A ROSS Consulting Partner, Jennifer Harris has nearly 20 years of extensive strategic communications, digital strategy, public affairs campaign management and media relations experience.
Prior to forming JWH Communications in 2010, Ms. Harris was a Director with ROSS Communications, managing public affairs, digital and public relations campaigns across several industry sectors including telecom, tech, energy, transportation and health care.
Ms. Harris previously served as the Spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, coordinating response and messaging for complex issues including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, outsourcing and state contracting.
Ms. Harris also served as Director of Communications for Texas’ Secretary of State Geoff Connor, the state’s chief elections officer and lead liaison for border and Mexico affairs.
At Public Strategies, Ms. Harris directed marketing and client activities for the firm’s International Group, offering her in-depth insight on communications and media relations to international and domestic clients, including a leading international brewery and a Fortune 500 financial services company.
Ms. Harris continues to work for former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza in a number of capacities. During Garza’s tenure as Texas Secretary of State, Ms. Harris oversaw all correspondence and worked on a variety of special projects, including border and Mexico issues. She acted as Political Director and Writer, handling grassroots, fundraising and media-related assignments during Garza’s historic 1998 election to statewide office. She went on to serve as Garza’s Communications Director at the Texas Railroad Commission, as well as Manager of his political office. Today, she assists the Ambassador with general communications consulting and social media strategy.
Ms. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in government and a master’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Her master’s thesis examined the agenda setting effects in the 2002 Texas primary elections. She is a fellow in the Next Generation Project, an initiative of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin, and she serves on the 1883 Council of The University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Harris lives in Austin with her husband and son.