Media Relations & Public Affairs Associate
Ray Feldmann is an accomplished communications professional with 25+ years’ experience in the public affairs field, with a particular focus on media relations. His work with Chesapeake clients includes media campaign development, story and Op-Ed placement, media training, community outreach and crisis communications.
A former print journalist, Ray served as media spokesperson for several Maryland state government agencies including the departments of environment, juvenile justice, and transportation. During his 12-year career with the state, Ray also served as press secretary for Governor Parris Glendening and Governor Robert Ehrlich.
Following his work for the state, Ray held a series of increasingly responsible communications and media relations positions with the Washington, DC Metro transit system. As Metro’s media point person during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was frequently interviewed by local, national, and international media regarding transit safety, security, and terrorism.
In the private sector, Ray was a senior public relations manager at a Maryland-based communications firm that specialized in media relations, government relations, community relations, and crisis communication. Ray successfully managed accounts with several state and local government clients, including the Maryland Department of Transportation. He was responsible for all public communications for the controversial Intercounty Connector Highway project.
Ray later served as Senior Director of Communications at Towson University, where he developed successful media relations strategies, advised senior leadership, and personally participated in interviews with numerous local and national media outlets including TIME magazine and ABC News. He successfully managed communications during a nine-hour student protest in the university president’s office, resulting in positive articles and editorials in local and national publications. While working at Towson, Ray also taught classes in public relations, social media strategy, and crisis communication.
Ray is also active in the Annapolis community. He holds a senior leadership post with St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, served as vice president and president of the West Annapolis Elementary School PTA, and is currently president of the Bates Middle School PTA. He also serves on a communications advisory council for Maryland Senator Sarah Elfreth (District 30A).
Ray lives in Annapolis with his wife, Christine Duray Feldmann, and their two children.