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.
Assistant Vice President, Digital Communications
Ben Rissman joined the University of Chicago as Assistant Vice President for Digital Communications in October 2017. In this role, Ben oversees the development, adoption, and implementation of strategies to ensure that the University, its schools, divisions and units effectively leveraging the power of digital and social media as communications platforms.
Prior to joining the University, Ben launched tech start-ups and then worked at leading global marketing agencies where he provided strategic counsel to a wide range of clients spanning the education, consumer goods, financial services, health care, and retail sectors. As an Executive Vice President at Ogilvy, Ben led a group focused on developing social media strategy and content production. During his time as Senior Vice President, Digital Communications at Weber Shandwick he managed a large team of cross functional digital specialists and often built digital marketing strategy for many of America’s leading brands. In both of these roles he was tasked with keeping his agencies at the forefront of modern marketing by developing new models, capabilities, and thought leadership in many emerging areas like social media, influencer marketing, mobile, and content marketing.
Ben earned a master’s degree in marketing and strategy at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (Booth) and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at the University of Michigan.
Executive Director of Communications Strategy and Chief of Staff
Candace D. Mueller joined the University of Chicago as Executive Director of Communications Strategy and Chief of Staff in August 2017. In this role, Mueller ensures the Office of Communications is strategically and organizationally equipped to produce outstanding communications in support of the University's mission, vision and distinctive strengths. As Chief of Staff, Mueller convenes key stakeholders and campus communicators to establish best practices, content strategies and effective vehicles for the engagement of key audiences.
Most recently Mueller served as Vice President of Global Communications for Hyatt Hotels Corp. overseeing corporate and brand communications, including social media. Before joining Hyatt, Mueller spent nearly 10 years at PepsiCo in various roles, including Senior Director of North America Nutrition and Community Relations. She was selected for this first-ever role dedicated to driving the communications strategy and building reputation for PepsiCo’s portfolio of nutrition brands which included Gatorade, Naked Emerging Brands, Quaker Oats and Tropicana. In addition, Mueller served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff for Quaker Oats leading all internal and external public relations initiatives.
Mueller’s previous experience also includes senior roles at Weber Shandwick and Cramer- Krasselt. Mueller holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys giving back to the community and serves on two nonprofit Boards.
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 College Communications and Associate Dean of the CollegeAndrea A. Lewis is Director of College Communications and Associate Dean of the College at The University of Chicago, responsible for leading communications and reputation management for the College. Joining the University in September 2017, she collaborates with units across the institution in support of academic programs, University initiatives and strategic priorities.
An expert in all facets of communication, Lewis has guided Fortune 500 companies and top nonprofits through their largest public crises, acquisitions, rebranding and culture change initiatives. Prior to the University, she was head of communications for the national office of the Y, the 5th largest nonprofit in the U.S., where she led crisis and internal communications, employee engagement and client service. She also was first vice president and director of external relations in North America for LaSalle Bank Corporation and Dutch parent ABN AMRO Bank, overseeing all public communication in support of the banks’ global and domestic brand reputation, 18 business unit offerings and philanthropic investments. Before her in-house roles, Lewis spent a decade in the agency world, serving as a vice president in the brand marketing practices of Ketchum, a global public relations firm, and Cramer-Krasselt, an integrated marketing communications agency. She began her career at Golin, a global public relations firm.
Lewis holds her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from Kent State University. She is the author of Love Yourself(ie), Life Lessons for Building Kid Charisma, a fictional short story endorsed by adolescent development experts for building resilience in preteens growing up in the digital age.
News Director and Social Sciences SpecialistMark Peters is news director and social sciences specialist in the University of Chicago News Office. He develops content and strategic communications regarding academic research, university announcements and other outreach. Mark is a former reporter and editor most recently working as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal focused on economics, politics and national news. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
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.