NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Jessica Loeper has been named New Hanover County’s Chief Communications Officer (CCO). Loeper has served as interim CCO since January of this year. Prior to that, she served in the county’s Communications & Outreach Department for more than three years and has an extensive background in communications and public relations.
“Communications inside and outside of our organization is incredibly important,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Jessica has demonstrated successful leadership and quality communications since taking on the interim role, and for several years before that as a manager in the Communications & Outreach Department. She has a passion for the work we do, she is respected by her staff, her peers, and our Commissioners, and she has a strategic vision for the county’s communications in the years ahead.”
As CCO, Loeper will lead the Communications & Outreach Department, which manages external relations for the county, including media relations, social media, web services, branding and marketing, digital productions, and NHCTV – the county’s television station.
“It is an honor to be part of an organization and a team that is committed to serving our community each day,” said Loeper. “I am excited about leading the county’s communications in new and innovative ways, and creating more opportunities for our citizens to be engaged and understand what the county is doing and why.”
Loeper’s background is in communications and nonprofit development in both Wilmington and Charlotte. Prior to working with the county, she served as the director of communications and outreach for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Loeper received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a concentration in Public Relations. She is a graduate of WILMA’s Leadership Institute, the UNCW/NHC SERVE Professional Development Academy, and UNCW’s Academy for Strategic Management.