The Office of Public Affairs
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.
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.
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, strengthening the University’s visual identity cohesion by screening and responding to logo and licensing requests, and supervising Georgetown Buzz (a student video production team).
The Office of Protocol and Events
Mary Haines | Director of Protocol and Events
Geoff Bible (SFS’12, G’16, G’20) | Deputy Director of Protocol and Events
Geoff 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
Meghan Dubyak (G’20) | 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.
Rachel Pugh (G’15) | Senior Director for Strategic Communications
Rachel serves as a University spokesperson. She oversees media relations and editorial content teams.
Bethany Imondi (C’13, G’21) | Internal Communications Manager
Bethany designs communication plans to effectively communicate University messaging around strategic initiatives and works with internal partners to develop a consistent and transparent internal communications strategy for events and activities that make up the larger narrative of the University.
Nancy Robertson (G’22) | Director of Editorial Services
Nancy writes and edits original content as well as aggregates stories from communication partners across the university, ensuring that the top tier of Georgetown’s website is consistently populated with high-quality subject matter in keeping with the university’s branding, institutional strengths, priorities, and strategic plans.
Nia Hightower (G’16) | Director of Content Strategy
Nia analyzes content performance and develops effective ways to further the reach of content created within the university’s Office of Strategic Communications and by communications teams across the university’s campuses in Washington, DC and its campus in Qatar.
Emma Curran | Senior Director of Creative Services
Emma produces strategic videos for Georgetown’s many digital platforms. She also manages Creative Services, a internal agency that develops creative content for clients across campus.
McKenzie Stough (C’13, G’19) | Director of Digital Engagement and Social Media
McKenzie is the institutional lead on social media for the university, and she works to create and nurture a unique voice and personality for Georgetown on social media while creating truly innovative digital experiences for Georgetown’s online audiences. McKenzie is also the handler (mom) for Georgetown’s live mascot, Jack the Bulldog, known for his skateboarding prowess across the court during Hoya sports games.
Jess Gawrych | Digital Media Associate
Jess manages the University’s top-tier social media accounts and other digital initiatives on campus.
John LaRue | Graphic Designer
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.
Paul B. Jones | Multimedia Producer
Paul produces strategic videos and photography for Georgetown’s Creative Services department.