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Alka Nayyar


Alka Nayyar brings 15 years of experience across a full range of communications, marketing and public relations assignments for public, private and non-profit organizations. Using critical thinking, common sense and an integrated approach to messaging, Alka works with clients to successfully navigate crisis communications, media plans and product and program launches. She crafts strategic messaging that helps organizations creatively tell their stories, and communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external audiences.

At MHC, Alka uses her broad base of PR and project management skills to communicate client initiatives and manage both strategy development and media plan execution. She also supports clients with message management around organizational advocacy, policy and positioning on key issues.

Prior to joining MHC, Alka served as a spokesperson and communications manager for several State of Illinois agencies – most recently, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. In the office of former Governor Pat Quinn, Alka served as the liaison managing communications for state departments covering topics as diverse as human services, economic development, public safety, transportation, property management, procurement, human resources and labor relations.

In the high-growth business intelligence environment at MicroStrategy, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSTR), Alka developed successful client and partner PR programs, structured media plans garnering positive product reviews, targeted business and tech media coverage, and further expanded MSTR’s international graduate recruitment program.

Outside of MHC, Alka leads the non-profit Chitrahar, one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to promoting diversity and South Asian cultural awareness on radio, TV and through the performing arts. She also regularly teaches Indian dance classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Menomonee Club and is a choreographer, actor and cultural consultant for local Chicago theater.