WASHINGTON — Home Builders Institute has appointed Lynne Harris as vice president of corporate communications. Harris brings extensive leadership andexperience in various aspects of communications to HBI, having held positions in print and broadcast journalism, national trade associations and nonprofits.
Following an early career as a journalist for Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio and CBS affiliated radio stations, Harris has spent more than 20 years managing public relations, corporate communications and marketing efforts for several national organizations.
Most recently, Harris was vice president of communications for the Consumer Specialty Products Association, where she led the organization’s external and member communications activities and programs. “Lynne’s background in journalism and experience in public relations will help strengthen HBI’s position as the recognized source for career technical education and national leader for career training in the building industry,” said HBI President and CEO John Courson.
In her new role, Harris will develop and execute HBI’s comprehensive internal and external communication and public relations program to promote the organization’s training programs and workforce development initiatives. She will be responsible for providing leadership to HBI’s overarching communications enterprise, including internal communications, branding, print, digital, traditional and social media.
“HBI will leverage Lynne’s career-long experience and dedication to communications to take the organization to the next level,” Courson added.
Along with a master’s degree in public communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from American University, Harris is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America. She has received numerous national awards and recognition for her work during her career.