A seasoned strategic communications consultant and award-winning storyteller, Hillel brings more than three decades of on-the-ground experience in the education, arts, culture, science, conservation, and health sectors to his work supporting the missions of nonprofit organizations.
He has helped his clients develop effective and sustainable strategies for branding and messaging, content development, media relations, social media, web communications, development communications, crisis communications, executive communications, and communications training.
As a writer, his work in support of nonprofit organizations has earned awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, InspirED School Marketers, and the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania.
Hillel served for 16 years as a senior communications administrator at Temple University, first at the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications and then at Temple’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. His achievements at Temple include growing the university’s reach and reputation by earning record numbers of positive placements in high-impact national and regional media outlets, making @TempleUniv into one of the nation’s most influential college Twitter feeds, managing the rollout of Tyler’s new name, helping to implement the #TempleMade marketing campaign, and profiling every new president and provost hired during his time at the university.
Prior to Temple, Hillel had a 17-year career at National Geographic Magazine, where he contributed to dozens of stories on topics in nature, geography, science, history, and culture as a writer. He also served as editor of National Geographic’s departments, the short-form content at the front and back of each issue. Since leaving the magazine, he continues to contribute to National Geographic and other publications as a free-lance writer and editor.
- Temple University
- Cornell University
- National Geographic Society
- Friends’ Central School
- Germantown Friends School
- Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Capital Health
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Chestnut Hill Conservancy
- Chestnut Hill Garden District Fund
Bachelor’s degree in History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York