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Jennifer Heiss

Communications Director



Jennifer Heiss is the Communications Director at IEI, leading the institute’s Communications, Marketing and Technology team. She works in conjunction with IEI staff and stakeholders to tell the story of the institute’s work across communities in North Carolina.

Jennifer is originally from Washington, D.C. and was raised in Lexington, NC. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree in digital communication from UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to joining IEI, Jennifer worked as a communicator in both state and local government, the utility industry and for a federal agriculture program at NC State University. She enjoys learning photography, reading, listening to podcasts and discovering new places to hike. Jennifer and her husband live in Raleigh.

Jennifer has been with IEI since 2022.