About The Network

We help you do good, better.

The Communications Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of social sector leaders from foundations, nonprofits, and consulting firms across the globe who share the belief that smart, strategic communications have the power to transform society and improve lives. Founded nearly 40 years ago by the late Frank Karel of The Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations to help social change leaders improve their work and “get the word out," today The Network is the premier leadership organization for nonprofit communications professionals.

The Communications Network’s Board includes senior leaders from some of the world’s most consequential social change organizations. Among them: Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Earthjustice, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lumina Foundation, The Duke Endowment, and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

What We Do: Community + Learning + Leadership.  

We deliver timely access to knowledge, expertise, practical advice, and guidance to help everyone in the social sector improve their work and better understand the unique role strategic communication plays in advancing their mission and driving social change.

As a Network member, you'll receive access to exclusive webinars on the pressing issues facial the social sector. You'll receive a copy of our print journal, Change Agent, which shares the wisdom of the field's most influential voices. You'll even be among the first to know about landscape research studies, like Communication Matters.

We also connect professionals working in the social sector to each other. We provide guidance and mentoring on communications and regularly offer learning and networking opportunities through webinars and other presentations, both online and in local communities, and at our annual conference. Our new ComNetworkLOCAL initiative has already gathered hundreds in D.C. for learning sessions from the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and new groups are forming in New York, Denver, and more.


The Communications Network Board of Directors

Joanne Flores Moses
Director, Finance
Boettcher Foundation

Charity L. Perkins
Director of Communications
The Duke Endowment

Doug Root
Vice President of Communications
The Pittsburgh Foundation

Jesse Salazar
Vice President of Communications
Council on Foundations

Andrew Sherry
Vice President, Communications
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Daniel Silverman
Vice President for Strategic Servies
James Irvine Foundation

Norris West
Director, Strategic Communications
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Craig C. Ziegler
Vice President Finance, Administration & Investments
California HealthCare Foundation

Rebecca Arno
Vice President of Operations and Communications
The Denver Foundation

Tanya M. Barrientos
Director, Executive Communications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Eric Brown
Principal
Brownbridge Strategies

Kevin Corcoran
Strategy Director
Lumina Foundation for Education

Maureen Cozine
Senior Director, Communications
New York State Health Foundation

Alfred Ironside
Vice President for Global Communications
The Ford Foundation

Minna Jung
Vice President for Communications
Earthjustice

Meredith Klein
Communications Officer, Public Affairs
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation