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Joe Wrinn  --  Communications Advisor              



Communications advisor to organizations and their leaders offering expertise in strategic communications, public affairs, crisis management, and brand enhancement. Clients draw upon extensive track record of protecting and promoting highly visible institutions. Available to determine, manage, and disseminate credible and relevant information across evolving audience platforms. Previously led the Harvard University Office of News & Public Affairs for 15 years. Later affiliated with Morrissey & Co., a Pinnacle Worldwide reputation communications agency, and Academy Communications, a media relations firm bringing scholars to the attention of relevant national reporters.


• Trusted advisor to senior leaders representing a wide range of personalities and communication competencies.

Pleasant and credible relationship and consensus builder; comfortable working across all sectors of an organization and within polarized political environments to establish common positive themes. 


• History of focusing internal communications with PR directors from administrative departments to share information, develop universal themes, and coordinate communications outreach and response. 


• Extensive experience adjusting to the evolving needs of organizational communications. Guided Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs through several transformations to align its work with other external communicators. 


• Strategic emphasis on using visual communications to enable a variety of audiences to see inside an organization through the work of its leadership, staff, and volunteers. 


Independent Communications Consultant  --  Boston MA   2013 - Present
Working to protect and promote the public reputations of organizations and leaders through strategic communications.

Affiliate, Academy Communications  --  Boxford MA   2012 - 2013
Boutique media relations firm bringing scholars to the attention of relevant national reporters.

Senior Counsel, Morrissey & Company  --  Boston MA  2010 - 2012
Reputation communications agency dedicated to managing, advancing, and protecting the reputation of its clients through public relations, integrated, and digital communications.

Harvard University Office of News & Public Affairs  --  Cambridge MA 1980 - 2010
Promoted from entry-level to production to management roles including positions as News Director, director of the Office, and Director of University Communications. Responsibilities included official institutional public communications in print, visual, verbal, and digital media, and assistance to Harvard senior administrators and faculty with individual public communications needs. Served as the university spokesperson for many controversial, visible, and international public affairs issues while directing staff response to breaking news 24/7. Managed a 30-person staff and a $2M+ budget.

Photojournalist, New York Times, UPI  --  Syracuse NY, Boston MA 1975 - 1990
Produced international news photography; topical and thematic feature photos, and story illustrations. 

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and London campus; BS, cum laude.
International experiences, cultural sensitivity, and global context gained through travel to 55 countries while working aboard the M/S Royal Viking Sea writing the daily shipboard newspaper.

Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson College, Northeastern University, the Boston Bar Association, the Harvard Management Company, and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

PRSA Counselors to Higher Education
Syracuse University Newhouse School Alumni Network

Contact information for colleagues and previous employers available upon request.

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