Elyse Hammett

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

As the Foundation’s senior marketing communications leader, Elyse Hammett propels the team in service of its mission, bringing its vision and values to life. With a bold, authentic and collaborative spirit leveraging 25 years in the industry, Elyse joined the Community Foundation in 2015 after serving the Foundation for seven years as a client from her marketing PR firm, Eos.

Earlier in her career, Elyse honed her skills at Emory Healthcare and BellSouth where she helped transform and reimagine both brands until changing her seat to the agency side of the desk in 2007. From this seat, Elyse served Fortune firms including AT&T, Centex Homes, Disney-On-Ice, Feld Entertainment, and HD Supply. She has won numerous awards from the American Hospital Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America and the National Telecom Marketing Association. Elyse successfully completed the buy-out of her firm in 2015. At the Community Foundation she leads brand communications efforts – spanning national media, impactful events, digital, web and more – but always focused on stories to grow the now billion-dollar-plus community endowment. To date, the Foundation has grown 35%. In 2020’s pandemic, it raised and deployed $30M in grants to the nonprofit front lines.

A dynamic speaker and storyteller, Elyse empowers communications colleagues across the nation teaching the Public Relations Society of America’s credentialing program, APR. The accreditation, similar to a CPA for communications pros catapulted her career after graduation from Emory University, by providing a framework to solve complex business challenges while simultaneously building trust, speed and loyalty. She now co-chairs the accreditation committee of the Public Relations Society of America’s board, after serving as the Georgia chapter’s 2017 president. She also serves on the advisory board of the Junior League of Atlanta and holds various board-level responsibilities for COMMA, CFON, CFPAI, and The Communications Network, all associations focused on education for communicators serving neighbors and communities.