Ed Boyle is a Seattle native and 1991 graduate of Murrow College, where he emphasized public relations (PR). After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications and minor in English, he completed two, three-month internships – one with a small, Bellevue-based PR firm (Cougar-led Goodrich & Snyder; Principal: Barry Bartlett) and the second in Washington Mutual’s Corporate Communications department. His first full-time job after college was as assistant editor of a small weekly newspaper in Seattle, called The Employment Paper. This was the conduit through which Ed subsequently landed his first health-care communications/PR-related job – the same industry he feels lucky to continue working in today. Over the last 27 years, he has helped support some of the largest, most complex, nonprofit health-care organizations in Washington state and the country – including Swedish (now Providence), Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente), Washington State Hospital Association and Virginia Mason (now Virginia Mason Franciscan Health or VMFH), where Ed currently serves as VMFH’s director of Community Relations for King and Snohomish counties. His areas of expertise include community relations, community benefit, strategic communications planning, media relations, issue management, crisis response, internal communications, social media, script writing, video production, project management and event planning. Ed has been an active member of the Murrow Mentor program for more than six years. In addition, he graduated from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Executive Leadership Program in 2013 and served on Bishop Blanchet High School’s Advisory Board from 2016-2019, where he and his two 20-year-old kids attended high school. Ed is a longtime supporter of Cougar athletics and a big WSU Football fan. He attended the Cougars’ last two Rose Bowls and has been at three to four home games each fall for the last 20 years. Go Cougs!