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Public Relations

UC Merced alum and Government Relations Representative, Miguel Lopez

Public Relations staff members are UC Merced's official campus storytellers. With teams focused on media relations, internal communications, digital communications, multimedia, and print and web design, Public Relations interacts with internal and external audiences to spread the word about UC Merced and create new, well-informed advocates for our campus.

Public Relations works with local, regional, national and international media outlets to create awareness of UC Merced's cutting-edge research, distinct academic offerings and student successes. The team manages the university’s online newsroom, the official social media accounts and photo archive, and the website. Public Relations also works closely with many partners and collaborators on- and off-campus.

Additionally, Public Relations manages the online newsroom and produces e-newsletters such as Daily Briefing and Weekly Update.

James Leonard

Executive Director of Public Relations

Lorena Anderson

Senior Public Information Officer

Brenda Ortiz

Communications Specialist - Graduate Division

Elizabeth Arakelian

Senior Public Information Officer
(209) 202-3585

Michelle Morgante

Public Information Officer
(209) 259-0007

Jennifer Taylor

Internal Communications Coordinator