Linda Schoumacher Rozett
As vice president for Communications at the American Petroleum Institute since April 2010, Linda Schoumacher Rozett is responsible for analyzing issues of importance to the U.S. oil and natural gas industry, and identifying communications messages, audiences, priorities and goals.
Ms. Rozett combines a dozen years as an ABC News producer, covering a range of business and political news, with more than a dozen years as a communications expert, managing complex and high visibility campaigns for four business organizations, serving as a strategic adviser to CEOs, policymakers, and a presidential campaign.
Previously, Ms. Rozett ran her own public relations company, FirstWord Strategies, where she developed and executed successful communications strategies on issues of public concern, including: immigration, energy, trade, piracy and counterfeiting, and government regulation.
Ms. Rozett served as communications director for Senator Fred Thompson’s presidential exploratory committee in 2007, where she established communications capabilities for the nascent campaign committee, including media, research, and web-based outreach.
Prior to serving with Senator Thompson, she was chief of staff and senior vice president of Communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. She also worked for two national energy trade associations: the Edison Electric Institute and the Natural Gas Supply Association.
Ms. Rozett began her career with ABC News. During her thirteen years as a broadcast journalist, she held a number of senior producer positions, including two years as a field producer in ABC’s Chicago bureau for World News Tonight and two years as the Washington, D.C., editorial producer for Good Morning America (News).
She holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in English.