Written and designed by Yolanda Y. Harris, Marketing Communications Strategist, 2016.

 

About Me

I am a Chicago-area writer and marketing communications strategist who enjoys conveying information that can improve people's lives.

 

Public school funding reform, affordable child care and state employment services are just a few of the topics that I have promoted over the years. 

 

discover the stories that make organizations and people unique, and I build compelling marketing communications campaigns around them.

 

One of the highlights of my career was managing a public relations campaign that influenced the $100 million expansion of Illinois' child care budget.

Experience
 
  • Enjoyed 10+ years of communications experience, including advocacy public relations and internal communications.
 
  • Created marketing strategies and messaging that drove sales, web and foot traffic.
 
  • Managed public relations campaigns that changed Illinois public policy on subsidized child care and earned recognition from the White House.
 
  • Led award-winning public relations campaign that stirred legislative debate on public education funding.
Background
 
  • Publication and Communications Manager, Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
 
  • Procurement Supervisor, IDES
 
  • Media Relations Associate, Illinois Action for Children
 
  • Account Executive, Valerie Denney Communications
 
  • News Reporter, Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
 

Education: M.S., Integrated Marketing Communications, Loyola University, Quinlan School of Business, 2013.

B.S., Journalism, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, 1993.

 
How I Serve
  • Organizer of youth job readiness workshops 

  • Minister and Sunday School teacher