Bridget Lowell, who guided strategic communications at two influential global organizations, has joined the Urban Institute as vice president for strategic communications and outreach.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2012 -- Bridget Lowell, who guided strategic communications at two influential global organizations, has joined the Urban Institute as vice president for strategic communications and outreach.
Lowell will oversee the effort to maximize the visibility and impact of the Urban Institute’s nonpartisan economic and social policy research. With more than 15 years as a communications strategist, spokesperson, and on-air reporter, her experience spans the nonprofit and private sectors, Capitol Hill, and the media industry. Before joining the Institute, she served as director of strategic communications at Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing digital platform for social change. She held the same position at The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit with 3,800 employees across three dozen countries. Lowell is known for her success in revamping organizational message architecture, executing complex communications plans, and expanding media coverage.
From 2001 to 2006, Lowell was communications director for U.S. Representative David Price. She also worked as an on-air reporter at the ABC affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She got her start as an on-air reporter and producer for the Regional News Network, a cable news channel in Kingston, New York.
“Urban Institute scholars are dedicated to building knowledge that informs public debate and contributes to smarter policies and practices,” said Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell. “That same zeal for well-informed policy has powered Bridget’s career, so I am delighted she’ll be applying her communications ingenuity to strengthening how the Institute benefits policymakers, service providers, the press, funders, interest organizations, and the public.”
Lowell and the Communications unit handle public and press relations, web and social media, publications, government and stakeholder relations, audience development, and events. Lowell will be a member of the Institute’s executive leadership team and will report to Wartell.
The Urban Institute, founded in 1968, is trusted by federal, state, and local policymakers and observers and international clients for its rigorous analyses, detailed evaluations, sophisticated forecasting tools, and evidence-grounded policy prescriptions. Home to approximately 300 researchers and advisers in 10 centers, the Institute’s portfolio encompasses broad issues affecting the well-being of people and communities, whether urban, suburban, or rural, including health care costs and access, taxes and budgets, crime and justice, poverty and the safety net, work and earnings, savings and retirement, housing and foreclosures, and effective governance.
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. It provides information, analyses, and perspectives to public and private decisionmakers to help them address these problems and strives to deepen citizens’ understanding of the issues and trade-offs that policymakers face.