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Anthony D. Coley, Former Director, Office of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Attorney General

Anthony Coley was sworn-in as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs on Feb. 3, 2021. In this role, he provided communications counsel to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and served as the Department’s chief spokesman. Coley was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Treasury Department’s Office of Public Affairs from July 2011 – January 2015.

Previously, he served as communications director and chief spokesman for U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He has also held top communications posts for U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine, and U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr.

In the New Jersey Statehouse, Coley was press secretary to the Governor and later Director of Public Communications for the State.

In addition to his public service, Coley has held various roles in the private sector, including at a global communications consultancy and a financial services trade association.

Coley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a Masters of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University. He is a proud native of LaGrange, North Carolina.

Dates of Service: 
2021 to 2023
Updated January 18, 2023