Jennie Day-Burget, an award-wining public relations and communications professional, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2015. She provides communications support to RWJF initiatives aimed at strengthening vulnerable children and families and programs that help all children achieve a healthy weight. “I see the Foundation’s mission as vital to solving some of the nation’s most intractable health problems,” she says, “and I am pleased to employ my strategic communications expertise in helping children and families live full and healthy lives.”
Previously, Day-Burget was vice president and managing director at Prichard in Portland, Ore., a boutique communications agency which provides strategic counsel to foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies across the United States. She led the firm’s work with RWJF and many of its grantees, including Cure Violence, a model of violence prevention based in Chicago and Playworks, an Oakland, Calif., based organization that is changing school culture by leveraging the power of healthy and inclusive play at school. She also led communications efforts for nonprofit and foundation clients across the country, including the Northwest Health Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Communications Network.
At Prichard, she also conceived and launched The Portland Ten, a quarterly, invitation-only dinner salon series designed to bring together Portland’s leading social change-makers to make the city an even better place to live, learn, work and play. Attendees forge new and powerful alliances for their brand or organization, engage in pivotal conversation with new supporters, and share individual, inspirational change-maker stories.
Day-Burget also served as a public information officer for the City of Portland. In this role she led media relations and public outreach initiatives, and a nationally-recognized effort to teach city employees how to create and launch effective social media campaigns. She also edited the city’s award-winning Water Blog, and created and managed a host of social media initiatives.
She earned a BA in English and a BS in Journalism, Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas. In 2014, PR News named her to its list of “Top Women in PR.”
Day-Burget has authored numerous thought leadership pieces for communicators, such as: “Quantity vs. Quality Measures: Which Matters Most in Communications?; “How to Write a Social Media Policy in Under an Hour”; “To Facebook or Not to Facebook”; and “Back to Basics: The Dinner Salon Makes a Resurgence in Social Change Communications Circles.”
Born in Kansas, she is a long-time resident of Portland, Ore., where she lives with her husband and two children Henry and Jillian. She enjoys photography, music, reading, and travel. She also holds a special place in her heart for animals in need and actively supports pet rescue.