Bucs hire Jonathan Grella as Director of Communications
The Bucs named Jonathan Grella, a Washington, D.C., public relations professional with over a decade of working in the political realm, as their Director of Communications.
Grella served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy for Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) and its spin-off, the Electricfication Coalition (EC). Previously, he was Vice-President of Media Relations at Edelman Public Relations.
He has not worked in sports but said he has a passion for professional football.
The Bucs hired Ari Fleisher, the former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, as a consultant to compile a list of candidates.
"I'm excited by the prospect of marrying my passion for football with my expertise in communications,'' Grella said. "I'm humbled by this unique opportunity, eager to get immersed in this team and fan base and look forward to working closely with the media.''
Grella replaces Jeff Kamis, who left the team after 10 seasons in April. He will begin his tenure May 17.
"We're thrilled to welcome Jonathan and his wife, Lauren, to Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers organization,'' said general manager Mark Dominik. "We're confident Jonathan's professional savvy, outgoing personality and love for football will combine to make an outstanding addition to our team.''