McKenzie joined Higher Learning Advocates to combine her love for communications and writing with her passion for equity and access in higher education. As Senior Communications Manager, she is responsible for HLA’s communications efforts, including the development of communications strategies, dissemination of policy briefs and materials, media relations, and social media management.
Previously, McKenzie worked as a Program Associate at the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, where she managed a three-state project focused on improving outcomes for community college transfer students, worked with a group of university administrators and presidents to improve access to higher education for lower-income students, and supported communications efforts and strategy. Prior to her time at The Aspen Institute, McKenzie worked under the communications team at Atlantic Media.
Originally from Lexington, K.Y., McKenzie has called the D.C. area home for over four years. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, where she also double majored in European history. Outside of her role at Higher Learning Advocates, McKenzie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University. She can be found at @mckenziemmaxson.