Director of Strategic Communications
Years of Experience
in Emergency Management
& Strategic Communications
Why I work at SummitET
SummitET’s dedication to social responsibility including its people, education, and partnerships for a greater preparedness, and mission to provide innovative preparedness solutions. Working for an organization that truly invests in its people and promotes excellence is something that should be celebrated and acknowledged.
My work/research will make a difference in the world because…
Effective communication saves lives.
Something you may not know about me
I serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).
I assisted in the foundation and management of a charitable organization through a former employer to provide local animal rescue groups financial assistance for critical needs such as food, shelter, vet services and boarding for animals that are hungry, hurting, or homeless in East Tennessee counties.
I am the first person to graduate from college in my family.
What do you perceive is the greatest challenge facing America today regarding your subject-matter-expertise?
Information disorder and the loss of trust in official institutions.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
M.S. in Educational Psychology – Adult Education, 2008
B.S. in Forensic Anthropology, 2005
Connect with Holly Hardin
- International Atomic Energy Agency Subject Matter-Expert
- Member of the American Nuclear Society
- Member of the Nuclear Energy Institute Joint Information System Task Force (emeritus)
- Department of Homeland Security Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management and Science and Technology First Responders Group
- Co-Chair of the Department of Energy Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group’s Emergency Public Information Subcommittee
- Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center Author
- EPA Nuclear/Radiological Communications Working Group
As the Director of Strategic Communications at SummitET, Holly manages, develops, and delivers public affairs, risk and crisis communication and emergency public information training, exercise support, and technical assistance. Holly also manages strategic communications research analysis, in addition to developing publications related to the enhancement of advanced communications systems for public safety and health.
Prior to joining SummitET, Holly served as an Emergency Management Communications Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory and co-established the Public Affairs Science and Technology Fusion Cell, as well as the National Public Affairs Academy. At Argonne, Holly was responsible for assisting government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector groups with plans, protocols, procedures, training, and exercises relating to internal and external affairs. Prior to Argonne, Holly worked for the Department of Justice in counterterrorism programs and was a first responder in the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation Joint Information Center where she also managed a cadre of technical experts and provided risk and crisis communication and digital/social media expertise to Federal, state, and local government agencies, in addition to the commercial nuclear industry.