The wait is over. Nearly five months after announcing a search for their first “government liaison,” Twitter has hired Adam Sharp as their first D.C.-based employee. The C-SPAN executive producer for digital services announced his appointment appropriately enough with a tweet:
Sharp told the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that his role will not include lobbying or issue advocacy, but instead will focus on “working with members of Congress and the Executive Branch” to help “use Twitter as a vehicle for constituents.” He’s expected to begin his new role, officially titled “manager of government and political partnerships” (according to Twitter general council Alex Macgillivray), on November 29th.
Sharp’s LinkedIn profile shows previous experience as deputy chief of staff for Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), and manager of eBusiness & digitization at NBC News. He also spent nearly three years at a video production firm where he produced or edited more than 100 informational segments for the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
With Twitter planning no other D.C.-based positions at this time, Sharp will have a big job ahead of him with lots of ground to cover in the coming months (especially as his charge will include government beyond the Beltway and beyond the U.S. as well).
My guess is the community will welcome him with open arms, and that given the rising import of Twitter as an information channel, having a dedicated resource for the public sector will prove beneficial to all (hopefully including the GovTwit directory, TweetCongress and other government Twitter lists).
Additional coverage of Sharp’s appointment:
Twitter Staffs Up in Washington D.C. #EmpireGrowing – Huffington Post
Twitter Hires Ex-Senate Aid to Its First D.C. Post – Washington Post
Twitter Makes a Capital Hire – Wall Street Journal, All Things Digital
Twitter Makes First D.C. Hire – The Hill
Twitter Hires C-SPAN Executive as DC staffer – Vator.tv
Twitter Snags C-SPANS Sharp – Fishbowl DC
Twitter Hires Adam Sharp to Spread Twitter in Washington – SocialTimes