WASHINGTON – Ellen Howe was recently appointed as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs of the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) by Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley.
In that position, Howe will provide strategic input on all both internal and external communications initiatives. She works directly with high-level officials within TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop communications strategies carried out nationwide.
“Ellen is a great addition to our communications team,” said Hawley. “There is so much more that TSA can do to help the traveling public understand what we do and why we do it – and how people can help us improve security. Ellen is the right person to get those messages out.”
Howe is relocating to the D.C. metro area from Central Washington where she ran her own strategic consulting firm since 1995. In that role she developed targeted communications strategies to position and brand clients. She also developed grassroots networking programs, and coordinated public awareness campaigns that included community relations, media relations and advertising. In the early 1990s Howe served as deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, and managed media relations activities during the clean-up of Rocky Flats, a U.S. Department of Energy Superfund site that was part of the nuclear weapons complex.
“TSA employees are on the front lines in the war on terror and interface daily with the traveling public. We must be accountable to the media and provide timely information to the public and our employees,” Howe said.
Howe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University, and was raised in Lebanon, Ohio. Howe and her husband Joe have two children, Connor, 8 and Kate, 6.