Shelley Triol

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Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives

Role: Directs the Ports of Indiana’s communications efforts and oversees strategic initiatives in support of the organization’s vision, mission and value proposition.

Joined: July 2018

Background: Shelley Triol joined the Ports of Indiana after an extensive career in communications, media and leadership roles. She has previously worked for the White House, the Indiana Governor’s Office, Purdue University, WTHR-TV and numerous broadcast media outlets.

Triol most recently served as a Volunteer Advance Associate for the White House, assisting on domestic and international trips for the Vice President of the United States and the Second Lady of the United States.

Prior to that, she served as Communications Director for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Director of Strategic Communications for the State of Indiana, helping to coordinate media and crisis communications for the Department of Administration, Office of Energy Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Indiana School for the Deaf, as well as other state offices as needed.

In addition, she has worked as the Assistant Vice President of External Relations for Purdue University, and as Vice President for Sease, Gerig & Associates of Indianapolis, providing business communications, crisis management, and media and public relations consulting for a wide range of customers.

Triol served as the executive producer for WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate and top-ranked daily news organization in Indianapolis, and spent 20 years in various leadership roles with Indiana broadcast media, including WXIN-TV (FOX), WFYI-TV (PBS), WLFI-TV (CBS), and WFTE-AM/WAZY-FM radio.

She is a past recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash as well as the Distinguished Service Medal from the Indiana National Guard, and has numerous broadcast journalism awards including two Emmy Awards and Best Newscast honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press.

Triol has a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University, and she and her husband Tom live in Indianapolis.