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Hi There! I’m Maria Papakonstantinou

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My Story

Since Maria Papakonstantinou moved to NYC eight years ago, her journey has been nothing short of astonishing. She’s loved the journey and has been fortunate enough to meet so many inspiring individuals along the way.

Before moving to DC, Maria worked in New York City as a seasoned television producer, booking for Fox News and NBC Universal. As a booking producer, her role was to pitch unique and interesting stories, capturing people at the center of major news stories, high-profile guests and celebrities, and conducting research to compile well-rounded pre-interviews, and managing daily deadline turnarounds of a live show. She also worked on Season 8 of the Dr. OZ Show as production staff to assist executive producers' execution during pre- and post-production for studio tapings.  TV is a specialty of Maria’s. She combines her unique understanding of behind-the-scenes television producing with her unparalleled list of contacts and deep baked-in understanding of operations for media relations. In her previous role as Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives, she expanded policy issue management scoping out to all mediums of communication platforms for her member. She also executed strategic communications and reputational management encompassing both offices: Washington and the Congressman’s home district. Maria is now Director of Public Affairs at PLUS Communications, in command to strategically coordinate a sound plan of action for her corporate and political client’s objectives and goals.

Highlights of her booking expertise include Congressional/Senatorial National TV coverage, diverse and energetic political panels on Neil Cavuto’s three different shows across both Fox News and Fox Business Network, and celebrities such as Dr. OZ and Guy Fieri.

Maria is a graduate of Pace University, where she graduated in three years in order to join the workforce early. She is also receiving her Master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University and will graduate December 2021.

Maria spends time urging the importance of personal branding and counseling towards students, both undergraduate and graduates, at Pace University and New York University. She participates monthly in Pace Alumni Mentorship program as she is a guide for students to ask questions, seek advice and assist with their goals through influencing the student's mentality for future success.  

Maria currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her pup @Kingoftheclouds0708. In her free time, Maria enjoys ballroom dancing, vetting out local fresh markets, and hiking with Zeus. Fun fact: she graduated culinary school from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC during the pandemic!

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Work History

Director of Public Affairs

PLUS Communications

November 2021 - Present

  • In command of strategic communications and communication plan to achieve client’s objectives, and goals

  • Delegate, mentor, lead and inspire the department of public affairs

  • Implement critical thinking, develop a sound plan of action and present proposals and propositions to potential clients

Communications Director

United States House of Representatives

July 2021 - November 2021

  • Prepare and manage all communications material

  • Develop brand voice and manage across all platforms

  • Manage media relations, crisis communication, issue management and reputation management

Associate Producer

Fox News Channel

May 2018 - July 2021

  • Develop, cultivate, establish and maintain guest working relationships

  • Working contacts for long term and short terms bookings

  • Cross book amongst Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel

  • Coordinate, commission and confirm logistics, topic discussion, scheduling, and perspective

Editorial Show Booker

NBC Universal LLC

August 2017 - May 2018

  • Book guests to share their story and appear on the show

  • Conduct pre-interviews, assess analytics, and create story dynamics

  • Involvement on all show day procedures

  • Pitched, researched, evaluated and negotiated storytelling through visual representation

Cannes Film Festival Intern

American Pavilion

May 2017

  • Obtained exceptional customer services and support amongst international staff

  • Prepare for meeting and events requested by staff

  • Provided service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement

Production Intern

ABC Studio - The Dr. Oz Show

Season 8

August 2016 - May 2017

  • Assist with production on shoot days and provide support to the team during rehearsals, runs and going live  

  • Distribute schedules, rundowns, prepare dressing rooms and relay messages between crew members production runs

  • Log and transcribe footage for post-production team, and execute field shoots

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My Studies

MS New York University

Class of 2021

Public Relations & Corporate Communications

BBA Pace University

Class of 2017

Arts & Entertainment Management,
Minor in Law

School of Culinary Arts

Class of 2021

Institute of Culinary Education

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My Skills

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Strategic Communications

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"

Benjamin Franklin

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Let’s Connect

Washington DC / New York City

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