Pembroke Center

Jenny Backus ’90


Jenny Backus is the owner and president of Backus Consulting LLC, a strategic communications firm. specializing in strategy development, campaign and project management and intergovernmental consulting for corporations, media outlets, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and political campaigns and committees. An expert on strategic communications and partnerships, Backus has worked for Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations and NGOs, and in the political arena serving in leadership positions in the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and on Presidential campaigns, including managing more than 40 Presidential Primary Debates and Forums and events for the national media in the 2004 and 2008 Presidential cycles. Backus served for three years as a senior policy advisor and head of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement for Google and also served in the first two years of the Obama Administration as the acting assistant secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) and the principal deputy assistant secretary for Strategy & Planning at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is chair emerita of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. 

Backus earned an A.B. in English literature from Brown University.