I recall the day I was given the opportunity to manage colleagues and prepare a departmental (Communications) budget. I started with the mandatory items—required software, expected travel costs, advertising, newswire, etc. Then came the nice-to-haves but, for me, professional development wasn't desired; it was required. Why?
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Jeanne is an external affairs strategist, including communications, government relations and development for all three sectors government, corporate and nonprofit. Based in Washington D.C., she has her finger on the pulse of policymakers and influencers as well as the national print and broadcast media and is skilled at leveraging her contacts to meet complex objectives.
Jeanne has spent 25 years in the Washington D.C. area handling external affairs—including outreach, strategic planning, communications, public affairs,operations, media relations, and social media —for all three sectors: government,corporate and nonprofit. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Jeanne worked on mission-focused clients, including New Profit, Inc. for SolomonMcCown, a Boston-based public relations firm. She was also fortunate to spend a number of years with the American Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program, where she was responsible for communications and government relations surrounding the $500 million program for the survivors of the 2005 hurricanes. Prior to the Red Cross, Jeanne worked in both the corporate and nonprofit communities with Vericom Technologies, MCI WorldCom, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in their Health Coverage Programming Unit, and Independent Sector. During her employment with the U.S. Soccer Foundation she began a program with the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency to turn old government property into soccer fields. She has also served as the Communications Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, where she led all internal and external communications for both the federal and commercial plans, including the merger between the National Capital Area and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland. Throughout her career she has placed stories in the top national newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, trade publications, on the radio and in blogs.
Jeanne previously served as a Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Office of Public Liaison, where she was responsible for Jewish Outreach. Serving as the principal liaison between the Jewish Community and the White House and all other government agencies, she worked with the eclectic group of Jewish religious and lay leaders to elicit input from the public regarding Administration policies, programs,and issues, and communicate those views to the President and his advisors. In addition to her work in the government sector, Jeanne has also helped many Fortune 500 corporations with crisis communications and public relations work.
Prior to joining AMTA, Jeanne launched a multi-year, multi-million dollar global education campaign for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, executed the largest North American Trade Show and Conference for the Sea Services and increased overall revenue while at the Navy League of the United States, and helped with strategic planning and senior-level management at the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service.
She received her B.A in Political Communications and M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Ellinport lives in Gaithersburg, MD with her husband and three children.