The Office of Public Affairs

Photograph of Erik Smulson, Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President

Erik Smulson (C’89) | Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President

Erik leads Georgetown’s efforts and senior officers in institutional positioning and branding, intercollegiate athletics, strategic communications, civic engagement, and public safety.

Photograph of J. Callahan Watson, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Business Policy

J. Callahan Watson (C’07, L’14) | Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Business Policy

Cal leads efforts to oversee implementation and compliance with key university policies, such as the Georgetown University Just Employment Policy and the Code of Conduct for Georgetown University Licensees. He serves as the chair of two university committees, the Advisory Committee on Business Practices and the Licensing Oversight Committee. He also is a member and coordinates the work of Georgetown’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility.

Photograph of Silvana Gutierrez, Assistant Director for Public Affairs

Silvana S. Gutierrez (SFS’16, G’22), Assistant Director for Public Affairs

Silvana broadly supports the Office of Public Affairs by producing relevant research and analysis of emerging issues and providing managerial and organizational support for the office.

The Office of Protocol and Events

Mary Haines | Director of Protocol and Events

Mary is responsible for event coordination, logistics and security, protocol and cultural issues, and program design and production for dignitaries visiting campus.

The Office of Strategic Communications

Photograph of Meghan Dubyak, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications.

Meghan Dubyak (G’19) | Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications

Meghan serves as the primary University spokesperson and leads a talented team of professionals in the Office of Strategic Communications and Creative Services. The office is responsible for the message and narrative development for major University initiatives, media relations, social media and digital engagement, internal communications, editorial, video production, and graphic design.

Ruth McBain | Senior Director for Strategic Communications

Ruth is a University Spokesperson and manages media relations for the University. She facilitates interviews between journalists and faculty experts or University leadership, provides background information and official statements to support media reporting on Georgetown, assists news crews with filming on campus, and manages press for on-campus events.

Jason Shevrin | Media Relations Manager

Kevin Sullivan (SFS’14) | Director of Internal Communications and Operations Communications

Mike DeRario | Senior Director for Creative Services

Photograph of John LaRue, Graphic Designer.

John LaRue | Art Director

John provides design and art direction to university partners from concept to completion, ensuring their work will be visually impactful and adhere to Georgetown’s visual identity.

Maria Canales | Director of Digital Engagement and Social Media

Maria leads Georgetown’s social media and digital platforms through strategy development, content creation, engagement and analytics. She works collaboratively across the organization to create a unique voice for the University on social media, as well as aligns strategic priorities, to ensure a more cohesive brand identity.

Andrew Walker (SFS’16, G’21) | Director of Content Strategy

Andrew designs communication plans, coordinating with senior leadership, to ensure accurate and timely communications of university positions to internal and external audiences.

Rosemary Lane | Director of Editorial Services