Adora Jenkins

Vice President of External Affairs
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As Vice President of External Affairs, Adora Andy Jenkins brings more than 10 years of experience in communications and public outreach including as a media and political strategist, spokesperson and journalist to ITI. Adora has successfully developed holistic messaging strategies for breaking, national issues like environmental disasters and law-enforcement emergencies. She also specializes in innovative strategies for product rollouts and announcements of potentially complex matters. Adora served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration from March 2009 until December 2013; most recently, as the Press Secretary to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, where she was the national spokesperson and media advisor to the Attorney General and Justice Department leadership on a range of high-profile issues including financial fraud, gun violence, and civil rights.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Adora was Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  As a member of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s leadership team, she was responsible for the agency’s external and internal messaging including national announcements, website content, social and new media platforms, as well as agency-wide initiatives. Previously, she served as EPA’s Press Secretary, the primary spokesperson for the agency on all issues including the BP oil spill and Japanese Nuclear crisis.

In 2008, Adora worked on the Obama Presidential Campaign as Regional Press Secretary in Florida during the general election and as a spokesperson in six states during the primary election. Prior to that, she served as the spokesperson for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in metro-Atlanta. In 2005, she was the Press Secretary for Congressman Harold Ford Jr.'s U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Before that, she worked as a TV news producer at two network affiliate stations and wrote international and financial news stories for CNBC Europe in London.

Adora earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia.