Director of Marketing and Communications
Autumn Blanchard, Director of Marketing & Communications, will serve as the architect of the SEF marketing strategy and take the lead in sharing the SEF story. She brings a host of critical experience from the disciplines of communication, politics and education. Autumn most recently joins us from the marketing industry where she was responsible for brand development, strategy, and client acquisition supporting Fortune 500 clients. Autumn’s political acumen was sharpened during her work in the Detroit Headquarters of the 2008 presidential campaign and while managing a city council campaign in 2009 in which case both newcomer candidates were victorious. She prides herself on her genuine passion for education cultivated through her experience teaching at the university level and taking a lead role in student support services focusing on student development, retention, and advising for first-generation, low-income, and students of color. She also served as diversity liaison to Central Michigan University’s board of trustees advising on student equity issues.
Autumn graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University with degrees in communication & political science and magna cum laude from Wayne State University with a master’s in communication with a concentration in political communication and public relations. Autumn is currently a doctoral candidate in communication studies with a concentration in education policy, and her research centers on the media’s role in shaping the public’s perception of education policy and its implications on equity. She has extensively studied and researched the media’s role in voter perception and mobilization, political disenfranchisement, and educational inequalities in marginalized communities.
Autumn is a Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Alumni and recipient of the WSU University Research fellowship. She actively volunteers as the Sponsorship Chairperson for ColorComm, building strategic partnerships for an organization dedicated to growing access and mentorship for women of color in the communication industry.