Rebecca Ballard

Rebecca joined Purple in 2020 for the chance to build out communications, marketing and employee engagement for the firm and its people as they began a new decade helping some of the world’s most important organizations address their most important challenges and opportunities. In 2023 she was named Purple’s first Chief of Staff.

Rebecca began her career at Public Strategies, a business advisory firm specializing in public affairs, crisis management and public opinion research. Her work with the firm covered a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including automotive, retail, manufacturing, health care, energy, and financial and professional services. When the firm merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global communications consultancy and public relations network, Rebecca took on a series of roles leading communications for the agency and developing its people and culture.

She is a proud alumna of Murray State University and American University and serves in volunteer roles within the industry and as a Girl Scout troop leader and youth sports coach. Rebecca lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two hilarious, brave and kind children.

“I started out partnering with brands and leaders to help them discover and share their stories. More recently, I’ve found a passion in helping to shape and develop organizations and people I care about to have brighter, richer, more meaningful stories to tell.”

“One piece of advice I give my mentees is not to worry so much about where your journey is leading you. No one can see that far ahead. Try new things and take the twists and turns that come your way, confident in the fact that no time is wasted, and you will be able to apply everything you learn in ways you cannot yet imagine. The journey is the whole point. Embrace it.”

“I truly believe in the power of our industry to do good in the world. We live in a time of so much division, distrust and fear – things that cannot persist in the face of authentic connection with the people on the other sides of issues. As pathfinders, storytellers and connectors, we can help bridge gaps, bring healing and build understanding that is needed today.”