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Areas of Expertise

  • Media Relations
  • Community Relations
  • Public Affairs
  • Writing and Editing
  • Event Organization and Execution
  • Internal Relations
  • Social/Digital Media & Networking Applications

Professional Experience

May 2013Present

Media Relations Coordinator

Houston Methodist
  • Direct media relations efforts for: Orthopedics & Sports Medicine; Department of Neurology; Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM), and the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE)
  • Cultivate relationships with key internal clients and leadership to develop a robust media plan for service lines
  • Develop national and local media contacts to pitch story ideas
  • Write and edit news releases, pitches, blog posts 
  • Leverage sponsorships of major sports teams to develop joint news stories
  • Respond to media inquiries and coordinate interview/photograph opportunities 
  • Serve as on-call media spokeswoman for crisis situations
  • Awarded 2014 Silver Excalibur Award from PRSA Houston for a news release
  • Member of PRSA Houston’s 2014 Non-Profit Communications Team of the Year
2014 SeasonPresent

Game Day Press Box Staffer

Houston Texans
  • Distribute game stats to national television and radio broadcast booths
  • Attend press conferences and transcribe quotes for home and visiting coaches and players
January 2011April 2013

Project Communications Manager

Harris County Flood Control District

Promoted after eight months to manage all communications efforts for ongoing Flood Control District capital and infrastructure maintenance projects, including development of communications plans, press releases and other collateral material. Additional responsibilities include writing the District's social media policy and managing the creation of an online archive of media coverage with search capabilities.

  • Planned and executed an effort across several neighborhoods to communicate about road and bridge closures and flood damage reduction benefits of a multi-million dollar, long-term District project
  • Implemented a large-scale communications effort about road and lane closures in the Galleria area associated with a District project and coordinated public outreach with several organizations and government agencies
  • Managed a multi-year effort to develop and update watershed fact sheets for each of Harris County's 22 major watersheds 
  • Led a District-wide effort to create a master glossary and translate the glossary into Spanish to aid all District employees in using consistent, accurate terminology and definitions
  • Directed the design and content development of a microsite for the first-ever wetlands mitigation bank in Harris County, Texas

Communications Specialist - January-August 2011

  • Created the first internal communications section in the District's 75-year history, which included developing a wide range of internal communications tactics and interviewing, selecting and training a new internal communications manager
  • Directed the development of educational floodplain mapping tool to help educate residents on the flooding risks in Harris County through team management, crafting website content and completing user testing
  • Wrote and edited a glossary for a microsite consisting of more than 60 terms
May 2010December 2010

Public Affairs Intern

Harris County Sheriff's Office
  • Crafted press releases, by researching and conducting employee interviews, to garner positive news coverage
  • Created and maintained YouTube channel 
  • Researched legislative issues and attended State House Committee meetings about activities related to Sheriff's Office 
  • Composed letters on behalf of the sheriff
  • Processed Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) requests
  • Responded to calls and e-mails from media representatives while maintaining confidential information about ongoing cases
  • Assisted Community Affairs Liaison with organizing events, including a commendation ceremony for deputies and the Sheriff's first ever Spanish Town Hall

Education

News Releases

Media Placements

Blog Posts

Awards

  • 2014 PRSA Houston Non-Profit Communications Team of the Year
  • 2014 PRSA Houston Silver Excalibur Award, News Release

Resume

Activities & Affiliations

Public Relations Foundation of Houston 

  • Immediate Past President & Silent Auction Co-Chair, 2016
  • President, 2015
  • Vice President and Silent Auction Chair, 2014
  • Silent Auction Chair, 2013

Public Relations Society of America, Houston Chapter

  • Board Member, 2015
  • Programs Committee Chair, 2014
  • New Professionals Committee Chair, 2012-2013

    References

    Tricia Bentley

    "Hannah is extremely detail-oriented with enough energy and charisma for a team of 20! She is unrelenting in her quest to ensure the job gets done well, on time and without fault while maintaining a good stream of communication with her teammates. Met with an obstacle, Hannah is creative and flexible. Rest assured that she will find a solution.

    I have witnessed Hannah grow and flourish in her position at the Harris County Flood Control District and view Hannah as a very smart and savvy PR professional. She truly is an asset to any team." - October 2011