Joe McNamara is director of communications for the Stanley Foundation. He is responsible for the foundation’s external communications, including developing and directing strategic communications that advance its advocacy goals, general branding, and production/publication of specific materials. Joe brings to the foundation more than 30 years of deep experience in all aspects of corporate communications across numerous industries and geographies, including global media relations, thought leadership, event management, community relations, crisis management, and financial communications. He also served as an adjunct instructor of communications for Southern Methodist University (SMU) for 11 years and is a former president of the Dallas Press Club and SMU Communications Advisory Board.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
My primary focus is to enhance the strength, clarity, and relevance of the foundation’s external messages and to ensure that they reach and connect with our target audiences. I love the art and science of communications and, best of all, when it is used in a meaningful way to make a positive difference. I joined the foundation October 1, 2015.
What do you like most about your job?
Two things. First, I am helping communications make a difference for an organization that is good and positive in its purpose and actions for the world and its precious humanity. That is huge. In communications there is an axiom that says, “What you are and what you do always speaks louder and longer than what you say you are and what you say you do.” Knowing that at the end of the day I have been working to advance something very good and worthwhile means a lot. Second, while our team is relatively small, it is made up of talented, dedicated professionals focused and working together in a warm, friendly environment on common goals—teamwork at its best.
Where are you from?
I grew up in West Texas and have lived and worked across the United States, coast to coast.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I try to mentally relax while working on home-improvement projects (with my wife as the general contractor), enjoying outdoor activities, and staying in touch with the kids and other family. On the quieter side, I enjoy reading action novels, taking in an occasional movie, and fishing. Unfortunately, while I would rather describe the last activity as “catching,” fishing is the best descriptor of what we do.