ASHG Names New Senior Communications, Public Engagement Leader

Published: Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time

Media Contact: Nalini Padmanabhan, 301.634.7346,

Flynn Brings 20 Years of Communications Experience, Innovation, Management

ROCKVILLE, MD – Kara Flynn has been named senior director, public engagement, communications, and marketing of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). This is a new position that will enhance ASHG’s programs to promote public awareness and appreciation about the benefits of human genetics and genomics research, celebrate humanity’s shared genetic heritage and important diversity, and encourage public participation in genetics and genomics research. The position will also guide the continued growth of ASHG’s marketing and member communications as ASHG affirms its central role as a leading resource for the growing genetics and genomics research community.

“Kara brings a wealth of communications expertise and experience to her new role and is ideally suited to advance our public engagement and communications strategies,” said ASHG Executive Director Mona V. Miller. “She will bring substantial experience communicating with the public about emerging research and technologies and human health applications, as well as leadership in scientific societies. Her focus on results make her an excellent addition to our leadership team.”

Ms. Flynn will join ASHG from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), where she served as that organization’s senior director, communications, working to elevate awareness of SfN’s mission and vision to members and a broader public audience. Earlier in her career, Ms. Flynn served as a strategist on behalf of numerous health and food industry clients at Levick, a noted crisis firm in Washington, D.C., and headed up communications for the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association, the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, and the National Pork Producers Council.

“I’m honored to be a part of moving ASHG forward,” said Ms. Flynn. “I look forward to working with the volunteer and staff teams to raise the visibility of one of the most dynamic and promising areas of biomedical research, and to help pursue ASHG’s vision that people everywhere realize the benefits of human genetics and genomics research.”

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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