Director of Communications and Strategy
Jessica Engelhardt is Vice-President at Rifeline, where she develops and implements effective public outreach and communication strategies. Jessica specializes in the development of communications plans, key messaging and content. With more than 16 years of communications experience supporting clients and projects spanning a wide range of issues, she has a passion for keeping projects running on time and staying on track.
Since joining Rifeline in 2011, she has conducted and documented public involvement activities for multiple National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) roadway studies, as well as communications support for the MoPac North Express Lanes construction on behalf of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. She provided communications and public engagement support for construction of the City of Austin’s Water Treatment Plant 4, and presently serves the City of Austin’s Corridor Program Office to implement the Corridor Construction Program funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond.
Jessica began her communications career at Public Strategies, Inc. in 2000. She then worked for Hahn, Texas (now Hahn Public Communications) where her experience included project management roles with clients focused on transportation issues and tolling, including the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Capital Metro, the SH 130 Concession Company, LLC and the Lone Star Rail District.
Originally from San Antonio, Jessica attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications studies in 2000. Jessica received management training in the Systematic Development of Informed Consent from the Institute for Participatory Management and Planning in 2007.