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Urban Public Relations in COVID-19 Times

Thursday, April 23, 2020

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register here to join the webinar.

In this talk, Emily Crowell, Chief of Communications for the City of Providence will discuss both how local governments need to communicate with the public during a pandemic, and the impact of the coronavirus on the organization and operations of the City of Providence.

Public Policy

Emily Crowell is a born and raised Rhode Islander. She attended St. Mary’s Academy Bay View and went on to graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and Natural Resource Conservation and minors in Art and English. After college she worked for U.S. Senator Jack Reed as a Field Representative before leaving the federal office to work as Field and Outreach Manager for his successful 2014 campaign. As of January 2015, Emily has worked for Mayor Jorge Elorza and currently serves as his Chief of Communications and Senior Adviser. Emily also serves on the boards of the Downtown Improvement District and Styleweek NorthEast and is the Vice President of Rhode Island NOW, the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Specializing in strategic communications and outreach, Emily spends most of her free time reading the news and exploring ways to use new media to reach large and diverse audiences.

Links to background reading:

"Speak Bluntly and Carry a Big Stick: Using Straight Talk as a Crisis Communication Tool" - Route Fifty

"Virus Has Radically Changed Jobs for Providence City Workers" - Providence Journal 

"How Great Leaders Inspire Action" - TedTalk