Veteran Group Will Drive POC’s Coronavirus Accountability, Advocacy Work

Washington, DC — Protect Our Care today is launching a Coronavirus War Room with a veteran group of operatives to drive its accountability and advocacy efforts on the coronavirus crisis with a focus on President Trump’s ongoing failure to prepare the nation for this pandemic.

Zac Petkanas, a former communications adviser to Hillary Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who has been involved in a host of other political and advocacy campaigns, will serve as Coronavirus War Room Director.

Patrick Devlin, a former Communications Director to Majority Whip James Clyburn who has three decades of experience as senior aide on both sides of Capitol Hill, will serve as Senior Communications Adviser to the war room.

Sarah Chase, a former Research Associate on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for president and a former Deputy Research Director for Protect Our Care, will serve as Research Director for the Coronavirus War Room.

“Today’s launch marks an important effort in Protect Our Care’s work to inform the American people about the science and facts about the coronavirus and to educate the public on the Trump’s administration’s ongoing failure to provide honest information and listen to the experts and the science,” said Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care. “As a result America does not have the testing it needs, our health care workers don’t have the equipment they need, and our hospitals are not prepared.”

“This team has a wealth of know-how, experience and expertise and with the coronavirus crisis, which has been exacerbated by President Trump’s failure to prepare, we need the best in the business working on advocacy efforts to hold President Trump accountable for his failure to lead,” said Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director of Protect Our Care.

More personnel announcements are expected in the coming days including in key states around the country beginning with Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The Coronavirus War Room will work closely with partners in the health care and progressive communities and will benefit from and partner with the full resources of Protect Our Care’s current operations.