Press Release

Griffin Communications Group to lead day-to-day operations for the Conrad Foundation

By SpaceRef Editor
September 15, 2011
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HOUSTON – Griffin Communications Group (Griffin) recently signed a long-term agreement with The Conrad Foundation to provide collaborative leadership and day-to-day operational support for the not-for-profit organization. The Conrad Foundation combines education, innovation and entrepreneurship to fundamentally change the way science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are taught in schools across America.

Under the new agreement, Griffin will oversee strategic planning and collaboration, communications planning (including tactical development) and overall management and operational support of the Foundation. In addition, Griffin will provide logistical and event planning support to the Spirit of Innovation Awards (SoIA), the Foundation’s flagship program.

“We’ve grown rapidly in the past four years, and more and more entities want to partner with us,” said Nancy Conrad, who founded the organization to honor the legacy of her late husband, Apollo 12 astronaut and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad. “Now is the perfect time to take the necessary steps to sharpen our current systems and processes to ensure solid and continued growth. Gwen Griffin has served on our Board of Directors since the beginning and her staff has provided significant support. The overall team’s expertise will help us chart a course to reach many more students in the years to come.”

To ensure smooth operations, the Foundation relocated its headquarters from San Francisco to Houston. Jen Fotherby, Executive Director of the SoIA, has co-located with the Griffin Communications Group team in its Bay Area Houston headquarters office.

“When Pete commanded Apollo 12, Gwen’s dad Gerry was his lead flight director in Mission Control at the NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC),” Conrad said. “Three decades later, I now have Gwen as my lead flight director and our Mission Control now located just a few miles from JSC. The past and the future have melded”

About Griffin Communications Group

Griffin Communications Group (GCG) is a full-service communications firm that specializes in strategic communications programs for its global clients. The agency’s team of professionals integrates a blend of branding, strategic planning, public affairs, advertising, design, public relations, crisis communications and interactive marketing to generate powerful results. Founded in 1997, the firm is headquartered in Houston and also operates an office in Central Florida. For more information, visit or call (281) 335-0200.

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Melissa Wren
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Griffin Communications Group
(281) 335-0200 or [email protected]

SpaceRef staff editor.