DON KIRCHOFFNER, APR, FELLOW PRSA
Don is an accomplished senior communications executive known for creating and implementing strategic communications that have proactively addressed a broad array of challenges with innovation, foresight and action. He has been a driving force behind a number of high-profile media campaigns, crisis management situations and public outreach programs both in the U.S. and overseas.
Following a distinguished 26-year career with the United States Army, Don completed his military service as chief of media relations for the Department of the Army with the rank of Colonel. During his military career, Don was the first public affairs officer on the ground following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces, served as the director of communication for Kurdish Relief Operations in Northern Iraq following the war, was the director of communications for three hostage release operations, and handled Department of Defense efforts during the Los Angeles Riots.
Don also served as the senior director of communications for all federal relief efforts during Hurricane Andrew. He supervised more than 40 federal, military and non-profit public affairs personnel involved in the recovery efforts.
Don previously was director of communications for the Biomedical Services Division of the American Red Cross. In this capacity, he directed all communications activities for the 38 member blood centers across the United States. Don also has served as vice president of communications with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, which eventually became known as Exelon following ComEd’s merger with Philadelphia Electric thus forming the largest utility in the country. Most recently, Don served as senior communications consultant to Dr. Julie Gerberding at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
He is accredited by PRSA and was elected to the Society’s prestigious College of Fellows. He is a past president of the Chicago Chapter of PRSA and currently serves as a director on PRSA’s National Board.