Strategic Communication Executive
Erin McDonough, MBA, is a senior strategic communication executive with 30+ years of experience. She advises CEOs, C-suite colleagues, and Board members on matters including business strategy, legal, regulatory, cultural, and societal issues to anticipate and mitigate reputational risk. McDonough develops dynamic brand, crisis, executive/internal communication, marketing, media/social media, public relations, and reputation management strategies. She is an innovative and inclusive leader who has built, retained, and led award-winning teams and is known for creating highly collaborative cultures.
Most recently, McDonough served as senior vice president, chief communication officer for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this role, she drove comprehensive communication and marketing activities, advancing the Brigham’s mission and bringing stories of inspirational achievements in care, research, education, and community partnerships to people around the world. McDonough directed sophisticated content and creative services, digital, media, and social media, as well as expert marketing programs across a wide variety of platforms and channels, including highly regarded publications, media outreach, websites, social media, advertising, and brand development strategies. During the pandemic, McDonough served as the public information officer for the hospital’s Incident Command, leading internal and external
McDonough was honored with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester’s New England Women’s Leadership Award, which recognizes influential women who have found ways to give back. She was also profiled in the book “Boston, Inspirational Women” which features women making a difference in Boston and the world.
Prior to joining BWH in 2010, she held senior positions at New England Baptist Hospital, CareGroup, and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Northeastern University.
She has served as an IEDLI faculty member since 2016.