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Compass Brings on Former Barnes Chief of Staff as Director of Government and Public Relations

Compass Advocacy announced this week that Addison Pruitt, former chief of staff to Del. Darryl Barnes (D-Prince George’s), is joining the Annapolis lobbying firm.

Pruitt, who joined the company on Monday, will be director of government and public relations.

He will work as a lobbyist for Compass’ government relations arm, and also with clients of Compass’ growing communications office, Compass Public Relations & Consulting Partners. There he will provide creative services and work on digital campaigns.

Pruitt has an extensive background in communications and marketing, and most recently worked in the communications office of the U.S. Architect of the Capitol.

“Addison Pruitt is a rising star in Annapolis,” Barnes, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, said in a statement. “His ability to connect with people through communications and policy will provide an immediate impact to Compass simply because for three years, Addison successfully implemented key digital and legislative strategies for my office to strengthen engagement with constituents across District 25 and the state of Maryland.”

Hannah Powers Garagiola, Compass president and founder, lauded Pruitt’s “savvy understanding of Annapolis and how adept he is at the legislative process,” in a statement.

Founded in 2018, Compass — through lobbying, communications and legal practices — represents renewable energy companies, patient advocacy groups, business interests and nonprofits.

“I’m very impressed with how in not quite three years Compass has become one of the most respected and well-connected advocacy firms in Annapolis,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Their focus on client results and team-oriented approach has quickly set a high standard. I am really looking forward to joining this team of skilled professionals and helping Compass clients with my legislative experience and relationships in Annapolis and across the state.”

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