The American Film Institute has tapped Jennifer Hoelzer as the VP of communications, a newly created position for the org.

She will be responsible for developing and executing AFI’s communications strategy along with acting as the public voice for AFI.

Hoelzer has been the communications director and deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for the past six years, where she worked on health reform, national security, tax, energy and internet policy.

“Our goal was to find someone who could articulate the relevance of the moving image arts to the nation and the world, and we believe we have found that voice in Jen,” said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale in a statement. “She loves the movies, and her fresh perspective and extensive communications experience is precisely what the American Film Institute needs to remind us all that the movies matter.”

Hoelzer also worked previously for members of the House of Representatives and the National Security Council’s Office of Press and Communications in the Clinton White House.