Emily Ortman joined NPC as the director of communications in July 2021. She is responsible for implementing NPC’s communications strategy, and managing editorial processes, media relations and marketing and branding activities in support of the organization’s research and educational programs.
Ms. Ortman previously served as the director of communications for the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. She led the development of strategic communications to maximize the reach and influence of SWHR’s scientific programs and policy activities. She oversaw the creation and dissemination of a wide variety of evidence-based communications, including reports, blog posts, fact sheets, webinars, and social media.
Before SWHR, Ms. Ortman managed media relations and communications at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), a nonprofit professional society with more than 36,000 members. She coordinated press activities for hundreds of reporters at SfN’s annual meeting, led the production of the Society’s annual report and quarterly newsletter, and crafted compelling advocacy communications on biomedical research funding. Ms. Ortman also previously worked at the American Bar Association (ABA) as a communications manager, where her responsibilities involved writing and editing articles, press releases, talking points, and speeches, as well as providing guidance to ABA staff on media strategy.
Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Ms. Ortman worked in journalism as an editor and web producer at Roll Call, a respected political newspaper covering Capitol Hill and the White House. Before that she worked as a copy editor at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, a daily newspaper in Indiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University.