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Public Affairs and Communications (PubCom)

Vanessa Holmgren

Communications Officer for Public Relations


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 as communications officer for public relations, she collaborates in the development and implementation of public relations strategies for Lewis & Clark 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:

  • Lewis & Clark Kids and Families, manager
  • Lewis & Clark Sustainability Council, chair of the communications committee
  • Transportation and Parking Committee, ex officio member

Outside of working at Lewis & Clark, she taught a writing course at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus (2007); she 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; and 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.

She married the love of her life in 2010 shortly after the birth of their baby girl, which was followed by a surprise baby boy in 2011—and she couldn’t be happier.