Inside AAA is a blog series that provides readers the opportunity to get a glimpse of the people who work for you, the AAA member. In this series, staff members provide insight on their job and themselves.
This week, Inside AAA features Marketing & Communications Manager Anne Kelsey. Anne is responsible for managing the AAA blog and social media accounts as well as media relations and AAA’s overall marketing efforts. Contact Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) with submissions for Members in the News, ideas for new blog posts or op-eds related to current events, or questions about Anthropology Day.
What lead you to your current position with AAA?
I have an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary and will be completing my Master’s in public relations and corporate communication at Georgetown University this December. A few years ago, when I was interning with another nonprofit, I signed up to receive notifications from the AAA career center. When I got the email notification about this job a few months ago it was too perfect of a fit for me not to apply.
What is your favorite on-the-job task?
The best thing about working in communications and, especially, media relations is that every day presents a different challenge. Working at AAA is no exception, and I love getting to facilitate discussion between our members and the general public about an incredibly varied set of topics and current events.
What is the most rewarding on-the-job moment?
One of our primary goals as a department is to generate discussion about the issues of the day and share anthropological perspectives on those issues so it is very rewarding when something that we share on the blog or on social media generates a lot of interest through comments, likes, retweets, shares, etc. Comments are especially great. I like hearing different opinions on issues and knowing that we’re really getting through to people and helping them think about an issue from a new perspective.
What is the most bizarre object in your office?
I would have to say this photo of an opossum that was given to me by a former co-worker has to be the most bizarre object in my office. The opossum is one of my favorite animals, largely because it is greatly misunderstood. It reminds me that I started working in communications to help the general public to better understand the important work that anthropologists and other scientific researchers do.
What is your favorite activity outside of work?
My time outside of work is happily occupied tending to the whims of my 2 year-old rescue mutt Joe. His Royal Highness Joseph Napoleon enjoys going for long walks, ruthlessly murdering stuffed toys, and trying to start fights he can’t win with much larger dogs.