Harron Ellenson Bio
Harron Ellenson founded Harron & Associates, a public relations and marketing firm, in 1979. Before striking out on her own, Ms. Ellenson served as Director of Community Affairs and Marketing for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and headed up Boston 200, the city's unforgettable celebration of the nation's bicentennial.
Ms. Ellenson's Boston 200 experience, which included historic visits of Queen Elizabeth and the Tall Ships, prompted her choice as organizer of Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Balls in 1977.
As president of Harron & Associates, Ms. Ellenson brings together the public and private sectors to create memorable civic events, such as the Centennial Dedication of the Boston's Symphony Hall, the traditional lighting of the Prudential Christmas tree, the two-week port visit of the BT Global Challenge Yacht Race, and the annual opening of the Boston Harbor Islands, a national park area.
In addition to lecturing at local universities, Ms. Ellenson regularly makes presentations on her highly successful communications methods to professional organizations, most recently at the invitation of the US Department of Education and the National Catholic Educators Association.
In 2001, the Women's Network of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce honored Ms. Ellenson with its annual Pinnacle Award, which recognizes Boston women who have achieved excellence in business, management, and the professions.
Active in local politics and a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission, Ms. Ellenson has held board positions with The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, The Ellis Memorial Neighborhood House and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. She is currently Secretary of the Back Bay Association and serves on the Bermuda Tourism Advisory Board.
A graduate of Boston University, Ms. Ellenson is a native of Newport News, Virginia.