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Jennifer Huergo (Fed)

Director, Public Affairs Office


As director of the NIST Public Affairs Office, Jennifer Huergo is responsible for the planning and implementation of internal and external communications strategies and advising NIST leadership. She oversees an office of communications professionals who support NIST through media relations, web and social media engagement, conferences and AV services, internal community building and external community outreach. 

Huergo served as NIST's director of media relations from 2012 to 2021, and as director of its tour program from 2010 to 2012. Before joining NIST, she served as a science writer and public affairs specialist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research. Before that, she was a technology writer at the National Technology Transfer Center, assistant editor for the American Institute of Physics publication Computers in Physics, and an educator at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, on Long Island, New York.

She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, Association of Science Communicators and a member and past president of the D.C. Science Writers Association. 

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Created October 9, 2019, Updated September 20, 2023