Sandra Wills Hannon, Ph.D., APR, founder of The Hannon Group, LLC, a company that helps clients communicate to and engage audiences and consumers using research-based public communications campaigns. Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public relations, health communications, internal communications and community outreach. A nationally respected communicator, she has designed, managed and executed public information campaigns for a variety of state, regional and national government campaigns and initiatives. Highly recognized as a communications expert, Sandra is quoted often in such venues as on PR Tactics, PRSA’s award-winning newspaper reporting the latest news and trends in the public relations industry. In addition, her and her team’s ground breaking projects have been included in academic journals such as the American Journal for Industrial Medicine serving as a resource for communication strategists. In her consulting, Sandra has managed public information campaigns and market research for clients such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She also provided counsel to the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations in creating advertising concepts and strategies targeting youth and adults for ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
Prior to forming The Hannon Group, Sandra was a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the top-ranked public relations firm in the United States. She managed teams that developed award-winning community relations and media relations for clients including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Sandra is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the largest association for public relations professionals. She served as President of PRSA’s National Capital Chapter, the largest chapter in the country, with 1400 members.
She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in communications from Howard University and was the first in the School of Communications to graduate with a 4.0 at the doctoral level. She has a Master of Arts in educational studies from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is accredited in public relations from PRSA and is fluent in French.
In her spare time, Sandra, wife and proud mom to 3 girls, is a foodie who enjoys pushing the limits in her kitchen.