Expertise: Strategic communication, sustainability, issue advocacy, energy, stakeholder engagement, corporate responsibility, ethics and governance, reporting
Chad Tragakis is Vice President of Communications for the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization revitalizing our federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve. Chad leads all aspects of the Partnership’s marketing and communications and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. He and his team support the Partnership’s mission across the organization, overseeing strategic positioning, brand management and messaging, programmatic marketing, video production, media relations, social media, strategic partnerships and special events.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Chad spent 15 years at Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations and communications agency, where he served as Senior Vice President and also as the firm’s Chief Talent Officer. He has managed communications and advocacy efforts across a wide spectrum of sectors for a variety of influential organizations and leading companies including: Ashoka, United States Institute of Peace, Special Court for Sierra Leone, USAID, Corporation for National & Community Service, AmeriCorps, ChildFund International, Student Conservation Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Voluntary Carbon Standard, International Monetary Fund, Nuclear Energy Institute, America’s Natural Gas, The Aluminum Association, HP, Motorola, Gap, Darden Restaurants, American Standard, Trane, Hitachi, InterContinental Hotels, Yahoo!, Emirates, Adidas, General Dynamics, Louis Berger Group, Roshan Telecommunications, Home Depot, Fannie Mae, KKR, and Warburg Pincus.
Chad has direct experience in most dimensions of sustainability, including environment, ethics and governance, employee engagement, strategic philanthropy, stakeholder engagement, reporting, diversity, accessibility, privacy, community outreach, partnerships, sponsorships, product stewardship, supply chain, health and safety, and public policy.
Since 2012, Chad also served at Hill & Knowlton’s global Chief Talent Officer, working closely with regional presidents, HR teams, general managers, practice leaders and account team leaders to identify top talent in the firm’s global network, develop their skills, and position them for success. His responsibilities included talent acquisition, succession planning, ensuring a meaningful performance review process for every employee, fostering increased internal communication and collaboration, facilitating greater mobility within and across regions, and encouraging active mentorship.
Previously, Chad served as senior director of media relations and special events for America’s Promise, a national youth development non-profit launched by Gen. Colin Powell. He worked for Bozell-Eskew, an issue advocacy advertising division of BSMG Worldwide, and spent three years as assistant director of public affairs for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Chad holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from George Mason University. He has lived and studied in Cologne and Berlin, Germany and is conversant in German. He serves on the advisory board of the George Mason University Communication Department, the advisory board of the Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility and chairs the group’s committee on institutional civic responsibility. He is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.