Thrillist Parent Company Hires Political Veteran as P.R. Chief (Exclusive)

Group Nine Media
Group Nine Media's Thrillist.

April Mellody handled communications for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Group Nine Media, the parent company of Thrillist, NowThis, and The Dodo, has hired experienced political communications hand April Mellody to serve as head of corporate communications for the digital media company.

Mellody worked as an assistant press secretary during the Clinton administration and most recently ran communications for the committee that put on the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

"As Group Nine continues to grow and evolve, it's more important than ever to have the right communications infrastructure in place to keep the team aligned and our mission focused," chief executive Ben Lerer said in a prepared statement.

Mellody joined the company last week and will report directly to Lerer.

"I could not be more excited to join Ben and Group Nine's family of uplifting, category-defining brands," Mellody said in a statement. "No one understands how to inspire engagement and foster passion better than this dynamic team. They are truly building the future of media and I am thrilled to join them on this venture."

Mellody is not the first political communicator to join a prominent digital media company. Jake Goldman, Vice Media's vp-communications, worked for then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and James Allen ran comms for between stints flacking for then-Newark Mayor Corey Booker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.