Laboratory integrates its communications with the announcement of three positions

Jan. 22, 2009

Laboratory integrates its communications with the announcement of three positions

In an effort to integrate communications, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has created a new office of Government and External Relations, overseeing the Lab’s offices of Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs Office and Protocol.

Bill Bruner, formerly of NASA, has been selected as Director of Government and External Relations, James A. Bono, formerly of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has been named Director of the Public Affairs Office and Scott Kopple, formerly of the National Nuclear Security Administration, joins the Laboratory as congressional liaison.

“The integration of these functions will strengthen communications between the Laboratory, our community, the media and all levels of government,” said Lab Director George Miller. “The diverse expertise that Bill, Jim and Scott bring to their positions will meet the needs of the Laboratory, and I am pleased to have them join our team.”

As Government and External Relations Director, Bruner will be responsible for strengthening Laboratory relations with all levels of government, the public and other stakeholders. He also will oversee the Laboratory’s Public Affairs and Protocol offices. Bruner will report to Laboratory Director George Miller and will be a member of the Laboratory’s senior management team.

“I am looking forward to tapping into Bill’s experience at NASA, which is world renowned for its public outreach and responsive government communications,” Miller said.

Bruner has 25 years of experience in strategic communications, government affairs, strategic planning and national security policy. Prior to joining the Lab, Bruner served as Deputy Chief of Strategic Communications, and as Assistant Administrator for Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs at NASA. From 2001-2004 he was the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Bruner is a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force, and served as an issues expert on the personal staff of the Secretary of the Air Force.

As Director of Public Affairs, Bono will report to the Director of Government and External Relations and serve as a key adviser to Laboratory senior management. Bono will oversee the Lab’s Media and Employee Communications, as well as its Community Relations and Education Outreach programs.

“Jim has diverse and comprehensive communications experience that will provide leadership and counsel to accomplish our communication objectives,” Miller said.

Bono brings 25 years of experience in the communication industry, with expertise in science, government, environmental and legal subject matter.

Prior to joining the Lab, Bono served as Director of Public Affairs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. From 2001-2007 he held a key position as Deputy Inspector General within the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General. Bono also worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and served in various positions in local and national television news.

As congressional liaison, Kopple will join Christie Schomer, LLNL’s Director of Congressional Affairs, to support the Laboratory’s efforts in strengthening effective congressional communications in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy, and will provide subject matter expertise and analysis in responding to congressional interest in LLNL’s programmatic activities.  He will be based in Washington, DC.

Kopple was at the Department of Energy/NNSA, serving as the NNSA Director of Congressional Affairs since 2006.  Prior to that he was a staff member with the U.S. House Government Reform Committee.

“The Laboratory enjoyed a three and half year relationship with Scott while he was at NNSA, and I am confident his experience will serve this Laboratory well in building upon our responsiveness to congressional requests,” Miller said.