TRENTON, NJ – Dan Bryan will be a new point person for communicating the long-term initiatives for Gov. Phil Murphy's Administration internally, the governor's office announced this week in a press release.
Bryan is a current Maplewood residents and a former resident of Ringwood. He is currently the press secretary to the governor and is being promoted to the senior advisor for strategic communications, the governor's office announced this week. Bryan is one of several people who Murphy either promoted or newly-hired to lead his communications team.
In the new role, Bryan will be a strategic communications point person for the adminstration's long-term initiatives. He will be responsible for inter-departmental coordination and getting groups to support the governor's priorities. Current Deputy Press Secretary to the Governor Alyana Alfaro Post will be promoted to press secretary. Alfaro Post lives is Plainsboro.
“Dan and Alyana have been vital in helping us communicate our accomplishments, and I’m thrilled they’ll continue to serve our administration in their new senior roles,” said Murphy. “And, with the additions of new key staff, our administration will continue to keep the public informed and work collaboratively and professionally with the press.”
Before his role as press secretary, Bryan was communications director for Transition2018, Governor-elect Murphy's gubernatorial transition committee. He served the Murphy for Governor campaign as a senior advisor for communications and political outreach, a role which included spearheading the campaign's digital outreach operations.
Previously, Bryan served as Chief of Staff to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer from 2009 to 2015. He graduated from the University of Scranton and Don Bosco Prep.
Alfaro Post will serve as the administration's chief spokesperson and will manage the governor's press operation. Previously, she served as press aide to the governor. From 2015 to 2017, Alfaro Post served as a politics reporter for Observer New Jersey, covering local, state, and national politics in the Garden State. She previously served as a freelance journalist and as specialty editor for the monthly medical journal Federal Practitioner. Alfaro Post received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and a Masters of Arts in Multimedia Journalism from New York University.
Other newly-hired employees or freelancers include Joanne Sidoti will be the deputy speechwriter, Megan Coyne will serve as a digital assistant, and Mahen Gunaratna will continue to lead the communications team as the governor's communications director.
Sidoti has served as assistant editor of The Living Pulpit Journal in New York City and as associate pastor at Flatbush Reformed Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. For the past two years, she has served as Director of Outreach for Assemblyman Gary Schaer. Sidoti received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut and has a graduate degree from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She currently lives in Wyckoff.
Coyne is the immediate past-president of the College Democrats of New Jersey and a 2019 graduate of Rutgers University. She has served as a communications intern for the governor's office since the start of the administration. Coyne is a native of Livingston.