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February 11, 2015

PHII welcomes Communications Specialist Jelisa Lowe

This week, PHII welcomes Jelisa Lowe, the newest member of the communications team. As a Communications Specialist, Jelisa will help to support the work of PHII through written and visual communications.

Jelisa comes to PHII from the world of corporate communications, having worked for companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Georgia Aquarium. In her roles at these organizations, Jelisa gained experience ranging from public relations and social media management to research and writing. At the aquarium, she assisted with the communications campaign for the grand opening of its AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery and theater and also facilitated onsite film shoots for shows like “America’s Got Talent” and visits from VIPs like John Cena, Mayor Kasim Reed and Nick Cannon. She is no stranger to the world of nonprofit, however: Jelisa interned with the American Red Cross and worked as a graduate assistant while earning her MPA. Her diverse résumé reflects Jelisa’s preference for new and varied experiences. “The only way to grow is to try new things,” says Jelisa. “So if I stay in my box, I won’t get that chance.”

Jelisa cultivated this taste for exposing herself to new ways of life as a child. She was born in Athens, Greece, to an American father and an Ethiopian mother, and her family moved to Germany when she was three. The global perspective fostered in her early life has carried over into her adult life, leading her to try out a variety of workplace cultures—including public health, a field Jelisa suspects will suit her. “You get to wear more hats in nonprofit work,” explains Jelisa. “But in the corporate world, you’re more limited to a single function.”

When she’s not writing and editing at PHII, Jelisa can be found scrapbooking, spending time with her friends and family, and devouring the latest news on CNN. She also has a more clandestine hobby. “I do often find myself correcting people’s grammar in my head,” confesses Jelisa—a habit that will serve her well as she moves into her role at PHII. 

Piper Hale, MPH

Assistant Director of Communications