Helios Education Foundation Expands Marketing Communications Effort with Addition of Phoenix-Based Director

Posted on: May 30, 2013

Helios Education Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida to achieve postsecondary education success, today announced the addition of Rebecca Lindgren to its Marketing Communications Department.  

Lindgren will work closely with Ian Smith, the Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, to develop and implement strategic marketing communications campaigns in support of the Foundation’s current investment of over $125 million in education initiatives in Arizona and Florida and in support of future activities.

“The expansion of Helios Education Foundation’s marketing communications team comes at a pivotal time for us as we seek to engage even broader audiences about the critical need to better prepare all students for the 21st Century’s globalized economy,” said Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barbara Ryan Thompson.  “Rebecca has demonstrated a passion for and commitment to education and that, coupled with her expertise, make her a valuable addition to our staff.”  

Lindgren brings more than 14 years of professional marketing and communications experience in the private and non-profit sectors.  Prior to joining Helios Education Foundation, she served as Marketing and Communications Director for Expect More Arizona, a high expectations movement dedicated to world-class education for all Arizona students.  In that role, she was responsible for brand planning and internal and external communications including a multi-media advertising and public relations effort.

“I am very honored to join Helios Education Foundation,” said Lindgren. “It is a privilege to be part of an organization that is focused on improving lives through education and on helping ensure that all students are prepared for college and career success.”

Rebecca is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Mass Communication.  She also holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Pepperdine University.  She is currently on the board of Phoenix Day and was a member Valley Leadership’s Class XXIX.

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