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Jeanne Finestone
Head of Communications and Partnerships , International Organization
Nairobi, Kenya
Strategic communications executive with extensive experience implementing multi-platform, results-driven advocacy, marketing, donor mobilization/partner relations campaigns, as well as results-based and general management.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Key Qualifications:
• Broad experience serving in conflict and post-conflict countries and disaster environments
• Extensive work with crisis/ reputational communications
• Successful entrepreneur and consultant with multi-sector clients
• Extensive project management experience
• More than 15 years with educational institutions working in all media
• Valued advisor to senior executives on communication, advocacy, marketing, fundraising, policy development and change management; respected mentor

I bring 25+ years of experience and passion in using the power of communication to strengthen and advance multi-stakeholder partnerships. I’ve held leadership posts for a cross-section of national and international organizations building effective, efficient, mutually sustainable programs that are well-articulated and engage both external and internal players. I’ve worked as a communications strategist for development organizations working in post-conflict stability/economic recovery and civilian/resource capacity building. For 15+ years I developed/implemented integrated communications/advocacy strategies that raised money for institutional/program needs, secured and solidified donor/implementing partner relations, and program/outreach development. Under my leadership, I turned around an under-valued company by re-assessing the company’s strengths/weaknesses and building its institutional capacity. Having worked for private, public, NOG and multilateral organizations, I am able to articulate the unique demands of each thereby building valuable and sustainable partnerships. Throughout my career I have gained and demonstrated strong management, strategic planning, fiscal discipline and presentation skills as well as an ability to nurture talent and support leadership goals. I have also proven to be a quick study with an ability to move comfortably and swiftly into new professional challenges.
Masters in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance. Professional training includes Harvard's Humanitarian Studies Initiative, WHO/New York University's Communications for Behavioral Change (COMBI), Art of Communications at the UN Staff College, Internews Europe Crisis Communications, and Stanford University's Professional publishing programme
Affiliations and Achievements:
ACCESS Health Worldwide: Advisory Team
Humanitarian Policy: Communication and fundraising advisor to “The Price of Anything: A Public Awareness Campaign for the Prevention of Violence Against Aid Workers and Human Rights Defenders”
East Coast Artists: Executive Director 2006-2010
Orange Avenue Publishers: Advisory Board 1997-2004
United Nations Association of the USA and the Northern Capital Area - Committees: Communications, Advocacy, Global Classrooms
American Red Cross - Disaster Assistance Team Leader, Government Operations Liaison
International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
Inter-Agency for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Women in International Security (WIIS)

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Being headhunted – make me an offer

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Basic French and Italian
    United States
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