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Heather Hise


Heather Hise is a Louisville native whose nearly 20-year career in communications began in Nicholasville at Alltech Biotechnology, a global leader in the animal nutrition and brewing industries. As part of the U.S. marketing team, Heather supported the equine and pet divisions, assisted the U.S. public relations manager, and helped coordinate the company’s annual international symposium in Lexington.

Heather returned to Louisville in 2008, where she spent the next decade leading internal and external communications for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. Managing an annual budget of nearly $1 million and a team of three, she served as primary spokesperson for the organization, including managing press, media appearances, speaking engagements, and special events including grand openings, job fairs, community open houses, and donation drives. She also played a key role on the senior leadership team, keeping a pulse on initiatives across the organization to inform communications decisions.

In early 2019, Heather joined Yum! Brands’ corporate communications team, where she developed and executed communications plans for internal client teams, wrote news stories, and served as editor for the weekly e-newsletter for Yum! corporate employees. She also served as associate director on the Yum! Brands Foundation board, focusing on employee engagement with nonprofit community partners.

A Centre College graduate, Heather held an internship with Norton Healthcare’s communications team and was a contributing writer for BG Magazine, a publication of The Lane Report. She has volunteered with and served on boards for Junior League of Louisville, Nativity Academy, and the Public Relations Society of America Bluegrass Chapter, and she is currently in her second term as commissioner for a local sixth-class city where she lives with her husband, son, and cat.

How can Heather’s experience benefit your nonprofit?

  • Copywriting: Experience writing copy for internal and external communications, including press releases, newsletters, annual reports, leader messages, website, marketing materials
  • Public relations: Experience pitching media, serving as spokesperson for interviews and media appearances, and working with teams to develop crisis and strategic communications plans
  • Collaborations: Experience coordinating projects with partners to engage target audiences and raise awareness of specific causes/issues