As a classically trained pianist, Jeanette Lewis is particularly fond of Frédéric Chopin, whose nocturnes lay flowing melodies over a strong rhythmic structure. As a communications consultant, she takes a parallel approach: helping clients articulate foundational strategies and overarching messages that together inform and engage their audiences.
“At its core, communication is an artistic, creative endeavor,” Jeanette said. “The most effective messages are not only logical, but resonate emotionally, too.”
Jeanette joined ROI Communication in 2018. Immediately prior to joining the ROI team, she served as Director of Corporate Communications at Prologis, one of the world’s largest industrial real estate investment trusts. In that role, she counseled the company’s leaders on communication strategy, directed internal and external communications globally, and managed a diverse team of communicators, external PR agencies and vendors around the world.
“My global experience has taught me to see people as people,” she said. “And if you approach communications with humility, it opens you up to different perspectives and different ways of solving problems.”
Earlier in her career, Jeanette worked for Hill & Knowlton Strategies, primarily serving onsite at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. In this capacity, she worked closely with Ford’s senior executives and subject matter experts to advance the company’s position in autonomous driving, mobility research and the future of cities.
Before working at Ford, Jeanette was the Marketing and Communications Director at Stand For Children – an education advocacy nonprofit in Seattle – and ran her own PR and communications practice whose clients included Black Girls Code, among others. Prior to that, Jeanette worked as a Senior Communications Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in the British Virgin Islands.
Jeanette earned a BA in Comparative Government from Smith College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed additional programs in finance at Oxford, and in leadership at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
When not working, Jeanette enjoys writing, playing the piano, visiting art museums, reading Russian literature and traveling as much as possible.