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Kelly Nantel

VP, Communications & Advocacy - National Safety Council, Chicago, IL

 

Kelly Nantel is a globally recognized strategist and communications thought leader with more than 25 years
of experience in executive communications, policymaking and crisis planning and response. In 2015, she
was named Vice President of Communications & Advocacy at the National Safety Council to improve safety
in the nation's workplaces, homes and communities, and on the road.
She has led the development of digital communications, social media content, video productions, and a
series of powerful position papers that have resulted in a stronger NSC brand and expansion into new
markets among new audiences.


Ms. Nantel has raised the organization's profile through such successful national campaigns as launching a
consumer-oriented automotive safety technology website that garnered 6 billion earned media impressions,
benchmarking employer data on opioid overdoses in the workplace and developing education programs and
tackling cutting edge issues such as deaths and injuries related to fatigue.


Prior to joining NSC, Ms. Nantel served as the Director of Public Affairs at the National Transportation Safety
Board, where she significantly enhanced the NTSB's communications capabilities and improved the agency's visibility and reputation through targeted communications programs, innovative use of social media and strategic message development and delivery.


At NTSB, Ms. Nantel coordinated crisis communications for dozens of major transportation investigations,
from airline crashes, train collisions, pipeline explosions, bridge collapses to maritime accidents. A few
examples include the crash of Virgin Galactic's Spaceship II, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and the derailment of
Amtrak 188 in Philadelphia.


Previously, Ms. Nantel led a team of public affairs professionals at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and served as the agency's chief spokesperson on major national security investigations, as well as human & drug trafficking, money laundering and immigration enforcement. She began her communications career at the Massachusetts Department of Correction where she led external affairs followed by a communications management role for the public safety secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.


Ms. Nantel has a bachelor of science in criminal justice and communications from Curry College. She is
frequently invited to speak to organizations about effective crisis communications and is a proud member of
the National Association of Professional Women, Women in PR and the Public Relations Society of America.