I am immensely fortunate to have had a two-and-a-half decade career engaged in meaningful social change work that has been wide-ranging across programmatic concerns and functional roles. My academic training was in journalism (undergrad) and social program evaluation (grad school), and I have carried those skills across the years in my leadership roles in communications and public policy. With experience working on issues as diverse as public education reform, health policy, gender equity, justice reform, federal budget issues, behavioral economics, LGBTQIA, and fair labor practices, I am a committed generalist. I love to go deep into new issues and help the people I work with think of new ways to communicate effectively.
I resumed the Hamill Remaley consulting practice in January 2019 (begun in 2009), working with clients including J.M. Kaplan Fund, Support Center for Nonprofit Management, Inside Philanthropy, Public Agenda and Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. The range of work for these organizations has been wonderfully diverse, from small projects like writing and designing a conference report to developing and executing comprehensive communications campaigns. Previous clients included the Communications Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Education, NEO Philanthropy, Public Agenda, Freelancers Union, Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, and Northwest Area Foundation.
From 2011-2018, I was Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Communications at Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers. My work there spanned the creation of an expansive philanthropy news dissemination service – including the New York PhilanthroPost and PhilTV platforms – to the creation of an entirely new government relations apparatus, advancing policy positions at the federal, state and local levels. I also led the creation of a new public policy fellowship program to advance our equity goals and produced countless policy-focused convenings, including seven extraordinarily productive annual meetings with top-flight policy star speakers.
Previously, I was the Communications Director for the Russell Sage Foundation, developing a new website for the organization, expanding its outreach to public policy leaders and promoting the deep intellectual work of its fellows on topics such as behavioral economics; the future of work; race, ethnicity and immigration; and social, political and economic inequality. That work was immensely gratifying, and built upon my experience as Vice President for Communications at Public Agenda, the nonpartisan organization working to strengthen democracy and expand opportunity in America by fostering thoughtful public opinion, meaningful public participation and responsive public institutions.
Prior to coming to New York, I worked for the DC-based Harwood Institute for Public Innovation leading a national initiative to increase civility in politics. And in the earliest part of my career, I was based in Philadelphia and worked for outstanding organizations such as The Pew Charitable Trusts, TCC Group and Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development.
I will probably always have the greatest affection for my first experience in philanthropy. When I was 21 years old, I got myself fired from T.G.I. Fridays for complaining about economic insecurity due to sub-minimum wages (an issue still very close to my heart and central to my current work for Restaurant Workers Community Foundation), and landed at the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation as the general office manager. I learned so much about philanthropy from that first foundation job and I have been in love with the sector ever since.
I am a current board member of Stonewall Community Foundation and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, where I tap into all my experience and, especially, a commitment to the belief that those closest to social problems need to be deeply involved in charting a course to new policies and community-centered change.