Founded in 2000, Clarendon Group is a  strategic communications firm led by Christine Heenan and drawing on  the talents of a range of associates in communications, media, politics,  education, health care and non-profits. In its first few  years, Clarendon grew to be a leading regional public affairs agency  known for its expertise in health care and education policy. The firm  won numerous awards for advocacy and communications, ran successful  ballot campaigns for affordable housing and voting rights, and in 2006  was recognized nationally with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business  Excellence
​in Workplace Flexibility. Clarendon Group has advised  public and private sector leaders and multi-national organizations  ranging from leading biotech companies to luxury retailers to the  world's most respected philanthropies, colleges and universities. 

Christine  Heenan, founder and president of the Clarendon Group, is called upon  for her expertise in strategy, crisis management, health care, education  and policy built over decades of work with leadership teams of some of  the nation’s most notable organizations. She is an advisor to Harvard  University, where she served as Vice President for Public Affairs &  Communications from 2008 to 2015. Heenan has also served as Senior  Communications Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a  member of the Creative Council at Burson-Marsteller, the global public  relations firm.  

Heenan served with the Clinton-Gore  Administration as senior policy analyst on the White House Domestic  Policy Council staff and focused on health care policy, health reform,  and women’s issues. In addition to her role at Harvard, Heenan also  served as Director of Community and Government Relations for Brown  University. She taught communications and public policy at both Brown  and Harvard, and has lectured at UK universities and at Chatham House.

Heenan  began her career in business strategy consulting for Telesis and SJS –  spinoffs of Boston Consulting Group -- working on business process  analysis, cost analysis, market strategy, and strategic planning for  national and international corporations including Corning, Rubbermaid,  Ahlstrom and IKEA. She has served on a number of boards focused on child  development, education, and economic policy. She and her family live in  Massachusetts and Rhode Island.



Ariadne Labs
​Ballmer Group
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Boston College

Broad Institute
Brown University

Centers for Disease Control &   Prevention
​Colby College

Dartmouth College

​Harvard Global Health Institute

Harvard University


Middlebury College​

Princeton University

Smith College

Syracuse University

Tiffany & Co.

Tufts Health Plan
Tufts University

University of Miami