Paul M. Rand
Vice President of Communications
Paul M. Rand joined the University of Chicago as Vice President for Communications in August 2017. Rand leads the development of strategic and digital communications in support of academic programs, University initiatives and institutional priorities. He collaborates with units across the University to support the momentum of the University’s research and teaching initiatives around the world, support and strengthen engagement with the University of Chicago community, and build upon the institution’s reputation as an intellectual destination. Rand has direct oversight of the Office of Communications.
Before joining the University, Rand was Chairman at Critical Mass/ Zocalo (a division of Omnicom Group). He founded and led two successful agencies: Corporate Technology Communications, one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms, and Zócalo Group, a full-service digital and social media agency. Based in Chicago, Zócalo Group has received numerous industry awards for its work in digital communications, public relations, social media, and reputation building. Rand’s previous roles include serving as chief digital officer and chief growth and innovation officer at Ketchum, a global public relations firm, and as an executive vice president at Golin. He started his career at Burson-Marsteller in Chicago.
Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in business administration and public policy from DePaul University. He is the author of Highly Recommended: Harnessing the Power of Social Media and Word of Mouth Marketing to Build Your Brand and Your Business (McGraw Hill, 2013/14).
Assistant Vice President of Communications
Jeremy oversees a staff that covers news in the humanities, law, social sciences, physical sciences, campus life, and many academic specialties around the University of Chicago. He is responsible for the University’s online news presence, including websites and social media accounts, and the University community’s daily interactions with the news media. Before coming to UChicago in 2008, he worked for 12 years as a science and medical reporter at the Chicago Tribune.
Director of Communications for Civic Engagement
Calmetta provides communications support for community outreach and the Office of Civic Engagement. Among other things, she is responsible for managing content on the Civic Engagement website and the 53rd Street Blog. Before joining the University, she served as director of editorial services and corporate media for Ketchum Midwest and as a spokeswoman for JPMorgan Chase and Bank One. Calmetta began her career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering banking, retail, and other topics. She earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University in New Orleans.
Executive Director for Communications Planning and Chief of Staff
Megan works with the University’s senior leadership and in close collaboration with other campus communications staff to lead communications strategy, planning, and execution related to major announcements and initiatives that cross multiple areas of the University. Her work ensures that messages related to University strategy, leadership appointments, the launch of new programs, and changes to University policies and practices, among others, are well coordinated and well managed. Megan also assists with research projects, event planning, and preparation of briefings and background materials for the Vice President for Communications. As Chief of Staff, Megan provides high level coordination for a range of administrative activities such as recruitment and onboarding of new staff, departmental finances and budget oversight, support and materials development for the Board of Trustees External Relations Committee (in collaboration with the Office of Civic Engagement). She serves as a representative for University Communications on various committees and working groups focused on communications support and planning for major university administrative initiatives.
Megan joined the University of Chicago in 2009 in the office of the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer where she coordinated institutional communications efforts across seven different administrative units. Before working at the University, Megan spent 11 years working in various roles at the Illinois Department of Human Services. She holds a master’s degree in organizational communications from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois.
Director of Public AffairsMarielle manages emerging institutional news and issues, high-profile crisis situations, broad issues affecting higher education, media and public relations, and sensitive topics. She works with members of the news media and serves as a University spokesperson. Marielle also works closely with senior leadership and in close collaboration with departments and units across campus to develop and execute communications strategies for both internal and external University audiences. Prior to joining UChicago, Marielle served as the press secretary for the Chicago Public Schools, communications director at the Illinois Department of Human Services, and assistant press secretary in the Office of the Governor of Illinois. She also led public engagement strategies and provided strategic communications counsel to local and national clients as a communications consultant at Grisko, LLC.
Marielle earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Director of External Relations for UChicago Arts and the Logan Center
Nora develops and executes communications plans for external facing strategic initiatives. She focuses on managing marketing, public relations, social media, websites, event communications, multimedia, and cross-collaborations for UChicago Arts and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Nora was the associate director of external affairs at the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York. She received a professional certificate in museum studies from Northwestern University and a BS in marketing and a BA in art history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Associate Director, Finance
Anita joined UChicago Creative in 2012. After nearly six years with the University of Chicago, she has gained ample institutional knowledge. Prior to coming to UChicago, she was a program administrator and business diversity manager for a general contracting firm, to which she credits much of her financial background. Holding a degree in communication disorders, Anita maintains a passion for helping people and remains active in her community by volunteering at a local homeless shelter and neighboring foster home. Time away from work is well spent with her husband and children.