Name: Jessica Howard
Title: Manager, Communications & Membership
Here’s what I can help you with:
- Sharing your organization’s news through social media, our print newsletter and our other communications channels
- Introducing new staff to their Philanthropy Ohio membership
- Answering any questions about joining or renewing your membership
- Sending and receiving logos and questions about branding and design
What’s the best part of your job?
So many incredible and innovative things are happening in the field among our members. I love to learn about them, share their stories and help all our members be the most effective grantmakers they can be.
When did you start work at Philanthropy Ohio?
I’m originally from the Toledo area, and my bachelor’s degree is in journalism from Bowling Green State University. Previously, I worked for several years in nonprofit marketing and communications roles including at a health care system and then at United Way.
What do you love about where you live?
I live in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus and love everything about it: being near the river and the bike trail; having a garden and chickens and that being perfectly acceptable in an urban environment; being in a walkable neighborhood near restaurants, shops and the farmer’s market; and having an accepting, diverse and very entertaining neighborhood to call home.
Favorite brand or flavor of ice cream?
Ben & Jerry’s has a dairy-free line, and the chocolate fudge brownie is to die for!
What do you do outside of work?
You can find me in my garden; sailing on Lake Erie or the Hoover Reservoir; running or biking on the Olentangy Trail; making soap, lotion, lip balm and other crafts; or checking out new, local breweries with my husband. I also volunteer at a pet rabbit rescue, caring for bunnies that have been abandoned, in addition to my rescue bun, Albus.