Amy K. Harbison is an award-winning communications professional with more than twenty years' experience working in integrated strategic communications where her work has including branding, media relations, creative direction, copywriting, storytelling, web and social media strategy She has held senior level positions for and has consulted with large and community-based nonprofits, associations and foundations, and has also supported the work of socially responsible entrepreneurs. In addition to her strengths as a communications strategist and public speaker, she is a good listener, which she believes is instrumental in developing client and partner relationships based on mutual respect, candor, and collaboration. Amy has worked with many organizations undergoing change and transition, and helps them see their strategic communications as essential to their ability to successfully build consensus, bring clarity to their vision, and galvanize audiences.
Amy is a Co-Active© trained transition coach through the globally recognized Coaches Training Institute, which has one of the most rigorous certification programs in the world.
A member of Leadership Greater Washington class of 2010, she has been a reviewer for the Washington Post Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Catalogue for Philanthropy. She has served as president of a local Toastmasters© Club in Montgomery County, Maryland and was a co-founder of and served as publicist for the Olney Farmers and Artists Market for ten years.
Kelly brings more than 25 years of corporate higher education and nonprofit marketing experience to Open Window Creative Strategies. Her professional experience includes creative and supervisory positions at the Village Voice in New York; public relations and advertising agency experience at Image Dynamics in Baltimore, M and MDB Communications in Washington, DC. Her higher education positions include creative direction, design and management at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, and The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. She is committed to utilizing her strategic thinking and problem solving skills, building collaborative relationships during the process of creative development, and finding the right balance of practical and financially responsible production solutions. The resulting work of sophisticated and expressive design has been recognized and lauded by industry peers.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and has pursued additional course study in the arts, sciences and international marketing strategies. She provides design support to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, a team of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, and volunteers at pet rescue groups in the region.