Heather Saucier of Houston, Texas currently works in corporate communications in the international oil and gas industry. As Corporate Communications Advisor for a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Ms. Saucier writes for internal and external energy publications, including newspapers and magazines. She supports industry conferences using tools such as PowerPoint presentations, brochures, e-blasts and creating websites. She also advises management on matters such as media relations and crisis communications. Prior to working for this company, Ms. Saucier also served as Assistant Division Manager of the Communications Division for the Harris County Flood Control District. She simultaneously held the positions of Media Manager and Spokeswoman. Ms. Saucier was responsible for overseeing four areas: Project Communications, Public Outreach, Internal Communications and Media. She worked with her team to develop strategies to promote the District using the media, websites, interactive application tools, public meetings and events, and collateral and promotional materials. She also ensured that all communication with the public and media was clear, consistent and effective. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Saucier also oversaw the publication of a monthly internal newsletter for District employees. As Media Manager, she proactively pitched positive stories to the media, earning approximately $2.5 million in coverage each year. She served as the District’s Spokeswoman for print, radio and television media.
Ms. Saucier also has 16 years of experience in the journalism field, writing for publications such as Newsday, the Houston Chronicle, the Tulsa World and the Agence France-Presse. Ms. Saucier graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in 1995 with honors with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Philosophy. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Saucier became a member of the Communications Honor Society, English Honor Society, Philosophy Honor Society and Aquinas Honor Society. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism with honors from Columbia University in 2001. While at Columbia, Ms. Saucier won the Jacqueline Radin Fellowship at Newsday, earned the Richard T. Baker Writing Award and was selected to write for The New York Times wire service. In her spare time, she enjoys running and yoga and has an interest in animal rescue and rehabilitation.