Booker’s communications chief Peterkin Bell to leave Newark for Philly

Desiree Peterkin Bell, director of communications for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, will be leaving the Booker Administration to become the new director of communications for Mayor Michael Nutter in the City of Philadelphia. 

 “We are bidding farewell to one of the most dedicated and hard-working members of the Newark municipal team,” Booker said. “During her time with us, Desiree restructured the City’s Public Information Office to be more responsive, effective and innovative. Her creativity and commitment to redefine how municipal government communicates to better inform residents has been invaluable. I wish her all the best as she continues her public service career in the Nutter Administration.”

 Peterkin Bell served as Booker’s communications chief since July 2006.   

“Working with the Booker Administration and the Newark municipal team has been a great honor,” she said. “It has also been a privilege to work with a team of communications professionals who commit 110 percent every day to get the job done. During the past four years, we have built a proactive media office and laid the groundwork for effective communications. I am excited about serving the Nutter Administration and the people of the City of Philadelphia.”

Nutter released a statement late Thursday.

“I am pleased to welcome Desiree Peterkin Bell as the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships to the City of Philadelphia and to my Administration,” said the mayor of Philadelphia. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, talent and ideas. We are fortunate to have her as a key player on our team. Her work for Mayor Booker has been exemplary and I look forward to her joining us in a few short weeks.”


“Desiree leaves us with a tremendous legacy of achievement. I thank her for her service, commitment and counsel,” said Booker. “She was a significant member of my team and will be missed.”

In the interim, Office of Communications Chief of Staff Anne Torres will serve as Booker’s acting communications director. Booker’s communications chief Peterkin Bell to leave Newark for Philly