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Jessica Howard

Vice President, Communications & Membership

Name: Jessica Howard

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Pronouns: she/her/hers
Title: Vice President, Communications & Membership
Phone: 614.914.2248

Here’s what I can help you with:

  1. Developing meaningful content for our communications channels that highlights your knowledge, expertise and leadership
  2. Sharing your organization’s news through social media, enewsletters and other channels
  3. Introducing new staff to their Philanthropy Ohio membership and answering membership questions
  4. Joining Philanthropy Ohio and accessing all your membership benefits.

What’s your role at Philanthropy Ohio?

I lead, develop and implement Philanthropy Ohio’s marketing, membership and communications strategies internally and externally. This includes researching, writing, designing and curating the content for our communications channels, social media and knowledge resources like our print and electronic member newsletters, website and research reports. I also oversee Philanthropy Ohio's membership engagement, recruitment and renewal campaigns.

What’s the best part about your job?

Philanthropy is an incredibly collaborative, innovative and passionate sector. I love learning about the transformative work our members do, sharing their expertise, their stories and their voice to help all our members be effective partners for change in our communities. 

When did you start work at Philanthropy Ohio?

February 2014 

Career background/education?

I attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. Before joining Philanthropy Ohio, I worked for several years in nonprofit marketing and communications roles at a health care system and then at United Way. 

Current city, and what do you like about it?

I live in Columbus, specifically the Clintonville neighborhood, and I love it here. My neighborhood is a block away from the Whetstone Park of Roses, the Olentangy River and just a few miles from downtown. Columbus has a booming arts, culture, music, food and brewery scene but also incredible greenspaces. I’m from Northwest Ohio but spent a great deal of my childhood just across the state line in Southeast Michigan. Having grown up on Lake Erie, I continue to have a love for the water. 

What’s something people might not know about you?

I have two rabbits, adopted from a rabbit rescue, and five chickens. 

What do you do outside of work?

I love to travel, visit local breweries, tend to my flowers and vegetable garden (always trying to keep the deer out) and roast coffee with my husband. I also volunteer with the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.