Brian Grace is Nationwide’s Chief Communications Officer, leading the company’s internal communications, public relations, and reputation management functions. Grace joined Nationwide from Progressive Insurance where he served in a similar capacity. Before joining Progressive’s Marketing team, Brian led strategic communications at Target. Prior to that, he was a communications manager at NASA and Pentagon contractor, ATK. Earlier in his career, Brian honed his storytelling and relationship-building skills while working as a news reporter and anchor in his hometown of Minneapolis.
He graduated from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and received a post-graduate certificate in Managing High-Performance Teams from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is active in the community both personally and professionally. He is the incoming chairman of the board at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio, he served as chair of judges at the 2020 PR Week Awards, served on the board of the Public Relations Society of America’s Cleveland chapter and has provided pro bono marketing and PR counsel to Urban Ventures – an organization focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty, MDI – a social enterprise empowering the career success of people with disabilities, and Toys for Military Kids.