Erin A. Hennessy is vice president at TVP Communications, where she brings more than 20 years of communications experience and expertise in the areas of higher education policy, communication strategy, media outreach, crisis communication and new media.
Most recently, Hennessy served as assistant vice president for public affairs and publishing at the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents nationwide. In this role, she served as a trusted advisor to the Council’s senior leadership, crafting strategic communications plans to promote and position ACE in the public sphere. She developed and implemented the Council’s media and public relations strategy, helped strengthen ACE’s brand through direction of its graphic identity, and supervised the editing and layout of all Council publications, including the member magazine, The Presidency.
Prior to joining ACE in 2007, Hennessy served as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), a member of the House Appropriations Committee. She worked closely with legislative and district staff to communicate the member’s priorities and respond to media requests and constituent concerns.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., from her home state of New Jersey, Hennessy spent more than five years as deputy chief of staff to two presidents of Drew University, Thomas H. Kean and Robert Weisbuch. Hennessy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University and a master’s degree in public communication from American University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies’ Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program.