Council hires director of external communications

Brooke Taylor

Brooke Taylor has joined the council’s staff in the new position of Director of External Communications. She will oversee public relations and media for the council.

Taylor has worked in public relations and communications for over 10 years. Most recently, she was the communications director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, or AEDC, where she oversaw all marketing, public relations and external communications. Before that, she was the public relations coordinator for the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center, director of development and public relations for the local nonprofit Victims for Justice, as well as community coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Alaska Division.

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Alaska in 2002 as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Taylor was awarded an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) certification in 2015. This accreditation program assesses competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities in public relations.

Taylor is the current treasurer of the Public Relations Society of America’s Alaska Chapter. During the society’s recent annual conference, several of Taylor’s projects were honored. AEDC’s “Live. Work. Play.” initiative, which works to implement community improvements to make Anchorage the number one city in America received a first place Aurora Award. Three other AEDC projects received third place statewide Aurora Awards.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to contributing to the important work of the council,” said Taylor.

“I am excited to have Brooke join our team” said Donna Schantz, executive director of the council. “Brooke is a creative team player with an award-winning background in media and public communications. Her background, coupled with her experience in advertising, marketing strategy and public education will make her an excellent spokesperson for the organization.”

Taylor’s first day with the council was September 15, and she will be based out of the council’s Anchorage office.

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