United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Holly Harrington

Ms. Holly Harrington joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Public Affairs in 2004 as a public affairs officer with liaison responsibilities to the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. She was later promoted to Staff Assistant to the Director and, since January 2012, has served as senior level advisor. In that capacity, she provides strategic public affairs advice and guidance, and effectively serves as the office’s deputy office. She is also responsible for developing and implementing crisis communication planning and incident response, and manages the agency’s social media program.

Previously, Ms. Harrington spent eight years in the Public Affairs Office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C, where her duties included media outreach, special projects, speechwriting, media training and crisis communication planning. She created and managed the FEMA for Kids web site aimed at creating disaster preparedness awareness in school-aged children.

Her federal government career began at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where she headed the public affairs and patient relations offices and led the communication effort following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. In 1990, she moved to Washington D.C. to head the public affairs office at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and later was promoted to the headquarters position of Chief Communication Officer for the Veterans Health Administration.

Originally from California, Ms. Harrington’s professional career began as a feature writer and education reporter for The Argus daily newspaper in Fremont, Calif. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (reporting and editing) and a master’s degree in mass communication from San Jose State University.

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