Ruth Whitman Chacon is the senior manager of communications for the College Excellence Program. She comes to the post after serving as a communications consultant—designing and directing public engagement and marketing strategies that shaped news, opinion, policy and demand for education products, ideas, and service providers. Prior to consulting, Ruth was senior vice president for Widmeyer Communications, where she built social impact and prominence for a multimillion-dollar portfolio of education, foundation, and government clients. She previously served as associate director of the bipartisan, intergovernmental National Education Goals Panel and championed priorities of the American Federation of Teachers as the union’s assistant director of public relations. Ruth studied rhetoric and writing at the University of Pittsburgh and received a BS with honors from the University of Maryland College of Journalism.