The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Jessica Aiwuyor as senior director of Communications, effective September 23, 2019. Aiwuyor is currently associate director of Communications for the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), a consortium of more than 200 private, nonprofit, fair housing organizations; state and local civil rights agencies; and individuals dedicated to ending housing discrimination.
At ARL, Aiwuyor will be responsible for leading a narrative strategy to deepen and expand the understanding of research library impact in the research enterprise and in society more broadly. She will oversee the integration of strategic communications and media outreach across the organization and will advance ARL’s desire for greater inclusivity, seeking opportunities to improve the relevance of the Association’s communications to target audiences.
As associate director of Communications for NFHA since 2017, Aiwuyor has managed digital media, communications, and media relations and worked with communications staff at other civil rights organizations to ensure thriving partnerships. Prior to joining NFHA, she was communications manager for Megaphone Strategies, providing strategic guidance to clients on events, campaigns, and tactics. Before that, she was media relations strategist for FitzGibbon Media. She holds an MS in public relations and an MA in pan-African studies from Syracuse University, and a BA in world studies from Fort Valley State University.
“We are delighted that Jessica is joining the ARL staff in this new role to lead our communications, marketing, and outreach efforts,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL executive director. “The search committee was particularly impressed with Jessica’s vision, creativity, and strategic approach.”
Jessica Aiwuyor said, “I’m excited to be joining the ARL staff! I look forward to working with ARL members and partners to advance understanding of the incredible impact of research libraries on global knowledge and our daily lives.”
Beginning on September 23, Aiwuyor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.