Abby Callard

Communications + Marketing Manager

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About Abby

Hometown: Arlington Heights, Illinois

Education: Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia

Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, swimming and generally being outdoors. I’m also very crafty—I knit, make soap and maintain a sourdough starter. I also love to scout out local beer with my husband, hang out with my young son and entertain our adopted Corgi mix.

Who are you?

I’m the Communications + Marketing Manager, which means I get to translate all the great work at Healthy Schools Campaign into communications and marketing collateral that reach a wide-ranging audience.

What makes your job great?

Being able to combine the writing skills I’ve honed from years of working in journalism and my passion for making a difference into one position at an organization with a track record of success is an amazing opportunity. Working with an incredible group of people who are passionate about their jobs and the organization’s mission makes it even better.

When did you come to Healthy Schools Campaign?

January 2015.

Why did you join Healthy Schools Campaign?

I joined Healthy Schools Campaign because I was interested in using the power of the written word to advocate for change. Health is such an important, but often overlooked, aspect of student achievement, and I’m interested in helping to illuminate all the hard work that has gone into—and continues to go into—this cause.

Where does your motivation come from?

I have always been interested in education and social justice issues. One of the things that attracted me to journalism was the ability to give a voice to those who might struggle to be heard on their own. Healthy Schools Campaign is doing that for parents, students and teachers who deserve a healthy school environment in Chicago and throughout the country.