Q&A with Jenny Hammond, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at NC State University’s Poole College of Management

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Jenny Hammond

Today we chat with Jenny Hammond, the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at NC State University’s Poole College of Management. 

This Q&A is a part of our series called interviews with locals where we interview local Raleigh thought leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners to share their story with our community.

Where did you grow up and go to school? How long have you lived in Raleigh?

I grew up in Greensboro, NC. I was actually born in New Jersey but have spent most of my life in North Carolina. Although some close to me would argue and say the ‘New Jersey’ is still alive and well based on my driving. 

I had a great childhood in Greensboro with my parents and three siblings. I have a big catholic, Irish, Italian family so lots and lots of family all around me, I could not be luckier!

I attended Appalachian State for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees and had the honor of working for the university a few years post graduate school. Boone will always have my heart. Go Apps! 

I moved to Raleigh over 10 years ago when I married my husband. We love living here and are enjoying raising our son in such an amazing city.

Give us your short bio about your current role?

I have by far the coolest job at NC State. I get to lead a team of passionate marketing and communications professionals who are committed to telling the stories of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Poole College of Management. 

How did you get into the industry you are in now?

When I was a junior in college I signed up to be a tour guide on my campus (App State). I loved working with prospective students and their families in helping them decide what path made the most sense for college.

After that I was hooked and have since made a career in Higher Education admissions and marketing. 

If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where in Raleigh would you take them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? 

Breakfast/Brunch: Zest.

Lunch/Dinner: Gonza Tacos and Tequila.

Can I also add a favorite ice cream spot? My family knows that I LOVE ice cream more than life itself and someday I hope to retire and travel the world as a professional ice cream tester.

If you have the chance, be sure to check out these awesome local spots: Two Roosters Ice Cream, FRESH Local Ice Cream, Goodberry’s Frozen Custard, and of course, Howling Cow Ice Cream (the official ice cream of the NC State Wolfpack).

Best thing about living in Raleigh? 

I love the fact that we are two hours from the beach, and three hours from the mountains!

Least favorite thing about living in Raleigh?  

Traffic. Our city continues to grow which is a great thing, but I am not a fan of the increase in traffic.

What would a traveler learn about Raleigh by engaging with NC State?

Higher Education is such a critical part of the fabric of this area. Every day new businesses choose to relocate here because of the talent that the universities in the area are producing.

The Poole College of Management at NC State is working hard to meet those needs by preparing the future business leaders of tomorrow with the skills to be successful and impactful in their organizations. It’s a very exciting time to be part of higher education.  

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Can’t miss experience in Raleigh for an out-of-town visitor? 

Can you even say you visited Raleigh if you have not been to the State Fair? I think not. 

Which local Raleigh entrepreneur inspires you to do better?

Cindy Eckert, Sprout Pharmaceuticals. If you have not had the chance to meet Cindy you are missing out. She is such a trailblazer for women and truly shattered the glass ceiling when she launched her company to support female wellness. 

Drink of choice? Which bar, brewery, or coffee shop in Raleigh do you get it at?

Well, this would be a toss-up for Sweet Josie at Lonerider Brewery, or a Honey Latte at Sola Coffee….depends on the time of day!

Favorite getaway spot in North Carolina? 

No brainer…the mountains! 

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When you hear the words “THIS IS RALEIGH” what comes to mind?

Opportunity. Raleigh is just getting started and I am excited to see where this city is in the next 5-10 years. 

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