CHICAGO — ICF Next has hired Edelman Southeast head Jackie Hopkins to lead its US communications and marketing teams.

Hopkins will serve as a managing partner in the newly created role. She will report to senior managing partner and group leader Kris Tremaine.

“Jackie’s experience and energy make her the ideal person to lead our communications and marketing teams forward,” said Tremaine. “She has a passion for growing teams that is contagious.”

Hopkins is joining ICF Next after 15 years at Edelman, where she most recently oversaw the firm’s Southeast business as executive general manager of its Atlanta office. She also served as general manager of the agency’s Austin office and as senior VP for consumer marketing.

Prior to joining Edelman Hopkins held PR and marketing roles at Sears and Target.