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Marty Jarrell

Communications Strategist, Family Connects International, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy


Prior to joining Family Connects International in June, 2018, Marty Jarrell spent the bulk of her career leading the development and implementation of communications strategies at Ipas, an international nonprofit organization focused on women’s reproductive health and rights. As communications manager, Jarrell created the organization’s publications policies and processes and implemented editorial and branding guidelines. Later, as communications director, she led a team of communications professionals to build the organization’s brand and increase its visibility via a variety of communications channels, both online and in print. Jarrell worked with colleagues from all over the world with expertise in public health, research, policy and community outreach to connect the results of their work to key audiences. She is highly skilled in writing, editing, messaging and management, and is especially interested in building strong internal communications that ensure team members are effective brand ambassadors.

Early in her professional life, Jarrell worked as an advertising copywriter but moved from that field to coordinate international conservation and development projects in Africa and Latin America.

Jarrell received her B.S. at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where she majored in advertising and minored in developmental psychology.