About Hilarie Grey

Since starting her career in public service with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Hilarie Grey has spent more than 20 years dedicated to making the community stronger. She has been involved with critical issues ranging from growth, transportation and tourism to health care, economic development and higher education.

An expert in crisis communications and organizational change management, Hilarie led the public affairs units of McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) during transformational periods for both organizations, and oversaw communications for health science-focused non-profits Touro University Nevada and Nevada Cancer Institute.

In these roles and others, she has developed many award-winning communication programs, designed to make services and information more accessible and build a stronger community.

Prior to joining Allegiant in 2016, Hilarie most recently served as communications director for AARP Nevada, advocating for family caregivers, livable communities and access to health care, and developing technology education programs for seniors in partnership with the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson.

Hilarie currently leads strategic communications and corporate giving at Allegiant, a Las Vegas-based airline and travel company with $2.9 billion in annual economic impact in Nevada. In this role she has shepherded national and local partnerships with Make-A-Wish, the American Red Cross and The Arc “Wings for Autism” program. In Las Vegas she has led efforts to support STEM education, including a scholarship and mentorship program with Rancho High School’s Aviation Magnet program.

Qualifications & Highlights

  • 25-year career in Las Vegas, dedicated to improving the community, creating access to services and opportunity for local residents.
  • Began her career with the City of Las Vegas, working on economic and community development programs. Obtained Federal grant funding for local non-profits and services. Was part of the team that developed Las Vegas’ first Neighborhood Services plan.
  • As public information administrator with Clark County, developed communication programs to make services more accessible and local government more transparent. Led county-wide efforts to bring services and information online.
  • Developed crisis communication plans for Clark County (including writing the county’s media plan for high-profile court cases), McCarran International Airport and the Clark County Department of Aviation, UNLV and Allegiant.
  • Led communications for McCarran International Airport during the National Airspace shutdown of September 11, 2001 and through the security changes that followed. Served as the Western Region representative on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Airport Communication Advisory Committee.
  • Developed the first interactive airport website featuring real-time flight information and interactive terminal maps. Introduced innovative technology programs such as McCarran’s SpeedCheck kiosks, designed to make travel more convenient.
  • Led and reorganized UNLV communications during a period of unprecedented growth, introducing new programs and facilities. Launched the university’s first major capital development campaign.
  • As the first executive director of external relations for Touro University Nevada, grew awareness, admissions and support for the non-profit medical and health science campus. Advocated for more – and more specialized – medical residencies in Nevada to encourage students to practice in state.
  • With AARP Nevada, developed and piloted technology education programs for seniors in partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the City of Henderson. These programs are now utilized nationally by the nonprofit.
  • Advocated for family caregivers and access to health care for seniors. Coordinated efforts to make the City of Henderson a recognized Age-Friendly Community.
  • Currently leads communications and corporate giving for Allegiant. Has shepherded partnerships with Make-A-Wish, American Red Cross and The Arc, whose “Wings for Autism” program helps make travel more accessible for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Ensured Allegiant provided free flights to family members of those killed or wounded in the 1 October mass shooting; Part of the team which brought forward an employee giving and company match program resulting in more than $360,000 for the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.
  • Supporter of the performing arts and animal rescue and welfare causes. Theater buff who is an original Smith Center subscriber. Her personal project “Hounds of Hope”, sculpting cartoon dog figurines, is a fundraiser for the Nevada SPCA.
  • Enjoys hiking and exploring Southern Nevada parks and trails with her Old English Sheepdog, Vincent. Hobbies include arts, literature, science fiction, sports.