For outstanding leadership, data-driven results and an authentic approach to coaching highly functional teams, Tressa Jumps earned a coveted regional award from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), a national organization of marketing professionals from two-year colleges.
Named Communicator of the Year for District 6 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Pacific Rim territories), Jumps is the director of marketing and communication for Glendale Community College, a position she’s held for more than five years.
As a senior communication advisor at the college, Jumps oversees all aspects of marketing, PR, communication, advertising, social media, student recruitment and fundraising development. During her tenure, she has navigated her team through two reorganizations, grew the college marketing department from six to 18 people, increased efficiencies and production, and championed new communication tools.
“She has turned the marketing and PR department at Glendale Community College into a technically savvy and highly responsive unit that routinely captures the spirit of Glendale,” said GCC President Irene Kovala.
On campus, Jumps is known as a leader who establishes and nurtures partnerships between departments and creates highly functional teams. She considers this to be her real job – supporting a positive environment that encourages employee performance.
“I feel successful when my team is seen as a model of behavior and success for other departments,” Jumps said.
Jumps is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from coaching high-performance teams to nurturing strategic partnerships, has been a featured speaker at NCMPR conferences, and has authored industry journal articles related to marketing and public relations in higher education.