Continued Growth, New Faces, Unique Expertise at HBN

HBN | August 2019 | Newsletter

Healthy Building Network is thrilled to announce the addition of two new staff. Please join us in welcoming Rebecca Howard, as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, and Erica Chung as our Health Educator. 

Rebecca (Becca) Howard fills the final open HBN leadership team position. In her role as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, she will lead HBN’s brand strategies, communication initiatives, and the marketing of our products. Becca is a marketing and public relations strategist who has worked with healthcare, quantitative and scientific professionals to translate technical insight into compelling human stories that motivate action. With her professional background in advertising agencies and trade associations, Becca believes that complex information can be digestible for any audience and drive positive change, transforming industry and consumer behavior. Rebecca has worked in the technology, financial services and healthcare spaces for organizations like the American Hospital Association, Society of Actuaries, and most recently with Sysmex America, the American subsidiary of the Japanese in vitro diagnostics manufacturer the Sysmex Group. Becca holds a Master of Science in Public Services concentrating in Healthcare Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Il. Rebecca is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Following the completion of her recent HBN research team internship, funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Erica Chung joins HBN full time as Health Educator. Erica is responsible for building creative opportunities to accelerate market adoption of HBN’s HomeFree resources, Chemical Hazard Data Systems, research reports, and product guidance through education, communication, and customer engagement. She previously worked for the New York Community Trust conducting program evaluations and brought her experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to help bridge the gap between grantee organizations and funders. Erica is also a champion of health communications, having worked for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment where she researched environmental health topics and integrated her love for art and science to develop engaging and accessible health content for the general public. Erica has an MPH from Columbia University in Environmental Health Sciences and a BS from the University of Minnesota in Biology. Erica is located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

This staff expansion, in skills and numbers, is a continuation of Healthy Building Network’s strategic growth strategy, announced in 2016. Adding experience and capacity in the health/public health realm is an important competency that complements our research and programs. Improving our ability to communicate and market our products and programs will allow us to engage and serve broader markets, advancing our impact.