As Senior Vice President of Communications, Ms. Cartwright spearheads the American Legacy Foundationís communications initiatives to achieve its mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. She leads a team of seasoned public relations professionals devoted to raising public awareness about the deadly toll tobacco takes in our nation, through innovative tobacco youth education and prevention campaigns including the award-winning truthģ campaign, and efforts to promote smoking cessation through multi-media campaigns like EXsm a pilot program launched in four test markets - as well as Code Blue for Lung Cancer a campaign partnering the American Legacy Foundation and the National Association of Broadcasters to raise public awareness about the nationís number one cancer killer lung cancer.
She joined the foundation in September, 2002, following 18 years with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). As a member of the original team that launched the Center in 1984, Ms. Cartwright is credited with helping to shape the public image of the nonprofit as it grew from a handful of committed child advocates to the internationally-respected organization it is today.
She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Womanís College (1981) and holds an executive certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown Universityís Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. In 2006, she was named a finalist in PR News' annual PR Professional of the Year (Nonprofit/Association) competition. She also serves on NCMEC's Public Relations Committee of the Board of Directors and the Client Advisory Committee of the Council of Public Relations Firms.