As Vice President for Communications, John Longbrake leads the development of strategic communications in support of academic programs, University initiatives, and institutional priorities. This includes collaboration on communications with units across the University, and direct oversight of the Office of University Communications.
Before joining the University of Chicago in 2015, Longbrake served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There he oversaw a university-wide communications structure including media relations, emergency communications, branding, and social media. He developed and implemented the university’s first digital communications strategy.
Longbrake moved to UC Santa Barbara from Harvard, where he was Assistant Vice President for Communications, managing the university’s central communications functions. In more than seven years at Harvard, he coordinated communications about major university initiatives and served as a primary spokesperson for university leadership. He came to Harvard from Yale, where he was Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs.
Prior to his time at Yale, Longbrake worked in Washington, D.C., in various communications and policy roles, including serving as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Treasury, where he coordinated communications for senior Treasury officials. He also worked in the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses and the U.S. Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment.
Longbrake holds a BA in sociology from Vassar College.