Chris Paulitz, who has spent more than 12 years as a spokesman and strategic advisor to decision makers on Capitol Hill, has joined the Financial Services Institute as director of communications and media relations.

Paulitz brings a wide range of expertise from his previous positions, most recently as senior vice president of communications for the Insured Retirement Institute. Before that, Paulitz had spent more than a decade working as a spokesman and strategic advisor for House and Senate leadership offices, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Bush administration.

“We’re growing, and we’ll be better able to fulfill the needs and wants of our members,” Paulitz said in a telephone interview.

The FSI had one other major executive appointment this year, when Keith Kelly joined in February as executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

“FSI has made great strides advocating for our members in Washington and in the states,” FSI president and chief executive officer Dale Brown said in a statement. “As we work to have an even greater advocacy impact for our members, we must raise the level of our messaging and communications. Bringing Chris on board will help us expand our capacity and deepen our influence.”