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Public Affairs and Communications (PubCom)

Vanessa Holmgren

Director of Multimedia and Internal Communications

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

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

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

In my current role, I plays a critical role in attracting students to Lewis & Clark and building a strong and vibrant sense of community across the institution. I develop strategies and use 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, I monitor internal communications at Lewis & Clark to ensure consistency and professionalism, and oversee The Source: News for Faculty and Staff.

Through my work with various committees across campus, I advise internal communications strategies that improve information sharing and create employee engagement. I currently serve on the following committees:

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

Outside of working at Lewis & Clark, I taught a writing course at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus; served as the president of the board of directors 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 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; and now serve on the Sojourner Elementary PTA. 

When I’m not at work, I am most likely cutting back blackberry bushes in my garden, playing chase or peeling grapes for my kids, and cooking with my husband (his specialty is crepes and my specialty is toppings).