Dena Iverson is DDOT’s Chief of External Affairs managing public information, community engagement and policy and legislative affairs teams for the agency. She brings more than a decade of experience in government communications, having served as the spokesperson for multiple large government agencies at the local and federal level. Ms. Iverson most recently served as press secretary and senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice where she led the department’s communications strategy on civil rights and criminal justice reform issues.
Prior to her role as press secretary and senior advisor, Ms. Iverson was the spokesperson for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division where she oversaw communications during one of the busiest and highest-profile periods in the division’s history, including the division's response to events in Ferguson, Mo., Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore, Md. Her work on the team responding to the events in Ferguson earned her the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the department’s highest award for employee performance.
Before the Justice Department, Ms. Iverson worked in government communications for the District of Columbia at a number of departments. First joining the DC government in the Executive Office of Mayor Adrian Fenty. As Mayor Fenty's press secretary, Ms. Iverson focused on public safety agencies and agencies dealing with crises. As Director of Communications for the DC Department of Health, she oversaw media and community relations during the H1N1 response. Ms. Iverson has also served as press secretary for DC Public Schools. Originally from New York City, Ms. Iverson began her career in public service as the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council. Ms. Iverson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Oberlin College.