Amy Dunham

Amy Dunham

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Strada Education Network

Indianapolis, IN USA

Don't be afraid to ask [for help] and don't put too much pressure on yourself to have everything figured out. Do good work, show up prepared, and have a good work ethic, and everything will be okay.


By Roadtrip Nation

Amy Dunham


My road in life has been direct.
For my business major in college, I had to take a public speaking class. I thought, wait: You can major in "Look at Me While I'm Talking"? Sign me up!
I got an internship in the communications department at American Airlines the summer after sophomore year. A plane crashed my first day on the job.
9/11 was my sixth day of work out of college, at a PR agency. We had a client on retainer called Argenbright, who did 80% of airport security. They had no spokesperson, and so I took on the role.
Between accepting the role and starting, my employer filed for bankruptcy. Over 3.5 years, the airline was bankrupt twice, had two crashes and merged with another airline across the country.
Staffing a Smithsonian photo shoot at the airport, I got talking to the TSA comms guy, at the time a new agency. After a day together, he asked if he could call me. I interviewed a week later.
18 months into being a civil servant at TSA, I got tapped to be the transition official for the Homeland Security press office, preparing for the 2008 election.
After 4 years at DHS, I was tired. I said as much to a Secret Service buddy. He got a call from a headhunter soon after, recruiting for the NCAA. I got a job in sports by way of the Secret Service.
I now direct integrated strategic communications efforts to advance Strada Education Network’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and advance its position with key constituents.
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Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

I'm responsible for articulating and advocating for Strada's mission to both internal and external audiences.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Though the issues and timeframes vary every day, my day is always filled by connecting with others. Whether formal meetings with agendas, drive-by conversations, Slack or Zoom conversations or email, I spend my days in constant contact with others. With my marcomm colleagues, we're often working messaging, strategy and planning, coordinating responses to others and pulling in our teammates to tap into their skills. With my peers in management, we're bandying ideas, planning and making decisions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Reach out to someone whose role or path interests you. Here's a secret about humans: we all like to feel seen. So if there's someone you admire, reach out and tell them so -- odds are, they will make time to respond and engage with you. I saw our interns at the NCAA do it all the time, with a 95% success rate. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to do the same earlier in my career, and I try to do so now. None of us are ever too old or too successful to be mentored.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"When I switched majors junior year from business to communications, I heard everything from inferences to direct feedback that I was copping out, doing something less prestigious and damaging my future prospects."

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress
Changed Major