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Public Affairs and Communications (PubCom)

Vanessa Holmgren

Director of Multimedia and Internal Communications

Vanessa started working for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications in October 2005.

Before coming to Lewis & Clark, she earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and composition from Oregon State University. While writing her master’s thesis, she worked as the marketing and publicity coordinator for the university’s office of international education.

My everyday goal at Lewis & Clark is to build a strong and vibrant sense of community across our three schools.

When she arrived at Lewis & Clark in 2003, she worked at the graduate school. As the director of external affairs, she implemented fund-raising and communication strategies for graduate school alumni and community constituents.

In her current role, she plays a critical role in attracting students to Lewis & Clark and building a strong and vibrant sense of community across the institution. She develops strategies and uses video and other digital communication tools to promote Lewis & Clark to audiences, including current and potential students and parents, alumni and donors, faculty and staff. In addition, she monitors internal communications at Lewis & Clark to ensure consistency and professionalism, and oversees The Source: News for Faculty and Staff.

Through her work with various committees across campus, Vanessa advises internal communications strategies that improve information sharing and create employee engagement. She currently serves on the following committees:

Outside of working at Lewis & Clark, she taught a writing course at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus (2007); served as the president of the board of directors (2008-2010) for Girls Inc. of NW Oregon (an affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated), which serves at-risk girls facing intergenerational poverty, juvenile crime, substance abuse, and school failure; volunteered (2006-2010) at Portland Community Media, assisting in the production of the television show “Face to Face: Community Matters,” a showcase for nonprofits in Portland to share their mission and their services; served on the marketing committee for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (2014-2016); and now serves on the Sojourner Elementary PTA (2016 - present). 

When she’s not at work, she is mostly likely cutting back blackberry bushes in her garden, playing chase or peeling grapes for her kids, and cooking with her husband (his specialty is crepes and her specialty is toppings).