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Shannon Helm
Senior Director, Communications & External Relations

Shannon Helm is the Communications & External Relations Manager for the Center. She oversees and administers public outreach and communications activities across the Center’s main 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 in 2010, she worked for ABB Inc., as the Marketing Communications Manager for the Power Products and Power Systems division. She has a background in energy-related communications and community affairs, and has 15+ 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.  Industry involvement: Former Wake County Energy Advisory Commission Member; Society of Women in Environmental Professions (SWEP), Former Communications Chair; N.C. Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Community involvement: Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow Alumni.  Email: