Strategic Communications and Media Relations

Our team serves as the primary link between the Office of the President and the news media.

Strategic Communications and Media Relations enhances the public’s understanding of the university and its contributions to the world. The team interacts with journalists and media outlets, responding to some 150 inquiries a month; strategizes, develops and coordinates communications/messaging on various systemwide issues and events; and helps promote UC priorities through proactive media outreach and tactics. In addition, the department also evaluates and arranges media opportunities for President Drake, drafts statements and op-eds on his behalf as well as that of other senior leaders, and helps manage perennial issues and crises. 

Claire Doan

Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations, Press Secretary

Contact us

Phone: (510) 987-9200 (for media requests)

Media Relations
University of California Office of the President
1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

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