As public affairs manager for Cincinnati Metro, Jill Dunne has been instrumental in promoting public transportation in Greater Cincinnati. She is responsible for media relations and social media for the transit authority.
Dunne led the effort to totally redesign Metro’s website over the past year, including transitioning the site to a new in-house content management system. She also worked with consumers to ensure that the website meets the needs of the community — from tech-savvy site users to riders with disabilities. To improve accessibility for people with disabilities, Dunne spearheaded the effort to create PDF alternatives for the schedules on the website.
Dunne coordinated the installation of a reproduction of a piece of artwork on a Metro bus as part of the Taft Art Museum’s Art for All program in 2012. She also has worked with ArtWorks, a nonprofit community art employment program, and volunteers to facilitate the “Yarn Bombing” of a Metro bus in September 2011. The resulting unveiling received extensive local and national media exposure.
She has been a speaker or panelist for a wide spectrum of professional events, including APTA, the Public Relations Society of America and the Society of Professional Journalists. She has been a guest speaker at public relations classes at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati and Thomas Moore College.
“It’s a great privilege to hear from our riders about what a difference Cincinnati Metro has made in their lives ... Our service has opened doors and provided great opportunities for our community ... The focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives are vitally important for future generations.”