Allegra East

Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Allegra is responsible for leading communication strategy and implementation to increase visibility of the brand and services of The Polis Center with both external and internal (IUPUI) audiences while helping our partners build capacity. She offers broad-based experience across industry and nonprofit sectors.  Her expertise is in strategic communications, corporate communications, marketing strategy, digital marketing, strategic planning, public & media relations, graphic design, brand management, content marketing, web content writing, design thinking, corporate social responsibility, strategic corporate philanthropy, and situational leadership.

Her professional experience prior to joining The Polis Center includes work with the Dallas Mavericks, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Purdue University, Clarian North Medical Center (now IU Health North), and AUL  (now OneAmerica). In addition to writing, media relations, and graphic design in all these jobs, she served as director for the Dallas Mavericks Foundation and The Pacers Foundation and represented AUL with numerous efforts on behalf of local nonprofits.

Allegra previously worked with IUPUI at the Herron School of Art and in External Affairs. She attended Purdue University studying Nutrition and Dietetics then transferred and graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a B.A. degree in English. Allegra is completing a graduate certification in design thinking from the Herron School of Art, after which she will formally apply for the masters program in Media Arts & Science at the School of Informatics and Computing and toward which she has completed 1/3 of the courses to date.