My name is Marc Moorghen (pronounced "Morgan"). I'm a British-born American living in California. As Founder and Principal Consultant at On Message Communications, I advise people and organizations on successfully wielding their influence for the greater good through strategic communications and partnerships.
From 2010 to 2017, I headed the communication efforts of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a $2.5 billion private family foundation established by the founder of Hilton Hotels. During my tenure, the Foundation’s annual giving grew from $39 million to $115 million per year through 12 local, national and international programs (including safe water; chronic homelessness; foster youth; and children affected by HIV and AIDS, among others), while planning for the future expansion of the endowment to more than $5 billion, which will make the Foundation one of the largest philanthropies in the country.
In my role as head of communications, I developed strategic plans to advance the organization's mission, objectives, and priority areas. Serving as point person for planning across departments, I worked with more than a dozen internal teams on different portfolios, each with specific issues and goals. I acted as brand gatekeeper and helped evolve the organization’s reputation from a small, obscure charitable fund into one of the leading philanthropies in the country.
Prior to establishing the Foundation’s communications team, I developed and executed strategic communications and marketing plans for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for six years, from 2005 to 2010, while also managing the Foundation’s media relations and internal messaging. Previously, I worked in public relations and communications, education, and events management in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Throughout my career, I have sought to deepen my understanding of communications—from the complex cultural environments in which contemporary organizations operate and the rapidly evolving technologies that have revolutionized the way we communicate to the fundamental needs that continue to motivate human beings. Over time, this approach has shaped my philosophy that communications and marketing are both an art and a science.
Recently, seeking to deepen my knowledge of the field, I returned to graduate school for a Master’s degree in Communication Management at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Having completed my graduate studies and having served at the Hilton Foundation for nearly thirteen years, I decided to take a sabbatical break. My wife and I traveled the world for nine months, visiting family and friends in different countries, while experiencing other cultures and pursuing our own creative interests. I returned to the U.S. with a renewed passion for my role as a communicator and started On Message Communications to share my expertise.