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Joseph Catapano

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, North America

United States of America

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Joe is part of ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement team, coordinating ICANN’s engagement with regional stakeholders in the private sector, technical community, academia and public interest organizations. Joe works closely with the Communications and Policy teams to draft position papers and outreach materials to be used in furtherance of the GSE team’s mission and objectives in North America.

Prior to his association with ICANN, Joe was a Communications Officer at the United Nations Foundation. He also has held communications positions previously at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and Pfizer, Inc. Joe obtained his MA in Government from American University and his BA in Communications from Quinnipiac University.

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    Coordinator for Global Stakeholder Engagement, North America - Internet

    01 September 2013 - Present

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    United Nations Foundation

    Communications Officer - International Affairs

    Strategically budget for, plan, and oversee all traditional and online communications for the Foundation’s United Nations Association (UNA) program; support communications for the public policy department as well as pan-Foundation public relations campaigns; supply UNA’s grassroots membership with the outreach tools needed to conduct advocacy on behalf of the United Nations Draft all UNA communications collateral, including: fact sheets, talking points, press releases, presentations, remarks for UNA Executive Director and, in accordance with Foundation events, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ted Turner, and Foundation President, Sen. Tim Wirth Supervise Online Communications Associate and online newsmagazine Editor Oversee all email and social media activity, including newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Managed complete web redesigns of main UNA website and newsmagazine website Proactively pitch media for coverage of major UNA events throughout the year, including activities surrounding the UN General Assembly, UN Day, and Human Rights Day Managed building of communications apparatus as UNA came under the banner of the Foundation

    01 August 2011 - 01 September 2013

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    American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

    Senior Communications and Social Media Specialist - Pharmaceuticals

    Conducted all Public Relations activities for the association, and maintained all association social media channels: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. PR activities included pitching media, writing press releases, op-eds, and speeches.

    01 August 2009 - 01 August 2011

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    US Government

    Public Affairs Intern - Government Administration

    - Write, edit, compile, and distribute departmental newsletter - Select and edit photos and graphics for newsletter

    01 March 2009 - 01 August 2009

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    Communications Assistant - Pharmaceuticals

    - Strategic, Operations and Communications for Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences division - Wrote, edited, compiled articles for division-wide employee newsletter - Assisted in branding activities - Web site construction/maintenance

    01 September 2006 - 01 February 2009

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    National Public Radio

    Intern - Broadcast Media

    01 January 2009 - 01 January 2009

  • Clear Channel

    Promotions Representative - Broadcast Media

    01 September 2003 - 01 August 2005

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