Lavinia Edmunds has been named communications director for the Institute for Policy Studies.
In the newly created position, Edmunds is developing a strategic plan for IPS communications to increase awareness of IPS research and programs and make the work more accessible to broader audiences.
"I had a chance to work with the institute this spring and was impressed with its wide range of projects and programs," Edmunds says. "It seems to me that IPS has much to offer ongoing debates on social policy, and I'm anxious to key in leaders and opinion makers to its work."
Edmunds brings to the position more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor in newspapers and magazines. In Washington, D.C., she covered Congress for States News Service. Focusing on family issues, her articles have been published in the perspective and news sections of the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun and other national newspapers as well as magazines ranging from Ms. to Readers' Digest.
As senior writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine from 1987 to 1989, she won one silver medal and one gold medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for her in-depth features. She also gained top honors from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association for best education story of the year in 1996.
In spring 1999, Edmunds helped to edit Projects and Programs, an IPS annual publication that provides a synopsis of current projects and research. She also attended the International Fellows conference in Dublin, which she wrote about in the fall issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine. A graduate of Hollins College, she earned a master's in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.