worked on the legislation that would become the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a respected organization as R Street,” Roeberg said. “I’m eager to help broaden the reach and visibility of the important work R Street is doing, and particularly glad to have found a home where I can put my previous experience in insurance issues to work.”

Nicole is a 2000 graduate from George Washington University, with a degree in business administration. She lives in Washington, D.C.