Na Eng is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and seasoned communications executive.
As the communications director at the McKnight Foundation, Eng oversees all foundation-wide external communications. She is a member of McKnight’s senior leadership team and serves as an adviser to the president.
Since joining McKnight in 2015, Eng has seized opportunities to strategically use the Foundation’s public voice to advance its ideas and express its values. She has written public statements on behalf of the Foundation in response to pivotal national events and led a collaborative effort to craft and release its first Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has guided thought leadership essays in prestigious publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review and secured media placements of key stories.
In addition, Eng has increased the Foundation’s capacity to innovate in the digital age and tell authentic human stories. In 2018, she oversaw the redesign of the Foundation’s website and overhauled its digital brand presence. She established the organization’s first image library, advanced the use of targeted audience segmentation, and created new digital specialist positions on her team.
Previously, Eng served in senior communications roles at the American Refugee Committee, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Mercy Corps. In those positions, she deftly managed a variety of media relations, strategic communications, and community engagement initiatives.
Eng refined her instinct for storytelling over two decades as a journalist in New York City. Producing for PBS and CNBC, she traveled the globe to translate complex public policy issues into understandable human narratives. Her work received numerous honors. In addition to an Emmy, she won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary and several National Headliner Awards.
She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship awardee. She studied media and communications and completed an accelerated combined BA/MIA program at Columbia University.