Valley native, who’s former Malloy spokesman, joins P.R. firm

Andrew Doba, an Ansonia native and former communications director and senior adviser to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has joined a New York-based public relations firm that is expanding to Connecticut.

Doba will join the strategic communications firm Stu Loeser & Co., led by the former spokesman for three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The company has taken space at the Stamford Innovation Center. It is headquartered in Manhattan.

“When the opportunity came to join Stu’s firm, I jumped at it,” Doba said. “I’ve known Stu for a number of years. He’s one of the best in the business.

“And his team not only understands modern communications, but also successfully delivers for clients in the nation’s toughest media market,” Doba said.

‘Smart strategies’

Loeser said he’s excited to have Doba join the firm. “I watched with admiration as Doba’s deft storytelling skills and smart strategies helped Gov. Malloy lead Connecticut through some rough waters,” Loeser said. “I'm thrilled that he is now going to help fuel our firm's strong growth.”

Stu Loeser & Co. helps tech companies, financial institutions and others navigate New York's highly competitive media market and the national media based there.

Stu Loeser was Mayor Bloomberg’s chief spokesman for nearly seven years, longer than any mayoral spokesman in New York City history. He opened his own media strategy firm after leaving the Bloomberg administration.

Doba promoted Malloy’s policies

As Malloy’s communications director, Doba was the governor’s top spokesperson and the architect of public relations efforts designed to advance the governor’s priorities.

This included having Connecticut become the first state in the nation to pass a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, and the push to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

In his state position, Doba directly managed — or had oversight of — nearly 100 people in 30 state agencies, quasi-public entities and other cabinet level positions.

Social media presence

He also was credited with expanding the state’s presence on social media, something The New York Times pointed to as an example of effective and innovative message management during Super Storm Sandy.

Doba previously worked for Bloomberg’s mayoral re-election campaign in 2009, in addition to other campaigns and government positions.