Kristi Bruno | Vice President, Communications & PR & Lead, Digital Marketing Practice, Midwest Region

Kristi Bruno is a communications professional with nearly twenty years’ experience and expertise in healthcare, STEM, nonprofit, government, and science. Kristi has expert experience in communications strategy and planning, social and new media, integrated campaigns, key opinion leader and subject matter expert management, and thought leadership strategy. She is highly skilled in public relations and public affairs—from media pitching, development of press releases and key messaging, in-depth AP style knowledge and skills, influencer marketing, live activations, branding work, content strategy and development, and crisis communications.

Kristi has developed and executed communications and messaging for diverse audiences including healthcare and STEM professionals, patients, internal audiences, government, and elected officials.

Kristi has served as thought leader and presenter at Social Media Week Chicago, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Association Forum of Chicago, and participated as a panelist for The Atlantic Live: The Air We Breathe Summit. Kristi was a DePaul New Media Fellow and has published numerous academic papers on healthcare social media in CHEST and the American Journal of Critical Care. Kristi has also guest authored blogs on KevinMD.

Kristi holds an MA in New Media Studies with emphasis in Public Relations and Health Communications from DePaul University.

Kristi worked as a volunteer securing COVID-19 vaccines for 50+ Illinois residents who were unable to navigate the complex scheduling logistics on their own. Kristi loves to cook, loves Twitter, and hates missing WGN News at 9. She is mom to two girls (which makes her decently patient, constantly needing to run a load of laundry, and gives her a few gray hairs). Kristi lives and dies by her to-do list. She recently was elected to her local board of education and is serving as a board member.