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Julie K. Hanus

Julie K. Hanus (she/her) is director of strategic and public interest communications for the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

In this dual role, she provides leadership in organizational communications and content strategy, brand management and positioning, public and media relations, and executive and internal communications – while also leading the institute’s collaborative communications initiatives to effect positive social change, specifically in the domains of climate and environment. 

Her portfolio at IonE also spans convenings and collaboration platforms, including the Midwest Carbon Leadership Project. She is a co-founder and lead organizer of Speaking Science, a University-wide initiative to enrich the communications capabilities of faculty, staff, and graduate students. She also oversees the operations of Ensia, the institute’s independent media platform, and supports the communications staff and activities of the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

An experienced public speaker and facilitator, Hanus provides coaching, training, and counsel on effective and ethical communications. She is endlessly interested in the way words and images work in the world – and the practice of designing evidence-based, audience-centered communications strategies.

A former journalist, she brought two decades of experience as a mission-driven storyteller to IonE. She is a former editor of American Craft and Utne Reader, an award-winning national digest of the independent press. She has a master’s in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota and BA in English from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.