Communications and Marketing

Ellen Moran

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.


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Associate & Assistant Vice Presidents



Michelle Stone

Michelle Stone, Associate Vice President for Communications

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.



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Jin Chon, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications

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.


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Key Functions



Brian Sereno





Dominic Abbate




Digital Content & Graphic Design

Dominic Abbate, Creative Director

The Digital Content team & Graphic Design team manage GW’s official social media accounts and create print and digital materials that adhere to the GW brand.




Rachel Muir





Rachel Muir, Executive Director, Editorial Services




Annette Thomson

Enterprise-Wide Digital

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




Internal Communications

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 Schimmerling





Josh Schimmerling, Director, Marketing

The marketing team is responsible for overseeing and coordinating integrated marketing efforts that adhere to the GW brand and advertise the university, its mission and successes.



Joshua Grossman




Media Relations

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




Multimedia Content

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.




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Presidential Communications

Kyle Herring, Director of Presidential Communications



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Jin Chon, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Communications

The strategy team oversees oversee strategic planning, advertising services and research communications to increase brand awareness.








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Contact the Vice President for Communications and Marketing • 202-994-5381

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