Communications and Marketing
Ellen Moran, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Ellen Moran is Vice President for Communications and Marketing at The George Washington University. She is an executive leader and communications strategist with three decades of experience working in the highest levels of government and politics before entering higher education. Before joining GW, she served for four years as Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she initiated and led the University’s first branding effort.
Ellen’s career in government includes service as President Obama’s White House Communications Director in 2009, and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was Executive Director of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for Democratic women candidates. Her storied political career highlights also include work managing campaigns for US House, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates, as well as leading the country’s largest Democratic political advertising campaigns: in 2004 she designed and managed the advertising program of the Democratic National Committee, and in 2000 she ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $50 million issue advocacy campaign.
Associate & Assistant Vice Presidents
The Associate Vice President for Communications provides strategic leadership to central communications, including media relations, internal communications, and the editorial, digital and multimedia content teams. This position also oversees the development and implementation of strategic communications plans to enhance the reputation of the university.
The Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications provides leadership for the development of brand strategy, advertising services and research communications for the university. In addition, this position oversees university-wide communications and marketing initiatives that require a comprehensive rollout strategy and engagement from multiple stakeholders.
Annette Thomson, Associate Director of Requirements & Support, Web
The enterprise-wide digital team maintains GW's web presence to ensure that the university's websites are up-to-date, on brand and accessible.
Kurtis Hiatt, Executive Director of Internal Communications
Internal Communications develops and implements plans and strategies for proactive and responsive communications with a wide range of university community members.
Josh Grossman, Executive Director of Media Relations and University Spokesperson
The media relations team fosters positive relationships with local and national media outlets to promote GW, its research and expertise.
Lesley Grier, Director, Multimedia Strategy
The multimedia content team conceptualizes and executes a creative photo and video strategy to tell the GW story and engage with the community.
Kyle Herring, Director of Presidential Communications
The presidential communications team craft clear and concise messaging for GW's President in support of the university's mission.
Jin Chon, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Communications
The strategy team oversees oversee strategic planning, advertising services and research communications to increase brand awareness.
The School and Unit Marketing and Communications team collaborates with the senior leaders of GW's schools and units to implement communications and marketing strategies.
Contact the Vice President for Communications and Marketing
communications.gwu.edu • 202-994-5381