Communications and Marketing


Ellen Moran



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Key Functions



Brian Sereno




Athletics Communications

Brian Sereno, Associate Athletics Director, Communications

Athletics Communications is responsible for:

  • Liaison between the Department of Athletics and the media inside and outside the university community
  • Official Athletics Website:
  • Television coordination, broadcast management
  • Historical record keeping




Michelle Stone




Constituency Communications

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.



Dominic Abbate




Digital Content & Graphic Design

Dominic Abbate, Creative Director (Interim Co-Lead for Marketing)

The digital content team develops and implements strategies for social media and other digital platforms. The team manages, updates, develops content for, monitors, and reports on analytics for GW’s social media presence across many channels. The team also serves as a strategic partner and advisor on social strategy for our partners across the university.

The graphic design team leads the visual strategy for GW’s marketing and communications collateral across all touchpoints. The team also serves as the guardians of GW’s visual identity, serving as a resource and authority on its implementation and evolution. The graphic design team works closely with the marketing specialist team, coordinating the delivery of collateral supporting GW’s enrollment, alumni and philanthropy, research, and academic reputation-related efforts.




Rachel Muir





Rachel Muir, Executive Director, Editorial Services

The editorial team produces GW Today and GW Magazine, two of the university’s primary means of communication with its key audiences of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The team also writes and edits publications for GW’s schools and divisions as well as high-profile special reports and documents critical to the university’s mission and leadership.




Annette Thomson

Enterprise-Wide Digital (Web and Mobile, Training and School Web Leads)

Annette Thomson, Associate Director of Requirements & Support, Web

The enterprise-wide digital team is responsible for GW's public-facing web and mobile presence. The team of school and unit web leads, front-end developers and digital training and support staff ensure that GW's websites are up to date and meet the university's visual identity and accessibility standards. 




Kurt Hiatt




Executive Leadership Communications

Kurtis Hiatt, Executive Leadership Communications Director

The executive leadership communications team provides communications support for university leadership, including the President, Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and other members of GW leadership.




Josh Schimmerling





Josh Schimmerling, Director, Marketing (Interim Co-Lead for Marketing)

The marketing team is responsible for overseeing and coordinating integrated marketing efforts in support of project owners and the university. The team works with project owners in developing marketing plans and determining the marketing collateral that is needed.



Josh Grossman




Media Relations

Josh Grossman, Executive Director of Media Relations and University Spokesperson

The media relations team is responsible for:

  • Promoting GW research, scholarship, events and expertise to the media.
  • Responding to incoming media requests.
  • Providing media training and strategic communications guidance.



Lesley Grier




Multimedia Content (Photo and Video)

Lesley Grier, Director, Multimedia Strategy

The multimedia team plans and implements an effective multimedia strategy to advance the priorities of the university including enrollment, alumni and philanthropy, research, and academic reputation-related efforts. The team creates enhanced and integrated multimedia content for GW's editorial and digital properties which includes produced marketing videos, events coverage, and highlights and promotions of university news and research. The team also serves as subject matter experts to university leadership and partners in multimedia and provides recommendations relating to multimedia strategy and best practices.



Ellen Moran




School and Unit Marketing and Communications

Ellen Moran, Vice President for Communications and Marketing

The leads are embedded in their respective areas, working directly with school deans and directors and unit leaders, to provide communications and marketing expertise.








Jin Chon, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Communications

The strategic communications team oversees brand strategy, advertising services and research communications for the university. In addition, the team manages university-wide communications and marketing initiatives that require a comprehensive rollout strategy and engagement from multiple stakeholders. This team also provides message development and marketing copy services to units across GW.



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Contact the Vice President for Communications and Marketing

 [email protected] • 202-994-5381

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