Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Director of Communications & Outreach
A marketing, communications and branding leader with more than two decades of success conceiving and implementing successful messaging, branding, business development, customer service and public relations campaigns, Bruce Mendelsohn is Director of Communications & Outreach for the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
He earned a commission as an Army officer through Fordham University ROTC where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served as Executive Officer of a 100-Soldier Personnel Service Company in Camp Casey, Korea and Platoon Leader of a 30-Soldier Postal Platoon in Ansbach, Germany. He is a Parachutist and graduate of the Eighth U.S. Army's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare School.
Since leaving the Army in 1993, Mr. Mendelsohn has amassed more than 20 years of national-level communications expertise and leadership experience in law enforcement, business, higher education and the U.S. government.
He has researched and presented a report to the U.S. Congress in support of a national plan to transform Federal detention management functions and operations; promoted the beloved national crime-fighting icon, McGruff the Crime Dog; and helped to promote and raise funds for the $80 million campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum. He also founded and operates a marketing communications consultancy, The Hired Pen.
Mr. Mendelsohn has wrote, placed and been interviewed for stories in national media outlets, including CNN's Wolf Blitzer Presents, The Situation Room, and Headline News, ABC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, FOX News, Associated Press, America Online, The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and TV, radio, and newspapers throughout the U.S.
A social media expert, Mr. Mendelsohn has been featured on the list of "Top 85 Branding Experts to Follow on Twitter" and on the list of "Top 85 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter." He also received the Constant Contact All Star Award for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
A graduate of Vassar College, Mr. Mendelsohn holds a Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He has completed 17 marathons and is an award-winning triathlete. A certified Madd Dogg Spinning Instructor, Mr. Mendelsohn earned MIT DAPER's (Department of Athletics, PE and Recreation) "Eager Beaver" Award for 2011 and Summer 2012, the Boroughs YMCA “Shining Star” Award in 2013, and several honors as a civilian first responder during the Boston Marathon bombings. He lives with his wife in Auburn, MA and is a proud father of his daughter, Abigail.