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Shannon Helm
Senior Director, Communications & External Relations

Shannon Helm joined the Center in 2010 and is Senior Director of Communications & External Relations. She oversees and administers public outreach and communications activities across the Center’s program areas.  She also manages media and public relations efforts, participation in national and local events, the Center’s Industry Advisory Council, corporate foundation fundraising, and partner/relationship outreach and collaboration.  She also is the program chair and head fundraiser for the State Energy Conference of North Carolina that is held annually in April.  Before joining the Center, she worked for ABB Inc., as the Marketing Communications Manager for the Power Products and Power Systems division. She has a seasoned background in energy-related communications and community affairs, and has over 20 years of experience in the marketing communications field. Shannon holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science in Communication from NC State University. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.  Email: