Jennifer Harris brings more than 15 years of extensive strategic communications, grassroots and coalition management and media relations experience to her clients at JWH Communications. She is a consulting partner with ROSS Communications, supporting select clients with writing and media services.
Prior to forming JWH Communications in 2010, Ms. Harris was a director with ROSS Communications, managing client accounts across several industry sectors including telecom, 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. She was an integral part of the agency’s effort to promote and defend a nearly $1 billion contract to modernize the state’s benefits system.
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.
As a director 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.
She continues to work for former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony 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. Ms. Harris served 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 in government and a master’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a past member of Austin Sister Cities International board of directors, the Austin Area Texas Exes board and First United Methodist Church’s administrative board. She is a fellow with the Next Generation Project Texas at the Robert S. Strauss Institute for International Law and Security. Ms. Harris lives in Austin with her husband and young son.