Lara Shane

Vice President for Research and Communications at the Partnership for Public Service

Lara Shane is an executive and strategist with more than 15 years of communication and management experience in both the public and private sector.

For the last 10 years, she has served as Vice President for Research and Communications at the Partnership for Public Service where she was a member of the senior leadership team. Shane had responsibility for the strategic direction and delivery of the Partnership’s thought leadership and communication portfolios. In that role, she oversaw approximately 20 staff members, interfaced with government and corporate partners and assisted with fundraising and strategic partnerships. She was responsible for all aspects of communications strategy, including branding, messaging, media relations, events, publications, and Web and social media. Her teams also produced two of the Partnership’s signature programs, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings and the Service to America Medals.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Shane served as Director of Public Education in the Department of Homeland Security. There she managed a variety of projects designed to educate the American public about the Department’s mission, goals and various programs. Prior to moving to DHS headquarters, Shane served as media advisor to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In that role, she served as spokesperson for, and strategic advisor to, the director of the agency on matters pertaining to media relations and outreach during national disasters. Shane also worked as an associate producer at CBS News for the Early Show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson, prior to joining the administration.

Shane has a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from George Mason University.