Thomas J. Basile
Former Senior Press Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
Thomas J. Basile served as a Senior Press Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He was a member of the Office of Strategic Communications staff and acted as spokesperson for Security and Baghdad issues. In this role, Basile aided Coalition officials in message development and communications planning for the Iraq reconstruction effort. In August, Basile and the Deputy Mayor of Baghdad initiated the first regularly scheduled press conferences at City Hall for the burgeoning local Iraqi press corps.
Prior to joining Ambassador Bremer's staff at the CPA in July, Basile served a Director of the Office of Communications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. In this role he managed the EPA Administrator's public liaison operation, developed strategic outreach initiatives and supervised the Agency's electronic communications efforts.
From 1997-2000 Basile served in Governor George Pataki's administration in New York as New York City Public Relations Director for the State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, where he promoted various State open space and development projects within New York City.
A native of Rockland County, New York, Basile earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan. He is a member of the New York Bar and the National Board of Governors of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.