Director of Communications

Phone: 847-755-6631


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Ms. Erin M. Holmes

Director of Communications Erin Holmes oversees the communications team in supporting web content, social and traditional media strategy, video production, printed District and school publications, District messaging, and the creative telling of the District's story in a way that further engages stakeholders. Ms. Holmes holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan, studied journalism at Reuter's News Agency in London and Dublin through Michigan State University, and completed additional hours toward a master's degree in strategic marketing and communications through the University of Missouri. After moving to the Chicago area from her native Michigan in 1999, she began her career as a journalist at the Daily Herald, covering education and, later, criminal courts in Cook County. She served as the media manager at Harper College (2008-2013), completed a six-month stint as the interim associate director of annual giving and special events in the college's Foundation, and most recently was the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at High School District 214, also serving as the Executive Director of its Foundation (2013-2021). She is a guest lecturer in DePaul University master's classes and has been an active volunteer and member of the Publicity Club of Chicago and the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.