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Rebekah Mena

Public Information Officer, Executive Office of Mayor Marty Small, Sr.
City of Atlantic City, NJ

A passionate and highly motivated communications professional, Rebekah Mena serves as the Public Information Officer for the Executive Office of Mayor Marty Small, Sr. in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As the PIO, Rebekah oversees the internal and external communications efforts for the seaside gaming and resort capital of the East Coast, which hosts over 27 million visitors a year. Rebekah utilizes social and traditional media, community engagement, and public facing websites to communicate steady-state and emergency information to help residents and visitors make informed decisions.

Prior to returning to her home state, Ms. Mena served as the Deputy Chief, Public Affairs for the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). While at HSEMA, Rebekah oversaw media relations, the launch and execution of the agency’s podcast, and the management of the agency’s social media channels during high-profile events, such as the 59th Presidential Inauguration, the Insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Washington Nationals World Series Championship Parade, and first amendment demonstrations like the March for our Lives.

Ms. Mena holds a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and master’s degree in communication management and public relations from the University of Denver.

Rebekah Mena’s Session

Tips for the Solo PIO

This session will cover tools, tips, and techniques to support the solo PIO and/or a small communications team.

Takeaways include:

  • Building a checklist or standard operating procedure to help accomplish all assigned duties and responsibilities of the PIO
  • Creative ways to finding back-ups and support to allow for time off and attention to mental health
  • Tools to aid with the management of social media and traditional media coverage
  • Tips for evergreen content on social media and ways to implement automation tools
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