Penelope D. Hillemann
Vice President & Senior Communications Counselor
A member of Neuger Communications Group since 2004, Penny advises a broad range of organizations and businesses. She has particular experience with healthcare, nonprofits, green/sustainable endeavors, education and cooperatives. She enjoys delving into the essence of a client’s business or area of advocacy to guide development of a new graphic identity, name or communications campaign.
A former lawyer, Penny brings more than 25 years of communications and related experience to the firm. She served for seven years as web manager and communications associate at 89.3 WCAL, the highly regarded classical radio station that served the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. Earlier in her career she practiced law in Milwaukee and served as a judicial law clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Penny holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University and received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School – an educational background that emphasizes clear and persuasive writing, sound research, insight into human motivation and an appreciation for good lawyer jokes.
Penny shares her life with her three children and her husband, David Keyes, in Northfield, Minnesota. She serves on the boards of Just Food Co-op and the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, and enjoys gardening, bird-watching and blogging about these and related topics at penelopedia.com. Though she is now a well-settled Midwesterner, she lived in Kenya for the first five years of her life and grew up in San Francisco.