Vice President of Client Services
Jillian Hegedus is a public diplomacy enthusiast, former educator, and public affairs aficionado who is passionate about storytelling, local politics, and building bridges between communities. At JCI, she serves as Vice President of Client Services. In her role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of JCI, managing a team of full-time staff, associates, and external contractors, creating and executing winning strategies for clients.
At JCI, she has spearheaded a number of successful campaigns that focus on developing coalitions and communications strategies designed to influence public opinion and key stakeholders. She leads a team of statewide organizers that are educating communities on the importance of health equity, and recently ran a successful effort to urge Governor Newsom to veto legislation designed to take away prescription drug cost savings for patients.. Through her leadership , JCI has been able to grow and develop the next public affairs leaders and build up a vast and diverse client portfolio.
Prior to coming to JCI, she managed the post-production of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony program. Under her management, she oversaw the post-production of ten Interactive Survivor Biography interviews with Holocaust survivors.
Jillian is passionate about educational equity and served as an English teacher at the Friends School in Ramallah, West Bank in 2016. When she isn’t leading a team or coming up with creative solutions to client issues, she enjoys listening to and playing music. In 2016, she was invited to Havana, Cuba to cover the Major Lazer concert and provided the U.S. State Department with an evaluation of how the U.S. can use music as a form of cultural diplomacy to build relationships.
She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy, specializing in Middle Eastern cultural diplomacy. She has a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Media & Communications and a minor in Arabic Studies from Texas A&M University. After she graduated from Texas A&M, she was a member of Teach for America and taught 7th and 8th grade English at Frank Black Middle School for two years and 8th grade U.S. History at KIPP 3D for one year.
Jillian is an alumni of Coro Southern California and was a member of their Spring 2021 Women In Leadership Cohort. She currently serves as Outreach Officer with the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and is a Board Member of the nonprofit Look What She Did!