GILBERT JOINS RAIDERS AS DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS; TAYLOR NAMED DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Oakland Raiders have announced the hiring of Zak Gilbert as director of media relations, and have named Mike Taylor director of public affairs. Taylor, who has been with the Raiders organization since 1988, welcomes Gilbert to the Raiders organization. Gilbert, 36, most recently served in the NFL from 2001-07, leaving as the chief assistant in the Green Bay Packers public relations office, a role in which he handled publicity for Brett Favre and worked to shed light on the unique history of the organization and its home, Lambeau Field. Gilbert comes to Oakland from Colorado State University, where he had served as director of athletic media relations, working most recently with Tim Skipper, the brother of Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper, as well as former Raiders wide receiver Alvis Whitted and former Oakland quarterbacks coach Jim McElwain, who won two national championships as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. A 1997 graduate of the University of Colorado’s journalism school, Gilbert worked four seasons in the Buffaloes’ sports information office, a span in which the program won a Heisman Trophy in addition to Butkus and Thorpe awards. After completing a PR internship with the Broncos during their Super Bowl XXXII season, he served as the top assistant in the Colorado Rockies public relations office until joining the Packers. Gilbert will begin his duties at the league meetings this week.
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