Mandy joined MPC in 2004 as communications associate. She was promoted to assistant communications director in 2008 and to communications director in 2012. She works with program staff to develop and execute communications strategies for all MPC projects, serves as the primary media contact for the organization, and manages MPC’s web content strategy, including social media.
Prior to joining MPC in 2004, Mandy was a community reporter in Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she also earned an adjunct major in gender studies.
Mandy is president of the Board of Public Narrative and secretary of the Board of Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network. Previously, she has been a member of the National Board of Directors and president of the Chicago Advisory Board of Neighbors Project, and a member of The Chicago Reporter’s 2009 Reader Panel. She also has lent her communications expertise as a member of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE), Erie Neighborhood House’s Strategic Communications Steering Committee, Community Renewal Society's Marketing and Communications Committee, and as a communications trainer for local nonprofit professionals.
Mandy lives in Beverly, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, with her husband and son. She balances her passion for cooking and food with her love of running.
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Areas of expertise
- Strategic communications
- Content strategy
- Media relations
- Writing and storytelling
B.S., Journalism/Gender Studies, Northwestern University