Heather McElrath - Communications Director

Heather McElrath is the communications director for Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Heather serves as a liaison between the community and the nonprofit to convey the organization's views and mission. As a director, she manages the coalition' publications such as Financial Fridays and Update. Heather also manages the content of Jump$tart's website, organization's social media programs, and provides communications support for other association programs and services.

Heather has extensive business and financial communications experience. She served as vice president and senior manager for Rabobank in New York City from 2007-11. Before that, she was senior public relations manager for Freddie Mac and public relations manager at the American Bankers Association (ABA). While with the ABA from 2003-05, she among other things developed, managed and executed strategic outreach and communications plans for its Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking, and its Center for Community Development.

Heather is a California native and received an undergraduate degree in 1994 from Virginia Tech University in communications studies (with a journalism emphasis) and a minor in English. She also earned her MBA from the George Washington University in 2005.