|Alia is a longtime public relations and public affairs professional with more than 25 years of experience. She specializes in public affairs, legislative initiatives, crisis communications and the media. She is a skilled professional spokesperson and has outstanding crisis management skills, having represented a host of state agencies and a broad cross-section of national clients. Alia has extensive relationships with the media and throughout state government.
Prior to joining H+K, Alia served as managing director of a Florida-based public relations and public affairs firm from 2007 to 2013. Before that, she served as Governor Jeb Bush’s press secretary and communications director from 2002 to 2007. In her role as chief spokesperson for Governor Bush, she also managed communications at 18 state agencies including the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, and Agency for Health Care Administration. Alia also served as the chief crisis communications spokesperson during the unprecedented 2005 and 2006 hurricane seasons in Florida. As a former television news producer and reporter and former Governor Jeb Bush’s longest-serving communications director, Alia has covered the capitol and legislative issues for more than two decades.
She is a multiple Emmy award-winning producer, a 2009 winner of the national PR News Legal PR Award for Media Relations During Litigation or Crisis, and winner of the 2009 Bronze Bulldog Award for Best Crisis Communications. Alia holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida State University in political science and psychology. She also is a member of Leadership Florida, Class of XXVI.