Jillian began her tenure with the Alliance in June 2015 as a Social Media & Marketing Intern. In 2016, she joined the team full time as a Communications Coordinator, before moving to Director of Marketing & Communications in April 2017. As Director, Jillian is charged with developing and executing the Alliance's marketing and communications strategy and oversees all internal and external communications efforts to include website, social media, blogs, newsletters, marketing collateral and more. She is responsible for maintaining the Alliance’s brand and identity throughout all print and digital publications and serves as a primary point of contact for media relations.
Prior to working at the Alliance, Jillian was a Communications Intern for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Jillian holds an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a double minor in Studio Arts and Public Service from Old Dominion University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. At ODU, she served as Director of Public Relations for the Student Government Association and as Membership Vice President for her sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma. She was also an inaugural member of the CIVIC Leadership Institute's Civic Scholars program.
Jillian considers herself a Hampton Roads native, having moved to the area in kindergarten as a result of her parents' military service. She grew up in northern Suffolk, before relocating to Norfolk in 2016. She is passionate about her life in the 757 and enjoys serving the local community both professionally and philanthropically. Jillian is an active volunteer and patient advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Virginia Chapter and is currently serving as Volunteer Engagement Chair on its Hampton Roads' Board of Directors. Since 2015, Jillian has been an active member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and serves as Fund Development Vice President for the league. In 2019, she was recognized by the Association of Junior Leagues International as their 2019 Rising Star for her commitment, leadership and community service efforts consistent with the Junior League mission. Jillian is a 2019 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads, a 2017 COVA Biz Millennial On the Move and an engaged member of tHRrive Young Professionals of the Hampton Roads Chamber.