Tenee Hawkins, Director of Communications for Hire Heroes USA, leads the marketing and communications team in the development and execution of strategies that raise awareness of the Hire Heroes USA brand.
Tenee Hawkins has more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, media relations and crisis management. Her unique background includes agency and in-house experience in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining the Hire Heroes USA team, Tenee worked as a strategic communications consultant.
Hawkins began her career in Washington, D.C. at a boutique agency executing communications strategies for Microsoft’s Build Your Business Tour, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and the NAACP Image Awards. She went on to develop and direct strategic communications strategies for the City of Atlanta, including the City’s first Comprehensive Transportation Plan, the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline and federally-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) projects.
Hawkins then headed for the nonprofit sector where she built a robust communications and marketing program, pioneering social media and internal communications, as well as restructuring the organization’s national media relations program to yield exponential increases in media coverage, brand awareness and public engagement.
Hawkins was recently honored with a Forty Under 40 Award by the association/nonprofit industry for her work in the field. She maintains numerous professional affiliations to stay abreast of current industry trends and best practices. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the American Marketing Association.
A passionate community servant, Hawkins has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She enjoys serving as a mentor in the Sister 2 Sister Alumnae-Students Professional Mentoring Program at Spelman College, her alma mater.
Outside of her professional and community service, Hawkins enjoys her family, travel and fashion.